The vintage Tytus clocked in around 15″ while this figure is right around 13″. Some have said that he should be bigger than the original to account for the Classics being bigger than the vintage, but I think he came in at the right height. He’s tall enough to be a giant without being so tall that he looks like I’m shoehorning in a figure from a different scale. He does stand out a bit more than I would like, but that will change when we get Gygor, Megator, and other large scale characters that will help close the gap between Tytus and the regular bucks.
Paint is another area where I’m very happy with the figure. He’s one of the best painted MOTUCs that I’ve gotten all year. The skin tone is done well, the boots and bracelets have a nice metallic wash to them, and the loincloth’s darker wash makes it stand out. The little details on the belt, armor, and headband are all relatively sharp too. One thing I didn’t like was on the sides of nose. He has painted dark brown lines to simulate depth. They don’t. He just looks like he needs to wash his face.
Articulation. This is where Tytus is lacking. He has swivel joints at the mid-calf, hips (largely blocked by a particularly inflexible loincloth), waist, wrists, and shoulders, hinges for the knees and elbows, and a ball-jointed head that only swivels. If you look at the picture below you can see that the head attaches similarly to the smaller figures but is designed differently. The post coming from the neck is a separate piece, but is anchored in place preventing any tilt movement on the low end. Tytus would still have some up and down movement on the upper ball, but the articulation here is blocked too. Not by the hair, but because the ball joint is deeper in the head and blocked by the chin and the back of the head being largely flush with the neck.
But Mattel went on record saying that a fully articulated Tytus would cost $100 and that since he’s rotocast, he can’t really have ball joints anyway. I’ve got rotocast figures with ball joint shoulders in my house, but I’d rather focus on the other statement about him being $100. While it would’ve been cool, I don’t think Tytus needed all of the articulation of a little figure. Continue to Page 3…