It's the Attack of the "killin teh line" clones week. Yesterday was He-man, so to be fair, today I opened a Skeletor. Well, it's not disco Skeletor!
I picked this one up because I actually like the fire effects of it, and although it's still a "clone", I think this was a rather nice one at that. It was released near the end of the red carded waves, together with Whiplash and Two Bad, and around the time of Mega Punch He-Man from yesterday.
Just look at all the transparent orange plastic lining the tray on which the skeletor sits. I think it looks awesome. The red title card is good as well - besides the usual Snake Mountain, the figure of Skeletor firing the ram's head from his Havoc staff looks almost realistic and is true to form.
This Skeletor comes with two flame dagger things, which can be stored on his back, and a havoc staff with a firing ram's head, which I thought was ingenious. I also like the flames rising from Skeletor's shoulder pads, and flowing down his, ahem, groin. I like the details there and I think as an alternate mode of Skeletor, this one is one of my favourites from the Millennium line.
I seriously think this Skeletor can whoop Mega Punch He-Man any time of the day. When placed side by side, the fiery elements and the bright red armour makes Skeletor so much more intimidating, yet pleasing to the eye than MPHM will every be.
Fire Armor Skeletor is obviously an update on the basic Skeletor, but whereas the update to Mega Punch He-Man makes him look like a separate figure, this update here really upgrades Skeletor into a more menacing, and fiery, form. I think as a clone/variant/alternate, this one actually works! I do like this Skeletor. There are more pictures on my facebook album!