MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ETERNIA MINIS (MATTEL)
I closed out last month with my first look at Eternia Minis, the line that began as Mattel’s ill-fated attempt to cash in on the Galactic Heroes craze in the early ’00s, but has now found new life as part of their new push to get the Masters of the Universe brand as far as they can. The line is still sans Mechanek and Roboto, my two go-tos for trying out new lines, so I’ve had to settle for my back-ups, first with Zodac, and now with He-Man’s goofy sorcerer sidekick, Orko!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Orko is another 2021 release in the Eternia Minis line, technically part of the same assortment that brought us Zodac. That means he’s *technically* a spring release, but that’s all very theoretical. The figure is about 2 inches tall (thanks to the stand granting him some extra height), and he has 4 points of articulation. Without legs, he doesn’t really have a waist, but there’s the spot where the stand connects, and it’s on a balljoint, which does allow for some slight adjustment of posing. It also makes the stand removable, if you so choose. Orko sports a totally unique sculpt, based on his classic design. He generally doesn’t get quite as far removed from his usual look as the rest of the line, seeing as he’s already pretty cartoony to start with. His head’s a little larger, and his hands are a little blockier. That’s pretty much the extent of it. He fits in nicely all the same, and it looks pretty good. Definitely a design that fits in with the set-up. Orko’s paint work is generally pretty bright and colorful, as well as being in line with his usual depictions. The application is a little messy, with some slop on a few of the areas where colors shift. There’s a notable splotch of blue on the right sleeve, and his “o” is also off-center on mine. Orko get’s the removable stand, but that’s all on the accessories front. His scepter might have been cool, especially given the gripping pose on the hands, but it’s not something I really feel is a glaring omission.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
It’s Max’s fault again. Okay, maybe a little bit less so this time. He just bought me Zodac as a surprise. I actually did ask him to keep an eye out for an Orko for me. I’ve always had a soft spot for the little guy, and this style does really seem to work well for him. He’s again a very fun little figure, and I like how this line has turned out. I’m still hoping for a Mechanek or Roboto. That’d be swell.