The GeeksverseREVIEW | Modulok (Mattel)

REVIEW | Modulok (Mattel)
Published on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by
Mattel’s Modulok is an early favorite for action figure of the year. Click through to find out why.
  • Modulok_03Figure name: Modulok, Evil Beast of a Thousand Bodies
  • Line: Masters of the Universe Classics (Club Eternia figure)
  • Manufacturer: Mattel
  • List price: $44.00 (via [NOTE: figure currently sold out]
  • Manufacturer’s product description: Talk about reinventing yourself! The master of mix and match provides plenty of possibilities for countless combinations. This fan-demanded figure includes a torso, six legs, four arms, three thorax pieces, two necks, two heads, and a tail. He also comes with two limb splitters, one neck splitter, and a gun that (of course) can be taken apart.
  • NOTE: The review item was purchased by the reviewer

Mattel’s Masters of the Universe was the first toyline I remember getting into as a child, and the property is still a favorite of mine, decades on. Early in the line’s original run, most of the figures—with some exceptions—shared sculpts for body parts and accessories to keep costs down (see it isn’t just Hasbro, Mattel set the standard). Then in 1985, right after the Horde characters debuted at retail, the Evil Beast of a Thousand Bodies was released.

Once I got Modulok, the figure quickly became one of my favorite toys from any line. In fact, I still have the (mostly intact) original Modulok figure, one of the few childhood toys that survived the Dreaded Parents’ Purge.

Anyway, when Mattel announced Modulok’s inclusion in the Masters of the Universe Classics line last year, I was obviously thrilled. Read on to see how he stacks up against the high standard set by the original figure.


Modulok was shipped in a brown mailer box, which is now the new Masters of the Universe Classics standard (earlier mailer boxes were white). Inside the mailer box, MOTUC Modulok, like its vintage counterpart, is packed in a box, a departure from the majority of the figures in MOTUC line, which are packed on blister cards. The packaging is designed to look like the vintage version, showing the various ways the figure’s assorted interchangeable body parts can be combined. The back contains a cross sell gallery and a brief biography:

Real Name: Galen Nycoff

An evil scientist from the Tri-Solar system, Galen Nycoff was incarcerated in Prison Starr for scientific crimes against the galaxy. While awaiting execution, he constructed a device which allowed him to divide his body into pieces, with each part endowed with his own evil consciousness. Slipping out of prison in a series of crates, he was delivered to Horde World where he reassembled himself finding he could now mix and match his parts in a thousand different ways. His skills were observed by Horde leaders and Nycoff became chief technician for Commander Kur, traveling with him to Eternia® on their quest to vanquish He-Ro®. Nycoff was banished along with the rest of the invading Horde army to Despondos™, serving his leader with his evil inventions.

Inside the package is a plastic tray which contains all of Modulok’s components.

Design and articulation

Masters of the Universe Classics Modulok is composed of 22 pieces which can be removed and rearranged to create many different combinations, just like the original figure. However, unlike the original, the portion of the torso from the waist down is not intended to be removable/swappable.

The Modulok figure features the following parts:

  • One torso with a hinged abdomen and swivel-jointed waist. It has sockets at the neck, shoulder, and hip areas.
  • Two heads with sockets at their respective bases. The faces on the heads feature different designs.
  • Two necks, with the “ball” half of the ball-and-socket joint at both ends.
  • Four arms with hinged shoulder pegs that terminate in balls (that can be inserted in sockets), swivel biceps, hinged elbows, and swivel wrists. The arms are paired, with each pair having a distinct look—the “default” pair (i.e., the one attached to the torso in package) features bare arms while the second pair looks to have some sort of armor on the forearms and triceps as well as different hand/claw sculpts.
  • Six legs with hinged hip pegs that terminate in balls (that can be inserted in sockets), hinged knees, and “rocker” ankles (those funky joints that allow the foot to move side-to-side along its long axis as well as allowing for some flexion). Like the arms, the legs are paired, with each pair having a distinct look—the default pair features green kneepads and shod red/green feet, a second pair has armor on the thighs and shins that match the armor on the second pair of arms, and a third pair that has fins on the lower legs and feet that look more avian or reptilian than human.
  • Two “tails” that attach to sockets on one end via balls. These “tails” have slightly different designs from each other—one has sockets on each side to accommodate the “ball” half of a ball-and-socket joint while the other one doesn’t. These are two of what the manufacturer’s copy calls the figure’s three “thorax segments” but if we can be pedantic for a bit, these should actually be referred to as “abdomen segments” based on arthropod morphology.
  • A proper “thorax segment” that has a ball on one end and a socket on the other.
  • A “neck splitter” (Mattel’s words, not mine) that allows for the two heads to be attached to a single socket at once.
  • Two “limb splitters” that allow for two limbs to be attached to a single socket at once.
  • A rifle that can be split into two pistols (or if you want to increase the parts count, you can consider it two pistols that combine to form a rifle).

The articulation on all the limbs and the combined figure works real well. The gallery below shows just some of the ways the various components can be combined (some combinations will make more sense than others, of course!).


The Masters of the Universe Classics Modulok figure is largely cast in the red color, but what paint applications there are on the figure are pretty much flawless. This figure has one of the cleanest paint masks of any product I’ve ever purchased from Matty Collector.

Final Thoughts

Once again, the MOTUC design-and-sculpt team of the Four Horsemen have knocked it out of the park. They took what was already an awesome concept for an action figure and made it even better. Modulok may very well be the best figure in the entire MOTUC range. It quickly sold out on and the secondary market prices are rapidly climbing, so if you do want to grab a Modulok, it’s probably best to get one now before prices hit “silly money” levels. This is a figure you aren’t going to want to miss in your Masters of the Universe Classics collection.

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