I received this from the SpartanWife for Christmas. I’m thankful for it…but this isn’t a product that I picked up on my own on purpose…Why you ask?
I saw this…and the Skeletor on the shelves at Wal-Mart for around $12 (I believe). If you’ve been reading the SpartanNerd blog, then you know that I have been getting a subscription to a mystery box from Funko featuring DC comics characters for a year. This box has been fantastic…and sometimes includes unexpected and quirky things. But mainly it features Funko Pop! figures. I take these figures and put them around my middle school classroom, where the children really mostly enjoy them.
To me, the Kubros are trying too hard to be Funko Pop!. The figures are basic deformed…and because they are meant to be a Lego-style pop figure, the mouths on all of them look pretty wrong, and in the case of He-Man, the eyes do too.
Maybe I changed my mind…Keep reading!
The front of the box looks like what you see above! The sides of the box feature Filmation style He-Man pics. And the back looks like this…featuring Skeletor, Spock, Master Chief, Ezio (who?), and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
So the brand IS trying to make a diverse array of stylized characters. I find it interesting that there are 25 different characters being offered…
Down at the bottom, notice that this is a MEGABLOKS product. Did you know that Mattel just purchased MEGABLOKS, and that recently they renamed them MEGA CONSTRUX? Not sure where this leaves the Kubros figures…but it seems Mattel had the licenses to make toys of all the things pictured…(MOTU, Star Trek, Terminator, Halo.)
Opening the box…SURPRISE. the box is lined with stylized Kubros art. This reminds me exactly of what Funko did with their mystery box. And then there are those creepy eyeballs again…
So what’s inside?
Five polybags of pieces, and an instruction book.
It took me about 30 minutes to build this figure. A couple of notable things…the eyes are not stickers…they are pieced together. I dropped the eyelid…there really is no replacing that. Luckily, I found it. The back of one foot has a hole in it, and this was mysterious to me until the very end. It is where you place the “K” emblem which stands for Kubros.
The basic assembly is three steps. First the head, which is made of layer after layer of “skinny” bricks. The legs and body are all one big step basically. And finally the weapons.
The eyes gave me a hard time, but I think it was the arms and hands that had me scratching my head. One of the shoulder pieces was hiding under something until the build was almost completely over. I was going into “compromise mode,” when suddenly the SpartanKid found it!
Here is the finished product.
Slightly smaller that I expected…the box made me think he would be larger.
Here is a comparison to Masters of the Universe Classics He-Man.
Comical, I know. This reminds me of Groo vs. Conan. (Which I haven’t read…only seen the covers of.)
After you build the Kubro, the only display options you have are to use weapons or not. You can move his arms at the shoulder, and his neck is also articulated as a peg-joint swivel.
I am going to rate the Kubros He-Man a 2/5. Sorry guys…As a Mattel Lego…not doing it for me the same way as the recent Mega Construx Heroes. This design doesn’t work as well as a POP! figure. The line of studs for teeth in the mouth…the strange looking eyes. Where is his nose? And He-Man doesn’t have THAT SEVERE of eyebrows. They got the “fish head” haircut shape OK. But where is the cross or 200x symbol on his chest? To be fair, it doesn’t seem that Skeletor or Spock have proper symbols either from the images provided.
This figure is going in my classroom, or maybe my office…Adding to my collection of pop style figures. It is OK…I think the Kubros brand is just TRYING TOO HARD to establish something in a market that is already flooded with successful products like Funko POP! Kubros isn’t adding anything to any of these brands, other than throwing out more plastic to completist collectors.
So the SpartanNerd rates the Kubros He-Man at 2/5. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!