Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Suntan torso issue on Triklops

This Triklops I just bought of eBay was pretty good in most respects. What wasn't clear in the auction, and not mentioned by the seller, was that his body is amuch darker colour than the paint of his face. It's hard to photograph (ie my mistake in buying it), but in daylight his torso looks greyish brown, when his face an right arm are normal flesh colour.


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The many hair colours of He-man

Collecting He-man and the Masters of the Universe is a strange hobby and a dangerous obsession. Once you've got yourself a nice he-man without: loose legs, chewed hands, chipped paint, torso yellowing or leg-rubber-crotch-rot syndrome, you then start to fixate on variations. With he-man, it's all about the bowl haircut.

Here's a quick guide to the many hair colours of He-man

Honey Blonde
This more golden yellow variation may have come from the later released Battlecat and He-man gift pack, or perhaps it was used on the second run He-man with the "Original" on the pack.

Dishwater Blonde
I think this is the proper, original He-man hair colour.

Bleach Blonde
This He-man came from France and has a very poorly painted head. The rotocast plastic used on this figure's head is also more translucent and less realistic (yes, I talk about He-man in terms of realism).

Savage Brunette
Does this guy really exist? Did fans make him up? This one is the mythical "Wonderbread" He-man, named after a supposed figure giveaway. It's never been definitively identified. This particular example is one I made.

Evil Ginger
OK, so it's not He-man, it's the evil robot Faker. But he could also be seen as He-man on a cold day with a bad dye job.