The last of the MOTUC offering from June is kind of a strange one. Horde Prime never appeared as more than a giant metal hand in the original cartoons, but he did appear in some comics in the UK, and as a brief shadowy figure in a scene or two of the MYP 2000’s era MOTU. As a character I knew little to nothing about I wasn’t expecting much from this figure, but he managed to come out as a pretty decent third in a good month for MOTUC fans. SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to see what his face looks like, please stop reading this review right now. Lets take a look at Horde Prime.
According to the bio: Evil dictator of a galaxy-spanning empire, the tyrannical Horde Prime rules from his throne on Horde World. Systematically wiping out many of the Cosmic Enforcers, Anillis gained his greatest triumph when he infected his arch enemy He-Ro with a mind wiping techno-organic virus and banished him to the far off magical planet of Eternia. Knowing his scheming younger brother’s ambition, Anillis sent him on a foolish quest to ensure He-Ro was defeated, never realizing that in doing so he would set about a destined series of events that five millennia later would lead to his defeat at the hands of the twin warriors He-Man and She-Ra!
Not being much of a She-Ra fan, I have no frame of reference for Horde Prime, I do however like that he is the older brother of Hordak, and his look is pretty cool. This figure looks great with all the red and black color scheme, and the imposing stature his large cape and helmet give him. A lot of this figure is made up of parts re used from other figures,Mattel really got their moneys worth out of those investments in Roboto arms this month didn’t they?” Also of note in the re use category is the “skirt” from the Faceless One which due to the black/red colors looks pretty different. I like the fact that he comes with his head from the UK comic books for those fans, but it would have been nice if Mattel had made the red parts of the head the same color as the red on the rest of the figure, the color difference is a little too much to make his secondary look very appealing. The off color also make me think of a kid’s Fisher Price toy versus a grown man’s action figure.I had mentioned in my SMAA review that neither of the figures heads stayed on very well, with Horde Prime’s barely staying on his body, well now that the temperature has dropped a little both heads seem to clip right onto the ball and stay there, even after changing the heads up for this pictures which is nice. Horde Prime’s default head is great! It looks pretty similar to Hordak while being different enough to distinguish him as a different “person”. His helmet clips over this head and while it looks pretty cool, I prefer to display him without the helmet on so I can see that sweet head. His large cape/Horde symbol/shoulder pads is removable, and when you take it off you can see his armor underneath. The armor looks good and is pretty close to Hordak’s armor, I do wish they had painted the Horde symbol on it ,as it just being the black shape of it doesn’t look too great, but keeping the cape on eliminates this problem pretty easily. Being a fan of main bad guys, Horde Prime is a welcome addition to my MOTUC shelf, even if I never knew who he was.
Paint on my Horde Prime is pretty good, he has a small paint scuff on his nose from taking the helmet on and off. I noticed a few small areas on slop on some of his smaller details while looking at the pictures, but they are not noticeable in person so its not really a big deal. One nice bit of paint work in the slight black wash to his cape, giving it a nice depth and look.
Horde Prime comes with two accessories, a Horde crossbow cannon that can be plugged into his (or Hurricane Hordak’s) wrist with ease, and looks pretty cool with its silver paint and small Horde head on the barrel. He also comes with the UK style head I mentioned earlier, This head is weird looking! Like some kind of mushroom bug wizard or something, but its sculpted well, and judging from the pictures I have seen online looks pretty spot on to the comics. I wont be displaying him with this head, but I may use it for a project somewhere down the line as it does look neat.
Articulation on Horde Prime is classic MOTUC style, ball jointed head with movement hampered by his giant collar, the ab crunch, hinges at the knees, and elbows, waist and wrist swivels, the hinged rocker ankles, and swivel/hinge shoulders/hips. His bulk cape and collar do block his articulation somewhat but he is still fun to play around with.
Overall Horde Prime is a nice addition to the MOTUC line, Horde fans already know they need him, and bad guys fans will want him. For your precious money he doesn’t really come with a lot of stuff, you could do worse for your collection but you could also do better.