Even though I’m gonna need, like, two more MOTUC Catch-Up weeks, we’ve only got one more review this week: Ninjor! Or, rather, Ninja Warrior. We can’t call him Ninjor anymore due to a competing trademark. It’s kinda ironic – here we have his generic black-clad ninja that was thrown into the line thirty years ago. And now, he’s lost his name and is relegated to a generic black-clad name. He sounds like a $1 figure! Except, y’know, with a $30 price tag.
Since Ninjor is a straight-up vintage figure and we’re in year eight? of the line, his basic body is all reuse. We’ve got the base trunk with the monster forearms, the “feathered” boots, and Skeletor’s hands & feet. Some folks have said Ninjor could’ve used a little updating in this area, but I disagree. I think he looks great with all these familiar pieces in black and red. I could maybe see doing something different at the forearms so you’re not substituting a paint line where a sculpt line should be, but honestly it’s all good. He just didn’t command the same level of updating that a figure like Rio Blast did (& didn’t get).
What’s new to Ninjor is his two head sculpts and his armor. The original figure had soft goods that covered his face and torso, so we’re getting a masked and unmasked head here to substitute for that. Both look fantastic. I prefer the masked head, it fits how I fondly recall the original. The unmasked head looks great (Do I spy some windswept hair?), but Ninjor just needs his mask to me. And what really sets the masked head apart is that the opening for his eyes is still done with full detail. It’s a really nicely sculpted piece, particularly in a spot where we usually see a soft sculpt and a blob of paint.
Also new is the armor piece. This is really the only vintage departure since the original was cloth and the new one features all sorts of little straps, buckles, and textures. It’s a great update right down to the sigil on his chest and the molded sash. What’s also nice is the armor doesn’t have the usual bulk under the shoulders. It does leave some strange gaps there (as does it being short and exposing the molded belly button), but it’s worth it as this lets the arms come more fully down to his sides. Finally. Finally. Continue to Page 2…