Masters of the Universe Classics Commander Karg Action Figure Review
It’s finally come down to this: I’m staring my reviews of what’s likely to be the last four Masters of the Universe Classics figures. This week I’ll be looking at the William Stout collection from Super7, which are basically a wave of figures based off The Masters of the Universe movie from 1987. These were supposed to be released in 2019 and I had pre-ordered them at the beginning of 2019 but they were delayed over and over again. Thankfully I have ‘em all in hand.
If you’ve read or watched my stuff over the years, it should come as no surprise that, while a huge MOTU fan, I don’t like the movie. When I saw it as a kid, I was so let down because it was not my He-Man. I thought the movie was a major disappointment. You could swap out the He-Man and Skeletor characters for two differently named people and change a few of the other well known characters names like Evil-Lyn, Beast Man, Teela, and Man-At Arms, and it could be any piss-poor 80s sci-fi movie. The only redeeming qualities were the design and portrayal of Skeletor by Frank Langella, and the introduction of Blade and Saurod (although he was offed way too early). Why get the figures in this wave then if I don’t like the movie? I’m a completist and more MOTU figures is a good thing in my book.
Karg was also introduced in the film but he didn’t do too much for me. I still bought his first MOTUC figure and reviewed it here on my site (and channel). I thought the figure was pretty good and I was impressed with the work done on it, although there was one thing shown on the prototype that didn’t end up on the final figure. More on that later.
Fast forward to 2020 and we have another version of Karg with colours to reflect his appearance in the film. What hasn’t changed is the packaging. I’m fine with that because it matches my collection (haven’t seen it yet? Check out my vid – I have to update once the next Club Grayskull wave arrives). What I’m surprised about is how there’s not “William Stout Collection” printed on the packaging. I thought Super7 would have placed that somewhere.
The bio for this figure (and the other three I’ll be getting to this week) is a surprise. Although the figure is based off of the character’s look in the film, the bio doesn’t even touch the movie. I am more than fine with that. I love how the bio explains why Karg’s appearance is different from the first Classics figure to this one and how it expands on the lore of what happened after He-Man and Skeletor returned to Eternia after their galactic (aka New Adventures) battles.
Getting to the figure itself, there’s nothing new here that you haven’t already seen if you own the first Karg figure. It’s just the paint that has changed. All the articulation you’re used to with MOTUC figures is found on this figure and I love it still has wrist articulation like the first figure. Most of the articulation points are pretty solid but the right ankle is pretty loose compared to the rest of the figure’s other sections.
I was a fan of all the sculpting found on the armor with the first release and I think the paint used for this version really brings out small details on top part of the armor and the draped loin piece even more. The paint doesn’t make the tools hanging on the belt stand out as well as the silver did on the first figure, though. The paint is clean on the figure throughout except a spot on the underside of the ball joint for the right arm. The gold is completely gone. I show that in my video review that’s embedded at the end of this feature.
I mentioned earlier the first release prototype had something that wasn’t included on what was produced. The hook on Karg’s arm was supposed to look a specific way and Super7 shipped the figure with a hook that was like a pirate hook, or close to a Trap Jaw hook. I questioned the decision in my review and didn’t understand why they did that. Perhaps Super7 knew that this version was going to be coming out eventually and wanted to use the hook found on this figure for this version to help differentiate the two.
The first figure was created because it was based on Karg’s comic appearance and not the movie. I guess in the grand scheme of things, this all makes sense and people clamoring for this hook on the figure finally got it. Funny how it all works out in the end sometimes.
While the portrait is the same (and still excellent), I think I like this version even more due to the paint. I love the white hair and the wash on it really helps add to the lines of hair. The skin tone is even better on this figure and I love how the pupils are painted. It’s surprising what new paint can do!
The accessories that come with this figure are the same ones that came with the first release. I understand that because they are relevant for the character and those who passed on the first edition would want these accessories.
The blaster is the same colour as the first release. I really wish they added some extra paint on it somewhere just to add some variety and make it just a bit different than the one I already have.
The little hook/knife weapon (does it have an official name?) gets a different colour to match the figure’s paint scheme. It’s a cool little piece but I’ll probably never have Karg hold it on my shelf. Since I got the first release, he’s had the blaster in hand and this one will, too.
Here’s a pic of the first release of Karg with the new William Stout Collection one. Again, you can just see the paint is the only difference between the two figures besides the hook.
I know when this wave got announced, many were disappointed that we were getting another Karg figure instead of an Evil Lyn, Beast Man, Teela or Man-At-Arms. I suppose actor likeness rights were a huge factor and Super7 got away with releasing what they did with this wave because they were based on designs. I’m totally fine with Karg being released again with this colour scheme because I wanted this version more than the comic one and now I finally have one without having to resort to getting a piece custom painted. Again, while I’m not a fan of the film, this is a quality figure, and this will be my go-to Karg figure now. The paint really made all the difference, although I didn’t find the first release to be too shabby.
Stay tuned over the next three days for my reviews of Rebel Leader He-Man, Dark Despot Skeletor, and God Skeletor.
Enjoy the video review!