After a bumpy start, Super7’s Masters of the Universe Classics lines saw their first waves released earlier this year. This time, they promised the second wave by late August/early September. They kept that promise, mostly as wave 2 of both Club Grayskull and Collector’s Choice started shipping the second week in September. I had ordered Collector’s Choice wave 2 solely on the figure based on Karg from the live action He-Man movie from 1987. Lets take a look at all of the figures in the set.
Wave 2 consists of four figures from various parts of the Masters of the Universe line’s history. From the aforementioned live action movie (Karg) to characters from the various cartoons (Dylamug and Granita) to unproduced characters finally seeing the light of day (Wrap-Trap), the Collector’s Choice line pulls from various sources Let’s look at each figure.
The first figure is a member of the Horde, Dylamug. He checks off two categories that this line pulls from: unproduced figures from the original line and secondary characters from the Filmation cartoons. Dyalmug was a planned character who never go out of the development stage. He was used, however, as a character in the She-Ra cartoon. Dylamug appeared working with the Horde for three episodes of the original series.
The Dylamug figure is an entirely new sculpt as there have not been any characters like this produced before. He main feature is his large face that is in his chest. The eyes and mouth are on dials so you can rotate them to get his face in various expressions (dial a mug!) He has ball joints at the shoulders, allowing for a range of movement hindered a bit by the wire that runs from his shoulder to his arm. His elbows can bend over 90 degrees and his legs can move forward and backwards at the hip. There are no knee joints but they do rotate at the thigh cut and his ankles can move up and down and pivot.
For accessories, he comes with three Horde crests which go on his forehead. The first two are cartoon accurate with one being his normal crest and the other representing shooting a laser blast from the crest. The third is a toy line accurate crest, so he can fit in with the rest of the Classic line Horde figures.
Next we got Karg. Karg is a character from the 1987 live action Masters of the Universe movie. He was a gruesome, yet well-spoken lackey of Skeletor that was introduced in the movie in lieu of more recognizable characters. He never has a figure in any of the previous line and there has been some interest in seeing characters from the movie get a figure. So Karg here joins Blade, Sauroid and Gwildor as the only MOTU movie characters to get a figure.
In hand, Karg is a nice, solid figure. His suit in the movie was black though and there wasn’t any red on his cape, but overall they go his look down nicely. There could be many reasons for the colour change, but I think it allows the Four Horsemen (the team that sculpts/designs these figures) to show more detail. His skin is a sickly green here instead of pale as in the movie (maybe for him, it’s a healthy green as the pale look didn’t look healthy either) and his hair is a darker shade of blonde. According to Wiki Grayskull (here), this is based on his look in the comic book adaptation of the movie by Star/Marvel Comics.) He looks nice and even has the hook hand as in the movie. But, honestly the movie was so long ago and I’m just glad we have a figure of this guy.
Articulation-wise, he is like most other male Classics figure. The head, while on a ball joint, moves left and right al the way around, but on a bit up and down due to the hair. The ball-jointed shoulders ge ut a good range of motion even with the rubber pauldron on his shoulders. His elbows bend 90 degrees, his wrist rotate and has the newer joint to move left or right. Legs can go forward and back, out and in, knees bed to a right angle, there is a boot cut to allow some rotation, and the ankle can move up and down but no ankle pivot!
For accessories, he has two (the hook, which is non removable, does not count.) He comes with a blaster and a knife, which is assume is a laser knife as the blade is blue.
Next is Granita, the sole female in this wave. Granita is a female from the Rock Person race, the same as Stonedar and Rokkon. While Stonedar and Rokkon were in the original toy line, Granita was not, only appearing in a couple of episodes of the She-Ra cartoon along with the other two.
Granita looks like she did in the episodes of She-Ra that the Rock People were in. Her red and pink suit, gold belt, blue skin and green hair are straight from the Filmation designs. Her articulation is similar to the Hawke figures from the last wave but much more tighter. Her head is on a ball joint, but her hair doesn’t allow for much movement . Her arms are the same as Hawke, down to the newer wrist joints. She has a joint below the breasts in lieu of a waist swivel ,again like Hawke. Her hip, knee and ankle joints are the same too, complete with ankle pivot. The right arm swivel on mine a bit looser than I’d like, but definitely a tighter figure than Hawke.
Accessory-wise, she comes with rock armour to complete her look. The pieces snap or peg onto her back, arms and legs to make her looks like the other rock people figures. The pieces stay on pretty good and can actually help to stand your figure better. She also comes with a laser gun similar to Stonedar and Rokkon. Like the Classics versions of those figures, you can have her hold it in her hand or plug it into her belt.
The original Stonedar and Rokkon figures were designed to be able to change into rocks (because in the mid 1980’s the most popular things were toys that change and rocks) and the Classic version included pieces to mimic this. Granita is no exception. With all her rock armour on, you take this extra piece and bend the figure over to get… a rock.
The 1980’s were a simpler time, that’s for sure.
Lastly, we have Wrap-Trap. Also known online as Fear-Ro or the much simpler Horde Mummy, Wrap-Trap was an unproduced figure from the original toy line. Over the years, He-Man fandom have comes across the original concept art for this character and at last, he see an official release.
Seemingly a mostly new sculpt, Wrap-Trap has off-white mummy wrapping over a light green skin and red eyes. His Horde harness is sculpted on, which might disappoint some. His articulation is nice and tight and are not hindered much by the sculpted He does have the newer wrist articulation and, unlike Karg, he has ankle pivot joints. He is a fierce-looking mummy.
He has two accessories. First is a scimitar, done to look old and worn. The blade is a dull, metallic grey and tha handle is gold. Next we have Wrap-Trap’s crossbow. Crossbows are a thing in the Horde and every humanoid Horde member has got one. Wrap-Trap’s has an Egyptian feel to it with the gold and metallic blue, winged beetle motif. Say what you will about the Horde, but, at least with the crossbows, they allow you to be you.
For the best of the wave, i will have to go with Dylamug. I was all set to really like Karg, and I do, but Dyalmug, a character that I wasn’t so thrilled about when he was announced, impressed me with how well it was made. His action feature works well and it can stand on his own. There is not really a dud amongst these figures, either. Granita make be the weakest, but the design and look of the figure is good and the accessories included just to make her be able to turn into a rock shows how Super7 and the Four Horsemen are dedicated to give us figures we’ll like
So, that was wave 2 of the Masters of the Universe Classics Collector’s Choice. These figures have been anticipated since last fall, and, with all of the wait we had for wave 1, I am glad we only had to wait six months from actually ordering them. (unless you one of those you ordered even before the first wave oc Collector’s Choice or Club Eternia., then, over a year…) While the wave three of Club Grayskull was revealed back in July, we have yet to see the next iteration of this subscription. I hope that changes next week as Super 7 will be at New York Comic Con. Depending on who they are offering, I might go with the Filmation line as it would be the only way to get a Fisto without paying $200 for a loose figure.
Masters of the Universe Classics Collector’s Choice Wave 2 was purchased from http://www.Super7.com as a preorder. They are no longer available on that site, but could be found on at websites like Big Bad Toy Store or on eBay. Check back with Super7 website in the near future for more information on the next round of preorders.
This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have no affiliation with Mattel, Super 7 or any other website mentioned. These items were purchased by me with my own money. I have not received any payment for this review. All opinions are mine and any pictures taken are for review purposes only.
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