Neither this figure nor King Grayskull, the first two released, convinced me to buy into the line. When I first saw the Classics He-Man, I wasn’t very impressed. The problem? The face sculpt. It has never been the ideal He-Man face sculpt (I think Vykron may have actually achieved this, ironically, or at least be closer to it). If a figure is the flagship character and representing the brand, it should be close to flawless, helping to sell the brand. Even worse, the very first version of He-Man had allergic-red eyes and backwards shoulders, with the eyes being the most noticeable detriment. Mattel later “corrected” this issue and re-released the figure and, though an improvement, could not realize a face that fully captured the character of He-Man. Even some vintage He-Man figures’ hair and faces seem to be better sculpted than this one. Fans have ragged on other figures’ face sculpts/paint apps, but one that perhaps doesn’t receive the amount of criticism it deserves is He-Man. Doubtlessly, the rest of the figure and the weapons are all great (minus the perpetual loose ankles that plagued the line early on), but the head could have been much better.
Catch me a the right angle, Mr. Cameraman.