BEAST MAN — REVELATION
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: MASTERVERSE (MATTEL)
The events of Masters of the Universe: Revelation show us the end of the big heroes and villains conflict that’s run throughout the entirety of the franchise, and at the other side of that end, the characters don’t really have the same hard-lined loyalties of earlier stories. As a result, Teela’s rag-tag band assembled to save Eternia isn’t just heroes, but also includes a few classically villainous characters, such as Evil-Lyn and Beast Man. No longer Skeletor’s eternal punching bag, Beast Man is now loyal purely to Lyn and her wishes, as well as wanting what’s ultimately best for Eternia. It’s a nuanced take on a classically rather one-note character, and I very much enjoyed that. And now he’s also got a figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Beast Man is another figure from Series 2 of Mattel’s Masterverse line, the second of the two post-time-jump characters included in the line-up (the other being yesterday’s Teela figure). We’ve gotten takes on Beast Man’s classic evil-beast-master design, but for Revelation he’s got a more reserved noble savage look about him, befitting his character growth. He’s less dressed up, and more focused on just being him, I guess. The figure stands a little bit over 7 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Beast Man’s articulation scheme is very similar to that of the main male body, though it’s thankfully without the hip issue. There are some slight tradeoffs, though, and the neck/mid-torso joints definitely don’t get the same kind of range as other figures in the line. For the first time ever, I believe, despite the two of them being so close in release times, Beast Man does not share any parts with Moss Man. I was honestly rather shocked by that, but it’s not so bad. I anticipate this one will be sharing lots of parts with the inevitable classic Beast Man, but for now he’s unique. It’s a good, slightly more bulky sculpt, and the texture work in particular is quite impressively handled. It’s not as layered as some of the other sculpts, but it follows his slightly simpler design well. His paint work is overall pretty good. Generally pretty basic, but there’s some cool smaller touches. I do have to say, though, I saw a pretty abominably bad version of the eye paint in the same case I grabbed mine from, so it’s worth keeping an eye out on this one. Beast Man is packed with three different sets of hands (fists, gipping, and open gesture), as well as his whip. The whip is a tad rudimentary in terms of design, but gets the job done, and the hands offer a lot of variety.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m typically only a moderate Beast Man fan (although I did really dig his 200x figure), but I really liked how they changed up the character a bit in Revelation. He was just a nice fit for the whole team dynamic they had, and I definitely wanted his new design as a figure. This one’s a bit more basic than the others, but he’s a still a pretty fun figure.
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