Review > Weapons Pak (Masters of the Universe Classics)

This won’t be my standard review, for obvious reasons. Mostly just pics and some discussion. I’ll go through and talk about each new weapon or weapon set, and you can check out the accompanying pics.

I didn’t take photos of every weapon/accessory with a figure, mostly because I found about half the contents of the pack uninteresting, but I did take a photo of the remaining accessories at the end.

Tri-Klops “Original Art” Sword: This is my favorite item from the Weapons Pak. While Tri-Klops‘ green sword is iconic, I really like the way the gold-hilted, silver-bladed weapon looks. The colors are based on the original cross-sell art, but a large part of that appeal comes from my love of the original “Terror of Tr-Klops” mini-comic, where Trike is shown to be a major badass.

Gray Lochaber Axe: While I appreciate the fact that Mattel matches weapons and accessories in the same molded colors as the originals, I much prefer Scareglow with his realistically-colored Lochaber axe. It makes him go from a bit goofy to rather sinister.

Brown Beast Man Armor: A homage to the original 1980s Weapons Pak. As I see it, there are two decent uses for this armor. The color scheme is pretty decent for Moss Man, particularly if you want to use the vintage head (which otherwise sits on the body kind of oddly, since it was designed to work with the armor and make it appear like Beast Man is hunching over). However, I’m not sure I can recommend that–the bicep armor is a bitch to get on and you’re pretty much guaranteed to tear some of the flocking off.

Alternatively, you can put it on Wun-Dar (or any other He-Man figure) to make him look particularly barbaric. However, due to the aforementioned “hunching” issue, Wun-Dar’s head doesn’t have much range of motion.

Silver/Blue Pistol & Short Sword: These weapons originally came with Man-At-Arms. Here they’ve been given blue and pink highlights and are intended for Trap Jaw‘s pre-dejawification alter ego, Kronis. They’re a nice touch, though part of me wishes they’d just had black highlights so they weren’t so Kronis-specific. Since one of Wonder Bread He-Man’s traditional (if inaccurate) weapons is the Grayskull short sword, a black version would have looked great with Wun-Dar. Instead I have to try and track down an extra one from MAA.

Gray Rifle: Again, the rifle that came with Webstor was bright orange. This one’s just gray, which is a lot more normal-looking for a gun. Black would have been even better, but I think the idea here (along with the Lochaber axe) was to mimic the original Grayskull weapons, which were gray.

Silver Horde Crossbow: No, it’s not “white,” like that of the original Hordak. Frankly I think the silver is better than white–it’s a bright enough silver that it looks white without looking weird, because whoever heard of a white crossbow? On the other hand, whoever heard of an electric pink ray gun…

Blue He-Man Axe, Sword and Shield: Meant to evoke some of the original Weapons Pak items, these are nice, if a little boring. They do have a few different paint applications, which is appreciated. Good for Faker.

Red Beast Man Whip: It’s a whip. It’s red instead of black.

Red Stratos Armor: Hate how the carpet doesn’t match the drapes on Stratos? Now you can fix that. Why is this here? Are we going to get a Stratos with blue wings at some point, so we can make the vintage variant?

Techno Power Sword (Cartoon Colors): A more 2D-colored version of the techno Power Sword included with Man-At-Arms, with green highlights. I prefer the silver version, but this one is pretty cool too.

Silver Mace: Ugh. While this is meant as another homage to the original Weapons Pak, the sculpt of the mace was very specific to Moss Man, made to look as if it was made of wood. A silver version makes no sense at all.

Electric Pink Zodac Armor, Gun, and Staff: The original Weapons Pak had a black Zodac armor and gun, but since they used that on Wun-Dar, they decided to give us…an electric pink set. Why electric pink? Seriously? Three spots in this set were taken up by these fashion atrocities. Why not something more interesting–maybe silver, or white with a red “W,” or really anything other than electric pink.

I know there’s supposed to be a certain amount of nostalgic fun in this, but I’ve already tossed these things in the accessories box, never to be seen again (except maybe in an It Figures).

Overall: So you get a handful of great items, a few OK items, and a few really lame pieces. For me, the Tri-Klops sword, gray rifle and Lochaber axe, and Kronis weapons make the set worth it. The blue He-Man weapons are OK, though I’m not currently using them.

But while those items earn the set 1.5 ravens from me, there are many other problems:

  • Every single item is stamped with a very visible trademark. You can see it on the Scareglow pic above; it’s ugly and obtrusive. I suppose the reason they did it was to prevent easy bootlegging of the accessory pack (or to make sure collectors didn’t think genuine Weapons Pak items were bootlegs), but it’s very annoying.
  • The decent price of $12 was offset by the ridiculous shipping costs. I suspect the high shipping was due to the wide size of the packaging. This could have been fixed with a different shape for the set, or perhaps fewer weapons and a lower price for the set.
  • Mattel went out of their way to call this the “Ultimate Battle Ground Weapons Pak,” tying it in with a historical event in the MOTUC lore they’re building. And yet, the gigantic packaging had no bio at all! The Eternia poster gets a bio, but not this?

Mattel could have done a lot more with the Weapons Pak with just a few different choices. Many fans would have been happy just to get an extra regular Power Sword for Battle Armor He-Man or a purple “Skeletor” version of the He-Man axe. Instead, we get electric pink Zodac armor. Say I have no sense of humor if you want to, but overall this set is a disappointment.

11/2000

Comments now closed (26)

  • I would have loved one of these packs, but seeing that copyright stamp on each item kinda makes me happy I missed out. It is a cool mix of stuff, though, and I hope the reissue eliminates the copyright notice on each item.

  • Overall I'm fairly pleased with the Weapons Pak. I'll be honest, most will be thrown in the accessories bag and forgotten, but the few great items and the other okay ones make up for it. The only ones I really don't see much use for are the pink Zodac armor/weapons and the red Beastman whip. Though it might make for an interesting weapon for Stratos since he can't hold any of the others.

    Overall its a pretty cool set. My only real gripe is the visible trademarks.

  • this echoes a lot of how I feel about the pack. The Tri-Clps sword is really a stand out.

    I would have loved a plain power sword for B.A. He-Man…

  • It's either a trademark stamp or CHINA.The pink weapons and armor are atrociously "Barbie" pink they would totally match the dcuc/motuc two pack he-man and his odd colors.

  • Cool, quick look at the weapons pack. I might've picked it up, but I don't have enough of the MOTUC figures to get my "weapons-worth."

    I love seeing your optimal character assignment of each weapon too. Thanks for showing them off.

  • Agreed on the review.

    It also bugs me that Mattel keeps referring to the Zodak armor as "purple" when it's clearly a version of pink…and the way that they keep calling the brown beastman armor "yellow."

    I'm really disappointed that we didn't get true yellow BM armor, because I've seen the vintage BM with it and I think it looks cool.

  • This was my first pass in this line. Not really worth it for the 2-3 items that interested me.

  • Man…I kinda wanted to hunt this down, but those stamps are a major turn off.

    Plus…seeing the items with the characters I would have put them with makes me realize I actually like a lot of the original versions better.

    Does anyone know of any pictures of Faker holding the blue axe? At this point I'm torn between hunting this down or getting the Spymonkey Axe in orange.

  • Every single item is stamped with a very visible trademark. You can see it on the Scareglow pic above; it’s ugly and obtrusive.

    Agreed 100%. Fortunately, there is an easy fix for Scareglow's lochaber:

    1. Get some NON-ACETONE (repeat: NON-ACETONE) fingernail polish remover.

    2. Dip a good quality q-tip in it and CAREFULLY wipe over the tampo. Don't get any nail polish remover on the other paint apps. The tampo paint will probably smear and you'll think you are making matters worse, at first; just switch to a clean q-tip, dip it in the remover, and continue cleaning.

    3. Repeat until the white tampo paint is all gone.

  • @DeadManWalking: I had the same thought about not getting the yellow BM armor. The fact that it looks so great as-is on Wun-Dar makes up for that though.

    I LOL'd at Gay-Dar!!!!!!!!! Best stuff all week!

  • first thing i did w/ the extra zodac pistol was paint it red and make zodac a double pistol packing badass…

  • I wonder how many MOC collectors bought this set? Seems like that would be a weird decision. . .

  • I was at the final checkout screen on this. I could have had it, decided not to. Very glad I didn't.

  • I like the way those purple/pink accessories look on Faker too, although I prefer to call him Fun-Dar.:)

  • I was positively surprised how good the pink accessoires look on Faker. It's still too bright, though. They easily could've canned the armor and packed red weapons so Zodac and Zodak both had a gun & staff. I would've been more satisfied with that instead of getting this crap.

    I'm surprised about how good the Tri-Klops sword usually fares in reviews around the web. Even if I ignore the fact that the sculpt ressembles the original golden sword in no way at all, the paint job is just poor, kinda as if Mattel didn't have the money to use the same gold as in He-Ro's armor.

    The 200X sword would've worked if they didn't paint it that dull. Looks like they intentionally saved money on paint applications. Kinda the same with the silver crossbow which due to the lack of any paint apps doesn't even match Hordak's silver armor parts. And I'm still annoyed about Mattel insisting that it's white when it clearly is not.

    The red laserwhip better should've been spared until we actually got a MotUC Blade figure.

    Red jetpack – what a waste. They should've saved it for a Stratos bonus figure with blue wings, Beast Man feet, closed hand and Emerald Staff.

    Beast Man armor – Wun-Dar seems to be the only way to make this work well. Its colors neither match the yellow vintage version, nor Moss Man's brown loincloth & yellow belt.

    I've grown fond of the blue He-Man weapons, though I would've saved those for an Ice Armor figure.

    In the end, the set seems rather half-assed to me. I ordered it just because of the Kronis weapons and the Grayskull accessoires (hoping for a weaponsrack one day). And then Mattel still manages to ruin everything with a silver wooden mace and these trademark stamps!

    I hope the next pack will be better. There's still good candidates such as silver doomseekers or a repainted Whiplash spear for Randor.

  • On the other hand, whoever heard of an electric pink ray gun…

    Captain Cold, that's who. Quick question: the Eternia map has a bio? I haven't seen it on-line anywhere, is that because it's an exclusive and people can't show it or something?

  • You're right, they should've packaged the set differently to reduce shipping costs.

    1.5 Ravens is a pretty low rating, wanna trade your weapons pak set for a custom MOTUC Poe Ghostal fig?

  • I really got a kick out of the weapons pack items. I used the Beastman armor on a mix of MAA and Mossman..I think it works well..the colors also help maych the blue axe ..

  • @Grundy: A custom Poe is already in the works by Passion Designs…but you will have a chance to get a Weapons Pak courtesy of PGPoA.

  • The blue axe is the BOMB for Beastman… try it out, you'll love it! 😀

    I do like the pink stuff on Faker, or as I'd call him, Fak-Dar. 😛

    Glad I deflocked my Moss Man, because the brown Beastman armor looks really cool on him.

    But yeah, Beastman own's the blue axe now. 🙂

  • I'm using the Lochaber Axe and the Beast Man chest Armor on Battle Armor He-Man… (sans the Battle Armor of Course…) Now he is Pimp-Man… The most Powerful Pimp in the Universe… My bro says that I should swap the Lochaber Axe for the Zodak Staff…

    My Beast Man now has Dual Whips…

  • I have to agree with Poe's assessment. For everything I would want in this set, there's an equal number of pieces that I did not, so I pretty well passed.

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