Considering Masters of the Universe Classics is probably the most reviewed toy line on teh internets, you've likely read a bajillion Trap Jaw reviews by now. But what's one more between friends? I had considered giving up entirely on the MOTUC line after being so disappointed by Scareglow. Mattel screwed up that figure by not thinking outside the box and failing to update it sufficiently. So does Trap Jaw fall in the same... er, trap? Let's find out!
Size: 7" tall
Price: $20 at MattyCollector.com
Packaging: Carded (within a mailer box)
Wow, Mattel really nailed this Trap Jaw figure. The sculpt is awesome, with brand new limbs that are great for those of us who are tired of the same old reused parts. Trap Jaw's face sculpt is updated with better structure and detailing, but it still evokes the spirit of the vintage figure. The techno detailing on his body armor and robotic arms looks sharp and modern, but it's not so glaringly obvious that it distracts from the figure's nostalgic look.
Unlike Scareglow, the paint apps and deco of the vintage Trap Jaw have been updated to give Trappy a new lease on life. The green and purple deco is eye-bleedingly saturated, the face paint is sharp (thankfully the eyes aren't wonky), and there are lots of nice little techno paint details on his armor. His humanoid arms have a cool iridescent blue finish that looks gorgeous.
You know the drill with MOTUC figures: ball socket neck, ball hinge shoulders, hinge elbows, swivel wrists, hinge chest, swivel waist, ball hinge hips, hinge knees, swivel shins, and hinge ankles. Trap Jaw also has jaw articulation (as you might suspect). Stellar movement for this figure.
MOTUC usually has some pretty sweet accessories, but Trap Jaw has the coolest of all. Not only does he come with his signature laser rifle, claw, and hook (which you can swap out on the end of his robo-arm), he also comes with a spare head and arm so you can transform him into Kronis, Trap Jaw's identity before he was maimed by Skeletor! Accessories that turn a figure into a different character are always awesome because it feels like you bought two toys for the price of one. I'm not sure who in his right mind would display the figure as Kronis because he's a pretty doofy-looking fellow compared to Trappy. But it's a cool concept nonetheless.
The $20 price tag of MOTUC figures is always difficult to justify. Trap Jaw fares better than others because of his sweet accessories and newly-sculpted limbs. But don't expect to get much plastic for your money.
Trap Jaw, the action figure, has always been all kinds of awesome. (Trap Jaw, the character from the old cartoon, was a moron. I was always appalled that they could take a really cool-looking action figure and turn him into the dumbest character imaginable. But for this Coolness rating, what's most important is the action figure, not the cartoon.) MOTUC Trap Jaw maintains all of what made that vintage figure so cool: the fearsome cyber-pirate style, interchangeable weapons, and munching jaw. But open his mouth and you'll see a whole new layer of coolness: Trap Jaw sports a glistening red tongue. It's disgusting little details like that that just make you tear up.
Gimme some sugar, baby!
The price is a tad on the exorbitant side, but the overwhelmingly high scores in the other categories make Trap Jaw deserve a 5. If you're lucky enough to have been able to order Trappy, you're probably a happy camper. If you don't, you're probably cursing Mattycollector.com after reading the endless reviews that expound the figure's greatness. My faith in MOTUC, which was so shaken by the dropped ball that was Scareblow (an unintentional typo that is oddly appropriate), has been restored. I'm not saying that I'm all-in with the line at this point, but I realize that it hasn't jumped the shark quite yet.