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    Disappointed in Ram Man

    IĀ’m an old school MOTU fan. I like the evil warriors far more than the heroic ones. Why? For one thing, the Evil Warriors come off as warriors. LetĀ’s take a step back from the Filmation series for a moment. It seems like the heroic warriors are not really intimidating other than Fisto. I used to think Man-at-Arms was a decent warrior until the cartoon.

    To the subject, Ram Man. The first time I saw the appearance of Ram Man was when he was pictured on the back of the mini-comics as a new character that would soon be available for sale. Man-E-Faces was another one featured. Ram Man was like a hulking brute. He appears taller and much wider than the other figures. His arms were also especially huge. He looked like he could kick serious butt without having to use his ramming ability. I finally got the toy and he was about the same height as the others, definitely wider, but the muscular definition of his arms wasnĀ’t like the picture.

    Nevertheless, he still seemed like a warrior, even in the mini-comic. Then there was the Tri-Klops mini-comic which hinted he was a bit slow. Now we can talk Filmation. Ram Man was featured as a dwarf with spring legs (was he part cyborg?) and his level of intelligence is just plain sad. Not much of a warrior IĀ’m afraid and not the hulking brute as he was first pictured.

    IĀ’ll bet there are some Ram Man fans out there, please donĀ’t take offense to this. IĀ’m just disappointed that he went from being a giant to a mentally challenged dwarf. There was so much potential there. I know using his head as a battering ram is what is supposed to make him slow but it is sad, at least in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe113 View Post
    IĀ’m an old school MOTU fan. I like the evil warriors far more than the heroic ones. Why? For one thing, the Evil Warriors come off as warriors. LetĀ’s take a step back from the Filmation series for a moment. It seems like the heroic warriors are not really intimidating other than Fisto. I used to think Man-at-Arms was a decent warrior until the cartoon.

    To the subject, Ram Man. The first time I saw the appearance of Ram Man was when he was pictured on the back of the mini-comics as a new character that would soon be available for sale. Man-E-Faces was another one featured. Ram Man was like a hulking brute. He appears taller and much wider than the other figures. His arms were also especially huge. He looked like he could kick serious butt without having to use his ramming ability. I finally got the toy and he was about the same height as the others, definitely wider, but the muscular definition of his arms wasnĀ’t like the picture.

    Nevertheless, he still seemed like a warrior, even in the mini-comic. Then there was the Tri-Klops mini-comic which hinted he was a bit slow. Now we can talk Filmation. Ram Man was featured as a dwarf with spring legs (was he part cyborg?) and his level of intelligence is just plain sad. Not much of a warrior IĀ’m afraid and not the hulking brute as he was first pictured.

    IĀ’ll bet there are some Ram Man fans out there, please donĀ’t take offense to this. IĀ’m just disappointed that he went from being a giant to a mentally challenged dwarf. There was so much potential there. I know using his head as a battering ram is what is supposed to make him slow but it is sad, at least in my opinion.
    I remember when my brother and I got Ram Man back in the day. We had been into MotU since wave 1 in '82 but Ram Man looked like he would be so cool. We played with his singularly defining action figure for about 15 minuets. After the nuance wore off we never used him much after that. The action feature sort of limited him to just, um, well, Ramming. There wasn't much else to do with him. Loved the character just not the toy. Seeing the Classics Ram Man at Mattel's booth at NYC CC in 2012 (was it?) is what drew me in. An actual figure of the brutish Ram Man that I could pose, and display was what I always wanted. Was never a fan of the vintage toy.

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    I felt that the classics Rammy sort of captured the 200X size while while staying true to the vintage ascetic. I'm happy to have the Classics Ram Man pull double duty as vintage and 200X.

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    I loved Ram Man as a kid, but I didn't like that his arms couldn't swing forward and backward (not much he can do with that axe), and I didn't like the lack of definition on his arms. But I loved the action feature and the overall look of the figure.

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    When I was a kid I don't like very much the Ram Man toy, it was too different from the other figures, it seemed a different toy and looked cheap and strange. Probably the cartoon ruined his attitude to me. But I loved the 200x version, more big and tough!

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    I know I’m being boring but I have to echo the others here, 200x and Classics did a great job in depicting him as the intimidating brute I think we all want him to be. The vintage figure is just too small, had they upscaled him a tad it might’ve been better, but frankly I find him a weak figure.

    I like the 200x aesthetic, but character-wise he was still on the slow side. He should be more of a badass, less a dummy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razzerian View Post
    I know I’m being boring but I have to echo the others here, 200x and Classics did a great job in depicting him as the intimidating brute I think we all want him to be. The vintage figure is just too small, had they upscaled him a tad it might’ve been better, but frankly I find him a weak figure.

    I like the 200x aesthetic, but character-wise he was still on the slow side. He should be more of a badass, less a dummy.
    That’s okay, there’s lots of echoing in this thread because we all pretty much agree. The original figure was a disappointment. Yes, 200x looks great but I’m familiar with the original line. I have the 2002 series on DVD and appreciated that it was more edgy but didn’t like the changes to some of my favorite characters like Trap Jaw and Tri-Klops.

    This new cartoon on Netflix, already I don’t care for the artwork from the two promotional flyers. I’m a Netflix subscriber so I’ll have it. Also, I didn’t care for the animation quality of the Netflix version of Voltron.

    The original Ram Man came out pretty early in the first line. As it became more popular, (and made some money?) character quality improved a bit. I still think most of the original evil warriors came out awesome.

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    I hear what you're saying... I loved the Ram Man presented to us in his original mini-comic (he looked like he had more like a powerful football player sort of build), but also loathed his Filmation incarnation and thought the toy looked like a cheap dollar store toy. 200X was a bit of an improvement, but I would LOVE to see someone take another crack at this character: either Mondo, producing a 1/6 scale action figure with some creative license taken with his body type but keeping some of the original design elements, or the new Netflix series revamping him so he is an intimidating force of nature to be reckoned with. A Human Battering Ram should be all sorts of kick ass.
    To date, my favorite version of Ram Man that exists in plastic form is the Super7 Ultimates Ram Man figure. It took the amazing figure Mattel made us for Classics but put him in the color scheme that I always preferred from the cross-sell art on the back of the cards. Even then though, my only gripe with that version is the dull gray used on his armor rather than something more silvery looking. I guess all these years later I'm still waiting for "the perfect Ram Man"... LOL.
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    Well it was the RAM MAN , everyone wanted one so it probably sold well . The sucky gimmick was clearly put before the sucky aesthetics . I dont think my ram man even launched more than a centimeter . It was very cheap and sloppy but we had no other Ram Man .

    Most other gimmick MOTU,s were much better in quality and function .

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    It seems like the heroic warriors are not really intimidating
    They ain't the type of heroes that aim to strike fear in their foes.

    Then there was the Tri-Klops mini-comic which hinted he was a bit slow.
    It started with "He-Man meets Ram-Man". He was never particularly bright and that's what got carried over to the animated series.

    IĀ’m just disappointed that he went from being a giant
    He was never a giant. And his size on the show reflected the toy.
    Brings doom to MOTUC with cel accuracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimbot View Post
    It started with "He-Man meets Ram-Man". He was never particularly bright and that's what got carried over to the animated series.
    I always liked him kind of dumb. It's a dude who routinely smashes things with his head. having a few screws loose is perfect for him. There are plenty of geniuses and specialists on the good side... having someone who's a big dumb brute has its charm

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantom1592 View Post
    I always liked him kind of dumb. It's a dude who routinely smashes things with his head. having a few screws loose is perfect for him. There are plenty of geniuses and specialists on the good side... having someone who's a big dumb brute has its charm
    Absolutely, and then there's the fact that his lack of basic intelligence in most areas means he is actually smarter than the other heroes in different areas... for instance he was one of the only other characters in the Filmation show to actually suspect Adam and He-Man of being one and the same. Like an archetypal idiot savant, his dull wit means he's actually quicker to pick up on things people with more standard intelligence often overlook.
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    I always kinda felt for mini-comic Ram Man. Poor guy couldn't help he was dumb as a bucket of mud, and beating his head against things surely didn't help. I never cared overly for his portrayal in the 80's series, but I kind of liked how he was shown in 200x. The toy - well, I had one. Not overly impressive, but its one of the few pieces I still have.
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    I realize the vintage action figure wasn't very versatile, but it was honestly my favorite of the hero figures for me. Something about Ram Man's springy legs and ramming into things totally appealed to me as a kid, so as a result his action figure got a TON of play in my imagination. I used to set up walls of wooden blocks and throw him at them. He didn't have much silver paint left on the top of his head by the time I was done with him.
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