SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…Masters of the Universe Classics Buzz-Off

I had Buzz-Off as a kid.  But he never really has been one of my favorites until the 200x cartoon series ROCKED HIM OUT!  The vintage version had some problems…his wings were always getting messed up it seemed.  His weapon was lame and his hands couldn’t hold anything else.  His helmet didn’t fit right.  etc.

 

So lets see how the MOTUC version improves on him.

 

Buzz-Off in packageRight away you definitely see what you are getting. The vintage Buzz-Off, updated. His package is the same old thing we’ve seen on all the other figures.  There is no alternate head here. But you see an awesome huge axe behind him! And there’s that helmet… Notice the price…I actually paid $30 at the Barnyard Fleamarket in Greer.

Buzz-Off Package...the back.

The back gives us this vintage style back reminiscent of the 1980’s. Except there was no Chief Carnivus back then… The bio. mm mmm mmmm.

Well.  It’s all good.  Except for his REAL NAME.  tZZZZt ZZZ ZZtttZZ.   Did I spell that right?

Being a music teacher, I can appreciate the musicality of it.  “Shave and a Haircut.”

It doesn’t matter.  I’m not a MOC collector.  So lets rip that stupid box off and throw it away!

When I removed Buzz-Off from the box, the first thing I notices was the rubbery feel of his forearms.  Most of Buzz-Off is molded in the same stuff everyone else is molded in.  But his fore-arms are more rubbery.  You can also tell that the paint has taken differently to them than the rest of the figure, giving a more muted look.

I mean, it isn’t bad.  But it is noticeable right away.

I armed him up for combat for my first picture!  His wings are very impressive.  A real improvement on the vintage figures wings.  I put that helmet on him…It fits very snuggly!  I think though I won’t usually display him with it on because I don’t have fond memories of him having that look.  That axe is really cool.  Fitting for a warrior guy like Buzz-Off, and more reminiscent of the awesome 200x update.  He has some extra insect legs on the back.  Here is a picture of his back.

The wings just plug right into those sockets!  I wonder…….

Yep.  Adding Draego Man’s wings makes a DEMON BEE!  Worth noting.  When he has these wings on, he has a hard time standing.  And I think I remember people talking about Lord Dactys having these wings and maybe the same feet.  And he can’t stand.  But that’s heresay, because I don’t have Dactys.

Pictured here is also the vintage style axe.

Lets talk about Buzz-Off’s hands some more.  I already mentioned the rubbery forearms thing.  His hands are made of it too.  You would think there was a hinge there on his claws or something.  But nope.  The hands/claws are in a fixed pose.  You can swivel his wrists.  But that’s it.

Now he doesn’t have any problem holding either of his axes.  But it was still worth noting.  he might not hold one of the girls swords good, for instance.  (He-Man and the others can’t hold them either.  But I’d bet Buzz-Off has an even harder time.)

They SHOULD have gave him fingers.  Like the 200x version.  But I think I know where they were going.  Each claw is basically the same as Clawful’s other hand.  (Not his lobster pinching hand.)  So that’s parts re-use.

One more gripe.  The paint on the big axe handle is flaking off already, right where the right hand grips the handle.  And did I mention that the big axe handle is also BENT ALREADY?  BOO!!!!!!

How does he look next to another flyer.  I mean…wingspan wise?

These two could totally wage an air war!

 

Now for some action photos!  Remember that whole “Ambrosia” angle.  The Andreenids ate the ambrosia to gain extra strength and power.  Here’s my take with a piece of Jade.  (Also gotten from the Flea Market.)

 

"I'm feeling a little weak.  Time for a pick-me-up!  Amrosia.  Just the thing!"

“I’m feeling a little weak. Time for a pick-me-up! Ambrosia. Just the thing!”

“Now I’m ready to take on the world!”

 

"Zoar!  Hello.  What brings you here?  Oh!  I need to go help Orko and Moss Man!"

“Zoar! Hello. What brings you here? Oh! I need to go help Orko and Moss Man!”

 

Now for a comparison…

I’m not sure if this is my actual original toy.  It seems a little too unplayed.  I think it might be one of the re-issues from the early 2000s that my baby brother picked up.  I specifically remember losing on of my wings, but here they both are.

Just the same, you can see how Buzz-Off is beautifully translated and updated into a more modern style!

My rating for Buzz-Off?  I give him a 3/5.  I really like how he is an updated if not re-imagined vintage Buzz-Off.  But I don’t like the paint flake-age or the rubbery forearms and hands.  And they are distracting enough where you can’t help but see them.  I am theorizing that maybe the big axe is molded in the same tool or with the same materials as the fore-arms.  But when they ask as much for one of these MOTUC figures as they ask, they shouldn’t mess it up.  EVER.  On the other hand, the sculpting is MAGNIFICENT.  It seems he has Whiplash’s body.  Clawful’s other hand.  Webstor’s insect arms.  There is a lot of re-use here.  But it doesn’t feel re-used.  It feels, like I said.  Magnificent.  The circuitry in the wings is really cool.  And the weapons are sculpted great also.

(I don’t think I’ve ever found a Four Horsemen sculpt I didn’t like!)

What would you rate him?  Subscribe to the SpartanNerd and keep up with all the Nerdtainment reviews.  Leave a comment!  I am eager to give something away!

 

 

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 Sundays! Masters of the Universe…Spiritual things.

The current run of Masters of the Universe comics by DC have largely been regarded as bad by the fan community.  I disagree with “the fan community,” though, and hope to see a ton more comics in this specific story.  I think it is being well grounded and the long game is being considered by the writers.  The stories are being developed by the truly masterful DC, and are even being woven into the New 52 a little.

In this article I would like to talk about some of the more spiritual ideas being presented in these comics.

ZOAR and the Sorceress

In the Masters of the Universe mini-series, (modern DC comics), Skeletor kills the Sorceress.  Issue 1 of the ongoing series begins with her funeral…and King Randor delivering her eulogy.  Prince Adam, Man-At-Arms and Teela are all discussing the Sorceress, and kind of overpowering and dismissing Randor’s words as ceremonial drivel.  Randor uses Zoar’s name, as we would use God’s name.

Yes, the falcon form of the Sorceress.  This is the first time we have encountered this in the Master’s universe.

The Sorceress is described as the “oracle,” or vessel through which Zoar speaks.  We saw her appear to Adam and Teela while they were under Skeletor’s spell.  The Sorceress was projecting her essence to them, doing so by denying herself food and refusing to speak with Skeletor.

Then we have issue 8, where Zoar is explored a little further.  Zoar is apparently also the Star Seed from Filmation, and also Serpos from MYP, as well as this “goddess” that the Eternians are worshipping.  Mount Zoar (an analogue of Mt. Sinai or similar) sits in the center of where the dark and light hemisphere’s are divided…Clearly Zoar is a dualistic goddess.

King Randor has secret knowledge of Zoar…who is also the Star Seed.
At Mt. Zoar the survivors of Hordak’s “board wipe” see ancient writing about Zoar.

Moss Man’s description of Subternia is similar to Hell in Dante’s Inferno

I don’t like it.

As a whole, I have enjoyed these books.  I guess what I don’t like about this is the equating Zoar and Serpos.  Serpos was the Evil Snake god for the Snake Men, remember?  Also, the Star Seed was more interesting as a powerful artifact.  (Hey, what about Procrustus?  Maybe he’ll show in the next few issues about Subternia)

I feel the writers have thrown away a couple of opportunities here.  They could have used the Star Seed and Serpos as story elements…Now they have just condensed them.  Furthermore, they are making Zoar have a duel nature…being good and evil.

HORDAK

Hordak isn’t just an awesome general or emperor of the Horde.  He is called a “demigod”.  (The greek demigods were the half-man, half-god heroes, like Hercules and Perseus.)  He acts all powerful, and demands devotion from his subjects.  It isn’t like Skeletor, displaying anger by taking it out on his subjects…no it is more cruel, even killing or or threatening the lives of his subjects.

Uusually we see him as a sort of spirit, and this is explored in issues 5 and 6.  Apparently the story that King Grayskull killed him and banished him to Despondos is intact in this continuity.  (In the MYP show, we see Hordak’s spirit live after his body dissolves, and then he fly’s through King Grayskull, mortally wounding him.  This is what is apparently intact.)  As a spirit, Hordak has amassed huge power.

In Hordak’s origin book, (One of my favorites!), Hordak and Zodac are at war with one another…Horde verses Guardians, and then Hordak uses the “Armegeddon” of this war to absorb the life essence of both armies to use as power.  This is why he is so powerful!

The Eternians don’t believe in Hordak at first…They think he is an imaginary fairy tale vampire.  Well he is a vampire on a grand scale, absolutely!

We see Hordak as the equivalent of Satan for Keldor, as he succumbs to temptation to use his magic to transform into Skeletor.  He needs Skeletor to do his bidding…apparently with all of the power he has, he cannot set foot on Eternia!

And there’s prophecy!  Hordak see’s the prophecy as him fighting his brother, Zodac, and becoming the victor, but apparently he was wrong…the perfect warrior prophesied will apparently be He-Man.

I don’t necessarily like the design of the way the artists draw Hordak with a kind of Hindu design.  It looks absurd, and takes away from the way I like to think about him.

So I mostly approve, but not entirely.  What about Horde Prime…admittedly I haven’t watched that much She-Ra, but I was aware of HP before there was a MOTUC figure!  What about the more technologically grounded villain we saw in the old She-Ra cartoons?  Here we have the more mystical Hordak from MYP, who was very cool, but still lacking something vintage.  But I like the “force of evil” idea that he embodies.

I hope Skeletor can overthrow him.  That would be BOSS!

Grayskull

We see King Grayskull’s spirit working alongside Adam in the Forge of Eternia, using Zoar’s fire to create a new sword, and costume…I think there is a humanistic element here.  Maybe an element of re-incarnation or ancestor worship.  Adam has to OWN the power himself.  Not just be the power.  He can’t just expect it all to be given to him for him to be the complete master of it.  I rather like this plot point.

The Horde “capture” (destroy?) Castle Grayskull in issue 6.  The idea is that their symbol of hope is lost.  Hordak even says so himself.  The Castle has become their banner, kind of their cross.  If Grayskull more or less sacrificed himself defeating Hordak, that would be a tremendous analogy.

I approve!  Maybe we can see He-Man develop himself for once.  Usually the Sorceress gives him new powers and such.  But I like the new take.  And I like the new costume…even the new sword!

?What’s ahead?

I think maybe they are successful…They get to Zoar in a few issues, and use the power as a big RESET button.

Maybe it will be like the Horde never even came.  Maybe Skeletor will be back, with his jaw intact, and maybe even Orko will be a good guy again.

But I kind of hope not.  I want to see what they can do with what they have built.

Maybe they get to Zoar, and Teela becomes that new oracle in the Sorceress’ place.

Or maybe I am completely off.  They get to Zoar, and Orko is already there, ready to throw the Star Seed at them like a super-ball!

We do know that the artists from the first six books will be back.  That is a good thing.  I think issues 7 and 8 are badly drawn.  A bunch of scribble in my opinion.  Earl Norem should write them a letter!