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    Favorite MOTUC figure based on the original 8-backs?

    Hopefully this isn't too pedestrian of a thread for this forum. Newbs like me often make these kinds of threads.

    I spent a long time as a kid staring at the 8-back artwork on the back of my first MOTU figures. One of the things I really like about MOTUC is that that artwork now has figures that match up to it pretty well. The original He-Man matched his 8-back art, but Mer-Man did not. Etc.



    I'd have to say my favorite is Mer-Man. Of all the vintage figures, the old Mer-Man strayed the furthest from his 8-back art. It's so fun to have that version in a figure finally. Furthermore, the figure just pops. Mer-Man isn't even my favorite character, but his figure is just beautiful in person. The shading in his armor and on his skin is just fantastic. I wish Skeletor's armor had more of that. Mer-Man is the only MOTUC I have a duplicate of (I have the blue version as well).



    Mine has better shading than this example. But it's hard I think to do justice to Mer-Man in a photo. He looks better in person.


    Sorry if this is a boring, rehashed topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lich Leech View Post
    Favorite MOTUC figure based on the original 8-backs?
    Skeletor, duh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedict Judas Hel View Post
    I like Skeletor's body (steady, steady!), but have mixed feelings about his face paint. It's pretty sloppy in a lot of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lich Leech View Post
    I like Skeletor's body (steady, steady!).
    I personally like him for his mind and all the wonderful conversations we have but to each his own.

    Although, I must say that Mer-Man is a very close second in favorite 8-backer for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedict Judas Hel View Post
    I personally like him for his mind and all the wonderful conversations we have but to each his own.

    Although, I must say that Mer-Man is a very close second in favorite 8-back for me.
    Whenever I'd try to talk to Skeletor about our relationship he'd change the subject to his plan to get the two halves of the power sword. It's like he was never really there, even when he was there. I think he was afraid to commit.
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    I did the same thing you did as a kid with that card back. I love 'em all. But I have to say Teela was my favorite image from the cardback because, like Mer-Man, she was so much more embellished and different than the actual toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes0217 View Post
    I did the same thing you did as a kid with that card back. I love 'em all. But I have to say Teela was my favorite image from the cardback because, like Mer-Man, she was so much more embellished and different than the actual toy.
    Teela really is great. I don't have the figure because now she's so expensive (closest I have is Goddess). I didn't have one as a kid because I was one of those kids who didn't want any female action figures - I thought they were too girly. Silly me. I always did like Teela's snake armor, though.
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    I really like He-Man a LOT but Zodac is such a mishmash of parts I think he is my favorite. Am I the only person who doesn't like posing He-Man with his axe? I've never liked it as a weapon for him but the huge 200X version was more acceptable.

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    Mer-Man, for sure.
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    For me it's between Merman, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Skeletor and Zodac.
    He-Man is close, as is Beastman and Stratos. See? I can't pick a favorite from this group. This is the core of MotU for me. I love them all!
    I repainted my Zodac's helmet to have the red trim on the bottom which I like a lot and pushes him further from Zodak.
    I wish Stratos' colors came out closer to the lighter grays on the illustration, and I wouldn't have minded a little more ghoulish ape in Bestman's face like the illustration, maybe a more open mouth with ridiculous teeth.
    He-Man is He-Man... I like him overall well enough, but the face PAINTS could've been much better. (I've repainted mine, the sculpt is great, the eye paint apps done by the factory have always been a bit bonk.)

    Simply put, thank you for the beautiful large scan of that 8-back, and really, all 8 of the figures look enough like these illustrations I'm very happy with them all.
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