MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE REACTION FIGURES (SUPER 7)
“Heroic Human Periscope!”
I’ve looked at entries from all throughout the history of Mattel’s home-brewed Masters of the Universe line. Today, for the first time, I look at a Masters of the Universe offering that doesn’t come from Mattel at all! Yes, Mattel has outsourced their MotU operations to the considerably smaller-scale company Super 7, who previously worked with Funko for their ReAction Figures line of vintage-inspired toys. After Funko ran that brand into the ground, Super 7 split off on their own, and has been doing their best to re-invigorate it, by focusing on quality over quantity. Amongst the much smaller list of properties they’re offering is, unsurprisingly, Masters of the Universe, which is now seeing its second assortment of ReAction Figures. Today, I’ll be taking a look at my personal favorite Master, Mekaneck!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mekaneck is part of Series 2 of Super 7’s Masters of the Universe ReAction Figures. He’s based on his classic vintage appearance, just like the rest of the line. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall (4 1/4 inches with the neck fully extended) and he has 4 points of articulation, plus an extending neck. Like his vintage counterpart, this Mekaneck is without the ability to turn his head. While it’s a slight bummer, it’s rather understandable at this size, and in this style, and doesn’t prove to be too limiting as a whole. Mekaneck’s arms and legs are shared with He-Man and a number of the other standard Masters, which is sensible, given that’s been the case for all but his 200x incarnation. Standard limbs are standard limbs, and if you don’t have to make new ones, then don’t. The head and torso are new, and definitely very nice recreations of Mekaneck’s original design. The extending neck feature is a fairly simple, no fuss action feature; there’s just a small tab on his back for moving it up and down. I actually prefer this to the original turning waist feature, since it means he no longer has to stand with is legs to the side if you want his neck extended. Mekaneck’s paintwork is bright and colorful, and overall very clean. He definitely catches your eye, and those primary colors do his sculpt well. Mekaneck is packed with a rather goofy looking yellow club, the same rather goofy looking yellow club that’s been his sidearm since his introduction. It’s a nice extra, which is well fitted to his hand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I hadn’t really been following ReAction since it shifted back to Super 7. I gave it a good try during the Funko years, but there was definitely a lot of variance to the quality from figure to figure. The first series of MotU figures intrigued me, but I wasn’t really feeling any of the line-up. But, like I noted in the intro, Mekaneck is my favorite, and I’ll pretty much buy any version of him out there, so when All Time got in their set of Series 2, I was definitely down for this guy. I gotta say, Super 7 really seems to have turned things around for this brand. Mekaneck is a much better match for the style they’re aiming for than most of Funko’s output, and his design in general is just a good fit for it. I’m very happy I picked him up, and I can definitely see myself tracking down a few more.