Site Updates: Russian Funskool Storm Shadow and More MOTU

Hello there and welcome back to The Dragon Fortress. I have multiple treats for you today.

We’re taking an in-depth look at a Russian version of everyone’s favorite ninja and chowing down on a ton of bite-sized MOTU reviews. 

So click on through and let’s get started.

Russian Funskool GI Joe Storm Shadow

Russian Funskool GI Joe Storm Shadow

Have you ever wondered what sets the Funskool version of Storm Shadow v2 apart from its Hasbro counterpart? Do you just like looking at photos of ninja toys? Well, you’re in luck either way. Click the link below to be whisked away to the land of Russian Funskool.

You can always access that little writeup through this page, my Russian Funskool roundup, or the GI Joe tab at the top of the website.

Now that I’ve showed you what you’re really here for, let’s get on to the part you may or may not care about. 

Much More Masters of the Universe

Masterverse

I’ve posted a ton of these MOTU mini-reviews on the site before. They’re always posted on Twitter first, but I know not everyone follows me there.

This time we’re doing things a bit differently, though. We’re not just looking at MOTU Origins and Masters of the WWE Universe– this time we’re throwing Masterverse into the mix, too!

Masterverse was a line I was planning on mostly avoiding. And before this month, I mostly succeeded. I’d only purchased Moss-Man, Skelegod, and Scare Glow until now. All because they appealed to me in certain ways. 

But then I saw Catra and a couple of the New Eternia figures were on sale. I’m a sucker for She-Ra, and I always like it when MOTU does something new and different. 

So, for now, I’ve only got my eye on certain New Eternia figures (Zodac does nothing for me) and whatever POTP figures Mattel wants to crank out, as long as they look good. 

Pray for me. 

Let’s get started. 

Masterverse Teela Version 2

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Masterverse Teela 2.0 looks very nice! And has some QC issues. And is a bit light on interesting accessories. She’ll never live up to Classics Teela, but she is pretty good and an overall valiant effort. 7/10

Wun-Dar

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Origins Wun-Dar, a Mattel Creations exclusive. He looks just like that old mysterious brunette He-Man with black Zodac armor should! He also comes with an axe, short sword, and cosmic ray gun. He is just a fancy kitbash but I find him very appealing. 8/10

Masterverse New Eternia Skeletor

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Masterverse New Eternia Barbarian Skeletor. He has a great look and I love the scimitar. I don’t like that his wrists and grip are too loose to hold that heavy-ass Havoc Staff and the cool armor/cape combo just floats around without attaching. Could have been great, but it’s 7/10

Snout Spout

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Snout Spout is a guy who’s easy to like but hard to commit to. I am charmed by the design and character, but this toy is bad. Both backpacks fall off easily and make the harness sag. The gimmick head’s tube reduces articulation badly. He can’t hold onto his weapon well. 4/10

Masterverse New Eternia He-Man

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Masters of the Universe Masterverse New Eternia He-Man

Masterverse New Eternia Viking He-Man. This toy has everything— loose joints, stuck joints, and slightly off-center helmets. But the sculpt is cool, the paint is nice, and the weapons are neat. Good effort but mine has problems. 6/10

200x Skeletor

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Origins 200X Skeletor. Sure, you COULD find something to gripe about with this figure (swords don’t separate, “wrong feet”), but then you’d be a jerk. He looks amazing. The new parts and paint are fantastic. The sword absolutely rules. 9/10

Masterverse She-Ra

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Masterverse She-Ra! Other than Mattel punching holes in one of the capes to “secure” the figure (Todd Style), she is basically perfect. I especially love the alternate helmeted head and longer cape/chest armor. Beautiful figure. 9/10

Teela (Deluxe, Zoar 2-Pack)

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It’s Teela from the Zoar 2-pack. She has a new ponytail, a 200X sword, updated knees, and different colors. I had to heat her right hand due to how it was packaged and the snake armor doesn’t fit perfectly. But otherwise I like it more than the first Origins Teela. 9/10

Masterverse Catra

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Masterverse Catra. Catra is a fave, so I had to pick this one up. And while she doesn’t look quite as stunning as the MOTUC version, she comes really close. She’s fun and looks exactly like Catra should. Not sure why she got a scepter instead of a sword or whip, though. 8/10

Zoar

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Look, it’s a big rubber bird! Its wings kinda wobble around when you push a lever on its leg. The colors are good but the paint is bad. The armor forces itself off of the toy. It can’t stand on its own, and the perch is prone to falling over, too. I could say even more. 2/10

200X He-Man

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200X He-Man. This is one of my favorite looks for the character. The head sculpt also has Big Dolph Energy. The weapons could use some paint, but otherwise he is perfect. 10/10

Signing Off

Thanks for joining me today!

Do you have a Russian Storm Shadow? Have you been keeping up with the billion new MOTU toys coming out this year? Let me know in the comments. 

5 thoughts on “Site Updates: Russian Funskool Storm Shadow and More MOTU

  1. Dracula

    Aw, I liked the big rubber bird.

    But beyond individual differences in QC I more or less agree with these reviews, particularly in how great the 2002 He-Man and Skeletor figures turned out. And I hope Mattel ships my Wun-Dar soon!

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    1. I’ve never seen or handled the original Zoar. This one is only sort of a pain to put on the perch– it works, but it takes more force than I’m comfortable with. The perch tends to topple over with the bird on it, though, which is the major problem.

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  2. A-Man

    Zoar is why I haven’t gotten that set. I had the original, it was a so-so toy. So why remake it almost exactly like the old one? They improved the cats, but the bird got the bird, but the “MUH, VINTAGE ACTION FEATURES!” crowd is satisfied.

    200X Skeletor, I guess it’s how much 200X vs how much it should blend with Origins. I think it’s odd they made him at least this soon, I mean before filmation. I guess for the anniversary year, BUT they didn’t make New Adventures or CGI toon Skeletors to oppose those respetive He-Men…too many new parts needed, probably. I’m wondering if 2024 won’t be Origins’ FILMATION He-Man cartoon 40th anniversary year. Or is that fall of next year? As long as they make Merman and Beastman.

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