MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ORIGINS (MATTEL)
NOTE: This review was written before June 6th.
Action figures are like potato chips: you can’t have just one. Or maybe that’s just me. But only with action figures. Because I’m actually not that big on potato chips…so I don’t even tend to have the one. But I do have a lot of action figures. So, there’s that. What was the point of all this? Oh, right, I’m looking at another Masters of the Universe Origins figure. That’s pretty nifty. And even niftier, it’s a character I haven’t looked at before, because I don’t actually own him in any other form. Yes, it’s MotU‘s own resident Cosmic Enforcer (who is no longer “Evil”), Zodac! Zodac’s actually one of the franchise’s original characters, debuting in the original line-up, and originally being billed as an “Evil Cosmic Enforcer,” so as to keep the numbers equal between both sides. Outside media generally stuck to a neutral alignment for the character, though, and as the line progressed, “Evil” was removed from his packaging, helping to cement his status as not-a-bad-guy. Let’s have a look at this not-a-bad-guy.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Zodac is another figure from Wave 3 of Masters of the Universe Origins, right alongside yesterday’s Roboto. The figure stands about 5 1/2 inches tall and he has 23 points of articulation. His articulation scheme is effectively the same as Roboto’s, though he gets the extra movement on his right wrist joint. Like his original figure, Zodac is largely built from shared parts. He’s got the Beast Man torso (because he’s got a lot of back hair, I guess), and the reptilian forearms and boots, as well as the standard upper-arms, upper-legs, and waist. It’s all topped off with a new head and armor piece. They do a respectable job of recreating his original, as goofy and silly as it’s supposed to be. Since his torso is a different set-up, he winds up a little sturdier than Roboto, so he’s less prone to wobbling. Zodac has a little more in the way of paint than Roboto, but it’s still pretty well applied, on my figure at least. There’s a slight discrepancy on the painted flesh of the face compared to the molded plastic body, but that’s been an issue with Zodac pretty much since day one. It’s also not as bad in person as it looks in the photos. Zodac is packed with his blaster, or, as Tim would like me to point out, his L-shaped mace, seeing as it looks more like that than it does a gun.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I was sold on Roboto as soon as he was announced, I wasn’t really planning to pick up Zodac. However, Max got his earlier, and I got to mess around with it, which was enough to convince me I kind of wanted one of my own. He’s a fun little figure, and a nice change of pace for my collection at this point. Here’s to hoping me might get a Zodak redeco at some point!