Earlier this year, Toy Guru said that he’d been waiting to get the September 2010 figure in the Classics line since day one. We guessed and guessed here at ItsAllTrue, but when the figure was revealed at WizardWorld Philly, none of us had chosen wisely. For September brought the lion man.
Chief Carnivus first appeared in the MO2K cartoon when Randor sent Teela & Adam to Felis Fola in order to ask for the his help in the fight against Skeletor. Ultimately, he would join forces with the Masters, but he never got to do very much. His Classics bio is the most we’ve ever learned about him:
Chief Carnivus – Heroic Feline Warrior, Real Name: Carnivus Fervelius III
Leader of a race of Eternian cat warriors called Qadians, Carnivus keeps his people safe high in the village of Felis Qadi. For many years the Qadians kept a neutral stance, preferring not to get involved in the affairs of other tribes. But with the rise of Skeletor and the subsequent release of the Snake Men and the Horde from their interdimensional prisons, Carnivus agreed to re-evaluate his core principles and joined the struggle for freedom allying himself and his people with King Randor’s new Eternian Council. Carnivus uses his feline agility and great courage to fight against evil.
Now you know as much about Carnivus as the rest of us. Doesn’t that feel good? Alright, moving on to the review. Sorry about the pictures this round, I think my camera is nearing the end of its lifespan…
Carnivus is good mix of new and old. He’s primarily the furry Beast Man body in a more muted tone, but gets some mileage out of He-Ro’s boots. If you’re looking for new pieces, there’s still plenty to find. Carnivus has new paws, a new furry upper calves, new hands, loincloth, his cape, his armor, and his head.
All the new furry pieces blend together with the Beast Man buck really well – I didn’t even really think about the upper calves having to be new until writing this. The new feet seem like they should be a little longer, but it may just be an odd translation of a cat’s foot into a human foot. His right hand holds the sword perfectly, but his left hand has been given a wider grip – not as wide as Skeletor or Scareglow, but sufficient in that it doesn’t hold an accessory well.
Other than He-Ro’s boots and Beast Man’s bracelets, Carnivus has all-new armor. The chest armor is done in a way that we haven’t seen in the line before with the shoulder pads being connected to the main chest armor. This works great for a variety of poses, but it really needs the cape to work. The little connectors and gaps don’t look good to me unless the cape is laying atop them covering everything.
Carnivus’ loincloth is an interesting piece. I like the mix of the classic furry loincloth (we’ll assume it’s made out of some other animal) and the long sideless loincloth he wore in the MO2K cartoon. The blend looks really sharp. Also, the cathead “buckle” appears to be a factory swappable piece so this loin cloth can be used on other characters with a different emblem in the middle.
Usually, the look of the figure relies heavily on the head sculpt. With Carnivus sporting a lot of unique pieces, that’s not as true, but it is still certainly important. When I first saw the head in the pictures beamed back from WizardWorld, I wasn’t sure if I liked the head or not. Having it in person, I’m singing a different tune. He looks great up close. The texturing on the face implies the shorter fur you’d expect and contrasts great with the longer hair around the mouth. I haven’t decided if he looks regal or angry, it tends to depend on the lighting. I really have to laugh at my initial dislike now that I have him.
I had to throw that pic in there, I couldn’t help it. After Toy Guru revealed that Management had stepped in and deemed Marzo “too 200x”, a portion of the fanbase started to echo that sentiment and some of that has carried over to Carnivus. I find it all rather silly. Mattel’s use of the term “hyper detail” as something to be avoided. Limp hair being considered classic. The misuse of the word ‘anime’ as some specific design element. I have to shake my head trying to navigate some of this stuff. “Too 200x” will always be in the eye of the beholder, but Carnivus fits in with the rest of the line just fine at my house. Continue to Page 2 for Articulation, Paint, & Accessories…