Being a freelance writer who works from home I’m pretty much a shut in except for the days I head to the coffee shop (which are basically Mondays and Thursdays), I get wary when the doorbell rings. I live in a condo complex, so sometimes I’m hearing the neighbor’s bell and sometimes, like one day last week, it’s a nice old man who wants to save my soul. Today the doorbell rang twice and both times were awesome. The first was the postwoman delivering my order from MyComicShop which filled holes in my HERO, Richard Dragon, Young Justice and various Justice League series’ (every single post-Crisis/pre-JLA comic, it’s pretty epic). The second was this:
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS MOSS MAN! Oh snap. The first thing I noticed when opening up the brown box that the familiar MOTUC white box comes in is the pine smell seeping through the boxes. Man, it’s pretty strong. I don’t remember the toy smelling when I was a kid. I don’t know if it wore off or maybe I got one without it, but he was flocked as a mother trucker. Being one of my favorite original He-Man figures, this is so far my favorite of the group of Masters Classics figures I’ve gotten.
I’m not sure if you can read all the text from the bio, but it basically says that Moss Man is the Swamp Thing of the Masters of the Universe universe. That’s pretty rad. I’m hoping Mattel will start doing something with these characters like a new comic or a video game. That would be sick! Moss Man here comes with two heads, a bludgeon weapon of some kind (do these things have an official name, I remember tons of He-Man toys coming with them) and a vine satchel with a removable knife. And, of course, he’s flocked (which means he feels fuzzy). Between the pine smell and the feel of the flocking, I got very strong Christmas vibes from him and wished he came with a tiny Santa hat. The articulation doesn’t seem to suffer at all from the flocking as I bent him in some pretty crazy positions and he stands really well. I’d imagine if I were to get all my MOTUC figures out and play with them on the floor in front of the TV for hours like I used to when I was a kid, I could come up with some pretty epic stories (maybe as a precursor for a He-Man comic? think about it Mattel, I play very well with others).Here you can see the alternate head and knife being wielded. I like the creepiness of this head which I’m sure references something from the He-Man mythos I’m not familiar with (probably the mini comics). It’s been about 20 minutes since I cut open the package and I think the pine smell might be giving me a bit of a headache and I’m almost positive the missus will not be happy with the smell. I like that they did it, but maybe the smell could have been a little more subtle. Maybe it’s time for Moss Man to spend some time in an open window. I hope that cat doesn’t eat him.
Overall, this figure gets…how should I rate these things? Toyboxes! Okay, Moss Man gets 4.5/5 toyboxes with that half a point off for the crazy smell. Major kudos for the flocking and multiple heads, which I’m sure will please most fans (not, of course, the ones who say they love toys, but really just hate everything, there’s no pleasing those guys). I also really dig the removable knife, which looks like it could have just been part of the sack sculpt. The score might drop down if the flocking doesn’t hold. A few pieces came off while I was popping the head on and off, but seeing as how he’ll probably just sit on a shelf forever (or until my He-Man comic book gets picked up) it shouldn’t be a problem. Like all of the mattycollector.com-exclusive MOTUC figures, Mossy here sold out. If you can, I highly suggest getting a subscription if you can spare the cash. It’s the way to go and even if you get a figure you don’t want, I’m sure you wouldn’t have a problem unloading it on eBay or some other toy swap site.