Spy Monkey Creations continues to create excellent accessories for use with 7″ action figures. While they could be used with any figure, it’s obvious they’re inspired by Masters of the Universe Classics.
I previously reviewed the Master Blade of the Empyrean and the Witching Axe of Ruination, as well as the Blade of the Demon King and its variants. The subject of this review is the Shield of Deliverance and its variants. Since I received samples of the product and SMC is now a sponsor, this won’t be a normal review with a raven rating–I’m just going highlight the product and allow you to decide for yourselves.
The basic design of the shields loosely resembles the riveted shield from the original 1980s Weapons Pak. Since that shield also came with Stinkor, we can assume we’ll see an official MOTUC version eventually. To distinguish their versions, SMC has added a “gem” to each shield.
There are five variants:
The Shield of Deliverance, Golden Royal Version: Inspired by King Randor, this is a golden shield with a smooth, dark blue gem. The Millennium-era Randor memorably bore a shield that was indirectly responsible for the creation of Keldor, so there’s a pleasant parallel in giving the 1980s Randor his own, 1980s-inspired shield. It fits perfectly with the style of Randor’s sword and shield, and is probably my favorite of the group.
Randor is one of my least-favorite MOTUC figures–I just find him rather dull–but this shield spruces him up a bit.
The Shield of Deliverance, Weapons Master Version: Man-At-Arms might like this one. The orange/yellow of MOTUC Duncan’s armor is tricky, yet SMC appears to have found the correct hue. It features a smooth green gem.
Given his status as a master of all arms, the shield makes for a natural accessory for MAA. And don’t forget about that upcoming MOTUC 2-pack–if it includes a Heroic Guard, you may want at least one of these to deck him out.
The Shield of Destruction, Blue Venom Version: A shield for a lord, you might say. A dark purple shield with a light blue gem, this time faceted to reflect the more chaotic nature of its bearer. The gem brings to mind the old Crystar toys.
As you can see, the shields look particularly good when matched up with the Blade of the Demon King. Since next month’s Keldor will only be coming with two half-swords (lame, Mattel), I plan to give him both these accessories to make him a bit more unique (assuming I get a Keldor).
The Shield of Destruction, Eye of Doom Version: This shield is appropriate for both Tri-Klops and Optikk, but I like it with Trike better. The color scheme better matches him, and since he uses a sword, a shield seems like a natural addition.
The Shield of Destruction, Doppelganger Version: If there’s any figure I like having alternate accessories for, it’s Faker–that orange sword just looks goofy. The gem in the Doppelganger shield resembles hot coals, and the red matches the jewel at the center of Faker’s chest armor.
Here’s a look at the back of the shield:
Like the previous accessories from SMC, each shield is made from strong, durable plastic, very similar to that of the actual MOTUC accessories.
One caveat: SMC contacted me to let me know there may be a problem with the gems coming loose. However, I haven’t had any problems with the gems, and any shields you order should have the problem corrected.
Like the previous accessories, each shield is $10 and is available from the Spy Monkey Creations webstore.
[Update] Added by request of americanhyena: