MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ORIGINS (MATTEL)
I’m slowing down on Masters of the Universe Origins, as my focus shifts just a little bit more over to the new Revelation-related stuff in Masterverse, but that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna still pick up the occasional release here and there, mostly when they do one of those characters that I like to have in every style. Still waiting on that Mechanek love, but until then, I guess I’ll just make due with one of the *other* characters I have across numerous styles, one despised by fun-haters everywhere, Orko!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Orko was released in Wave 2 of Mattel’s main Masters of the Universe Origins line. It technically shipped to Walmarts at the tail-end of last year, but that’s a very technical thing. It actually started showing up later in 2021, and has finally started showing up at general retail a bit more in the last few months, along with the rest of the oddly delayed Wave 2 figures. The figure is about 4 inches tall and he has 13 points of articulation. Obviously, he’s got no legs, so by extension there’s no leg movement, but he does get all of the standard movement in his arms, as well as a quite useful ball-joint on the neck. While the line is largely built on re-use, Orko continues the usual Orko trend of being an entirely unique mold. He’s clearly based on his vintage figure, especially when it comes to scaling (he’s rather one the large side), but certainly takes some inspiration from his Filmation animation design in terms of the sculpt’s specific styling. It’s a fun, streamlined sculpt, and certainly fits the character well. Orko’s paint work is generally pretty basic, with most of the colors being molded plastic. What paint he does have is a little bit on the sloppy side. There’s some errant paint on the back of the hat, as well as a couple of spots of yellow where they shouldn’t be around the eyes. It’s also pretty messy around the edges of the ears. From afar, it’s not terrible, but it doesn’t seem up to the same standard as the other figures I’ve gotten from the line. Orko is packed with a display stand designed to emulate his floating from the show. It’s a pretty impressive piece, complete with an articulated arm and everything, a great improvement over prior hover stands for the character.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t intend to get this guy at first. I’ve got the Classics release, and, as far as I’m concerned, that’s pretty much the best version of a classic Orko we’re ever going to get. So, this guy didn’t really feel needed. That being said, I got to finally see him in person, and my resolve on not getting him wore down. Ultimately, he’s a pretty good little figure. He’s very different than the rest of the line, but he works well, even as sort of his own contained piece.
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