Masters of the Universe Classics
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Sy-Klone is yet another Masters of the Universe action figure that I remember very vividly from my childhood. When I had him though, I had no idea that he was one of He-Man’s friends. I got my Sy-Klone from one of many Saturday morning garage sale trips with my parents. While he was far from the best Saturday score, that honor goes to the GIGANTIC Star Wars collection my Dad picked up all at once, Sy-Klone won a special place for being an action figure that could actively send other toys flying thanks to his action feature.
When I watched the 2002 MOTU cartoon for the first time I had a bit of a revelation, it wasn’t until then that I knew for sure where Sy-Klone had some from. Unfortunately for Sy-Klone he had to share episodes with one of the dumbest things in the MYP Cartoon, namely the Samurai Armor. Ignoring that fairly ridiculous plot thread leaves behind a pretty interesting character, a lonely, noble being who’s failed his goal in life and now feels pointless.
So now we’ve got a MOTUC version of Sy-Klone, this character that never was much more to me than a spinning pair of fists to launch my sister’s toys across the room, but he’s without his action feature, the one thing I used to know and love. Can this one note character overcome the loss of his defining element? Click inside and find out!
I don’t have much of anything to say about the actual packaging for Sy-Klone, it’s the same well done and iconic card that we’ve come to expect from the Masters of the Universe Classics figures and that’s that. His bio is almost entirely pulled from his appearances in the MYP Cartoon and then extrapolated from that, reinforcing his lack of characterization in the vintage universe.
As you can see from the pictures, Sy-Klone has a fairly smooth sculpt that’s absent any really subtle details. Because of this he doesn’t come off nearly as interesting in pictures as most MOTUC figures tend to. In person, though, the bright colors and stripped down design give him a look that’s decidedly MOTU but unlike any other figure we’ve had access to so far.
Sy’Klone has a very passive, almost sad look to his face that falls in line with what was said on his bio. This is a guy who’s lost all of his people to time, a hero who lost a very powerful weapon to the bad guys! We don’t often get a good guy with so many things to be sad about and Sy-Klone’s face sculpt is that of someone determined not to repeat his mistakes. It’s also an all new piece, though it does resemble the he-man sculpt quite a bit.
Despite the simplicity of the overall design there are several other all new parts on Sy-Klone and it’s not until you really look at him closely that you realize how involved some of him really is. The red rings all over him are sculpted nicely and they give his arms a nice depth. The fins on Sy-Klone’s biceps are made of a soft plastic and are also welcome additions, they make me almost believe that this guy could spin around enough to be effective in a fight. Almost.
The chest piece hold his fancy shmancy lenticular radar dish, one of the cooler (and sillier) parts of the vintage toy. I firmly believe that there was a guy at Mattel in the 80’s who’s only job was to find crazy one-shot gimmicks to slap onto MOTU figures and boy to I love it. MOTUC Sy-Klone even has a lot more movement on his sweeping radar display that the vintage toy did, a nice touch! The chest also houses the backpack he uses to hold his huge red disc weapon thing. There’s a techy feel to the piece and even though the rest of him doesn’t have the circuitry it still works for me.
On the negative side, there’s something just a bit off to the way his shoulders connect to the chest, I can’t quite put my finger on it but the height they sit at may be what’s throwing me. Overall though, Sy-Klone’s looks make me happy. From his samurai inspired helm to his blue-booted feet.
The paint on my Sy-Klone has some minor problems, mostly associated with the red parts painted over the yellow plastic. There are several small flecks of red in various places like the forearm, top of the helmet and around the yellow parts of the legs. It’s a little annoying to me but the flecks aren’t noticeable in the least unless you’re looking very closely at the figure.
Sy-Klone shares the same articulation as the rest of the MOTUC figures to date. Of special note is the new loincloth style piece that allows almost fully unhindered movement from his hip joints. He’s one of the first MOTUC figures I’ve owned that can actually sit down without looking completely awkward.
The joint on Sy-Klone’s right shoulder is a little over tight and his head feels ever so slightly loose but that’s being extremely nitpicky.. Every other joint moves smoothly and his biceps aren’t affected by the fins on them in the least. I don’t think I could’ve been happier with Sy-Klone’s posability.
Sy-Klone comes packaged with a small gold shield and a HAYOOGE red ring o’ death. The shield is an update of one he came with as a vintage toy while the RRoD is a reference to his 2002 toy but neither weapon is mentioned in the bio. While the use for the shield is obvious, it’s been left up to us as the customer to decide a purpose for the giant red hula hoop.
I don’t have strong feelings in either direction about the smaller shield, it looks alright on him and clips snugly to his wrist, though it’s always been strange to me to see someone wearing a shield with no other weapon. Does anyone really ever fight with JUST a shield by choice?
The big red hoop looks cool in a lot of poses whether he’s holding it or it’s clipped onto his backpack. I’ve heard some think of it as a bladed weapon or something akin to Captain America’s Shield and those are both great ideas but the bottom line is it’s an awkward piece all around. There’s no good way for him to hold it without something seeming out of place and though it’s possible to get some very neat poses out of this is accessory (which I think I’ve done) I wish it’d been clearer what the designers were aiming for I could better tell if they hit their mark.
As always, $20 + shipping can feel like a lot for an action figure, especially with the time it takes for Matty and Digital River to get them from the warehouse to the doorstep. Nothing has changed since last month with regards to pricing and neither has my attitude, I’m comfortable with paying this price for the MOTUC figures and while I’d love to avoid spending so much on shipping I’m resigned to it.
Sy-Klone is a well made figure, sturdy and beefy. I’ve paid a lot more for action figures that didn’t feel nearly as solid as he does, figures such as Revoltechs who’s cost was also inflated by shipping. While Sy-Klone isn’t quite in the same style of figure as the Revoltechs I own he still compares favorably in the value department.
Sy-Klone manages to be more than just a bright blue and yellow doofus with a red hula hoop. As usual the designers have taken a figure that was little more that a glorified action feature and fleshed him out into a unique and interesting action figure. Sy-Klone is another figure that did not get me all hot and bothered when he was revealed but, once he arrived, turned out to be overwhelmingly fun.
I don’t think Sy-Klone ranks among the core Masters of the Universe characters so he’s probably not on anyone’s “must own” list. As far as representations of Sy-Klone go he’s tops, I love the blend of the vibrant colors with his solemn looking face. I love the update on the lenticular sticker and I love that I can still accidentally watch it change for entirely too long. Sy-Klone’s a really neat toy and, as usual, one that’s worth picking up for any collector of Masters of the Univer Classics.