Just when I was feeling very indifferent about my Masters of the Universe Classics collecting habits the right figure comes about at exactly the right time! I was of course looking forward to him, but I didn’t realize how much fun he actually would be until he was here in my hands!
* Suggested music track for this review — Basshunter – Saturday
Masters of the Universe Classics – Modulok
Release Date: 02/17/2014 (Club Eternia – Quarterly Deluxe)
Price: $40.00 ($44.00 non sub)
Faction: Evil Beast of a Thousand Bodies
Gone is the window box we’ve used for every single “deluxe” sized figure in the line. Instead it has been replaced with a windowless box that has a yellow background and multiple artist renditions of Modulok configurations. This may urk some carded collectors, but there have been other non-window box releases like the Wind Raider, Granamyr, and Castle Grayskull. However it isn’t about the box, it’s about what’s in that box. The plastic tray inside is PACKED with Modulok parts. Everything the vintage version had is there except one part, the extra torso. We may lose a torso but what we gain is an entire collection of full articulated parts.
It does NOT come with instructions. I’m not quite sure why you would need instructions for this, but in case you do here goes:
“Peg goes into hole.” This is both how you play with Modulok and how you have sex. Two of life’s greatest mysteries solved in four words.
It’s worth mentioning that every part of him is fully articulated. Mattel is one of the best in the business at cost cutting, but like I mentioned in my Mantenna review they took the high road with the extra appendages. Hell, Modulok’s feet have better “rocker” ankles than most regular figures in the line. None of his parts are reused. I’m not exactly sure what characters could actually share parts with him, but he does give them the pieces for another slender body.
For the type that likes to build the possibilities are pretty endless. You have a whole bunch of parts with pegs and holes, so this is basically as close as MOTUC will get to the incredibly fun Glyos System. If you were lucky enough to grab a couple of Moduloks then you have even more options available. I had breakage concerns for a figure made entirely of parts you could pull out and reconnect, especially after my Game of Thrones experience. But I’m happy to say that so far all the parts have stayed strong through a lot of play. The only thing I did notice is some chipped paint from the ball joints, but pulling these things in and out constantly is going to eventually do that.
Since Modulok obviously has a lot of parts he is a more expensive figure than others. If you are a subscriber he will cost $40 with your monthly subscription, $44 without. So he’s about $15 more than a general Masters of the Universe Classics figure. Is he worth the extra price? Yeah, I think he is well worth it. Other figures like Ram Man were questionable when they got marked up, but Modulok is a solid value. Much like the Horde Troopers last year he also sold out in about two minutes when he went up for general sale. The only way to get him now is to hit up the Amazon or whatever your favorite online shop is. This guy is gone for now. It will be interesting to see if they hold some stock back for when Multi-Bot goes on sale next year, so people can make Megabeast (Modulok and Multi-Bot combined).
With this line having a lot of reuse it has been a main-stay to be able to mix and match certain parts of the figures, most often the heads. Modulok takes this to a whole other level. I have two subscriptions and I didn’t even hesitate to open my second one the moment that package got to my house. Poor Glimmer is still sitting in her brown mailer boxes while I have Modulok parts all over my desk. January was supposed to be the month all my MOTUC dreams came true with Two-Bad, but that didn’t happen. It took this guy to really kickstart my excitement for the rest of the Classics year. I shit on Mattel a lot. But when they want to put the effort in they really can make something great like Modulok. He joins Fisto and Whiplash as one of my favorite MOTUC figures.
* – Special thanks to @FakeEyes22 on Twitter for inspiring this one …
I took a ton of pictures of Modulok since there are so many ways to transform him. Check out the gallery below for some additional pictures of the big guy!