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    Man-E-Faces classic figure review thread

    Here we go with another classic figure review thread.

    This week it is the turn of MAN-E-FACES.

    Man-E-Faces was the third figure I got when I was a kid. I had He-Man and Skeletor, and couldn't decide whether to buy a Heroic Warrior or an Evil Warrior (I was very fair minded like that). When I saw Man-E, my dilemma was solved, as he was both.

    In his normal persona, Man-E was a mild mannered actor. Then, when under a spell from Skeletor, he was a savage monster. Then he would become trapped between the two guises and take the form of a robot, who would take commands from whoever ordered him first.

    Man-E-Faces was a good looking figure. One of his few drawbacks was that, especially with his encased head, he was a little top heavy. My Man-E had wobbly legs, even when brand new, which made standing him up even harder.

    I loved Man-E-Faces' mini-comic, "The Ordeal of Man-E-Faces!", telling the story of how Skeletor used a potion to get Man-E under his command. It had such a swords & sorcery mixed with Medieval feel, one of the main reasons I love the line so much. I would probably rank it as one of the best mini-comics.

    In the Filmation cartoon series, Man-E-Faces is well known for being very little used. In fact, he only ever appeared twice, in the first season episode "The Mystery of Man-E-Faces" (which gave him a totally different origin story - more of that in a moment), and season two's classic "The Shadow of Skeletor" (which by pure coincidence, is this week's classic episode review thread - http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/....php?t=145554).
    I never cared for his story in "The Mystery of Man-E-Faces". It would have been wonderful to have seen a Filmation adaptation of the great mini-comic. But instead, as with many of Filmation's versions, the original was completely ignored. I would at least have preferred to have seen some sort of more definite tale of how this version of Man-E came to have his split persona. I didn't like how he had control over his monster and other personas.

    Like the Filmation series, Man-E was used in relatively little other MOTU media. He made the odd comic appearance, but not much more beyond that.

    Despite that, Man-E-Faces always featured quite heavily in my battles, where I would use him in his original "The Ordeal of Man-E-Faces!" version of the character.

    Well, as always, there is loads more I could say on the character, but I will hold back and let the thread get rolling first.

    I give Man-E-Faces 9 out of 10.

    Let's hear your thoughts, memories, comments... anything on Man-E-Faces.
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    I got Man-E-Faces the same time I got He-Man, Battle-Cat and Skeletor. He's always been one of my favorites. When I was a kid, he was alwats top lieutenant to Teela's Captain of the Royal Guard in charge of covert missions. He was one of the first figures I bought when I started to collect MOTU as an adult.

    10 out of 10 for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueStreak View Post
    When I was a kid, he was alwats top lieutenant to Teela's Captain of the Royal Guard in charge of covert missions.
    Nice idea to give him a bigger role; one of the character's drawbacks was that he was a little limited as a simple actor, IMO.
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    Like him, yes, working on completing him... anyone have a maroon axe?
    I loved him when he came out, and I didn't get the extra weapons. I wrote to mattel (one of many letters to toy companies as a child) asking about the other weapons. Even offered to buy a set. they told me it was only in specially marked packages. bas+++++. They told me something similar (not being able to help) when my first skeletors legs broke.
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    Yea Man E Faces was another all time favorite I used to use Man e as an ultimet spy, who would fool Skelertor into beliveing his monster persona was under his control. has was in the mini comic but had learned how to control his faces and use then to do under cover operations.

    pretend to be a bad guy learn Skelertors secrets and report back to He man. via secret comunicater, Witch my brother did'int like this idea and thought I should stick with the mini comic story. so I had to give him some weakness'es, and Man E Faces could not stay in monster form for long amounts of time. or would loose control to skelertors mind control, and he could not talk to He man on his secret comunicater with his monster face. and had to change to his human face. thus takeing a chance of being seen.

    and skelertor caught him a few times, whats going on your working for HE Man now you die! my brother would say with his Skelertor. and sometimes I used to have Man e faces have no control of his faces whatsoever. and his faces would change at random times makeing it hard for any side to control him. well needless to say Man E faces was the most memorable figure, from my childhood and I give him A perfect 10

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    Man-e-Faces was a great figure. I totally loved the way the faces used to change. It's what made him so unique from the rest of the figures. I loved him.

    As for the mini-comics. I think it was the best written mini comic in the etire series. I give him a solid 8/10.
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    I remember Man-E Faces as one of my favourite toys. Very nice design. Nice colours. Nice to play with. The little knob on the top of his head to turn the various faces around was fun. Can't remember much about his weapon, but i remember the figure.

    As i said, probably one of my favourites.

    8/10.

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    he was not one of my favorites but he was one of my favorites to play with. His color scheme was unique and his feature was as well, who did not love spinning his faces all day long?
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    Man E was the first figure I ever got so he gets the big 10 from me.
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    hmmmm I will give him a 9 for coolness and originality, but I gave him an 8 overall because of the cheezy name.

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    Got him as a birthday present back in the day. Loved the figure and the box art, but I always wondered why they didn't go with the prototype style
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuecketor View Post
    hmmmm I will give him a 9 for coolness and originality, but I gave him an 8 overall because of the cheezy name.
    Yeah, but this is from the line that gave us some of toy history's cheeziest names.

    Anyway, I didn't mention how the 200x revamp compared to the original figure. I quite liked it, but - as is my main gripe with several of the 200x versions (Skeletor, Man-At-Arms, etc.), his face was far too small! Especially considering that his changing faces was his gimmick, it should be been a bit larger, with his helmet not masking his face to much. Other than that, the revamp was fairly faithful to the original. I wasn't too keen on his gun though - way oversized (and had a bit of a cheap & tacky feel to it too). And a real b***h to get him to hold, thanks to both it's bulk, and his hand mold. In some early promotional shots of the figure, it had a more regular sized gun, and I would have preferred this over the one that we finally got.
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    In his normal persona, Man-E was a mild mannered actor. Then, when under a spell from Skeletor, he was a savage monster. Then he would become trapped between the two guises and take the form of a robot, who would take commands from whoever ordered him first.
    As a kid I always figured Man-E-Faces was an evil warrior at first and could become good with his human face. Always found his color scheme and mask over the eyes made him look like a Superhero, but I still rooted
    Always liked the cybernetic muscleman body with the tube and armoured legs. The futuristic gladiator shells on the arm are also quite cool, with V shape that look a bit like army rank insignia on the shoulder.
    I think, with Mekanek and Trap Jaw, that Man-E-faces is one good example of character that have sci-fi element but still fit perfectly in the sword and sorcery / sword and planet universe of MOTU.
    I know they’re many view on this, but I personally always liked better MOTU as a fantasy universe with dose of sci-fi in it instead of the contrary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Bo View Post
    I know they’re many view on this, but I personally always liked better MOTU as a fantasy universe with dose of sci-fi in it instead of the contrary.
    I agree with you 100%. One of the things I didn't like so much later in MOTU's life was that it became a bit too sci-fi orientated, one of the reasons I never really cared for the New Adventures.
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    I rember buying Man-E-Faces just because he came with all those weapons (IE Man-E-Weapons)

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    I've just remembered... when I was a kid, before I had my Man-E-Faces, one morning during the school holidays when I was staying with my Grandparents, I got an old toilet roll, cut a square out for the face, drew Man-E-Faces' faces on a strip of paper, rolled it up and slipped it inside, decorated the whole thing Man-E style.... and voila, I had my very own home made Man-E-Faces! I was creative like that!!
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    I give him an 8 out of 10, because the three different faces thing was really cool when I was a kid. and yes, I still think it's cool.

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    Another birthday present. Awesome fig, but I still would have preferred the prototype paint job. 9/10
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    Man-E-Faces isn't one of my favorite MOTU action figures but he is one of the coolest no doubt. I bought his figure along with Triklops both complete with their own minicomics on Ebay for just $5.94 a couple of years ago.
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    Great figure except for being impossible to stand up!

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    I don't remember having Man-E-Faces, but got him a few years back, a really cool figure but very hard to stand up and he can't even hold his raygun! Again, really eye chatching colours and the 3 face/split personality action feature is unique and fun.

    However, I always kind of prefered the prototype version more.

    Figure rating ~ 9/10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacedust View Post
    Here we go with another classic figure review thread.

    This week it is the turn of MAN-E-FACES.

    Man-E-Faces was the third figure I got when I was a kid. I had He-Man and Skeletor, and couldn't decide whether to buy a Heroic Warrior or an Evil Warrior (I was very fair minded like that). When I saw Man-E, my dilemma was solved, as he was both.

    In his normal persona, Man-E was a mild mannered actor. Then, when under a spell from Skeletor, he was a savage monster. Then he would become trapped between the two guises and take the form of a robot, who would take commands from whoever ordered him first.

    Man-E-Faces was a good looking figure. One of his few drawbacks was that, especially with his encased head, he was a little top heavy. My Man-E had wobbly legs, even when brand new, which made standing him up even harder.

    I loved Man-E-Faces' mini-comic, "The Ordeal of Man-E-Faces!", telling the story of how Skeletor used a potion to get Man-E under his command. It had such a swords & sorcery mixed with Medieval feel, one of the main reasons I love the line so much. I would probably rank it as one of the best mini-comics.

    In the Filmation cartoon series, Man-E-Faces is well known for being very little used. In fact, he only ever appeared twice, in the first season episode "The Mystery of Man-E-Faces" (which gave him a totally different origin story - more of that in a moment), and season two's classic "The Shadow of Skeletor" (which by pure coincidence, is this week's classic episode review thread - http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/....php?t=145554).
    I never cared for his story in "The Mystery of Man-E-Faces". It would have been wonderful to have seen a Filmation adaptation of the great mini-comic. But instead, as with many of Filmation's versions, the original was completely ignored. I would at least have preferred to have seen some sort of more definite tale of how this version of Man-E came to have his split persona. I didn't like how he had control over his monster and other personas.

    Like the Filmation series, Man-E was used in relatively little other MOTU media. He made the odd comic appearance, but not much more beyond that.

    Despite that, Man-E-Faces always featured quite heavily in my battles, where I would use him in his original "The Ordeal of Man-E-Faces!" version of the character.

    Well, as always, there is loads more I could say on the character, but I will hold back and let the thread get rolling first.

    I give Man-E-Faces 9 out of 10.

    Let's hear your thoughts, memories, comments... anything on Man-E-Faces.

    Any chance you doing a poll for Whiplash next?

    Man E Faces was a real cool addition to the figures but he did respect a few more episodes in old cartoon though.

    I think he only had two appearances which was kinda poor.

    Its a shame a few of the greater characters had little developement such as Moss Man. Strongarm, Modulok, heck even a couple more eps with Plundar may have been cool.

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    I liked Man-E-Faces (the figure and the TV character). He was one of the first figures I bought back in the day. I think he, like Tri-Klops, was seriously under used. I liked the Filmation version of Man-E-Faces' origin just as much as the mini-comic's. I gave him an 8 because he was too wobbly and topheavy.
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    10/10. One of the very first MOTU figures I had. I liked that he could change faces like that, and I always thought of him as a rogue or a mercenary, his face choice reflecting whether he was lawful or unruly.

    I thought it was only my figure that wouldn't stand up. I didn't know it was a widespread problem.

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    Simply the best. I do remember when I was child, my favorite motu figure. Sweet memories for me.

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