Masters Of The Universe Classics Club Grayskull Filmation Skeletor Review

Masters Of The Universe Classics Club Grayskull Filmation Skeletor Review

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Mattel’s Club Grayskull continues to bring fans Filmation (cartoon) accurate sculpts of the characters that they grew up watching in the 1980’s. This month, Skeletor is available in his most popular appearance of all time. This is the definitive version that fans have been waiting for since the launch of the line. Skeletor is the third figure offered in the line, with He-Man and Trap Jaw already out, this line is moving forward nicely with the possibility of years worth of Filmation-accurate figures on the horizon. What is looking good for the line right now is that each figure is selling out very quick on Mattycollector, which in the early days of Classics was also common. Right now with sales being strong, things are definitely looking up for Club Grayskull.

Skeletor, including all other MOTU characters were given a more simplified design on the cartoon to make it easier to animate these designs compared to the toys. This is why in the vintage toy line each characters looked a little different than their Filmation appearance. But the elements between the toy designs and Filmation designs are there and you can easily identify each of them. Skeletor’s design is pretty interesting as he has yellow skull for a head, which for a kids show is pretty unique at the time. The designers probably had a tough time creating a character like this that wasn’t scary for kids, and at the same time they needed to design an iconic villain that kids would want to buy the toy of. Not only was the design important, but also the personality of the character. Skeletor had a bit of a comic-relif side to him when yelling at Beast Man for failing, and even some of his plans to end He-Man were amusing. This doesn’t mean that Skeletor wasn’t evil, as he was most evil and dangerous villain on the show. From a creative standpoint, Skeletor was a home run for the designers and Mattel, which to this day many of those kids growing up in the 80’s have fond memories of the toys, especially He-man and Skeletor.

Availability: June 2016

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This is Skeletor’s first Filmation-accurate figure, as the vintage toy was more detailed and all other Skeletor toys in Classics up to now were based on the toys. What is the most important feature here was the head sculpt, which was going to be an easy hit or miss for Mattel and The Four Horsemen as this is the most iconic version of Skeletor in the minds of collectors. There is no doubt in our minds that if anyone can pull something like this off, the Horsemen can. While He-Man and Trap Jaw had more simpler designs of the toys, Skeletor’s design from the toy to the show is very different. This new figure required recreating Skeletor from a completely different angle, and Mattel and the Horsemen did an incredible job once again capturing his likeness.

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Every aspect of Skeletor’s head sculpt is re-introduced in this figure, including the iconic bright yellow face, cheekbones, the shape of his eyes, and jaw are very distinct. The hood is also nicely done and is also much larger than the toy version. We did notice one mishap on the figure is that the inside of the hood was black on the show, but this figure it was left purple. This is unfortunate that this happened as this would have been much more accurate. A skilled customizer could easily fix this with some black paint, but this does require knowledge and skill, plus a steady hand so the paint doesn’t drip on the face.

The rest of the figure is nicely done, and he also has the added articulation in his wrist and ankle joints. Skeletor’s body includes smoothed-out forearms and booted feet to match the source, and the armor and loin cloth are both streamlined versions of the standard toy versions.

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Skeletor includes his iconic staff that also resembles the Filmation appearance, but was also scaled down to a degree, and a repaint of Lizard Man’s sword (that was meant to go with this release), which was used by Skeletor in the mini-comics. Plundor’s axe was also meant to go with this Skeletor figure, as he was shown holding it in the mini-comics.

Overall:

Skeletor has finally arrived in the most iconic representation of the character made yet. MOTU fans won’t want to miss out on this one, as he is not only the Skeletor figure, but is also the definitive version of Skeletor to own.

Highly Recommended!

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