Monday, March 31, 2014

#397 MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE – BUZZ-OFF and CLAWFUL (Ref. 4923 and 7016) (1984)

Another entry presenting two figures from wave 3.

Clawful is nowadays one of the most attractive concepts for me. The claw in the right arm is the most interesting feature of the figure. Clawful seem to be the last figure to enter wave three, since it has a very different reference number. In Halperin’s “Bible”, all figures from wave 3 are described except this one.

Buzz-off was one of my first figures, I got it around 1986 and I keep it ever since. The highlight of this figure are those plastic wings, they are flexible and can be expanded of fold down. A closer look at them reveals some patterns that suggest that the wings are bionic or some technologic invention.

As you can see, both figures share its legs and also their left arm. Because of the claws they have, they cannot really hold the weapons. For this reason, the weapons are sometimes missing. The helmet from Buzz-off is also very likely to be missing, since it doesn’t really fit the head, it “lays” on top of it.

UPDATE: The figure presented above is Made in France. I just got a second version from Malaysia, and I have observed some differences that I would like to point out now. First are the eyes (bright in the Malaysian version), and second the wings (lighter and transparenter plastic in the Malaysian version). Left: France, Right Malaysia. Pictures taken with and without flash.

  • Name: BUZZ-OFF (Ref. 4923) and CLAWFUL (Ref. 7016)
  • Toy Line: Masters of the Universe (Wave 3)
  • Year: 1984
  • Company: Mattel (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 5½’’ or 14 cm

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