MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS (MATTEL)
“Mighty Tusked Galactic Warrior”
Tuskador! It’s Tuskador! ….Who’s Tuskador? Boy, is that a good question. Well, he’s from the New Adventures of He-Man, an iteration of the franchise I have no direct interaction with. I’ve never seen a single episode of the cartoon, and I own none of the toys. Or, at least I didn’t, until now that is. Tuskador was one of the heroic characters, and seems to have followed somewhat in the vein of Ram-Man from the original series. So, uh, here he is?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Tuskador was released during the 2016 year of Mattel’s online-exclusive Masters of the Universe Classics line. He was one of the line’s oversized figures, and was also a Collector’s Choice item. He was also the final figure to ship from the Matty Collector-run version of the line, so there you go. The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 21 points of articulation. Structurally, Tuskador uses the same starting point as Ram-Man, which I’d say is most of the reason he got made in the first place, since Mattel is all about re-use potential. Direct re-use is limited to the arms and torso, with the rest of the parts on this figure being modeled on older parts but technically new. In order to facilitate the re-use, Tuskador has been bulked up a bit more from his prior appearances, at least from what I can find of him online. The new pieces fit the more cybernetically-advanced design aesthetic of the New Adventures characters, which helps to keep him well-separated from Ram-Man. He’s definitely a hefty figure, and his armored elements are well-sculpted, with lots of sharp detail work. His helmet can be removed, which causes it to sit a little funny. On the plus side, the underlying head is one of my favorite aspects of the figure. His astronaut-inspired cap is a fun touch, and there’s something undeniably cool about his grizzled and wrinkled face. Tuskador’s color scheme is heavy on the blues, which works pretty well, as does the gold. The application is all pretty clean; paint on these items was at the very least superior to Mattel’s various retail offerings. Tuskador is packed with his titular tusks, of course. There are two lengths included, with a more modest pair and a more ridiculous pair. Both are fun, and you can store the pair not in use on his back if you so choose. He also includes a big blaster, which can be held or kept on his belt. It’s annoying that he doesn’t have a trigger finger on his right hand, but if it were perfect, it wouldn’t be Mattel.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
By 2016, I’d completely bailed on MOTUC. For the most part, the characters I’d wanted had been done, and Matty Collector was just too much of a hassle. When the line ended, I really paid it no mind, and I moved on to other things. So, why do I have this figure? Super Awesome Girlfriend. The Gamestop where she works got this guy in, she saw the logo on the box and knew I liked Masters of the Universe, so she bought him for me. I’ve got no prior attachment to the character, nor can I say his design compelled me to track him down on my own. With that said, he’s actually a pretty fun figure, and a nice counterpart to Ram-Man, who’s one of my favorite figures in the line.