One thing I really like about the Masters of the Universe Classics toyline is that it covers all corners of the MOTU mythology. It’s not simply a rehashing of the vintage 80s figures. The Classics line also includes figures inspired by the 80s cartoon, the new Adventures toyline of the 90s, the 2002 cartoon series and toyline, the 80s mini-comics, and the She-Ra: Princess of Power cartoon and toyline. The Classics line has also introduced brand new characters into the mythology like Draego Man. One of the coolest things Mattel has done is produce figures based on old concept art from the earliest days of the brand. For example, in 2011 they produced figures based on the original design sketches for He-Man and Skeletor. Those toys were given the names Vikor and Demo-Man and provided with new backstories to integrate them into the established continuity as unique characters. In May 2013 Mattel did a similar thing with the release of the Fighting Foe Men 3-pack.
“Fighting Foe Men” was the original name assigned to Mattel’s barbarian/science-fiction toy line when it was still in the development stage before they settled on “Masters of the Universe”. I think it’s a cool nod to the history of the brand that the name was resurrected for this set. The first wave of MOTU figures was released in 1982 and new waves were released annually until 1988. If Ditztroyer doesn’t look familiar to you it’s because he’s not a remake of one of those vintage figures; but he’s not a brand new character either.
From 1968 to 1984 Mattel owned a model company called Monogram. Monogram produced model kits of cars, airplanes, and other vehicles beginning in the 1950s and it continued to do so for years after its relationship with Mattel ended. While still owned by Mattel, Monogram produced 3 model kits based on vehicles from the MOTU universe; the Attak Trak, the Talon Fighter, and the Roton. The boxes of those model kits featured painted artwork of the vehicles in action. For some reason the pilots of the vehicles in the artwork were not known characters like He-Man and Skeletor. Instead, never before seen mystery men were placed behind the wheels.
I never owned any of those model kits as a kid. Truthfully, I didn’t even know they existed and I wouldn’t have cared even if I did know. I was never into building models. I would much rather have had the actual toy versions of those vehicles produced by Mattel (but I didn’t own those either). However, if I did own the model kits and had seen the mystery men featured on the box art I probably would have wanted action figures of those characters. Somewhere out there, MOTU fans much more hardcore than I, did remember those characters and did want action figures of them. In 2013 Mattel and the Four Horsemen (the designers behind the Classics line) gave them what they wanted.
This Ditztroyer figure is based on the character seen on the box of the Roton model kit. All of the pilots seen on the boxes are somewhat obscured by the cockpits of the vehicles but the Roton pilot is the one you get the best look at. He’s a blue skinned guy with a blue cape and hood, green gloves, green shin guards or boots, a green belt, and an orange chest and shorts.
The Horsemen have done a fantastic job of producing a figure that matches the box art. The only design element of the action figure that don’t perfectly match up with character seen in the artwork is the lack of the crocodile skin texture on the gloves and shin guards. The furry loin cloth may not be a perfect match either but its difficult to tell.
In the painting the character doesn’t have any sort of emblem on his chest nor does he have any accessories. The Horsemen made a really neat decision to give each Foe Man an emblem and a weapon that represents the vehicle they piloted. Ditztroyer has a black emblem that features the large eyes and jagged underbite of the Roton and for a weapon he has a long black staff with spinning red blades which is very reminiscent of the Roton itself (the staff’s blades don’t actually spin unfortunately). Another cool thing about this figure is that the cape has a sleeve in it where the staff can be stored when not in use.
The newly crafted bio on the Foe Men’s packaging states that they started out as a group of renegade pirates but later swore allegiance to Hordak and joined his Evil Horde. Thusly each Foe Man comes with a Horde symbol that can be worn in place of the vehicle specific emblem. It’s a pretty cool little detail that provides some additional play value. No other toy line makes me wish I was a kid again like MOTU Classics. I would’ve loved to play out Diztroyer’s storyline.
As for the name, each Foe Man was given a name to homage a member of the Four Horsemen team. Ditztroyer is named after a guy named Shane Ditzworth. I’m not a fan of the name but whatever.
I really like this figure. It’s by far my favorite of the 3 Foe Men. The design is great, the colors are great, and the accessories are great. His joints are solid and he has plenty of articulation. My only gripes are:
2. I think all 3 of the Fighting Foe Men look like good guys. They seem miscast as villains. Ditztroyer reminds me of Dr. Manhattan and the Vision, both heroic characters.
3. He has nipples. I didn’t notice until I took his larger Roton emblem off to replace it with the Horde symbol but this dude is apparently bare chested. That doesn’t make any sense to me. I’ll just keep on pretending that he’s a blue guy with a very tight orange shirt on.
8 out of 10.