Zodac (Zodak) vintage figure review thread
One of the better recent responses last week when we looked at <a href="http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?p=1884186">Gwildor</a> - maybe the unpopular characters generate as much discussion as the popular ones!
Anyway, this week, lets head back towards the beginning of the line, and discuss one of the most debated characters - is he good, is he evil, or what? It's ZODAC.
Zodac (to use his original spelling) was one of the characters released as the second half of the first wave of figures.
The back of box run-down listed him as an Evil Warrior, but none of the accompanying mini-comics even featured the character, leaving fans curious about him and his strange 'cosmic enforcer' tag.
When the Filmation cartoon came along, on the very few occasions that he appeared, he was presented as a 'neutral' watcher, neither on the side of good nor evil, but generally on the side of good, warning the <a href="http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=148139">Sorceress</a> of some impending danger.
The figure itself seemed to be Evil orientated - it had the 'clawed' Evil Warriors arms and feet. But as the character appeared in so little material, it was still unclear.
As I mentioned in another thread recently, I personally made up my own back-story that Zodac was a neutral watcher, but Skeletor had used his black magic on him to turn him evil.
It was also unusual at that stage for the figure to come with a laser pistol, at the time when most characters had swords and shields and suchlike.
The figure had a red colour scheme with white accents, and the armor and pistol also come in black versions with the Weapons Pak. (<a href="http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=146524">Kobra Khan</a> later had a orange version of the gun).
Some fans who play along with the 'evil Zodac' concept use this black armor to signify changes in side.
The figure's card and other early media spelt the name 'Zodac', but on the character's few later appearances, it was 'Zodak'.
Anyway, other than a couple of sparse Filmation appearances, Zodac was one of the least used characters in the franchise.
One of his only notable appearances was in one of the UK Ladybird books, 'He-Man and the Astroid of Doom', which, despite being one of the later books, featured Zodac as an Evil Warrior.
For the 200x revamp, the Four Horsemen originally designed Zodak (note the spelling) to look much more alien and unworldly. However, they eventually reverted to making him more human, as well as black, to give the line some ethnic diversity.
The final figure kept the original's red armor colour scheme, but replaced the white with silver. The new figure also had a removable helmet (revealing bald head), and white markings over the body.
The accompanying Mike Young Productions portrayed a noticeably different Zodak from the vintage series, showing him to be a wise old guardian, seemingly not intergalactic, but possessing some supernatural abilities. His brother had been murdered by the Snake Men centuries ago.
All-in-all, the original Zodac figure was an average one, with mostly standard parts and a standard twist-waist action. So I'll give him an average 7 out of 10.
Did you play with Zodac as a kid?
Just wondering if you played with Zodac.
Due to his weird role across the classic MOTU verse he wasn't a very playable character.
He started up as a bad guy then as a good guy and then he turned neutral and mystic.
Speaking with my friends about this we noticed that nobody actually used him as a warrior. Filmation's influence was very strong. So I wanted to check with the org to see how many played with Zodac.
As a kid I found it very hard to play with him. I used him like how he was portrayed by Filmation. So I never used him in battles unless I wanted him to be captured.
He was the guy that nobody knew what to do with him. :zoshifty: