Articulation is standard for the figure except for the ball-jointed head which is somewhat blocked by the cape and longer hair. Everything else works as expected – ball-jointed shoulders and hips, swivels at the biceps, wrists, waist, thighs, and calves, and hinges at the elbows, ab-crunch, knees, and ankles.
I was really happy with the paint on Carnivus. We didn’t have any major issues on any of the IAT batch, something we needed after Whiplash. The details on the head are all painted well, aside from a little slop on the right tooth that was consistently off on all the figures.
There were some minor issues with the armor where the purple on the shoulder pads was thin and was letting the gold show through, and some imperfections in the gold – most notable on the large open area on the chest armor. I probably should’ve mentioned this in the sculpt section, but I do think the front chestplate is a little plain. My brain might just be noting that he’s without his purple sash from the cartoon. I may have to customize one for him.
Carnivus comes with one of my favorite swords in the line, the Sword of Saz. I’m not sure what it is about this sword, but I’ve come to really like it. I can almost see it as a Power Sword from another mother. It has a very unique shape while matching up with Carnivus’ armor at the same time. The only thing that’s missing is a place to stow it. It does sit nicely between the cape and armor and looks good there, but I kinda wish he had something specific to hold the sword at his waist. The sword fits great in his right hand, but, as I said before, it’s not intended for use with his left hand.
Second up is the Shield of… well, the Shield doesn’t get a name. While it’s obviously a homage to the Central Tower in the vintage Eternian playset, there’s been no mention of anything beyond that. It’s a great piece and it clips on to the arm snugly. It kind brings me back to my Lego days and all the different shields for the individual armies. I’d like to see Carnivus get some troops in one of the 2pks someday.
Overall, this is another great figure in what’s easily my favorite line to collect. DC Classics is important to me because I grew up with so many of those characters, but MOTU Classics is just too much fun not to pick up. Carnivus is a lesser-known character, even in MO2K, and took a little over a day to sellout – something Toy Guru has already stated that Mattel is happy with. I’m glad to hear it because I’m excited about the prospect of filling out my Eternian Council from the MO2K series.
Carnivus is a nice addition to the line and he’s another great ally for the Masters of the shelf, even if I don’t understand the cat hierarchy on Eternia…
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