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    Stratos & Zodac Support Thread!!!

    Since it seems like Stratos & Zodac receive a lot of ire from the fans due to their lack of accessories & perceived "bland & boring" designs, I wanted to show my support for both of them.


    STRATOS: Along with Battle Cat, he was my first MOTU toy as kid(unlike the 2002 era, I had an easier time getting toys that weren't He-Man & Skeletor). What's not to love about him? Besides being the leader of his people, he's a flying ape-man!!!

    ZODAC: Besides loving his "old fashioned" spaceman design, Zodac was the Boba Fett or Wolverine(before they had their origins layed out) of the Masters Of The Universe franchise; he was an anti-hero who had a mysterious past.


    I know I'm not alone! Show your love for these, imho, unfairly maligned MOTU characters!!!
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    I have enjoyed ALL of the figures thus far. I also hope each and every figure gets a reissue.
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    Both of these characters were/are favorites since childhood. I don't get all the "hate" these characters receive. I love them both. Only problem with Stratos is his wing position. I personally hate all these custom weapons people are making to go with them. I love them in all their vintage, classic garb without extras.
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    Stratos and Zodac are among the elite early characters that basically define "motu" to me. I don't get the hate, but we all have our different tastes.

    Quote Originally Posted by RockinHard View Post
    I personally hate all these custom weapons people are making to go with them. I love them in all their vintage, classic garb without extras.
    I prefer them as is also, but the spymmonkey swords are well done and fit right in. I prefer to have my Zodac with just a blaster, but I was tempted to get the sword.

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    I don't hate either, but I do 100% believe they are the two most boring/bland of the line so far. I mean, the whole line is full of swords, living skeletons, witches, barbarians, etc. So...yeah. I enjoy both figures and characters, but still believe they are the most bland.

    Except when Stratos is Sean Connery.
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    I think they are both important because they were among the core group of original characters. To me, Zodac is the more interesting of the two. I like his sci-fi aspect and the fact that he is sometimes considered to be evil, depending on what you go by. I don't have many nice things to say about Stratos though, so I'll leave it there.

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    To echo other statements, I think these are great characters who are really important to the mythos. They have a lot of cool design touches. However, I do think they kind of got the short end of the stick because they came out earlier in the line. If they were coming out today they'd probably get extra weapons or neat little touches.

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    Awesome thread!!!

    these two are two of my most dearly loved characters, Stratos was the 2nd MOTUV figure i ever got as a child and Zodac was always so cool cos he had a laser! (A VERY Big deal to a 11 year old boy!) I do not understand people saying they are dull, the MOTUC versions are faithfull representations of the MOTUV versions.

    And I agree 100% with Rockinhard, I absolutely hate the Custom weapons,IMO the glitter swords are out of scale and a lil too manga for me!

    Leave Zodac alone!

    Pick on tri-klops, thats a dull character!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonWes View Post
    To echo other statements, I think these are great characters who are really important to the mythos. They have a lot of cool design touches. However, I do think they kind of got the short end of the stick because they came out earlier in the line. If they were coming out today they'd probably get extra weapons or neat little touches.
    totally agree with you.
    as characters they are essential for the heroic warrior's ranks, and as af both of them opened the way to the subsequent ones, highlighting point of attention for further improvements and additions.

    concerning the lack of weapons, after heating his left hand to close his fingers a little, i gave stratos the red whip from weapons pak: the color matches perfectly stratos wings and harness; for zodac, i think that optikk's schield will be perfect for him (maybe it will be repainted and added to the weapons pak two).

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    i don't think ppl hate these characters, they're just really dull looking figures, which is why they keep getting the stepchild treatment. I honestly believe if Stratos and Zodac were not made, we problably have several threads demanding these figures to be made...and start complaining why matty has passed over on 2 core vintage characters.

    I love them both and glad they r part of my collection, they're essential, its like in football....offensive linemen r essential but nobody cheers for these guys...everyone cheers for the QB, WR, or RB, basically anyone scoring a touchdown. while we scream for Teela and Trap Jaw, r collections would be incomplete without good old, reliable and boring stratos and Zodac.

    That's just my perpesctive.

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    I don't think Stratos is boring at all, but his ability is seen as boring: the power to fly. It's no longer impressive anymore by itself. I think Stratos was marginalized because of better flying characters down the line, like Buzz-Off or Sy-Klone. Was Stratos so hated in 200X, since he was more offensive there or was it the same as vintage Stratos?

    Stratos' lack of a weapon is another problem, but the character does shoot beams of energy from his hands as seen in the original Alcala mini-comics. (So did Beastman, but at least he has a whip).

    Zodac's lack of popularity is most likely due to lack of media representation. Mattel themselves were unsure of his allegiance, and didn't place him in those early mini-comics. Perhaps because of this, maybe kids didn't play with a character that they didn't know how to portray. If he appeared in more mini-comics and more Filmation episodes, he would probably be way more liked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Shokoti View Post
    STRATOS: Along with Battle Cat, he was my first MOTU toy as kid(unlike the 2002 era, I had an easier time getting toys that weren't He-Man & Skeletor). What's not to love about him? Besides being the leader of his people, he's a flying ape-man!!!
    He's all right.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Shokoti View Post
    ZODAC: Besides loving his "old fashioned" spaceman design, Zodac was the Boba Fett or Wolverine(before they had their origins layed out) of the Masters Of The Universe franchise; he was an anti-hero who had a mysterious past.
    Well, personally I wouldn't go as far comparing him to The Fett or Wolvie but I like him. But I like him best as a villain. "Evil Cosmic Enforcer" is where it's at.
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    Both are cool figs. I even prefer Zodac with a "C" rather then the "K" version. And Stratos sounds like Deckard Cain or Sean Connery in the MYP cartoon!

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    Zodac is awesome!!!

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    I never liked the 80s or 2003 toys of these two characters so to finally get figures of them I like has made me very fond of both.

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    Zodac and Stratos are probably in my list of top 10 favorite figures. I know that they aren't the most visually stunning figures. But they are such faithful updates of their vintage counterparts. My 1st release Stratos had more flaws than any MOTUC figure I've received. When I got the reissue he was flawless and totally renewed my love for the figure.

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    Stratos was the only figure from the first two or three waves that I DIDN'T have originaly.. ALWAYS bothered me.

    ESPECIALLY since i LOVE flying characters... and Jetpacks make EVERYTHING better!!!

    I was SOOOO looking forward to getting the new version!...


    Zodac... I never liked as a kid... because he had no place in the line... Sometimes he was evil... but had no personality/mini comic appearances... sometimes he was neutral and just sat around not doing anything...

    Pointless character...


    That said I LOVE the Classics version! Do NOT know WHY.... but I can just stare at it all day... so streamlined and with the laser... I love it!

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    Zodac has always been the figure for me... look at my avatar... look at my signature.

    The cold tactician always appealed to me, on top of that, my dad is a retired cop so I was always drawn to the "police officer" characters like Zodac and Green Lantern as a kid.

    As an adult I appreciate what he has in common with mythological archetypes often repeated in popular culture. We see it again and again, in Star Wars, Jack Kirby's Fourth World, etc.

    Even though Zodac wasn't the first of his archetype in the history of narrative, he was one of my first brushes with it, and he remains one of my favorites.


    Edited to add: In NO WAY is Zodac the Wolverine or Boba Fett of MOTU, both of those characters are over-rated, poorly written, punk-ass britches, with unquantifiably mind-numbing popularity, who appeal to the worst stereotypes in the fan community. In other words, Scareglow.
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    I've always loved this two characters. When I was a kid I thought that zodac not being good or evil was amazing. There weren't too many characters like that back then.
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    Stratos was the first figure I skipped and was on the fence about back and forth for a while. I never had him as a kid and was never a big fan of the character.

    I finally picked one up on ebay a couple weeks ago and have to say that really like him. He looks cool and his colors are really great. Plus now I have all of the original 8 back figures!

    I bought Zodac when he was first released and love this figure too.

    I doubt I'll ever get Randor or He-ro though and have no interest in the 200x or POP figures either. I'm thankfully not a completist but I'm still amazed at how many figures I bought that I never planned on getting. Oh well...

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    Zodac is far from boring. i always thought he was one of the coolest looking figures in the original line. I kick myself for not picking up the Classics version and I hope he gets another go around.
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    Put me down for major love in both their directions! These are two well-done, fantastic toys of great, integral characters in the mythology. I love me some Stratos and Zodac!

    I would like to see the Staff of Avio at some point, though.... Perhaps with Hawk or an Avion Warrior 2-Pack!
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