Hoorah! I've been waiting for the day when I get to review one of Ryan's He-Man toys! Let me give you a little back-story on these as I have two strong waves of nostalgia from Masters Of The Universe.
First of all, like many a child of the 80s, my brothers and I had some very superb specimens. While I recall that we largely pledged allegiance to the Thundercats (can anything top the trials of Lion-O???!), He-Man was not too far behind.
The second wave involves the times when I first met Ryan. It was back in college and he was 21 years old and had his own room for the first time in his life. He took advantage of this and every inch of his room was covered in toys and posters but his window had the most glorious display of He-Man figures I'd ever seen. I don't know if it was all the He-Man or just Ryan himself but fate had it so that we've been together almost every day since I first saw that display. I don't think it hurt our chances when he saw this TV tray I had in my own collection:
Now, jump to present day and this installment of Action Figure Friday. Today we take a look at Mosquitor!
Truthfully, at first glance I wasn't as familiar with Mosquitor as I am, say, your classic Stinkor. But my visceral memory of pushing that button to churn his chest blood definitely brought some feeling back.
Obviously they had to switch out the classic He-Man body shape given to almost every other MOTU character ever to accommodate the blood-chest feature. As a result, Mosquitor has a classic "long torso". I can attest that having this long torso can been difficult to dress being long in the midsection myself. I've also heard that Lindsey Lohan has a long torso and has to choose blouses and swimwear accordingly. [Reminder to self - Google LiLo to get tips on dress fitting.]
Some other keys talking points of Mosquitor would be his spiffy square moon boots and the general shape of his chest cavity. It looks like it's either a "W", an eagle silhouette, or a bat. None of those makes a ton of sense to me, though if he was prone to hanging upside-down the "W" would certainly be more relevant. Actually, in that case the bat would make more sense too. Don't bats eat mosquitoes? Oh, okay, I get it. Mosquitor is trying to throw them off by identifying as one of them.
I'm not remembering at all this weapon that Mosquitor wields. It has some type of dragon pig hybrid in it and I'm racking my brain trying to think of how this might relate to blood sucking.
You know what? This figure is actually really gross. Churning up a blood factory for sport? Someone thought this would be fun for children? I wonder how many kids went on to be doctors, or vampires, because of their bloody Mosquitor obsessions.
For full effect of the blood sucking action, I would like to present my first interactive videos ever. I think I'll be shopping these around to some festivals so see them here first!
In all, Mosquitor is a solid Masters Of The Universe figure with bonus interactive features. Four tentacles!