Eternia Minis: Skelegod review

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2021 has been a banner year for spoilers on toys. The unpredictability of production times and release schedules means companies that would normally only announce (or even ship) their toys after the media in question had already been available simply can't wait for everything all the time. Toys take up warehouse space, and if you don't move them out, nothing new can come in, and your entire revenue stream dries up and then you're boned. So if Mattel has to put a MotU Revelation figure on shelves months before the show? It's not really their fault. But also? Maybe don't plan for your first release to be something from the last minutes of the finale episode.

Skelegod, the cosmic lord of destruction, is what happens when Skeletor gets his hands on He-Man's Power Sword - suggesting that what it took for them to be be "evenly" matched foes all these years was for He-Man to be operating at a 10, while Skeletor was down around a 2 or 3. So Prince Adam is to He-Man as Skeletor is to Skelegod, power-levels-wise.

Also physical-size-wise. Just as scrawny little Adam gains about 200 pounds of pure muscle when he powers up, Skelegod is bigger than the erstwhile Keldor. In the cartoon. This Mini is the same size as all the other ones. He retains his blue-and-purple colorscheme, and the yellow bone face, but wears much fancier armor than ever before: a horned helmet, spiky black shoulder pads, a fancy belt in addition to a furry loincloth, and ornate shinguards on the boots. There's not as much paint as on the real figure, but whould you expect there to be? There's a big wicked H on his chest, his version of the symbol that replaced He-Man's old "iron cross" emblem. He's armed with his chaos staff, when he should really have the Power Sword. Maybe that's a Season 2 spoiler.

The Revelation Minis are sold on tiny blister cards, like Series 3 and 4 of the regular line - that may have something to do with the number of opened Castle Grayskull and Snake Mountain shells we saw laying by the display boxes when Walmart carried them. Instead of the retro-inspired red cards, these are much darker. You can barely even tell that's supposed to be Castle Grayskull's jawbridge behind the figure.

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4 Responses to Eternia Minis: Skelegod review

  1. Scott says:

    Yeah, the Skelegod figure spoiling the end of Part 1 annoyed me too.
    By the way Skeletor is (thankfully) not Keldor here. Much like the original mini-comics and the Filmation series (as confirmed by the Sorceress in the short "The Greatest Adventures of All)", this Skeletor is unrelated to Adam and comes from another dimension (issue 2 of the Relevation comic shows he comes from a race of skull-faced people. Which he plays off like it was a 'joke' when Evil-Lyn disbelieves him but then he's shown holding the amulet his wife in his story was wearing). And despite what some people think Revelation is not a sequel to the Filmation show. Some character origins (like Roboto) are different and obviously the tone and more violent events are completely incompatible with that show's more lighthearted kid-friendly world.

    Some people are upset about this version not being Keldor, but hey so were a lot of us when that whole evil uncle thing was added to Skeletor back then too after years of him being unrelated to the hero. Keldor is the 2002 series Skeletor, fine. But Revelation goes back to the original version by having none of that dodgy uncle with dodgier facial hair stuff. 😛

    Anyways I haven't not been buying these minis. I'm much more into the awesome lil Mega Construx line for my MotU needs. In fact I just received the latest set of 5 mini-figures today that included Trap Jaw (filmation colours), Roboto (mini-comics), Tri-Klops (mini-comics), Scare Glow (slightly different colour to the first release which has become rare and overpriced. Still glows) and Man-E-Faces (they managed to do the face swivel gimmick even on a 2 inch figure). And with new sets coming out including Hordak and She-Ra plus the gigantic Snake Mountain brick set due end of next year (I've had Grayskull for about 18 months and I love it) I got some saving up to do. 🙂

    • yo go re says:

      But the evil uncle thing wasn't "added," it was the story all along. At least, as "all along" as anything in MotU was, when He-Man was originally just a barbarian with no Prince Adam or royal family, the Sorceress was Teela in a hat, etc. If '80s Skeletor hadn't been Keldor back then, he wouldn't have been Keldor in the update, either. Anybody who got mad about that needed to get a time machine and complain about it 20 years earlier...

      • Scott says:

        Nope. Skeletor was NOT related to Adam in the 80s and was NEVER 'the story all along'. It had only been vaguely implied in a very late mini-comic (The Search for Keldor) but never confirmed until the 200X series ran with that. Before then Skeletor was ALWAYS of a separate species from another dimension. The retconning of Keldor and Skeletor being same person has been disputed by some Mattel staff of the late 80s era too. Basically it was just going to be a gimmick to hopefully stir up more interest in the brand with a 'shocking revelation' but wasn't used either because they just didn't care for it or that the brand was pretty much too far close to death to continue.

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