Friday, December 11, 2020

Rant Review: Masters of the Universe Origins Scare Glow figure

Today we're looking at the final figure from wave two of Mattel's Masters of the Universe Origins line, and one of MOTU's most mysterious characters: Scare Glow! Judging by the chatter online, there is a sizeable presence of people collecting the Origins line who have no idea who this fella is. Coming at the tail end of the vintage line, Scare Glow had a very limited media presence, so this isn't very surprising. That said, he was a skeleton monster who glowed in the dark, so he was much beloved by people who were lucky enough to own one back in the day, and sought after by many who never saw one in person, like me. He also had the somewhat vague title of "Ghost of Skeletor," which led many to question his origins, which only enlarged his mystique. This, coupled with his relative rarity, led to him gathering a large following over the decades since the vintage line's demise. In recent years, this has seen him elevated nearly to A-list status when it comes to MOTU merchandise, as he now is among the first characters to be produced in most any MOTU venture. His spot on the roster of the upcoming Netflix series will surely raise his profile even further. Mix this together, toss in a pinch of Walmart's less than stellar handling of the line's distribution, and you have a big ol' steaming "Why the hell can't I find this figure anywhere??!?" pie. A mysterious villain, a fan favorite, a scalper's dream... But does the figure measure up to his hype? Read on...

Scare Glow's sculpt is no surprise to anyone familiar with how MOTU lines tend to work. As with every previous iteration, the figure is Skeletor from the neck down, topped off with a new head. The sculpting is quite good overall, following the line's general standard of recreating the vintage sculpts with slightly sharper detail. The head has some nice detailing that's slightly tough to see, given the type of plastic used, and the lack of anything beyond basic paint apps. The boots remain a standout on this body, sharply detailing what was only hinted at with the vintage figures that made use of the Skeletor legs. 

Paint is a bit of a sore spot with this figure. Aside from issues with the general design-- see the photo above for a look at the prototype, which many feel had torso and arm paint apps that were far better designed than those of the actual released figure-- there are multiple areas that have not been filled in completely. (See the photo below for examples.) It's shame, because the paint apps are nice and sharp otherwise, with the shapes of the "bones" clearly delineated without slop or overspray. Some of the bone designs are just weird.

Articulation is standard for the line, with swivel & hinge shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles, swivels at the waist and boot tops, and a ball-jointed head. It's a very nice articulation model that I continue to like quite a bit, and the easy part swapping is appreciated. 

Scare Glow has his usual accessories: His Scythe of Doom, so called despite it being a halberd, and his removeable cloak. The cloak is particularly nice, made of a soft, pliable plastic, with a sculpt that gives it the appearance of fabric. It would have been a very nice surprise for them to include the Grayskull reliquary that originated with the Classics figure, but as this is primarily a vintage-based line, I can understand its absence. The wave two minicomic is also included, and while I still feel the page count is too small, it is an improvement over the first one. 

Scare Glow is one cool figure, make no bones about it. He has definitely been overhyped, and over-scalped, to the point where the figure itself is being overshadowed in all the fuss. At its core, this is a cool toy, whether or not you knew who the hell he was when wave two was announced. The furor over his extremely messy release is sure to die down after Xmas, when the general shopping frenzy subsides. If nothing else, we have only twenty short days until this line will be carried by other retailers, and hopefully wave two will be well-stocked and plentiful. Just be patient, and don't lose your head over trying to get this cool toy. I have a feeling that most people who are paying through the nose for it will be sorely disappointed in a month or so, when they stock is more easily available, and the prices come tumbling down. In the meantime, just keep checking Walmart's website, and you may just luck out. this will likely be the final review for 2020, so until the new year, enjoy whatever holiday you happen to celebrate, happy hunting, and stay safe out there! 

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