Masters of the Universe Classics Rewinds: Buzz-Off
I know I’ve said it already with some of the figures I looked back at, but I LOVED Buzz-Off when I was a child. He was one of my favourite heroic warriors and he’d always be a part of the group of figures I was playing with. I mean, he’s a buffed-out bee! How could you not like a figure like that?
Buzz-Off was the final figure released in 2010. He was released on December 15th and lasted about 6 hours before he sold out initially. This figure finished off the 2010 MOTUC line for the year.
The packaging is the standard fare we were already used to. The bio on the back gives us another one of the most humourous “real” names of a character. While I do appreciate them trying to convey a language of a certain species/group on Eternia, it really comes off as nothing more than a joke.
As for the story in the bio, it’s interesting to me to think of Buzz-Off and his people neutral, like Zodac or Zodak, but annoyed enough by Skeletor to finally team up with He-Man and the heroic warriors. I think I would have preferred something a tad stronger.
Oh, the Classics version of this figure kicks so much ass. Yeah, he have a bunch of reused parts from Whiplash, but with the new colours, the pincers, techo-wings, and the iconic head/helmet, this figure just f’n rocks!
While those aspects of the figure were cool, the black and yellow colour scheme really stand on and you’d never really know at first that the body was originally used on Whiplash.
Speaking of that iconic head, below are pics of Buzz-Off with and without his helmet. I think it’s a helmet as I can never remember. It seems without it he almost looks blind or like he’s squinting, but with the headpiece on, he has compound eyes and enlarged antennae. If that’s the case, why wouldn’t he permanently have this on or why would the figure be designed to not have it on? Perhaps I just don’t know enough about the character.
On the back of the figure, you have the translucent robotic/techo wings that are articulated so you can move them up and down and pull them back (see the last picture in the review for an example). I love the detail in the wings and I wasn’t expecting such a high-end computerized look. It’s done so well.
In the pictures in this review, you can also see some additional stingers or arthropod legs that are on the back that are also articulated. Those little extra touches were the things I really loved/love about the line.
For his accessories, Buzz-Off comes with his axe that his vintage counterpart came with as well as an update to the 200X axe accessory. I really like the stinger on top of the weapon. His pincers hold both weapons very well.
Posing Buzz-Off almost seven years after getting him was no problem. He’s a figure that has held up very well in terms of his joints holding (as he was shipped to me without any loose joints or concerns).
Buzz-Off was an excellent vintage figure with his vibrant yellow and black colour scheme and he was exciting to get in the Classics line because the majority of this figure featured sculpting that was only on Whiplash so far. As you can see, the arms and legs featured some “rippling” sculpting, where the torso had the sculpted in segments. Add the new head sculpt, Buzz-Off’s helmet, pincers, and wings, and you have a lot of new stuff with this guy.