“Your new nails are interesting, Skeletor!” – He-Man, Masters of the Universe
I’m sitting here staring at Mattel’s Fall 2pk, Flying Fists He-Man & Terror Claws Skeletor. And I’m not sure what to really say about them. There’s a theme I’ve noticed among toy collectors – strange 80s variants tend to get a pass based on when you caught on with the line, right? In modern times, a character variant is very rarely met with glee, but for MOTU it seems that many of us determine “our” Skeletor or He-Man to be the first one we had as a kid.
I am absolutely guilty of this because Battle Armor is where it’s at. Battle Armor Skelly heads up the villains shelf. Battle Armor He-Man & Faker sit at the top the whole collection. No further He-Man & Skelly’s need apply.
Yet he we are.
It’s cool though because those weirdos that see Flying Fists as “the” He-Man need this guy. And if there really is anybody that sees this Skelly as “the” Skeletor. Well, they need help. Until then, though, they’ve got this figure.
Skelly’s prolly my lesser favorite of the two. He’s pretty much the basic Skeletor, albeit a darker blue. I kinda like that color, it might be interesting to swap some other armors on him to see how it looks. His face is one of the most yellow of all the Skelly’s so far (Except that all-yellow one) and it looks good up there. The only complaint on the reuse is the loincloth. See Battle Armor gets it right with the furry loincloth while this Skeletor reuses his Classics armored loincloth. It’s not a big deal to me, but if this was “my” Skeletor, I might care…
The only real new bit on the figure is the armor, or bra-mor as I find myself calling it. I just said I liked adding the midriff in on Mara, so I’m going to keep it fair – if Skelly wants to show his belly, it’s all good. The armor itself is fine. I like the metallic purple and the skull and it definitely doesn’t obstruct the ab crunch! The clip for the skull-accessory is a bit unsightly, but it kinda fits the theme. No, the only real issue I have on the armor is where the connectors are – right under the armpits and in the way of the biceps. I know, it’s par for the course for the line the last few years, but you still gotta point it out and dream for the future.
Skeletor includes three accessories: his terror claws that clip over his normal wrists and this… dragon skull thing. Has anyone checked on that dragon that came with Dragon Blaster Skelly? I’m concerned. It’s a good recreation of the original. If I had had that maybe I would get it. Instead, I think it’s a grandfathered thing that’s really cool if you first had it when you were ten. It does clip on the back, where it aided the vintage toy in twisting and slashing. Here it’s just nice storage. Continue to Page 2…