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!
Name: Hordak (Filmation Version, SDCC Exclusive)
Line: Masters Of The Universe Classics
Price: Then: $45, Now: $75 Minimum
Scale: 7 inches in height
Accessories: Magic staff and Imp
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing to worry about here, Mattel has made a solid figure as usual.
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!
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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