Masters Of The Universe Classics Clamp Champ Review
With all that’s been going on lately a few figures have fallen between the cracks of the waiting to be reviewed pile. One of those figures is Clamp Champ, who I have been meaning to review for quite sometime now. So before we get into this months MOTUC offerings let’s take a look at Clamp Champ.
According to the bio: After Duncan was captured and permanently turned into a Snake Man, Raenius, former Body Guard to King Randor, stepped in as the new royal Man-At-Arms. Although lacking Duncan’s skills as an inventor, Raenius proved his worth in the Masters of the Universe with his ferocious hand-to-hand combat and extensive knowledge of almost every weapon, including his favorite, the techno clamp, for which he earned the nickname “Clamp Champ”. He continued to lead the Masters of the Universe all the way to the Second Ultimate Battleground. Clamp Champ surprises his enemies with his clamping action.
Clamp Champ was one of the small number of MOTU figures I never had as a child, and with his lack of appearances in most other MOTU medium I have no real attachment to the character. Not having fond memories of the vintage figure means I can look at Clampy without anything old feeling coloring my opinion of the character. MOTUC does need some racial diversity…sure we have robot elephants and men of moss, but when you look over the human figures you see quite a few white faces. I mean Dekker, the Palace Guard (if you choose to display that head), and Zodak are not exactly an army of non white characters so it’s good to add a bit of variety to the humans on the shelf. Even though he really uses the same armor as Fisto they put in a few details like the techno bits and the backpack to make him look different. Beyond the head weapons and armor Clamp Champ is all standard He-Man body parts, but the change in skin tone goes a ways in making that not so obvious. The newly sculpted head is full of personality, and it also bears a tiny resemblance to the palace guard head. Is that head supposed to be a young Champ of Clamps? Only the 4H and Toy guru really know for sure. Clamp Champ follows the path most vintage remakes take, and that is pretty straight forward design without any surprises. Still there is nothing wrong with him, and for fans of the character it must have been a happy day to have him arrive.
The only small issue with my figure is the softness of the handle of his large clamp, and that is hardly a deal breaker. Gummy weapon handle aside Clamp Champ has no other QC issue to speak of.
Clamp Champ comes with his small non articulated clamp, and his large articulated clamp. I really miss the days of MOTUC figures coming with tons of great stuff, but those days really seem to be behind us now.
Clamp champ has all the normal MOTUC articulation and I have decided to stop listing all of the various joints each and every month so if you really want to know what he’s got feel free to leave a comment.
Overall Clamp Champ is a decent figure that fans of the character will be pumped to own, but if you are cherry picking there is nothing about him that screams must have by any means.