Each of us have that one specific character we can’t wait to be recreated in the Classics line. Believe it or not, Hurricane Hordak is the figure I’ve been anxiously anticipating since the very beginning. I just never expected him to be released so soon in the line.
My love for Hordak doesn’t come from the Princess of Power cartoon, which I don’t recall ever seeing as a kid. No, my fondness goes all the way back to my eighth birthday when I received a Hurricane Hordak and Mantisaur from my grandparents. It was one of those perfect gifts that I always get a nostalgic feeling about, even so many years later. This was the only Hordak I had as a kid and with his shiny gold armor and spinning weapon hand, he was the only one I needed. Atop his mighty steed, only the combined forces of He-Man and Skeletor could stop this new terror, and the battles were always epic.
This new Hurricane Hordak is a great modern interpretation of the character, even though there isn’t much new to see when it comes to his sculpt. The majority of his body is reused from the first Hordak release. The most obvious new part is his right forearm and hand, which have been replaced by a mechanical bracer that can hold his new “spinning” weapons. As a kid, I always thought this piece looked more like a canon, and that’s what I used it for the majority of the time. Who needs a hand when you can have a canon?
Hordak’s three attachments are Classicized versions of his original weapons. Sadly they’re too tight to spin, but they will fit onto Trap Jaw’s and Roboto’s arms. So hopefully we’ll be seeing some repaints of these weapons in the future.
My favorite attachment was always the bat wings. Not only did I use them as a spinning saw blade, but they also made for a great helicopter device that he could use to escape with. The Four Horsemen did a great job mimicking the original’s creepy veins and little claws that grasp the edges.
His bola weapon is equally accurate and creepy. I always found it a bit disturbing that the orbs had these spidery veins running across them. Does that mean they’re organic and alive? I wouldn’t doubt it. Especially considering Hordak’s the kind of guy that’s willing to cut off his arm or replace his lungs with spinning saw blades just to have an edge in battle.
The last weapon is a large claw/shield device. Unlike the other two, this one doesn’t have any organic components. One thing I was a bit disappointed by is that they didn’t add any articulation to this piece. The four prongs are sculpted to look like they’re on hinges. I always thought it would be really cool if they could open and close, making this giant claw a bit more menacing. Continue to page 2…