Review > Webstor (Masters of the Universe Classics)

webstor_80sSome people in Eternia don’t seem to trust their own abilities. Stratos has wings, but wears a jetpack anyway. Webstor, ostensibly a spider-man, carries a grappling hook, a backpack pulley system and fifteen feet of uncoiled rope.

As I’ve said elsewhere, I never owned Webstor as a kid– in fact, I don’t think I even knew anyone who did. So it’s fair to say I don’t really have any attachment to the character, which also means this is one of the first MOTUC figures I’m not reviewing through the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia.

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Packaging: It’s the same cool retro packaging we’ve seen on this line throughout. It’s worth noting that inside the white mailer box, the card was absolutely pristine–hopefully a sign that Mattel has informed the factory about this issue.

Design & Sculpt: While at first glance I thought of Webstor as a relatively simple, straightforward figure, I realize now he’s actually one of the more complicated characters in the line. The body sculpt itself is very simple–it’s just the basic Skeletor body, really, with a new head.

But the armor and backpack are interesting. The armor is made from rubber and goes on over the arms, then the backpack attaches to the back. There’s no actual pulley in the backpack itself, unlike the original figure; it’s just a rope that runs through the backpack. The grappling hook can be clipped onto the back of the backpack.

It’s neat the Horsemen kept so much of the original figure’s design intact, but I do wish they’d offered some way to store the rope when not in use. Maybe I missed something, but it looks to me like it just has to hang all over the floor whether the grappling hook is in his hand or attached to the backpack.

Finally, there are the extra spider legs. They’re easily my favorite touch, giving Webstor the extra boost he needed to from being a bit too pedestrian.

Plastic & Paint: The figure is molded mostly in dark blue. There’s really not a lot of paint work, aside from the head. While I like the choice of red for the eyes, the actual application isn’t quite as sharp as I’d like.

Articulation: Webstor has the standard MOTUC articulation, plus a few extra joints for the spider legs:

  • Ball joint head
  • Ball and hinge shoulders
  • Ball and hinge hips, w/ thigh swivel
  • Hinged elbows, knees, ankles, and abdomen
  • Swivel biceps, wrists, and waist
  • “Rocker” motion on ankles
  • Ball and hinge on spider legs

Accessories: I’m counting the armor and backpack as part of the figure’s design, so the “accessories” are the gun and the grappling hook.

The simplicity of the guns that came with Zodac and Man-At-Arms didn’t bother me very much; somehow, both weapons managed to have an Art Deco sort of look that made them work in 2009. Webstor’s gun, though, just looks too much like its 1980s counterpart. It would look better if it were a bit more detailed and streamlined.

Quality Control: Because of the way he was packaged, Webstor’s left hand was pressing on the barrel of the gun, thereby bending the barrel. A little heating and bending can fix it.

Overall: Don’t hold it against Webstor if this review isn’t as enthusiastic as some of my other reviews have been; I was just never psyched for Webstor in the first place. But he’s a fine addition to the MOTUC ranks, and I’m sure there a lot of fans who will be pleased to finally get an updated version.

(Of course, Webstor’s staction was one of the most radical re-designs of MOTU 200X, and the fact that we never got an action figure of that is a crime.)

1111/20

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  • "One of the last remaining members of an ancient Eternian race of spider warriors called the Arachna"

    Arachna…do they think they're being clever?

    I had Webstor as a kid and he was my second favorite to Moss Man.

  • Pricey. $11 for some clear bits of plastic. It looks good though. Could you not wind the thread around the backpack between the appendages and the body to store it?

  • I just wrapped the extra rope tightly around the handle of the grappling hook before clipping it on his back.

    And thanks for the link to the 3 tier cabinet organizer. If only it were 16 inches wide it would be perfect for what I wanted.

  • I never had Webstor as a kid either. I unfortunately had to pass on him for now. I loved his staction and it not being made into a figure was definitley a crime!!!

  • @RageTreb: @See above.

    Yeah, the organizers are pricey, but the figures just look so damned good on 'em. They were exactly what I was looking for.

    @Novelty: Personally, I wish the backpack opened up and I could wind the entire rope in there. I don't want it hindering the movement of the appendages.

    Kyle's solution is probably the best.

  • Thanks for the shout-out for 200X Webstor. He is one of my favorite "figures" ever.

    I love yo go re's closing statement:

    The beauty of the 2002 take on the Masters of the Universe is the way the Four Horsemen took all these old characters who were full of promise, yet hampered by their '80s designs, and unlocked all that potential. Webstor is a prime example of how much value can be found in those old sculpts – provided you're willing to throw them out entirely and start over.

  • I hope this means my Webstor will arrive before Friday. He's gonna look awesome with my other MOTUC villains.

    Can you just coil the string and toss it over an arm?

  • Of all the villains they've produced so far, Webstor is probably the least visually appealing. At first I was very taken by his indigo skin, but combined with his even darker armor and loincloth, he just looks somber.

    I am disappointed in how rubbery the shaft of his grappling hook is. It's bordering on the consistancy of cooked spaghetti. And what, no pully action in the backpack? Boooo!

  • I like Webstor, but not having the action feature of the original or the amazing sculpt of 200X, combined with rip off price makes him a pass for me.

  • I can live without the action feature, its not really a selling point to me with these figures.

    Is Webstor packaged bare chested w/o his armor?

  • @Poe: Any place locally where I can get those? If not, I may have to order.

    (And yes, it feels weird knowing I live near you. I secretly fear running into you or yo go re at Target in Watertown in the toy section and silently judging each other before realizing where I recognize you from and yelling out your online handle in public.)

  • My first He man figure,because nobody wanted him and was shelf warming.Adding the legs like the 2002 staction just makes me want the staction.

  • @Jester: I'm thinking IKEA or Bed Bath & Bed Bath & Beyond or any sort of home goods store might have something similar. I just haven't really been looking.

  • @PrfktTear: thanks, i found them on amazon and i've got a prime account with them, so i'll probably do that.

    oh god, are you another bostonian too?

  • This is the first figure where I think the 200x design is better. I feel like the less humanoid characters should just look less humanoid. The head sculpt on this one is way less menacing. More goofy-lookin.

    This probably means that I will save some money on characters like Buzz-off and maybe Clawful and Whiplash.

  • @jestergoblin: Yeah–I hang out with PrfktTear (and Sped) once a month or so. You're welcome to join us for our Toy Geek Meet-ups…same goes for Paddy Fitz and anyone else in the Boston/Mass. area…

  • my 2 webstors came in the mail today. LOVE him!!!

    i actually like that the backpack is removable. i can use it as a spider drone.

  • Oh god, I love those shelves, and thanks for the link! I'm always searching for something to make a stair system for my toys, and I've been running out of my normal standby, VHS tapes. I know you posted it for another guy, but thanks anyway, Ghostal!

  • Like Flash III, Webstor was my favorite Heman figure under MossMan. Cornboy posted an interesting comment about being more enthused making this character than most of the other MOTU and I can totally understand where he’s coming from. Never realized he was collector of the original line… Thought he was older than that…

  • i was really disappointed in the jello-like consistancy of the plastic used for the grappling hook shaft (the actual hooks are made of the plastic that SHOULD have been used all the way around) and the gun. none of the previous motuc accessories have had this issue and i hpe this doesn’t become a trend.

    also, the lack of pulley feature for the climb pack hurts at this price point. really hurts…

    but i think the dumbest thing of all is… don’t you usually see spiders hanging upside down? shouldn’t the hook be aligned coming out of the bottom of the pack, rather than the top?

  • Hi, i had signe dup for the 2009 subscription service through Matty and still have not received confirmation that Webstor has shipped. I called the Customer Service and they advised the order was in “Submitted” mode but I have not received anything yet. Any ideas on how I should proceed next?

  • @Emerald: It was actually Eric Treadaway of the Four Horsemen who said that.

  • Glad I stopped collecting the line.
    MOTUC is a disgusting rip off and I am not lining Mattels pockets anymore.
    Mattel has got to be the worst toy company…any good line they kill with not shipping figures out etc etc….then they do make a good line of figures and they are only available online at near £30…no thanks.
    If Mattel bring backa MOTU line availabe at a decent price in the shops, I’ll get back on board but as is I am pretty much done….in fact I am going to be selling off the few I have.
    I hope that Hasro or any other company gets the rights to make Thundercats, and I hope that DC end their deal with Mattel soon and let DC Direct, Habro or Jakks make DC figures.
    DCUC are crap comared to Marvel Legends.
    I think WWE will regret their deal with Mattel.

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