Packaging - ***1/2
Everyone who knows what the packaging of MOTU figures and vehicles look
like should rejoice, as the exclusive box made for Faker is given the
same treatment. There's a nice large window on the front for
viewing and we are reminded five times on the box that we are enjoying
a ToyFare exclusive. The back of the box shows the specs of
Faker, much like the other toys. There's even images of Snake
Mountain on the sides which I thought was a great touch.
Carded/boxed collectors would enjoy all aspects of this exclusive while
those who open their toys can celebrate for there are no twisties
holding Faker back from duking it out with He-Man.
Sculpting - ***
Since Faker is just a repainted He-Man, there's not much of anything to
say about the sculpt. The Four Horsemen did a terrific job on
He-Man, so I guess you can say they did a bang up job for Faker as
well. The reason Faker doesn't get a full four stars,
however, is BECAUSE this is a straight up repaint of He-Man.
It would be nice if there were some differences in the sculpt to make
it more impressive but since the vintage figure was done the same way,
I can't complain.
Paint - ***
The paint is nicely done, as
you'd expect. All details in the face are well executed and
there isn't any sign of inaccuracies. The one disappointment
lies in the orange armor... it's just very... orange. All
other MOTU figures have enhanced colors from the original figures while
Faker almost replicates the old look exactly.
Articulation - ***
Just like the He-Man figure and many others, Faker has twelve points of
articulation. There's the usual neck, two in each shoulder,
wrist, waist, and two in each hip/leg. The waist articulation
is also the same as He-Man's, with the slash and punch action gimmick.
Now here's the area where FAKER
has one up on the heroic He-Man. While He-Man's sword is very
"flat", Faker's has a rotating action making it visually very
awesome. The removable chest armor is a repaint of Skeletor's
and separates into two pieces. A somewhat hidden extra is a
sticker on Faker's chest showing robotic gizmos and what not.
A nice little touch to show that Faker is just a machine.
NOTE: It's been pointed out that the regular He-man sword
MOTU figures are usually around $7.99 or $8.99, but this boxed Toyfare
Exclusive was around $15-17 including shipping. While it's
close to double in price, it isn't bad considering that the packaging
was so nicely done. Also knowing that it's not going to be
sold anywhere else, the price was well worth it.
Overall - ***1/2
Overall, the Masters of the
Universe figures are among the nicest figures sculpted today.
Faker is a must have for all fans of the series. A great
looking box with a great looking figure... you just can't go wrong with
a character that's built by skeletor, looks like He-Man, but fights
Where to Buy:
magazine WAS the place to buy, but the only places now would be
collector stores and EBAY.
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