Masters of the Universe series 5

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Tonight's guest review is from Christian Lopez, and covers the latest release in the very cool MOTU Stactions.  Take it away, Christian!

Just in time for the summer, NECA delivered Wave 5 in their series of Masters of the Universe stactions. For all of us in this dead and glorious resurrection of this line since the Mattel action-figure relaunch of the MOTU brand death in 2003, the four horsemen a group of exceptional sculptors have being in our side to help our dreams come true.

Packaging - ***
Since wave 1, NECA created card-and-blister packaging that resemble likenesses to the packaging of the Mattel action-figure line while making them to be distinctive at the same time. The packaging of Wave 5 picks up where Wave 4 left off, substituting a red color for a distinctive color green .Again, Emiliano Santalucia and Val Staples do the fine art with the illustrations of the featured characters. 

Sculpting - ****
The Horsemen, once again do these characters honor by bringing their amazing ability to this awesome franchise.

First we have Rio-Blast, He is a member of the heroic team, a cowboy warrior with an arsenal of laser guns and blasters, which he unleashes upon unsuspecting opponents. He also carries a pack of blasters on his back, to become a one man army.

like his predecessor the figure looks very similar to its vintage counterpart and that is to the fact that the horsemen sculpt have maintain the essence of the 80`s action figure.

The only thing that it is to notorious to this sculpt in terms of comparing to vintage one is the head itself and the removal of the forearm, the horsemen have given this cowboy new guns now Rio has a Monster cannon ; by trauma or surgery we don't know ? now he looks like a real cy-borg do to the fact of the integration of the artificial and natural systems.

Because he is a statue, here we have no action features so the backpack doesn't move also guys don't try to open the plates on the legs either to look for the cannons inside.

Now on to Evil-Lyn. initially envisioned as an evil warrior-goddess and counterpart to Teela she is the only Female member of the Evil Warriors, she is an evil witch who aids Skeletor as his second-in-command with her powers of darkness. She regularly uses the crystal ball atop her wand to aid with her magic.

First we have to say that this is the only character up to this point that has been previously sculpted by the four horsemen in the Mattel 2002 toy line.

So what is different from the action figure ?, nothing much just a couple of details in the outfit that is so little that you guys wont even notice the new stuff.

Also Lyn's head is all new. She's got a great naughty look on her face, and her weird pointed headdress is captured perfectly.

She comes with a molded fire type of magic in one of her hands to give that feeling of she means business, but I know that some fans wont like this cus all of the other characters don't have this type of effect and that is to the fact of the continuation of these statues filling the gap of the dead 2002 action figure line.

Finally we have ssqueeze. He is a member of the snakemen who has the power to elongate his arms.

Again his sculpt once again like the classic version the looks are very similar but this time from the new Masters of the Universe series is more terrifying than ever! This mini statue captures him brilliantly because the sculpt itself bares it with such power. 

He's got plenty of the awesome intricate details so he's scaly, lean and menacing. The thing that makes every master of the universe different from one another is that each character represents his or her own culture, this time the armor again with the motif of his respected clan of snakemen, his chest armor bares the two snakes facing each other, also in his bracelets and shinguards have the serpent motif. On his belt the same motif of the snake shield.

The elongate arms of the creature is more of the sculpt power because here we have no action feature.

Paint - ***1/2
I ordered this set on-line, which of course didn't allow me to pick the best paint schemes. But again i have no complaints with the paint application on these figures. All three characters stick pretty closely to the color scheme established by their 80's predecessors, with a couple of differences taken here and there.

Articulation - Bupkis
Since they are statues, it should be no big surprise that there isn't any articulation. So again these puppies aren't poseable.

Accessories - ***1/2
All three figures also come with stands, color-coded as to whom they pledge allegiance.

Of all the three figures the only one with accessories is Evil-Lyn, she comes with her magic wand and also the evil falcon screech.

Another radically different usage of Screeech, which has always proved highly controversial among fans, is in a US picture book, which states that Screeech is an alternate form of Evil-Lyn claiming she "often becomes Screeech, the evil falcon". But this is the only publication to ever state this; in all other media Screeech is male and a completely separate character from Evil-Lyn, but I think this is why we have him here.

Fun Factor - Bupkis
Again these are not action figures, they're statues, that means they aren't intended for kids to play with-just for display, for your eyes only. 

Value - ***
I paid at around $20 each, still, the price isn't way out of line for the level of quality and detail. 

Things to Watch Out For - 
When picking out Rio-Blast be carefull with all of the tubes and stuff he has, also one thing i have to mention is that in order to get Evil-Lyn on her feet it is necessary to use the base that's why is the only statue in the pictures with the base but I think that's pretty much it. 

Overall - ***1/2
The Four Horseman deserve every credit for going to the extreme everytime, NECA deserves kudos for making them physically. the fans for making their voices heard to Mattel and to keep this line alive. 

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

Where to Buy -
Online options include:

- CornerStoreComics has them for $53 for the set.

Figure from the collection of Christian Lopez.

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