Was a 40th Anniversary Masterverse Skeletor teased today? Mattel gave an obscure look at 40th Anniversary He-Man standard version!
August 16, 2022 MOTUesday News Roundup
40th Anniversary Masterverse He-Man Standard Release Stop Motion
As we know, the 40th Anniversary He-Man and Skeletor two pack was released as an SDCC 2022 Exclusive but we have yet to see a produced image of the standard 40th Anniversary He-Man release up until now! This morning we got teased with a short video of 40th Anniversary He-Man battling Skeletor and then they both went into a dimensional portal. What did this mean? Mattel left us with a cliffhanger:
Really, Skeletor?? (More of this adventure to come!) Shoutout to Stuntpuppets for the animationMasters Of The Universe (@masters) • Instagram photos and videos
Since we’ve only seen official images of the standard release of the 40th Anniversary He-Man figure, it is great to see a produced version so we can take a closer look at the details. Our best guess is the standard release is the same as the version that came in the 40th Anniversary He-Man and Skeletor two pack with some differences. For example, the standard release will have plastic weapons (vs. diecast) and plastic loin cloth and boots.
Possible 40th Skeletor Tease Theory
We at Toy Habits are always thinking and we’ve to the conclusion that today was all a 40th Anniversary Skeletor tease. We I think we are going to see what happens on the on the side of that portal and Skeletor knew he wasn’t going to do anything to He-man with his wimpy punch and he was baiting him to follow back through the portal. He’s going to transform from his Revelation version into his classic 40th Anniversary version (we have yet to see) and kick that living daylights out of He-Man. We they used the Revelation Skeletor in this video because it would have been too confusing if they used the 40th Anniversary SDCC version and it would have looked like a promo for that set so they had to do something different. You can clearly see that this was the standard retail release of Anniversary He-Man, but Skeletor is Revelation version with some armor changes and he lost his cape.
You can also see that the intense brown washing has been removed, like in the version that came in the 40th Anniversary He-Man and Skeletor two pack. You can also get a better look at the boots as they have some nice detail to them.
Update to the 40th Anniversary He-Man Figure Design
Mattel originally revealed the 40th Anniversary Masterverse He-Man figure as part of their Mid March 2022 reveal week! This version saw a brown washed version of the figure with official images accompanying it. If you recall, the only photo of the standard release of the 40th Anniversary He-Man figure was from a distorted image of the updated figure, which you can see here:
The most notable difference is in the head sculpts between the two figures. The updated version has a different hair color altogether. At first glance, it appears that this is a new hair sculpt but it looks like the lack of brown wash (which we will get to soon) is making it look like it is new but we think it is the camera angle on this updated version that making it look dramatically different. What is different is the actual face sculpt. The nose and eyebrows appear much wider. The mouth also appears to have gone through an update but, again, it is very hard to tell but the result is the same. There is a visual difference between the two that you can’t unsee! As mas_q_motu on Instragram out it: “My humble opinion that head don’t hit nothing on that body, it’s a bad but very bad attempt to combine the new with the vintage, it needs a new sculpt…. It’s a Frankenstein He-Man.” We agree lol!!!
When the images first surfaced of the 40th Anniversary He-Man, fans said that he looked like he was rolling around in the mud but it appears that the updated version has a clean buck without any washing to it. Although this is a cleaner look to the figure, you do lose a lot of the finer detail that is brought out in the washed version. Which style do you prefer?
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Where to Buy
For those who enjoy buying the Entertainment Earth, they have put the Masters of the Universe 40th Anniversary Masterverse He-Man up for preorder! Also, if you go through our special Toy Habits link, you can get an extra 10% off IN STOCK items with free shipping (orders $39+) but this does not apply to preorders.
Another He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Netflix Animated Trailer
Season 3 for the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Netflix animated series is coming August 18, 2022 so get ready! Mattel dropped another trailer today so check it out below!
August 9, 2022 MOTUesday News Roundup
Little figures, big battles! Protect planet Eternia and defend the secrets of Castle Grayskull with this special edition Little People Collector Masters of the Universe figure set by Fisher-Price! Available 8/12 on MattelCreations.com! For this Mattel Creations Exclusive, the fight comes to Snake Mountain, as seen on the packaging. We love how the design team channeled an ‘80s VHS-tape-box vibe for inspiration.
How can He-Man and Skeletor fight for the power of Grayskull when they seem so innocent? Don’t be fooled – these heroes and villains still have their eyes on the prize.
8/3/2022 UPDATE: Side Box Art
Hopefully this means the Two-Bad release is right around the corner but @natebaertschart and @manuel_eduardo_caritas shoed everyone the box art they did for the Masterverse Two Bad figure and it looks outstanding! Tuvar and Baddrah have never looked better and the dead eye stare Tuvar has on his face is something only a mother could love. Nate said, “I can’t wait for you all to get the figure in hand and see the rest of Two-Bad’s art, and then rip that figure out and play!!!” We can’t either as this is one of the most anticipated figures we have seen in the Masterverse line.
August 2, 2022 MOTUesday News Roundup
Today, Mattel revealed a Masterverse version of Two-Bad! Now this doesn’t come too much of a surprise to us because we covered this leak in our Masterverse Leaked Figures | Zodac, Galactic Protector He-Man, Two-Bad post back in March where our friends at @canaldosrosmineiros, reported that the new Masterverse figures that would be coming in 2023 included Zodac, Two-Bad, and Galactic Protector He-Man from the New Adventures line! Well, we already got two of the three previously revealed, so that only left Two-Bad to be announced and here he is!
Accodrding to Mattel’s Masters Instagram page:
Get ready, because Skeletor has some pretty good “bad” news: We are releasing Two-Bad – Oversized for double the action! It’s Two-Bad’s first appearance in Masterverse and it comes with multiple accessories like vintage mace, armor and “two-headed” axe! #MOTUesdayMasters Of The Universe (@masters) • Instagram photos and videos
In this new Masterverse figure, Two-Bad sports his classic look with his signature orange armor and a very cool spiked right shoulder armor. Baddrah’s side is a an amazingly sculpted piece showing off the detailed scaled arms and legs with ridges running down the sides. Tuvar is a bit simpler and, like Baddrah, he has a great head sculpt as well. His boot and glove are also very interesting pieces that have an armor-plated look with lots of rivets to hold them together. The rest of his arms and legs, are also all brand new sculpts and unlike any of the other Masterverse figures that have come before them.
Zodac and Two-Bad have not appeared in the Masters of the Universe Revelation Netflix series and with the reveal of the 40th Anniversary He-Man figure, we could see more classic figures in the Masterverse vintage style box coming to the line! Also, with a New Adventures He-Man coming to Masterverse, this blows the doors wide open for this sub line to get built out, similarly to how they created figures in the MOTU Classics line! We’ve only seen single headed figures on the Masterverse buck and it will be amazing to see how they style Two-Bad from a tooling and sculpt perspective in hand!
July 26, 2022 MOTUesday News Roundup
Today, Mattel and Mondo announced they will be releasing the Masters of the Universe: Revelation – Netflix Original Series Soundtrack 2XLP – Volume 1, which was an SDCC 2022 exclusive, to the general public on August 3, 2022.
Mondo, in partnership with Mattel, are proud to present the first installment of Bear McCreary’s soundtrack to the Netflix Series MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATION
Featuring original artwork by Florian Bertmer, and housed in a deluxe, pop-up gatefold sleeve, and pressed on 2x 180 gram colored vinyl.
Where to buy
This limited edition pressing premiered at the 2022 edition of San Diego Comic-Con and any remaining copies will be made available on MondoRecordShop.com on August 3rd but they have not set a time yet so please check back here for more updates!
Masters of the Universe 200x Episode 1 Drops on YouTube
This might have gone unnoticed but Mattel released episode one of the Masters of the Universe 200x series on their Mattel Action Youtube Channel, which we are sure is a delight to fans as this series is loved by many!
New Adventures of He-Man Cartoon Series Season 1 on Peacock
Today, Mattel announceed that Season 1 (the only season) of the New Adventures of He-Man were available for Peacock subscribers to stream! The season contained 65 epsiodes, which is great because we are not sure how many people actually own the DVD’s so it is nice to have another place to watch!
The New Adventures of He-Man is an animated series released in late 1989. Mattel commissioned the new animated series to accompany their new The New Adventures of He-Man line of toys.
The story continues the adventures of He-Man from the two previous Filmation series: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) and She-Ra: Princess of Power (1985). The storyline saw He-Man removed from Eternia and into a more heavily sci-fi accented setting, where he continues his battle against Skeletor.
The New Adventures of He-Man opens during the ongoing conflict between the peaceful people of the planet Primus and the war-like Evil Mutants of Denebria. Under constant attack from the Mutants, the leader of Primus, Master Sebrian, looks to the past for a hero who can defend the planet. Sebrian sends two Galactic Guardians – Captain Hydron and Lieutenant Flipshot – to Eternia via time travel, where they are tricked into believing that Skeletor is the hero they seek. Before Skeletor can abscond to the future, He-Man arrives and engages him in battle, forcing Hydron and Flipshot to return to the future with both He-Man and Skeletor in tow.
Once they arrive on Primus, Skeletor quickly allies himself with Flogg and his Mutants, while He-Man becomes the new champion of Primus and its people.
The show was intended to be a continuation of the Filmations series which had ended several years earlier, though the change in production company from Filmation to Jetlag studios resulted in a different animation style and voice cast. The only characters from the classic series who appeared regularly in the show were He-Man, Skeletor and The Sorceress, with King Randor, Queen Marlena and Teela making cameo appearances. The significantly different character designs (to coincide with the new He-Man toyline) and shift from fantasy to sci-fi turned many fans off from the series at the time of its debut.
Despite this, the show had a strong sense of continuity and consistent character development and storytelling, with the majority of episodes and series bible being penned by Jack Olesker. The animation was of a high standard, with a much stronger anime influence. While unpopular with He-Man fans for many years, the show received a much warmer reception when it was released on DVD in 2006.
Though the series was not renewed for a second season, Jack Olesker has gone on record as saying that a second season would have involved He-Man’s return to Eternia.Wiki Grayskull: New Adventures of He-Man Cartoon
SDCC 2022 Reveals Presented by Skeletor
Mattel found a cute way to get everyone up to speed on the reveals they might have missed during SDCC 2022 so here are the reveals presented by the one and only Skeletor! If you were living under a rock over the last week then this section is for you! As part of the Mattel panel at SDCC, they made several announcements and reveals for the end of this year and into 2023.
Masters of the Universe Origins Mattel Creations Exclusives
Mattel revealed the last of the two Mattel Creations exclusives with Grizzlor and Camo Khan! Grizzlor is a head scratcher as to why they would save this figure for an exclusive but Camo Khan, on the other hand, is amazing! We covered Camo Khan during SDCC 2022 so be sure to check that out if you have not seen it yet! These are both due out in Fall of 2022!
Masters of the Universe Origins and Masterverse Panel Figure Reveals
To the amazement of everyone we know, Mattel finally officially announced the Rise of the Snake Men coming to the MOTU Origins line in 2023, which include Snake Armor He-Man, Rattlor, Kobra Khan, and Bolt-Man from the Rulers of the Sun! They also revealed the first set of Masterverse figures to hit shelves in the Spring of 2023 and, this was not a surprise to us as we helped leak this news back in March 2022 via CANAL DOS ROSMINEIROS! We covered both of these SDCC 2022 reveals so check out both of our articles, “Rise of the Snake Men MOTU Origins Wave 1 + Camo Khan SDCC 2022 Reveal” and “Masterverse MOTU Core 2023 Figure Reveals from SDCC 2022” to find out more!
Netflix Animated CGI Castle Grayskull and MOTU X Fall Guys
The MOTU X Fall Guys figures were also announced as well as the Netflix Animated CGI Castle Grayskull which has been on Amazon for quite some time now.
MOTU Origins Eternia: The Ultimate Battleground Playset
The mother of all reveals, the Eternia Playset is coming to MOTU Origins in the Fall of 2022! We also covered the reveal so if you want to see more photos from the Mattel Booth as well as some easter egg figures that were sprinkled in there, go check out our Eternia Playset coverage as well as images of the Skeleton Warriors (confirmed for 2023) and Mekaneck and the Road Ripper!
2022 Masters of the Universe Reveal Roundup
This year has seen the prolific expansion of the Masters of the Universe Origins, Masterverse, and the Netflix Animated CGI lines. As we saw today, there are also doing media reveals too!
Each Tuesday starting today through October 12, 2022 (He-Man’s Birthday), Mattel will reveal more Masters of the Universe news. Who will be coming next to the line? Check back and find out here each week for detailed coverage and we will be adding all of the MOTUesday reveals right here! We will do all of the work for you but if you to buzz around to all of Mattel’s social channels for the news, go for it!
We also covered the news on our YouTube Channel so please check it out and subscribe if you have not!
SDCC 2022 Coverage
Mattel had an epic 4 days of reveals at San Diego Comic Con 2022 and we covered the news on the website and on our YouTube channel
March 2022 Reveals
Back in Mid Marc 2022, they revealed a weeks worth of figures (and one vehicle) from the Origins and Masterverse line. To refresh your memory, here are the reveals from Mid March 2022.
Be sure to check out our MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE SHOP PAGES! You can find links to your favorite retailers for all your favorite MOTU figures all in one convenient place from the vintage line all the way up to Origins and Masterverse!