Like a lot MOTU figures I had as a kid Tri-clops was mostly cool….in my mind. Toys had such great back stories back then with great cartoons and comics but the toys were usually a little less than you hoped for. They never quite looked how you wished they looked. I knew Tri-clops was supposed to be a bad-ass so that’s how I imagined him but in truth the toy was pretty goofy looking. Short and squat like all He-Men and though the triple eye concept was cool it looked far from cool in action figure form. The old figure reminds me of the retarded looking cyclops from the 80s “classic” movie KRULL. That is not a compliment to Mr. Tri-Clops. Check out the movie if you haven’t seen it though, it’s 80s fantasy fun. I loved it as a kid and can still enjoy it now. While I’m plugging 80s fantasy movies I may as well recommend He-Man and the Masters of the Universe starring Dolph Lundgren. It’s not that great and fairly far removed form the cartoon but again, 80s fun.
So when the 200x line released their version of Tri-clops I could finally stop imagining Tri-clops being cool because now he was frig’n Fonzie cool. They improved everything about this guy 10 fold. He’s either posed like he’s ready to pounce or perhaps he’s in a defensive stance prepared to wow you with his sword-play. The armor is great and the leather loin cloth is leaps and bounds better than the hairy shorts they all wore in the 80s. The head sculpt on this guy is just killer. No longer a giant square mellon with a freako mega eye staring at you but a proportioned techno-advanced battle helmet. And the grimace on his face….I can tell this guy is mean and smart, like he’s figuring you out. His sword can be stored on the back of his armor and he has a sword thrust feature with a button on his back which is cool and doesn’t hurt the look of the figure too much. He also came with a spying hover-bot which he often used in the cartoons. Fantastic. 10 out of 10.