MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: MASTERVERSE (MATTEL)
My Masters of the Universe reviews around here are getting further and further between, I’ll admit. Part of that is because I’m trying to really stick to my guns on only buying specific characters from each line. I have three characters that are a lock for any Masters line I’m picking up: Mekaneck, Orko, and Roboto. The irony of this is that, up til now, Masterverse, the line I’ve been focussing the most on, has only actually had one of those three, Orko, and he was only as a pack-in at that. Thankfully, there’s been at least one change on that front, as Roboto has officially been added to the Masterverse line! Let’s see how he turned out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Roboto is part of Series 7 of the Masterverse line, alongside Sorceress Evil-Lyn, Stratos, and Frosta. Roboto falls under the line’s Revelation banner, being specifically based on his appearance in the show. His very awesome appearance in the show, where he’s the best part. It was really cool, you guys. You should check it out. In Roboto’s case, it means he’s still a pretty classically-inspired version of the character, so he doubles as an update to his original figure, if that’s more your speed. The figure stands just shy of 7 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation (which includes his moving mouthplate). Roboto’s articulation is largely pretty similar to the others in the line, though he gains an extra swivel at the top of his right forearm, and lacks the usual mid-torso joint, due to the nature of his design. On my figure, both of the arms had one half of the double elbow stuck right out of the box, so sticking joints is still a recurring issue for the line. At least the hips aren’t as bad on this guy. Roboto’s construction is a mix of old and new. He’s re-using the legs and feet from Trapjaw; the two of them have shared legs going back to the vintage line, and its consistent with their respective designs in Revelation, so the re-use is a sensible one. I’m still a little iffy on how the articulation works respective to the kneepads on the boots, but it does bug me less on this release than it did on Trapjaw. The rest of his sculpt is an all-new, and it’s honestly my favorite to come out of Masterverse so far. It’s very clean, very sleek, and very sharp. It matches up nicely with his animated design, while still melding well with the established look of the rest of the line. In particular, I really like the internal structure on the torso. Roboto’s color work is generally pretty solid. The paint application is nice and clean, and I dig the mix of metallic and flat colors. As always, that clear torso’s a lot of fun, and works well with all the sculpted elements inside. Roboto is packed with two different styles of blaster attachments to swap out for the right hand, as well as the two halves of the Power Sword, this time in a translucent orange, as if he’s fusing them. The only thing notably missing is his poncho, which does bum me ever so slightly, but I guess it’s an okay omission. He’s got the needed sculpted attachments, and that’s what really counts.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Roboto was my absolute favorite part of Revelation, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting his addition to the line ever since the show dropped. It sure did feel like they were dragging their feet, but he’s finally here. I really dig this figure. Lack of poncho aside, he does everything he needs to, and he’s by far my favorite figure from the line thus far. Just a real standout, all things considered, and one that’s going to be very hard to top.
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