The MOTU Weapons Pak. I never had one as a kid. A black marker and the sacrifice of Zodac’s gear was the closest I ever got. When MOTU Classics took off, I hoped Mattel would resurrect the idea of a weapons pak. One of the main reasons was because I hoped it would include an orange shield and axe for Faker. This first weapons pak, labeled Heroic Warriors, doesn’t have those, but it still has plenty of cool pieces. Still, how do you review 19 weapons? We weren’t sure. They’re all sturdy and painted well. What else? Well, when we can’t be informative here at IAT, we turn to cheap humor. Here’s 15 Minutes at the MattyCollector Weapon Shop.
Just a normal day at the Matty Weapon Shop. Opened up at 12 noon…
The vintage Hordak carried a white crossbow. In Classics, we now have it in black & silver.
Does this gray Webstor rifle lead to Rotar’s accident and subsequent freak Man-At-Arm surgery? Who knows…
I always thought that the Coridite from the 200x pilot looked like Star Trek dilithium crystals.
Tri-Klops original package art depicted him with a silver blade and gold hilt while the figure came with an all-green weapon.
I like the neon green well enough, but this recreation from the Castle Grayskull Weapons rack befits Scareglow.
I feel Skeletor’s pain. Hopefully, the 200x Skeletor dual blade will find a home somewhere in Classics.
A quick custom from leftover parts. How cool would it be if he had blue wings? Yeah…
I had hoped to put this updated yellow Beast Man armor on Moss Man, but it looks weird. Some fans like it on Wun-Dar.
The silver mace is a nod to the original weapons pak, but it doesn’t work as well with the vine and wood textures.
Prince Adam carries a magenta sword, but we all know our Dads would call it pink.
To add to Skeletor’s frustration, we now have the 200x power sword in it’s “anime” color scheme.
I don’t mind the color really, but it has no place. I wish I had a smaller Zodac head to make this a real custom.
The blue sword and and axe were included in the vintage pak, the shield simply completes the set.
A job well done.
Overall, I was very happy with the weapons pak. The only problem I have with it was that every individual piece has the copyright stamp on it in white lettering. Other than that, everything with the set is great.
As you can see, I like to make up my own figures when it comes to MOTU. I did that as a kid and I’m doing it again as an adult. The buck system and the minor paint changes (then & now) make it easier for the customs to blend in better than they do in other lines. The ability to give my redecoed creations redecoed accessories is where this weapon’s pak really shines. With the quick sellout, I hope more Paks are in the cards (a Villains pack next time?). I still want that orange shield and axe…
Here’s a complete inventory of the weapons pak with the origins of the pieces…
- Hordak’s Crossbow in white. Based on the accessory that came with the vintage Hordak.
- Webstor’s rifle in grey. Based on the accessory included in the original Weapons Pak.
- Silver/Blue Pistol and small Sword. Originally intended for Kronis, but cut due to cost considerations.
- Tri-Klops Sword in gold/silver. First featured on the package art for Tri-Klops.
- Scareglow’s halberd in grey. Based on the accessory included in the Grayskull Weapons Rack.
- Beast Man’s whip in red. The vintage Pak had a second black whip. This redeco is a homage to Blade’s whip in the MOTU movie.
- Strato’s jetpack in red. A nod to the reversed colors on some vintage Stratos.
- Beast Man’s armor in brownish yellow. Based on the armor included in the original Weapons Pak.
- Moss Man’s mace in silver. Based on the accessory included in the original Weapons Pak.
- 200x He-Man sword in show accurate colors.
- Cosmic Enforcer gear in purple. Wun-Dar has the black gear from the vintage pak, so Mattel chose a new color.
- Shield, Axe, and Sword in Blue. The axe & sword are based on the accessories included in the original Weapons Pak. The shield completes the trio.