One of my favorite lines to collect and review is MOTUC and seeing as there is so many figures that came out before DoomKick was around. PrfktTear and Myself have decided to do a few reviews each month of some of the older MOTUC figures so we can get a comprehensive list of all the available figures. The first one we are doing is a re posting of my Fisto review from the old PG days, hope you enjoy it…
February brought two of my most wanted MOTUC figures to my house, Fisto and the Sorceress are figures I have been waiting to get in my hands since I first started collecting this line. Today I am looking at Fisto the giant fisted brother of Man-At-Arms, and boy is this a pretty awesome package. Lets take a look at Fisto.
According to the bio: The older brother of Duncan, Randor’s first Man-At-Arms, Malcom served under King Miro during the Great Unrest but was wounded in battle and stricken with magical amnesia. Wandering through Eternia, he settled in the Mystic Mountains in a mining settlement, unable to piece together how he lost his battalion. His life changed when the Snake Men attacked his town and he helped save the Masters of the Universe from their trap. But in doing so, Malcom shattered his right hand. In gratitude, Duncan replaced it with a robotic strong arm. Now known as Fisto, he has made up with his brother and fights as a heroic member of the Masters of the Universe smashing evil with his giant knuckles!
Fisto was always one of my favorite MOTU figures back in the day, the combo of beard and giant metal fist just speak to me for some reason. I was excited to get the classics version of the figure and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I really like how Mattel catered to the vintage fans and the fans of the 2000 MOTU cartoon, in a year that has thus far been plagued with problems for us MOTUC collectors its nice to get a figure that is solid all around.
So a lot of people have been complaining about 2 things with this figure, neither of which really seem like issues to me. First is the fact that Fisto’s giant metal fist isn’t compatible with Roboto’s arm like the vintage toy was, now this would have been nice but its hardly a deal breaker as I don’t think Fisto should have a gun or an axe on his hand anyway but maybe that’s just me. The second issue is that the bicep of Fisto’s arm with the metal hand is painted instead of being molded the color of his skin like the rest of the figure, now it is noticeable but only if you’re looking for it, if your not then the slight difference in shade is barely an issue. In a line that has so many real problems small things like this just don’t register to me.
The paint on my Fisto is mostly all great, with the exception of one of his eye brows which looks like it is missing a little bit of paint giving him kind of a weird look, but its not super noticeable. The rest of the figure is clean with no slop or fuzzy lines. A nice touch is the center “jewel” on the belt above his loincloth has a ring of silver around it, now I looked at all my other figures with that loincloth and none of them have that it’s a small detail but it looks damn good.
Fisto Comes with a decent amount of accessories, you get his vintage purple sword, a giant smasher sword , his vintage head and the 2000 cartoon style head with headband, and a belt that can be taken off with some nice details on it like a journal and a flask of something. It’s nice to have the option to have either a classic Fisto or a 2000 Fisto depending on what you like better, I will be displaying mine in vintage form but that belt is damn attractive so I may give him that to wear as well.
Articulation on Fisto is standard for MOTUC, You get the swivel/hinge shoulders and hips, hinges at the elbows, knees, and ankles, Swivels at the biceps, thighs, calves, and wrists, the ab crunch, and a ball jointed head with not very much movement, pretty much what you expect from MOTUC through and through.
Overall Fisto is a really great addition to your MOTUC shelf and for once it actually seems like Mattel put some love and care into a figure instead of just rushing him out the door. This is a great month for MOTUC I only wish it could be like this every month.