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Megator Masters of the Universe MOTUC by Mattel


Mattel went big with their latest Masters of the Universe release once again, giving us the very ugly and very green ogre Megator. While this guy never showed up on the cartoon that I know of, he did make it out as a toy back in 1987. His original release was only to European markets...I believe...so he was another of those rather rare tail enders, prime for a new release.

Since this is a 12" figure, similar to the previously released giant Tytus, you would expect some re-use of parts - and you won't be disappointed. However, there's more new stuff here than I expected, including two portraits.

Obviously, this was a Matty Collector release, where you could pick him up for $40. He's sold out at this point, but you can always try one of the suggestions in the Where to Buy section.
Megator Masters of the Universe MOTUC by Mattel
Megator Masters of the Universe MOTUC by Mattel
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Megator Masters of the Universe MOTUC by Mattel
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Megator Masters of the Universe MOTUC by Mattel
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Megator Masters of the Universe MOTUC by Mattel
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Megator Masters of the Universe MOTUC by Mattel
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Megator Masters of the Universe MOTUC by Mattel
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Packaging - ***
The box is pretty much identical in design and style to the earlier Tytus release. It's less collector friendly however, and you'll have to tear some things up to get everything out. The MIBers will like the look, but once you decide to remove him, it's a no going back situation.

Sculpting - ***1/2
As you'd expect from this series, the detail work on the head sculpts is excellent. Lots of wrinkles and texture, and the sculpted hair is finely stranded.

The zombie head looks even better, with a sickly appearance. The normal head matches up pretty well with the style of the original toy, but the inclusion of the second head is quite a bonus.

The left hand is sculpted to hold the mace, and it's not the same as Tytus'. The right, also unique to this guy, is a gesturing hand sculpt.

There's a lot less re-use from the neck down than I had expected. While there is some, details are added or changed to give this guy a look all his own.

Paint - **1/2
The paint work is a bit disappointing this time around, particularly on the face.

The hair and eyebrows look great, but the eyes on both head sculpts look flat, without any life. The teeth are quite sloppy, with poor cut lines between them and too much white bleeding into the lips and gums. 

The mottled green skin tone looks great though, and the smaller details on the armor are well done.

Articulation - **1/2
Since this is a rotocast figure, the hollow limbs don't have as much articulation as the smaller characters.

There's a ball joint at the neck, although the funky hair sculpt restricts the movement quite a bit.

There's also ball jointed shoulders, as well as pin elbows and knees. The T hips work alright, and there's a cut waist and cut wrists to round things out.

The joints are tight enough, but you won't get the same level of posabilty out of this large scale figure as you can with the much better articulated smaller figures.

Accessories - ***1/2
Anyone that looks like this needs an appropriately dangerous weapon. For Megs, it's a big ball mace complete with spikes, a real metal chain, and 'brass knuckles' style grip.

He also has a second portrait, one that looks zombiefied. The hair is rooted (similar to the original action figure), done in gray patches. While this second portrait looks like he's not feeling particularly well, I have to admit to liking it better than the normal retro version.

Fun Factor - ***1/2
He's big and ugly, and he's durable enough for normal play. Forty bucks might seem like a lot, but for a 12" action figure, even one that a child plays with, it's not that much these days. This sort of large, ugly, mean looking figure is perfect as a villain in just about any battle.

Value - **1/2
As I said, $40 for a 12" figure isn't all that bad these days. Sure, this one is largely rotocast, and that should make him a tad less expensive, but the addition of the second head sculpt boosts him back to an average value score.

Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing!

Overall - ***
The original figure had rooted hair, and while that can often be difficult to maintain and work with, I have to say that the sculpted hair on the main head sculpt turns me off a bit. While I love the face sculpt, the hair is a bit too much.

The second head sculpt is great, but the patchy hair is a bit off putting as well. It's a tough call as to which looks better, but I suspect that I'll stick with the original look for the most part, although the zombie head is tempting. Obviously, I should have bought two.

I would have gone with another half star overall had the paint work been a bit less sloppy. The teeth are the real problem, since they are so prominent and exhibit the most problems. Perhaps the paint quality varies from figure to figure, and have more luck than I did.

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

Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:

- Big Bad Toy Store has him for $65.

- or you can search ebay for a deal.

Related Links -
I've covered quite a few MOTUC figures:

- the most similar to this one is the giant Tytus.

- the most recent release was Clawful.

- then there was the Faceless One, and prior to that was Catra.

- prior was Sy-Klone, who sadly, wasn't one of my favorites.

- just prior to that I looked at Panthor, the big kitty.

- King Hssss was cool.

- prior was Vikor, and before that the very yellow Buzz Off.

- Grizzlor was November's release.

- the previous month was the swapped shoulders Roboto.

- Gygor makes other big monkeys look silly.

- another character with animal instincts is Chief Carnivus.

- just before that was Whiplash.

- Orko was the SDCC exclusive this year.

- just before the Con, Matty sold out of Count Marzo.

- before that was She-Ra, Princess of Power, and the large scale Tytus.

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

- prior to that, I looked at the other May release, Optikk.

- seems like it was just yesterday that I covered Evil-Lyn.

- prior to that it was Moss Man.

- check out the cool MOTUC Display stands.

- just before that I covered Battle Cat and Trap Jaw, and prior to that was Adora.

- I really liked Scare glow, although he's not exactly what you'd call a key character.

- She-Ra isn't the first girl in the series - Teela has that honor.

- before that there was Webstor, one of my favorite, and Tri-klops, another one of my favs.

- prior to that was Man-at-armsHordak, ZodacFaker, Mer-man and Stratos, starting out with He-man, Skeletor and Beastman together in one review.

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