Sunday, July 26, 2015

Masters of the Universe Classics Sssqueeze Review!!!

Here's a late review of a MOTUC figure that came out in June . Even though his name is listed as Sssqueeze with three of the letter s , I'm going to refer to him as Squeeze throughout this review . In the 1980s Squeeze was one of the last Snake Men released in the MOTU line, just like this year he is one of the last Snake Men released for Classics . The addition of Squeeze completes all of the Snake Men action figures from the vintage line . However not all Snake Men members are accounted for, on packaging art King Hiss is seen riding on top of Tyrantisaurus Rex .Squueeze has two different versions of himself, his original look and his 200x look from the Mike Young Masters of the Universe cartoon . The MOTUC version however focuses strictly on his original look .

What I like best about Squeeze's bio is that we find out that he is not just another warrior in the Snake Men army, but has a prominent role as one of Hiss' top lieutenants . So not only is he known for brawn with his long arms, but also brains . The pic in the middle is exactly how he comes packaged, with his arms curled. A question that many of you may have about this figure is " Do the arms make him top heavy " ? The answer is neither yes or no , the answer is it depends on how you pose him . If you display Squeeze with his arms upward, he will become top heavy and tumble over when standing . However if you pose him with his arms at his side in a downward position , this balances the figure and he stands well . Another good thing about Squeeze is that he is one of many MOTUC figures that did NOT have to lose his action feature from the vintage line to accommodate Classics. Squeeze's cool looking snake weapon is the only accessory he comes with .
I'm also glad that Squeeze's mouth is open . This is nice just in case if you want to pose him biting on something . I also think that he is one of those figures that you'll be more pleased with once you have it in person, compared to seeing pics of it on the internet . On the web he may look kind of silly and goofy to a lot of us, but once you have Squeeze in your hands those thoughts dissipate . Also just like the original Squeeze figure , the armor and shin guards do not come off, they are sculpted onto the figure . Now let's have a closer look at the length of his arms .

Although individually each arm is not as long as a twelve inch ruler, but close enough . From the looks of the pics, each arm is about ten inches long . For a total of twenty inches with a combined measurement of both arms . Since most six inch action figure lines are equivalent to real life measurements , for example , 6 inches=6 feet , 7 inches = 7 feet etc ,. I assume that if Squeeze was a real creature both of his arms would be about 10 feet long , giving him an attack range , or reach of 20 feet . My calculations might be on to something as I display Squeeze attacking Sy-Klone and Mer-Man in the pic below .
                                                                  FINAL   THOUGHTS 

( 1 ) ARTICULATION - Same basic articulation as any MOTUC figure , however the arms give a new twist to this category .

( 2 ) STANDING  ABILITY - Stands well if you have his arms balanced at his sides .

( 3 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - The arms gives us multiple posing / display options .

( 4 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? Not really bothered by this but if you want to have Squeeze hold figures above his head with his long arms, you'll be disappointed . He along with the figure will topple over .

( 5 ) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THE  FIGURE ? Make his legs stronger so that he can hold other figures above his head .

( 6 ) GRADING  SCALE - I give Squeeze a Perfect ten despite the flaw of not being able to hold figures above his head , because I can easily overlook this unfortunate mishap .

( 7 ) FINAL  ANALYSIS - It feels good to add another member to King Hiss' army . I would have loved some combined elements of both of Squeeze's looks . A combination of the 200x version's upper body combined with the vintage's lower body would have probably looked cool . Plus the bigger upper body of the 200x version , being the chest and shoulders area , would have looked more anatomically correct and realistic when attached to the long arms . However I am satisfied with the remake of the vintage version .

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