Masters of the Universe Classics: Cy-Chop

Cy-Chop mailer

A creation of Mattel designer Terry Higuchi, the penultimate figure in the MOTUC 30th Anniversary subline is Cy-Chop, joining Fearless Photog, Draego-Man, The Mighty Spector, and Sir Laser-Lot. This has to be the most unusual figure in the bunch. So let’s take a look.

Cy-Chop cardedCy-Chop carback

Build and Deco
Cy-Chop’s body consists of the furry arms and legs used by Beast Man, Stratos, and Moss Man; the robotic forearms used by Roboto and Horde Prime; standard loincloth; and Roboto’s transparent torso. His torso is transparent blue, arms and legs are blue with orange and gold on his forearms, loincloth is brown with a green and gold belt, and his neck is silver. Inside the transparent torso, internal organs and mechanical parts are visible. Roboto had a problem with this transparent chest cracking. Mine didn’t have them at first, but they eventually developed. Has Mattel fixed this, or will Cy-Chop’s torso have the same problem? Well, mine already have a crack on the back. Not a good sign.

Cy-Chop naked, frontCy-Chop naked, backCy-Chop naked, side

Cy-Chop chest, frontCy-Chop chest, back

Cy-Chop’s head is silver with blue eyes, with human and robotic features, and antennae sticking off. With this head he looks like something from a Japanese tokusatsu show.

Cy-Chop head, frontCy-Chop head, side

Cy-Chop vs. Godzilla


As with other recent figures, once again the arms and legs seem to be cast in black plastic and painted over instead of just being cast in blue. Like Mekaneck, it’s less of a problem than it is for lighter figures, since he’s a somewhat dark blue and black may not stand out. I just don’t see why it was done, since I don’t think there are any furry dudes coming soon. A side effect here is that I found lots of little blue streaks on my backdrop after taking photos of him.

Cy-Chop scissors up

Cy-Chop back, scissoring

Since Beast Man’s furry legs are shorter than average, and so is Roboto’s transparent torso, that adds up to Cy-Chop being the shortest standard figure in the line. He is noticeably shrimpy.

Cy-Chop, shortest of all

Cy-Chop has most of the articulation you’d expect from MOTUC: ball-jointed head; hips that allow the legs to move forward and back, out to the sides, and rotate; shoulders that allow the arms to move forward and back as well as out to the sides; ankles, knees, and elbows that bend; and biceps and waist that rotate. Because of the furry legs and Roboto torso, he lacks the usual boot cut and ab crunch articulation. Also his hand attachments will rotate at the wrist. He has to have the most flexible standard loincloth in the entire line, so that leg movement has great range. All the joints are tight, and I have no problem getting him to stand.

Cy-Chop vs. Trapjaw

Cy-Chop’s only accessories are a belt and a pair of giant scissor attachments in place of his hands. The scissors are articulated, and feature various sculpted details such as teeth. They’re primarily silver, with some metallic blue, orange and gold. The belt is similar to Trap-Jaw’s, including loops on the sides where you can hang Trap-Jaw’s attachments. It’s orange and features a gold Horde symbol. The Horde symbol is a little different than usual, with a more pronounced pig nose.

Cy-Chop scissors

Cy-Chop belt loops

Extra Fun
Mattel had his Horde belt displayed on The Mighty Spector with the UK Horde Prime head at Comic-Con. This piece is another step toward completing the UK Horde Prime look. The scissor hands attach to his wrists with the same plugs that figures such as Trap-Jaw, Roboto, Horde Prime, and Hurricane Hordak use, so they are interchangeable with those figures’ attachments.

Cy-Chop part swap party

UK Horde Prime: Cy-Chop belt

Cy-Chop's strangest weapon

Wrap Up
This is my least favorite of the 30th Anniversary figures. The swappable parts and transparent chest are cool features, he’s fun, but he’s just visually unappealing to me. I did like how he looked facing off against Godzilla though. I may just keep him that way.

Cy-Chop and the Evil Horde

Cy-Chop was sold in October 2012, so you’ll have to check places like Amazon, BigBadToyStore or eBay to get it now. New figures go on sale on each month, usually on the 15th, and sell out within a few days (or minutes in some cases). The lineup for the November 15 sale seems to be:

– Dekker
– Eternos Palace (Filmation) King Randor
– Castle Grayskull Man (30th Anniversary Create-a-Character contest winner)
A selection of “Essentials” (He-Man, Skeletor, Battle Cat, stands, etc.) are also available for purchase any time.

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 high for international customers.

Cy-Chop backlit

About Collector

A frequent visitor to flea markets and the Goodwill, I enjoy collecting video games, toys and old electronics. Other interests include cartoons, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies, as well as wasting far too much time online.

Posted on November 12, 2012, in Reviews, Toys and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I only ever bought two of these (Hordak and Man-at-Arms), and those ended up having to be sold off before I even opened them. After reading a bunch of these reviews in rapid succession though, I have to ask, why have the customers not revolted yet? Is everyone basically bound by the subscription system? For figures that are not only expensive but also nearly impossible to get from their primary retailer, these seem to have a ridiculous amount of quality control issues and cut corners.

    • There are always people saying they’re quitting the line, cancelling their subscription, etc., but when it comes down to it, it’s a choice between having a figure with a flaw in it and not having that figure at all. An increasing number of people must be choosing the latter though, since sub sales go down each year.

      The cutting corners is also related to those subscriptions. The cost of labor and materials keeps going up while they’ve locked themselves into a certain price for a whole year. This is supposed to mean there will be a lot less cut corners starting in January, and a lot of people will be pissed if it doesn’t work out that way.

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