MOTU Battle Cat Re-issue
Real Name: Cringer
“A member of the Green Tiger Tribe, Cringer was saved from a parek-narr attack by a young Prince Adam and afterwards became his devoted companion for life. He assisted Adam during his quest to unite both halves of the Power Sword of He and afterwards was enhanced by its power to become Battle Cat, the Fighting Tiger of Eternia. Cringer is one of the only a handful of allies who knows Adam’s secret and fights alongside the other Masters of the Universe, carrying He-Man into battle against the forces of evil.”
Name: Battle Cat
Line: Masters of the Universe Classics
Sculptor: The Four Horsemen
Material: PVC, ABS
Release: Feb 2010
Original Price: $30USD
Length: 320mm / 12.6inches
The Battle Cat is my first of the larger MOTU figures from the line and I was surprised at the size of the thing. The size of the outer box rivals most Chogokin boxes and is very sturdy. On the inside, the same style of packaging from the line is applied to this figure, stretched to fit the Battle Cat in. As this is the 2010 reissue version, the text “the original” appears on the front inside a starburst graphic. Unlike the smaller figures, Battle Cat is held in by a few twisty ties.
Pictured below is the outer box and blister pack of Battle Armor He-Man packaging, for size comparison.
Aside from the armour that comes already attached, Battle Cat does not come with any other accessories.
It’s been a while since I last watched an episode of the Classic He-Man cartoon so my memory of Cringer is a little hazy. However, as a tiger it looks great. There’s heaps of detail in the head, I especially love the mouth and teeth sculpt. You can also see the lines of the muscles throughout the body as well as in-mould fur detail. The armour is great. It fits perfectly on Cringer and retains the classic look. One thing I felt was missing is an extra head with a scared looking expression.
Cringer is fully articulated from his mouth to his tail. There are a total of 19 points of articulation throughout and Cringer is able to be placed in quite a lot of different poses – much better than the original static figure from the old toy line.
Overall the paint scheme of Battle Cat is quite good. Again the mouth and teeth detail is really awesome. The claws and paws have also been painted giving a degree of realism. Stripes on his body are quite tidy and the armour itself has highlights and shading applied to make it look like tough leather.
Given its size and the fact it’s a tiger, I thought it would be interesting to see how it compares to the Zoids Shield Liger by Yamato. Size wise, its almost as big, but its no where near as heavy or expensive (even on the secondary market). Would be awesome if He-Man can ride Liger into battle, he would be unstoppable!
For the price, it is an absolutely awesome toy. Luckily for those of us that missed out the first time around, Mattel has been re-releasing the MOTU figures so that everyone can enjoy these great toys without having to pay an arm and a leg for it. Unfortunately however there is still some ways to go with the ordering system before everyone is happy. If you’re desperate for one, prices have dropped on eBay, otherwise you’ll have to wait until the next re-release.
Thanks again for reading my review, I hope you’ve enjoyed it!