The one universal flaw on Eldor, at least I’d call it universal, is the hood. I’m sure there’s a company out there that can make a sweet sixth scale removable hood, but Mattel ain’t it. Eldor is light years better than the last time Mattel attempted it, but it still just doesn’t look right. It’s too stiff, sits too high, and I just dislike it. It makes me want to display him without the hood – but that’s just not Eldor! It’s a dilemma. I wish they’d sculpted the hood on like they did with Skeletor & Preternia He-Man. Or made a second head that was more seamless. It’s annoying. More annoying than his belt piece being glued on crooked.
The paintwork on Eldor is almost top notch. The colors look great and the paint really helps flesh the detail out. There is one area that just looks funky here too though – the mouth. I’m not sure how to describe what’s wrong, but I’m going to say it’s that paint is missing. If it extended to the bottom of the sculpted lip line, Eldor wouldn’t look a little like a Planet of the Apes reject. To pad this paragraph, I’ll talk a bit about articulation too. It works. All the usual stuff is there and nothing is blocked moreso than any other figure.
Finally, we get to Eldor’s accessories. They’re both named – the Staff of Elders and The Book of Living Spells. The Staff is from Filmation and while not originally intended to have anything to do with Eldor, it works perfectly. It’s well sculpted, looks great as its own piece and then perfect when given to the figure. It’s awesome, but flimsy. I have a real hard time getting into this left hand, the picture of it warped and bent is how it actually looked after I got it in there.
The decades-awaited accessory is the Book of Living Spells. On the outside, it looks gorgeous! It’s probably one of the best accessories in the entire line. The two symbols, the detail work, and wear & tear really bring it home. It’s sweet! And those folks that couldn’t figure how to engineer Rio Blast? They do know how to make a book open and look great both closed and lay flat. At least there’s that. One downside? The inside is blank. No secrets revealed, not for us. Given the timing, it might’ve been funny for Scott Neitlich’s resignation to be printed in there. That would’ve gotten us all good.
Overall, I do feel conflicted about Eldor. Like Rio Blast, I don’t think his updating went the way some wanted it to, but I’m not as fixated on Eldor as I was on Rio and it’s much, much easier for me to love all the detail and not worry about the alternative. And what detail it is – terrific sculpting all throughout the figure. This guy would fit in any collection that needed a withered, old wizard. The paint and articulation are as good as the line has to offer. And the two accessories are great. Any figure could steal them and look sharp, but Eldor looks so good with him that they’re not likely to get traded away. That hood tho? Ugh. In all, he’s a nice addition. Now when does He-Ro get a love interest??
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