Masters of the Universe Classics Rewind: King Randor
ALL HAIL THE KING! Well, perhaps not, but the next figure I’m going to take a look back at in the Masters of the Universe Classics line is King Randor. He’s a figure that I never had as a kid (one of the few) and that never bothered me. I think my cousin had him, but even then I never played with him with so many other cool characters to choose from.
The King Randor that appeared in the Filmation cartoon and the vintage toy really didn’t look anything alike. I can’t remember for the life of me if King Randor wore armour like the vintage toy in any of the episodes, but I think some kids or adult collectors passed on the vintage toy because he was so different than what was in the cartoon.
Seeing how Masters of the Universe Classics was an homage to the vintage line, we knew our King Randor (at least the first one we’d get), would be a tribute to the vintage figure. King Randor came out on December 15, 2009 and sold out in about two and a half days.
As usual, the figure is packaged in the same box as the others had been during this year. In the bio we read about Randor’s relation with King Miro (who was featured in the 200X MYP cartoon), dealing with Count Marzo, and being betrayed by his half-brother, Keldor (who became Skeletor). Once again, props to Toyguru, Scott Neitlich, for blending many representations of the Masters of the Universe world.
As you can see from the vintage figure pic above, this King Randor is an updated version of that figure for sure. He’s on the same body/buck as the majority of the MOTUC figures, so naturally he has the same articulation as them.
The face sculpt is pretty good on the figure. Unfortunately, during the time (or a year before the figure came out), Burger King had a slew of commercials out with a creepy looking “Burger King Guy.” As soon as this figure came out, the head sculpt had people comparing him to the “Burger King Guy.” I can see a bit of comparison but it’s not like they were modeled after each other. If those commercials hadn’t come out, I think people would have been kinder to the head sculpt and to the reception of the figure.
I do like the serious look presented in the sculpt. He looks like he’s putting his foot down during a ruling or getting ready to kick some ass. The crown isn’t removable but it does have a shiny tone to it. And why would you want the King without his crown anyway?
The armour of the figure mimics the vintage figure by having a same colour scheme and design with the shoulder accent leading into the middle/lower half of the armour. I do really like the big gem that they put in the middle to add something new. The two large balls holding the cape in place (although the cape isn’t removable) looks realistic as well.
The accessories the figure came with are his Royal Staff and his Royal Sword. The Staff is a great idea because it’s something cool because you can visualize someone of royalty using it. I love the top of it as it mimics the emblem on his chest. The paint for both accessories is golden with some accents and blends the colour scheme found on the all over the figure. The sword has the same emblem featured on it and has some silver highlights. It’s almost like the royal crest is represented all around!
With not having this figure as a kid and with the “Burger King” similarities at the time, I wasn’t too impressed that in the first year of the line Mattel and the team behind MOTUC decided to have this figure come out. Yes, we had great surprises early on in the line and realized later that to keep interest in the line high, main characters and heavy hitters would have to be spread out. Looking back, I understand the decision.
I’ve grown to like the figure more as the years have passed so I’m not as disappointed at the figure as I used to be. I’m sure that if I wrote a review on the figure when it came out, the whole vibe of this write-up would be very different. There’s really nothing wrong with the figure: good sculpt, appropriate accessories, cool cape and some good contrast. The character himself just didn’t appeal to me, but was a necessity to get through the vintage line and have Prince Adam’s father in the line.