The 200X mini-sub continues! Last month had Callix, an insanely-detailed stone man. And this month? Evil Seed, an insanely-detailed plant man!
Evil Seed appered a couple of times in the original cartoon as an artichoke-headed evil plant wizard. He was fairly memorable, and received one of the few genuine death scenes in the show (seriously. he withered and died). In the 200s cartoon, Evil Seed was reimagined as a sleek, powerful plant-controlling monstrosity. The update did very well for him, and he had several appearances – first in his own self-titled episode, and then later joining Skeletor’s Council of Evil. This was the form most fans wanted as a toy, and this is the one we’re getting first (the other form is coming in next year’s Filmation subscription).
EVIL SEED: EVIL MASTER OF PLANTS
REAL NAME: SERO MALUSTO
Created by Moss Man to aid Grayskill in the Great Wars against King Hssss and the invading Horde armies, Evil Seed betrayed his master and turned to evil, finding joy in corrupting all forms of plant life for his own amusement. Catching up with his vile creation, Moss Man imprisoned him in enchanted chains, keeping him restrained for many millennia. Sero was eventually freed by Orko, whose curiosity led him to regrettably release the evil master of plants. Now an enemy of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Evil Seed fights to corrupt all plant life, using his twisted vines in deadly combat!
Sero Malusto – Zero… evil-something? It certainly seems Italian. A lot of people are upset that Evil Seed was created by Moss man, because they wanted sort of a “God Vs. Satan” archetype for the two. But it fits – didn’t God create Lucifer as an angel of light before he fell? Yup.
For this month’s group, one of the cats decided to say hello. So ignore the crappy picture of the same thing you always see, and notice Catsby’s paws.
Evil Seed shares something in common with Callix – rather than a lot of newly-sculpted body parts he is actually built off a basic He-Man body, but with rubber overlays glued over him. This isn’t the first time it’s been tried, but it is actually working well for once – no NA Skeletor here! Evil Seed does look a little bulkier than his slender cartoon appearance, but he would seem that way if his torso were bare.
His face is really great, with that ’90s-era weird mouth, narrow, evil eyes, or twig “hair” – he matches his cartoon appearance pretty well, though he reminds me of a lot of fictional monsters that aren’t coming to mind at the moment.
Evil Seed does have some new non-rubber parts, and they integrate well with the overlays. The little vines that connect his legs to his waist are a nice touch, and help make the character as a whole seem more like an original creation and less like something that reuses parts – sometimes I am amazed at how well this line disguises its re-use, and Evil Seed is one of those times.
Evil Seed is a non-flowering plant, so he is mostly dominated by green and brown, with touches of red for his eyes. This matches his cartoon design as well as the kind of creature he is, and th paint applications seem pretty clean. But is it boring?
Nah, not at all. It’s the small details, like those eyes or his mouth, that make him stand out, but the paint is exactly what it needs to be. Too much color would seem overcrowded.
Evil Seed has ball-and-socket shoulders and hips, ball-jointed head, swivel biceps, waist, wrists, and shins, hinged elbows, knees, and ankles. That’s normal MOTUC articulation, since he is made from re-used partsunderneath all the new rubber.
But Evil Seed’s articulation is not perfect. His costume, the leg vines, the high collar, and the shoulder overlays, all serve to limit his movement in small yet meaningful ways. This line has seen far more restrictive clothing, but Evil Seed does not quite have the range of movement he needs. ou need to especially be careful of those leg vines, and they seem prime for some stress.
Evil Seed comes with two accessories, one of which belongs to him. He’s got a vine with a chomping mouth at the end, which fits snugly around his arm, or in one hand, or just loose. You can use it to accent his sculpt, wor as an accessory, or be its own plant monster – since Evil Seed can control plants, this is a pretty fitting accessory for him. it fits well on both arms, though is curved slightly more for his left than his right.
Evil Seed also comes with a decidedly non-plant scepter. a Filmation cartoon artifact that belongs to King Randor. While it seems crazy to include Filmation artifacts in the 200X sub-series, remember that ther is a precedent – even Flogg came with stuff from the old cartoon. It may not really fit Evil Seed, but it’s a good boost for your other figures.
Same as all the others, though August’s big shipping month makes the pill less bitter, and Evil Seed has a lot of newness going for him.
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Some of the parts of Evil Seed’s rubber overlay, like the vines looping around his legs, may wear out with stress over time. Be careful with them.
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Evil Seed hung around longer than some figures on Matty, but he too eventually sold out like a mainstream rock band.
Well, Evil Seed is a little too muscular, but that’s been a common issue in this line – look at Bow or Sea Hawk, for example. it comes with MOTUC. But other than that? This is a fantastic toy, on par with Callix.
The 200X line is going very strong, based on its first two figures – the horsemen seem to have relished the opportunity to go all-out on these characters, and each one fits inw ith other Classics figures without losing the ultra detail from its source material.