MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ETERNIA MINIS (MATTEL)
In 2013, Mattel got in on the game that Hasbro had been in on for almost a decade, which in hindsight is pretty darn Mattel I suppose. What game was that? The theoretically more kid-oriented super stylized small 2-inch versions of popular characters game, launched by Galactic Heroes, and then expanding to Super Hero Squad, Robot Heroes, and Combat Heroes. Mattel’s own version for Masters of the Universe was, ever so creatively, Masters of the Universe Minis. It was completely locked into Matty Collector, so it sort of missed its market, and wound up dying a rather quiet death. However, with renewed interest in the brand in the last year, Mattel’s giving it another try, this time under the branding of Eternia Minis. My usual go-to characters Mechanek and Roboto haven’t been done thus far, but there’s at least a Zodac, so I’ve got a little bit of an entry point.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Zodac is a 2021 release for Eternia Minis. He and his assortment mates first started showing up in the spring…in theory. It’s Mattel, of course, so take that with a huge grain of salt. The figure stands 2 inches tall and he has 4 points of articulation. It’s not a ton of mobility, but the balljoint for the neck certainly does a lot. It’s honestly a bit better than most of the Hasbro items of the same style, so kudos to Mattel there. Like his larger scale figures, Zodac’s arms are shared with the standard Skeletor from the line. Everything else is unique (though it’s shared with his 2014 two-pack release) and it’s a pretty fun little sculpt. Zodac’s goofy helmet really works in this set-up, and I love that they even included details of his hairy chest poking out from under his armor. The 2014 Zodac was done up in his toy colors, but this one instead gives him his cartoon colors, which feature the gloved appearance, which I do really like. It’s a small change, but an effective one. Otherwise, the paint’s pretty solid; some of the edges are a little fuzzy, but it’s nothing too terrible given the scale. Zodac is packed with his sci-fi-esque gun, which is a lot less “L-shaped mace”-y than the Origins one, so that’s cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When Mattel first launched MotU Minis, I was very interested, but the price point and having to contend with Matty Collector were just too much for me to ever get involved. I was glad to see them re-surface last year at a more reasonable price, but they still weren’t super easy to get, so I still wasn’t really jumping on the line. Max wound up coming across a small display of them just a few days before my birthday and the Zodac really called out to him for me, so he snagged him. He’s just a little piece, but he’s quite fun, and I really enjoy him. I’d like to see maybe a Roboto or a Mechanek, if you don’t mind, Mattel. That’d be swell.