Masters Of The Universe Classics Vykron Review
I was lucky enough to have a friend at SDCC this year who picked up a few exclusives for me, first up is the MOTUC exclusive Vykron figure. with his three outfits he sticks out from the rest of your MOTUC collection, and is an interesting piece of MOTU history. He was available at SDCC and will also be for sale on Mattycollector later today (7/23/12) so lets take a look at Vykron.
According to the bio: Fifty years before Prince Adam was born, Vykron the Warrior fought in the gladiatorial arena of Lord Choloh, ruler of the Vine Jungle. Learning from each defeated opponent, he became a master of many combat techniques and weapons. As much a champion as a showman, he would often dress in outlandish garb to rouse the crowd and show off his skills. In his final match, he fought against the great Gygor. Before a cheering crowd, the evil fighting gorilla ripped Vykron’s body in half – at long last defeating the arena champion. Following this match, Gygor claimed not only the arena championship but rule of the Jungle itself, forcing Choloh to abdicate his throne. In life, Vykron was the greatest of Choloh’s gladiatorial warriors, fighting in any environment at any time.
Vykron is based of the pitch prototypes of the original MOTU line, part of the greatness of MOTUC is all the prototype figures and concept figures we have been getting. Some fans only want classic MOTU, some only want POP, but for those of us who love the absurd and wacky Vykron is pretty awesome. I love the vintage lineup, but seeing some new faces in the he line is a great thing in my book so I couldn’t be happier that we are seeing these prototypes as figures for the first time. Vykron is basically a plain buck with 3 different interchangeable outfits so you can decide how you want him to look. I am going to be breaking the three outfits down individually.
The Viking: This is Vykron’s SDCC default outfit, the armor on his legs snaps right over his boots, and the chest armor has some smartly designed clips hidden beneath the fur cape. This outfit looks great and fits Vykron right in with Vikor as a Viking warrior. His helmet/hair pops off of his head so you can put his spaceman helmet on him. The bracers of the Viking outfit are the only real costume element that is permanently attached to the figure. The Viking outfit comes with a large battle axe for him to wield. The Viking costume is very easy to get on and off of the figure.
The Spaceman: This costume consists of the chest armor, snap on leg armor and bracers, a jetpack, a belt that clips to the chest armor, and a helmet that slips over the head. I like the look of this armor as it looks very much like a certain Mandolorian bounty hunter we all know and love. I also think this armor set looks like one of the old Remco Warriors, and that is a vibe I can most certainly get behind. Getting this outfit on and off the figure is the hardest of the three however, the chest armor has to slide over his arms, and the belt is near impossible to get clasped without a lot of finger pain. this costume also comes with a blaster rifle for plenty of space adventure.
The Tank Head: This is really the most “out there” of the three costumes, it consists of chest armor, leg armor and bracers that snap on, and a tank head that is its own separate entity and doesn’t use the human head at all. I like this outfit a lot and it certainly looks much much different from anything else on the MOTUC shelf. This costume is very easy to get on and off with no problems. Tank Head also comes with an assault rifle to fight the bad guys (or good guys depending on your point of view) anyplace they may show up.
Paint on My Vykron is great, all of his various costumes and the buck look nice and clean with little to no slop or fuzzy lines anyplace. My figure was locked up in most of his joints when I got him, but most of those have loosened up by now, with the exception of his right arm which is still pretty tight. A good looking figure overall though.
Vykron comes with loads of accessories, you get 3 chest armors, 3 sets of leg armor, 2 sets of bracers, a belt, assault rifle, battle axe, blaster rifle, the Viking head and hair, the spaceman helmet and backpack, and the tank head. All of this gear is going to be great for the legion of people who make customs out there, and it also really helps make the $30 price tag seem worth it.
Articulation on Vykron is standard MOTUC, swivel/hinge shoulders and hips, the ball joint, ball jointed heads with good movement, swivels at the thighs and biceps, hinges a the elbows, knees, wrists, ankles, and waist. No surprises here, Vykron is just as poseable as any other MOTUC male figure.
Overall I’m pretty happy wit Vykron, he’s not quite as “Gotta have it” as Queen Marlena was last year, but I doubt there will be any MOTUC SDCC exclusives that will be wanted quite as much as the Queen was for me. For the $30 price tag you get a ton of gear and an excellent figure to boot, I know I will be ordering at least one more of these off of Matty today.