In truth, I had forgotten he'd appeared in the 200X MOTU Animated series.
That's bad when you consider that I have two DVD copies of the entire series. Yes, two. One original, one not so original. Yes, bad. So what did I do? I popped in the DVD and watched "The Power of Grayskull" once more! Well, actually I had to watch it on YouTube because the DVD the Rangerlord got me was perfect, except for that one episode! Gaaaargh!!!
But it's all good because having found it of YouTube, I can share it with ya! (You actually have to "Read More" to see more. Irony, no?)
And Part 2!
Well, if you had time to watch all of that then you'll probably love the character of King Grayskull as much as I do. So how did the MOTU Classic translation turn out? Only one way to find out... ;D
Like: That he's meant to go with the 200X sword. 200X was the series he was created from and that's his insignia they used as He-Man's for the entire series.
The great thing is that they used the 200X insignia for his harness. But in the "translation" from 200X to Classics style, they gave him a regular Power Sword. Ok, so it's called the "Sword of He" now, and his sword does have a sparkly end, but I still think the 200X blade is cooler and brings sums the world of Eternia up brilliantly--it looks hi-tech but is imbued with magic!
Like: Other than the re-issue of He-man, this is the only other time you get his power sword and shield in original colors of grey and orange-red. Yay!
Like: The sword he comes with has sweet sparkly magic at the tip!
Dislike: That there are some paint over-spray from the silver onto the brown of his harness and that there's a line of flash running across the top of his hair. This figure costs too much to have these basic errors.
Dislike: He's got really loose ankle rockers. The hinges are nice and tight, but the rockers and bonkers.
Like: His kingly cloak!
Flocked at the top, fitting, and you can even pass it down through the generations...Now wouldja look at that? King He-Man! All he needs is that crown from Randor, both literally and figuratively. Ha!
Dislike: His face sculpt. His jaw is a little too rounded. He looks like Brett Favre, and Brett Favre is 40.
Moreover, his jaw juts out and makes his head seem to large. He looks kinda, well, slow. And his expression is rather deadpan as well. It doesn't make for great poses and especially lacks the intensity to go with weapons.
Dislike: The hair. His pigtails fall in straight front when I think at an angle would be better. Worse still, his hair at the back has been cut short! I suppose it was done to allow the cloak to fit better. But without his cloak, Grayskull looks like bad haircut behind.
Like: That he, like any other MOTUC figures, looks great with the 200X accessories. Though I've only tried the new Power Sword, axe, and shield on King Grayskull and my DCUC vs MOTUC He-Man, I'm just waiting to try more accessories from different figures on their MOTUC counterparts! (The elusive Man-At-Arms comes to mind...)
Dislike: (But more like minorly disappointed) that the back strap that keeps his harness together doesn't come with the standard slit-sheathe that He-Man or Skeletor comes with. He can still store his sword in the harness, though. It just looks more improvised.
Dislike: His first name. D'Vann. Really? Why not D'uvet, or even D'ouche? All right it's not that bad, but still...
7/10 - I wish he looked...better. More chiseled, more determined, more gritty, more "He" than He-Man. His hair is also not quite right and looks a little like a wig. Side by side with my DCUC vs MOTUC He-Man, I prefer He-Man's slightly more ruddy skin. It's as if King Grayskull has all the right pieces--the long hair, the grim(ish) look, the great (longer) loincloth--but they just aren't executed well enough. Ah well, I guess anyone would be as pissy-looking as Grayskull if he had to deal with the Snakemen and Hordak, as well as have to be called D'Vann by the Sorceress in the bedroom.
/10 - King Grayskull's got your standard MOTUC articulation, except that his awesome cloak really prevents him from posing. Once you swivel his shoulders a little too much, the cloak threatens to fall off. Now I'm a huge fan of cloaks and I love them on Keldor and Count Marzo. But those guys have capes that fit around their necks and can't come off unless you pull off their heads.
Another problem is the limit his hair puts on his head articulation. I guess themsflowy locks.
Poor D'Vann here is left to rue what could've been a higher score. As it is, I pose him just, well, standing around in my display, clutching at his crystal ball...
Fun: 9/10 - This is where I like the figure the most--the character's significance in the He-Man mythos. He's the source of the Power Sword's power, the creator of the Council of Elders (from his own fighting men), and the ancestor of Prince Adam, explaining why Adam was chosen to be a hero. There's just a lot of history and mystery to the character. Well, at least in the 200X version.
Value: 7.5/10 - He's not too bad and it's mainly because of the accessories. But I feel the clincher is not that he has many accessories, but that he's got pretty damn rare ones. No more
Other than that, you get 5-6 pieces of equipment with Grayskull, depending whether you count his cloak (which I do) and that's quantity, if not quality.
Overall: 8.0/10 -This figure is well translated to the MOTU Classic style. It's a great re-use of a body and a figure I didn't hesitate getting it the week it was released. However, I still feel there's some unfulfilled potential with the head sculpt, which seems just a tad disappointing. Strangely, it's weird that I have so many things I dislike about Grayskull because I still think he's a great figure. I just wished he didn't have all these minor issues.
But it's all good, because the figure's gotten me all wanting to watch the 200X series again and I have it, all two copies of them! I can even now introduce some of the not-so-main characters to her to justify some spending. Heh. At the very least, it'll show the wife how cool King Grayskull is and convince her that he'll need Hordak to fight with.