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Hordak is the leader of the Evil Horde and is a thorn in the side of not only She Ra and He Man, but Skeletor too. He was the main villain for the She Ra on the Princess of Power cartoon and uses a combination of magic and science powers. He was also a mentor to Skeletor at one stage until Skeletor betrayed Hordak and trapped him in another dimension, until Hordak returned for vengeance on all!

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Name: Hordak (Filmation Version, SDCC Exclusive)
Line: Masters Of The Universe Classics
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released: 2014
Price: Then: $45, Now: $75 Minimum
Scale: 7 inches in height
Accessories: Magic staff and Imp

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I was holding out for the Filmation version of Hordak, because to me it was what I pictured in my mind when I think of Hordak, not the black and grey version. My waiting paid off when San Diego Comic Con 2014 announced Hordak as the filmation version as an exclusive. Now, how to go about getting one when I’m in Australia?
First I tried BBTS, but they were sold out, so off to eBay instead. I managed to pick one up for a decent price, however the seller sent me a message saying the Imp chest had been delayed and I had the choice of waiting or cancelling. I did neither; I just wanted Hordak and Imp so I said: “Just send me Hordak, please.”
The only catch was that Hordak was intended to be a Christmas present for myself, meaning I would have to wait until then to be able to have him; hence why this review is so late.

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SCULPTING
There’s a fair bit of reuse here, but, that has come to be expected from Mattel. Hordak is pretty much just a repaint of the original Hordak release, without the cape. This doesn’t bother me personally too much, although a new head would have been nice. I still like the original head; it’s a very evil looking head and works well for Hordak. His armour is also the same from the original release, having not bought the first Hordak, (with the intention to hold out for this very one) I like the added bulk to his chest and the boots are a nice touch too. Everything here is sculpted well, Mattel have a great base body and they get a lot of use from it.

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PAINT
The Paint on Hordak is what I would expect from Mattel: it’s neat and used where needed and sometimes even where not needed! For example, the head is painted white. I would have just been happy if they cast it in white instead, but I’m sure it was cheaper just to paint blue plastic white instead. Apart from what I think was a weird choice the rest of the paint is used for detailing, like on the body armour, hood or boots. Everything else is cast in the colour it’s meant to be. I really love the blue tone on the arms and legs and I also love the contrast between the blue, black and red.

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ARTICULATION
Hordak uses for the most part the basic He Man body and it has the following articulation: ball jointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinge elbows, swivel wrists, ab crunch, swivel waist, swivel/hinge groin, hinge knees, swivel boots and rocker ankles. It’s a great amount of articulation and you can get Hordak in a good number of poses for the most part. His head is restricted by his hood and his ab crunch is a little restricted by his body armour.

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ACCESSORIES
Hordak comes with a couple of accessories, namely his Magic staff, additional canon arm with hand and evil sidekick, Imp. As before the staff is the same as for the original Hordak figure, but this time in a light grey colour with the same red Horde bat on top. It’s still a great and appropriate accessory for Hordak. It fits in his hand snugly and he can hold it without any problem in one or both hands.
The arm cannon arm with claw hand is great too! It has a number of nice looking robotic details on it and the claw hand can be place into the wrist without any issues. It’s a shame he only comes with one arm instead of two. Changing the arms over was a little tricky for me as it felt like too much force might break it, however the plastic is quite sturdy and after a couple of pulls the arm came out of the socket quite easily.
The last accessory, and easily my favourite, is the little Imp figure! He looks pretty cool and matches the source material quite well. He also has a little bit of articulation as well. His head and arms are all swivel joints and it’s nice such a small figure can still be posed a little bit.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
Nothing to worry about here, Mattel has made a solid figure as usual.

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PRICE
I paid about $45 USD plus shipping, back when it was first released around the time of SDCC 2014, from a seller on eBay. I was quite happy with that price seeing Hordak ended up being a Christmas present for myself, so I ended up paying nothing for him. After a quick check on eBay it seems like, as per usual, the price has gone up pretty high so the cheaper the price you can get for him, the better!

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OVERALL
Hordak is pretty much just a Filmation coloured version of the original Hordak release. Apparently we will get the robot Hordak head somewhere down the line. That’s cool with me if that happens, but right now I’m quite happy with the figure as is. I don’t have any other Hordak figures, so he’s my only Evil Horde leader and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve stated before that I’m collecting the MOTUCs figures based on my love of the toy designs, not the original cartoon. I think this version of Hordak should be in most people’s collections; just don’t pay too much for him.

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Mattel’s ‘Masters of the Universe Classics’ line has been around for a few years now and they are bringing us the original characters from He-Man updated and improved from their original release back in the ‘80s. The Sorceress is a very important character in the MOTU-lore being the guardian of the secrets of Castle Greyskull – the source of He-Man’s power. The Sorceress is also the mother of He-man’s ally Teela and is considered one of the wisest beings on Eternia.

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Name: Sorceress
Line: Masters of the Universe Classics (MOTUC)
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released: 2012
Price: $22 – $35 then, Now: $140 – $200
Scale: 6.5 Inches in height
Accessories: One staff, Zoar bird and perch for Zoar

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I’ve been collecting MOTUCs since they were first released. I had never watched an episode or owned a toy when I was young, but obviously still knew about MOTU. What episodes I have watched, I haven’t been impressed with. The animation, when compared to say Transformers or Dino Riders, most of the time, comes off as being lazy, although well-drawn and the action and/or cartoon violence is minimal if non-existent. This really makes it a struggle to watch for me.

The toys however, were something else as in many cases they are very interesting and creative. I only own two of the original vintage character toys: Beastman and Grizzlor. When the first few classics figures were released, however, my interest was piqued. If any type of He-man figures were going to draw me in, this was going to be it. A modern update of the original toyline appealed to me a lot. Being about 25-30 figures in to the line (only purchasing characters I really liked) I’m finally getting around to reviewing at least one figure from the series. I purchased Sorceress when originally released and I’m glad I did, as prices have now skyrocketed for the figure. Without further ado let’s get into my thoughts on the MOTUC Sorceress figure!

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SCULPTING

Staying true to its original sensibilities the MOTUCs line uses base bodies and adds parts and accessories to that body to make as many different characters as possible. In my eyes there is nothing wrong with that as it’s something toy makers do all the time, and if done right can have excellent results. With the Sorceress, Mattel (or to be more exact Four Horsemen studios) are using their female base body for this figure (for the most part at least). However, there appears to be a number of newly sculpted parts like the skirt, torso, tops of the boots, head and wings. All the sculpting work is great; there is very good detail work on the feathers located on the clothes and the wings. The head sculpt is one of the many high points of this figure, even though it looks a lot like a Teela head variant to me than Sorceress, it is still done very well and evokes the look of the character perfectly.

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PAINT

The paint on the Sorceress is mainly limited to highlights or shadowing. There appears to be dark washes over the blue cloth parts and dry brushing on the feathers that adorn the top of the boots, skirt and head dress. These applications work quite well and helps bring out the detail. The main paint has been applied to the face. It is very clean and there is hardly any slop. This is pretty much the same standard adhered to all MOTUCs figure I have, so, there are no complaints from me.

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ARTICULATION

Sorceress has a good amount of articulation being the following: ball jointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, hinge elbows, swivel wrists and waist, swivel/hinge post hips, hinge knees, swivel boots, hinged ankles and rocker feet. Unique to this figure is a three layer swivel joint for the wings so they can be spread out manually, which is connected to the shoulder. You can get plenty of poses from this figure, even if the head and wings do hinder from time to time. It’s still a great base body and works very well for the female MOTU figures.

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ACCESSORIES

You get a small number of accessories with Sorceress, the most important one being the staff. It looks excellent, but is made from a very soft plastic so comes out of the packaging a little warped. It has settled down a bit over time and is now fairly straight, however it’s not perfect. Zoar and his perch are also quite cool and help round out the Sorceress pretty well. I’ve got a feeling Zoar is meant to represent the Sorceress when in falcon form, hence the colours chosen for it. This bird has been around the block a few times and been included with most female figures released so far, but, in this case it’s very appropriate that it’s included.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

There are hardly any problems I can think of with this figure. It’s for adults and collectors who will take care of it. Perhaps, one should watch out for bent staffs. That’s about it.

PRICE

I bought this figure off eBay back when first released and I paid a slight mark up from its original price. After checking eBay just quickly you are going to pay an arm and a leg for this figure right now and I really don’t think the price is justified in this case, it is in no way worth between – $140 – $200 ever! If you are able to score a cheap one right now, jump on it as quickly as you can.

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OVERALL

I really don’t have too many issues with Sorceress; she looks great, can be posed well and the accessories are appropriate. Being a very important character in MOTU she looks great in the collection. If you already have her in your collection you are doing pretty well for yourself. If you haven’t picked her up yet and I can’t imagine why not, unless you are just getting into MOTUC and you will have a long, hard and expensive road ahead or you and Sorceress is reaching sky high prices.

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The Macho Man Randy Savage is one of the most well known and Charismatic wrestlers of all time. Best known for his stints in both WWE and WCW during the 1980s and 1990s, he has held a number of championships during his career including 2 WWE World Championships and 4 WCW World Titles as well as the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Savage had a very distinct raspy voice as well as very colourful and unique wrestling attire and was almost always managed by his wife Miss Elizabeth.

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Name: Macho Man Randy Savage
Line: Elite Collection Series 23
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released: 2013
Price: $18.99  mint in box
Scale: 7 Inches in height
Accessories: WWE World Championship title, shirt 

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Mattel has been producing excellent wrestling figures for a few years now and even from the first releases you knew they were making something special: quality wrestling figures. Something that hadn’t been seen for a while. Even little details that are important to a wrestling fan, like height difference between wrestlers and the different shapes and sizes of bodies were taken into account. Mattel have made a number of Macho Man Randy Savage figures already and this is their newest offering from Elite series 23 – Macho Man as he appeared at Wrestlemania VIII, how does Macho Man stack up when compared to previous offerings? Let’s find out!

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SCULPTING

Mattel use a real scan process when making their head sculpts of the actual wrestle; if that wrestler isn’t alive they can use photos to make a realistic interpretation of the wrestler (Rick Rude for example) or just flat out sculpt the head like a traditional toy is made (Big Boss Man).  I’m not necessary sure what process they have used with this newest offering, but I can tell you it looks excellent and is one of their best offerings to date. As far as likenesses go this sums up Macho Man the best, his hair is all messed up and his facial expression is angry and disgruntled – perfect for Macho Man especially considering the stakes of this match that the figure is from!(not only a world championship on the line, but Savage fighting for Miss Elizabeth’s honour) The rest of the sculpting is great, as you would expect. Mattel have a number of body parts they like to mix and match and has a very ripped physic, perhaps not as accurate to Savage at this particular time period, but accurate to Savage in general. There is very nice definition and plenty of subtle folds and creases on the tights and boots. All in all Mattel do a really great job in this category.

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PAINT 

In a smart move by Mattel, most of the time they will cast the pieces in the colour they are meant to be. So as far as paint goes there’s going to be very little, which is not really a bad thing. What paint we do have is very clean and well done; the paint on the eyes and beard is quite clean and crisp. There’s a little slop on the wrist bands, but that’s ok as no one is really going to look there. The designs on the tights are printed on, which gives it a very clean look. Considering the amount of detail here, it’s easily the right choice and the end result is great! Sometimes you will get a slight smudge or layering issue, but that’s not the case here.

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ARTICULATION

Now we reach the main event! Seeing as this is an Elite Collection figure, this means we get a lot of articulation in this figure, most of this is standard for Mattel Elite wrestling figures. The figure has the following articulation: Ball jointed head, swivel and hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, ab crunch, swivel waist, hinge elbows, swivel and hinge wrists, swivel/hinge post hips, swivel thighs, double hinged knees, boot swivel, hinged ankles and rocker feet. All these joints make the figure a pleasure to pose! Of course you can get plenty of wrestling style moves out of the figure and almost any taunts or other miscellaneous poses. If anything holds this body back, it would be the hinged elbows. Mainly because they would be better off being double hinged. Also, sometimes it would be nice to have some additional hands for added play. But besides these small nitpicks, Mattel have an excellent base body for not just wrestling figures, but in general.

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ACCESSORIES

The first accessory you get is a WWE Championship title belt. It looks great and has a Vac-metal finish, making it look very shiny or chromed on top. This a standard belt released with most Mattel figures from this time period, so it’s nothing new.  I’m slowly building up a small collection of these titles, which is not something I necessarily I want. The second accessory is the shirt that comes fitted on Macho Man already in the box. Its sculpted design fits the body well without looking too big. It also has a printed design on it which looks very clean and professional. I can’t say I’m totally wrapped about the small pegs on the side of the shirt to keep it together but, that’s the trade off from having such a nice design on the shirt.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

I can’t see there being too many problems with this figure, even though this figure is made for collectors all Mattel figures are made for kids first and foremost. So you are getting a figure that can withstand some punishment, if you wanted to beat up Macho, that is. Just make sure you don’t lose any accessories as sometimes they can be tiny and hard to keep track of.

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PRICE

$18.99 + shipping costs, from Ringside Collectibles I felt was a good price. I purchased the complete series of Elite 23 so technically the price is probably cheaper. However as a singular figure purchase, I feel the price is justified as you are paying for real quality here.

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OVERALL

I really enjoy Mattel wrestling figures in general, they do a great job and I already have a large collection of them. I would even go as far as to say that Mattel have made the best wrestling figures ever! I really can’t see anyone topping the level of detail and craftsmanship anytime soon – definitely not Jakks. Macho Man is a great figure. I think it is definitely the best Macho figure we’ve gotten from Mattel so far; the new head scan is great and the costume choice pretty much sums up what I think of when I picture the Macho Man in my head. If you are a Mattel wrestling figure fan and are on the fence about picking up this figure, I would say, don’t wait any longer! Go pick it up now! As far as everyone else who is not a wrestling fan goes, it’s really up to you if you want a Macho Man in your collection or not.

 

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