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MOTUC Feature – Sir Laser-Lot

Check out some pictures and thoughts on the brand new Masters of the Universe character created by DC Chief Creative officer Geoff Johns.

Sir Laser-Lot™ Bio

Real Name: Unrevealed

Across the continent of Preternia™, the mightiest of King Grayskull’s Knights was Sir Laser-Lot™, a master of weapons and hand-to-hand fighting techniques. He wore an enchanted suit of armor powered by the great Gem of Tamadge which enhanced his strength and let him unleash powerful energy blasts. So legendary were his deeds that the future king He-Man® sent one of his loyal Time Agents into the past to bring Sir Laser-Lot™ forward to his time. Here, Sir Laser-Lot™ became the King’s new Man-At-Arms®, training both the Royal Guards and the King’s young son Dare in ancient battle techniques. Sir Laser-Lot™ uses his energy blade to fight for chivalry and justice in any time.

Basically, it sounds like Sir Laser-Lot is the best of the best with a magical suit of armor.  Sounds pretty good to me.  There is a mini-comic available online that shows his Gem of Tamadge (Talmadge in the comic) is actually a curse and Sir Laser-Lot will burn anyone he touches.  The cursed hero who fights for good is a staple of comic books and Knights are a fantasy staple, so the concept feels like a good fit for the MOTU world.

It’s interesting that they take him forward to King He-Man’s time.  It raises the question why would Spector and He-Man save Sir Laser-Lot, but not their friend Man-at-Arms?  I guess it does give you somebody to put with your King He-Man when he arrives next year, which I appreciate.  With the new characters there is always a bit of the “where does this guy go in the collection?” confusion, but the bio-writers have been good about giving us a couple of options.

Accessories

Sir Laser-Lot comes with some good stuff including removable armor, a translucent sword, a shield, and a mace.  The sword, shield, and mace are all made of stiff plastic, so the handles don’t bend and warp.  That’s always good.  The mace head is made of a softer plastic and mine has a mold pull issue in that it’s not perfectly round, but still looks pretty cool.

The shield doesn’t clip onto the wrist quite as nicely as previous shields in the line, but it can be set properly.  It’s just a little fiddly.  What stands out to me about these accessories is that they’re fun.  It’s amazing to me how much fun posing you can do with a figure with just your standard shield/sword combo.  I did think a laser lance would be fun for the Knight scheme, so I made one for myself.

Sculpt

Sir Laser-Lot uses the standard base body with Zodak gloves, Bow boots, Man-E-Faces lower torso, and a new armor and head sculpt.  The armor and cape combo are very similar to He-Ro’s armor, which I kind of like.  It makes it feel like this was a standard type of gear used at the time that each Knight customized to their own needs.  It’s nice to see the Bow boots used again as well.  Those are some cool boots.

The head sculpt makes me think of drawings of knights I did when I was a kid, which makes sense since this design was based on a child’s drawing as well.  The face mask that reminds me of a cow-catcher from a train is exactly how I saw a Knight’s helmet on a traditional suit of armor when I was young, so this design appeals to me.  It also feels like something that would have come out in the ’80s.

The only issue I have with this sculpt is that he ended up a little plain.  I think some new forearm armor or some parts from He-Ro with more detail would have given him a bit more of an interesting look.  I loved fwoosher JonWes’ Photoshop that showed Sir Laser-Lot with the He-Ro lower torso piece.  That added a nice bit of detail and broke up some of the overwhelming bright blue of this design.

Articulation

Sir Laser-Lot has the standard MOTUC articulation setup.  I think the forward leg motion is hindered more on this figure than on my Man-E-Faces, but otherwise the articulation moves as usual for one of these figures.  The laser plume on his helmet was meant to be articulated, but Mattel glued it in one position.  I was able to free it up fairly easily, but I suggest caution.  I’ve heard of people tearing the plume out while trying to free it.

Paint

Paint is decent on Sir Laser-Lot, but there are a few issues.  First off, the paint scrapes off the handles of the translucent weapons.  I noticed it was already like that in the package.  Fortunately  it’s not getting worse with play, but it’s a new issue that I haven’t seen with these figures so far.

Other than that, the paint is pretty nice.  Sir Laser-Lot appears to be cast in blue plastic for the most part, but there is some nice airbrushed shading to bring out the muscle detail in the sculpt.  I like the metallic accents, but I wish there was a little more color other than primary blue.  I would also have liked the Jem of Talmadge to be clear plastic like in the prototype.

Sir Laser-Lot was not a character I immediately fell in love with, like I did with Draego-Man, but he has grown on me over time.  I do feel like he fits in MOTU, in my mind his design feels very much like something from Filmation.

I also enjoyed Sir Laser-Lot’s appearance in the online-only MOTU mini-comic issue #1.  It was a brief little bit of a tease of a story, but it piqued my interest in the character.  Most importantly, for my dollar, he’s a great deal of fun to play with.

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16 thoughts on “MOTUC Feature – Sir Laser-Lot

  1. Phil562 – The lance is made from a clear acrylic rod that I sharpened with a dremel. I sculpted the hand guard with epoxy sculpt and the handle is a smaller piece of acrylic glued to the lance at an angle and then covered with electrical tape.

    Zomak – Thanks! Sir Laser-Lot has grown on me quite a bit since his first appearance. I think the online mini-comic helped me like him more.

    Josh – Thank you. There are some better shots of her in my Draego Man pics: http://thefwoosh.com/2012/05/motuc-feature-draego-man

  2. These pics are inspired. Simply amazing. Matt – could we see some better shots of that blonde female custom? Looks cool!

    J

  3. WOW!!! I was already a fan of the character but your pictures are MASTERFUL! Well done! I love the character even more now! Thank you so much for sharing these!

  4. Please tell me how you made that lance! I need one for my shining knight/winged victory custom.

  5. I’ve read a few reviews of this figure and still can’t believe that I haven’t seen the word “duck” in any of them!

    Is it just me, or does that helmet look like a Robo-Daffy, Mecha-Donald or Sir Quackalot?!?! The shape of the visor and the color of the beak, I mean bill – uh, grill -screams Howard to me, and I don’t mean Stern.

  6. FakeEyes22 – I’m with you on that. I liked them already, but after putting them all together on a shelf, they have even more impact. There is a crazy, anything goes feeling I get from this group that just takes me back to the 80’s when you would see stuff like Crystar, Power Lords, Blackstar and the original MOTU. Just big, bold, outlandish, colorful stuff, you know?

    AC – Thanks, I’m glad to hear you are digging the pics.

  7. You’ve outdone yourself again! Huge thanks for giving us another amazing photo series. Like others have said, the custom head is a great touch!

  8. Marvelous! This makes me want to build a lance of my own.

    I really love the photo of the “new guys”. If I didn’t have these guys, that shot would make me need them. I’m finding I really get a vibe from these guys as a group that feels like that trip to the toy store when unfamiliar new stuff would be hanging on the pegs.

    I may be in the minority, but I love them all.

  9. J.Lee – the creatures are variants of the 4 Horsemen’s original creation Rammathorr. He’s from their 7th Kingdom line. I don’t have the Nu52 supes, so I can’t say authoritatively how it would fit, but MOTU bodies are usually too large for standard DCUC figures to use their armor.

    Leo – the head sculpt is from a Mattel wrestling figure. I just added a bit more beard and a pony tail with expoxy sculpt and repainted.

    VeeBee – I took your advice and bought a vintage one and repainted it for far away background shots.

  10. I spy Grayskull!!! Woo! Great set as always and the custom head does indeed look great. Your battle posing just gets better and better.

  11. i like the custom head too. i plan on doing the same thing but i am going to use Flipshot’s head

  12. OK… If Mattel had included that head, I would have gotten an additional one to open. But he and Spector are the only MOTUC figures that I didn’t get a 2nd figure to keep loose. The design is just so weak to me.

  13. DUDE!!!!!!!! These pics are amazing!!!! I love that he’s ridding a griffin.
    The custom head is sick ! Do you mind sharing the recipe 😉

  14. That human head makes him look much cooler and damn your pics sell him well. Dig the.damsel custom alot. What are those creatures he’s fighting? Those are crazy cool. That shot of the PoG group fighting Horde Troopers was the sell point for me.

    Does that armor fit the nu52 Ultra I mean superman well? Just curious.

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