Review – Fisto – Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel

Mattel He-Man Masters of the Universe Classics Fisto 6" Action Figure

FISTO
Heroic Hand-to-Hand Fighter

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!

 

First of all, let me say that I hope I don’t attract the wrong kind of traffic to my site just by having the word “Fisto” on my main page ha ha. With that said, Fisto was one of my most anticipated figures in the line. I don’t know why, I’ve just always loved his design. It’s fairly basic as far as Masters of the Universe characters go, but I just always really dug the body armor and the stern expression, the rugged beard, and of course the giant mechanical fist. Not to mention that thanks to the 2002 MYP cartoon, it’s in canon that Fisto is Man-At-Arms’ brother. Why not, right? They certainly look like they could be brothers. I’m glad the MOTUC bio took the 2002 cartoon’s Fisto storyline as inspiration.

The figure itself also took a lot of inspiration from the 2002 cartoon, but I’ll talk more about that in the actual review. Keep reading to find out my thoughts on Fisto.

 

PACKAGING- Fisto of course comes in the standard Masters of the Universe Classics packaging, with the MOTUC logo displayed at the top, and the name of the character at the bottom. I really like the homages to the vintage figures’ packaging, specifically with the indented bubble in the middle of the blister. The lightning bolts on either side of the blister also look great. The back of the package gives us some pictures of other figures in the line, as well as the bio for Fisto.

 

SCULPT – Fisto is on the standard male “buck” body for MOTUC, which works since the vintage figures used mostly the same body as well. It’s mostly reused parts, except for his armor, head, and right arm. I really like the MOTUC buck body, since it seems like a really good modern interpretation of the vintage figures’ stocky body types. Not every part is in proportion, but that’s ok since it works for MOTU characters. It should be noted that Fisto uses the updated lower legs which cover the ankle joint pins and make for tighter articulation.

The armor looks great, and is a very well modern rendition of the vintage armor. It does come off as a bit of a soft sculpt though, due to it being cast in really pliable resin. I imagine this was done so as not to interfere as much with the ab crunch articulation, which I like. It also has a slot on the back to holster his giant sword. The right arm was a surprise for me, since not only is the hand new, but the bicep is as well. They gave Fisto a brand new beefed up bicep, complete with raised veins and everything. It makes sense that his right bicep would be bigger with having to tote that fist around. The fist is a great sculpt too. Lots of panel lines and rivets really help sell it as a big mechanical hand.

And the best part about this figure is easily the head. Seriously, it has to be one of the best head sculpts in the entire line. His expression is very stern and perfect for the character. The beard and hair have fantastic intricately sculpted hairs that really take the sculpt to another level. You can tell the Four Horsemen really respected the character.

 

 

PAINT – Fisto has some paint slop on his armor, with the purple running off into the gray, but other than that it’s very well done. The dry brushing on his hair and loincloth look great, and the airbrushing on the skin looks as good as ever. Even Fisto’s glove has the rivets on the knuckles painted a bronze color. There’s some metallic detailing on his armor, and on his belt as well. His boots are colored purple, with the straps wrapped around them painted in black.

 

 

ARTICULATION – Fisto has a ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders, bicep swivels, single elbows, left wrist rotator, and a rotator on his right arm where the glove meets the forearm, ab crunch, waist swivel, ball jointed hips, single knees, calf rotators, and pivot rocker ankles.

Every joint on my Fisto was very tight. I was surprised at how well his arm holds up his fist too. The only thing I could even slightly consider a problem I had is that if he’s holding his giant sword in his left hand, the weight of the sword will sometimes cause it to dip and turn the wrist. But the wrist joint itself is fine, but the weight of the sword is just too much sometimes I suppose. I really think the MOTUC articulation model is really good and offers a wide variety of poses, even without the double elbow and knee joints which are becoming more and more standard in the action figure world. I think what we get with MOTUC is just fine for them.

 

 

ACCESSORIES – Fisto comes with a lot of great accessories. He includes an update of his vintage sword, which is just a purple repaint of Tri-Klops’s sword, a 200X inspired belt, a giant 200X inspired sword that was supposed to be included with the 200X fisto figure, but was cancelled, and an alternate 200X inspired head. It’s actually really surprising how many accessories he came with, and how most of them were 200X inspired since Mattel is firm in its stance to move away from that style as much as possible.

The updated vintage sword is nice, with purple metallic detailing. The only downside is that it’s too small to be properly holstered in the back of his armor. The belt is cast in the same pliable material as his armor, and as such has a similar soft look to it, but not distractingly so. We get a cool bull head on the front, with what looks like a pouch hanging down from that, and rivets adorning the length of the belt.

His giant sword is excellent. First of all, the sword is tall. Really tall. It’s just slightly taller than Fisto himself, which is about 7 inches. The Four Horsemen do really well with sculpted tech designs, and this is proven here. Lots of panel lines and rivets cover the blade of the sword, and it’s punctuated by a small fist shaped pommel. The alternate head is the exact same as the first one, but with a crown sculpted on. The crown is very nicely detailed and looks great as a “classicsized” version of the crown Fisto wore on the 200X figure. I’m impressed with how many accessories we received with Fisto, and I think they all paid off really well.

 

 

FUN – I may be biased, but I think Fisto is a lot of fun. He’s a big tough guy with a giant mechanical fist. His fun factor is exponentially raised by all the accessories he comes with as well. With so many display options for him, what’s not fun about him? He looks like he’s ready to kick anyone’s butt and he has the tools to back it up too.

 

 

OVERALL – Fisto is an excellent figure. His sculpt is great, with the new bicep piece, and the heads are amazing. All of joints are nice and tight, and he comes with a ton of accessories. He’s pleasing to both vintage fans and 200X fans as well, giving you the right tools to display him with either look. I always liked Fisto as a character, and felt he deserved a great figure in MOTUC, but I think the Four Horsemen and Mattel went above and beyond on him.

Considering he’s not what they might consider an A-List character, it makes it even more special that he got done so right. The minor complaints with the slight paint slop, the inability to holster his small sword, and his inability to hold up his large sword in some poses do bring down the final score some, but certainly don’t detract from just how awesome the figure is in person. If you’re a Masters of the Universe fan, I’d say this is a must have for your collection.

 

FINAL SCORE: 4.5 / 5

 

 

Where to buy: Unfortunately it was only available on Mattycollector and is currently sold out. However, you can try the following, but you will have to pay secondary market prices.

  • Amazon has him in stock from a few different retailers.
Mattel He-Man Masters of the Universe Classics Fisto 6" Action FigureMattel He-Man Masters of the Universe Classics Fisto 6" Action Figure

Mattel He-Man Masters of the Universe Classics Fisto 6" Action Figure

Mattel He-Man Masters of the Universe Classics Fisto 6" Action Figure

Mattel He-Man Masters of the Universe Classics Fisto 6" Action Figure

Mattel He-Man Masters of the Universe Classics Fisto 6" Action Figure

Whack!

Mattel He-Man Masters of the Universe Classics Fisto 6" Action Figure

Brothers in arms.

Here’s a few extra photos that couldn’t fit in the review, but give you more views at the figure.

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