Stan Lee created everything! He made up Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes and the Westminster Confession! he wrote Star Wars and Citizen Kane and Superman!
Okay, so maybe he just made like half of Marvel. Anyway, Mattel recently made a licensing deal with Stan Lee, allowing them some good cross-promotional opportunities. To commemorate this, they immortalized him as a Masters of the Universe figure, which was sold at Comikaze earlier in November, and will appear on Mattel’s site in mid-December. It’s kind of amusing, because Standor looks very Kirby-esque, and Stan lee has never actually had anything to do with the He-Man universe.
So, Standor is essentially Stan Lee wearing Jack Kirby-style armor as part of a franchise in which neither Stan Lee nor Jack Kirby ever had any input. And how did they incorporate “Standor” into the universe?
Standor: Cosmic Creator of Power
Real Name: Standor
Before time began, the great Gods of the multiverse convened in the Hall of Power to create all that was and all that ever be. Head architect of this great task was Standor. A cosmic being of unlimited imagination, Standor helped lead his fellow deities by fueling their energies with raw creative force. After creation was complete, it was Standor’s magic that case the aura of the Gods across the universe as a wave of power, giving rise to all forms of life and intelligence. With his infinite energy, Standor reaches out into the cosmos and across the dimensional gateways to power all who would become Masters of he Universe for good or evil.
Well, apparently Stan Lee is God. Again, I want to point out that he has never had anything to do with He-Man before. But hey, they wanted to honor the guy, so it’s their call! Standor has been a controversial figure, in part because Masters of the Universe Classics has a limited shelf life remaining, and a lot of classic figures need to be renamed. But the thing is, Standor did not take up any of the “slots” for regular figures. Not having Standor would not have given us an extra vintage dude. He’s like a freebie!
Standor has the exact same packaging as every other MOTUC figure. White mailer, yellow and green blister pack, cool info. I can only say so much about the same box every time.
But he DOES have a unique little portrait, which I believe came from an exclusive comic handed out at the con.
Standor is if Stan Lee cosplayed as Doctor Manhattan and wore Galactus garb. He has a lot of reused parts – everything except for his head and outfit. The result, of course, is that Stan Lee’s head is on this buff, roided-out body, and that is hilarious. All hail Standor the Mighty!
The Stan Lee likeness on the head is really good. Something about toy sculpting that most people do not realize is how, at such a small scale, you have to exaggerate facial details to produce a good likeness. Because Standor is in the semi-cartoon style of other MOTUC figures, they were able to get away with caricaturizing him a little more. The likeness honestly looks great – he’s got the right proportions, from his heroic chin to his wrinkled forehead.
With or without his glasses, Standor is immediately recognizable as Stan Lee. And considering that he’s a blue-skinned guy in cosmic armor, that is really saying something. I have to admit that his face does look a little more “realistic” than a lot of other human characters, but that is mitigated by his blue skin. I would make Papa Smurf jokes, but Standor just looks like one of the many blue-skinned Gar characters running around.
BLUE! Standor is BLUE! He is noticeably a paler sky blue than many other figures – Shokoti and Fang-Man, I am looking at you – and this does help him stand out a little bit. Although his gray hair seems to blend a little bit, the lines are crisp and clean, and it does stand out. Stan’s eyes are also twinkly-blue, with slightly more detail than on the average MOTUC figure.
Aside from all the blue, Standor’s armor is smoky translucent plastic with glitter sprinkled into the mix. It isn’t immediately obvious as see-through, but any light source nearby will reveal the truth. The effect helps relegate him up to at least Kirby-Cosmic, even if he looks odd for a God figure.
Sadly, Standor’s glasses are pretty sloppy, with a visible flaws on one lense of mine, and some uneven lines around the other. It’s too bad, as everything else with this toy is just fine.
Standor has Standard Articulation. Being based on the average MOTUC body, he has a ball-jointed head and hips, ball-and-socket shoulders, rocker ankles, hinged elbows, knees, and torso, and swivel waist, boot tops, and wrists. Nothing about his costume really impedes his movement, either. Like all MOTUC figures, Standor’s massive muscles impede his arms a little bit, but it’s nothing insurmountable. His hair is also short, allowing his head a lot of movement range.
Although his helmet, glasses, and chest armor are removable, Standor’s loincloth is permanent. This is good, as he has nothing underneath! Standor’s hip articulation is actually pretty good, as he has no crotch piece to interfere, and his loincloth is a little bigger and wider than on most others.
Too me, Standor feels a little un-accessorized. He has his glasses, helmet, chest armor, and nothing else. I’m not sure what could have fit in his hands, though – it couldn’t be an important artifact from the show, but maybe a recolor of the Power Sword or something?
Stan’s helmet and armor sport angular, Jack Kirby designs, with the helmet easily slipping around his chin for a snug fit. He looks good with or without it, and is recognizable as Stan Lee both ways. The glasses also plug into the sides of his head, and you can remove and put them on whether he has that helmet or not. The armor has a very odd ridge on the back which resembles the type of lever/switch/dial that you would use to activate a figure’s action feature. Some MOTUC figures have contained details like this if the originals had them, but why would Standor have a dial? He’s new.
At the con, Standor was $25, which is perfectly acceptable. But on the secondary market, he’s like $50. Keep an eye on Matty Collector for when he goes back up for sale!
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
My Standor is fine, but those sunglasses look like they could be fragile. I would check the paint on them before buying, too.
WHERE TO BUY:
Standor will be for sale on Mattel’s site soon. Don’t try anywhere else until you take that chance.
Standor is a funny and awesome concept. In person, he is still funny and awesome. The figure’s bare-bones presentation is somewhat of a turnoff, though – they’ve already gone this far with the idea, why not give him a weapon? I admit, I find it strange to have an action figure of a character who is basically God, especially considering how he’s patterned after somebody who never created anything for He-Man ever before. Standor is still cool, but you have to keep in mind that he is not your usual Masters of the Universe figure.