Masters of the Universe Classics: Scareglow Review
I’ve been wanting to review some older figures, and with Halloween coming up, I thought Scareglow might be a good choice. Scareglow was one of the later figures in the vintage line and didn’t get produced in the same numbers as earlier figures, so it’s pretty hard to find now. I didn’t even know it existed until more than a decade later. With its glow-in-the-dark feature, it’s exactly the sort of thing I would’ve loved though. Scareglow is now updated to Classics standards, so let’s see how it turned out.
The vintage Scareglow had the tagline of “Evil ghost of Skeletor”. People wondered if this meant he was Skeletor’s ghost, summoned from the future, or that he was a ghost controlled by Skeletor, just as Faker is an “Evil robot of Skeletor”. The Classics figure clears up this confusion by referring to him as an “Evil Ghost Serving Skeletor”.
Build and Deco
The vintage figure was Skeletor with a new head and a cape. This figure is Skeletor with a new head and a cape. He has the open left hand of the original (non-reissue) Skeletor. His boots and loincloth are purple and his belt is black with a purple jewel. The rest of his body is made of that slightly greenish-white glow-in-the-dark plastic, with black paint apps to make him look like a Skeleton. It’s a weak illusion, but it looks cool enough, and it’s true to the vintage figure.
The head is a skull with a crack on the top. It’s simple, but it looks great. There is black paint in the crack, the nasal cavity, around the inside of the eye sockets, and lining the teeth. The backs of the eye sockets are painted red with small yellow pupils.
Because it doesn’t involve any complex mechanisms, this is one of the few vintage action features to carry over into the Classics line. Scareglow (along with his halberd) glows in the dark and is reactive to black lights. It looks great.
Scareglow has a ball-jointed head; hips that can bend out to the side, more forward and back, or rotate; shoulders that can bend out to the sides and turn forward and back; ankles that bend forward to back and rock side to side; knees, elbows, and abs that bend; and boots, wrists, biceps, and waist that rotate. The head has decent up and down range, but it can’t turn to sides very far because of his cape. The ankles on mine are really tight and sturdy, which is surprising since most of these older figures would generally have at least one loose ankle joint.
Scareglow includes a halberd (Scythe of Doom) like the vintage figure, a cape, and a cursed Grayskull reliquary. The vintage halberd came in green and glow-in-the-dark versions. This one is made of glow-in-the-dark plastic, with most of it painted green, and only the blades showing through. The vintage cape was cloth, but the new one is plastic. It’s mostly the same color as his boots. It’s tattered and translucent at the bottom; very cool effect. The cape is just long enough to touch the ground when he’s standing up straight, so it can get in the way of some poses.
The reliquary is a cylindrical container with a lid shaped like Castle Grayskull, and inside is a key. Pretty neat looking. It’s connected by a real metal chain (which is always cool) to a manacle that fits on his wrist. The manacle is reminiscent of Dragon Blaster Skeletor, and was eventually used for the Classics version. I’ve noticed his left hand is stretched open some because the reliquary is a bit bigger than the hand. So he doesn’t hold it quite as well as I’d like, but well enough.
Scareglow is a great update of the vintage figure. He looks great, the reliquary is a nice addition, and the glowing feature is just awesome.
Scareglow was sold in November 2009, 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, and sell out within a few days (or minutes in some cases).
From October 16, 2012 to January 3, 2013 pre-orders are open for a MOTUC Castle Grayskull. It will only be made if enough people pre-order it by November 12. So if you want one, spread the word. The castle will be based on the original prototype design, which was the way it looked in the 80s minicomics. It’s not cheap though, and shipping can be really high for international customers.
Posted on October 26, 2012, in Reviews, Toys and tagged action figures, Classics figures, Evil Warriors, glow-in-the-dark, He-Man, Karak Nul, Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel, MattyCollector, MOTU, MOTUC, Scare Glow, Scareglow, toys. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.