*even though I love Man-At-Arms, he has small pieces that could easily be lost*
I'm putting a gift together for my nephew and I plan to buy him 5-6 MOTUC items and introduce him to the line. He's turning eight years old.
I shopped the current Matty sale and I got him:
Battle Cat was sold out. I was thinking to get him 2-3 other items. What, in your opinion, would make a cool set of introductory action figures for an 8 year old? If I can't get Battle Cat, I would like to get at least one good guy to go along with He-Man and one or even two more baddies. I'm also thinking in terms of what characters would be fun for him, and aren't the ones that would cost too much per figure. They don't have to be "lead" characters, since he doesn't really know the story yet. But I think it is important that the supporting character(s) be something tricky and fun. TRAP JAW is perfect because he's sinister and has the cool arm attachments. But who else? Know where I can get a Battle Cat for cheap-ish?
I can shop on ebay or other places besides Matty, obviously. I have carded versions of most every figure, but they are all first releases and I don't want to part with those in that way, ya know?
Your thoughts, gang?
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*even though I love Man-At-Arms, he has small pieces that could easily be lost*
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Does your nephew have a particular interest in "wrestlers", "aliens", "robots" or "monsters" or something similar?
Given the breadth of characters available in MOTUC, I'd probably aim for something that he already has an interest in. So far, you have three mostly "humanoid" figures.
If your nephew is a fan of "wrestlers" or "superheroes", I'd probably stick with that theme. But, if he likes "robots" then Roboto would obviously be a good choice or if he likes "aliens" perhaps Buzz-Off? Then again, if he likes Thundercats, then perhaps Carnivus.
If it's for a kid, I would say Gy-gor (big yellow ape), Mer-Man (for underwater adventures), Demo-Man (for head changing ability for the Skeletor you have already) and Scareglow (glow-in-the-dark skeleton).
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Man-At-Arms is a must I beleive. So are Beast Man, Mer-Man and Stratos. I think you can still get the DC two packs for 19.99 at TRU. I know it has DC guys with it, but.......for 19.99.....
This is funny because I came this/close to buying MOTUC for my nephew who just turned 9. My brother didn't think he would be into them (he felt like he was getting away from toys already?). I was going to get him He-Man, Battle Cat, Skeletor, and Trap Jaw - so we're thinking right along the same lines. Let me know how it goes!
edit: if I had to get him 2 or 3 others I'd go for Mer-man, MAA, Beast Man or Tri-Klops
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Mer-Man, Man-At-Arms, & Battle Cat! All green, all kick-ass!
So I asked my 8 year old son , I said if you could only have 6 - which would they be
his answer in order
so there ya go
As a kid I loved Snout Spout, and the Classics version is still a fave.
Also, what about a female character?
Call me weird, but when the first MOTU figures came out, Zodac was one of my favorites as a kid. I liked the idea of him being both a cosmic being, and also not having his allegiance defined, meaning I could stick him with He-Man sometimes, Skeletor sometimes, and sometimes he had his own agenda. In retrospect, he wasn't the coolest-looking figure, but he always seemed best at sparking my imagination and letting me make my own MOTU stories.
(And because of this, with the possible exception of Skeletor, he's my favorite MOTUC from the original 8-back group )
Evil-Lyn 1.0 (because she comes with Screeech)
BG Teela (cool warrior lady)
BG Evil-Lyn (multiple head interplay)
Clawful - SOOOOO much fun
Buzz-Off - also SOOOO much fun
Man-E-Faces - tons of fun
Moss Man - the smell is cool and he just looks cool
Megator or Tytus (giants are awesome)
Gygor (same reason)
A Want List of Sorts: Eldor, Sweet Bee, Arrow, Spinnerella, NA She-Ra, Mermista, Gwildor, Hover-Bots, Tung Lasher, Angella, Ninjor, Huntara, Oo-Larr, Lizard Man, Sssqueeze, Peekablue... and all the other POP & NA characters.
That's true, but I was even younger then 8 when I first got the figures, so I think Man-At-Arms is a must for a child's first exposure to MOTU.*even though I love Man-At-Arms, he has small pieces that could easily be lost*
And btw, it's awesome of you to do this Adam! The more lives touched by MOTU the better!
Get him the fabulous Star Sisters! 3 figs in 1 shot. Then buy him some glitter glue, or some shiny lip gloss and you can him can roleplay!
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Personally, I'd go with Man-At-Arms, Whiplash and Clawful, or just buy whatever is instock and onsale at Matty. Mer-Man is pretty awesome.
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I gave my best friends son a He-Man/Superman 2-pack for his 4th birthday, he loved it! (altho considering how much it cost me and the time and effort getting it I cringed everytime he smashed them together! lol)
Im still contemplating whether to let my son play with my Classics and/or 200x figs... they are a little too pricey for me to get his own set...
I just show the pics of whats avaible and my soon 6yr old daughter picks the ones she wants most.
As you said, he's not really familiar with the brand, so try this out: get him Photog! See what he says about this guy!
I'd also toss in Mer-Man and Stratos.
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You're the coolest uncle ever! I remember when I was like 5 my uncle got me the Maximum Carnage 3 pack and that was my first introduction into all things nerdy. The rest is history
And I'll throw in a vote for Scareglow and Fisto. Both of them aren't very weapon heavy making them easy to keep track of, plus they're just cool. Although you really should get Beast Man and Mer-Man since they're Skelly's top men.
I will say that I wouldn't suggest getting Tytus or Megator. I just got Megator the other day and he broke right away (fortunately I got him from Amazon and could easily get him replaced), so I was extra careful with the new one. That hollow body won't bode well for playing, plus he just isn't very fun.
as far as items in stock at matty, i'd narrow it down to:
i'm partial to the ones that look like monsters though. battle cat is supposed to be for sale year-round, so you could always wait for more to show up at matty. if there's not enough time and you want to get him a larger toy, i'd pick gygor over panthor. i get the feeling that you'd buy him a battle cat at some point no matter what, so i'm trying to come up with a diverse set.
if you're willing to scour the secondary market, the sky's the limit. i don't have every figure in this line, but they're all neat toys. you may want to avoid someone like the goddess or snout spout because they tend to break. and i've heard that moss man's flocking will be ruined if he's exposed to water. his scent could also be an issue if your nephew has allergies.
My son is 6 years old and his favorite are all of the beasts and larger figures so Tytus, Megator, Gygor, Shadow Beast, Battle Cat, and Panthor are all good bets.
Well, if ebay isn't a problem, why not snag Battle Cat there?
I'd say the perfect set of figures for a kid would be:
He-Man / Battlecat
Skeletor / Panthor
Prince Adam & Orko
With that you could get him watching old FILMation cartoons and he'd have the principal cast.