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Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Ceratus Mattel, 2015
Day #1,460: June 8, 2016
Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Ceratus Action FigureCeratus
Heroic Leader of Sub-Ternia

Masters of the Universe Classics Action Figure
Item No.:
No. CHF02
Manufacturer: Mattel
Includes: Weapon
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $28.00
Availability: October 2015
Other: Club 200X Figure

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Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Ceratus Action FigureOverall, Masters of the Universe Classics is the rare line that delivers consistency consistently. It doesn't necessarily deliver something wholly new these days, but Ceratus is a figure with a top-notch sculpt, a good accessory, and just plain looks cool. Another 2002 cartoon series person, this guy is of a similar bloodline to Whiplash. There's little here that you haven't seen before if you have another 100 of these dudes (and if you've got more than 5, you've got at least 100) but the Four Horsemen and Mattel did manage to surprise in a couple of minor ways that we haven't seen before or since. But he's still the same size with the same basic articulation we've had since the beginning.

Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Ceratus Action FigureCeratus' head sculpt is one of the best in the line. Sure, it looks like a more or less typical Orc-type creature, but he's got a nose ring. What's cooler are his earrings, which are actually metal and dangle freely. I have lots of action figures - lots - and I don't think I can name one with metal earrings that dangle. It's really cool, and given the slow price increases it was a smart move on Mattel's part to really plus up the figure. Even though he has tons of new parts like spiky arms, a new torso, and nifty loincloth armor stuff, it's that new noggin that really ties the figure together. I have to assume Mattel just upped their budgets for 2015, because it really did turn out nicely. It's not really designed to sit, as the tail and loincloth would get in the way of sitting on a lion or in an Eternian tank or jet or something.

You have to plug the tail in place, and it helps keep him standing. The feet are similar to other figures like Demo Man - clawed, green, and not able to rock. They're good enough for the figure, as, well, let's be honest - you're not going to be doing a ton with this guy. He can stand, and he can stand in other, similar positions. His weapon is some sort of bone-based backscratcher, or at least I think that's what it is. You can tell me if I'm wrong. It's a little loose in his right hand, but it fits - that's what we need. It's also worth noting that a couple of the spikes on the back were bent on my sample, so I should probably dip him in some boiling water and fix those. On the whole, though, he came out pretty much exactly as good as you might want.

Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Ceratus Action FigureI remember him from the show, most as "the guy who's not Whiplash but looks like Whiplash." They really did a nice job making him different - a different shade of green, a different costume, a different head, and different ears make him stand out. This isn't Whiplash, but it could be Whiplash-adjacent. I love this kind of thing in my sci-fi and fantasy toy lines, because it's exciting to get more Wookiees than Chewbacca and also more Caligars than Whiplash. If you can get this guy at a low price, he's great. For $30, he's not bad. Below that, and this is probably one of the better figures in the line that works well independently of the He-Man lore.

--Adam Pawlus

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