#0268: Ophidian Squad Soldier

OPHIDIAN SQUAD SOLDIER

POWER LORDS (FOUR HORSEMEN)

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Once again, I’ll be taking a look at the Four Horsemen’s recent revival of the 1980s toyline Power Lords. Today’s figure isn’t based on one of the figures from the vintage line, but is a new design created by the Four Horsemen to allow for some parts re-use between the figures: The Power Soldiers! The Power Soldiers are an army builder, built on the same base as lead character Adam Power. This time around, it’s the Ophidian Squad Soldier!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

The Ophidian Squad Soldier is part of the third set of pre-release of Power Lords, and is the third deco of this particular figure. Like the rest of the Power Lords line, the Soldier was available through the Four Horsemen’s online store. The figure stands about 3 ¾ inches tall and features 23 points of articulation (the extra point comes from the neck joint, to allow it to be swappable). The figure features a quality sculpt, just like Lord Power. In fact, from the waist down, he and Lord Power share all the same pieces. The torso and arms feature a nicely detailed sculpt to match the detailing on the legs. He also features a head sculpt, shared with all the basic Power Soldiers. It’s a really cool sculpt, with a neat featureless visor. The Power Soldiers were designed to be a less expensive item than the regular series figures, so the paint on the Ophidian Squad Soldier is basic. He’s molded in a dark blue plastic, with paint on his visor, logo on his torso, and his belt. It’s all cleanly applied, and the blue looks quite nice. He actually bares more than a passing resemblance to the vintage Cobra Commander design, which isn’t a bad thing. The Ophidian Squad Soldier features a staff and a rifle, which are the same ones included with Lord Power, but this time cast in dark blue.

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THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I ordered the Ophidian Squad Soldier at the same time I pre-ordered Lord Power. I had actually been meaning to pick up one of the Power Soldiers since the first “pre-release” came out, but I kept missing the sales. So, when I was ordering Lord Power and saw that this guy was still in stock, I decided to go for it. He’s a fun figure, aside from the same hip limitation that plagued Lord Power. If the Four Horsemen could make a change to the base body, that would improve the figures greatly.

#0267: Lord Power

LORD POWER

POWER LORDS (FOUR HORSEMEN)

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In the 1980s, toymakers Revell, most commonly known for their line of models, produced their own toyline, known as Power Lords. The line was only a moderate success, but it built up a sizeable and quite loyal fanbase, and is often viewed as being rather a head of its time. A few years ago, the sculpting team the Four Horsemen, known for their work on Masters of the Universe Classics and DC Universe Classics for Mattel amongst other things, picked up the license to Power Lords, working from the original designs for the characters. The vintage line is probably best remembered for the main character’s two sided torso arms and head, which allowed him to “transform” but swiveling his torso. The new versions have foregone the action feature, instead making each look its own figure. I’ll be looking at Lord Power, the main character (well, half of the main character…). Let’s see how he turned out!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

LordPower2Lord Power is part of the first series of Power Lord, sold on the Four Horsemen’s website, storehorsemen.com. The figure stands about 3 ¾ inches tall and features 22 points of articulation. Design-wise, he’s based on one of the two possible looks of the vintage Adam Power figure. Lord Power represents the powered-up design. The figure’s sculpt is quite nice, and incredibly detailed, especially for something in this scale. All of the red “veins” on his torso and arms have been sculpted in, which is a detail that could have easily been done with paint to save money. The lower half of the figure features a jump suit sort of look that has a nice, semi-insulated feel. Paint-wise, the figure is pretty decent. There are a few spots of slop or bleed over, but nothing too noticeable, and certainly not anything that ruins the figure. The biggest issues seem to be on the legs, where the red and orange don’t always stay in the areas they’re supposed to. Lord Power includes a staff, a rifle, and an extra helmeted head, done in the same orange and red on the figure’s legs. The staff and rifle are basic accessories for the line, and they’re pretty cool. The extra head is less for Lord Power, and more for his other half, Adam,LordPowerWilson to allow collectors to have both versions of the Power Soldier in Adam’s colors. This one is the “Elite” style helmet, which has more of a gasmask styling to it.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I pre-ordered Lord Power from Store Horsemen a few days after the first series went up for sale. I never had any of the vintage figures, but I vividly remember the ads featuring a transforming Adam Power that graced the back cover of many a comicbook I owned. I always found the whole two-sided figure thing a little odd, so I’m glad to see a new take on the designs. Plus, the Four Horsemen presented their usual quality work on the line, which was enough to at least pull me in for Lord Power. He’s a pretty cool figure. My only real complaint is the lack of decent hip articulation, but other than that, I’m quite happy to have picked this guy up. After having gotten him, I’m starting to think about picking up a few other figures in the line.