Masters of the Universe Classics Rewind: Battle Cat
Released in the same month as Trap Jaw, Battle Cat was the line’s first large item and beast. Although we had a full year’s worth of figures the year before, I think when Battle Cat was announced and shown (and especially when I got it in hand), I knew the line meant serious business more than ever.
Not only was it a treat to get so many new and vintage characters in the Classics line, but now we were getting the well-known beasts. He went up for sale on February 16, 2010 and lasted about half an hour before the first run sold out (he returned later on due to demand).
In the vintage line, Battle Cat came packaged by himself, the classic He-Man and later on with Battle Armor He-Man. For MOTUC, he just arrived solo.
The packaging for Battle Cat foreshadowed how in scale the figure would be as this was the first time we had seen a package this size for the line – it is large. It follows the same design as the regular figures where we get a clear view of the figure in the package – posed similarly to the vintage counterpart. On the back, it showed the figures in the line and Battle Cat even came with his own bio!
The bio is a little surprising as it reveals that Cringer was rescued by Prince Adam and became his life long companion. Kind of like a Wookie-debt! The bio also seems to allude that Cringer isn’t as cowardly as he was portrayed in the Filmation cartoon and I’m OK with that.
Taking the figure out of the package made my heart skip a beat and my jaw drop. I knew that the line was going to have figures in the scale to the best of their ability and they sure as hell delivered with the size of Battle Cat. When you see the pictures below with He-Man, you’ll know what I mean when I say they nailed the scale.
The sculpt of the helmet is pretty on point with the vintage one but with more detailing, of course. The different shades of red and the gold highlights give the helmet dynamics.
Underneath the helmet, we get a ferocious looking Cringer/Battle Cat, which pays homage to the snarling look of its vintage counterpart. The eyes mean business and thewrinkled forehead accentuates his attitude. As a bonus, the Four Horsemen added an articulated jaw, which the vintage toy didn’t have. When you get little surprises like that with a figure, it makes it even better, just like the detailing on his paws.
The body armour totally mimics the vintage toy in colour and design. The armour also features a sword holster for He-Man, although I’m sure He-Man would have had it on his back in the sword holder or in his hand and not on the side of Battle Cat, but I digress.
The armour is removable and underneath it the body of Battle Cat is smooth on top, but has sculpting of hair on the legs and on the underbelly. The unfortunate thing for anyone expecting this toy to look like Cringer (Battle Cat’s regular persona) is that it didn’t. It just looked like a Battle Cat whose armour was in for repair. That’s OK because we got a Cringer later on in the line (who I’ll get to eventually).
One thing I was disappointed with was how loose the leg joints were when I first got the figure. It made him hard to pose properly. He stays pretty static on my shelf, but when taking pictures for this blurb, it really reminded me about how he suffers from this.
Battle Cat looks great with his bud, He-Man, along for the ride! They’re here to kick ass and chew Eternian gum!
He-Man’s trusty friend and ally in battle turned out really well and left me anticipating Panthor (Skeletor’s version of Battle Cat) and other large beasts. Aside from loose joints, I was pretty happy with my purchase and I keep him on my shelf in a fierce pose at all times.