SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…Lego Speed Champions

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LEGO SPEED CHAMPIONS!  These caught my eye at Toys ‘r’ Us in early spring as I walked through with the SpartanKid…bored out of my mind.  When I told the SpartanTeen about it, well…he was seriously psyched.

Finally, we had the chance to go together and pick one out.  I chose the Porsche 918 Spyder, and he chose a Ford Mustang GT.

Was all of the anticipation worth it?  Keep reading!  This will be a double review…

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The box for the Porsche looks like this, showcasing the car, driver, and the little flag in the background.  We see the target age of 7-14, and 151 pieces included to build the kit.

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The back of the box gives us some action views, and some specs for the real car.  0-60 in 2.5 seconds….WOW!

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The side of the box shows off the mini figure driver.  Not sure if he is supposed to represent a real person.  He’s cool in his green and black color scheme.

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The Mustang GT has a similar box, showcasing LAP TIME instead of a flag.  I imagine if you collect all of the sets, the little pieces will add a lot of details to your racetrack!  This set is notably 185 pieces…odd, because it was three dollars less expensive than the Porsche.  ($17.99 and 14.99, respectively.)  I theorize it has something to do with the pack-in ratio.

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We get some action poses on the back.  But no spec information like the other model.  And model is the operative word here…

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The driver sports blue and white.

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Both boxes have this easy access feature.  It is a perforated tab and flap to keep the box reusable.  So that’s nice.  If I was a kid, I would be interested in looking at this box over and over.  As a grown-up SpartanNerd, I am keeping the Lego boxes of all of the sets I open for organized storage.  I’m just crazy like that!

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Both sets have the pieces polybagged.  No numbers on these bags, like in the Ninjago Dragon.  Just all-business polybag.

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I won’t chronicle the build of the Mustang so much…The SpartanTeen put it together his own way.  I put mine together my way.  So I patiently organized my parts by color.  (He just free-for-alls with his pieces.)

After I built the car, I had these pieces left over!  Was it difficult to build?  Not at all.  Not the most interesting thing to build…I mean…it’s a car.  My only complaint is that the flag only had a sticker for one side…it clearly should have had two.

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Here is the final build.

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The wrench is a tool for the driver to hold, but it also serves another function as a separator tool for the hubcaps.  You can replace them with those seen above in the extra pieces.

Here are the leftovers from the SpartanTeen’s Mustang GT.  Not as many….He hit a snag in that one of his pieces was missing.  But he went to the spare lego parts and accommodated.

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And here is his final build.  (His driver is inside the car.)

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And the burning question I suppose everyone is asking, which car is faster?  We tested them by rolling them down a flat ramp.  The Mustang GT is fastest by a mile.  It is heavier, having more pieces.

So what do I rate these two Lego cars?  I mentioned that the build was kind of unremarkable.  It’s true.  But It IS just a car.

As a model, it looks like a lego version of the real thing.  BUT, there are a few things that could be improved.  The wheels stay straight.  There are no opening and closing doors.  No lights.  No spring action.  No working motor.  It functions as a push toy…like a big, plain hot wheels.

It is a great looking model.  It comes with exclusive mini-figures.  The extra accessory pieces could come together to make a great play set.  It was pretty affordable…the SpartanWife thought a little too expensive, but really, $15 is about par for the course when talking about basic toys nowadays.

I could see a grandparent buying ten of these for a grandchild at Christmas and keeping them busy for hours.

I have to rate it low because of what it lacks, but high because of how cool it is, and the playability.  Additionally, they are pretty durable, taking a pretty forceful hit against a paneling wall and only losing an exhaust pipe (In the case of the Mustang GT.)

So I am going to rate it 3.5 out of 5.  I don’t usually do decimals, but this is a little better than a 3/5.  I had fun doing something with my teenager, and tons of other adult fathers could have a similar experience with their child

I am catching a bug for building Lego sets…first Nexo Knights, then Chima, then a Ninjago Dragon, and now Speed Champions…What will I do next?  (I’m thinking about the girls oriented Elves!)

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SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…Lego Ninjago Sensei Wu Dragon

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The SpartanNerd has been thinking of building a Ninjago Dragon for the blog for quite some time..around a year ago I first mentioned it.

But too many other nerdly pursuits caught my attention…add the fact that these aren’t cheap, and this is why I haven’t done so yet.

Enter the SpartanTeen and SpartanKid.  Both of them received Lego sets as gifts, but they have been sitting in their rooms, doing nothing.  And this was among them.  I paid the SpartanKid $15 for his Sensei Wu Dragon, and built it for review.

So, did the build make him regret it?  Keep reading!

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The top pic and the photo above show the packaging.  I found it oddly textless, with only the most functional wording…except for one thing.

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NOWHERE on the package is the name of this product in English.  So I assume Sensei Wu’s Dragon is the title.

I’ve seen this dragon on store shelves, but passed on it several times.  It IS one of the lesser expensive ones.  But also, it doesn’t have as much shock and awe as some of the others.  This dragon is white, and has “dog related” designs.  Remember The Never-ending Story?

I spent minimal time looking at the box, deciding instead to “dive in.”

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Here are the contents of the box.  I have a confession to make.  This is actually the SECOND Ninjago Dragon I have assembled.  The first was when Ninjago was All the Hotness.  Now, some of the luster has worn off for the public at large, and I am just getting interested.  I DO think the cartoon is cute…even pretty dang funny.

I have been assembling more legos lately…two Nexo Knights mini-fig sets (Lavaria and Aaron.)  And a Lego CHIMA tank thing.  Some of these I have reviewed, and others I haven’t.  I have really been trying to figure out my identity as a reviewer of these toys.  But I think I’ve found my niche.  I like to organize the pieces first, so I’m not hunting for them.  The Ninjago Dragon tried to have the steps organized into poly bags.  I’m sure this helps the target age group 8-14 years.  I’m 37…

The first thing I did was separate the pieces by color.  This took about 45 minutes.  Here is what all 575 pieces look like organized roughly by color.

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After this, I began my build.  I decided I would only talk about any TROUBLE I had during the building process.  Luckily, I only had one complaint.  See the piece listed on the left?  This is a CRUCIAL piece for attaching the horns to the dragons head.  And I couldn’t find it anywhere.

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I decided I would try this instead…I dug through our extraneous legos, and this was the closest I could find.  The problem here was one of the “clips” was cracked.  And when you attached the horn piece, it made them go to a side rather than be centered.

Turns out, I actually assembled the correct piece into the body of the Dragon the wrong way.  This was easy to miss…when I got to the part where I had to attach the flagpole, I realized I had put that piece in a spot where a ball joint of similar color and shape, but not a clip.  So I had some minor correction, and I threw that double clip piece away.  (Because it was broken.)

So the only snafu…Was user error!  I would like to point out, my sense of color isn’t all that good.  LEGO tried to make clear in the instruction manual which color of which piece to use.  But I always had lingering doubt.

Of course, after the build, there were a few leftover pieces.  Useless?  Well, some of them are extra weapons.  SWEET!

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So what does it look like already?  Decided to photograph this using the boxes suggestion…a blue colored background.

First, a weaponized “rickshaw.”  It can launch the little discs with faces drawn on them.  The spring action here isn’t as good as it was on the last thing I built with the same mechanism.  (It was the Chima thing I mentioned earlier.)  It must be the condition of the built in springs.

Notice the minifigures.  WOW.  Some of the coolest ones I’ve seen.  The purple, black, and ghostly green color scheme are great.  And these ninjas are decked out and armed to the teeth!  There are actually four..the little guy at the back counts!  The colors seem to be made of glow-in-the-dark stuff.  But I haven’t been able to make that happen.  Still, they look cool!

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I’ve built stuff like this before.  A “battle station?”  A “base?”  Both of the Nexo Knight things I own came with one.  But I’ve built some small Ninjago ones too for the Spartan children.  We have Lord Garmedon’s fortress assembled somewhere.

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Cole is the NINJAGO character that came with this set.  Check out his dog!

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All that said, now for the MAIN EVENT.  The DRAGON!

 

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The dragon is mostly white…it uses pieces similar to what we used to see on BIONICLE, as well as traditional lego pieces and some Ninjago mainstays, like the flags.  The last dragon I assembled was from an earlier set, and the whole head was pieced together out of printed rubber.  This time we had to build the head.

The legs, neck, and tail all have a ball joint.  The ankles have locking ball joints…you can feel the articulation click into place.  The mouth opens, and a nice effect is a yellow roof of the mouth and tongue to mimic fiery breath.

The tail is made of multiple joints, and is very posable…it is capped off with a saw blade on the end!

 

I thought I would give you some action scenes!

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I have all of the mini figures in this picture.  One getting eaten.  Little ghosty trying to attack Cole.  The farmer guy getting whacked by the tail.  Sensei Wu getting attacked by a the sword guy.

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Here’s another battle scene.  This time the dog and little ghost are fighting.  The rickshaw is firing at cole, who is fighting off the sword guy.

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Here is a clear Bad Guy vs Good Guy scene.  We have Sensei Wu, Bow, Cole, Soul Archer, Ghost Warrior Pitch, Ghost Ninja, and Hackler.

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Finally, some poses with the dragon.  The wings don’t have all that dynamic of articulation.  The feathers aren’t movable.  But still, you can make him sleeker.  Here is the head cocked as he aims an aerial maneuver.

 

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You can really see the tail articulation here.  Pretty good tail really…it could have more bulk.  But it is a fine tail.

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Here is Cole in a dive bomb on the dragon.

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The pilot is supposed to sit in this box…I think lt looks cute with the dog in it.

So how does the SpartanNerd feel about his first DOCUMENTED NINJAGO DRAGON?

The negatives first…

Not much.  I guess the box could have the English name of the set.  The dog’s name never appears on the box…I found that online.  I SUPPOSE, the tail could be a little meatier.  But that isn’t the design, so…

Maybe the spring could work better in the rickshaw?  But that isn’t all that uncommon on toys nowadays.  Safety concerns make weak springs seem to be desirable, even

So really.  No negative.  I’m just nit-picking!

The positives….

Where to begin?!

Incredibly cool, unique  mini figures.

A three piece build.  Rickshaw, Battlestation, and Dragon.

An impressive dragon centerpiece with nice articulation.

An easy build.  I did all of this and took the pictures in under three hours.

Fun.  Such a subjective word.  But it IS fun.  Lots of “finger food” to keep you occupied.

 

So, I give Lego NINJAGO “Sensei Wu Dragon” a 5/5.  What more could I ask for?  I posed the question was this worth $15?  Absolutely.  I would have bought this at Big Lots for that amount.

And did the SpartanKid have “sellers remorse” after he saw how incredible it was.  You bet he did!  But he already spent the money…so no take backs!  And the dragon will now adorn my Nerd Closet or my classroom!

So, do you agree with the SpartanNerd’s rating of 5/5?  Let me know in the comments!

 

SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review… Shadows Over Innistrad Booster Battle Pack

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There is a new offering from Wizards of the Coast to help new players learn how to get into Magic the Gathering.  It is the “Shadows Over Innistrad” Booster Battle Pack.

I did what I shouldn’t, and picked up the Booster Battle Pack at Wal-Mart for $9.99.  This is important, because the Wizards say that they specifically made this product to sell in stores like Wal-Mart, Target, etc…not specialty comic book stores.

So what does the SpartanNerd think?  I’ll let you know, and also will let the SpartanKid fill you in as well!

So the Booster Battle Pack has a big picture of Jace looking at a clue…the same image that is all over the place on Shadows Over Innistrad products.

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The back of the box gives you a contents list, and some light instructions.  I like this box in general…and I liked it even more when I opened it!

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Inside was this cardboard sleeve…the sleeve held the two decks intended to battle against one another, and also two booster packs as well.  In fact…I considered just purchasing two booster packs instead of this…but it was barely more expensive at Wal-Mart…so that’s why I went ahead and got this…plus…I wanted to review something new.

The sleeve has instructions on what to do…Unwrap the decks.  Decide who plays what.  Open booster packs.  Add five cards of the decks color.  Shuffle and play.  Easy…right…

Keep reading.

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Here is the contents all on display.  The little piece of paper at the top right is the quick reference guide…not really too useful for this product as it is meant for 60 card decks.

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The two decks feature two special rares…these are legal cards in Standard as long as Shadows Over Innistrad is legal.  They are from a special smaller set, however, called Welcome 16.  Basically, specialty stores like The Tangled Web in Spartanburg get free decks to give to new players…these decks are those exact things.  But when you purchase the Booster Battle Pack, you don’t know what colors the decks will be.  Luckily for me, these are my two colors…Black being my favorite, and White being my secondary color.

Aegis Angel…why don’t you ever see play?  Because you are a six drop with an ability that is better handed out a different way.  Nightmare…I always say Black is best…this is because it can do everything every other color can do.  With an evil slant.  Nightmare is black’s version of a big green vanilla monster.  But at six drop…he isn’t very good.

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Here is the black deck…with its contents displayed.  Twelve swamps plus a Blighted Fen, and seventeen other cards.    The two Demons Grasp are strong removal against the white cards in the other deck.  Not too good in Standard, though.  This is the kind of thing you draft…a late pick usually.  Dead Weight is better.  Mind Rot is here…and I had thought that card rotated out.  But this is the Welcome 16 version.  So I will happily consider using it again!  Sengir Vampire represents Innistrad pretty good., as does Walking Corpse and the other vampires and zombies.  Zulaport Cutthroat is a star in Standard right now.

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The White Deck is just about perfectly balanced against the black deck.  It has twelve plains, a Blighted Steppe, and seventeen other cards.  Aegis Angel gets a few angel friends…Serra Angel is a classic.  You don’t get the same kind of removal here…Smite the Monstrous is the only card dedicated to removal.  You also get some pump spells, which are more in the spirit of white anyway.  There is some light life gain.  But overall, this deck is about as bland as the black one.

The SpartanKid has something to say..”I think the white deck is out of place in innnistrad right now.”  I believe he is correct.  Besides the angels, most of the flavor seems to be Oath of the Gatewatch/ Battle for Zendikar related.

 

Now I am going to show you the two booster packs.  And then we’ll have a laugh.  Here is the first one.

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Did you notice anything?  That’s right.  Only two white cards.  And three black cards.  Could we take five cards from this pack and add to our deck?  NOPE.

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I pulled a pretty good rare…only in red.  “Pretty irrelevant” said the SpartanKid.

 

Here is the second pack.

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Four white cards, and two black cards.  One awesome thing about Shadows Over Innistrad boosters is sometimes…a lot of times you get more than one rare.  In this case, I got two.  (You COULD have three if you happen to get a foil!)

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So I did the sensible thing.  I chose the five cards to add to each deck from the two booster packs.

Some kids whose parent buy this for them might have a problem sharing….This game is at its essence a trading card game.  But I could potentially see some kids having a problem.  And then there is the fact that one of the rares is white, and there isn’t an additional black rare to balance it.  And if you are sharing…who gets the other cards?  Since there is only a single blue basic land in one of them, a new player might not even know what red land or green land even looks like.

So how does the Shadows Over Innistrad Booster Battle Pack play out?

Me and the SpartanKid played a few matches…as much as we could bear.  The 35 card decks make it different than any other format.  The other thing…this is Magic the Gathering at its blandest.  You CAN get some sense of what each color (white and black) can do.  The decks are flavorful only in the most basic sense.  (Demons Grasp, Zombies, Vampires for black, Angels and small guys for white.)

I wonder how effective of a tool to teach Magic the Gathering this Booster Battle Pack actually is?  I tried to imagine myself…a brand new player.  And then put together and play these two decks…Let’s just say I did.  And somehow decided I liked it.  So I went to a tournament with my 35 card deck.  NOT ALLOWED.  You have to have at least 60 cards.  Let’s just say the store owner gives me a freebie deck to match.  Then I get smashed by someone with a real constructed deck.  Say…Blue White spirits, Black Red Vampires, LSV’s  Cryptolith Rite thing, or gasp…what if it were a Modern tournament!

The SpartanKid had something to say…and it sums up my feelings as well.

“It’s pretty boring to play.  So it might be discouraging for people trying to learn Magic.”

The mind of a ten year old!  (A seasoned player…he’s been playing for almost five years.)

I’m glad to add the rares to my binder.  Maybe I’ll use them in Commander.  Maybe.

I did enjoy the packaging!  I like the little cardboard sleeve that holds it all together with tension.  In fact, we used that the whole time we tested the two decks.  It works fine for that small amount of unsleeved cards.  And the larger box is pretty useful in general for whatever.  So the wizards do get an A for the packaging.

That doesn’t excuse the poor execution and reasoning behind this product.  If they wanted to teach new players…they should come up with a different way.    That the boosters didn’t contain enough cards of the colors required was annoying.  And that is supposed to be random…so how can they make that suggestion with confidence?  The Booster Battle Pack wasn’t worth $9.99.  It could have been worth more if the rares in the booster packs were better.  But they weren’t.  So the free deck from the comic book store, plus the two boosters are supposed to equal that price, but in this case they weren’t.  So…

One more thing…The Wizards assert that this little set is supposed to evoke some of the feeling of playing sealed deck.  BAH HUMBUG.  I really enjoy sealed.  Because it’s fun…(especially Shadows Over Innistrad sealed, where i’ve played three times since its release.)

So I give the Magic the Gathering Shadows Over Innistrad Booster Battle Pack a 1/5.

It might be a good starting point for a person…but if I were them I’d bank on starting with an intro pack…which will probably still fare janky in a tournament, but at least be legal.

Not only doesn’t it do a good job of teaching the game, as well as fails to give you a playable tournament deck, it also leaves some components to chance, including the after-market value.  In my case it wasn’t worth $9.99.  (Luckily I just spent my scraped up change I found in my office at work!)  Not only those things, it was also bland and boring.  I advise anyone who loves playing MTG to avoid this like the plague unless you just want some Welcome 16 cards.  I also advise you to tell other people…new players especially to try starting out a different way.  Finally, avoid buying Magic Cards at Wal-Mart, Target, Toys-r-Us, etc.  Get them from your local gaming or comic book store if you can.  This will be better for you SOUL in the long run.  This product just adds more of the bland stuff the big box stores sell to their inventory.  Send a message…don’t buy it.

So how would the SpartanNerd encourage new players to learn to play?  What suggestions could he offer to the Wizards?  I think I shall write my NEXT post about that.

 

SpartanNerd Review…He-Man and The Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection

Thanks for all the views in my absence!  The SpartanNerd has been really busy with his real job.  But now, back to blogging.

Masters of the Universe “mini comics” were truly my introduction to comic books.  I had no Spider-man, Superman, or Batman comics as a small child.  The only comics I specifically remember were those packed with Masters of the Universe figures.  Me and my brothers would read these, and they would get stepped on, crumpled, left in the car.  Pages torn out.  Staples let loose.  Crayon marks.  Holes.  All kinds of abuse.  I cringe to think about it now, but I don’t think I would have had it any other way.  As a teacher, I know that these experiences led me to a whole-language approach to reading, and it helped my brothers as well, who weren’t as good at reading as me.

The other thing about the mini comics…they told inconsistent stories.  I didn’t understand that there were different artists, writers, and publishers with different ideas.  The public at large didn’t know all of the details that have been unearthed in recent years about the workings behind the scenes.  So when Skeletor says he and his people are from another dimension…that didn’t make sense with my largely Filmation understanding of the story.  This didn’t turn me off of the mini comics.  But it made me wonder “why?”

The story behind me getting He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection is sort of a frustrating one…I actually ordered it at The Tangled Web in Spartanburg SC back in November, before it came out.  This was supposed to be my anniversary present…It wasn’t a pre-order, so I didn’t pay up front.

But somehow, it didn’t arrive.  And so they re-submitted the order for me, at least three times.  I heard rumors online that the production run was shorter than expected…that demand couldn’t be met easily.  I was tempted to order from Amazon, go to Barnes and Noble maybe.  But I am loyal if nothing else, and in time I accepted that rumor as truth, and that the mini comic collection would be another rare thing I wouldn’t have a hold of.  I would pick it up eventually…(maybe.)

Apparently, sometime in the last month (While I have been away from the blog) the owner of The Tangled Web came across, and ordered the upcoming art-book thing that is all about the Filiation cartoon…He was telling me about it, and knew I would definitely want a copy.  (I DO!)  And so I asked him to look again about the mini comic collection.  A quick look on his computer and he said.  “We’ll have it in a week!”  He was right this time.  You have to love small business!

Does the mini comic collection deliver up to my expectations?  Keep reading!

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Here is the front cover…still sealed with cellophane!  The Tangled Web sold this to me for a slight discount, considering my situation.  I am quite appreciative!  Long live small business!  Love that store, and any of my readers who ever come through Spartanburg should come by and purchase something.  (Would Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Wal-Mart have cared ?  Of course not.)

The cover makes it clear what you are getting.  It is probably wrong to put She-Ra mini comics (storybooks?) in this and just call it He-man and the Masters of the Universe.  But they did.  I suppose by now, though most She-Ravers consign themselves to this.

 

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Here’s the back, featuring an image from “The Terror Claws Strike!”

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And the spine…showing that this is a Dark Horse product, as well as offering you a glimpse at how very thick this book is!  It is in fact 1232 pages long!

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A little comparison for you.  On the left is the Minicomic collection (now unwrapped.)  And  on the right is my only extant mini comic.  “King of the Snake Men.”  A gift from my wife…the italian version no less!  But anyway.  Look at the size difference!

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I found a page from “King of the Snake Men” in the collection, so you can further see the incredible difference “blowing this up” makes!  Good thing too.  The SpartanNerd’s vision fails him in his old age.

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For a book that is thicker than many Bibles, Harry Potter books, and encyclopedia’s…its a good thing they included this ribbon-bookmark!  And it is a very handy addition as well.  (I am reading the collection straight through.  I use this to mark where I left off.)

Now for the contents.

As you read, you get little footnotes.  See the bottom here.  This information helps you see the mini comics as pieces of Masters of the Universe history.  And they appear to be in chronological order, starting with the first “storybooks” given out…drawn by Alfredo Alcala.  These show “miniternia.”  The first story depicted in media about He-Man.  And this story is vastly different from Filmation and later stories.  He-Man is a barbarian hero in a post-apocalyptic situation, where technology and magic are lorded over the populace by experts such as Man-At-Arms, The Goddess (Sorceress), and Skeletor.

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The book takes some time to share interviews with the artists and writers.  Here is a pic of the interview with one of the earliest writers, Gary Cohn.

I haven’t read past “mini-eternia” yet.  (Just got to Filmation era.)  But I will go ahead and show you what else this book consists of.  Here is some of the She-Ra stuff.  They seem to have included it all!9

Tons of pink and pastels.  Not sure what the image below depicts.  But there are several pages of this book which I assume is some part of She-Ra lore preserved here.  AND, in a similar vein, the “read with me” story with a record about the Talon Fighter is in here too.  I remember owning that  and reading it as a kid, and being terrified.  (A terrified as you can be of a comic book.  Hey…I was like six years old…or younger!)

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Here is what I considered the sad story from the first New Adventures of He-Man mini comic.  Prince Adam is No More!  It depicts He-Man transforming in the presence of Skeletor, knocking him down and frying his skull.  (Which necessitates the “cyborg” version found throughout that particular incarnation of the story.)  All of the New Adventures stories are chronicled here.

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The comics by Val Staples and Emiliana Selucia from the 200x series are here.  These were the pack-in comics, not the monthly comics.  But the art is very much the same.  (The second Pack-In was drawn by Enza Fortana)

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The rarest of the mini-comics is here.  “The Power of the Evil Horde”

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And the Masters of the Universe Classics mini comics are here.  I haven’t been fortunate enough to own or read any of these.  I was very happy to get to see the maps in the Masters of the Universe Art Book.  And since I am reading straight through, I am avoiding the temptation to go ahead and read these.  (My readers should know…I am also re-reading the recent DC comics again.)  I don’t want too much fantasy bouncing around in my head!

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And here is what is on the last pages of the book.  Not sure what this is about.  A book that didn’t make it to print?

 

Reading what I have read so far has been extremely satisfying.  The larger pages lets me have a deeper appreciation for the art.  I have no trouble reading the script, either.  The colors seem to be “restored.”  I love the chronological nature of the collection as well, unfolding a history of the brand.  What a great way to pay homage to something so fundamental to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

I have read some of the mini comics online over the years.  (Is that piracy?)  I don’t buy many digital comics…I do use ComiXology and its associated apps, but what I read on that is usually Spawn or Conan the Barbarian books…things I don’t want laying around for my children to read.  But there is nothing like having the physical book in your hand.

If I had a choice, own a copy of every single mini comic, OR own this collected edition.  I would go for the collection.  Simply because of the large size.  And they are all collected in one volume, so that is convenient!

If I could rate anything higher than 5/5, then the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection would be a 6/5.  It is perfect!  I love the large pages, the chronological order, the interviews…all of it is spectacular!