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Funko Masters of the Universe Dorbz Skeletor Funko, 2016
Day #1,645: February 14, 2017
Funko Masters of the Universe Dorbz Skeletor Vinyl FigureSkeletor
Not the Chase, It's Normal

Masters of the Universe Dorbz Vinyl Figure #242
Item No.:
No. 56424
Manufacturer: Funko
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: Fall 2016
Other: Disco Skeletor is the Variant

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Funko Masters of the Universe Dorbz Skeletor Vinyl FigureDorbz are interesting - as one of the follow-ups to the Pop! Vinyl craze, they're a little smaller, a little cheaper, and more ornately packaged. I'd go as far as to say that they're better in many respects, but they don't have quite the same impact or distribution. The packaging is gorgeous, the licenses are pretty great, and they're cute. I got Masters of the Universe Dorbz Skeletor in a goodie bag, so of course I'm using it here as part of my Toy Fair buffer. The roughly 3-inch hard vinyl figure is pretty cute and looks fairly happy. This is what you want out of your Lord of Destruction.

Funko Masters of the Universe Dorbz Skeletor Vinyl Figure

Keeping the familiar not-quite-kokeshi footprint, Skeletor tweaks the basic body design with a new head and a retooled body complete with Havoc Staff. The neck is articulated, but other than that it's an adorable little figure. Or statue. Unlike Pop! Vinyl figures, these have the advantage of being weighted on the bottom more without legs that can wobble and cause a figure to fall over - they're a bit harder to tip. The form factor is good, and the general design lends itself to all sorts of characters. A basic blue body has been covered in his battle harness, furry shorts, and boots. Arms are largely bare, except for the painted staff with the ram skull head.

Funko Masters of the Universe Dorbz Skeletor Vinyl Figure

The head is hooded with various skull sculpt enhancements. The eye sockets are exaggerated, but the mouth is painted flat. Each eye slit is red to match the cartoon, shaped like a crescent which implies some sense of satisfaction or contentment. It also feels solid - Pop! Vinyl figures have hollow heads, while Skeletor here has more weight.

The curse of Dorbz - and arguably Pop! vinyl figures - is that with the big licenses, you've already got super-articulated tricked-out action figures. This is the cheaper alternative, so if you're bonkers for Skeletor like I am, you probably want this. It's also a great gift for the kind of person who appreciates toys but not to the extent that someone who reads (or writes) this column does. It looks awesome, displays nice, and is painted incredibly well. For the asking price, it's a great piece - if you have room in your heart for more of Skeletor.

--Adam Pawlus

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