New MOTUC packaging reveals: TRU 2-packs, Shadow Beast, Weapons Pack #2

Where have I been, you ask? Busy! Working on getting more content up.

Anyway, in the meantime here are some cool pics of the new upcoming Weapons Pack, the Shadow Beast, and the new TRU 2-packs, all courtesy of member TokyoNever, who got them from “a Turkish contact” that he/she “met on YouTube.” Huh.

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Here’s the Shadow Beast bio:

Shadow Beast
Real name: Varies
Great ape-like beasts who live in tribes throughout the dark hemisphere. Shadow Beasts can only come out in the absence of light. Originally created by Count Marzo, as a weapon to use against his enemies, the beasts were driven back by Prince Keldor and Randor and forced to reside in the shadow of Mount Barathrum. There they developed a long standing hatred of both the Human and Gar race. Easily manipulated, the ever growing colony of Beasts was later controlled by Beast Man in the service of Skeletor to take down Eternos Palace. With their great strength and stealth-like appearance, Shadow Beasts are more than a match for most heroic warriors!

My thoughts:

  • I’m sure a lot of people are going to say, “What’s with the art on the 2-packs?” but I think they were going for a 1980s MOTU minicomic/Curt Swan vibe. Viewed from that perspective, I think the Aquaman/Stratos pack is fine, but there’s no excuse for that Mer-Man with the goofy sword and, oh yeah, he’s green. The whole point of the new figure is that he’s blue. They got the Stratos colors right. I’m still not sure if I’ll be getting either of these…I had hoped for a more teal Mer-Man, not a Faker-blue one.
  • Lots to say on the Shadow Beast bio, but we’ll get to that when the time comes.

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  • Nuts.

    So to FINALLY get that version of Aquaman I have to buy the blue sea-cat thing as well?

  • Oh, they just haaaaaaaaaaad to tie the damn shadowbeasts to Marzo. Now I have to keep the one I will get with the sub. Because, y'know, I have that big ol' mancrush on Marzo. Damn Mattel. Damn them to hell!

  • @Josh: That's a typo on Poe's part. Its spelled correctly in the package art.

    I'll be looking for both of these two packs for lots of reasons. Hawkman and Stratos are two of my favorite characters so that's a given. Aquaman and Mer-man I'll be getting so I can 1) finally get that version of Aquaman for my DCUC collection and 2) Mer-man will look nice with the gold armor from the 2nd weapons pack.

    As for the Shadow Beasts, I have a friend that has 2 subs but doesn't want the Shadow Beasts so I'll get his 2 plus my 1 and have a nice Shadow Beast army for Beast Man to lead.

  • @Scott: Haha, more like a "Poe copied and pasted from someone else's site and thus learned a lesson…again" typo, but whatever 🙂

  • I really like the 2-pack art! It looks cool!

    @Feng: Maybe you can find someone who would be interested in splitting the pack up with ya! A friend of asked me when they were first announced, he wants Aquaman and I'd take Mer-Man, but if he changes his mind I'll go in on one with ya!

    I'm not too concerned about Mer-Man's color, it looks a little washed out from the flash or light or whatever.

    I know Poe is going to wait to discuss the Shadow Beast bio, but I have a couple thoughts at first blush:

    Great ape-like beasts who live in tribes : Tribes? What is it with the BW and tribes? A group of apes is called a shrewdness, a group of gorillas is called a band. The word tribes normally denotes a civilized group… aren't these supposed to be beasts? I guess its semantics, but still, bothersome.

    Originally created by Count Marzo, as a weapon to use against his enemies: Whaaaaaatttt???? LAAAAMMMMEEEEE!!!!

    There they developed a long standing hatred of both the Human and Gar race.: Well, I guess they one-up the humans on their equal opportunity of hatred. But c'mon, aren't these supposed to be primitive, savage beasts? How can they develop hatred? Don't they just want to kill everything?

    …controlled by Beast Man in the service of Skeletor to take down Eternos Palace: Okay, this is cool… so at some point Skeletor is going to attack the Palace… and SUCCEED!!! Excellent!

  • Hey Poe, this is cool, but I am looking forward to your Gygor review. I know you must have gotten yours by now and have multiple fanboygasms since. Should I send you some cigs and a robe, man? 😉

  • I apparently need to find myself a Turkish contact on youtube, also. What would one even begin to search for?

    I'm liking the look of the 2nd weapons pack. Although a few of the items are a little too specific for reusue (Mer-Man's armor in a different shade doesn't really excite me) but I love the items like Randor's staff, Zoar's armor and perch, Faker's weapons, and the black Optikk weapons!

    Shadow Beast looks good. While he really feels pretty reused (only a new head and a club) he is a somewhat cool looking figure. Another accessory or so might have helped make me a little more excited about him. I like his club (I wouldn't mind using it for Tytus.) I like the idea of them as magically created creatures formed by Count Marzo. Marzo is a pretty powerful guy, apparently.

    I just can't get into either of those two-packs. The art looks cool, but the figures don't impress me. I'd maybe consider if the DCUC figures were any more recognizably different than the regular releases, but off the bat I can't notice a difference.

  • @PrfktTear:

    That's a great offer Tear, alas the way my finances are going at the moment I'd be hard pressed to split a bag of M&M's with someone.


    So I guess it's all rhetorical wittering for me in the end.

    As long as I can scrape some money together for a DCUC Jack Knight and the ThreeA Mongrol, I'll be a happy man.

  • @Barbecue17: Shadow Beast has new hands too. And yeah its total reuse city but the paint and new parts really make it look like a new figure.

  • @Barbeque17

    The shadowbeast also had new feet as well as hands.

    I want all that stuff. I'm going to be broke. Man I want that Shadowbeast. He looks even better than Gygor. I really wanted a darkblue or purple one like in the MYP cartoon, but the color it has is really starting to grow on me. I can't wait for that bad boy.

    I'm so-so on the weapons pack. I'll get at least one for the Zoar perch and the two-tone She-Ra sword.

    The two packs look awesome. I can't wait to get Merman. But why is he green on the package? Big mistake there. Stratos looks good too. I'm glad I didn't pick up an extra one now when they reissued him.

  • I'm inclined to believe someone will, if he hasn't already, reveal what mini comic or other old source provided the card art, because the quality of the illustrations is otherwise so poor that "inspired by" the classic look is a bad justification for those examples.

  • Yeah…I want all of this.

    Damn it.

    Ha…that bio just solved my problem as to who to pair the Shadow Beast with in my display. Looks like Marzo's got hisself a body guard.

  • Does Mer-Man have his extra head? Prepare to see that Stratos/Hawkman pack until the end of time.

    Hawkman wasn't the greatest seller on his own and neither was Stratos. There's little in that pack to appeal to anyone who already has these figures.

  • I guess I actually like the art. It has kind of a minicomic or even a silver age comic feel to it, which I like.

    I noticed that the Stratos art has his wrist bands in yello/gold, but on the figure they are blue. Thinking about it, the yellow wrist bands would have been a good paint app.

  • @Newt: Haha… Yeah, its sad but true. I hope most of the first two batches get bought up with the Christmas rush. Maybe some Dads who don't normally venture into TRU's will be out shopping, scope 'em out, and buy 'em up either for themselves or their kids.

    I need another Hawkman like I need a hole in my head, but I may end up succumbing to the temptation of that Stratos… with the delicious blue wings…

    @FakeEyes: If this was Facebook, I would totally *like* that! 😉

  • @Newt

    Unless I'm mistaken, Merman doesn't come with an extra head. The TRU two packs are barebones on accessories.

    I prefer the cardback head he's sporting in the two pack, but it's unfortunate for those that prefer the vintage one.

  • Man I want that orange axe and shield for Faker but none of those other weapons. :/

  • I take it back now that I've seen these cardback pics on a screen larger than my phone; that's some crappy intentionally nostalgic fluff there. Way to blow it Matty.

  • @Andrew:

    Really? Not even the perch for Zoar?

    Honestly, in the case of the Auqaman/Mer-Man set, I’m actually buying it for the DC figure for once. Had they done the other head for Mer-Man I would have wanted both since I display regular Mer-Man with the modern head.

    But yeah, that Aquaman has been missing from my shelf for years. I have the variant but I want him real bad.

    I didn’t think I’d want that Stratos, but seeing him in package I really really do.

  • that aquaman pack looks great!! hawkman is my 2nd favorite DC character, but i already have that toy and who needs two straoses? (stratii?) not me.

    i'm behind anyway. shadowbeast looks cool but i don't know if i have the room for him.

    poe, it's good to see some posts, i hope you're doing well.

  • Dangit Matty. I'm loving these two packs, but why does Aquaman have a left bicep for his right upper arm? It's also warped by the way its posed.

    Please get the QC under control and I'll buy these for sure.

  • I'm looking at those cardback pics on a much better screen now too, and I still think they look great! Way to go, Matty!

    I don't think anyone has mentioned it yet, but it appears to say that they're including a poster of some sorts? It says it on the bottom, but the words are cut off a bit.

    @Andrew: Not even the repainted Trap Jaw parts? I think the Faker axe and shield alone are worth the price of admission, but the Whiplash spear repainted gold for Randor and the Trap Jaw parts are money. Also looking forward to finally having a proper perch for Zoar!

  • @dean: When that Aquaman was released way back in DCUC 2, he had his biceps on the wrong arms. Looks like the two pack version is keeping that error.

    If you're buying that pack, look carefully; the first DCUC Aquaman I got had two of the same forearm, too. I guess the scales make it harder to tell what part goes where.

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  • @PrfktTear:

    I think you're reading too much into this part:

    …controlled by Beast Man in the service of Skeletor to take down Eternos Palace: Okay, this is cool… so at some point Skeletor is going to attack the Palace… and SUCCEED!!! Excellent! "

    Skeletor used all sorts of creatures that served him to take down Eternos Palace on the old series. It doesn't mean they were successful.

  • Light Blue Mer-Man repaint looks good. One of my favorites in the entire line continues to rock!

    Cool custom fodder for the customizers out there. We know they can stretch the imagine and have a clear mandate outside of "no 200X policies" ;D

    "no Kulatak for you!"

  • @Scott: That may be true, but the way I read to take down Eternos Palace. it reads as if they were successful in doing so. Plus, don't we know from other bios that the "Masters" end up getting ousted and She-Ra & Co. have to come help out? Maybe I'm getting my bios muddled though.