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    Mekaneck classic figure review

    Friday is finally here, hooray. And with it, comes another classic figure review.

    I am REALLY pleased with how well received these threads have been, and how many posts they are generating.

    This week's figure to discuss is MEKANECK.

    I never had a Mekaneck figure as a kid, but my best friend David did, so Mekaneck was involved in our battles quite a lot when we combined our collections to play.
    Just about everyone I knew who was into MOTU, agreed that the best way to use Mekaneck, was to hold him horizontally by his legs, and twist his torso, causing his neck to shoot out like a battering ram, knocking down any foes in his path.

    Mekaneck can be found with his common red armor, and occasionally with orange armor. I also have examples with varying depths of green on the belt. His club / periscope weapon can also be found in both bright yellow, and a deeper yellow.

    For many years, Mekaneck was incorrectly listed by many sources as a 2nd Wave figure, whereas in fact he was from the 3rd Wave. Evidence of this includes: his armor is clipped together, not straps, which was not introduced until the 3rd Wave; he was not billed in any of the mini-comics or on the back of the boxes until those of the 3rd Wave; and he didn't appear until the second season of the Filmation series.

    In the Filmation cartoon, he was presented in an okay-ish light (often paired with Buzz Off, introduced in the same wave), although his voice seemed to change with just about every episode he was in! He had quite a good spotlight episode, "Search For A Son" (only of the very few episodes that I had on video for some years), where he was given an origin story (his neck was injured in a terrible storm, and Man-At-Arms gave him a bionic one) - although in true MOTU style, he seemed to be known as Mekaneck even *before* his had his special neck; and had a son, Phillip, who had been held for years by Count Marzo, and, after being rescued, was never mentioned again!

    I never liked nor disliked Mekaneck particularly. He seemed like a good character, although was one of the first more 'gimmick' figures, with not so much actual character to him.

    Overall, I give Mekaneck an average 7 out of 10.

    Well, that's my random musings.
    Share your thoughts, comments, memories, how you used to play with him, how he could have been better... anything you like related to the character.
    Last edited by Spacedust; November 24, 2006 at 12:50pm.
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    "My memorys of mekaneck are that he had a powerfull head raming feature like you mentioned. and he could see off into far distances, "I used to use the head ramming feature against my brother and he didint like it he would say there allready a head ramming guy hes called Ramman. and "I would say well mekanecks one to, mekaneck seemed like a real bruiser to, on top of head butting you he had that giant club real threatning, "I use to have mekaneck have powerfull eye beams that could take out any foe. but could use this power only once a day. im haveing a real tough time rateing these guys exspeceily these early figs "I have so much childhood memorys of them all but ill say 8 and a half for mekaneck.

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    Chris here...

    I never had a Mekaneck figure as a kid - in fact, I actually got the 200X Mekaneck before I got the classic version! I really like him, although I think as a character he was made more credible by MYP's He-Man series, who portrayed him as feeling self-concious about his abilities and their usefulness (or at times lack of same). As far as the figure himself goes, I think my favourite element is how easy to use his action feature is - you just twist his waist to extend his neck, it's easy, difficult to break and is great fun to play with, which for me is always the acid test for a figure!

    Overall, I would probably give Mekaneck a 7 out of 10!

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    Quote Originally Posted by He-Fan View Post
    I really like him, although I think as a character he was made more credible by MYP's He-Man series, who portrayed him as feeling self-concious about his abilities and their usefulness (or at times lack of same).
    I quite liked how he was presented in the MYP version too, except his neck, which extended for miles and miles, and was a little too unrealistic for my liking. (Even though it is a cartoon!)

    As regards as to the 200x figure, I neither like it more or less than the original version. It was pretty much the same. It was a ****** to stand up, though!
    Last edited by Spacedust; November 25, 2006 at 11:39am.
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    I never bought a Mekaneck figure, but I did swap my friend, for his Mekaneck (with Mer-Man's armor) for a bundle of Beano comics!

    I did like Mekaneck as a kid, he did have playablity, and I agree I used his sideways as a 'battering-ram'. Now I have a complete Mek, and I do like him, he has a good colour scheme and I like his battle club.

    I like how the 4HM updated him whilst still retaining the classic feel of the character.

    Rating - 7/10
    Last edited by Orko's Magic Hat; November 25, 2006 at 11:27am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orko's Magic Hat View Post
    I never bought a Mekaneck figure, but I did swap my friend, for his Mekaneck (with Mer-Man's armor) for a bundle of Beano comics!
    That'll be Meraneck then

    I'm pleased to hear I wasn't the only one who used Mekaneck as a battering ram, just about everyone seems to have done it too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacedust View Post
    I quite liked how he was presented in the MYP version too, except his neck, which extended for miles and miles, and was a little too unrealistic for my liking. (Even though it is a cartoon!)
    For me too.

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    When you're a kid who does have Mekaneck, the ability to stretch your neck quickly becomes way more important than it needs to be. All of the sudden, Skeletor's minions seem to always be creeping up from behind some piece of furniture, haha. Average figure, 5 out of 10. Still love him though.

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