The 1983 Masters of the Universe Annual, published by UK-based World International Publishing Ltd., is a treasure trove in many ways. Besides containing a number of fascinating illustrated stories, it also includes quite a few photographs of early to late-stage MOTU prototypes. We’re also treated to quite satisfactory bios (somewhat based on the 1982 Masters of the Universe Bible by Michael Halperin, but with some changes to reflect the evolution of these characters) of many of the primary characters in the MOTU mythos, as well as a description of some of the capabilities of the early vehicles.
I’ve scanned the pages that contain prototype and toy photographs, as it’s really toys that tend to be the emphasis of Battle Ram: A He-Man Blog. I hope you enjoy!
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Great Scans! Thank you 🙂
Absolutely wonderful images. We always had annuals bought for us each Christmas throughout the late 70s and 80s but I never had any MOTU ones. So cool they put so many toy images in that annual. Many thanks for sharing.
I think this is actually the 1984 annual. UK annuals are traditionally numbered for the following year as the market is focused on Christmas gifts and it can get confusing when individual books don’t carry a date. The four later annuals were all published the year before that shown on the cover.
World clearly continued to use the same early reference files for some of the later books – the 1986 annual has a section introducing the early characters that’s trimmed down from this one but still contains some of the same details such as Faker being a duplicate attempt gone wrong, along with a picture of Beastman clearly descended from the earlier designs.