Snow in the south. What does that mean to the SpartanNerd? While others slide their way to work…skid their way to the factory…get stuck in piled up traffic on their way to punch the clock at the warehouse, or to worry sick about the progress at the house building site, the SpartanNerd stays home. Teaching has its perks! And while even other teachers might get bored, sitting in their wool socks binge-watching the Netflix, the SpartanNerd stays busy…bringing nerdtainment reviews to the masses. (Whoever you are, beloved readers, thank you!) Someone out there reads what I publish, and this run of reviews is just for you!
I ordered the Battle Ram right before the year ended. This is something I haven’t ordered before simply because of price. I was seriously psyched when they first announced this item a couple of years ago. $110 was just too much. Then they were going to stick ridiculous shipping costs. But not during the MattyCollector closeout event! The Battle Ram was HALF OFF. And I got free shipping too. (I only paid $55 for the Battle Ram, which also comes with a new Man-At-Arms. That’s incredible, people!)
I have been excited about this for quite some time. Ever since The Four Horsemen revealed their original sculpt at the San Diego Comic Con…(I only saw pictures, like most of you readers. I have never been to San Diego.) I mentioned as well that the Wind Raider never has been my favorite vehicle. To me, it always seems kind of generic for some reason. And as a kid, the wings broke off and it was forever funkified by bathtub water. (Because you see, we naturally made it into a boat as it didn’t have wings anymore.)
But on to the Battle Ram. My original Battle Ram is still with me! Keep reading for a comparison time! (Shout out to Pixel Dan. Who unquestionably probably doesn’t read this blog.)
The Masters of the Universe Classics Battle Ram came in this shipper box.
This box is huge. And when I see this giant mailer, I realize how big a MOTUC vehicle has to be to accommodate that nearly seven inch scale. I have some other large MOTUC items. But this is set to be the largest yet!
I am re-using this box this time, to cart my vintage figures back over to the school to put on display for the rest of the school year. (Now I have to make room in the Nerd Closet for this beast of a vehicle!) It is nice and sturdy, and suits all kinds of re-use purposes. I know, there are some collectors out there who have each of these in storage. Come on guys. Really? Just. Why?
(I am known to throw the packaging away, usually. It’s just cardboard! The item inside is what’s important to me. And like Rob Base says. “Their your toys. Play with them!”
You can see all of this goodness is really crammed into the box. Man-At_arms is prominently in front of the vehicle. Maybe an odd choice? They could have seated him on it and maybe saved some space? But I suppose having the figure displayed in the window box is more important to MOC collectors.
The back of the box shows a diagram of the Battle Ram with some details. It even goes as far as to point out that the Griffin Head is the custom piece done by Duncan. This diagram is going through a little bit of pain to point out that the Jet Sled in front isn’t the same as what’s in the package, I think. The other details are cool. Isn’t Gwildor of the Tadorian race? Or is that what creature’s head is depicted on the missile?
This is a nifty box. I will have to check the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Art Book and look at the other schematic drawings of vehicles preserved there. This drawing might be in there also…
Time to knife open the package! There are lots of rubber bands tying the Man-At-Arms in. And worry-ingly, check out this problem. On the Roast Gooble Dinner podcast, I heard lots of people talking about Jitsu’s ponytail getting broken off in the package. Looks like potential for something like that happening here…
Thankfully, I managed to free the scary piece of hair without damaging it.
And here is the product, as vanilla as I can show you, right out of the package.
Now readers…I am going to post the review of Man-At-Arms in a different post. This figure deserves a fair review like all of the others, but I am afraid the Battle Ram is so awesome it overpowers old Duncan!
So how big is it?
Here are some other large MOTUC items I have just for reference. (I hate this picture).
The Griffin’s impressive wingspan is a little bit longer than the Battle Ram. Megator seems just the right height to get splattered in the face by the missile! (That is a real working action feature! The missile is a bit rubbery, but not too much!)
The point is, this is one hulk of plastic. I can’t imagine owning Castle Grayskull. That thing makes this vehicle look small…
As in the vintage model, the Jet Sled detaches from the Battle Ram portion. The MOTUC version doesn’t do so as easily, however. You have to wiggle it with a little bit of force, and there is a definite “SNAP” sound that happens, as the tabs that lock it into place seem to be stressing a little bit. And that is my only complaint about the entire vehicle!
You can see that this time we have the snake head version of the Sky Sled. (War Sled, props to James Eatock). I won’t be displaying the Battle Ram with the snake head. I’m not sure if the snake head version is ever depicted in media attached to the Battle Ram? I will always have the Griffin head version on the front.
Jet Sled War Sled is exactly like the other. You should go and read that review right now if you haven’t. Because they are the same item. Just one has a griffin head, and one has a snake head. (Really, it is a fantastic vehicle, that I rated 5/5. I have had tons of fun flying it around and scaring my cats. Sorry that some of the pics of Sky High are inexplicably missing, but the Jet Sled pics are all there.)
The Battle Ram is a display piece…as such, you can do the traditional thing…
Or you can go 1980’s playtime, full on!
Check out the backside of the Battle Ram.
I don’t remember this detail. This large mask thing…was it ever a sticker on the vintage Battler Ram? This detail is sculpted on, like every other detail of the Battle Ram. But this mask thing is very conspicuous. The bright colors don’t really match the rest of the tank. It doesn’t take away from it, I just found it kind of shocking because I didn’t remember it, and this isn’t on my vintage Battle Ram. Maybe my parents didn’t apply it when they assembled it? Or maybe I peeled it off? There doesn’t seem to be any residue, however…
Every single knob, control panel, exhaust pipe, vent, indicator light, engine piece, all of it. Fantastic sculpting. I can’t gloat about that enough. It is incredible! It is this work that makes Masters of the Universe Classics the ultimate toyline. Not only just for adult collectors, but this item in the hands of a kid…wow, it can capture their imagination.
Now for that “Comparison Time” I hooked you with earlier.
My childhood Battle Ram is dwarfed by the MOTUC version. The plastic is just about split in seam right up the middle of both the Sky Sled and the engine piece.
One thing about them both, and maybe only I notice this because I am the only music teacher interested in MOTUC in the whole entire world I am certain…both Battle Rams make the same sound when they roll! This was the very first thing I noticed. As soon as I freed it from the box, I set it on the floor and gave it a good push. There is a certain “hollow” sound to the thing as it rolls. I’m not sure what makes it so. But it is. It is the exact same experience. When I rolled the new vehicle across the floor, a ton of memories flooded back into my head. I mention how this is the ultimate action figure line…how kids can totally have their imagination captured. Us adults can re-live it because of the incredible detail put into something as awesome as this.
As a kid, my favorite vehicle was the Attak Trak. But as a battery powered vehicle, it had limitations. (dead batteries.) What would I play with instead…the Battle Ram was my go-to guy. And now that there isn’t even an Attak Trak for MOTUC, and there may never be, the Battle Ram takes over by force of destiny! (That sounded cool.)
The SpartanNerd rates the Battle Ram at 5/5. It is perfect! The only thing close to a complaint that I can make is that it is slightly hard to separate the Jet Sled from the Battle Ram. I believe that over time that may work itself out. So no big deal.
The SpartanNerd rates the Battle Ram 5/5. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!