I will never have a complete collection of MOTU Classics. I just started too late… with the second figure. MOTU Classics kicked off with a 2008 SDCC Exclusive King Grayskull. I knew about it, but I was still too fresh off the MO2K collapse to want to get back in. Worse still, Mattel made variants of Grayskull right out of the gate. The figures were sold blind box and, randomly, you would either get a traditional looking KG or a less likely bronzed variant that resembled his current status as a statue-honored, deceased hero.
Worser still, there was an ever rarer variant: the Spirit of Grayskull, the same figure cast in a cool, translucent blue. It looked awesome, but was basically unattainable. My memory is fuzzy, but there were definitely less than a dozen Spirit of Grayskulls made in comparison to the thousands of others. I think two were randomly inserted, one was sold as part of a charity auction (the one cool part), Toy Guru owns one, and I think a few other Mattel folks have one too. But that’s it. Telling a person like me, who often exhibits completist sickness, that I will never have them all right out of the gate? That’s bold… and some would say unwise.
It worked out though. Mattel did get around to offering a KG v2 which solved a lot of the issues on the original and got a regular version into my grubby little hands. And never mind, that He-Man & Beast Man got me straight away, leaving me to be completist since then (I haven’t spared cash towards a Battle Ram yet, someday though… and I still don’t have those damn Hover Robots, but again, soon). So not getting that cool blue Grayskull certainly wasn’t a dealbreaker.
And now, seven years later, Mattel is again playing the reissue game. This year’s Mattycollector chase figure, which is still a terrible concept, is the Spirit of Grayskull. He’s a little (or a lot, depending) different this go-round. He’s traded in his ancient, translucent blue for a spooky glow-in-the dark green – and, honestly, that does it for me. If you’re not going to give me a shot at an exclusive deco, offering up a sacrificial GITD figure is points back. I might even say I like this better (but I say that still wanting a Spirit of He-Ro in clear blue).
I’m not going to get into the specifics of this figure. I’ve already reviewed the 2.0 and this is just him in clear green, check that out if you need specifics. This review is basically that review cast in GITD green and given a nice wash or two to simulate weathering and dial him up to 11 when he’s doing the glow thing. The only real complaint is the wash on his face. It’s just too much and dampens the glow on what should probably be a bright spot on the figure. I’m going to have to clean that up a bit.
Honestly, this is going to be one of my favorite purchases all year. I’m easy like that. Whether it’s getting a whole GITD figure (why couldn’t Hordak be glow red!?) or just getting some awesome GITD He-Man gear (I kinda want a GITD harness now), this guy is worth it. You just have to be around at the right stupid time to buy him since he pops up on the site randomly. Oh, and you have to pay separate shipping on him because of course he never pops up during a normal order time. Or, you can hold the complaints and buy him at the end of the year when the remaining stock is made available to the masses. Y’know, cause you’re a toy collector, you’re renowned for being patient. Eventually, though, all who want him should be able to get him. That’s something.
And even with all that chase baggage, is he still great? Yeah… did I mention he glows in the dark?
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