Well, I know today was supposed to be Evil-Lyn day, and I am sure she would be full of rage and jealousy if she saw this, but a one-eyed space freak is going to try to steal some of her thunder. Ladies and gentlemen, at long last we have our first New Adventures Masters of the Universe Classics figures in Optikk.
This humble space mutant will share the selling page with the gigantic Tytus in the middle of May, but right now, the spotlight is all on him. Like I said, Optikk represents the first endeavor into the last effort to save He-Man in the 1980s. I will admit, I never got into New Adventures. Never had any of the toys or even watched the show as a kid (I had moved onto Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by the time NA was showing) and the only real memory I have of it was seeing some of the toys at a local Children’s Palace and being pretty confused. What was with Skeletor? Where the heck was my beloved Mer-Man. Kalamarr? Sounds like an appetizer my grandma would make. But I digress; MOTUC was really going to be my first foray into New Adventures and really, since I am very familiar with 99% of all of the other MOTU/POP facets, it represents ah, ahem, adventure for me. Which is really cool, I have enjoyed how all of these sections are being integrated together.
I have learned a lot about the Galactic Guardians and Space Mutants in the past year or so gearing up the eventual release of the first NA figure. When Optikk was announced, I was quite pleased. While there are several NA figures with cool designs (mostly the bad guys), Optikk and Slush Head have been my two most wanted (and if the Trade Mark hints are any indication, Slushy just might be next).
Believe it or not, Optikk utilizes a lot of reuse, probably more than you would expect at first. For the most part, he is Kronis – arms, chest and legs. He has a brand new “armor” piece that is quite impressive from a design/scupt standpoint (it is removable). Leave it to the Horsemen, they even sculpted the dial on his back from the old figure (just for show on this version). In lieu of the furry shorts, Optikk has a more modern, um brief(?) that will work perfectly for a certain as-yet-unproduced hero with many faces. Again, this is sculpted really well and fits so that it is not bulky (like Adora) so I hope that for any short/skirt/pant pieces they follow this pattern.
Of course, he has his two different colored eyes – green from the vintage figure and orange from the cross-sell art. I am not sure which one I prefer at this point, I thought green would be the easy choice prior to having him in hand, but now, I am not quite sure. Hmm… the tough choices.
The really striking feature about Optikk though (aside from his very unique look) is that he is a massive beast of a figure. I mean, he is HEAVY. The armor pieces give him a lot of bulk so, even though he has the major disadvantage of having a weak spot of a giant eyeball on the top of his head, he can at least, ahem, look down on most of the other figures in this line so far.
Like I said before, I like the direction of how the NA characters are being integrated into the Classics, it is currently leaving me with more questions than answers, but I am sure a lot of that will be sewn up over time. Optikk’s weapons are cool looking and very well made, but they kind of stand out from the rest of the the current figures. Again, over time, I am positive it will all come together.
Optikk is a really fun foray into the New Adventures and I am excited for where this little section of Classics might go – I am along for the ride and it is nice to have something all new to enjoy. I think we can look forward to a couple of these characters each year (we are already planned through 2016 after all!), so I say bring them on. Blinkky here will certainly add a lot of variety to your shelf and when we all have gigantic MOTUC collections, the NA section will be a fun corner.
So, log onto Matty Collector on May 17th to try your luck to get an Optikk (if you don’t have a subscription), like I said, Tytus will be joining him and we will take a look at the latter as soon as we have one to share. Thanks so much for reading and keep checking back this week. We are going to go from one-eyed space freaks to weasely EPA Administrators. Hint, hint.
*Thanks so much to Toy Guru and Matty for making this Look Possible, we really appreciate it!