Masters of the Universe Classics: Fisto Review
So lately a lot of MOTUC figures have been previously unproduced characters, variants of existing figures, or later releases that I never owned as a kid. These are nice, but it’s been a while since there’s been an update of one of my childhood favorites. Fisto is not only part of the classic, core group of MOTU, but probably my single favorite figure as a kid. He’s finally gotten the Classics treatment, and this time they didn’t rename him “Battle Fist”.
Fisto comes with two heads and can be changed to have either a vintage or 200X style appearance. I’m not sure if it’s sculpted that way or mine came out of the mold funny, but his nose is a little crooked. He’s got a look on his face like he’s either a crazy hermit axe murderer or he’s just smelled something really offensive. I love it. The hair is not a separate piece of plastic from the rest of the head as it is on many figures, and it’s cast in the color of his hair with the face painted on. So the transition between hair and skin is a little bit sloppier than most figures. His belt is painted a metallic purple which looks great, and the knuckles of the fist have a bit of copper color painted on them.
Fisto mostly has the standard human body, but with Tri-Klops’ left wristband, the flat ab piece, a new right bicep and of course the giant metal fist. The flat ab piece is painted silver to match the armor, but his torso isn’t. It’s unnecessary and it just looks weird from the back or without his armor on. The right bicep is bigger than the left, since he’s carrying around that big metal hand, which I think is a really nice touch. The bicep is painted instead of being cast in skin color. It matches fairly well, but I’m worried about the fist scraping paint off of it. His left hand is unusually hard, and I had some trouble getting weapons into it. I think I came close to breaking the tip of his index finger off. Also, this is actually an issue with anybody that has the male human hands, but I noticed his thumb is weirdly small, and I worried about breaking it off too.
He has all the normal MOTUC articulation, with ankle, boot, knee, wrist, elbow, bicep, waist and ab joints, double-jointed shoulders, triple-jointed hips and the ball-jointed head. The fist doesn’t have any noticeable effect on articulation. It would’ve been nice to have a swappable open hand or an articulated one though. The armor is very flexible and doesn’t go all the way down his back to allow more movement of the ab joint.
For accessories he has that armor, 2 heads, the 200X belt, vintage sword and 200X sword. The two heads look the same except the 200X one has a headband with various little details on it. The belt has lots of details on it such as the ram skull, discs, a bottle, a pouch and a book (with something engraved on it – a weird skull? a cockroach? I can’t tell), and is nicely painted. Just like the vintage figure, the vintage style sword is a purple version of Tri-Klops’ sword. The 200X sword is the enormous sword that 200X Fisto/Battle Fist DIDN’T come with, but could be seen in the MVC comics. It has a little fist at the end of the handle. 😀 The armor has a holder for the 200X sword. (You can sort of hang the vintage sword in it, but it’s not even remotely a good fit.) The holder is really big, and while I kind of like displaying him with the sword stowed back there, I think I’d probably rather it wasn’t there.
So I think this is a great update of a childhood favorite that goes even further by including the 200X option. That big sword would also go nice with the 200X figure. The only real issue I have with it is that silver ab piece, and even that’s not a big deal. So now that I have Fisto here, I’m really looking forward to seeing Jitsu or Stridor.
Fisto was sold in February 2012, so you’ll have to check places like Amazon, BigBadToyStore or eBay to get it now. New figures go on sale on MattyCollector.com each month, usually on the 15th. The lineup for the March 15 sale seems to be:
Buzz Off (reissue)
Available year round:
Also from March 1-20 a number of items are available on sale for 10-30% off, so now is a good time to catch up on older figures.
Posted on March 14, 2012, in Reviews, Toys and tagged action figures, Battle Fist, Classics figures, Fisto, He-Man, Heroic Warriors, Malcolm, Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel, MattyCollector, MOTU, MOTUC, toys. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.