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Today I am going to review TWO Skeletor figures. Regular, and Battle Armor.
Regular Skeletor has a really nice sculpt. I never noticed, but apparently it isn’t really vintage accurate. Mattel opted to share parts, since he was one of the earliest figures, and gave him the same arms as Whiplash. (I never noticed until Dragon Blaster Skeletor was revealed, and people talked about parts swapping the two to make a perfect Skeletor.)
Battle Armor Skeletor has the same sculpt, but some paint differences. Regular Skeletor has a blue body and torso, while Battle Armor Skeletor is painted shiny purple underneath the armor. This was to accomodate the “belly shirt” problem that this “sports bra” type of armor creates. You won’t notice it as much unless you try putting the battle armor on regular Skeletor. Then it is a glaring fashion foux pa.
The head sculpt of these two appears to be the same….but the paint is really different. Regular Skeletor’s face was too yellow (or is that green?). Battle Armor Skeletor had the perfect look. So I swapped their heads, since I gave the Battle Armor version to one of the SpartanSmurfs. They never noticed. (Some people have put Molar Skeletor’s head on Battle Armor Skeletor, making a battle damaged look. Since I don’t have that….)
Of course there are no real action features. Battle Armor Skeletor has armor with a swappable chest piece that can show battle damage. A real nerd will remember that the vintage version had an action mechanism that would “flip” if you touched it. With the MOTUC version, you just decide how you want to display him.
Regular Skeletor comes with the all important Havoc Staff, a half sword, and a full sword. Battle Armor Skeletor comes with only a purple battle axe.
The truth is, I ordered Battle Armor first….should have done my research. He didn’t come with the Havoc Staff, though originally I thought he was the cooler version. When I got the Regular one in hand, I changed my mind.
I am very happy with Skeletor. I suppose he should get a 5/5, but let’s not forget that I head swapped with Battle Armor Skeletor. If you want a more perfect version, you are going to have to order both. Or order all three if you are a perfectionist, and mix and match parts. (The third variant being Dragon Blaster Skeletor.) So for me, this makes him a 4/5. Do you agree? Let me know in a comment.
Why I, the SpartanNerd, chooses AZORIUS
When I began playing Magic: The Gathering, It was right when the Magic 2012 Core Set was released. I found some Magic 2011 cards on sale also, and scooped them up. Right away I identified with the Zombies and such. I am drawn to the black magic. That’s me in general. I find that stuff entertaining.
But Azorius is Blue and White!
When Magic Core Set 2013, came out, many of the cards I had come to love became illegal in standard. So I began to experiment. The Green style of playing just doesn’t work for me. And neither does Red. I found that I do as well with White as I did Black. But the Blue style magic reminded me the most of Majaya from Shadow Era. With lots of control spells, etc.
So Azorius was pushed out in Return to Ravnica, is a combination of Blue and White, two styles that I play well. How well? Well last night I won half of my matches and would have been top eight if I wasn’t forced to take a loss for being late. AND I BEAT A CAREER PLAYER! So I’m feeling good today.
When I think about who beats me the most, it is usually Gruul (Red and Green). So my Azorius deck is designed to keep Gruul specifically under control. The Gruul players like to bloodrush, Titanic Growth, etc, but they can’t if you are armed with defensive spells. And that is what Azorius is all about. A good defense is your offense.
You see, I really believe that, way down in my heart.
read DEFENSIVE LINEMAN! NOSEGUARD!
So I detain the attacking creatures, and shut down Gruul. Do I win every time? No. But I am ready for these aggressive strategies. And some of my deal is I’m an idiot player. My two actual losses last night came from bonehead decisions. AND, I forgot that “Ruric Thar, the Unbowed” penalizes non-creature spells….New Card Syndrome!
But it was very satisfying when one of these Gruul players had five attackers, and one bloodrushed, and I had been holding “Aetherize” in my hand. NOT GETTING THROUGH! This was him being a bonehead. He should have known something was up when I didn’t attack him.
And I took two wins by attacking with small, cheap creatures. “Azorius Arrester” gave one guy 18 damage. “Azorius Arrester”….a 2/1 wimp hit him at least 9 times. My opponent couldn’t touch me. Also “Lyev Skyknight” did well for me. I was able to detain “Fog Banks”, other flyers, etc. I had four “fatties” hit the board at the right times last night. They served their purposes well.
I got milled one time. I couldn’t do anything about that. This was a time I should have mulliganned on down to five.
My Azorius strategy didn’t do well against stuff with haste and flash. “Yeva, Nature’s Herald” became a problem for me. It didn’t do well when the proper manna wasn’t available (no one does, right) Just the same, I really believe in this strategy.
Think about it. I am a teacher. I am always saying….”Stop that.” (Negate) “No Talking” (Render Silent) “Go to the office” (Oblivion Ring, Detention Sphere). “I know you didn’t just…” (Rain of Blades)…
See what I mean. I might be drawn to the Black Magic for entertainment purposes. But I AM AZORIUS.
Until I decide to switch, I guess.
Groovy I got an extra Aquaman comic in the Mail! Looks like I might have a give-away soon!
Dork What’s up with the news about a “red clear colored” Hordak figure? So we can’t have filmation colors, but we can have this weird variant, which is being offered as a rare “legendary” type figure?
Groovy SoundGarden! Man, I can’t get enough of them it seems lately.
Dork Too bad I can’t go to the Carolina Rebellion this weekend and see them.
Groovy I picked up some recent comics for a quarter a piece at the Edge of the World Public Library!
Groovy Rumor has it that the MOTUC subscription may be a bit cheaper this time. I hope so. Maybe I can subscribe and get in on some of the best stuff in MOTU. Still to come are “Two Bad” and associated characters “Tuvarr” and “Badra,” “Modulok/Multibot/Megabeast,” 200x Evil Lynn, “Tongue Lasher,” “Blade,” “Saurod,” and more, which I really want.
Dork I don’t care much for POP. Not that I don’t like it. But that is not what I am interested in collecting. But it appears that next year is going to have a ton of POP characters. I personally think they should offer POP as a separate subscription. Kind of like the Filmation Sub and the 30th anniversary sub. And keep it MOTU vintage in the main line. We already got our She-Ra and Cat-ra. And Bo. Leave those other guys for the POP fans to buy. Don’t force them on those who don’t want them. Which is part of the reason I’ve been a cherry picker thus far.
Groovy Baja Limon chips are SOOO GOOOD. I picked mine up where all the cheapskates shop. Big Lots!
Dork The schools are encouraging Meatless Monday now. These kids are pasty enough as it is. Most of them are already iron deficient. And your going to take away their meat now? Unwise, people. Unwise. AND it would be different if they offered a healthy meatless choice. Instead….Nacho Cheese? I thought we were trying to COMBAT CHILDHOOD OBESITY!
“How can you have puddin’ if ya don’t eat yer meat!”
Well. Anyway, the MacBook Pro took a fall today, and isn’t working right 😦
I still stand by my advice. But I am worried it’s gonna haunt my cheapskate ways. I will keep my loyal readers informed!
(I typed this on my desktop iMac, 2006 “iSight” model.)
Yesterday I reviewed Battle Cat. So today I will give you a review of Panthor. There are a lot of similarities!
So if you read my review of Battle Cat, you already know what you are getting. Except this time it’s purple. And instead of a tiger-based beast, it is a panther-based beast.
This time nudity doesn’t seem so wrong. Panthor was usually depicted without his saddle and armor on the Filmation show. (At least that is how I remember him the most.) He has the same joints as Battle Cat. He has a different head-sculpt, though.
Many people complain that Panthor is not flocked. I am personally glad that the Four Horsemen decided to just stick with a molded plastic and painted look. Flocking would have obscured all of the wonderful details. Did anyone see the 200x monstrosity that was supposed to pass for Panthor? It was WAY too fluffy. And though the figure does lose something tactile, it more than makes up for it by being beautifully executed.
The head sculpt is more laid back….what I mean is his ears are back, like he’s really angry. He has different whiskers than Battle Cat, and personally, I think a cuter face, but angry just the same.
So what about his accessories? Here is where the Four Horsemen got creative. The saddle and armor (one piece) are exactly the same as Battle Cat’s, only a shiny green that really pops against the purple fur. Think “Emerald Green,” if it does you well. And then there is the headpiece.
The vintage Panthor did not have a headpiece. This was an area where Battle Cat definitely had Panthor beat. But now, OH BOY! Panthor has an awesome helmet featuring little horns that match what is on the armor, with some giant ram horns added! I love the helmet so much I usually display him with it on. But lots of people seem to detest it. I heard someone on Roast Gooble Dinner say they wanted to smash it with a sledgehammer. Really? Come on guys. It’s not that bad. Just different than vintage. This helmet reminds me of that crazy vehicle from the Mike Young show that Skeletor used to destroy Hordak’s shrine. It is a good compliment to Skeletor’s Havoc Staff as well.
For the record, the two cats’ helmets do not interchange.
Panthor suffers from the same problems as Battle Cat. Loose joints, droopy head, questionable stirrups.
So, I’ll leave you with some pictures. I am quite fond of Battle Cat, being a “good guy” most of the time as a kid. But dare I say I like this Panthor better? Maybe I’ll get a Griffin next? (Links to Pixel Dan video) The Griffin would look great with Vikor!
Panthor gets a 4/5.