Toy Review: MOTUC Grizzlor


When I was a kid, Grizzlor was one of my favorite Masters of the Universe figures. I'm not sure if it was the fur gimmick, the freaky face sculpt, or the visual similarity to my main man Chewie, but Grizzlor was easily in my MOTU fab five. Unfortunately, I don't have my vintage Grizzlor anymore (I suspect it was a casualty of the yard sales from my early teen years), and I don't have any inkling to buy another. There's just something gross about getting a used figure with fur... you don't know where that fur's been. So, I guess this MOTUC Grizzlor will have to do for now. Let's check it out!


Stats


Company: Mattel
Size: 7" tall
Price: $20 at MattyCollector.com
Packaging: Carded (within a mailer box)


Appearance


Sometimes MOTUC's vintage influence can create awesomeness that even surpasses the figures of the 200x line, like He-Man. Other times, that same vintage influence can cause MOTUC figures to seem less innovative, as in the case of Scareglow. Unfortunately, I'm forced to admit that Grizzlor leans towards the latter category. When I first popped open the card, I was actually impressed with the look of this figure and was about to give it a score of 4 Pacs... until I brought out my NECA Staction Grizzlor from 2005.

MOTUC (left) and NECA Staction (right)

So why does MOTUC Grizzlor get a demoted score? First, the MOTUC fur has the annoying tendency to be uncontrollable and go all over the place. The Staction figure's fur is much more... stylable, for lack of a better term. Also, the MOTUC version reuses Beastman's short-furred arms and legs, which is not nearly as cool as the Staction's shaggy limbs with cool armor detailing. Not to mention the fact that the Staction's proportions are more dynamic.

But the face sculpt and the colorful Evil Horde chest plate look fantastic and save the figure from oblivion. It's just that the MOTUC version looks like a missing link between the vintage Grizzlor and the Staction Grizzlor... which is what the MOTUC line represents, in a way.


Articulation


Grizzlor has 17 points of articulation:
  • Ball-socket neck
  • Ball-hinge shoulders
  • Swivel biceps
  • Hinge elbows
  • Swivel wrists
  • Ball-hinge/swivel hips
  • Hinge knees
  • Swivel shins
  • Hinge ankles

Not bad. The movement is not quite comparable to other MOTUC figures because the fur suit hinders the movement of the chest and waist joints (and the waist joint is a pretty important one), but Grizzlor moves pretty well regardless.


Accessories


It looks like some of Grizzlor's 200x characterization as a weapons specialist is reflected in the accessories of this figure:
  • Sword, axe and machete: Cool accessories, but they aren't as nice as those of the Staction figure (see below).
  • Crossbow: I dig the look, but the handle is too thin and doesn't stay well in Grizzlor's hands. That's a major problem since this is the classic Grizzlor weapon.
  • Loin cloth: This was a cool feature of the Staction figure imported over to MOTUC.
  • Backpack: The coolest thing about the accessories is that they can all be organized on Grizzlor's backpack (see above). It's a fun feature that works well to keep all his weapons within arm's reach during battle.
In both of the above pics, the MOTUC accessories are to the left, while the Staction accessories are to the right.


Value

The value of a figure is just as much how much crap you had to go through to get it as it is how much you pay for it. Unfortunately, last month was my first bad experience ordering a MOTUC figure. As you well know, the MOTUC figures are usually available on the Matty Collector website on the 15th of every month at noon. So, on November 15th, I went to the site at 11:50AM to get my place in line. I was immediately greeted with the queue screen, where I lingered for the next 40 minutes until I was able to place my order. But when I logged in to finalize the order, I got kicked out to the queue screen again. I had pretty much given up at this point so I decided to go walk my dog, but I kept the browser in the queue just in case. When I came back at around 1 PM, I was able to complete my order. That's a total of 70 minutes to place the order.

Now, I'm not one of those fanboys who think that the Matty Collector site is problematic because Mattel is full of incompetent boobs. I really do think that the guys running MOTUC are doing their best leveraging limited resources to deal with unpredictably huge collector demand. But the question remains: is Grizzlor worth over an hour of my time just for the opportunity to pay $20 plus $8 shipping? Of course not.

Couple that with the fact that the (similarly priced?) Staction figure had better materials, better sculpting and better paint work, and you have a big miss in the Value department.


Coolness


For a toy that upgrades a much-loved vintage figure from my childhood (and doesn't do all that bad a job of it), I sure am grumpy about it. But that's because the Staction Grizzlor shows me just how amazing these MOTUC figures could be if there weren't such restrictive design limitations that confine the figures to the look and feel of a toy line from 20 years ago. Sometimes I love the nostalgic take of the vintage-inspired designs, and sometimes I wish they were more innovative. In this case, I wish they took the really cool MOTUC face sculpt and plopped it on the Staction body.


Overall

The difficulty I had ordering MOTUC Grizzlor left a bad taste in my mouth, but ultimately what kept this figure from a better score was the super-cool Grizzlor Staction figure from 2005. I wish this figure had the same originality, detailed sculpting/paint apps, and quality of materials (especially the fur) that made the Staction figure great. But I can't deny the awesome nostalgia that the MOTUC figure elicits in me. I was hoping that Grizzlor would break the overarching feeling of meh that Gygor inspired in me, but like Gygor, Grizzlor is a mixed bag. Next up on my MOTUC want list is Vikor in January, but we'll see if I'm willing to jump through the hoops to order another MOTUC figure by then.

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