Today, Fisto’s origins have been re-imagined. His real name is actually Malcom and he is the older brother of 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” – MattyCollector.
The MattyCollector MOTUC figures all come with that handy white shipping/ storage box. It’s comforting to know that their shipping cost, though high, are worth it. I like that I have something to store my MOTUC figures in if I choose not to open them. The secondary market also benefits from this as the dealers can pack and store them this way, too. You don’t see many tubs of loose MOTUC figures at a convention. As for the back of the package, the logo celebrating the 30th Anniversary of MOTU is a nice touch. There aren’t a lot of figures pictured on the back and really why should there be? With the internet and Mattel having a page dedicated to the MOTUC line, we don’t need to see every figure. With that said, I think figures tied only to this character’s origin would be appropriate.
Fisto has a presence about him immediately upon looking at him. For a character that only had four appearances, one would think this figure would almost be either an after-thought or a mere filler to finish out the line. The design is incredible. The eyes of Fisto are piercing. The sculpt not only emits a strong warrior like stance, but looks like someone you would not want to mess with. The Four Horsemen have done a phenomenal job.
Fisto comes with two swords however both can only fit into one hand. Fisto’s power-fist doesn’t open or close making his left the only hand to hold a sword. A great perk to the original figure was the ability to use that giant fist to break things apart. Here, it is just decoration. Another odd thing is that Fisto can’t reach his giant sword. The angle for which it is slung onto his back should be going the other way. Finally, Fisto’s left hand is almost too delicate. With this being the only way to hold one of his incredible weapons, the hand feels as if it might break at any moment.
Fisto includes two different (#1) head sculpts so that Die Hard Collectors can have the head from the 2002 line. In all honesty, it is the better of the two. The giant sword (#2), with the awesome fist at the hilt (#4), is also in reference to the 2002 figure. The belt (#3) adds to the character and also gives him a different mid section. This is great for a line of toys that almost all had the exact same belt buckle and fuzzy shorts.
Initially, I thought that when MattyCollector handed Fisto out it was as if they we’re unloading what would be the new unpopular figure. With that said, he makes my last purchase of Man-E-Faces seem foolish (see review below). The Fisto sculpt is incredible. That big-ass sword is totally badass. I felt as if I now have the William Wallace of the Masters of the Universe, who is ever ready to fight for the freedom of all Eternians.