Packaging - ***1/2
The packaging has remained the same from the beginning of the line with its
standard card and bubble. Different this time around is a slight color
change on the lower part of the card from red to purple. This is
actually a very nice touch since it makes the overall product stand out a
bit easier, especially if you're looking for the new figures only. It
is uncertain if the good guys will have the same standard red blisters, but
we will all find out soon enough. The back of the blister still gives
details on how the toy works along with other specifications. The
bubble is strong and sturdy and a "Masters of the Universe"
sticker is still included with the figure.
Sculpting - ***1/2
Like the other villains in
the line, Whiplash is presented to us with a new sculpt that blows the
original out of the water. While the others appeared to be modern
improvements, Whiplash here seemed to have received a complete major
overhaul. If any of you remember the vintage Whiplash back in 1984,
you will probably recall one of the ugliest creatures ever produced.
And not a "cool" kind of ugly, mind you, it was a
"pathetically sad" kind of ugly. The NEW Whiplash is now a
lean, mean, fighting machine - if we're to judge it all on looks alone.
This has got to be one of the best sculpts from the Four Horsemen to date.
The detailing in the scales and armor that cover the entire body are truly
amazing and the facial expression is absolutely perfect. One minor
problem (for a few of you) is that Whiplash's right hand is made to hold his
weapon while the left hand is sculpted into a fist. I know some
collectors who dislike having unusable hands but it at least looks good!
Fans who are considering quitting on this line just might change their mind
after seeing this menacing figure.
Paint - ***
There isn't too much here in the paint department, which is a real shame
because it would have added so much more to the incredible sculpt.
There are different shades of green in the upper body and the tail but the
legs would have definitely looked better had there been more than one shade
of green. Whiplash's eyes are well done but I've found that the teeth
are inconsistent and sometimes sloppy. Another disappointment, and
this is a pretty big one for me, is the upper part of the tail stub that is
sculpted into the figure. This part should have been painted green so
the tail whip would be uniform when attached, but is instead painted the
same dark blue as his quilt. It's really too bad when a detail like
that is missed, especially when the prototype was painted accurately.
Whiplash has the same amount of articulation as the other MOTU figures which
is always a decent amount. Then throw in an additional point for the
tail. The usual joints include the neck, two in each shoulder, wrists,
waist, and two in each hip/leg. More on the tail below.
Accessories - ***
Whiplash comes with two accessories. One is a Trident Staff and the
other is his Tail Whip that attaches and becomes a part of the figure.
The staff looks great and features three colors but is probably one of the
most disappointing items in the set. The handle is required to be
pushed through a hole in the right hand but due to the soft rubber used for
it, it's pretty much impossible to do so.
The tail whip is basically meant to be a part of the figure, sculpted with
as much attention to detail and painted with two different shades of green.
The difference between this and the vintage Whiplash is that the older
version was given a rubber tail to trip enemies while the new tail is the
same plastic used for the figure.
Action Feature - ****
Whiplash's action feature is none other than a thrashing tail, achieved by a
peg sticking out of the left side of the waist. Pushing the peg causes
the tail to swing to the opposite side, releasing the peg sends the tail
back. Though the peg is distracting, it works very well. The
original Whiplash feature was to rotate the upper torso and release, sending
the rubber tail thrashing along. I'm not certain which way is the more
effective, but the new Whiplash will certainly be a threat to friends of
Value - ***1/2
MOTU figures are usually around $7.99 or $8.99 and it's well worth it for
the scale and amazing sculpt.
Overall - ***1/2
This figure was VERY close to recieving a perfect score but an unpainted
tail and a gimpy weapon handle definitely leave more to be desired.
Still, Whiplash is an awesome addition to the Masters of the Universe
line-up with one of the most amazing sculpts around. The figures seem
to get better and better with each wave so don't hesitate to pick up this
reptile when you see it!
Where to Buy -
Target and Wal-Mart stores are the only locations I have seen the latest
waves appear, but Toys'R'Us will probably be receiving some in the future.