Nikolas Powers, the Ancient Lord of Zalesia is only guilty of one thing: love! Yep, this sorcerer just wanted to get married and make babies, but the higher powers of Eternia frowned on it so he was forced to dress in elaborate KISS stage-dress and lose the definitive features of his face. While we prefer to use him as one of our enemy forces, the guy really isn’t bad at all. Regardless, we put him up against King Grayskull in our photos simply because it looked like a good matchup. Welcome to our
inaccurate imaginative review of Mattel’s upcoming release in their Masters of the Universe Classics line-- The Faceless One!
As the ruler of Zalesia, Nikolas Powers was entrusted by King Grayskull to guard the city’s great magical objects – the Havoc Staff and the mystical Ram Stone. Powers was a core member of Grayskull’s Council of Elders, great mages from across Eternia who had the wisdom to tap into the planet’s hidden magical secrets. But by marrying and having a daughter, he broke the Elder’s treaty with king Hssss to not produce any heirs. Powers was stripped of his humanity, condemned to never leave Zalesia and forced to watch his beloved city destroyed by Serpos. Now called “The Faceless One” he asked the wizard-warrior He-Ro to use the power of Central Tower to send his daughter Evelyn into the future. There, with his immortality, he hoped to raise her away from the terror of the Great Wars.
The Faceless One has one of the more intricate sculpts in the line thus far. Owing to his animated roots, his armor has tons of detail and sharp lines. He uses the same base body as pretty much every other male figure in the MOTUC line, but his cloak and loincloth make The Faceless One stand out on our ever-increasing Master’s shelves. His head sculpt was a big point of debate over on He-Man.org and for good reason. When your name is the Faceless One and you have a face… well, you can see the predicament. However, the Four Horsemen have managed to pull out a winner. Although he could have used less of a mouth, the shadows cast by his cheekbones define him far more than their actual sculpt detailing. In order to hold his Ram Stone, Nik shares the same left hand as Count Marzo.
The paint on our figure was very clean. Considering all of the small bone details and various shades of purple throughout his costume, this was very reassuring. Black is used inside his collar to better frame his head and helps to reflect back the right amount of shading on the sculpted head. Speaking of his noggin, The Faceless one has been painted with gray shading to keep from having a pure-white head. This is reminiscent of Kyle Rayner’s gloves in the Green Lantern Classics line. Beneath his armor you’ll find purple pecs and black abs, not that he’ll probably be sans that terrific cloak very much.
The Faceless One has the same articulation model as the rest of our hordes of Masters of the Universe Classics figures: ball-joint neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, hinged torso, swivel waist, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, hinged knees, swivel boot tops, and dual hinged “rocker” ankles. All of the joints work well, although due to his cloak the shoulders are severely limited in range of motion without making him look off kilter in the worst of ways. Same can be said for his thighs thanks to the addition of his loincloth. He’s more than capable of holding his Ram Stone and Havoc Staff for battle, and that’s all that matters in the long run anyway.
Evil-Lyn’s Daddy comes packaged with some of the most powerful magical artifacts in all of the He-Man mythos: The Ram Stone and the Havoc Staff! The Ram Stone is slightly metallic green in hue and fits snugly in the open left hand of The Faceless One. We’ve been testing it and have yet to confirm that it can break through any mystical barriers. I think we were duped! The Havoc Staff utilizes the same mold as the one released with Skeletor. Fitting since it’s the same weapon. This time however, part of the staff is molded in translucent pink plastic (it was red when we first caught a glimpse of it at Toy Fair) and then has purple added to give it the effect of being powered up for an attack.
While not a part of the vintage line, the Faceless One will be a welcome addition to your Masters of the Universe Classics collection… assuming you like kick-ass figures, that is! Be sure to visit the Matty Collector website on June 15th at noon (eastern time) in order to secure your own father figure!
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