Thursday, November 8, 2012

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Sir Laser-Lot By Mattel

And here’s another overdue review. Dragon*Con really threw me off. I’m way behind on my September stuff, which is getting dangerously close to me getting behind on October stuff and that simply cannot happen. And now October’s over and I still haven’t posted this.
I actually had to give up on my posts over on the ESO Network. I just can’t do eight a week. Sometimes I can’t do five a week.
I was really excited about Sir Laser-Lot before I even saw the figure. The name sounded perfectly 80’s to me and it seemed like Geoff Johns understood the Masters of the Universe ethos quite well. Then I saw the prototype at Toy Fair and I knew Johns got it. Laser-Lot looks like an 80’s toy. He may not have quite enough deco to be a perfect MOTUC figure, but he is certainly a worthy entry into the line. I can easily picture a more primitive version of this guy being released alongside the likes of Man-At-Arms, Jitsu, and Ram Man.
The story here is that Sir Laser-Lot was such a rad fucking knight that He-Man – after he became King of Eternia – sent Spector back in time to fetch him. Never mind the impact losing his greatest and mightiest warrior might have on King Grayskull and the future. Torn from his own time, Sir Laser-Lot is forced into servitude for his apparently quite arrogant new master. He has no choice but to train the Royal Guards and King He-Man’s son in the ways of rad knightitude. I can only assume King He-Man’s son is a complete shithead with a name like “Dare”.
That’s just my take on things. The actual written bio is much more benign. See below.

First Glance: Oh, man – I love this guy. He belongs on a Journey album cover, riding a neon tiger/ostrich hybrid.
Articulation: Sir Laser-Lot sports the same articulation as your standard MOTUC figure (and most other 6” scale Mattel products).
Head – ball joint
Shoulders – ball joint
Biceps – swivel
Elbows – pivot
Wrists – swivel
Abdomen – pivot
Waist – swivel
Hips – ball joint
Thighs – swivel
Knees – pivot
Calves - swivel
Ankles – rocker joint
All of the joints on my figure work just fine. The ankles are a little loose, though. It took me a while to find a pose that didn’t result in Sir Laser-Lot falling over and taking a couple other figures with him. His arm movement is rather severely restricted by his giant chest armor.
Sculpt: The torso and limbs are the basic MOTUC sculpts. While it would have been amazing to have chain mail sculpted on this guy, I understand that wasn’t ever going to happen. Mattel has done enough interesting things with the rest of this guy to make him stand out, though.
The head is great. Super-rad 80’s great. The shape of the eye shield, the jaw thing, the little protrusion on his temple that’s probably a laser blaster – it’s all so good. This is what causes me to celebrate Johns’ contribution to the 30th Anniversary line. And that translucent pink plume. So damn good. Some people complained about Laser-Lot not having an alternate, unhelmeted head. Whatever. I don’t need that. This is totally Sir Laser-Lot’s head as far as I’m concerned. I don’t care what his face looks like. This is the visage his enemies will see as they meet hot, gory death on the battlefield at the end of Laser-Lot’s energy sword.
Either Laser-Lot has new boots or he shares them with a figure I don’t own. I like them a lot (a Laser lot) and can’t wait to see where else they might be used. His gloves have been used before. They’re good and knightly. The trunks are the ones shared by Roboto and all the mechanically-legged people, but they work well here.
One of the suggestions from customers to not make this guy so bland was to add a belt. Initially I agreed with that, as it would break up his midsection. But now I think I like him better without. I don’t think Laser-Lot’s midsection needs breaking up. And since he’s supposed to be wearing armor (which is either the tightest armor in all the land or is sculpted to look like a huge muscle man and Laser-Lot is actually quite skinny) it would be kind of weird to have a belt on over that.
Coloring: This guy is mostly a sort of metallic blue with some red and silver. I’m good with that. There are some that complained about Laser-Lot being too plain, but I think this simplicity adds to his charm and once again displays Geoff Johns’ understanding of 80’s-era toys.
All of the paint applications are precise and simple. Nothing about Sir Laser-Lot is overly complicated and I appreciate that. I like the highlights on the fronts of his boots. And of course I love the translucent feather coming out of his head. Beautiful plumage.
Flair: Sir Laser-Lot has chest armor and an attached cloak. The chest plate seems simple, but upon closer inspection it has a good bit of detail. There are clasps on the sides for the armor itself, as well as shoulder clasps for the cloak. The faceted triangle on the front is another nice 80’s-looking touch and the raised ridges at the neck and arms give the piece a little more depth.
The cloak looks simple and is. It has a nice sculpt with a bit of a waving look, but nothing extreme like if it were blown off to the side or something. I would like if it had just a bit more character. I made a Mandalorian costume for Dragon*Con a few years ago and made it so that the cloak attached to my left shoulder and just under my right arm. It looked really cool and distinctive that way and I think Laser-Lot would have been just a tad cooler with the same style of cloak. But it’s pretty much okay this way.
Accessories: Sir Laser-Lot comes with a sword, a shield, and a mace. All three are fucking awesome.
The Laser Mace has a great shape with surprisingly sharp studs. I like the length of the handle, as well as the fact that the wrappings are painted. I don’t know how a Laser Mace works and I don’t; care. It looks killer.
The Laser Sword looks an awful lot like Thundarr’s sword. Maybe not quite as blazey. But it has a nice length and looks fairly regal.
The shield is a cool design. I like the standard translucence mixed with the light blue.
While I am a little concerned about the paint wearing off of these pieces, they look so darn good. They are all sturdier than I thought they would be and the figure can interact with them as is intended.
Packaging: It’s the regular MOTUC blister card. Still neat and still effective.
The back features a bio that brings up an awful lot of questions. Why is it “King He-Man” and not “King Adam”? Who is Dare’s mother? Why do Dare and the Royal Guards need ancient battle techniques? Why did Laser-Lot just up and leave his own era and King Grayskull?
Value: $28.70 (including shipping) for a six inch scale figure with a lot of shared parts. Not very good, but I give these 30th Anniversary figures a bit more leeway since they’re “Special”. I mean, it’s a completely artificial specialness, like Lady Gaga’s, but I guess I’m buying into it. I have documented many times in the past what kind of a sucker I am.
Overall: As far as I am concerned Sir Laser-Lot is the best of the 30th Anniversary offerings thus far. I just like him a whole lot. A Laser lot (again!).

5 out of 5

I can’t find a single thing wrong with this guy and I can’t imagine him being any better. Yeah, the cape thing would have been nice, but I can’t complain about the execution. I know many won’t agree, but for my money this guy is great. He succeeds in stoking my nostalgia just as effectively as the He-Man or Skeletor figures.

I’m pretty sure BigBad or eBay are going to be your only resource for purchasing this guy, but I also wouldn’t be surprised at all to see all of the 30th Anniversary figures offered again before Christmas. As a matter of fact, I’d put money on it.

-Phantom

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