Masters of the Universe Classics Collector’s Choice: Darius

IMG_4806The MOTUC Collectors Choice continues with the third figure in the line: Darius. Why is he so important and why is he included in a line with such few slots? Let’s take a look!

Darius is the leader of the Galactic Protectors in the New Adventures of He-Man lore. We’ve had the leader of the Space Mutants, Flogg in figure form in the vintage New Adventures line AND in MOTUC, but Darius never got his spot in either, until now. Just like Skeletor is to He-Man, Flogg is to Darius.

Darius arrived in the line as the May figure, but was delayed until the end of the month. Add the delay to the slow shipping to Canada and that’s why I’m reviewing him so late compared to others (and I still haven’t received my Club Grayskull Skeletor yet!).

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Darius comes in the regular MOTUC/Collector’s Choice packaging so he blends in for MOC collectors. Once again, there’s no bio on the back anymore. I’ve said it before that this is unfortunate as some of the most obscure characters, or those getting put into plastic for the first time benefit from them. I know people who collect these know who these characters are, but people who come over to my house have asked who certain characters are and read the bios for some clarity before I discuss the character with them.

Darius has the same body and articulation as the majority of the figures in the MOTUC line. He comes with removeable armour that is similar to Dare’s but with another new piece added to it. The whole look of the figure and the armour, from the helmet all the way down to his boots, has that futuristic/technical look to it. I think it’s great that the cape is removable so you can have Darius pilot a vehicle or just choose to pose him in his cool armour.

The head sculpt is really well done.  I like the textures sculpted in his facial hair as well as the details in his skin wrinkles. He comes off as he’s just serious to getting down to business. The one thing I don’t like are his lips. They blend into his skin tone and they look a little too large – like fish lips!

It’s great that Mattel and the Four Horsemen gave fans the option of being able to pose Darius with and without his helmet on. The helmet piece isn’t overly large and doesn’t look at all out of place on a standard MOUTC sized head.

It’s great that Mattel and the Four Horsemen gave fans the option of being able to pose Darius with and without his helmet on. The helmet piece isn’t overly large and doesn’t look at all out of place on a standard MOUTC sized head.

Darious comes with two other accessories besides his helmet: a futuristic mace thing and a shield. Both are well made, but the one thing that really lowers my score and enjoyment of them as they’re just cast in a single colour. I know that adding colour takes out of the overall figure cost, but I’d pay an extra buck a figure if we had some paint on these damn things.

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Posing Darius makes me really connect to the figure being a leader and a commander, not but not really a soldier. I think that’s because of the limp mace weapon that lacks any depth or colour.

I wasn’t expecting too much from Darius. I understand his importance in the Masters of the Universe lore, especially in New Adventures, but seeing how I’ve still never gotten through a whole cartoon or really dug the whole mythos around it, I’m warming to it. I’ve been a fan of most of the Space Mutants, so it’s nice to see those fans who really love New Adventures get figures to round out their Galactic Protectors faction. Hell, I’m just happy we’re getting more Masters of the Universe figures – and ones that have never been put into action figure form at that.

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