Barbarian Skeletor Masterverse New Eternia Review
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Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Masterverse Hands On Figure Review

A comprehensive New Eternia Barbarian action figure review covering everything from his Italian inspired Barbuta helmet down to his 5 toes.

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Barbarian Skeleltor tends to go in and out of stick quite a bit on Amazon but you have to know where to look! Sometimes the figure is available from Amazon at retail price as the main listing but sometimes you have to look in the Other Sellers on Amazon for the figure that is shipped and sold by Amazon at retail price.

Summary

Barbarian Skeletor and Viking He-Man are the inaugural figures kicking off the Masters of the Universe Masterverse New Eternia line and I must say that they are fantastic! I could not wait to get Barbarian Skeletor so I purchased him early at a premium but I am so happy I did! This version of Skeletor is a MUST have so let’s find out why!?!?! I got a chance to purchase Barbarian Skeletor, early and now we are here to take a deep dive review. If you want to know how to order you own Barbarian Skeletor, check out our article at the link below:

New Eternia Masterverse Barbarian Skeletor & Merman Revelation IN STOCK! – (toyhabits.com)

New Eternia Concept Art

Inspired by the concept sketches of the late great Mark Taylor, Mattel Masterverse Line brings us Barbarian Skeletor was originally dubbed Evil Incarnate according to the concept sketches and his helmeted look really pays homage to the illustration! You see nods to the concept art represented in the New Eternia figure like the helmet, Scimitar, and chest armor and the rest, the wonderful designers over at Mattel filled in the rest!

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Front Holding Havoc Staff and Sword
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Holding Havoc Staff and Sword
MOTU Vintage Mark Taylor Skeletor Man image

Box and Art

Packaged in the typical Masterverse collector friendly window box, you will notice the new “New Eternia” sub-line logo at the bottom. This is the second figure release in this New Eternia sub-line. The side artwork image show Barbabarian Skeletor in a menacing pose, wielding his Scimitar of Chaos ready to attack!

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Box Front
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Box Front
Masters of the Universe New Ternia Barbarian Skeletor package side
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Box Side

The Rear Artwork shows Barbabarian Skeletor holding his signature Havoc Staff in a dark menacing forest scene, looking into the distance to his oncoming foes!

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Rear Artwork

Barbarian Head Sculpt

Skeletor’s helmet is modeled after the Italian Barbute helmets of the Middle Ages. It was the Italians who first crafted the Barbuta, and his purple clad helmet echoes the classic look of their historic designs. The helmet consists of full-metal protection for the head, including a subtle, small ridge along the top of the helm. It has a Y-shaped opening at the front that leaves his face open, allowing for clear vision. Skeletor might not have the fanciest of helmets, but with the level of protection it provides, the trade-off of looks to function is one any warrior is sure to make.

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Head Sculpt Front
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Head Sculpt Front
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Head Sculpt Left
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Head Sculpt Left
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Head Sculpt Right
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Head Sculpt Right
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Head Sculpt Back
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Head Sculpt Rear
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Head Sculpt
Barbarian Skeletor
New Eternia
Barbuta Helmet
Italian Steel Barbuta Helmet
Italian Barbuta Helmet

Skeletor Classic Head Sculpt

Barbarian Skeletor’s head sculpt more closely resembles his Masters of the Universe Classics version. The paint app is a familar green that we remember and his facial features around the jawline are very well defined. The eyes have a deep red paint app and the eye sockets are not as sunken into his skull as previous version of Skeletor. Reminiscent of the look for Skeletor from the very first issue of the Minicomics in 1981, this alternate head for Skeletor is the quintessential classic head sculpt I’ve always wanted! Unlike the standard release Masterverse Skeletor that looks like the animated Revelation series, this head sculpt captures Skeletor’s minicomic look perfectly!

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Classic Head Sculpt Front
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Classic Head Sculpt Front
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Classic Head Sculpt Left
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Classic Head Sculpt side

Head Sculpt Comparisons

Comparing the classic head sculpt packed with Barbarian Skeletor to the Masters of the Universe Classics head sculpt, you can see the added detail to the eyes and teeth that the new head gives up. Given the price of the Masters of the Universe Classics Skeletor on the after-market these days, the new Barbarian Skeletor in the “Classic Skeletor” mode is a great option for your wallet and gives you almost if not a better look!

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Classics Comparison Close Up

Chest, Back, Armor, and Cape

Skeletor’s chest armor is layered so it allows you to display in both his Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia look, and his Classic Armor look as well. The cape is attached with a layered piece of armor that is placed on Skeletor by simply placing it over his head. Or by swapping the head and removing the cape, you now have an amazing looking classic Skeletor!

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Armor Cape Front
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Classic Armor Close
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Classic
Armor Close

Barbarian Skeletor’s armor has a holster on the back of the armor for the Scimitar of Chaos sword to slide into, and you can see from the photos how nicely it fits.

Arms

Skeletor’s arms are symmetrical and harken back to his Masters of the Universe Classics design where it looks like his forearm armor is the same color as skin. This arm sculpt is new as the first Iteration of Skeletor from the Revelation series has a different design. He comes packed with a pointed finger hand on his right and a gripping hand in his left.

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Right Arm
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Right Arm
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Left Arm
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Left Arm

Waist

The loin cloth extends down to the middle of his knees and perhaps the longest we’ve seen in a while. It has a nice leathery look and feel with some riveting detail at the ends. The belt is also a unique design and I am happy to see that they did not reuse the standard Revelation belt. It has a nice angular design with the face of a bird sculpted on the front of it. I don’t know the signifcance of the design so if you do, please leave a comment.

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Loin Cloth and Belt
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Loin Cloth and Belt

Legs and Boots

The legs appear to be use the standard Masterverse buck but the shin armor is another unique design to this figure. It has a blunt edge at the top of the armor with a curved piece that extends over the talus, which is the bone on top of the foot that forms a joint with the two bones of the lower leg, the tibia and fibula.

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Right Leg Shin Armor
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Right Leg
Shin Armor
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Left Leg Shin Armor
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Left Leg
Shin Armor

Let’s take a look at a comparison between the standard release Revelation Skeletor and New Eternia Barbarian Skeletor’s feet and shim armor. Although the Revelation Skeletor has painted toenails, he only has 3 toes and a very simple shim guard. The New Eternia Barbarian Skeletor however, has a full set of 5 toes and has a much more detailed and ornate shin armor.

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Revelation Foot Comparison
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia &
Revelation Foot Comparison

Weapons and Accessories

The New Eternia Barbarian Skeletor comes packed with several accessories. They include the cape with shoulder armor, alternate classic Skeletor head, Havoc Staff, Scimitar of Chaos sword and 2 alternate hands. We will explore each in further detail below.

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Weapons and Accessories

Hands

Skeletor comes with a an extra set of hands, which gives him both displayability options to give him different looks.

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Hands
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Hands

Cape + Armor

As mentioned above, Barbarain Skeletor comes packaged with a removeable cape that attaches with a layered piece of armor that sits on Skeletor’s shoulder’s and comes on and off by placing it over Skeletor’s head. It gives you both a layered look to Skeletor shown above and allows you the option of displaying Skeletor in both his Barbarian look with cape on or his classic look with cape off!

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Cape
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Cape
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Cape Underside
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Cape Underside

Havoc Staff

Barbarian Skeletor’s Havoc Staff looks to have a new more detailed scuplt when compares to the standard release Revelation Skeletor. This one is of a more uniform color throught out and the top of the staff has a more ornate and classic look to it. You can see the differences in the photo below.

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Havoc Staff Close
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Havoc Staff Close
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Havoc Staff
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Havoc Staff

On the right is the standard release Revelation Skeletor Havor Staff, in the center the New Eternia Barbarian Skeletor’s Havoc Staff, and on the left the MOTO Classics Havoc Staff. Again the New Eternia version follows a more classic design, especially at the top of the staff with it’s cylindrical design,

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Havoc Staff Comparisons Far
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Havoc Staff Comparisons

Scimitar of Chaos

Viking He-Man’s rear box description alluded to Skeletor wielding a Scimitar of Chaos and we finally get to see what this looks like in person. It’s a typical to see Skeletor without a purple Sword of Power but this Scimitar gives him a unique look.

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Scimitar of Chaos
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Scimitar of Chaos

Displayability

This version of Skeletor gives you so many dsiplayability options and really is 2 figures in one! As mentioned above, because Skeletor’s cape and chest armor is layered, it allows you to display him in both his Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia look, and his Classic Armor look. By swapping the head and removing the cape, you now have an amazing looking classic Skeletor, so you get 2 Skeletors in 1! With all the accessories he comes packed with and the alternate head sculpt, your display options are unlimited!

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Front Sword Havoc Staff
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Front Sword
with Havoc Staff
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Classic Sword and Havoc Staff
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Classic Look
with Havoc Staff
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Front Havoc Staff
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Front Sword with Havoc Staff
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Classic Look Havoc Staff
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia Classic Look
with Havoc Staff

MOTU Classics Skeletor Head Swap

As you can see from the photo below, we tried to swap the heads from the MOTU Classics Skeletor and the classic head sculpt of the New Eternia Skeletor, and well, they look pretty good! The Classics head sits a little high on the New Eternia neck peg, but overall, I think they both look great.

Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia MOTU Classics Comparison Front Head Swap
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia MOTU Classics Comparison Head Swap

Demo Man

Coming from the earliest of concept sketches from Mark Taylor, Demo Man was a conceptual design that eventually became Skeletor. Seen below is the MOTU classics version of Demo Man.

According to the Wiki Grayskull:

Realizing his Pupil Keldor had not intention of releasing him from Despondos, Hordak merged him with an extra-dimensional being called Demo-Man. While this saved Keldor’s life, it also drove him temporarily insane, and convinced him to open a portal to Despondos and lead what he thought were “his people” to Eternia. Hordak intended to use this ruse as a means to escape once the portal was opened, but the new merged being “Skeletor” was quickly defeated by Oo-larr, the jungle He-Man, and Hordak remained trapped. Soon after, with help of Evil Lyn, Skeletor gained control of the powerful spirit inside of him, increasing his abilities ten-fold. He was now the true Overlord of Evil and one of the most dangerous men on Eternia!

Demo-Man | Wiki Grayskull | Fandom
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia MOTU Classics Demo Man Comparion Far
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia MOTU Classics Demo Man Comparion
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia MOTU Classics Demo Man Comparion Close
Barbarian Skeletor New Eternia MOTU Classics Demo Man Comparion close up
Wikigrayskull Demo Man
Mark Tyler Concept Sketch of Demo Man
Source: Demo-Man | Wiki Grayskull | Fandom

Ratings

Michael

Larry

Toy Sorceress

Rating: 6.5 out of 7.

Rating: 6.5 out of 7.

Rating: 6.5 out of 7.

The New Eternia Masterverse line is continuing with a bang, with Barbarian Skeletor. The homage to Mark Tyler early concept design, displayabilty options, alternate head sculpts and bevy of highly detailed accessories Barbarian Skeletor comes packed with, is why this New Eternia figure a whopping 6.5 out of 7.0! You are basically getting 2 figures in 1! The only reason I knocked have a star off, is because the right gripping hand with the finger pointing makes it a little difficult to get a tight grip on the accessories. For all these reasons, I highly recommend this Barbarain Skeletor Masterverse figure!

Also be sure to be on the lookout for the new Revelation Mer-Man review as well!

Be sure to also check out our review on the New Eternia Viking He-Man here!

Be sure to check out our You Tube Video review on Barbarian Skeletor link:

Be sure to check out Viking He-Man review You Tube Video as well, at the link below:

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2 Comments

  1. Love the look of this figure, can’t wait to own it.

    Looks like you all might have a trend on your hands with the “waist vs. waste” spelling…

    Love you all, please don’t ban me.

    1. LOL…I would never ban you my friend and thanks for pointing this out…words are hard lol

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