MOTU Battle Armor He-Man

Background:

Real Name: Adam of the House Randor
“To adapt to new enemies and situations, Adam has learned to tap further into the great power that his sword unlocks. The combined Power of the Universe and the Knowledge of the Elders is called upon by Adam and weapons to combat evil. His Battle Armor was created to protect He-Man during his early battles with Skeletor and his evil warriors. Using the Power of Grayskull, He-Man – The Most Powerful Man in the Universe, is now shielded by his mighty Battle Armor!”

MOTU Battle Armor He-Man

Name: Battle Armor He-Man
Manufacturer: Mattel
Line: Masters of the Universe Classics
Sculptor: The Four Horsemen
Designer:
Scale: Non-scale
Material: PVC, ABS
Release: Jan 2010
Original Price: $20USD
Height: 170mm / 6.69inches

Packaging:

Throughout the whole MOTU series, the packaging has had almost no changes made to it. It still comes in a white outer box, which contains the inner clamshell packaging for those that want to keep the toy mint. The figure itself sits inside a plastic tray that fits perfectly into the clamshell – this of course means there is no need for twisty ties.

  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man outer packaging
  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man clamshell packaging front
  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man clamshell packaging back
  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man clamshell packaging inside

Accessories:

Battle Armor He-Man comes with a Battle Axe and three different inserts for the chest armor. Each piece has a varying degree of damage, from non-damaged, slightly damaged to smashed! Changing the pieces over is just a matter of unhooking the front armor and swapping out the inserts – unlike the original which has a rotating chest. Oh, and no Sword of Power.

  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man with Battle Axe and slightly damaged chest
  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man with Battle Axe and smashed chest

Form/Sculpt:

Battle Armor He-Man looks sensational. It features design revisions from the first 2008 release of the MOTU He-Man which includes corrected shoulders and toned down glossiness of the body. I especially love the facial expression, he looks very entranced and focused on the job at hand, which I’d imagine would be to kick Skeletor’s ass!

MOTU Battle Armor He-Man

Articulation/Action:

Articulation wise, it is pretty good for what it is. It has a total of 25 points of articulation but is somewhat restricted by the design of the character (and all those muscles!). Having said that, I wouldn’t change a thing about it, because to me it looks and feels just right as it is.

  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man Battle Axe attack
  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man Battle Axe defence
  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man Battle Axe charge!
  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man Battle Axe chop

Paint/Print:

Paint details are also really quite nice on this figure. The eyes and facial features look purposeful. The armor is evenly coated in silver and the chest symbol mostly tidy. The fur on his codpiece has slight highlighting applied although it isn’t very obvious. His forearm armor also has highlights painted on to give extra depth. Straps on his boots are a little messy but it’s really not that noticeable.

  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man head and chest paint detail
  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man waist and codpiece paint  detail
  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man arm paint detail
  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man boot paint detail

Details/Features:

For those of you that are curious to see what He-Man looks like (nothing dirty) under that armor, here it is. The body is a repaint of the normal He-Man sculpt, but the abdominal section has been replaced by a new “flat” piece.

  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man front body paint detail without armor
  • MOTU Battle Armor He-Man back body paint detail without armor

Overall:

I’ve always been a fan of the MOTU Classics line, the only thing that was putting me off was the buying experience. It seems that MattyCollector has been making small (but slow) changes after all the negative comments from the toy fans. It is now slightly easier to make a purchase, with some figures lasting more than a week after the release date. However, with the more popular figures such as this, you’ll still have to be quick.

Thanks for readying my review, more MOTU reviews to come soon!


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