As Mattel lies in wait to officially reveal the Eternia playset on Mattel Creations, we’ve rounded up the best images we could find to showcase the features the beauty of the largest playset designed for the MOTU Origins line!
SDCC 2022 Best of the Best Photos
Our minds were literally blown when the Eternia Playset was seemingly leaked ahead of preview night at San Diego Comic Con so we spent hours scouring Instragram and Twitter for the best of the best photos of this iconic piece of MOTU history! Who better to walk us through this glorious playset than Skeletor himself! As a side note, Skeletor got everyone up to speed on the SDCC Mattel reveals last MOTUesday in a very creative presentation! This must be how Skeletor presents his plans for Eternia domination, but we digress! The Mattel booth was filled with 6 display cases but the one that stole the show was the literal centerpiece, Eternia! Set off in a large battleground display, this playset made a massive footprint and impact on the people that got to see it live and the ones that were watching from a far. The display case featured a wasteland of Eternian carnage that featured the Masters of the Universe taking on not only Skeletor, but the infamous Snake Men.
During preview night, which was Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at San Diego Comic Con, a photo of Eternia was seemingly leaked ahead of fans clamoring to feast their eyes on this glorious wonder! The scene was not completely set up yet but a photo, which you can find in our article, 2022 SDCC Eternia Playset Coming to MOTU Origins, broke the internet that night. That’s right, minds were literally blown as fans were trying to figure out if this set was real or if Mattel had used a vintage stand in for display purposes. As the night progressed, Mattel even put up a teaser of own on Mattel Creations, which officially conformed that this set was indeed a reality! Also, Pixel Dan gave a very nice video walkthrough, which you can view on his IG page.
As you can see, the entire playset is MASSIVE and, although we don’t have the exact dimensions, we know everyone will have issues finding a place to display this piece. You can see the glorious Central Tower flanked by the Grayskull Tower (on the left) and Viper Tower (on the right). Knowing that the MOTU Origins figures are around 5.5″ tall, the Central Tower has to be at least 30″ tall from the ground to the top of the flags.
Getting a closer look at the individual towers themselves, you can see Mattel poured a ton of detail into each spire, which represents both good, evil, and the mix of the two powers. They spared no attention to detail, which include providing a port for the Wind Raider to sit atop Grayskull Tower, the Lion face with articulated arms in the Central Tower, and the chains and serpents from the Viper Tower! Let’s get a closer look at each Tower and see what is has to offer in finer detail!
According to the Wiki Grayskull and the mini comic lore:
The Three Towers were constructed by the Elders of Eternia to balance the powers of good and evil, thus containing the ultimate power. The Three Towers first appear in the minicomic “The Ultimate Battleground!”, when Skeletor and King Hiss summon them from the depths of Eternia. Skeletor enters in Central Tower and acquires enormous powers, but He-Man arrives, also acquires power, and defeats Skeletor. After that comic, King Hiss makes Viper Tower his base, and uses its power to summon his lost warriors, Sssqueeze and Snake Face. Most of the later minicomics show Central Tower as the most important “power fortress” in Eternia, more so than Castle Grayskull. In the minicomic “The Search for Keldor”, The Sorceress discovers that the Towers’ mere presence in Eternia allows her to leave Castle Grayskull in her human form, without becoming Zoar. Later, in the minicomic “Enter: Buzz-saw Hordak!”, Central Tower’s power changes Hordak’s powers, transforming him into Buzz-saw Hordak. During that comic, Hordak claims he helped to build Central Tower, and states that the Towers have the power of time travel. The last minicomic, “The Powers of Grayskull: The Legend Begins!”, shows He-Man and the Sorceress using that power to travel to Eternia’s past.Three Towers
The Viper Tower, Eternia’s second smaller tower attaches to the Central Tower base. The Viper Tower is suppose to represent Snake Mountain and features four gray serpent like arms that attach to the tower and the monorail track for stability. The central feature is the light purple viper coiled around a dark purple mountain. There are also 4 chains that run from the gold collar around the neck of the snake down to the serpent arms that attach to the Monorail. The lower base of the tower features a hangout of sorts so the Evil Warriors can relax after a long day of trying to overtake Eternia!
The Central Tower is the the largest of the three towers and it sits atop a foundational base that connects the Grayskull Tower and the Viper Tower to Eternia. The tower features a Lion that guards the entrance to Eternia that features an actual Lion head with an articulating jaw (at least that is what it did in the vintage design but we have yet to confirm this detail). There are also two arms that fit into the Central Tower’s socket joints so you can manuever the arms and ensnare an unsuspecting Heroic or Evil Warrior. In this display, it looks like Snake Armor He-Man is ripe for the snatching! The entrance to Eternia sports 2 Gold Gargoyles that guard the steps to the playset leading up to the Lion (how inviting!)! The top tier of the Central Tower boasts 4 blue Monorail support arms which seat nicely into the front and around the sides of the central tower’s upper tier to support the track pieces. The Central Tower connects both the Grayskull and Viper Towers via their respective ramps, creating one ginormous playset! Like the vintage design, the interior of the Central Tower has three floor levels in addition to the ground floor. Each level can be reached by way of an elevator which runs up and down on the elevator shaft. Like the vintage playset, the first floor features the command center and computer console. On the second floor, it features a half robot that looks like something you can use to practice kickboxing but it is a cool pack in nonetheless.
There is circular wheel right in back of Thunder Punch He-Man (oh isn’t he magnificent!!!) that works the elevator. The disc has a nice wood finish to it, which compliments the castle nicely! You can also see some of the interior walls that have gold and blue portals in them. Too bad you can display both sides of the castle because the interior is something to behold!
On the top of the tower you will find the large red laser blaster that currently has King Grayskull, from the Revelation Series in MOTU Origins form, mannning! Will he be a pack in similar to the Temple of Darkness Sorceress that came with Castle Grayskull? Only time will tell! The large blaster canon features blast effects in the two main ports and some amazing detail that actually look like cogs and gears. Based on the way that the canon sits on the playset, it looks like it has a rocker arm, allowing the cannon to move and articulate. Surrounding the blaster are 3 gold flag poles that circle the top of tower. The Gold Ladder, that you see Beast Man using, can be placed either on the Central Tower (as shown) or it usually attaches to the top ledge of a tower and hangs down the tower face or down to a piece of monorail track and you can pretty much put it anywhere you like!
Grayskull Tower, which contains the power of good, represents Castle Grayskull and is colored to match! It sits to the left of the Central Tower and connects to its foundation. Like the Viper Tower, Grayskull Tower has 4 brown monorail arms (that the Sorceress is tightrope walking on) that plug into the face of the tower to support the monorail track.
At the base of Grayskull Tower, there is a prison for Evil Warriors, Snake Men or the Horde (choose your poison) that has a very large prison gate. The gate moves via a ball and chain that is behind the Sorceress in the image above. The back of the tower features a large gray door with a skull affixed to the top of the back of the prison, providing some welcoming features. There is also a large brown gate on the top of the prison cell, which looks like it is hinged so you can provide an escape route if the Evil Henchman are smart enough to figure it out.
SDCC 2022 Coverage
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