SpartanNerd Review…Masters of the Universe MAGAZINE ISSUE #2 (Vintage Review)

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You gotta love small business!  Daniel Macabee, owner of the Tangled Web in Spartanburg SC, picked this up with ME in mind. It was very much appreciated…he sold it to me for a fair price, and it came with an extra “The Menace of the Evil Horde” mini comic, one of the rarest ever printed!  (Daniel cares enough about my interests to find the right items, is my point.  Does Wal-Mart care.  Nope!)

As a child, I received this magazine as a part of a Publishers Clearing House subscription, I’m sure.  I remember spending lots of time staring at the pages.  I removed the posters, but my mother wouldn’t let us hang them.  Basically these, like all of our books, became narfed up to the point of being trash worthy only.

I love that I have a chance as an adult to re-visit what this was all about.  And as with all of my vintage comics reviews, I will also talk about the ads.

The cover of the book, (above) shows Skeletor and He-Man battling, with Skeletor prominently seated on Spydor.  The cover is an Earl Norem painting…he did all of the covers for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Magazines.  (But not She-Ra.)  He also did the posters that came inside.

What you can’t see is Moss Man in the picture.  The UPC code etc caused him to be cropped out.

Turning the page, you are greeted with your first ad.

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An ad for the SECRET WARS toys.  I had a few of these as a kid.  These were my introduction to Wolverine and to Spider-Man with a black costume.  I had forgotten about the trick shield until recently, when the current Secret Wars comics printed variant covers that mocked these vintage toys.

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One thing about the MOTU magazine, it functioned as a sort of pseudo social network for He-Man fans.  There are letters printed throughout the issue.

Prominently featured here is the instructions for removing the posters inside without damaging the magazine.  Do you think I removed the posters?  NO WAY!  Doing so would remove some of the other content of the magazine, which bothered me back in the day as much as it does now.  As a kid, did I follow these instructions?  Nope.  (I just jerked the posters out, leaving obvious holes where the staples were.)

What better way to start a MOTU magazine than with a letter from He-Man himself?  Here he just summarizes what’s ahead in the book.

Then we get our next ad when we turn the page.

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You are supposed to do this puzzle…so now we are removing pages, AND writing in our prized magazine.  Total sacrilege.

This ad reminds me of the “decoder pen” in the movie “The Christmas Story.”  I do think it does a good job of emphasizing the tactile nature of Oreos.  I think I’ll eat one now…

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The official table of contents.  This reminds me of the font list you see on a word processing program, like Microsoft Word or Apple’s Pages.  Nowadays the font list tries to give you an idea of what the font looks like.

Each line of the tale of contents contains a different color and font.  In some classes about doing word processing, the teachers told us that we shouldn’t do this…that it is “tacky.”  I guess a bunch of kids interested in Stinkor might not be so concerned about how “tacky” things look.

Besides this, you can also see little snips of the art in the different sections of the book.

This document pre-dates modern word processing.  All of this would have been cut and pasted by hand.  That’s impressive!

Also, do you notice the lack of photographs?  Earl Norem said in his interview with He-Man.org that at the time, it was more expensive to print photographs than use drawn or painted art.  Doesn’t that seem backwards by today’s standards?  (Notice the ads thought generally feature cartoon art, like the Oreo ad for instance.)

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Letters from the fans.  Each one of these sings the praises of He-Man.  Many kids say something like they want to help He-Man defeat Skeletor.  Some of them have kids art…quite an honor.

We get a promotional ad for the magazine we are reading….

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Four issues for $6.00.  WOW!

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Some older kids wrote letters in on this page.  One kid seems a little ashamed, mentioning that he is fifteen years old.  That would make him about eight years older than the SpartanNerd.  I hope he is still interested.

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Another ad.  This one for Nerds.  It features a contest.  And REAL photos.  I think its comical some of the prizes offered.  First prize is a massive Sony stereo system, with a record player.  Second prize is a CORDLESS PHONE.  Third prize a canon camera that needed REAL FILM.  Fourth prize a Nerds watch.  With prize a bag.  Sixth prize a Nerds stamp.

Last time I checked, Raspberry and Blueberry flavors are still on the shelves…

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Remember me talking about this being a social network sort of…

Here are some articles of interest for the kiddies.  I have never seen the first book, or the second one.  I’d forgotten about the movie “Baby.”  I remember it being sad somehow at the end, however.  Basically they find Baby stranded from its Brontosaurus mother.  Light years before Jurassic Park.

The animal trainer seems familiar.

I don’t remember the ghost movie.

Braingames.  On HBO.  This was early edutainment.  This would evolve into Dora the Explorer and similar.

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Behind these pages we can see the poster.  I am showing you that mine is still intact, and will remain that way!  Here are digital images of the two posters.

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Now here’s an interesting feature.  And yet another social network outlet.  They intended to feature a kid each month who did something heroic.  They would call this featured person, “He-Man of the Issue.”

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Floating Visions.  If you can’t tell what these are without tilting the magazine, maybe you are into the Thundercats instead….

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A featured story.  I would point out that some of this has poster behind it.  So if you sacrifice the magazine for the poster, you lose some of the story.

The artwork is interesting.  The color scheme here is more feminine than we usually see with He-Man stuff.  I wonder if this artist went on to color She-Ra books?

This is a story that glosses over major details and skips to the point.  Heroic warriors are captured.  Skeletor attacks Grayskull.  He-Man wins.

As a teacher, I see something else now.  The reading level of this story is on par with a seven year old.  Important because of what follows.

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The Duke of Lorin is an almost fan-fiction short story.  Not a graphic novel…this is meant for a higher reading level.  Maybe an eleven or twelve year old.  The border that surrounds the story is fantastic!

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As an adult looking in the rear view mirror, Create a Character means something else.  Mattel used this magazine to solicit kids to CREATE A CHARACTER near the end of the line.  (Eventually we would have the Fearless Photog) The goofy feature here isn’t the same thing.  It’s more of a paper-dolls activity.

OK.  So we are supposed to write in the book to solve the OREO puzzle.  Remove the posters.  And now cut out pieces of paper doll.  EEEK.

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The next feature got me at first.  It appears to be a battle scene.  The kind of thing you see everyday on Eternia.  But then you look closely and see how silly it is.  man-At-Arms has a plunger!  Battle cat is a house cat sized animal. Evil-Lyn is carrying a LIGHT BULB.

I’ll let you find the rest!

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There is another little ad.  Choose Your Adventure.

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Another way to mutilate the book.  Work this word-search.

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The Secret of the Sword movie was coming out soon, and She-Ra would be unleashed on all of the little girls.  (Boys too, it turns out.)

Notice that the Evil Horde gets a mention here, but the enemies featured are Skeletor’s baddies.

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The back of the magazine has this ad for a hot-wheels train.  No electricity required.  This time a photo.  It has something to do with being on the back cover, which is the same sheet as the front cover.

The ad prominently attacks the electric train industry by pointing out how much better it is to roll the trains yourself by hand.  You might not remember, but back in 1985, electric trains were all the rage with kids.  Including the SpartanNerd.

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I mentioned that there was a little extra.  This is the real thing!  Manteca and the Menace of the Evil Horde!

I really enjoyed my trip down memory lane.  Thanks for reading, oh Hub-City Geeks.

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SpartanNerd…”Theros Block, I am going to miss you!”

Theros Block….I Am Going to Miss You
First of all, Theros Block is the first block that I am SUPER SAD to see rotate out of standard.  These are cards that I “just get.”  Everything from the Greek Fantasy flavor and motif, to the moody standard environment that the block created, both with Ravnica Block and Khans of Tarkir Block, as well as with the associated core sets M14, M15, AND Magic Origins.  Theros, Born of the Gods, and Journey Into Nyx have been terrific fun to play, study, and collect.  The set has taught me a lot about what kind of Magic player I am.  And it is the first set that I began to identify myself as a “serious player.”  The cards here are rotating out of Standard to make way for The Battle for Zendikar Block, but they will continue to reverberate through Modern, Legacy, and maybe even Vintage.  What cards will I miss?  Here are some of my thoughts about the cards.
Thoughtsieze.
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“Thought Sneeze” Why is he looking at his hands?

Wow.  The first card I ever paid big bucks for.  I opened two in booster packs, and paid $40 apiece for the other two.  Why was/is this card so expensive?  This card found its way into 90% of all of my standard decks over the past two years.  And it has been a staple in Modern.  Playable in a Rack deck, or Esper Control, Reanimator.  This card is one of the “nuts and bolts” of Magic the Gathering.  This card is similar to Snapcaster Mage….only “more available” currently.
I remember Thoughtsiezing out Stormbreath Dragons, Elspeth Sun’s Champion, all kinds of gods, other Thoughtsiezes, Pack Rats, Detention Spheres, and on and on the list goes.  This card became an essential part of Abzan decks as Khans of Tarkir block unfolded.  You could stop their Jeskai Ascendancy combo in its tracks, get rid of Ugin, get rid of Wingmate Roc, Siege Rhino, or Seeker of the Way.
In my circles, Modern tends to be a super fast format.  Thoughtsieze is a great sideboard card to slow down some of those opponents…taking out their Tarmogoyfs or Snapcaster Mages before they can do any good.  Someone offered me a trade for some of my Thoughtsiezes one day.  No way!  This card is currently “down in value,” which happens before rotation.  But this card could only go up in value again as it become rare again.
The other thing about the card is it lets you see the opponents hand.  I learned “write it down!”
Thoughtsieze, or as I have christened you, “Thought Sneeze, (even funnier because of the art), you will be missed in Standard.  Duress and Despise are only shadows of what you were!
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
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The card that got me my first ever TOP 8!.  I actually made it to the final round…facing an esper control player who favored Sphynx’s Revelation.  It was right after Born of the Gods came out…at the time, Ravnica Block also gave us Nightveil Spector, who was also an incredible card in the death machine that was Mono-Black Devotion.  You basically Pack Rat and Mutavault, eventually getting out Nightveil Spectors, excellent flying things that exiled away the opponents cards, acquired new resources for you, and provided three devotion to blue or black.  Then you dropped a Gray Merchant of Aspodel on the board, and GG.
When Ravnica Block rotated out, this strategy fought to remain in favor.  The Spectors really made it work.  Master of the Feast however usually proved unreliable because he would give them a card and they would either kill him, bounce him, tap him, or cancel your Gray Merchant.  Mono Black has been further undercut by Sphynx’s Tutelage, sadness for the SpartanNerd, (who really favors black.)
Gray Merchant, you will be remembered.  I don’t know that you will ever make waves again.  But you will be remembered.  I am storing away a playset in one binder slot for that off chance you actually do make a future splash!
Courser of Kruphix….
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A card I’m not going to miss.  And it’s not because I don’t own him.  Or even because I don’t like him.  (Either on my side of the field or theirs.)  The Courser of Kruphix reminds me of the time that I decided to stop playing Standard.  Why?  Because EVERYONE WAS PLAYING THE SAME DECK.  Abzan Aggro, Abzan Mid-Range, and Abzan Control all made use of the Courser.  Want to build a warrior deck?  Great.  But the courser will outlast you.  A burn deck (not the SpartanNerd.)  But the Courser’s ability to gain you life for playing lands takes away the point.  How about Jeskai decks with Prowess.  The Courser is a 2/4 big blocker.  In fact Some Jeskai players added green to their decks just because the Courser was so good.
I’ve said the downside of playing the Courser of Kruphix is that the opponent gets to see the top card of the library.  And it’s true, this WAS RELEVANT when the card first came out and people were still figuring him out.  But as Theros Block waxed long in the tooth, people figured out how to keep the revealed knowledge from being relevant.
The Courser of Kruphix was EVERYWHERE.  Both it and the Sylvan Caryatid seemed to always be in the same deck.
YAWN.
Speaking of the Sylvan Carytid
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This is the next card on my list!  I will not miss the Sylvan Carytid for the same reason I won’t be missing Thoughtsieze.  Now this card isn’t that expensive, and it has seen multiple printings also, getting honored in Event Decks, and also in the Clash Pack with alternate art.
The Sylvan Carytid isn’t quite Noble Hierarch.  But she approaches her.  This is a source of mana of any color, that is difficult to remove.  And it is also a big blocker on the ground for the early game.  Will this card fetch $30 – $60 someday?  I doubt it.  Like I said, not QUITE Noble Hierarch, (one of the greatest mana ramp cards ever.)
The Sylvan Carytid has helped me learn to build a four-color deck for the first time.  I decided to play in a PPTQ tournament at The Tangled Web Comic book store in Spartanburg SC, and I took my Esper “Gifts Ungiven” reanimator deck.  I remember one player telling me…”Wow.  This is a SLOW deck.”  I went home with big losses….(I won’t be playing in any more of those for a LONG time.)  But I decided to work on the problem.  Why was the deck so slow?  One of the reasons was the slow mana-base.  Sylvan Caryatid helped me fix this.  Not that it is a perfect deck yet…(I need at least two Snapcaster Mages and three Lilana, of the Veil.)  Still, my four-color deck featuring the Carytid and also Fleecemane Lion is far faster.  And the second claim I can make for it is that I have NEVER HAD MANA SCREW with the deck.
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Thank you, Sylvan Carytid.  Your teachings have been invaluable, and netted me two FNM tournament wins!
Bile Blight
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Ahhh….the first ever box of Magic cards that I ever pre-ordered.  Born of the Gods.  (WAA…Waaa…waa)
Out of Thirty Six packs of cards, I was very interested in getting two cards.  Herald of Torment and Bile Blight.
I got NEITHER CARD.  OK, so the Herald was a rare.  I get that I wasn’t supposed to get him necessarily.  But BILE BLIGHT!  Uncommon.  i SHOULD have gotten at least one copy!
Nope.  I spent the whole weekend after I got my box going around Greenville, and even Hendersonville looking for copies of these cards.  I was able to come up with TWO copies.
Why was this uncommon gem so hard to find, with its price of less than a dollar?
The Born of the Gods EVENT DECK had TWO COPIES.  It is my theory, and just a theory, but probably a good one, that the Wizards held them back from he first wave of boxes, so that they could keep them uncommon and stuff them into the event decks.
Bile Blight is a super handy removal spell against token strategies.  Yes, it costs two blacks, demanding you to play Mono-Black devotion or similar.  And it was great in mirror matches.  When Mono-Black devotion died down, it was semi-OK against Elspeth.  The card is currently good against Hangarback Walker.  (It worked great against Pack Rat.)
I don’t think this card is going anywhere.  It is an efficient kill spell for one creature, or great at wiping out mana-elves, or hordes of tokens.  It works great against Fleecemane lion as well. Even if one of them is Monstrous, if you play the card right.  Have the Monstrous Fleecemane block some small critter and lose a little chunk, then hit a non-monstrous one on the battlefield with Bile Blight, and in perfect Magic World, you took care of a big problem.
For the rest of my story, I did eventually buy Herald of Torment…he never was expensive, and he really is just OK.  It was good to bestow him onto a Siege Rhino and fly in for the kill.  I eventually ordered the promo version of Bile Blight, which has creepier art with soldiers melting.  (No stores around here got copies of the promo.  I paid like $5 for it!  But it is a card I really like.)
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Bile Blight, I will keep you in my Modern toolbox.  As a player closely identified with black, I consider you as better than Doom Blade, Smother, or even Murderous Cut, or just Murder.  You can’t kill everything.  But you can -3/-3 things with indestructible.  And if played against the right deck, you can gain card advantage on the field.  Thank you for your service!
Scry Lands.
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I actually have about ten more of these in various decks.

I almost jumped for joy when the Wizards announced that Scry was going to become an evergreen ability.  YAY!
Scry Lands, you are slow.  Probably too slow for Modern, almost ever.  Definitely not shock lands or fetch lands.  Serum Visions kicks your butt.
But if you want fixing that you don’t miNd being a little slow with a small benefit attached, scry lands are better than say, “Refuges,” or “gain lands.”  And light years better than guildgates. (shudder.)
I will keep you around.  I expect you will be re-printed in the future, maybe with different art.  And then the Theros block Scry Lands will see value again.  We’ll see!
Erebos, God of the Dead
How could I create such a list and omit some Gods.  The God cards were the flagships of the Theros block.  There were five “major gods” and ten “minor gods.”
Here’s the list.
Heliod, God of the Sun
Thassa God of the Sea
Erebos, God of the Dead
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Nylea, God of the Hunt
Atheros, God of Passage
Ephara, God of the Polis
Iroas, God of Victory
Karametra, God of Harvests
Keranos, God of Storms
Kruphix, God of Horizons
Mogis, God of Slaughter
Pharika, God of Affliction
Phenax, God of Deception
Xenagos, God of Revels
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All of the Gods I have left. I have owned each one, but traded them.

There are only two truly significant cards on this list, Erebos and Thassa.  Basically the others were played around with, but might have made a mark for about a week and then disappeared.
Each of the major gods, (the first five listed,) had a weapon, and the weapons saw more play than the gods themselves.
But Erebos really stands a head taller than all of the others.  Mostly because of the Mono-Black Devotion deck.  In such a deck, Erebos is an unstoppable death machine.  If you can get him “turned on” by having five swamp symbols on the battlefield under your control, Erebos is incredible.  And his card draw ability is also really good if you only wish to view him as an enchantment.
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While Thassa and Nylea both THREATENED to create mono-colored devotion strategies, Erebos actually made it happen.  (i’m not being fair entirely.  Xenagos also sees a little bit of play.)
It seems like the Gods will be back whenever the Wizards bring Theros back in ten years or so.  They might just shift the whole thing to reflect Rome instead of Greece.  I wonder how they will change the gods?
The Whip of Erebos will also be missed.  That card really could wreak havoc if you were able to whip a Siege Rhino, or even better a Gray Merchant out of your graveyard, letting you drain your opponent with evil black devotion.  And the whip seems so innoccuous sometimes.  And then BAM.  Big problems.
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Erebos, I will miss you and your whip.  I don’t know if a mono-black strategy will ever resurge in Modern.  It seems viable.  There are plenty of cards that provide the devotion you need.  Phylactery Lich, Geralf’s Messenger, and on and on I could name.  The whip will find its way into reanimator decks I’m sure.
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion  (Not pictured)
Ah…Elspeth.  The control card of choice for such a long time.  You were expensive, then they re-printed you in the duel deck, Elspeth vs. Kiora.  (The art in that deck is even prettier than the original.)
Elspeth was mainly used to create white-weenie chumps as a finishing move for a control deck.  Occasionally, people would destroy a large creature with her roll-down ability.  But usually, she would get nine chumps on the field, and then an emblem, and they would all hammer you hard.
Bile Blight was good against the chumps.  But if you are in Bile Blight mode at that point in the game, it was usually over anyways.  (Remember, you are playing a control player.)
It got to where Hero’s Downfall was needed…
Hero’s Downfall…  (not pictured)
Similar to an earlier Rakdos card from Ravnica Block.  (Dreadbore).  This card was an instant kill for a creature or planeswalker.  I think this card will become a staple against planeswalkers if people aren’t playing red for that other card…
Stormbreath Dragon  (I don’t own a copy!)
I don’t own one of these.  Never have. Never will I don’t think.  (Not a red player.)
I won’t miss this guy beating my tail.  Enough said!
I loved Despising him out of my opponents hand.  This means I traded my 25-cent card for their $25 card.  But only if I was lucky.
Now for a few other cards rotating out…
Liliana Vess
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If the SpartanNerd was a magic card….

I literally SHOUTED when I saw they were re-printing Lilliana Vess for M15.  And I opened her at the pre-release, and used her to bring home a win.  (We actually split the box four ways…it was at a store at the beach that no longer has Magic tournaments, sadly.)  Lilliana.  I have this joke with my boys.  “I AM Lilliana.”  Which always gets a reaction from my youngest.
Few things are more satisfying in the game of Magic than re-animating every creature from every graveyard.  Lilliana can do this with her ultimate ability.  She is also a great card for tutoring up what you need.
I believe this to be her final re-print, unless they put her in some special set, reprint her for Commander, or similar.  This was her fifth printing, more than almost any other Planeswalker card.  (Lorwyn, M12, M13, Duel Decks Garruk vs. Lilliana, and M15.  There are actually six re-prints if you count the Duel Deck Anthology version.)
If Magic the Gathering has a villain, it is likely Nicol Bolas.  Lilliana is second place.  (Maybe Ob-Nixilis.)  (If not the Eldrazi)
I wish the Wizards had printed Lilliana of the Veil.  And according to their Making Magic articles, they almost did.  She would have been great!
I will set Lilliana back in her place of honor at the beginning of my Modern binder beside my other favorite cards, Grave Titan, and Elbrus, the Binding Blade.
and last but not least
Waste Not
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Waste Not represents a card that can be a “sleeper.”  One thing that I have learned from the Theros Block is about the “meta-game.”  What cards do people play?  What is popular?  What is popular at the Tangled Web as opposed to other places?  This is the meta-game.  And I have only met one other player brave enough/ stupid enough to try and rip a hole in the meta-game by playing a Waste Not deck.
Waste Not isn’t a valuable card.  I generally runs less than $5.  It has the distinction of being designed by the Magic Community.
I played a Waste Not deck in response to the flood of Abzan Decks with some success.  But I got tired of it.  People started expecting me to play it.  And then it was rendered pretty much useless by Sphynx’s Tutelage.
The point of the deck was load up stuff that forced the opponent to discard.  Thoughtsieze of course, Despise, and Durress.  There is an insane combo card for this in Dark Deal.  When the opponent discarded cards, good things would happen for you if Waste Not was on the field, and even more good things if multiple copies were on the field.  You would be generating Mana, drawing cards, or getting zombie tokens.
But zombie tokens don’t fly.  You can’t force the opponent to ditch lands apart from Black Cat or Dark Deal.  Too many discard spells become useless…if your opponent doesn’t have any cards in hand, then you have dead cards.  If the opponent gets a choice to discard a card, then they usually ditch a land.  (Kolaghan’s Command forces them to discard a card at instant speed, usually a land which generates mana that you usually can’t use.)
Waste Not was a fun card for me for awhile.  But I was never able to top-8 with a Waste Not deck.
I belive Waste Not to still be useful in an 8rack deck…I am building one.  But it just isn’t as fun as reanimator for me right now, so….
Hub City Geeks, what cards will you miss from the Theros Block (and M15.)  Let me know in the comments!

SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…Masters of the Universe Classics Evilseed

When Evilseed went on sale, I decided I would get him, only to be held off by circumstances.  I thought I would have to catch him on Cyber Monday, maybe.  But he remained on sale…perhaps he didn’t sell out?  Regardless, I ordered mine, and over a week later he arrived in this mailer.

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I quickly opened it, to reveal the sealed packaging.

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The front of the box has a nice window that has Evilseed on display.  You can clearly see his accessories…he has the tag line of “Evil Master of Plants.”  And that’s about it.  Just from seeing here…he is quite incredible looking, if you are a MIC collector.  But that’s not me.

I flipped the box over, and check it out!  For the first time, I own all of the characters on the back of the box!

Evilseed gets a new “real name” and bio, photographed here for you, oh Hub City Geeks.  But I’m just throwing away the package.  Notably, the bio says that Moss Man created Evilseed.  A good story.  But I prefer the Mike Young version that this figure is based on.

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Removing Evilseed from the package isn’t difficult.  He did have some rubber bands, and the vine-whip accessory had to be wrangled out of the blister.  But other than that, it was all good.  Notably, there was no “smell” associated with this figure.  (If you will recall, Moss Man” had a very strong pine scent.)

Here he is in the first pose I made for him.

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Evilseed has a terrific sculpt.  When I first saw this revealed, I knew I had to get one to go with my Moss Man.  The Four Horsemen hit a homerun every time!  Check out all of the little scaly looking parts.  Check out the thorns and vines.  I went back and watched “Orko’s Garden,” “Council of Evil” part 1 & 2, and “The Last Stand” today to check my facts.  I have ready other reviews, and there is some criticism of this version being too bulked up.  In the MYP cartoon, his IS skinner at the torso and waist, but the entire upper body looks almost perfect.  The thicker torso here is welcome, if you ask me.  While they could have used some amalgamation of Lizard Man’s parts, I think this was the way to go.  It doesn’t look wrong at all.  Maybe he’s been working out?

Evilseed has that terrific sculpt, and also the standard articulation that all of the other MOTUC figures have.  Rocker joint ankles, hinged knees, ball jointed shoulders, waist twist, ab crunch, ball jointed shoulders, bicep swivels, hinged elbows, a swivel wrist, and a ball jointed head that can rotate freely and be swapped out.

The cool new addition to the articulation is the way the vines look on the legs.  They are made of a more rubbery material, and are a continuation of the waist piece.  These come down and loop around the knees, which means Evilseed has both loose vines on his knees and articulation there!

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How about this face!  If he had a mother….

For real, this is one of the most evil faces ever sculpted for MOTUC.  Evilseed’s overall green color is a stark and EVIL contrast to this sinister eyes and mouth, which are bright red in color.  This is the only red on the figure…everyghing else is green, black, or brown.  This highlights the evil human nature of the figure, and even makes him appear alien.  Where his hair should be, we have this bunch of creepy looking vines/grass/seaweed.

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The torso is evidently just the same sort of Torso that He-Man or most of the others have.  But this time there is non-removable armor sculpted with he specific viney details demanded of Evilseed.  There is a very striking collar that comes up beside his head on both sides, giving him a plant/vampire look.  You can see the vine details on his back, and also two mysterious green thorns in the middle of his back.

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One of Evilseed’s two accessories is “The Scepter of Power.”  My research tells me that this Filmation artifact was in the episode, “The Magic Falls.”  I don’t personally own this episode on DVD.  I started to watch it on YouTube, when I discovered that all of those videos appear to be playing at too fast a clip, giving a chipmunk effect to most of the music and voices.  It was unbearable to me.  And As a music teacher, the difference in key created by the effect was just too jarring. Anyways, Evilseed looks really good with the Scepter of Power.  It is supposed to be for King Randor, but since I am not a fan of “Throne Room Randor” and, nor the Burger King version of the regular Randor, I decided to settle on letting Prince Adam hold it.  (He would inherit it anyway, right?)

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Not bad at all.

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The other accessory is this vine-whip creature.  You can position it almost anywhere on his body.  I think I might try and order more of these!  I think he should have come with more of them.  Watching the MYP version made me realize how ridiculous and over-exaggerated the vines that Evilseed controlled were.  But it worked really well in that cartoon.  Evilseed even made T-Rex sorts of plants, and hydra plants also.  He also would use them to transport around on…Mattel could have given us an interchanging waist so we could display him as seen transporting around on a “trunk” of vines!

In getting this figure, one of my aims was display him in battle with Moss Man.  Here is my first attempt!

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Even with the “plant god” head on, Moss Man appears to be from a different line entirely.  Both are green, but the flocking on Moss Man blurs his details.

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Evilseed looks pretty good with Moss Man’s weapon, but the seed-bag armor with knife doesn’t fit properly across Evilseed because of the collar piece of the armor.  It fits loosely around his waist, which is something I do with Moss Man sometimes.

It might be better to use it to imprison him…

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Heheh…looks like Orko is going to set him free…

Evilseed was a part of Skeletor’s Council of Evil…We can compare Evilseed to Count Marzo and Skeletor by reenacting a scene from the cartoon.

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SpartanNerd Rating of Masters of the Universe Classics Evilseed.

Evilseed has terrific sculpting.  He is highly articulated, even specifically for his figure.  (With the vines around his knees.)  His paint looks good, and there was no “pee plastic” smell like I detected from King Hsss and Snake Armor He-Man.  He comes with two accessories…the only complaint I can level is I wish we had MORE vines.  But this can be easily done.

So I give MOTUC Evilseed a 5/5!  I am not the least bit disappointed in this figure.  Every detail matches my specifications!  There are some people who complain that this isn’t Filmation’s “turnip head” version.  But I don’t even like that version…it was even a reason I might not subscribe to that little add-on sub.  This 200x version looks evil, not goofy.  He is ready for battle…ready to kick some plants!

The SpartanNerd gives Masters of the Universe Classics Evilseed a 5/5.  Do you agree or disagree?  Let me know in the comments!