We got our hands on MOTU Origins Kol-Darr Mattel Creations exclusive, so we are here with a hands-on review! Unlike Wun-Dar, Kol-Darr was not as difficult to get a hold of on Mattel Creations as it took some time for him to sell out. So hopefully, if you wanted a Kol-Dar figure, you were able to get a hold of one. Kol-Darr, one of He-Man’s oldest friend and ally is a character straight out of the 1980’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Filmation Cartoon. He only appeared in one episode of the cartoon series, so it is odd that Mattel choose him to make an exclusive figure out of, but he is cool nonetheless.
Kol-Darr is clad in a canary yellow armor that has some texturing and shimmer to it. You will notice the familiar reuse of Tri-Klops’ and Fisto’s sword in a silver paint app. The deep gold wrist cuffs and belt add a premium feel for the figure, which is great as this is a Mattel Creations exclusive. The figure also features a reuse of Ram Man’s axe and it appears that the head sculpt is a single piece and the helmet is not removable, which is great because it streamlines the look of the figure.
Complete with his bright yellow armor, and Viking horns, Kol-Darr’s design comes straight to us from the 1980’s He-Man and the Master’s of the Universe Filmation cartoon!
If you are not familiar with Kol-Darr from the Masters of the Unvierse Filmation cartoon, here is more about him:
Kol Darr is an old friend and ally of He-Man’s. He rides a mechanical pegasus called Shadow Master.When Kol Darr came to visit He-Man at the Royal Palace, Skeletor lured him into a trap and used the Mirror of Moravad to make an evil double of him. The double asked to see the inside of Castle Grayskull, then ran off in search of its secrets. Meanwhile, the real Kol Darr tricked Skeletor into creating a good double of himself, which he sent to the Royal Palace to disable the freeze field that his double had planted and tell everyone what was happening. Kol Darr’s double eventually found the guardian of Castle Grayskull’s secrets, but was transformed to glass and shattered upon failing the guardian’s test. He-Man then left for Snake Mountain with Man-At-Arms, Teela, and Skeletor’s double, and rescued the real Kol Darr.Kol-Darr
According to Mattel’s product description:
Kol Darr joins the fight for Eternia! Introduced in the “Double Trouble” episode, Kol Darr is one of He-Man’s old friends. He’s lured into a trap by Skeletor who makes an evil double of him at a failed attempt to steal Castle Grayskull’s secrets. Kol Darr is replicated again, but this time as a trusty ally to join your collection. This first ever Kol Darr action figure looks like the animated original with his horned helmet, iconic accessories, and a new belt design to match the other collectibles in the MOTU Origins line.
- MOTU Origins Kol Darr Action Figure
- Stands 5.5 “ tall with 16 points of articulation for battle-worthy poses
- Replicated to look just like the 1980’s Filmation animated cartoon
- Includes sword, axe, and removable chest armor
- Includes exclusive mini comic
Box and Art
The brown outer box, like the Mattel Creations Mini Comic Tri-Klops, features a pencil sketch of the main illustration that is found on the back of the card art plus the pencil sketch of Kol-Darr found in the upper right of the front of the card art! This all adds to the premium feel of the figure and for ONE PENNY more over retail, you get all this! These pencil sketches feature beautiful artwork by the great Axel Gimenez, where Kol-Darr wheedling his axe on one side and throwing his axe on the other side.
The card art is absolutely amazing and features as it features an extra illustration of Kol-Darr that we come to find only on deluxe packaging. The back of the card art is off the charts as it features Snake Men concepts from scrapped MOTU Classics figures from the MOTU comic and art lore! You will also notice an illustration of his mechanical Pegasus he rides called Shadow Master! There is a fiery orange Eternia sky in the background.
One of those snake men pictured was also the preview of the Camo Khan cardback art work, was Reptilax. Reptilax was part of the Snake Men Evil Warriors and is an unproduced character, so it is very interesting to see him illustrated on the back of the card art! He did appear in the vintage mini comc “King of the Snake Men”, and was featured illustrated on the cover. He looked to be a half human, half Snake Man character, with a snake like head & feet but with human torso, arms and legs. It appears that Lady Slither and Reptilax (among other) appear to be on the card art, which opens the door WIDE OPEN for this figures to be produced in the Origins line. Will this happen? One can only dream!
The Kol-Darr figure is a very bright and fun looking character. Based on the He-Man body style, he is mostly a reuse of parts except for the new head, boots and body armor. He shares the same torso, arms, waist and legs as He-Man. His boots however are a reuse of the Mattel Creations Mini Comic Tri-Klops ankle guards with yellow guards and brown boots. His head is reminiscent of that of a Viking, with the brown & yellow horned helmet. He wears a Gotti as this lends some interest to his face since it is the only part showing from under his helmet. He has bright yellow body armor, gold color wrist bracers, a gold belt and brown shorts (same as He-Man’s) The back of his armor does feature a place to stow his sword, so that is a nice added feature.
His paint applications were not so tight as you can see alittle bit of overlap on the belt paint to the shorts. The gold colored paint on his wrist bracers and belt however with very nice looking.
Kol-Darr’s yellow chest armor is a brand new sculpt unique to Kol-Darr and has a very premium looking shimmery yellow paint application. His helmet and ankle bracers are the same shimmery yellow color.
Kol-Darr comes packaged with a reuse of Tri-Klops’ and Fisto’s sword with a silver paint application. The long sword does look good in Kol-Darr’s hands and stands well with the figure. He also comes with an axe which is a reuse of Ram Man’s axe as well. In the weapon’s department, it seems that Mattel was not very creative is suppling Kol-Darr with any unique weapons of his own.
When Kol-Darr is all geared up with his sword and axe, he does look really cool! You can stow that long sword in the back of his chest armor and he does look great with it hanging there.
Where to Buy
Unfortunately, the only place you can get Kol-Darr is on eBay so we’ve provided links to direct listings below!
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