I remember being a kid, and going to the store. It was likely “Sky City”, which was a department store that was big in Spartanburg before Wal-Mart moved in and started killing smaller retail businesses. Anyways, my mom would generally get me and my brothers a He-Man guy, and they were usually under $5. I remember this so well because Squeeze was one of the last figures I ever saw in a store for sale. I never owned him…I think I walked out with Rio-Blast that day…and always the mystery of what Squeeze was all about lingered.
Squeeze came in the regular box. But…look how they had to cram him!
Here is the figure right out of the box. You can see he has a lone accessory…a specially designed snake staff. Squeeze has a stupid armor-bra, that is non-removable. He has awesome spikes on his leg armor…one of his coolest and under appreciated features! I am a big fan of the bright green, purple, orange, and silver coloring. I still dislike the “alligator” head.
You can also see those incredible arms.
The arms make him triple in size, at least!
They are bendy, and can be posed and shaped however you like. They hold their pose. The shoulder is a ratchet joint. So it clicks satisfyingly however you want. His wrists swivel, and he has HUGE hands. I’m glad we got hands instead of snake heads. (Swappable hands would have been cool)
The arms have these qualities at a price, however. Squeeze is so top heavy that his legs can’t really hold him up. They can…but he never seems stable. Mine has weak joints, making the problem worse. AND the way the boots are designed, you can’t get the same range of motion as you can with other figures.
His arms CAN help him stand and balance. But it would have been better if the legs were stronger. The more I played with Squeeze, the more I saw his hips get weaker as well as his knees.
His snake staff is different than the other snake mens’. It is also kind of bendy, though it reminds me of a hammer a little bit too.
As mentioned in my last post, I got SQUEEZE along with several other figures in MattyCollector’s big closing sale. I have played more with SQEEZE than any of the other figures. And I think it is because of handy convenience. You can do what you want with those arms, and then set it back down.
But I have lots of negative things to say.
The head is stupid. Why no swappable 200x variant? 200x Squeeze was ugly too. But not an alligator. And along that line…why no swappable hands so we could have the 200x “Staction” look. Squeeze was always ejecting snake projectiles out of his arms in the cartoon. OK. How about this…interchangeable normal arms?
But that was all WISHFUL THINKING. What we have here is a weak-jointed MOTUC figure. The shoulder joints are very tight and satisfying. But the waist, torso, and knees are all loose joints, that get looser the more you play with it, and a problem exacerbated by the top heaviness of the arms.
And worse. These are the worse ankles in any MOTUC figure as far as lacking articulation. You can barely rock the feet back and forth. BARELY. the way the boot is designed, it keeps it from happening.
Don’t get me wrong. I think this is fun. But it is far from perfect as a figure. I am going to give SQUEEZE a 2/5. He has the spirit of what the vintage figure was all about. But as an adult collector figure, we got hosed in the detail and articulation department.
So, the SpartanNerd gives Masters of the Universe Classics SQUEEZE a 2/5. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!