Best known as a more or less generic stooge or Skeletor's pet inventor, Tri-Klops is a shining example of how this line can do some figures more or less perfectly well. I would be lying if I said he was my favorite character, but I can't find anything I don't like about this figure. From his design, to his sculpt, to his deco, to the pliability of the plastic, everything just clicks.
The new Tri-Klops figure is primarily based on the original 1983 design, using modern parts. The biggest and most obvious addition is on his back, which retains the storage space for his sword but adds three sculpted, painted throwing knives. They're non-removable but add a lot of gee-whiz factor to the figure, no doubt driving up its cost a bit but certainly making it feel like a more expensive collectible. The harness has also been redesigned and now lacks the "spine" piece down the back, but that's probably just fine. With one addition and one removal, ultimately, you'll probably never look at this figure's back anyway. The body is mostly reused He-Man parts with a newly tooled right forearm which has matching, uh, bracelets on either hand now. The standard 20ish joints are present plus a bonus (and necessary) one: his head is jointed so his three-eyed visor can rotate around his head. One of the neatest-- and most ghoulish-- easter eggs can be seen under the eyes, there are patches where his eyes used to be which seem to be "wired in" to the scope. Horrifying.
The figure has a nice update of the original sword, complete with the guard. Added metallic green paint has been added to the blade, as have a group of orange dots. The original didn't feature this level of deco, but it did include a glow-in-the-dark Warrior's Ring which seems to have Castle Grayskull on it. The idea on the original release was you could hide messages in there or something, and this new version looks pretty similar to the original. I appreciate its inclusion as a "secret accessory" but I'd by lying if I said I had any real use for it. Much more interesting is the Doomseeker, and update of the 2002 accessory. Fully-painted this time around, it's a colorful robot bird-fish thing with a clear plastic stand. It looks far superior to the 2002 version, and looks like it belongs in the 1982 aesthetic despite being cooked up two decades after the fact. Far more than the ring, this was a brilliant choice to flesh out Tri-Klops' gear.
The pictures should show just what a nice paint job ol' three-eyes has, and I can't complain about his gear. The rotating eye mechanism works great, and the hands are a little softer than some other figures in the line, meaning he can hold his gear much more easily. If you make this the first figure in Masters of the Universe Classics you buy, you will be spoiled. I got him late and I gotta say, he's so good he stands up against 2012 figures and in most cases, is a little bit better. If anyone ever tells you this figure isn't good, ignore them. Like, on everything. And I mean on life-or-death stuff too, anyone who says this Tri-Klops sucks can't be trusted. Put this on your shopping list, you won't be sorry.
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