| Included in set:
He-Man, Man-at-Arms, Stratos, Skeletor, Beastman, Mer-Man,
Once again, Mattel is bringing out the classics. After the
moderate success of the re-editioning
of the old Masters of the Universe figures (which you
can now get in boxed sets), Mattel has decided to redesign
a new series to be released around the time of the new "made
for TV" feature film that looks to reintroduce the classic
cartoon on Cartoon Network.
To keep with the spirit of the original series, Mattel has
released three heroes - He-Man, Man-at-Arms and Stratos, and
three villains - Skeletor, Beastman and Mer-Man. Along with
these six are two special figures - Battle Sound He-Man and
Skeletor, that come with extra "shiny" armor, much like the
Battle Damage armor from the original series. Also available
are Battle Cat and Panthor, each side's respective feline
ally and a less than intimidating Castle Grayskull (it just
doesn't have that same magic that the original did).
The design and look of the new series captures both the original
feel with an added flavor of newness. The figures can not
be mistaken for anything than what they are, while the new
sculpts show a more dynamic look with deeper attention to
detail. Skeletor's head alone looks vastly better than the
original series. The poseability is not over-the-top, but
allows for functional playing. As with the originals, these
figures look to be simple, yet sturdy. This time around, the
figures come with more weapons and assorted items (a must
for the current generation of toys) and the weapons are actually
fairly detailed and painted, unlike the monochrome plastic
tools that we got in the original series.
Traditionalists may scoff at the new look as "too cool",
but once again, Mattel has made a toy line that can both be
collected and played with. Considering the push for the "new"
Masters of the Universe and the promise of more re-done
characters, I won't be surprised to see the aisles flooded
with these toys.