He-Man is very nearly the same story as Skeletor. The figure is your basic He-Man with new chest armor. While that may sound like a knock, take note, this may be the last time we get this He-Man head sculpt. There’ll surely be more He-Men figures in the line, we have two incoming right now, but they have different heads. So just a nod to that head sculpt that launched the line if we don’t see it again.
Okay, so the armor – on a complete reuse figure, you better take that armor and just knock it out of the park! Just kill it! And… yeah, no, they didn’t. The first thing to anyone is that the connectors are again in the pretty much the worst place possible and annoyingly bulk up the figure, but that’s not the big deal for Flying Fist Fans.
See, this He-Man was awesome thirty years ago because he was vac-metal. I never had this guy, but heck, I would’ve loved vac-metal armor. Classics has even done vac-metal armor before with Hurricane Hordak, but they didn’t do it here. Now, part of that is because vac-metal Hordak had some issues. They vac-metalled soft, bendable plastic that would cause the vac-metal to flake if you would remove it. And the cheap paint on the symbol came off easily… And with that in mind, I still would’ve liked to see the try again. The armor is actually a cool sculpt and it looks sharp, but it would look better reflective.
He-Man included three accessories and they’re done well, and they make more sense than a random dragon skull (seriously, has anyone seen the dragon from Dragon Blaster Skeletor lately…), but I just don’t know quite what to do with them. The shield is the cooler of the two. It clips on like we’re used to and then the little wi-fi attachment spins around. His other accessory is his three-balled mace. It’s a faithful recreation of the original, though He-Man skipped his back-clip and so it can’t be stored there. He-Man also comes with the traditional Power Sword, though it’s completed unpainted for the first time and… well, lackluster is a good word.
Overall, I know I’m a bit flippant with this review. I just really don’t have it in me to care about these two. I like new characters and stuff I can add to the display that’s not treading the same ground. I do appreciate that these guys got made and their fans can finally be happy. And the pair is definitely toyetic. They look good sitting here, even with the bulky and not metallic armor. I’m still a bit bewildered by the accessories, but they’re not out of line with other weird stuff that Hordak, Tri-Klops, and Man-At-Arms have dreamed up.
Recent MOTU Classics Reviews:
For all our MOTU reviews, check out our
MOTU Classics Collector’s Guide.