Another one from my childhood, I don’t particularly remember him in the cartoons much, but then again, I barely remember some of the stuff that happened last month!
Stratos is a Winged Warrior character from the media franchise “Masters of the Universe” (MOTU) created by Mattel in 1981. There have been several comic series as well as four animated cartoon series and a live action film from this franchise, however the storyline varies and is inconsistent between each. Possibly the most well known of the MOTU story is the original cartoon series released from 1983 to 1985.
In the original cartoon series, the story takes place on the fictional planet of Eternia, where Prince Adam, son of Eternia’s rulers King Randor and Queen Marlena, turns into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe when he holds the Power Sword up and says the magic words “By the power of Grayskull! I have the power!”.
Together with his close allies, He-Man must protect Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor. Stratos, Lord of Avion (a civilization of Winged Warriors) is a close ally of King Randor, he is brave and honourable and often comes to He-Man’s aid.
Name: Stratos of the House of Avion
Line: Masters of the Universe Classics
Sculpter: Four Horsemen
Material: PVC, ABS
Original Price: $24AUD / $20USD
Secondary Market Price: $35USD – $80USD
Height: 165mm / 6.49inches
The packaging of the new MOTU Classics line is quite retro looking and uses a lot of the graphics similar to that found in the old cartoon series. This is a rather good marketing strategy to get those of us who grew up with He-Man back into the new line, and I guess it has worked! Stratos sold out in 3 days! The one thing I didn’t like was the fact that once you open the packaging, it is basically destroyed – not very collector friendly at all.
As you’d expect from the work of the Four Horsemen, the sculptural work here is amazing. He does share a lot of the same parts as previous release figures such as his furry body, arms, legs, right hand and loin cloth (Beast Man), ok, so it’s more like 80% of the figure but it’s still nice nonetheless. He does get a new head (of course) as well as new left hand and feet. Speaking of his feet, why are they so smooth?!
As you can see, the new line of MOTU figures has really “grown up”, it now look far more realistic in proportion compared to the 1980’s toy, but still in keeping with the style and design of the original cartoon.(wings are missing from old Stratos)
This Stratos figure has plenty of articulation and can pull off some pretty good poses and stances. There is around 21 points of articulation and most have a decent range of movement. There isn’t really anything particularly bad about the articulation, it is pretty much as good as it can be, although I wonder if they could get a bit more range out of the elbows and knees? (Pics further down)
The paint work is good, great highlights and ink washes used on the loin cloth and feather to give the sculptural detail even more depth, something the original 1980’s figure never had. There was a bit of overspray on the face area but it is quite minor. Fingernails were also painted!
As mentioned earlier, the elbow and knee joints are a little less than what I’d hoped for, as you can see the range of articulation is not the best. Pictures are of the knee and elbow joints at the most bent position.
This is a pretty straight forward action figure, no gimmicks and nothing fancy about it. This is not to say that it’s not a good toy, quite the contrary. I think it’s an awesome toy and a great collectible at only $20USD (that’s if you can get your hands on them new!). It does what it is supposed to and looks great doing it. It’s like having homemade pie, it’s simple, wholesome and there is nothing unnecessary added to confuse the flavours.
One thing I’d like to add here to all the “flippers” (buyers purchasing with intent to resell at an inflated cost without adding any value) out there, yes you know who you are…kindly f*ck off and leave the toys for those who genuinely want to collect them. Thanks for reading my toy review!