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Thread: Spikor classic figure review thread

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    Spikor classic figure review thread

    Argh and double argh. Hardly any time on the forums of late, due to a) family circumstances, and b) absolutely terrible internet connection (happy to take the money but can't deliver the goods!)

    Behind on several classic episode review threads, have to take shots of Roboto comparison legs for last week's thread...
    But anyway, just got enough time to get this week's classic episode review thread rolling. This week's is a sometimes overlooked character, SPIKOR.

    I got my Spikor when I went shopping with my Grandma one Saturday morning. She was always buying me stuff, and this particular trip I chose the recently released Spikor.

    Spikor was an awesome looking character. A really cool looking purple colour-scheme, and - of course - covered in rubber spikes.

    His left arm had a trident, which - contrary to some sources - wasn't spring loaded; it manually slid in and out. It was a nice addition, although did strike me slightly as a 12th hour thought, to stop it being a standard twist-waist-for-power-punch figure. Interesting (well, mildly) to note also, that Spikor's "special" arm was his left one, whereas all of the other figure's with "special" arms (Trap Jaw, Fisto, Jitsu, Roboto, Ninjor, etc.) were on their right.

    The only minor niggle I have, is that maybe the face looked a little goofy, something quite common with the classic figures when looked at nowadays.

    Spikor is one of the few figures that, after my original one, that I don't have loads of second-hand examples of. So maybe he's very slightly rarer on the second-hand market (or maybe it's just my own personal experience.

    After being introduced in the mini-comic 'Spikor Strikes' (which also doubled as Sy-Klone’s showcase mini-comic), Spikey was occasionally present but never really used to any great extent in the various MOTU media.

    He was one of the later Evil Warriors introduced in the second season of the Filmation cartoon series. He was presented rather zombie-like, and this fitted in with my own personal ideas of a back-story, that Skeletor had got a body and modified it with spikes to make it into a walking arsenal.
    Anyway, in the cartoon... Spikor was used a few times, although mostly was used as a very much generic evil warrior. Sometimes he appeared with his trident arm, other times he had a regular left arm.

    Spikor did not appear anywhere in the 200x revamp toy-line or accompanying cartoon series. Which is a real shame, as I would have loved to see what the Four Horsemen would have done with the character, as I know it would have been awesome. Looking at what they did with Two Bad, Whiplash... ah, we can but dream. Staction figure, maybe? Well, we are getting Jitsu, so who knows!

    Anyway, all-in-all... rating... a tough one. A great looking figure, but not much background depth... ohh... can't decide. I think I'll go with a favourable and maybe slightly generous 8 out of 10.

    So there's my ramblings on our spikey fiend.
    Please feel free to add your own thoughts, comments, memories... anything to do with Spikor. And whether you post or not, don't forget to rate the figure in the poll!
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    I thought he was a great figure as a kid---I loved his dark purple spikes sproutin' all over his body everywhere, and his built-in trident thingy that would slide out when you made him "attack". Definitely a fun figure.

    I hate how he turned out in the cartoon though...basically Skeletor's biggest dunce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mer-Man's Minion View Post
    I hate how he turned out in the cartoon though...basically Skeletor's biggest dunce.
    Yeah, and considering that some of Skeletor's other warriors weren't all that bright, that's really saying something!!
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    Spikor is one of my all time favourite characters/figures. I remember him being released in the summer of 1986 (along with the Horde) and instantly liked the figure/design, however I chose Hordak and some of the others before Spikor. I finally got him around Xmas that year and he became my favourite MOTU figure for that time. I really liked the dark purple spikes and the vivid orange club. The action feature was good and effective when used in toy battles

    I think Spikor is probably the most vicious looking evil warrior, but I was dissapointed in the toon version of him, he was dumb and had a strange robotic voice!

    I can't wait for the 4HM version of him, I hope he's not too different from the original as that still looks really cool to this day.

    Figure Rating - 10/10

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    I never really much cared for the Filmation portrayals of MOTU characters, so that doesn't come into play for me. I remember when I first bought Spikor and hopw absolutely awesome I thought he was. He helped me survive a 6 hour car trip!

    I loved his dark purple colour scheme, his trident weapon, and just playing with all those rubber spikes on his body. Even amongst the other freaks in the MOTUverse, Spikor has a kinda unique face. He's sort of got the features of a vampire or zombie, and it adds to his sinister appearance. His orange club was awesome too, although I must say I wish the "handle" part were more resilent. That thing is usually the first to go..

    However I can't really add more to this review except that say he's one of my personal favs - the only others rating higher than him being Leech, Extendar and Squeeze. I loved to play with this bad boy: 9/10.
    (High, I know - but he has a special place in my heart)

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    I allways remember spikor as one of my faverets and I set him up as one of the toughest guys for He man to deal with. He man would send a power punch and hurt his fists on spikors spikes. my brother would say spikor cant do that and I would say look at him theres spikes everywhere. you touch these spikes and your gona be hurting. then my brothers reasoning was to go for the legs and throw spikor into a tree. and become traped allso spikors trident was an energy weapon.the only thing I sorta don't agree with Spacedust. I did'int think his face was goofy but his ball shaped head kinda bothered me. ill have to give spikor a perfect 10 simply because he was one of the better inmagined figures of the line. and one that could be inproved on in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by braxsis364 View Post
    the only thing I sorta don't agree with Spacedust. I did'int think his face was goofy but his ball shaped head kinda bothered me.
    Well maybe "goofy" was a little strong. I just think that, by todays Four Horsemen standards, it could be made to look more menacing.
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    I give Spikor 8/10. The figureīs desing/concept is awesome and very different from the rest of the line. The colours are great and that big spiked club is one of my favourites weapons.
    The only weak points:
    1- Spikorīs legs tend to go weak beacause of the upperīs torso weight
    2- The club is too heavy, mine broke just over the handle. I must get another one.

    I really like the role Spikor takes in "Spikor Strikes", he looks very menacing.
    As said before 8/10.

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    I absolutely like Spikor. I got him for Sinterklaas (European version of Santa). I asked for Spydor almost everyday to remember my mom. That evening I got a package clearly with a figure in it and it turned out to be Spikor. I wasn't dissapointed and I told my dad that my mom had hidden the actual Spydor. Luckily she did. Nevertheless, I was very happy with both.

    8/10

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    Hmm... recently I have had a growing affinity for Spikor... but when I was little, I rarely played with him... not sure why. I used to find his trident/arm annoying because it wouldn't stay in place... so I was always trying to find an angle for the arm that would allow the trident to stay 'loaded' (or within the arm) while not having to position the arm raised to the sky...

    I liked his weapon a lot - it was simple and to the point... no pun intended

    I rememeber pulling all his armor off once and having a heck of a time putting it back on... that was rather upsetting and frustrating, but I had had this HORRIBLE urge to pull it off.

    lol

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    I liked him a lot as a kid; used to pair him and Webstor up a lot. I have a picture somewhere of me with Spikor at the water slide down the shore just after my uncle bought him for me...it's actually one of the few pics I have of me as a kid with my MOTU figures.

    I hope the 4H do get around to stactionizing him at some point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcrduke View Post
    Hmm... recently I have had a growing affinity for Spikor... but when I was little, I rarely played with him... not sure why. I used to find his trident/arm annoying because it wouldn't stay in place... so I was always trying to find an angle for the arm that would allow the trident to stay 'loaded' (or within the arm) while not having to position the arm raised to the sky...
    I'm rather the same. "Back in the day", I bought him cos he caught my eye on the shelf, and I always quite liked him, but he was very much a figure that would get left in my MOTU box, more used to make up Skeletor's side in large battles rather than being used on his own merits. Only as time has passed have I come to really appreciate Spikor for his own value.

    And yes, I hated the trident arm too, so bulky and heavy and hard to position without making the figure topple over. I think it is the biggest thing that works against the figure, in my book.
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    I really loved this guy. Appearance-wise I think the only thing that niggled me was how rounded his head seemed - it kind of reminded me of a slightly more dangerous Koosh-ball! I never seemed to have quite the same problem with his trident that the rest of you seem to have had; obviously the trident wouldn't stay in with his arm pointed too far down, but I found that even at about 45 degrees, it still stayed where I put it.
    His club was one of my favourite weapons in the line (probably along with the Grayskull/Webstor rifle). I always liked to use it to smash in Battle Armour He-Man - the damage looked just right for the weapon.

    Testament to how much I loved this fig; when I sold my collection years ago, he was one of only eight figures that I kept. I had those guys right up until a couple of years ago, when I gave them to one of my best friends for Christmas.

    Don't forget, in a story-related point, that Spikor's not necessarily just a dumb thug as he was in the cartoon (apparently - I don't remember him in the series). In the mini-comics he was a bit of an inventor, being the creator of the Terror Claws...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramrider View Post
    I really loved this guy. Appearance-wise I think the only thing that niggled me was how rounded his head seemed - it kind of reminded me of a slightly more dangerous Koosh-ball! I never seemed to have quite the same problem with his trident that the rest of you seem to have had; obviously the trident wouldn't stay in with his arm pointed too far down, but I found that even at about 45 degrees, it still stayed where I put it.
    His club was one of my favourite weapons in the line (probably along with the Grayskull/Webstor rifle). I always liked to use it to smash in Battle Armour He-Man - the damage looked just right for the weapon.
    I agree about the head. I mean, it wasn't bad, but could maybe have been better. The problem with the trident, in my view, was it's bulk. Yes you could angle it awkwardly downwards (usually causing the trident to slide out even if you didn't want it to), but any higher and it made the figure really top heavy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramrider View Post
    Don't forget, in a story-related point, that Spikor's not necessarily just a dumb thug as he was in the cartoon (apparently - I don't remember him in the series). In the mini-comics he was a bit of an inventor, being the creator of the Terror Claws...
    I think Skeletor let everyone at Snake Mountain be inventor for a week. I mean, Trap Jaw, Tri Klops, Webstor (he was, in a couple of Marvel comics, IIRC), Spikor... I think they must have had a rotor on the Snake Mountain tea-room wall!
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    Spikor was a really cool figure when I was a kid, but now he's ok. I don't like the trident as much as I used to. I think I would've preferred it being spring loaded or something. The figure itself was neat otherwise and the mace seemed appropriate. He would inveriably end up "stuck" to the wall or the ground after taking a good beat down though.
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    I loved Spikor. Had about 3 when I was a kid. (Treated him more like an race of people than a single individual)

    He is covered in spikes, that right there gives him most of his points.

    Then he has a trident for an arm.

    and his spiked mace, is probably one of the coolest medieval weapons that there is.

    The only thing that I am not too sure of, is his color scheme. Never really liked the Purple, with aqua and orange.

    He looks kinda like an official New Orleans Hornets Jersey.

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    I always loved Spikor, I'm just angry how underused he was in the cartoon, well both cartoons actually. I don't understand it...

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    I had to give him a six. I hate how that trident can't be left locked into his arm. Overall, I like his look, but they could have spent more work on him.
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    Never had him as a kid, but both I've come across have snapped leg bands. Anyone else have this problem or is it just coincidence? Any mace variants? I have one that is softer plastic and looks as though there was never a handle molded into it.

    Great figure, even though I never had him as a kid. 8/10
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    If my brother was a member of this forum, he would have put a 10 on this poll! Spikor has always been one of his MOTU faves.

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    voted 6! I don't like the design of AF and much less the smell!

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    One of the coolest figure.
    Just the gimmick was poor.
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    9/10 for me i like it
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