Mattel’s MOTUC Mantenna, the Evil Spy with the Pop-out Eyes!
October 15, 2013

Mantenna® may not always see eye-to-eye with Hordak®, but he never loses sight of the objective… to destroy his enemies! The final member of the original 1985 Horde, this fan-demanded figure features an almost completely new sculpt. Mantenna® includes interchangeable pop-in and pop-out eyes to recreate the vintage action feature, and four fully articulated legs.

At long last our “Horde” is finally starting to feel like a horde.   We’ve got a lot of Hordak’s minions to beef up our shelves and now we can add fan favorite Mantenna to those ranks.  Mantenna is almost 100% new tooling.  I was looking over the figure the other day with Jeremy of Spy Monkey Creations and the only part re-use we could find was the hands.  That’s  lot of bang for your subscription buck.   The Horsemen and Mattel really did a bang up job on this translation from vintage version to modern “classic.”  I believe MOTU fans will be very happy with Mantenna once they have him in-hand.

His action feature was nicely replicated by including two sets of eyes, regular and “popped out” eyes on stalks.   They can be swapped out by removing the mouth section on the face and replacing the eyes of your preference.  Instead of including a separate piece of paper with the instructions, Mattel opted to used the blank space on the back of the white mailer box to show fans how to swap out the eyes on the figure.

Mantenna, the Evil Spy with the Pop-out Eyes!™ is the Club Eternia® figure for October 2013.

He will be available on MattyCollector.com on October 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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