Mattel’s MOTUC Club Eternia “Blade” Figure
April 13, 2014

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Blade is the Evil Master of Swords™.   He’s unique release, in that he was a character in the 1987  Masters of the Universe feature film that also had a vintage figure in the original Masters of the Universe action figure line.   Because he had a previous figure Mattel is also able to make a MOTUC figure of him.   As of this writing Mattel still did not have the rights to make any MOTU movie character that did not have a vintage toy.  Right now that list is just Blade, Saurod and Gwildor.

This MOTUC version of Blade is a hybrid of both the movie costume and the vintage MOTU figure.

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 The Horsemen took the best elements of both versions and combined it into one figure, but it seems to lean a bit heavier on the movie version with: the headgear, the chain mail, and the bladed shoulder pads.

“I’ve waited a long time for this!” He’s got one good eye and two deadly swords… this bad boy brandishes both weapons without hesitation. Based on the ’80s vintage toy, this skilled swordsman wears removable chainmail armor with a Skeletor® face. The Blade figure arrives with two swords (one for each hand!) plus a laser whip.

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The final figure looks great and I think it’s a great improvement over the original figure with loads more detail.   This figure has 2 loops on his sides to hold the swords.  The vintage figure only had one in the back.

Blade comes with two swords and his laser-whip.   There were some early figures that leaked out of Hong Kong on Ebay that had comically oversized swords.  I’m happy to report that issue has been resolved with the final release and all weapons are the correct size.

His wrist weapon is also greatly improved from the vintage figure, giving a lot more detail in the darts.

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Blade is the April “Club Eternia” figure.    He will be on sale on MattyCollector.com on April 15th.

 

This sample was provided by Mattel.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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