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1984 Mattel Germany Dealer Catalog

Courtesy of Olmo (catone82), I’d like to share some images he scanned from a hard-to-find copy of the German version of Mattel’s 1984 dealer catalog, from Germany. All of the images he shared feature hand-painted finalized prototypes with beautiful matte paint jobs.

Whiplash

In this image we can clearly see that Whiplash has been put together using some donor arms from Skeletor, as seen in the paint wear on his hand. The early Whiplash prototype is shown elsewhere with a purple spear (it was orange in the final toy). This one instead features the “Man-E-Weapons” brown sword.

Buzz-Off

On the Buzz-Off prototype below, we can see that Mattel cast his legs using a pink material, and his wings are cast in clear plastic with an uneven yellow paint job. His eyes are painted metallic blue rather than the metallic green used on the production figure. This photo appears to have been image flipped – Buzz-Off’s open claw should be on his left. Buzz-Off features the “Man-E-Weapons” axe, rather than the modified axe he would eventually come with.

Mekaneck

On the Mekaneck prototype below, we can see that he has been hand painted with a combination of matte and metallic paints.

Webstor

This is another beautiful hand-painted prototype. The fact that it’s hand painted is most evident in the area around the leg joints. For some reason Webstor is holding one of Trap Jaw‘s attachments in his left hand.

Mer-Man

You can see the paint coming off on Mer-Man‘s hands and sword, which were cast in a white material. He apparently features a blue paint job (unless the lighting is distorting the color). Most versions of the mass produced toy had more of a blue/green skin tone.

Stratos

This early prototype Stratos features a bare chest and lacks the feathery detailing on his harness. He appears to have been cast in a white or light gray material.

Teela

This early Teela prototype appears to be unarticulated, with a greater level of detail on her costume and shield than the production toy. She features white tops on her boots, and a golden spear and shield.

Thanks again to Olmo for sharing these images with me!

4 thoughts on “1984 Mattel Germany Dealer Catalog

  1. Great scans! Haven‘t seen them before here in Germany! The colors in those are even more vibrant than in the mass-produced figures. Thanks Battle Ram , Olmo!

  2. yeah, looks like at least the Teela is a kinda standard resin prototypes. Resin holds the details much greater then plastic used in normal production versions. Kinda interesting that they are still using shots of prototypes of some figures which have been out for a while at this point

    1. Thanks for the insight, MM. I would be really curious to know if someone out there still owns that Teela prototype. If someone does, I hope it’s someone in Tony Guerrero’s family, since he sculpted it.

      1. yeah.. I only know of the location of 3 prototypes (A Toyfare hardcopy of Mantisaur,, another hardcopy of Horde Tropper, and a test shot of Two-bad (test shots are mostly fairly bland cause they pretty much use final molds) and the mattel inhouse letter opener.. That one is pretty nice..

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