Son of Zorn Basic Figure
Item No.: No. 12409 Manufacturer:Funko Includes:Sword, Bandolier, Chalice Action Feature:Swaps parts with other figures Retail:$14.99 Availability: January 2017 Other: No Grayskull powers here
Every now and again an idea seems like it can't miss - for me. For the masses? Well, who knows. Fox' Son of Zorn asked what would happen if He-Man was your dad and had to get a job, and Office Zorn brings the idea to life as a 1980s-style He-Man toy. The figures started showing up in Target stores in October, despite the show ending after one season back in February. I feel kind of bad to see the figures there, and Pop! Zorns at Walmarts, but such is the nature of retail at times. It was a neat show stocked with comedy ringers, but the audience didn't seem to make Fox want to do more. A pity - it was fun.
I was delighted to hear this figure was coming, mostly because I really enjoyed the TV show. To see that they did a durable, retro action figure - which clearly has a very limited market of a certain kind of very grateful fan - makes me utterly delighted. This is exactly the figure that it should be.
Standing almost 6-inches high, this chunky figure stands well and looks a lot like a 1980s Remco or Masters of the Universe figures. The head is hard plastic, and the long red hair features a bald spot. His sword is long and pointy, not flexible or rounded off for children. It can't be stored on his back thanks to the positioning of the shirt and hair, unlike the regular Zorn [FOTD #1,620] where it fits like a more or less decent glove. His hands can hold the accessories nicely, and he stands.
Deco as it should be. The head is pure 1980s simplicity with black dots for eyes, white teeth, and some of the best scruff I've seen on an action figure as of late. The white shirt is molded white on the torso and painted for the sleeves, creating a slight textural mismatch like we saw on a lot of the older toys. Gold bracelets look good, as do the boots. A colorful "Z" on his sword and on his fuzzy briefs match nicely, giving the figure more color than his inspiration. It's hard to not like - factor in a corny tie, and it's pretty ideal as a cool plaything.
Pulling this figure out and opening it finally is kind of awesome and kind of depressing. Zorn would've been great if people tuned in, but apparently much like He-Man, fans don't care. It was a brilliant flash-in-the-pan that probably came out at the wrong time. It was fun, and I'd love to see a revival for another season, but at least we got a surprisingly robust amount of gear from Funko out of this short-lived program. Get this figure if you see it for a good price, or if you like the show. It's delightful, and probably a sign of things to come if and when Super7 gets its vintage-style Masters of the Universe out.
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