Tytus is an excitement roller coaster. First, you hear they’ve shown him at Toy Fair and the ride starts ratcheting up. You find the pics as you near the first peak, but with little warning, the articulation is announced and you drop ten stories. You drift through some various minor twists and turns, slowly building you back up to order him. Despite some reservations about the next drop, you get excited and you order your way up the next ramp. He arrives. He looks great in the box, then you open him and…
And… what? Well, I’m still not sure. Ever since Tytus debuted, I had a hard time talking myself into or out of buying him. The weekend before the sale, I ended up siding with him over the money simply because, if I were to have regrets, money is easier to get than sold out MOTU figures. Now that I have him in hand, I’m still conflicted. Visually, he’s a great piece. Functionally, he’s a boring toy. In a way, he represents an old collector’s debate. What good is articulation when they’re just standing on the shelf? I’ve been on both sides of that issue. I love my super-articulated figures and I loved my MOTU stactions. I imagine collector satisfaction with Tytus is going to vary wildly across the spectrum. The truth is, I’m not even sure where I stand when it comes to the Heroic Giant.
First off, I have to take a fraction of blame for Tytus only being released overseas. I was one of the eleventy billion kids who left MOTU behind in 1987. I can’t tell you what happened really. I love a lot of the ’86 offerings, but I don’t remember seeing anything from ’87 as a kid.* No Meteorbs. No techno-dinosaurs. Nothing. I can tell you that Topps made some really coolwood-grain background baseball cards that year. And that I have a soft spot for those not-so-great early episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation though.
* – I did find Scareglow years later in a flea market. He’s still my only ’87 vintage figure.
I wouldn’t learn about Tytus, his cancellation, or his Italian release until I came back into the fold in 2002 and caught up on what I missed. I liked the ideas that were planned for Power of Grayskull and am happy to see them being incorporated into Classics. I don’t have much trust in the slow mythos-building process of the bios,* but I’d like to get as many of the characters as I can from that era. I think that brought me to the decision to buy Tytus more than anything. He’s not only a piece of the toy line’s past, but of Eternia’s past as well.
* – I do like that, in the Tytus bio, “his herd of dinosaurs began developing strange techno parts”. Think they were hitting Eldor’s ol’ mystical pool for a bit to drink?
Both when I saw Tytus in the Toy Fair images and when I pulled him out of his mailer today, I was impressed with his overall look. I think it’s nearly impossible to look at him aesthetically and not be impressed. Particularly when compared to the original.
Tytus has a very unique look that’s not quite Classics. The original Tytus wasn’t simply a scaled up vintage figure and the Classics Tytus isn’t just a scaled up MOTUC with less articulation. When I look at him overall, he almost appears more 200x than Classic, but I can’t exactly put my finger on why. He doesn’t have any of the uh, “hyper anime” flair, but his larger size does allow for more detail on the armor, some veins on the hands and arms, hammered metal details on the boots, and the intricate belt design. I imagine a 200x fan could place him with that collection and be happy. And, all the while, he still fits in just fine with the Classics. Continue to Page 2…