Coming soon to the Comic Con International in San Diego, CA…
Up for review is none other than the "Heroic Cosmic Warrior," He-Ro!
He-Ro will go on sale first at the upcoming Comic Con International this July in San Diego, CA, and then on Mattycollector.com.
The figure reviewed is the CCI version, and includes a CCI logo tampo printed on his chest, underneath his removable armor. The Mattycollector.com version, which goes on sale after CCI, will not have this deco.
The figure also includes one of 3 different colored Gems inside his power staff, in this case, purple:
He-Ro also includes a translucent Power Sword with a silver speckle paint-op that mimics a starfield. Early samples include a clear gray Power Sword, while the final production version will have a clear blue Power Sword, reminiscent of the Power Sword included with the vintage Masters of the Universe Weapons Pack.
Both accessories are cleanly molded in rigid plastic, so no worries of droopy accessories.
He-Ro’s armor, however is molded in flexible PVC and includes an attached cape.
The armor is removable, simply remove He-Ro’s head, and seperate the armor below the arms where it attaches with 2 pairs of pegs. It fits snuglyyet is easy to remove.
Like Hordak, He-Ro’s armor only covers his upper torso, while the abdominal armor effect is created by painting his chest and back gold to match the armor. This has been a rather controversial design choice among fans, but I think it works well enough, as it matches the look of his vintage prototype and allows him to retain his mid-chest articulation while armored. Basically it’s the old "form vs. function" debate, and in this case Mattel and the 4 Horsemen went with playability over looks, which is usually my preference.
He-Ro primarily uses the He-Man "Hero" body type, but has a fair amount of new armor and costume parts. He has a totally new loincloth, boots and forearm armor.
He-Ro’s bio also finally firmly establishes him in the MOTU continuity:
(full size image of the bio is here: http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/SpyMagician/ancient%20wizard/bio.JPG)
The ever controversial "Real Name" saga continues, though in this case he’s actually given a name to replace his original, as he was once known as "Gray" while now he’s named "Ro." (Thanks to the board members at He-Man.org for pointing this out.) We also see mention of once again of the "Overlords of the Timeless Dimension on Trolla." It’s a shame we can’t have Filmation characters in the MOTUC line, as it seems Uncle Montork, Dree-Elle and Yuckers may in fact have gotten quite a promotion…
All in all, He-Ro is a fine addition to the Masters of the Universe Classics line, and whether you get the CCI version or the Mattycollector.com version, he’ll be a welcome addition to your collection!
‘Til Next Time!