Back again with another MOTUC Throwback review. After the threat of the line ending during sub time I decided to start picking up more of the MOTUC figures I didn’t have in my collection, last month they put both Bow and Grizzlor up as re issues (or left over customer service stock) and I ordered them both. I wasn’t too excited about Grizz here when I ordered him, the vintage figure was never one of my favorites and the idea of a fuzzy bear looking guy didn’t inspire much confidence. When the figures arrived and I opened Grizz up something happened, due to some awesome design choices and a glut of accessories I actually ended up really liking Grizzlor quite a bit. Let’s take a look at Grizzlor.
According to the bio: Originally a peaceful creature from the planet Jungulia, at the young age of 428 Gur’rull was kidnapped by the Horde Empire who erased his memories so he would serve loyally in their armies. Renamed “Grizzlor” he traveled with Hec-Tor Kur to Eternia in search of He-Ro. His ferocious attacks were so frightening that even after being banished to Despondos along with his master, Grizzlor’s legend lived on, becoming a myth told to young Eternian children. Prison Guard for the Horde, Grizzlor is ready to unleash his fierce claws to attack the forces of Eternia!
Grizzlor is a pretty cool figure in the MOTUC line, his “real” fur sets him apart from the rest of them, and the ability to store all his weapons on the figure is a great touch. Underneath all that fur Grizzlor shares some parts with other figures, and is even rocking a loincloth which is pretty funny if you think about it. You can remove the fur by snipping the thread at the bottom and removing the head, I don’t have the heart to do this but if you want to see a pic of Grizz without his fur check out the IAT Review for some good pics of him “naked”. The fur has a nice soft feel to it, and its pretty fun to play with, it does make putting his extra belt accessory a little hard to put on, and it does come out a little bit (I ended up with fur all over my pants doing the pics for this) but overall it looks and feels great. The extra belt is there to help you replicate his MYP appearance, which coincidently is also where the weapon storage comes from as well. I like the MYP Masters series for the fact that it brings us more adult stories in the Masters world, but I don’t care for a lot of the designs and Grizzlor’s belt is no exception so I will be leaving it in the parts bin. It was nice for Mattel to include it for fans of the MYP look. His face being the area that really sells the figure with all that fur, looks great even if it looks a little too friendly for some terrible monster that scares Eternian children at night. I love the Horde arm band, and I wish that we could get a pack of these sometime to throw on other figures and customs. His crossbow is actually different than the other ones that come with Hordak and the weapons pack, it looks more cycloptic (is that a word?) and the “tail” is flourished out a lot less than the others. The Horde has never been my favorite faction in MOTU, but with great updated figures like Grizzlor, Catra, and Hordak coming out they have moved up a few places in my book.
Being mostly molded brown and covered in his fur “coat” Grizzlor’s paint aps are minimal. What paint is there looks great, his eyes and teeth are super clean as well as the wristbands, and horde boots. On the QC front all of his joints work like they should and his fur seems pretty durable, even with the strands that fell out I cant notice any missing anyplace on the figure.
Grizzlor comes with quite a few accessories; he’s got the horde crossbow, a machete, a sword, and a small axe. All of his accessories clip into the back of his armor giving him a ready for battle look; I especially like the little pegs for his crossbow to rest on when plugged into his back. This is a perfect example of a figure’s accessories really helping the figure on the whole, and it is a shame that Mattel’s attitude toward saving money seems to have hindered the amount of accessories the figures come with now.
Articulation on Grizzlor is the same as the other MOTUC figures, a ball jointed head with good movement, ab crunch hindered by his chest armor a little, swivels at the waist, wrists, boot tops, thighs, and biceps, swivel/hinge shoulders and hips, and hinges at the elbows and knees.
Overall Grizzlor managed to surprise me and come out as a great MOTUC figure. Fans of the Horde or unique figures would do well to track him down.