Saturday, May 21, 2011

Ebaying: He-Man 200x Accessories and Figures

God, do I love Ebay. The trick, in my opinion, is persistence and patience. When there's something you really want, it's all too easy to drop a huge amount of cash.

However, if you're willing to wait, sometimes you'll find an auction where things just work out.

I've wanted a few accessories from Mattel's 200X line (a.k.a.: Millennium Series; a.k.a.: that new He-Man show you should have watched but didn't [okay, so technically the redesigned toys came out before the show was created, but... I'm trying to keep things simple for the non-geeks out there]).

In particular, I really wanted Skeletor's Havoc staff. I also wanted his "double sword", though I'd have been willing to do without that.

At any rate, I found an auction where the toys wound up going for something like $10, including shipping. I also got some figures, which I consider accessories to the accessories:

All figures have intrusive buttons on their backs that make them swing swords. The ones in the power armor also have chest plates that pop off if you tickle their stomachs. I should also mention that their boots come off. Maybe I shouldn't have bothered mentioning that. Whatever.

The figures look cool, but the action features just get in the way. Also, the limited articulation is a bit annoying. Interestingly enough, they have versions of the swivel/hinge hips that are on the DC Universe Classics line. Unfortunately, without knee/ankle joints, these don't do much good.

Who cares? These are custom bait! I've already got the only He-Man/Skeletor figures I expect I'll ever need. I just wanted more weapons for them.

I'll start with He-Man's sword. It includes the turning handle, which moves during Prince Adam's transformation. It works well: I'm impressed. I'll probably stick with the "custom" sword I painted: I like the colors a little better:

The shield's really useful to me. First up, I love the size. Secondly, it has a vertical peg to fit in He-Man's hand. The one that came with the Masters of the Universe Classics He-Man I have snaps onto his wrist. Why is this better? Because, unlike the smaller one I had, this one can slide into the opening on the back of He-Man's strap, allowing him to wear it on his back. Cool!

No complaints about that ax, either....

I like the Havoc Staff, of course. While I also like the ones I made, it's nice having one more... show accurate. Skeletor's sword is also cool. It comes apart, just like in the cartoon:

The "mini swords" are a bit loose in his hands, unfortunately. Still, with some work, they'll stay put.

In addition to all these goodies, I also wound up with a handful of other accessories. The power armor figures came with helmets, and (for some reason) I wound up with a claw that I'm pretty sure started life with a different character in the line. The strangest additions, though were these:

Yup: that's a gun blade, from Final Fantasy, if I'm not mistaken. As for the thing on the left.... no idea. Finally, I also got an extra Havoc Staff:

This one's easy to ID: it's clearly labeled as a McDonald's toy. I'm not sure what I'll do with this, but into the custom bin it goes.

The swords don't stay together too well in the sheath on Skeletor's back. Oh well: such is life.

Oh, hell yeah. That's going on the shelf.


  1. Oh my, I've been wiating for an auction like this for ages--like you, I also wanted to get the 200X Havok Staf and sword fro Skeletor. But I'm glad you won it! :)

  2. Wow your patient pays off. I was surprised to see a gun blade in there. Totally look out of place if He-man and friends actually carry that. LOL

  3. I don't know - I can imagine Man-At-Arms pulling a gun blade on Whip-Lash.