Oh, boy, where do I start? Actually I should say that I'm becoming less and less impressed with the Masters of the Universe line every time I pick something up...and these two are just reinforcing that idea.
Let me just say that I AM QUITE TIRED OF ACTION FEATURES...on anything and everything. They are utter crap and I'm tired of being (basically) told how I should be playing with my figures.
I love the sculpts of the MOTU line...love the paint jobs, like the accessories. But anything good is taken away by stupid obtrusive buttons and (usually because of those action features) a lack of articulation.
Hell, the first line of MOTU figures in the 80's had more articulation. Example: He-Man back then had 6 (neck, waist, arms, legs) and our new He-Man only has 5 (I am not counting his waist because that's his action feature...you can't turn him at the waist, so it's not a point).
I am also tired of these things not being able to stand up. Especially Man At Arms and Trap Jaw. Their weapons are so freakin' huge and heavy that they'll fall right over unless you lean their upper bodies back. Which makes them look like they're trying to limbo. It's getting to the point of being ridiculous.
Okay, I mentioned one problem of Trap Jaw...his mechanical arm. You cannot have his laser weapon attached, or he'll fall over. The other two (the claw and hook) are okay, but you still have to lean him back slightly, which is just stupid.
I also do not like that his jaw cannot stay open. I understand that he's "Trap Jaw"...but I'm sure that he would be able to keep his mouth open if he wanted to.
Tri-Klops...meh. The sculpt is good, as always, the paint is groovy and I like his head gear (that's his whole point). But that dang button is just huge. Tri-Klops is quite limited in what poses I can put him in...as he is slightly pre-posed and his right hand is basically useless (fingers extended in some Force-push-like way).
I also finally got a Panthor (still no regular Battle Cat...I refuse to buy that Samurai crap)...and I actually do like him. I didn't like those huge honkin' rocket launchers on his back, but I took them off and now it doesn't look quite as bad. I also don't like its action feature: press a button on the back and the right arm comes up and the jaw opens. I don't like this because it won't stay that way and the arm doesn't come up nearly as much as it should (to look realistic, anyway....I would have eventually liked to pose Panthor against Battle Cat). And even if I found a way to keep the button down, Panthor will topple only standing on the three legs. But the primary reasons that I do like this toy are: his face and inside of the mouth (the thing just looks evil and angry)....and the velvet-like material (which I'm pretty sure was on the original version). I just have to be careful not to rub any of it off, because I know stuff like that comes off pretty easily.
Okay, there I vented. I really needed that. But it's just that I'm seeing toy company after toy company putting useless, limiting, obtrusive, ugly action features into toys and it's really making me start to wonder why I bother anymore. I really do like toys - that's why I buy them - but I can't keep buying stuff I don't like. I know that most toys are for kids, but I'm a big kid and I don't like the stuff. Hell, I have heard that...get this...most regular kids don't like the action features themselves...so what's the point? That is what I want to ask some toy companies. Someone please tell me! And don't say it's for added play value...because it's not!
Thanks for listening to my barking...