SpartanNerd…Cool Idea- Photograph Toys with a Black Light!

Just some fun I had today…something really substantial forthcoming, however, oh Hub City Geeks!

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Skeletor is just about my favorite subject to photograph.  With a black light, his face looks extra gruesome.

I thought it would be cool to put the Havoc Staff that came with the Faceless One in the black light.  It isn’t that apparent in the pic below, but the pink translucent details on the “powered up” part of the staff changed bone white!

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Here is Modulock wearing the alternate Beast Man armor.  The unusual and unexpected thing is the plastic on the torso and visible in his joints at the knees and elbows glow a different color in the black light!  I noticed this with Draego Man too.  (Not pictured)

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I’ve never thought that the vintage Mantenna was a very menacing looking figure.  (This is my original toy from the 1980’s.)  Placing a blacklight on him changes this.  The red details become that salmon-isn color, which contrasts to the blue parts of his body that disappear in the blacklight somewhat.  His eyeball paint is about gone, but because of this it makes that weird thing that is his mouth seem extra creepy!

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The cool thing about Grimlock isis weapons.  They look translucent amber in person.  In the blacklight, though they pp like the science fiction things they should pop like.

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Last but not least, LILIANA!  The cool thing about this pic is as I was editing it with iPhoto, I was playing with the sharpness controls.  Lilliana almost disappeared when the control was at 0.  As you moved the slider, she would slowly appear or disappear!  Just like magic!  Because her substantially exposed skin is “flesh-tone”, and her clothes are all purple, this caused the disappearing effect.  I wish I had a modded Liliana card with this picture on it!

SpartanNerd Vintage Toy Review…”Masters of the Universe Wolf Armor He-man and Snake Armor Skeletor”

This is one of the longest titles I’ve typed on this blog!

Today you get the final pictures taken with my iPhone 4s.  Good riddance, after seeing how good the iPhone 6 camera is!  (I can hear Skeletor from the MYP cartoon saying “Good Riddance!”

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This item was originally meant to be a gift set.  You are getting two figures, both with an action accessory, and a VHS tape. (GASP)

The front of the box is a nice window where you can see the figures and the video inside.

I love the SpartanWife…If it weren’t for her, I probably never would have got these!

Here’s the back…

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Everything all over this packaging is in three languages.  English, Spanish (or Italian?) and French.

Probably Spanish, aimed at the Mexican market.  Sorry Europeans.  (Seriously.  There are mega fans in Europe.  Especially Italy and Germany.)

The back of the package gives you instructions, and also shows off some other figures and vehicles from 200x.

I do miss the 200x show!

On with the review.  This packaging is just landing in the trash.  I’m not sure this could have counted as Mint On Card anyways.  The box has had some abuse.

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Here is everything assembled, for your photography pleasure.  The video is going to stay in cellophane.  I believe I will display it with my 1987 movie VHS tape.  Because neither is EVER going back into a VCR to be eaten.  That’s why.  And besides, I have “The Courage of Adam” on DVD.

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Here are the accessories.  I activated the action feature of both shields this time.  I prefer to display them like this.  Skeletor’s activates by press of a button.  You reset it by pushing that skull back up, and then the blades retract.  He-Man’s works by turning that wolf head.  His isn’t spring loaded, unfortunately.  But it looks way cooler with the blades out.

This is the first He-Man I’ve ever owned that didn’t come with a sword!

Also notable, He-Man’s helmet is removable…Skeletor’s is not.

He-Man has a wolf claw weapon.  And I’m not sure WHAT Skeletor’s weapon is.  A gun?  A sword?  I tend to think those silver pieces are meant to be long retractable tentacles.  So more of a gun.  But then again, it could be that the two silver pieces are meant to mirror Skeletor’s double sword.  I just don’t know.

As far as I know, there is no extant fiction for either character…

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Here’s Skeletor.  His shield is really heavy.  200x Skeletor tends to be sort of hunchbacked as it is.  But in order to have him stand and hold the shield, you have to bend him backwards, pretty severely.

The figure has a snake head on top of his helmet.  I thought this must be a button for an action feature.  Nope.  Maybe the Horsemen intended it to be so?  The armor is removable, but it looks to be two pieces.  I don’t feel the urge to take it off…you can’t remove his helmet, so you would have a shirtless Skeletor with a snake hat.  And what if I have trouble getting that armor back on?

I have to add that the snake hat is glued to the hooded head that was on the original, non-variant version.  Mattel really cut corners on this figure.  And I don’t necessarily appreciate it.  I do think these are cool designs.  I might not understand them.  But stuff like the mess that is on Skeletor’s head is pretty infuriating.  Why isn’t that removable.  Or at least, not GLUED TO HIS HOOD.

Skeletor is fine below the waist.  His loin cloth is elaborate.  His toes look ever creepy.  To bad he didn’t have claws on his feet, as he had in the cartoon and the Vintage figure from the 1980s.  I wish they at least painted the nails black as a compromise.

Skeletor also doesn’t have the torso punch.  How did that get left out.

I can make a comparison this time.  We have what I believe to be Battle Armor/sound Skeletor from the 200x line.  He has a spring loaded waist twist.  And you can remove his hood.  I’m just saying.

Onto Wolf Armor He-Man.

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He-man is superior to Skeletor in every way.  He has the same problem as Skeletor in that his shield is too heavy for him to stand and hold it as usual.  I am not necessarily a fan of the way the He-Man holds his shields in 200x.  Shields should strap to the arm.  Not be held in hand.  But this is an overall style criticism.  He-man’s waist twist works great.  His armor is removable.  I generally have a hard time standing 200x He-Man.  His legs are sculpted in an odd way.

He-Man’s armor is a nice gold color.  His furry shorts come complete with the little pouch that hangs from his belt.

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I tried out the sword from the 200x Castle Grayskull playset.  This sword has good symmetry with the shield, matching the other shiny silver pieces.

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Here’s Skeletor with the other 200x villains in my collection.  Too bad we can’t see Two-Bad’s faces.  (get it.  “Two Bad.”

SpartanNerd’s Rating

Here goes.  Whhhhhh…..(sigh)

What these figures ARE is kind of a mystery.  Snake Armor Skeletor kind of makes sense.  Skeletor is the enemy of the Snake Men.  But we never saw him in the cartoon wearing this.  On the other hand, He-Man was decked out especially for the Snake Men.  But what was Wolf Armor He-Man?  There were no wolf enemies.  I guess this was just a variant like the “Jungle Attack He-Man” or “Smash Blade He-Man.”

Skeletor’s figure has a very compromised feel to it.  Like they intended for it to be more than it is.  But had to cut corners.  So there is no action feature.  And the helmet is not removable.  And they didn’t bother with a new head sculpt…hence the hood is still there under the helmet.

Add to these problems the fact that the figures can’t stand properly because of the weight of the shields, and the fact that He-Man doesn’t come with a sword.  And the score is pretty low.

But I don’t dislike these figures.  They are fun!  I think the shields’ action features are cool.  Especially Skeletor’s with the spring loaded blades.  He-Man’s shield, with the blades sticking out around it is especially cool looking.

I rate 200x Wolf Armor He-Man at 3/5.  His sculpt is great.  He has a cool shield.  It is a nice variant.  He looks cool on the shelf.  With the downside of not coming with a sword, or being able to stand holding the shield without being contorted.

I rate 200x Snake Armor Skeletor as 2/5.  He has a compromised feel.  Unremovable Helmet.  Dubious removable armor.  A strange weapon.  And can’t stand naturally holding the shield.  On the other hand, the action feature on the shield is fun, and the overall look of the figure is nice.

I’m not even going to bother rating the tape.

Because these figures look so cool on the shelf, and that is their main function, I am going to rate them probationally 3/5 as a set.

That’s right.  The SpartanNerd rates the dubiously named:

200x Masters of the Universe Wolf Armor He-Man and Snake Armor Skeletor Gift Set *

3/5.

Do you agree?  Let me know in the comments!

*I added the colon because it is supposed to be funny.

SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review….Masters of the Universe Classics “Modulok”

Growing up, the SpartanNerd and his brothers had maybe 85% of Masters of the universe stuff.  We had most of the figures, most of the vehicles and accessories, and most of the playsets.  A few items really stood out, however…Modulock was one of those items.  I specifically owned Multi-Bot, and the combinations you could make with the two of them seemed endless.  Modulok and Multi-Bot both scratch that “lego-itch” but in a cool action figure kind of way.

So.  Onto the review!

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Modulok came in the brown shipper.  Notable only because it is brown instead of white.  The actual box is painted and photo-shopped, not photographed.  Th front features a conspicuous picture of Modulok in his suggested default pose, as well as many other suggestions.  (You can make tons more, however)  The back of the box gives us a new bio for “Gaelen Nycoff,” and shows off other Horde members.

I am keeping this box to store Modulok’s pieces, rather than feeding Oscar the Grouch.

Taking the product out, you can see Modulok with his monster head, human arms, and human feet.  He reminds me of “Meat” from Mortal Kombat.  Though if you look close, rather than being bare muscle, he is more crustacean like.  And then you can see that he comes with (top to bottom) two tails, three double sockets, one middle piece, two monster arms, two blasters, and four extra legs, with varying colors and claws.  Oh yes.  And another head.

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I prefer to get as much of Modulok together as I can.  This leaves behind only an extra tail.

But I have already spent about two hours, me and my children, making different arrangements.  Here are some below.

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Here is a list, left to right, top then bottom.

  • Imagine opening your door and this little imp standing outside holding a blaster…
  • SpartanKid made this first thing.  “Look!  A slug!”
  • we could make one product into two figures if they included another torso.  But they didn’t.
  • You can stack those double sockets into a chain to make long necks, joints, tails, or whatever.

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I really like making a scorpion style tail.  On the left, you can really see that.  On the right he is showing that he can hold all three power swords that i own!

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Modulok’s heads are the only part that don’t have pegs besides the torso.  The heads have the same socket that all of the other figures have.  Here you see I replaced the bug-eyed head with another bug-eyed head, and the monster head with another monster head.

My rating of Modulok…

No doubt, Modulok is one impressive figure.  I will show you the remnants of my vintage toy…it is technically Megabeast, the combination of Modulok and Multi-Bot.  And then we have a place to reference first.

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Every one of MOTUC Modulok’s joints is articulated the same way the other standard figures in the line are.  Very impressive.  You can see in the above picture that the old version had arms and legs that only moved at the shoulder, and then only up and down.  And then add in the ab crunch, which no vintage figure had as well.

Modulok is “finger food.”  You can’t really put him down.  You can make tons of things.  He is straight out fun, and that is a 5/5.

But there has to be an asterisk.  You only get one torso.  And the torso doesn’t separate from the waist.  Bummer.  And one more thing…maybe to accommodate the parts swapping feature…he feels a tad more rubbery than the other figures.  Not really a mark against, but it is worth mentioning.

Still, it is amazing that we even got a Modulok.  Considering how much this tooling must have cost, and it doesn’t appear that they skimped on the paint either.

So, the SpartanNerd gives Modulok a 5/5!  Do you agree?  Let me know in the comments.  I am gonna leave you with a few more fun pictures.

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Come work for me now…

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I need another Bug-Eyed head….

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Merry Winter Solstice from the SpartanNerd. (this was his birthday present.)

 

 

SpartanNerd Blog…AMAZING NEWS! He-Man: The Eternity War

Of course I could’t let this go without comment!

Details about the picture…

The Snake-Men appear to continue to be aligned with the good guys.

She-Ra is the central hero(ine) in this cover photo!

Orko is back to normal!

The only masters that remain alive, as far as we know in the current comic, are He-Man,  Moss Man, Man-At-Arms, and Stratos.  Teela has of course ascended to Green Goddess status as the new sorceress.

Skeletor is back with his regular skull face…(This might be related to Orko being normal again.)

Does Skeletor now have a power sword?  We notice that the Havoc Staff is missing.  In the story, Dark Orko fused Skeletor with his staff after He-Man broke his jaw and defeated him.  The Havoc Staff’s power apparently made him a huge hulk of a skeleton warrior.

Also, we haven’t seen too much of Panthor lately.

Hordak doesn’t appear as a god.  It has been established that he cannot go to Eternia because of his curse in banishment to Despondos.

It’s good to see Scorpia (is that her name?)

Skeletor seems to have all of his main bad guys, except for Whiplash.  Has he even made an appearance in the current comics?

Castle Grayskull is back intact!

Last of all…Is that Loo-Kee?  (I don’t even care.)

We all know that the comic book cover might not even matter.  But still, it is fun to speculate!

This event is apparently a continuation of the comic rather than a re-boot.  I think they want to have a “#1” on the shelves again.  I will be sure to get all of the variant covers I can!

SpartanNerd thoughts on MOTUC and COMIC CON reveals.

Ok.!

SQUEEEEEEE!

 

Seriously.  I must have this.!!!.

When will they make an Attack Track?

 

About Tongue Lasher, he is my favorite Snake Man.  But the tongue here just looks wrong.  I prefer the paper-ish tongue on the vintage figure.

The new She-Ra looks cool…

 

Eldor always has looked cool.  Way better than He-Ro.

I won’t bother posting a pic of Sweet Bee.  Not interested.

SpartanNerd On Card Review…Masters of the Universe Hot-Wheels and Matchbox cars

I teach in an elementary school…so my toys are welcome!

I have a habit of opening most things I buy, but I decided to keep these cars on card.  Notice I didn’t say “Mint On card.”  No the packages are a little banged up etc, and they were when I got them for that matter.

 

These cars hang on my office wall, and the students really enjoy looking at them.  In the past I have also displayed my 200x He-Man with Iron Cross Variant MOC as well.

Here are some pics of the cars I have.  The Matchbox cars were purchased on clearance at Wal-Mart or Big Lots, and the SpartanWife got the newer Hot-Wheels for me for Father’s day a few years ago.

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Here is my complete collection. I hang these on my office wall.

 

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The backs of the cards…The Hot-Wheels (right) shows off the other cars in the line.  Too bad I don’t have more of these!  On the other hand, the front packaging of the Hot-Wheels cars is more boring, featuring the same “He-Man on Battlecat” art for each different car.  The 200x Matchbox cars show a picture of the car’s corresponding figure.  But the back of that package is bland, only showing you the same sentence in multiple languages.  The good thing is that you get to see what that mini-poster looks like…(top right.)

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The orange car features the Masters of the Universe logo.  The truck features side-panel art of the three towers.  I would point out that the current MOTUC ideas really show a desire to bring out the three towers, though there doesn’t seem to be any official way for them to happen.  This little car is another example of that.  Anyone else notice that He-Man is wielding his axe in his LEFT HAND!

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I decided not to remove the price tag stickers for fear of tearing the print from the card.  That poster bugged me for a long time.  It never occurred to me to see what it was a pic of by looking at the back of the box!  But I was strong.  I never opened it!  I like how the He-Man has that Iron Cross on his chest…just like my Mint On Card figure!  I like how Skeletor gets the Limo!  That fits him soooo well!  Man-At-Arms gets the armored tank also.  But Stratos’ and He-Man’s choice of car are more puzzling.  Why not make Stratos have a plane?  That totally could have happened.  He-Man gets a Sedan?  Really?

Overall, I enjoy looking at these.  I am always finding something new.  Did anyone else notice that the Matchbox cars are facing the opposite direction of the Hot-Wheel’s cars?  See…I have really studied these things!

I rate them…On card…4/5.  Mostly because He-Man gets a Sedan, and not a Monster Truck, or Dodge Viper, or some other muscle car.  Nope.  His is Cab Forward Design.  And Fuel Efficient, of course, with 30 MPG (Hwy miles.)

 

What would you rate them?  Let me know!