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Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Sy-Klone Mattel, 2011
Day #338: February 20, 2012
Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Sy-Klone Action Figure Sy-Klone
Heroic Fist-Flinging Tornado!

DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe Classics Matty Collector Figure
Item No.:
No. T5795
Manufacturer: Mattel
Includes: Shield, ring
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $19.99
Availability: July 2011
Other: Blue, yellow

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Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Sy-KloneI rather liked the version of Sy-Klone sold around 2003, as it had this cool red ring thing which played up the planet-y graphics on his chest. This 2011 release combines elements from the 2003 release as well as the 1985 figure, with the figure's sculpt being created mostly after that 1985 original. The body even retains the lenticular circle of graphics plus keeps a vestigial thumbwheel, which doesn't really spin and exists solely so you can see where the mechanism to make the figure do cool spinny tornadoes would be had Mattel opted to include it.

Because I am a goofball, I used to think the "Klone" part of his name meant he was another Faker-like construct-- his face is blue, after all-- when I was a kid. It makes sense, right? I mean, that face sculpt looks a little bit like He-Man I thought. Of course, maybe it's just an illusion created by the generous amount of blue paint under his yellow helmet.

Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Sy-KloneAs with most figures, the basic body sculpt is more or less similar to every figure in this line to date-- you get just shy of two dozen joints, a fantastic face sculpt by the Four Horsemen, and a unique torso-- which is unusual on these figures. This one isn't the usual bare chest plus armor, rather it's just the raw body which has a built-in circle for the space radar graphics. Like always, it looks like you can see a map of a star system or some crazy intergalactic game of marbles. I should note his arms and legs are also tweaked, with swell rings sculpted on both.

As with the previous release, the shield snaps on to his wrist. Unlike the previous release, it's plastic which is painted yellow and it feels like a tight, creaky fit at times. The red ring snaps into a socket in the figure's back, and is actually jointed if his arms don't get in the way.

Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Sy-Klone Action Figure

While not a figure I was necessarily excited to see re-re-redone, he did turn out quite well, like most of the figures. The lack of action features is something of a drag, not just in this line but in toys aimed at older fans in general. I know we bemoaned the big spring-loaded guns in the 1990s, but the nicely-integrated action features which don't intrude on the design were always fun. Oh well-- maybe if there's a 40th anniversary He-Man line in 2020 they'll reconsider! I still like this colorful character, but wouldn't consider him as essential, awesome, or weird as some of the other bizarre and fun additions to the series over the past few years.

--Adam Pawlus

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