Mattel has given us several versions of Man-At-Arms over the eight years of the line. The Battle Ram came with one more different version. How does this version stand up? Keep reading!
You can see how I unboxed Man-At-Arms if you follow this link. You can also see the review of the Battle Ram vehicle, and follow the links on that page to all sorts of cool NerdTainment. To me, this Man-At-Arms is essentially a freeby!
So here is Man-At-Arms, right out of the package. Notice that this version has a silver mace, prominently featured. He has Filmation-inspired shin guards. He is the same green color, and has practically the same armor as the original Man-At-Arms release. This time he has double arm-guards, and a helmetless head that features a prominent ponytail.
The backside features an incredibly well sculpted backpack, which has storage clips for weapons. In the previous version, Man-At-Arms could have He-Man’s techno-sword attached here. This time we get to install a gun and the classic mace.From this rear-facing angle, we can see how well sculpted the armor pieces are.
If you read my review of Rio Blast, then you heard my story of who I always thought he was Man-at-Arms in disguise. See the resemblance? Now for a head-swap.
I knew I was onto something!
Man-At_arms comes with the aforementioned silver mace, the classic mace, and this silver pistol. Note that the silver mace will not fit on the the clips of Man-At-Arms back.
Why was that even included? It seems we’ve seen that mace several times in different colors. So it gets the silver treatment. Big WHOOP.
It would have been nice to have more paint hits on the classic mace. Or maybe including that 200x gun in a different color. (How about silver. That would have been cool!)
But oh-well. I don’t dislike the silver mace. I just think its weird considering the main vintage weapon associated with Duncan is the orange mace. And so that means he came with two maces.
He looks cool with two guns…not two maces.
The point of this Man-At-Arms is that now you get maximum options for displaying the figure. You can take this head and the 200x gun and armor and make the ultimate 200x Man-At-Arms. (I don’t own the Snake Man At Arms…I don’t own the 200x the gun. OK. I actually don’t own either…the SpartanTeen owns the gun and the original Man-At-Arms release!)
You can take the Mustached head and put on the Battle Ram version and make a filmation Duncan. (Sorry. I can’t find the mustached head. The SpartanTeen lost it!)
Here is a crack at the 200x version, using the Battle Ram body.
Man-At-Arms inclusion with the Battle Ram was a great choice. I personally needed my own Man-Arms to help me complete the classic team of He-Man, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Orko, and Ram Man (coming from Super7 eventually!)
The only thing stupid about this figure is the silver mace. It adds something to the figure. It just isn’t that significant. But I can’t take any points off for that. MOC collectors might be annoyed that he is displayed holding that in the box, though.
So I rate the Battle Ram Man-At-Arms 5/5. This is Mattel’s final Man-At-Arms for the Masters of the Universe Classics line. They used this opportunity to reward long-time collectors, and help appease those annoyed by Snake Man-At-Arms. This version allows the widest range of display options, and pulls it together nicely.
For me, it gives me my own personal Man-At-Arms to help me complete my collection of essential good guys.
Do you agree with the SpartanNerd’s rating of 5/5? Let me know in the comments!