I’m a bit delayed on this, but I wanted to talk about the recent offering from Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line: RIO BLAST!!IMG_7068 IMG_7069

Character choice: Rio Blast seems to be a polarizing character among He-Fans and She-Ravers.  Some love him, some absolutey despise him,  There doesn’t seem to be a lot of “in the middle” with him.  Regardless, he is a character that had a vintage figure, so you knew that he would definitely be made into a classics figure.

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What about sculpts? I’m all over the map with the sculpt.  There are parts I love and parts that drive me crazy.  I am not a huge fan of the head sculpt.  Sure he’s a space cowboy, but they didn’t have to make him look like space cowboy from the village people. I’m also not a huge fan of his vest…or his back gun.  I guess I really only like the finer details.  I like the hand sculpt, the boot sculpt and the chaps.
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Paint apps: The paint scheme on Rio Blast is pretty simple.  But they did do a nice job.  The hair is very realistic.  The one downfall is that his big back gun is just molded plastic. There is no paint detail on it.  That’s disappointing.
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articulation: The articulation is OK on this figure.  As you can see in the photos, his shoulders have limited movement.  His arms only raise up to 180 degrees.  He’s also missing the ab crunch.  His head swivels side to side, but not 360.  His legs have quite a bit of movement: ankle, he can almost do the splits, knee bends back, etc.  Very limber on his leg movements.  Thus the overall OK.
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Playability: The playability level of this figure, on a scale of 1-10, is a meh.  You can pose him in a lot of positions, but putting him in weapons mode is kind of a tedious task.  The parts are difficult to add and don’t stay really well.  This sucks a lot of the fun of the toy out.  Some of the classics figures are fun to play with, some look good on the shelf, and some are both.  This figure falls into the shelf category.
IMG_7078 IMG_7079All in all, this figure doesn’t get the highest grade in the MOTUC line.  It was a “must make” figure to complete the vintage line, but it left a lot to be desired.  I’m not sad that I own the figure, but I think the 4 Horsemen could have done so much more.  The potential was left on the table.

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