Super7

My Super7 MOTU Wish List, Part 2.5

Wouldn’t you know it, in my second and “final” Super7 Wish List, there was one more thing I neglected to mention. One of my biggest wants in fact. I’d really love to see 5.75″ scale figures based off the vintage cross sell art. I did cover a few of these, where they happened to coincide with early prototype designs. But there are a few more cross sell-based designs I’d like to see.

The 7″ Masters of the Universe Classics line drew heavily from this well, and it would be great to see the same thing in vintage-style figures, particularly for the following characters:

Mer-Man

Teela

Skeletor

Man-At-Arms

Zodac

Stinkor

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Super7

My Super7 MOTU Wish List, Part 2

Two weeks ago I put out an article about what I’d like to see from Super7 after they release the vintage-style 5.75″ concept Eldor and He-Ro figures. I’m concluding today with part 2. This time I’ll be including a mix of unproduced concepts, minicomic inspired characters and variants, a proposal for re-releases of selected rare vintage figures, and a few other odds and ends.

Evil Robot

Evil Robot seems to be based on an existing Japanese toy design (like the Meteorbs, or for that matter, the Transformers), just repainted and modified for MOTU. This was supposed to come out in 1985, but it was never released. It’s covered with what appear to be Evil Horde symbols, but according to the text he’s aligned with Skeletor:

Just when you thought Skeletor and his henchmen couldn’t get anymore horrible, this evil robot stalks on the scene. Wielding his laser-burst gun, he acts as mecha-muscle to back up Skeletor on his wicked crusades! Crank his right arm – he shoots water from the gun in his left hand! His body holds enough water for extended attacks! Bendable legs for action poses! Watch out! The latest revolting recruit to the Evil Warriors is on the loose!

Fearless Photog

A character created by fan Nathan Bitner for a 1986 character creation contest.

Miscellaneous Concept Characters

The Horde Mummy figure (now called “Wrap Trap”) has already been produced for the 7″ Masters of the Universe Classics line, but any of these would make great, vintage-style 5.75″ figures too.

Image Source: Tomart’s Action Figure Digest, via Jukka Issakainen. Artwork by Ted Mayer.

This collection of unproduced “kit bash” characters showed up in some card art by Errol McCarthy. Many of these have already been produced for the 7″ Classics line, but would also work very well in their intended vintage 5.75″ configuration.

Image source: He-Man.org

Characters from vintage comics and books

There are so many beloved characters and variants from vintage comics and books, this could be its own line that stretches out for years. I’ll include some of my personal favorites here, but this is not meant to be exhaustive:

First appearance of He-Man

From He-Man and the Power Sword. Already produced in the 7″ Classics line as “Oo-Larr.”

Panther Men

From The Sunbird Legacy.

Masks of Power Demons

From Masks of Power.

Goat Man

From Secret of the Dragon’s Egg. Already produced in the 7″ Classics line.

Charger

Teela’s unicorn steed, appearing in multiple stories and coloring books.

Whiplash

Based on his appearance in The Clash of Arms.

Red Beast Man

From He-Man and the Power Sword. Already produced in the 7″ Classics line.

Shaggy Purple Monster

From He-Man and the Power Sword.

Mer-Man’s Minions

From The Key to Castle Grayskull.

Obelisk Demons

From The Obelisk.

Rare Vintage Figures

And finally, I think it would be a great idea to remake some rare figures that have already been released, but are anywhere from hard to nearly impossible to acquire on the secondary market due to price or rarity.

Laser Power He-Man

Laser Light Skeletor

Tytus

Image source: He-Man.org

Megator

Image source: He-Man.org

Savage He-Man

Image source: Hake’s Americana

Rotar

Twistoid

Scare Glow

King Randor

Clamp Champ

Snake Face

Unique Masters of the Universe Classics Characters

Finally, there were some unique characters created for the Masters of the Universe Classics line that I think would make great vintage-style figures:

Castle Grayskullman

Created by Daniel Benedict.

Draego-Man

Created by The Four Horsemen.

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Super7

My Super7 MOTU Wish List, Part 1


Now that we are starting to see some close to final production samples for the unproduced Eldor and He-Ro figures being sold by Super7 (under license from Mattel), I’d love to share some thoughts I have about some possibilities for more figures like these in the future.

For those not aware, Eldor and He-Ro were planned for release in 1987 as part of the Powers of Grayskull line, a not-quite spinoff of the original MOTU line that included characters from Eternia’s ancient past, such as Tyrantisaurus Rex, Bionatops, Tytus and Megator. A fair number of these POG toys were released in 1987 and 1988, but the two main protagonists, while featured in packaging art and in Mattel’s 1987 catalog, were never released as planned.

Super7’s 5.75″ scale line-up of Masters of the Universe figures has, so far, mostly focused on Filmation style variants. As a fan of the Filmation He-Man and She-Ra cartoons myself, I’m happy that they’re offering these variants. At the same time, I’d love to see Super7 really take off and expand on recreating more lost concepts and prototypes from Masters of the Universe History.

Early Concepts & Prototypes

In my mind, some of the most amazing prototypes and concepts were those created during the early development of the Masters of the Universe line. I would love to see recreations of these figures. Many of them appeared in this way in the early minicomics, so these prototypes would really be killing two birds with one stone.

Skeletor

This early Skeletor is quite different in many ways from the vintage toy, and doubles as a minicomic variant as well. I would suggest making his head removable, and including an Alcala-style alternative head.

Image source: He-Man.org. Designed by Mark Taylor.

He-Man

There are really two prototypes that should be recreated – the early helmeted version and the later one (with blonde hair) that served as a model for the early minicomics. For the first prototype below, my gut suspicion (and I could be wrong) was that they might have been considering outfitting the figure with cloth boots, hence the bare feet. I would also guess that he would have had some version of the iconic harness. That could be wrong, but they would make great accessories.

Image source: The Power and the Honor Foundation Catalog. Designed by Mark Taylor.
Image source: Andy Youssi. Designed by Mark Taylor.

Beast Man & Mer-Man

These early prototypes were part of the “Lords of Power” slide show presentation, shared by Andy Youssi. (Lords of Power was an early working name for the line, later replaced with Masters of the Universe.) Mer-Man neatly doubles as a mini-comic style variant. This version of Beast Man was very rarely portrayed in published media, but is nevertheless a fascinating figure.

Image source: Andy Youssi. Designed by Mark Taylor.

Teela/Sorceress

There are several Teela/Sorceress concepts that could be produced, and all of them showed up in various early comic stories.

Image source: Super7/The Power and the Honor Foundation. Designed by Mark Taylor.
Image source: Super7/The Power and the Honor Foundation, scan by Axel Giménez. Designed by Mark Taylor.
Designed by Mark Taylor.

Man-At-Arms

This is another prototype design that could double as a minicomic style figure.

Image source: Andy Youssi. Designed by Mark Taylor.

Stratos

This is another early concept that neatly doubles as a minicomic variant:

Image source: Rebecca Salari Taylor. Designed by Mark Taylor.

Castle Grayskull

This wish probably isn’t terribly realistic, but I’d love to see a replica of Mark Taylor’s original Castle Grayskull prototype:

Image source: Andy Youssi. Designed by Mark Taylor.

Battle Ram

The prototype Battle Ram was more detailed than the mass-produced toy, and this design shows up in both box art and comic depictions of the vehicle:

Image Source: Ted Mayer Designed by Ted Mayer.

Another potential vehicle design: the Battle Catapult, by Mark Taylor. Image Source: Power of Grayskull documentary.

Wind Raider

This early Wind Raider is depicted in cross sell art, comic book and storybook illustrations of the vehicle. A nice bonus could be a removable figure head that could cover both early prototypes:

Image source: Ted Mayer. Designed by Ted Mayer.

Battle Chariot

Battle Chariot was a slick concept by Ted Mayer that appeared in the very first He-Man minicomic, never to be seen again.

Image source: Ted Mayer. Designed by Ted Mayer.
An earlier “Battle Chariot” design by Mark Taylor. Image source: The Power and the Honor Foundation.

Ram Man

This version of Ram Man, while fairly rough-looking, influenced cardback and comic book depictions of the character for years. A cleaned up version of this would make a great figure. Possibly a removable head could be included to transform it into Mark Taylor’s earlier “Jumpin Jack Flash” concept:

Image source: Jukka Issakainen. Designed by Mark Taylor.
Image source: Rebecca Salari Taylor. Designed by Mark Taylor.

Tri-Klops

This prototype isn’t so different from the actual vintage figure, but there are some unique differences in the head, armor and sword. This is also how he was depicted in cross sell artwork.

Image source: Jukka Issakainen. Designed by Roger Sweet.

Man-E-Faces

This prototype Man-E-Faces design can double as a minicomic/cardback variant as well.

Image source: Jukka Issakainen. Designed by Mark Taylor.

Other Prototypes & Concepts

There were plenty of unrealized prototypes and concepts done for the Masters of the Universe line (the same is true for just about any toyline). Here are a few of my favorites:

Brainiac

A creepy crustacean brain creature by Ted Mayer that was never produced:

Image source: Ted Mayer. Designed by Ted Mayer.

Unnamed Skeletor Variant

A wicked looking Skeletor variant figure by Ted Mayer:

Image source: Tomart’s Action Figure Digest. Designed by Ted Mayer.

Demo Man

Although this character was likely not even intended for the He-Man line, it appeared in the Masters of the Universe Classics line and has a great, classic sword and sorcery design:

Image source: The Art of He-Man. Designed by Mark Taylor.

Gygor

This was Roger Sweet’s take on repurposing Mattel’s old Big Jim gorilla figure for the He-Man line. It was never released (outside of the modern Masters of the Universe Classics line).

Designed by Roger Sweet.

Jungle Playset

An early jungle playset later repurposed into Snake Mountain.

Image source: The Power and the Honor Foundation

Kobra Khan

This early Kobra Khan concept by Roger Sweet would make for a fun action figure.

Image source: The Power and the Honor Foundation. Designed by Roger Sweet.

He-Man and Skeletor Variants

These unnamed He-Man and Skeletor variants by Ted Mayer had spring-loaded pop-out chest weapons, similar to Rio Blast’s action feature.

Image source: Art of He-Man/P&H Foundation. Designed by Ted Mayer.

Horde Mammoth

This is another Ted Mayer design. It’s probably not really a mammoth but it’s become known as such to fans over the years.

Image source: Tomart’s Action Figure Digest

Gyrattacker

The Gyrattacker made it into the 1987 Mattel catalog, but was never produced. The original molds were sold in an eBay auction several years back, so it’s theoretically possible to reproduce this vehicle, assuming Super7 could find the owner. The command module would be launched forward, but it could also launch Rotar or Twistoid.

Turbosaurus/Gigantisaur

Gigantisaur was the only dinosaur shown in the 1987 Mattel catalog that was not produced. Due to demands that it be capable of swallowing a figure whole, it was impractically large. My suggestion would be to instead create an earlier incarnation of the toy, called Turbosaurus, which as a more interesting external design with a more realistic size.

Early Turbosaurus design, by Ed Watts. Image source: The Art of He-Man/Power and Honor Foundation
Revised Turbosaurus design by David Wolfram
Revised Turbosaurus design by David Wolfram
Revised Turbosaurus design by David Wolfram
Gigantisaurus design by David Wolfram
Gigantisaur prototype in the Mattel 1987 Dealer Catalog. Image source: Orange Slime

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