I'm not sure what Mattel wants me to think of Masters of the Universe Classics. When Vultak was announced and subsequently delayed, I was pretty ambivalent. Would Trap Jaw be coming on time? Then I'm happy. It took me by surprise that this figure was not only good, but it was good enough that I don't really seem to care that I don't at all remember the cartoon from which he originated. It's a cool Horde dude with neat gear and that's enough.
The basic figure template is as usual. The same basic buck has the same basic articulation, with a new head, new feathered wrists, new bird feet, and a new sleeveless turtleneck armor piece. Ankles now rock and have that slightly-more-visible-joint that everyone tells me I'm supposed to hate, but the truth is I really don't notice it very much. He can stand, and he looks pretty decent - the head looks like an old toy, which is what you want. For an unpainted head colored like Panthro, it looks like the kind of noggin in you can reach out and squeeze. Vultak's head is hard plastic, so you can't squeeze it, but you get the idea.
Articulation has nothing you haven't seen, and everything more or less works. The wings are very much like Queen Angella, the feet could make for a great rooster figure some day, and his hands have no problems holding the feathered crossbow or the nifty neck thing. You can totally tie up a dude.
Neither accessory will wow you, but they're both quite good. The feathers on the crossbow look like feathers, and the neck restraint looks a lot like a neck restraint, give or take its being blue. If you pop off another figure's head, you can slip on this ring for whatever kinky zoo keeping flight scenarios you may have in mind. At least, that's my guess as to what this is for. It's probably pretty good, too - the brown rope and metallic blue cuff seems to be a heck of a lot more interesting than the usual sword or gun gear.
Sure Vultak is as necessary to your collection as a collection is necessary to your life, but it's interesting. If you don't perfectly know the old She-Ra cartoons, he's just a cool new Horde dude and that is actually a pretty great thing to have. I don't assume there will be a lot of demand for this one over the long haul, so get it if the price suits your budget. It's certainly nifty and it's not like anybody collecting this line is generally not pleased to see a new baddie here and there.
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