Masters of the Universe Classics Rewind – Shadow Beast
Masters of the Universe Classics released oversized beasts and figures in 2010 and they weren’t wasting any time getting to the next one in 2011. In February, fans were treated to the first representation of the Shadow Beast in toy form.
The Shadow Beasts first showed up in the Filmation He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon episode, “Teela’s Quest.” They also showed back up in the MYP Masters of the Universe cartoon in the mid 2000s.
The box for the Shadow Beast is the same as the one Gygor came in the year before. It’s very large and protected the figure well. The bio on the back explain how they were created by Count Marzo, were banished, and then eventually came under the control of Beast Man to serve Skeletor.
The Shadow Beast is approximately the same size as Gygor, minus the horn. The figure has limited articulation and I would have thought they would have added some more after fans were asking if it was possible after the rotocast Tytus figure and Gygor. Mind you, Gygor and The Shadow Beast share the same bodies, so to add more articulation would have cost them more in tooling the figure as they probably would have had to create a new body. I’m wondering if they could have added articulation to the wrists and ankles, though.
The face sculpt is really good on this guy. The red eyes in combination along with the grimacing expression with its teeth showing really portray this figure as a fierce beast you don’t want to mess with. The horn is a nice accent and the glossy black is a good contrast to the face.
Although the Shadow Beast and Gygor share the same bodies, the hands and the feet of the Shadow Beast are different. Like I said before, I’m wondering if they could have added some wrist articulation to these areas if they were brand new sculpts/pieces for the figure.
The only accessory the Shadow Beast comes with is a large (plastic) wooden club that has spikes in it. The size of this thing is massive and when you think about the scale of the regular figures in the line, it would sure hurt to be hit with it if the proportions were transferred to real life. The weapon is so big it is sometimes difficult for the Shadow Beast to hold the weapon in certain poses without falling it over.
When you get the Shadow Beast balanced well with the club in his hand, you can get some great poses with him. I love the look of the beast appearing to fight in the darkness of night.
In retrospect, it would have been nice to get two of these guys to have loose on my shelf as I liked the figure more than I thought I would. I was so-so on the oversized figures up to this point (except Battle Cat), but this one made me more excited to see what they would come up with next in the line.