The Batros Trademark Renewal could indicate (1) he is in the works for the MOTU Cartoon Collection line or (2) they are protecting his name
With Mattel’s introduction of the Cartoon Collection MOTU Origins figures at SDCC 2023, we’ve been wondering where they might take the line! So far, the future is looking great for the Cartoon Collection as sources have told us that The Collector vehicle is in the works and She-Ra and Bow are coming to the line! Batros, dubbed the evil master of theft. Since Batros appeared in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Filmation cartoon, he would make a great addition to the line! On November 15, 2023, Mattel filed to renew the tradmark for Bastros and, on the same day, they also filed to renew the trademark of Lord Dactus. We are just speculating that a Batros figure could be in the works for the Cartoon Collection, which would bring a very unique and different figure to the line.
This crafty crook from the dark side of Eternia steals all the books, but its not his thirst for knowledge that motivates him its his thirst for power! Wicked, winged and willing to scheme with Skeletor, this Filmation series fiend comes with a mace.Batros BioReal Name: WileyDeep in the Dark Hemisphere resides a treacherous race of half-man half-bat pirates–none more sinister than Batros, a shadowy mercenary-for-hire. Batros views alliances with contempt, but pairs up with Skeletor when it gets him closer to his goal of seizing the Powers of Grayskull for himself. In one adventure, Batros conspired with the Overlord of Evil to filch all royal records and books from the Eternos Library. Although this shady plot ultimately met with failure, Batros remained a stealthy enemy of the Masters of the Universe and all who fight for freedom on Eternia. Batros is a dark mercenary trained in the art of thievery!
Batros MOTU Classics Bio
Deep in the Dark Hemisphere resides a treacherous race of half-man half-bat pirates – none more sinister than Batros, a shadowy mercenary-for-hire. Batros views alliances with contempt, but pairs up with Skeletor when it gets him closer to his goal of seizing the Powers Of Grayskull for himself. In one adventure, Batros conspired with the Overlord Of Evil to filch all royal records and books from the Eternos Library. Although this shady plot ultimately met with failure, Batros remained a stealthy enemy for the Masters Of The Universe and all who fight for freedom on Eternia. Batros is a dark mercenary trained in the art of thievery!
This figure was created for the MOTU Classics line and are seeing more an more figures from that line end up in the Origins line. Fun Fact: Batros has a red bat symbol on his harness, even though he is not a member of The Evil Horde.
Batrso Cartoon Collection Custom Concept
There are so many talented customizers who can provide us with view into what a Batros Cartoon Collection figure could look like.
On Lulu Berlu’s product page, they describe this custom: “Another great villain from the original cartoon comes to life as an authentically-styled custom action figure! Batros has been created using his appearance in the cartoon episode, “The Great Books Mystery” as inspiration and translated into a slightly more monstrous, more imposing, more bat-like rendition to fit in with the original design sensibility of the original MOTU toy line. Great attention to detail has been paid; even down to providing a detailed sculpt for his bat logo instead of the more animation-friendly flat design. He features an originally sculpted face and sculpted armor, newly tooled hands with slightly oversized, bat-like arms. He has a real fabric cape with elastic straps for the neck and wrists. His working power-punch action has been added to by crafting his hand to be able to hold and actually throw a special snake weapon that really glows in the dark (simulating the energy snakes he would blast from his hands as seen in the cartoon)! Also, he’s the FIRST Barbarossa Art Customs art piece which features the “peg-disk” articulation for the leg joints (i.e., no rubber bands!) He fits in perfectly with the original line! This figure’s details, weapon, action feature and choice of colors have all been executed with vintage sensibilities keenly in mind. Batros comes sealed on a custom card with multiple pieces of original art. Uniquely-created and hand-crafted by the artist, this is a very limited run for the adult collector.”
Batros Filmation Appearance: The Great Books Mystery (synopsis by Wiki Grayskull)
Orko has lost the book about unicorns that he intended to give Prince Adam for his birthday. Man-At-Arms and Teela are dubious that the book would simply disappear, but later Professor Smallen reports to King Randor that all the books in the ancient archives have disappeared. The king sees this as a great tragedy, since the kingdom’s books are the information at the foundation of civilization. Randor summons Adam and Man-At-Arms, who quickly conclude that a sinister plot is afoot and He-Man is needed. Adam makes excuses himself and then transforms himself and Cringer into He-Man and Battle Cat before they consult the Sorceress. Meanwhile, Teela and Orko follow their own lead–a lone book left laying on the south road out of the kingdom.
In his hideout at the Temple of the Sun, Batros congratulates himself for having the wisdom to recognize the value of the books he has stolen. The people of Eternia, he reasons, will be so desperate to regain the books that they will force Randor to abdicate and make him the new ruler. Batros does not suspect that he is being admired from afar by Skeletor, watching from Snake Mountain. Beast Man doesn’t comprehend Batros’s scheme, which simply reinforces Skeletor’s opinion that he needs smarter henchmen. He sends Beast Man and Trap-Jaw to recruit Batros to help him raid Castle Grayskull. At Grayskull, the Sorceress directs He-Man to the Temple to confront Batros. He-Man is surprised to hear that the villain is not staying on the dark side of Eternia; the Sorceress explains that he has come with a thirst for power. He-Man takes the south road into the desert, but Skeletor uses his magic to delay the hero until his lackeys can make his offer to Batros.
Teela and Orko are the first to reach the Temple, but when they locate the books, Batros takes them prisoner. While he gloats about his plan, Trap-Jaw and Beast Man get the drop on him. Although Batros is interested in meeting with Skeletor, he doesn’t appreciate the villains’ attitude, and teaches them a lesson with his magic. While Batros forces Beast Man to escort him back to Snake Mountain, Teela and Orko subdue Trap-Jaw and recover Orko’s unicorn book. When Batros comes face-to-face with Skeletor, they quickly butt heads over which of them will follow the other. Finally Batros agrees to hear Skeletor’s proposal: If they work together to seize Castle Grayskull, Skeletor will have the power to rule the universe, and Batros will be allowed to have Eternia. Within moments, Batros has a plan to take the castle. By the time He-Man and Battle Cat reach the Temple of the Sun, they find the books and Trap-Jaw, but no sign of Batros. Teela and Orko have already returned to the Royal Palace and told Man-At-Arms about Batros’s alliance with Skeletor; he passes the word along to He-Man, who races back to Grayskull.
Batros’s strategy to take the castle is simple: While Beast Man, Mer-Man, and Tri-Klops distract the Sorceress at the front wall, Batros will create a bridge to approach from another direction and outflank her. The plan fails before it can begin when He-Man arrives, sending Battle Cat to handle Beast Man’s team while he faces Skeletor and Batros. When He-Man blocks the villains’ path on Batros’s bridge, Skeletor flees. Batros, however, blasts the bridge out from under the hero, who falls into the bottomless pit surrounding the castle. He-Man catches a rocky outcropping on the way down, though, and surprises Batros by throwing back to the dark side of the planet. Meanwhile, Man-At-Arms, Teela, and Orko return to the Temple of the Sun to recover the books, only to find they’ve disappeared yet again. When He-Man is notified, he heads to Snake Mountain, suspecting that Skeletor has usurped Batros’s original plan. As He-Man and Battle Cat make their way into the mountain, they are almost immediately captured. Once Skeletor thinks he has them helpless he freely gloats about where he is keeping the books; once they have the information they need, though, the heroes easily free themselves and chase Skeletor away. Later, everyone is assembled in the palace to celebrate the safe return of the kingdom’s books, as well as Adam’s birthday. Adam is particularly grateful for Orko’s unicorn book…as well as an assist in blowing out the candles on his cake.