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Ram Man - Masters of the Universe Classics
Mattel

Ram Man Masters of the Universe Classics action figure by Mattel


The February subs made it in on time - thank God. While I'm thrilled, I'm not sure my wife or credit card had the same reaction. The higher prices are kicking in something fierce, especially with the new Ram Man.

They're calling him an oversized figure, although that seems a tad offensive. It's true though - this is a guy that shops at the big and tall store on Eternia.

His price tag is oversized as well. He comes in at $33, an extra $6 over a regular release. He's all sold out at Matty Collector of course, but there's always the secondary market.

Packaging - ***1/2
Yea, it's the same old same old, but let's be honest - why change a good thing? That consistency is actually appreciated by many MOCers.
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Ram Man Masters of the Universe Classics action figure by Mattel
Ram Man Masters of the Universe Classics action figure by Mattel
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Ram Man Masters of the Universe Classics action figure by Mattel
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Ram Man Masters of the Universe Classics action figure by Mattel
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Ram Man Masters of the Universe Classics action figure by Mattel
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Ram Man Masters of the Universe Classics action figure by Mattel
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Ram Man Masters of the Universe Classics action figure by Mattel

Sculpting - ****
One of the big selling points here is the larger size. He's a full 7 inches tall, but it's really the volume he takes up that makes the difference. He's a solid, thick figure, and while he's a little pin headed, most of the internal scale is very good.

The right hand is sculpted to hold the included ax, while the left hand is a closed fist.

The helmeted head looks great, and blends in smoothly with the shoulder armor. The helmetless head shows off his tough, rough expression, giving you a terrific display option. Of course, it also looks like he's wearing a pie pan on his head, but no one every said he was stylish.

He stands great on his own of course, even in fairly extreme poses.

Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops are solid, with just a few slips on some of the silver edges. The colors are nice and bright, and the best work is on the helmetless head.

The only real issue here is the decidedly lack of details. The entire shoulder armor is the exact same color of silver. The red torso and legs have nothing to break the expanse of color, but at least they're two different shades.

Still, the clean lines and consistent coverage make the paint job an above average outing. A few details and it would have been a four star outing.

Articulation - ***1/2
Just like the basic MOTUC body, this guy has plenty of useful articulation.

The ball jointed neck works well, even with the helmeted head. Sure, it gets in the way a bit, but not nearly as much as it could have had it been a weaker design.

Ball jointed shoulders and hips, pin elbows, knees and ankles, cut waist, ab-crunch, cut wrists - it all works in concert to produce some solid poses.

The shirt restricts the hips a little, but the funky Robby the Robot style legs are actually cut back at the rear of the knee, allowing for more bend than I expected.

A rocker joint at the ankle would have been a nice add, but overall I'm very happy with the level of articulation, and the number of poses you can get out of this very bulky figure.

Accessories - ***1/2
There's two - his lethal looking ax, and an extra, helmetless head sculpt based on the 200x look.

Both head sculpts look terrific, although the helmeted version is my preferred look. They swap easily, and there's no worries about damage.

The ax is a terrific sculpt, and fits nicely in the right hand. The paint work is a tad basic - no details here - but at least it's consistent.

Fun Factor - ****
Good articulation, a cool, classic design, and a couple nice accessories all add up to make this a great action figure. It really is a shame that licensed lines like Batman, Spider-man, or any of the other blockbuster flicks can't get this sort of treatment.

Value - *1/2
While this figure is larger than the usual MOTUC character, saying he's twice as large might be a bit misleading. He's definitely bulkier, but just slightly taller than He-man himself. The regular figures are running $27 now, which is pretty ridiculous in its own right. Six bucks more for this guy is hard to fathom - he is a 7" action figure, right?

Things to Watch Out For -
Nada, zero, zippo.

Overall - ***1/2
While I'm still suffering from sticker shock, I have to admit that this is a great looking figure. He's another one of those classic designs from the original show that's been updated to perfection. A few more paint details would have been nice...maybe a price tag that didn't cost as much as a dinner for two...but he's still a great start to the 2013 subscription.

Score Recap:
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - ***1/2
Fun Factor - ****
Value - *1/2
Overall - ***1/2

Where to Buy -
Your best bet was to snag him on Matty Collector for $33. Of course, he's long sold out now, so you can turn to Big Bad Toy Store where he's $70. Or you can search ebay for a deal.

Related Links -
It's been a couple months since my last MOTUC review. That would be because I received my January figures just a few days before my February figures showed up - another fine job by Digital River! Thankfully, they got the February subs correct.

That means my last review was in December, and covered Mosquitor. Just before that was the cool Castle Grayskullman.

- also check out Rattlor, Mekaneck, Sir Laser-Lot, and before that we had the cool Griffin, Slushhead, the excellent Draego, Kobra Khan, Sorceress, Demo-man, Fearless Photog, Snout Spou, Wind Raider, the large Megator, the giant Tytus. Leech, Icarius, Clawful, the Faceless One, Catra, Sy-Klone, King Hssss, Vikor, Buzz Off, Grizzlor, Roboto, Gygor, Chief Carnivus, Whiplash, Orko, Count Marzo, She-Ra, Optikk, Evil-Lyn, Moss Man, Trap Jaw, Adora, Scare glow, Teela, Man-at-arms, Hordak, Zodac, Faker, Mer-man, Stratos, Webstor, Tri-klops, and starting out with He-man, Skeletor and Beastman together in one review.

- I also covered Battle Cat and Panthor, the big kitties.

- check out the cool MOTUC Display stands.

- I've also looked at more weapons recently.the cool custom swords and shields you can get from SpyMonkey Creations

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