Vintage meets new with the Masters of the Universe Origins Terror Claws Skeletor Deluxe figure! Check this detailed hands on review!
The Masters of the Universe Origins Deluxe Terror Claws Skeletor is just as fun as the vintage figure that came out in 1986 with a much brighter color scheme. The action feature that made this figure so amazing back in the 80’s is retained and TC Skelly comes with some oversized claws and his trusty Dragon Weapon to strike fear into any foe! If you want to check out the in depth history of the Terror Claws Skeletor vintage figure, head over to the Battleramblog!
Card and Art
As Terror Claws Skeletor is a deluxe figure, he comes on the wider, larger MOTU Origins Card with his weapons and accessories on display in all of their glory. The rear of the card is where the money shot is as you can see Two-Bad and Spikor behind Terror Claws Skeletor ready to strike! Like other figures that have been teased on the Origins card art, we expect these figures to make it into the line but at the time of writing this review, they have not been officially announced yet.
The art on the upper right of the Origins Deluxe card is reminiscent of the vintage Terror Claws Skeletor (as seen below in the upper left of the vintage card. I really love the way they illustrated the action feature as it seems to come to life.
Like other figures that have been teased on the Origins card art, we expect these figures to make it into the line but at the time of writing this review, they have not been officially announced yet.
Terror Claws Skeletor comes packed with a closed mouth head sculpt resembling his vintage figure look with black eye sockets and red beady eyes! His hood is a light purple than we’ve seen on previous versions of Skeletor and the difference is really apparent in the head sculpt comparison in the Weapons and Accessories section.
Like every other Terror Claws Skeletor I’ve seen, mine also suffers from quality control issues. If paint chipping occurs, you will see the vac metal underneath the blue skin because the entire torso is sprayed in magenta and blue paint is applied over it. Although mine does not suffer from severe paint chipping, you can see the neck and shoulders are separating from each other, giving it a split look. Like Flying Fists He-Man, the ball joint on the neck has limited articulation but the tooling is a tradeoff to get the neat action figure.
Chest and Back
The money shot is Terror Claws Skeletor’s vac metal chest armor (or crop top…whatever you want to call it). It is shiny but not as reflective as Flying Fists He-Man’s but, overall, it looks amazing and well done! The white skull with red eyes and nose in the middle really stands out! The chest armor design also mimics his battle armor shape, but the detail blends with the vac metal treatment.
The waist is pretty basic but we do get a nice pop of red! Right above the waist on the backside are the notches for his super cool action feature! This creates a nice gripping feature for your thumb so you can let the claws fly (or flail)!
The legs are the standard Skeletor mold but with a slight difference in paint color. The Terror Claws Skeletor has a much deeper purple paint on the boots than the standard versions of Skeletor.
Weapons and Accessories
Terror Claws Skeletor comes with an extra gripping hand, a standard havoc staff, his Terror claws and his Dragon weapon!
The Terror Claws look cool and are a brand new piece and not a reuse from the MOTWWE line. They have larger bolts around the wrist and rivets adorning the forearms. There is only one way to snap them on, with the the bone protruding out of his forearm facing up. They just snap it into place and he is ready to wreak havoc!
Next up let’s take a look at his dragon weapon, which is white except for a painted red mouth. It has some very cool technical detail sculpted on the shaft and on the eyes. It makes a really cool clickty clacking sound when you place it in his hand and he is flailing about. The cool thing is that the Dragon stows nicely in the plastic clip on the back of Skelly’s armor!
Terror Claws Skeletor also comes with a grinning head sculpt, which I prefer as he looks much cooler when you activate his claws or his Dragon!
Head Sculpt Comparisons
The main difference between the new TC Skelly head sculpt and the previous version is that the hood is more of a purple, making his other head sculpt look blue. Also, the hood completely wraps around the chin and does not have a gaping look like the first release.
This is how I prefer my Terror Claw Skeletor to look and the displayability options are great with this figure! You can put both Terror Claws on or remove one and place his Dragon in a hand of your choosing!
Where to Buy Terror Claws Skeletor
We’ve created an easy shop experience so if you are looking to buy or locate him in a physical store, please check out our Origins shop page!
In closing, Terror Claws Skeletor is a fun figure to play with! The action feature is worth the price of the figure alone! Further differentiating it from previous releases, the deeper purple on the hood and the boots are a great addition. The vac metal armor really stands out and the additional head sculpt is bonus!