Fisto: the Heroic Warrior who holds not only the title for Best Facial Hair, but also takes the prize for Filthiest Sounding Name. Congrats, big guy! As such, it's about time Fisto has finally been immortalized in Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics line and is truly a sight to behold. He's a figure that instantly intimidates our other toys and with a hand like that, you just know he'd punch some faces off! Read on for the bio and full review of the Bearded Wonder: Fisto.
This year (MOTU's 30th anniversary), the white mailer boxes the figures arrive in are not only thinner, but have names of different MOTU-niverse geographical locations printed at the bottom depending on the figure. Fisto's box has "Sub-Ternia" printed, and as far as we can tell, this is his home in the Mystic Mountains. Here's the complete bio, so you can decide for yourself:
Real Name: Malcom
The older brother of Duncan, Randor's first Man-At-Arms, Malcom served under King Miro during the Great Unrest but was wounded in battle and stricken with magical amnesia. Wandering through Eternia, he settled in the Mystic Mountains in a mining settlement unable to piece together how he lost his battalion. His life changed when the Snake Men attacked his town and he helped save the Masters of the Universe from their trap. But in doing so, Malcom shattered his right hand. In gratitude Duncan replaced it with a robotic strong arm. Now known as Fisto, he has made up with his brother and fights as a heroic member of the Masters of the Universe smashing evil with his giant knuckles.
The sculpt for Fisto is exactly what you'd want it to be. Granted, even with the Four Horsemen sculpting the line, there are usually some aspect that fans will find to gripe about and wish was altered in some way. Not this time. If you believe that anything about Fisto doesn't perfectly convey the character, then... well, that'd be your opinion, which you are fully entitled to. Our opinion would be that you should be forced to play with Go-Bots as punishment for denying how badass this figure is! Fisto shares a lot of the same basic parts as other MOTUC figures, but his incredibly sculpted head, right bicep (it's larger and has some veins bulging from the weight of his mechanical hand), and huge f'n fist (he and Ash shop at the same prosthetic stores) set him apart as a character all his own. Even his chest armor manages to bring out the vintage design while adding far more detail than the 80s figure ever could have dreamed. On the back of the armor, the one piece of fan griping appears: the sword holder. For fans who only prefer the vintage look, it can be an eyesore. Our favorite thing about Fisto though, is his ability to look like his vintage counterpart or the 200X variety-- and that includes the sword holder. More on that in the Accessories section.
The paintwork on Fisto is very well done and doesn't shy away from the purple hues of his vintage roots. A matte purple has been used on his armor, belt, and boots, while a metallic finish makes it's way onto the medallions on his belt, large sword, and vintage sword's blade. The figure we received manage to have a very clean paint job with no real mistakes or paint slop to speak of. Silver has been used to highlight the rivets on his armor, his bracelet, and his massive mechanical right hand.
Fisto has the usual Masters of the Universe Classics articulation model featuring a 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 his joints work properly, including the ankles, thanks to using the Vikor-style boots. His torso hinge is also unhindered thanks to the soft plastic used for his armor. How boring was that? Usually there's at least one loose limb or hindered neck to score a complaint, but Fisto's just that damn good!
Accessories are a big reason Fisto is such an amazing figure. He comes equipped with a purple version of Tri-Klops' sword (like the vintage figure), an extra head that sports an armored headband, a belt full of sculpted details including a book and flask, and a HUGE sword used in the cleaving of things. The extra head, belt, and sword are a nod to the MOTU millinium-series when Fisto was known by the surprisingly better name: Battle Fist! Actually, that's not a lot better-- it just sounds a tad less dirty.
Like Vikor, Fisto has been released at the beginning of the year, and barring any eye-gougingly cool MOTUC figures later on, he is already fast-tracked to be one of our favorite figures of 2012! Mattel, you did it right this time. Fisto will be available exclusively to sub-holders and on the Matty Collector website this February, so keep an eye out and your credit card ready, cause you don't wanna miss this guy!
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