Figure: Stratos, Lord of Avion
Line: Masters of the Universe Classics
Mattel‘s new adult collector line Masters of the Universe Classics scores another hit! Thus far, we’ve had fabulous versions or He-Man, Beast Man, Skeletor and King Grayskull. Now joining their ranks is everyone’s favorite wingman, Stratos. These are great-looking figures, sculpted and produced as loving tributes to the originals, with just enough detail and added articulation to elevate and modernize the line. The Four Horsemen have struck just the right balance between design and playability. They’ve maintained the simplicity of the design that made these characters an international hit back in the day, yet have given them new details that reward the collectors who yearned to see He-Man hold aloft his sword or pose Stratos in a realistic flight position. Stratos comes with a removable jet pack, but his wings are not removable. I don’t foresee removing anyone’s armor except maybe He-Man’s (for those late night Grayskull hot tub parties), so that’s a minor quibble. Like the figures that came before him, the most successful aspect of Stratos is the nostalgia factor. That sort of familiarity and thrill in opening a new MOTU figure was missing from the 2002 line of MOTU toys, but this one manages to capture it beautifully. As for the queer factor, Stratos and his people have been outed as “simians,” according to the character bio on the back of the card. Which makes them flying monkeys. Like in The Wizard of Oz.
So, fly my pretties, fly!
On the FBOTU Scale of Fabulousness, I give Stratos 5 out of 5 bug-eyed smileys: