“Orko” MOTUC Action Figure Review

Back on Cyber Monday 2011, Matty Collector did a huge four-day long sale on their site for many older figures from their various toy lines. Not one to miss out on this opportunity, I stayed up until 3 AM EST to make sure I could grab what I wanted before the pirates and scalpers swooped in to devour the available toys. My bloodshot eyes and ruined sleep-cycle proved worth it, as I came out of the sale with a few figures I had wanted for some time.

One of those figures was Orko, “The Heroic Court Magician,” who was an exclusive figure from San Diego Comic Con 2010. He came in two versions, one a plain version of Orko, and the other a special translucent version. Today, we are looking at the ordinary Orko, but nothing is ordinary about this figure. In addition to Orko, one of his accessories is a full-sized figure of Prince Adam, so enjoy this review of two figures in one!

Packaging:

Orko comes in a larger package than the usual MOTUC figures, namely since he has one massively huge accessory named Prince Adam, who is recumbent at the base of the figure. Otherwise, it is the same look as the other MOTUC figures, which are fine. Nothing fancy about them, but they work with the figure just fine.

The figures are easy to remove from the box, with only two twisty ties to worry about. The only real trouble you will have is the plastic molded around Prince Adam’s torso and his accessories, but a sturdy pair of scissors will remedy that quickly. The card itself is nothing unfamiliar to collectors of this line, and the back has a preview of a few other figures as well as an all-new character bio.

Sculpting:

Orko’s robe is made from a softer plastic rather than the hard kind used in other figures. It’s more akin to the plastic capes used in this line of toys. Unlike Ban Dai’s Mumm-Ra from their Thundercats line, this robe is not removable, but it does make him more balanced than the other robed character we reviewed before. His right hand can hold his staff, while his left is posed like he is in the middle of casting a spell.

The figure has a cartoony look, but stays within the realm of believability for the MOTUC line. After all, how far fetched is he in a series of toys with a crab monster and a steroided up skeleton?

Prince Adam uses the same body we have seen from the other He-Man figures, except he is painted to appear dressed. He also has a vest on now, which is not removable, to cement his appearance on the cartoons as the heir to the throne of Eternia. Instead of the larger gauntlets He-Man has, Prince Adam has two smaller wrist-bands painted silver. The likeness is same as He-Man, although the expression on his primary face is a jovial one, unlike the battle face of his transformed counterpart.

Paint:

Orko has some serious slop issues where his ears meet his hat. It is not only noticeable, it is a true distraction from the rest of this exceptional figure. There is also some weak spots on his yellow eyes, which is often a difficult pigment to keep solid, especially when it is on top of a black surface.

Prince Adam has wonderful detailing on his furry loincloth and his boots, as well as his silver wrist bands. Unfortunately, his head has some creases in the paint on his chin and forehead. This might just be my figure and not anyone else’s, but it is very distracting since it is in a prominent location.

Otherwise, Mattel adapted a very peculiar color scheme for Prince Adam and brought it into their MOTUC line very well, not making him as bright as the 80’s version, but keeping the integrity of the source material. Orko looks just like a character model the animators would use, so no complaints there other than the issues with his head.

Accessories:

Orko comes with a book of magic spells, a casting staff, and a translucent stand to pose him on top of so that he appears to be floating in the air like in the cartoons. Orko was not one for walking, since he apparently has no legs and is probably the original form of what would later die and become Slimer from “The Real Ghostbusters.”

Technically, Prince Adam is also an accessory with this figure, so that is pretty awesome. Mattel truly went out of there way on the amazing-meter with this one though, since not only do you get Prince Adam, but you also get a second head for him, and a pair of purple power swords, one complete and one half-sword to be used with the many other half-swords from this line. His vest is also removable, thanks to a gold button on front of it. That is a ton of stuff for one figure.

Sadly, the book does not fit in Orko’s hands, but everything else fits just fine. The floating black mage also fits perfectly onto his stand, snug but not stuck in there requiring excessive force to yank him off of it. I also had some trouble getting the power sword into Adam’s hand, but it really just needed to get broken in a bit (or perhaps some warm water to loosen the paint).

Playability:

Orko has a very good amount of poseability considering he has no legs. He can rotate on his base, and his head moves independently from his scarf. His arms have just as much articulation as a normal sized figure, although his torso does not move since his body is one piece.

Prince Adam has the same buck from other MOTUC figures, with 19 points of articulation. The vest he wears makes it impossible to bend his torso over, but it is removable as mentioned. Without the vest to, he just looks like a very buff guy in a long-sleeved white shirt. It’s funny how weird he looks without the vest, just wearing this white shirt and a purple loincloth over pink shorts.

These figures are meant for collectors, but a kid can still enjoy them and a loose collector who poses his toys can still do plenty with them. You may be limited as to what you can do with Orko since a floating wizard can not do too much in terms of action, but what he can do, he does well.

Final Verdict:

I was really looking forward to getting Orko, as well as Prince Adam. What I did not know beforehand was just how many accessories this figure came with, and how much I would end up liking it. I had a chance to buy this at SDCC when it came out in 2010, but it ended up being hard to get and out of my budget, so I am grateful I got a second chance at what is basically a two-pack for a little over the price of a normal figure.

I grabbed this set from Matty Collector during their Cyber Monday sale for a reasonable price, but at this point, you are going to have to scour eBay or Amazon for it. You can pick up the SDCC Exclusive Orko with Prince Adam from Amazon for around $70, and while it’s hard for me to recommend a six-inch toy at that price, if you can find an Orko, it is worth buying, but like all discontinued MOTUC figures, you will have to do some serious searching to find it for a bargain.

Check out the gallery below for more photos of Orko and Prince Adam!

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