Rattlor is one figure that I’m not entirely sure I remember having as a kid. He seems really familiar and yet unfamiliar. I know I had King Hiss and Tung Lashor and liked both of them a lot, but I probably just remember Rattlor from their packaging and minicomics. Well, I definitely have him now, but this time he’s bigger, has more articulation and a better paint job.
Another character that has never had a toy representation before, Horde Prime was a Filmation creation that didn’t need to exist. Hordak was already the next bigger, badder thing after Skeletor. Yet almost immediately he went from being the Ruthless Leader of the Evil Horde to the subservient little brother of the leader of the Horde. Okay, but how is the figure?
The two previous subscription exclusive figures in MOTUC were variants of He-Man. 2010 was Wun-Dar, based on the obscure “Wonder Bread He-Man”, believed to be a mail-away figure. 2011 was Preternia Disguise He-Man, based on his appearance in one of the minicomics. Both were fine as a bonus, but they were nothing you’d be terribly unhappy about missing if you didn’t feel like getting the subscription. So when it was announced that 2012′s exclusive would be Shadow Weaver, Hordak’s second in command in the Filmation She-Ra cartoon, appearing in most episodes (as well as the opening credits) yet never receiving a figure before, fans were understandably upset. So it’s thanks to Shadow Weaver that I’m a subscriber for the first time this year, committed to a year’s worth of figures without knowing ahead of time what more than half of them would be. I am Mattel’s bitch.