has anyone seen this yet?
Vyrkon - Ultimate Eternian Champion
Real Name: Vyrkon
Fifty years before Prince Adam was born, Vyrkon the Warrior fought in the gladitorial arena of Lord Choloh, ruler of the Vine Jungle. Learning from each defeated opponent, he became a master of many combat techniques and weapons. As much a chapion as a showman, he would often dress in outlandish garb to rouse the crowd and show off his skills. In his final match, he fought against the great Gygor. Before a cheering crowd, the evil fighting gorilla ripped Vykron's body in half, at long last defeating the arena champion. Following this match, Gygor claimed not only the arena championship but rule of the Jungle itself, forcing Choloh to abdicate his throne. In life, Vykron was the greatest of Choloh's gladitorial warriors, fighting in any environment at any time.
i find it fantastic that no one at mattel is apparently charged w editing duties, as they spell vykron's name wrong, twice, on his own bio. way to control that copy mattel.
i find it funny that, in finding this bio on the org and on thefwoosh (as reposted from matty's facebook page) how many people have changed their tune on vykron after reading the bio. i don't get it. i don't see anything in this bio to make the designs any better than they are, or that alters the QC issues that constantly plague motuc as a line... i don't see how any bio makes or breaks love for a character... but i guess it's the same idea that connects fans to a given comic character, but the comic characters take YEARS to build a real fanbase... are people's minds really so mercurial that single paragraph can take them from hate to love? i suspect that people's reactions are not being genuine, it's not the bio that's changing minds, it's the initial knee jerk "i hate it!" that motucers do EVERY FRIGGIN MOTH FOR THE LAST 4 YEARS NOW, and as they actually calmed down and looked at things, the toy doesn't look any cheaper or gaudier than the other entries to the franchise and the bio is just a convenient excuse to let them off the hook for their own retarded over-reactions. and that is weak sauce. that is precisely why, despite being a huge he-man fan, i hate most he-man fans... and really, i hate most people. so much stupidity, and so much deception to cover their own stupidity... why? i just don't get it.
so from an objective standpoint, here's what i do like about this bio... one, gygor just became a much badder ass. much badder. in a world where every cliff has a wind raider hovering just below the ledge, and every laser is always set to stun, having a character actually die, in a violent way, to another character is almost borderline preposterous. like, there's a point where, as me, i like it, cuz it's visceral and dark, but as a he-fan, it's complete bollocks. that level of violence is actually not in keeping w/ the mythos, and should, by rights, be considered a failure, because it doesn't keep w/ the overall pg-13 vibe of the mythos. gygor should have hit him so hard, he punched a hole through the dimensions all the way to despondos, or something equally innocuous. but ok... i
like this. anything i like should be seen as a failure by mattel. i also like that they try to explain the outfits in the bio, and that it doesn't involved cloned power swords or shoehorning in another "legacy of he-man" moment... not everyone can be a He. the gladiator angle is kind of played, for me at least, cuz "trophy" and "complete ensemble" are not comparable terms, but it does beat another tale of gar racism, or the bio being about someone else.
what i don't like... choloh. really, choloh
? when someone won his gladiatorial combat season, did they win the golden hair net? are we destined for a future release of choloh, the king of the vine jungle, complete with flannel shirt that only buttons at the top, and forty of tecate? i'm amazed that the fanbase on the whole isn't a tad more pissed by "choloh" but then, they're sheep of the worst kind, and not very bright, by and large... but come on. i know it's from the old british comic, but it was dumb then too. there's no sense in repeating the mistakes of the past, is there? would the choloh figure come complete w/ broken broom handle? for real people... if we don't demand better, we won't get it.
but whatever... i don't hang my hat on the bios, i didn't really think anyone else does, but man, this is more than a little shlocky. this bio does a good thing, splitting the old w/ a dose of the new. however, it's too violent for motuc, and it's also ill informed or racially obtuse, so it's really, despite the approval of the fanbase, not any good at all.
and of course, none of that, whether you approve or disapprove of the bio, affects the lack of paint washes, or quality executions in design, or choices of color palette, or the big smiley face. the figure is still poorly executed, regardless of the words on the back of the box. and honestly, if one were to want to credit the bio w/ justifying the accessory pack out, then one must, by extension of logic, say that the rending in twain demands a play feature that they did not include.