King He-Man is the Mattycollector.com Club Eternia Exclusive for 2013. Let’s take a look at this new version of a future He-Man!
King He-man – Heroic Ruler of Future Eternia
Real Name: Adam of the House of Randor
After his sister defeated Horde prime, the threat of Adam’s old enemy Skeletor once more called He-man to one final battle. In an epic duel on the Jaw Bridge of the great Temple of Power on Trolla, He-man at last defeated Skeletor in single combat. Recovering the Vortex Key, He-man could now return to his home world. There he found his queen mother keeping the throne and mourning the passing of King Randor. Taking his rightful place as his father’s heir, Adam became King He-man ruling over all Eternia with his wisdom and strength. He married Teela and together with their son Dare took over his father’s legacy, as the new He-ro, defender of Eternia and the wielder of the Sword of Power.
Whoah, there is a lots happening here! As usual with the variant figure bios, they fit in a lot of the larger story of the MOTUC continuity. I love that She-Ra defeats Horde Prime. How cool is that?
It does make me wonder how Randor died and what Skeletor looked like in his final duel with He-Man. I’m picturing the “God Skeletor” from the MOTU movie in my mind, how about you guys?
What’s the great Temple of Power look like on Trolla? Questions questions. Very interesting stuff.
He-Man becoming king with Teela as his queen is what I imagined happening eventually, though I would have thought he would go by “King Adam” rather than “King He-Man.”
King He-Man comes with a snazzy, beat-up version of the electronic power sword. It’s a sword design I’ve never really cared for, but darn it if they didn’t make me like it more with just some battle damage and weathering. From what I’ve read online, I’m not alone in that feeling.
King He-Man also has removable armor and a scepter that features the Iron Cross. The scepter calls to mind the accessories that both Randor and Marlena had, so it seems fitting for the new Eternian royalty to sport one as well.
The body here is your standard MOTUC He-Man with new armor, loincloth, head, and cape. He also has He-Ro boots.
The head sculpt is a dead ringer for the King He-Man art in the 3rd mini-comic, but it doesn’t quite feel like He-Man to me. He’s a bit thinner and more angular than the MOTUC He-Man head we are familiar with, and his jaw does not seem as heavy. There is a scar over the eye and there appears to be a scar of some kind on the lip, or perhaps it’s a mold imperfection, but it makes his lip look like he has some nerve damage in his face from certain angles.
The armor design is nice, if a little symbol heavy. He’s got the Iron Cross, the He-Ro symbol, and also the He-Man “H” packed into his chest and lower torso armor.
The armor has the feel that he’s sort of taken inspiration from Randor, He-Ro, and King Grayskull all together into one armor. The cape is pretty cool in that it’s got a fur-lined hood sculpted into it. It’s not exactly what I would imagine if I were to conceptualize He-Man, and I don’t think pictures quite do him justice because, as critical as I am of certain aspects, the overall effect is a pretty cool figure in hand.
I do find myself wishing that I could remove the cape easily for battle or just to get him to sit down easily.
King He-Man has the standard MOTUC articulation and his hips are not hindered by his skirt since the plastic is very soft. His cape is also really soft, but you aren’t going to get him in many sitting poses with it.
The paint on King He-Man is pretty great. The weathering on his sword provides some fantastic depth to that sculpt and the gold on this figure is brighter than any other non-vacmetal gold I’ve seen on a MOTUC figure. I’m not seeing any slop or missed lines either. There’s also the hidden bonus of the solid gold undershirt you can see here.
Honestly, this figure was my least favorite reveal from SDCC last year. That’s not a huge knock on him, since I was pretty well excited about all the MOTUC reveals.
Between the con reveal and now, I had seen a lot of ugly prototype pics, and some of my own pictures of the figure from SDCC made his head look even smaller than it did in person! When I finally got the figure in hand, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.
The issue about the head sculpt is much less noticeable in person and King He-Man ended up just as fun and poseable as the standard MOTUC figure. I think he looks pretty boss using that beat up sword in a fight, too.
I do like the idea of moving the MOTU story forward and like having a figure to represent this untapped era.
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