2015 kicked off with a nice Filmation nod to a character that has waited thirty years to get his due: Lizard Man! I have to be honest, my memory of Lizard Man when I was a kid is fuzzy at best. He only appeared in two episodes (a third appearance showed him in brown, and is conceivably a different member of his species), so he didn’t really register with me back then. He became my cause celebre much later when I realized that he’s from a very select group – Filmation Heroes that got passed over for toys by Mattel. Bad guys? There are dozens of ’em that we didn’t get. But Heroic Warriors tended to get their due, but Lizard Man wasn’t one of them.
Lizzy finally made the jump to figure form thanks to Classics though and my how he’s grown! I’m really going to be gushing over this figure the rest of the time, so let’s address the “giant” Lizard Man in the room. While the reuse of Modulok parts gives him a more slender build than your average MOTU figure, if you stand him flat-footed, he stands just a little taller than your average figure. Now, with the articulation, you’re able to shrink him down to around the right height, but he’s still big; not the slight hero featured in the cartoon. I don’t know if that was intended, part of the classicization, or just something that happened, but it’s the one drawback to an otherwise great figure. Now that we’ve covered it, let’s move on!
So, I’ve already said he’s otherwise great figure. There goes the suspense… Anyway, Lizard Man is really well done. He does share some bits with Modulok as I mentioned, but all the parts that needed to be new, are new. The feet & hands look great – and the new head sculpt! Y’know, I really like it. It’s a little more anthropomorphized than as he appeared in the cartoon. In it, he appeared more like a real lizard, head a little more flat, eyes further apart. This head sculpt actually looks closer to that brief, brown appearance than his typical green. I still like it though. It fits what I think of him right down to the benevolent expression. The torso is all-new as well. It’s again one-piece torso, like Mermista, but it doesn’t look as cheap as it did on Mermista. The only knock here is that there’s no ab crunch and I think that would’ve helped with his posing.
Taking that missing ab crunch right into the articulation side of things, it thankfully doesn’t represent the rest of the figure. I could use a little more range on the ball-neck, but the ball-shoulders, hips, & knees all work great, and there’s hinges at the elbows & ankles, rocker ankles ( I think, they’re very limited), and swivels at the biceps, waist, thighs, and wrists. In all, he’s really well articulated despite that missing ab crunch. The ball knees are particularly nice and still look great. Continue to Page 2…