SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…Masters of the Universe Classics Moss Man

I took a trip to the Barnyard Fleamarket in Greer, SC…

Last time I went I got Sir Lazer Lot (number 2)…200x Beast Man and 200x Two Bad.  And I got all that goodness for around $60.  The guy who sells them is nice, and knowledgeable.  You should check it out, especially if you are a cherry picker like me.

 

This time I got MOTUC Moss Man and MOTUC Buzz Off!  And I came in at $50!  (Another reason to cherry pick, people!)

Keep reading for pictures and a review.

Here is Moss Man in the same old box everyone else in MOTUC comes in.  Note that the second head wasn't carded straight.

Here is Moss Man in the same old box everyone else in MOTUC comes in. Note that the second head wasn’t carded straight.  Also note.  It is marked $35.  But I got him for $20. The vendor was ready to move him!

 

The back shows off some other guys.  Just like in the good old days...Except back then there was no Green Goddess or King Grayskull...Moss Man has a particularly annoying real name.  KREANN'OT N'HOROSH.  It would be OK, but they insist on using it in the DC comics for some reason.

The back shows off some other guys. Just like in the good old days…Except back then there was no Green Goddess or King Grayskull…Moss Man has a particularly annoying real name. KREANN’OT N’HOROSH. It would be OK, but they insist on using it in the DC comics for some reason.

Now let’s open this bad boy up….

Something here I can only describe, but not photograph.  WOW THERE IS A PINE-SOL SCENT TO THIS GUY!

Seriously.  The SpartanWife described it as Eucalyptus.  Maybe.  I know.  Vicks Vapo-Rub.

I don’t remember the vintage Moss Man having that smell.  Maybe he did.  My vintage one has lost its scent over the years, at least.

Moss Man is a repaint and flock of Beast Man.  I don’t have Beast Man for a comparison…  But this is how it was in the 1980’s, and they have honored that in MOTUC.

The thing that annoys me most about this figure is OH SO APPARENT that you really can’t ignore it.  I hate to start off a review with something bad to say.  But his eyes are looking off to the left.  This gives him a real PSYCHO ALL THE TIME feeling of unsettlingness.  From now on I am going to refer to this head as the Beserker Head.

Moss Man comes with a strap to hold a pouch of something…maybe seeds?  And this knife.  My first instinct, with the psycho eyes and all, was to put the knife in his hand as if he is about to stab someone!

 

Looks like Moss Man is a Lefty.  Just like Spikor!  His weapon is really detailed.  Mattel could have gotten away with just throwing in another mace that was already sculpted.  But this one looks very fitting for Moss Man!

Moss Man comes with a second head.  This is supposed to be the 200x head.  It is much calmer and at peace.  I think of this as a god head.  He is described as a “god of nature” in his bio.

Hmmm….He would be a green hairy smelly Beast Man if he had his armor…HE DOES!  This armor came in the Weapons Pack!

Now for some pictures of KREANN’OT N’HOROSH in action!

 

Orko says “This book says find what you need in a cave north of the Mystic Mountains.”

 

“Hello there. You brought me a gift?”

Obsidian. How nice!  Just what I needed, I think…

(I picked up the rocks at the flea market too!)

A Comparison Photo!  This time I have my original Moss Man from the childhood days of yore.  He is looking worse for wear.  He is balder, and has a lot of strange fuzzes attached to his flocking.  But you can see that Mattel did a pretty good job of updating Moss Man.  I am particularly fond of the fingers and toes on the new one.  I like the pouch and knife.  I like the other weapon.  And I appreciate the stoic stare of the other head.

 

So what is my rating here?  Moss Man definitely scores nostalgia points with the SpartanNerd.  I remember playing with the same figure in the photo above in ACTUAL MOSS in my yard.  (That probably wasn’t too safe, in hindsight.)

I am going to give him a 4/5 all on Nostalgia.  He is very well translated into the modern style.  I don’t like the crazed look in his vintage head’s eyes, though.  So that is a mark off.

A lot of other people before me complain about him not being flocked around the joints and stuff.  Those people just like to complain.  He looks fine.  Maybe a little mangy.  But it isn’t too distracting.  And what was all that nonsense about flocked vs. unflocked ears?  I don’t even care.  I am just glad to have an awesome updated Moss Man.

I give Moss Man a 4/5.  What is your rating?  Let me know!  Subscribe to SpartanNerd.com and check in often!

 

Battle for the Obsidian!

 

SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…Marvel Select Thor

I have reviewed an excellent Marvel Select figure before, Deadpool, which you can read here…(And probably should)

I say that because, unfortunately, Thor doesn’t stack up to Deadpool as a figure.  Let’s see why!

Here Thor sits on the shelf at the Tangled Web in Spartanburg, yelling “Purchase me, mortal.  Thou hast the power!”

First of all, the packaging.  Thor comes in a beautiful Marvel box that displays what you are getting very clearly.  Also, there is nice comic book artwork on the left. side.

$24.99.  Not bad.  The Christmas fund will cover it.

The back of the package gives you a nice little backstory for Thor as he is in Marvel Comics.

Apparently, Thor is the son of Odin’s mistress….

Time to tear into it!

Here is what you see when you open the box.  In case you are wondering, the little pamphlet shows off other Marvel Select figures as well as Marvel Mini-Mates.

Thor was strapped in with those stupid bread tie things.  I had to resort to cutting the left foot’s wire-in with nail clippers, because I was afraid I would damage the figure.

What vile power can bind the God of Thunder?
Here he is, freed from his prison.

Let’s discuss his articulation.  Compared to the previous Deadpool figure, he theoretically has mostly the same articulation points.  But I used the word Theoretically for a reason.  Actually, only the bottom joint of his double jointed knee moves.  Furthermore, his left leg is tighter than the right leg.  He has rocker ankles, that are quite stiff.  What about his arms?  Well they are pretty tight.  But his hands are sculpted into permanent positions.  No finger articulation.  Just Hammer Holder and Bruce Dickenson “Metal to the Masses” pose  (Thanks Puller, for that bit of poetry!).  His head is hampered by his hair and cape.  The hair and cape are not movable…They are stiff poses.  So really, he isn’t all that much articulated.  In fact, his coolness as a toy is lessoned quite a bit.  He seems more like a statue with posable arms.

Here is what his back looks like.

Now for the really important stuff.  Thor uses a “real man’s hammer!”  (The SpartanNerd’s friends will recognize this saying….)

nicely sculpted detail, it even has a loop.  This is what Thor uses to swing the hammer like a bola, I gather.
Pay attention to the bottom of the handle.  That little bulb of lacquer is going to be a problem.
I wanted to remove Mjolnier from the hand of Thor.  But, that little
blob of stuff made the hammer too fat to get it out of his hand.

I hope you’re reading my captions.  That’s right.  I couldn’t get it out without force.  Force is the enemy of handles made of soft plastic.  I was so afraid I would bend it, I seriously considered leaving it in his hand forever.  But it is the job of an internet reviewer to come forth with all of the truth.  So I pulled it out as straight as I could.

You can see, I didn’t bend it much.
Thor also comes with this stand…er…rock…err…meteor thing.

OK.  He has peg holes in his feet.  But it isn’t any easier to make Thor stand.  Why?  That cape is quite heavy.  Also, his right leg is looser than his left leg.

I believe he stands better without the rock!

Not going to give you a picture, but my MOTUC figures stand quite nicely on that rock!

Here he is holding Vikor’s sword.  He is a tad taller than MOTUC figures.
The scale seems larger.
It makes this awesome sword seem less awesome.
Two vikings.  This is the kind of Thor story I like.
Teela makes a fine barbarian bride for Thor!
Someone’s a little jealous….Vikor, you’re going to mess around and bend your axe!  (Too late!)
Deadpool…”What’s your excuse for being less articulated?”
Thor…”I don’t have to be.  I am immortal.”
Deadpool…”Well, I am unkillable!”

How do I rate this Thor figure?  I am quite a fan of Thor, and I like the Thor movies.  In general I like the comics also, recently having read the whole Ghor the Godbutcher series in the Marvel NOW events.  (I will have to review that story sometime.)  I bought this figure for those reasons.  Plus I already knew the Deadpool was really very nice.  But I was disappointed in the quality of this figure, it feeling more like a statue and less like an action figure.  It only came with one accessory, and it can’t stand on its stand so good.  His articulation is hampered.  And you can’t do anything about it really because the cape is glued on and the hair is stiff.

So I am going to give it a grade of 2/5.  It gets the two points really only because he looks so awesome.  And looks awesome with Vikor and Teela.  But he could just as well continued to look as good on the store shelf.  On the other hand, he wasn’t expensive.  And comparable comic book statues cost over $100.  So looking at it that way he would be a 4/5 as a statue.  (Not having as precise a sculpt as a statue because he was meant to be an action figure…if that makes sense?)

Do you agree or disagree?  Let me know, oh Hub City Geeks!  And be on the lookout for more awesome reviews by the SpartanNerd!