Mondo Faker and Dupli-cat were announced to be coming to the MOTU sixth scale line
Announced on last nights Panthor Toy Talk live stream, Mondo revealed that Faker and Duplicat are in the works! Special thanks to thundercats_classics for the tip that the pair are coming to the line, in a big way! The Mondo Sixth Scale kitties are about to another feline joining the larger than life Mondo collection. The Leo Faker version of Skeletor’s evil robot and Duplicat were created for the MOTU Origins line as Power Con 2021. You can hear the announcement on the Panthor Toy Talk live stream!
Faker is a an evil duplicate of, He-Man, in service Skeletor. The original toyline presents him as a blue-skinned robot replica of He-Man built to serve Skeletor, the toy was packaged as “Evil robot of Skeletor” (or “Evil robot impostor”), and this is the way he is generally viewed by fans, but other media showcase him as a magical creation rather than a robot, or as an exact physical replica of He-Man intended to fool the people of Eternia.
Faker was a magical being created by Skeletor to serve him as an evil version of He-Man. Faker was an exact physical replica of He-Man, with the only physical differences being his glowing eyes and hollow-sounding voice. Skeletor used Faker to lure The Sorceress out of Castle Grayskull by pretending to be the real He-Man, suffering pain from an injury. After a quick fight with the real He-Man, Faker charged at him and fell into the bottomless abyss of Grayskull, never to return, despite Skeletor’s claims about recovering him.
Faker Vintage MOTU Figure
Faker was one of the many reuses of the He-Man buck and design in the vintage MOTU line. He was cast blue with purple boots and furry loin cloth with red/orange hairhair. Faker’s armor and sword were a reuse of Skeletor’s armor and sword, but in orange instead of purple. He also had a sticker on his chest, which resembled old reel-to-reel tape deck, which was the tip off that he was a robot.
Faker was released between Waves 1 and 2, as you can see from his vintage cardback, there are some of the Wave 1 and Wave 2 figures on the back of the card.
Leo Faker Variant
According to the Battle Ram Blog, “the most sought after production variant of Faker is the Leo Toys India version. It came with all of Skeletor’s armor and accessories in either orange or red, and a rather striking bit of paint around the eyes that resembled the Lone Ranger’s mask.” Faker wasn’t a bootleg Masters of the Universe toy. In the 1980s, Leo Toys had the official Mattel license to make MOTU figures in India. The Leo Toys made some cosmetic changes to Faker and that version that was sold in India became infamous with die hard MOTU collectors and became known as Leo Faker.
Dupli-Cat was a Power Con 2021 and Mattel Creations exclusive. They described Dupli-Cat as an “equally nefarious imposter: Dupli-Cat – giant tiger and crafty impersonator of Battle Cat!”
Mondo He-Man Versions
According to Mondo, the goal for this new He-Man wasn’t to reissue the figure, but rather bring the character back in a new and fresh way. This figure is a a brand new He-Man with new head sculpts, accessories, and so much more. It is the quintessential version Mondo has released and they have knocked this one out of the park! It’s meant to be a celebration of some of his various appearances throughout his toy and comic history. You get three definitive looks for He-Man (well, four if you count removing his armor entirely). With this deluxe version, you can turn him to the standard version of Hew-Man we all know and love plus a Battle Armor and Thunder Punch version!
Box, Art, and Packout
Florian Bertmer also did incredible work with the packaging design and it is amazing to see this in living color! You can see He-Man striking his famous pose with the sword of power summoning the Powers of Grayskull. If you look closely, you can see He-Man in his Battle Armor as he is running through the Fright Zone while the Thunder Punch version is fending off the Snake Men in front of Viper Tower. If this was a MOTU Origins package, King Hiss and Kobra Khan would be teased as figures coming to the line but this is just a pipe dream!
On the back of the box, it reads: “Eternia was in need of a champion. Someone who would protect it against the villainous Skeletor. That person would be known as the hero: He-Man. Son of King Randor and Queen Marlena, Prince Adam was bestowed the powers of He-Man by the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull. Using the mighty Power Sword, Prince Adam transforms into the powerful warrior known as He-Man, gaining enhanced strength and abilities. He-Man battles the menacing Skeletor in the name of good and all of Eternia, never resting until peace is restored to all the land and Skeletor’s evil is no more.
The inner box flap shows He-Man in front of Castle Grayskull raising his Power Sword aloft as he has just transformed from Prince Adam into He-Man. The inside view of the box gives you a look at He-Man and his amazing packout!
The packout on He-Man is pretty spectacular as he comes with the following:
- Neutral Portrait
- Angry Portrait
- Classic Portrait
- Classic Chest Armor
- Battle Chest Armor
- Swappable battle armor
- Power Sword
- Classic Shield
- Battle Axe
- Ankle Knife
- Ankle Knife Sheath
- 5 interchangeable hands
- Thunder Punch Chest Armor
- Thunder Punch Punch hand
- Thunder Punch Power Sword
- Thunder Punch Shield
- Thunder Punch Gems
As we alluded to earlier, you can remove He-Man’s armor entirely and you can give him the Savage or Oo-Lar look but I don’t think Mondo intended for this to be a way to display the figure but you have the option. The chest shows a ton of rippled muscle detail on the upper chest as well as the abs, which is very apropos for He-Man. His back features great muscle detail as well and most of the time the muscles will be hidden by portions of the armor so it is great to see him without it.
One of the coolest features of the figure are the real furry shorts! The furry loin cloth looks great and although it comes matted and flattened down, you can fluff it a little to give it more depth and dimension.
The boots also come adorned with fur, which is a very cool effect! The fur is much softer than the loin cloth and overflows over the top of the boots. Hos boots have a leather wrapped look and feel to them, which goes great with the aesthetic of the figure. You can also attach the dagger accessory to one of his boots (we chose the right one).
Head Sculpts and Hands
He Man comes with 3 portraits and two out of the three look amazing! His neutral and angry head sculpts really capture a new look for He-Man while his vintage look, we feel has missed the mark. The hair is way too yellow and a bit smaller than the other head sculpts and we feel his head would have looked better with a more neutral hair color like the other head sculpts.
He comes with extra hands to give him more ways to display this figure (like you needed more right???).
Standard and Vintage Look
He-Man has never looked better in his vintage form! Although the vintage head sculpt is classic, we felt that the color was too canary yellow for our tastes and the head does not look quite right on the body.
A great head sculpt to pair with his classic look is his neutral looking portrait as it pays homage to his vintage appearance and he looks great posed without his weapons.
He-Man’s armor has a worn look to it and a large metal plate in the middle of his chest looks like it can offer some great protection and is secured with some gray straps that have some nice leather texturing and rivet finishes to them.
He comes packed with two removable bracers! On his right wrist, he has his classic gold wrist cuff while, on his left hand, he has a more intricate gauntlet that has a gold accent on top of a leather wrapped piece.
He looks amazing posed with his weapons! His axe has an intricate design that is silver with gold accents and the handle design is spectacular! The Power Sword looks amazing and is of the right thickness and scale for this figure. the handle of the sword has a black wrap to it.
Battle Armor He-Man
With the ingenious use of magnets, yo can put on He-Man’s Battle Armor with no effort at all! Mondo’s solution was a swappable “H” that snaps on and off with a magnet plus the top and bottom of the armor has magnetic contact points. This is one of the more definitive looks for He-Man and he looks amazing with his angry head sculpt to compliment the battle look!
His Battle armor fits him like a glove and hugs his chest really well! The detailing around the abs really mimic his bare abs in a way that looks very natural. The rivets add the extra level of realism that is lacking on figures at lower price points that are mass produced. For example, the armor on the MOTU Classics BA He-Man has a similar style but lacks the fits and finishes, which you would expect at a figure with a $25 point point. Paying homage to the battle armor action feature, the chest features swappable plates that use magnets and come on and off without removing the armor, which is a brilliant design move!
Battle Armor and Standard Accessories
The inside of the shield has a brown leather look strap with a substantial handle for his fist to grab a hold of. His axe has an intricate design that is silver with gold accents and the handle design is spectacular! The boots and loin cloth have a real fur texture to them and add a different level of texture and feel to the figure. The Power Sword looks amazing and is of the right thickness and scale for this figure. the handle of the sword has a black wrap to it, matching the color of the handle of the axe.
Thunder Punch He-Man
Paying homage to his Thunder Punch version that came out in 1985 and to say that they nailed this look would be understatement! He also features removable wrist cuffs that tie into the color of his armor. The neutral and angry portraits look amazing and make a great pair for the figure to give him different looks.
You can also nest the Thunder Punch “Gems” into his shield, which pays homage to the caps that the original Thunder Punch He-Man came with.
The chest armor looks amazing with a crackled metal design that features the ‘H’ in the middle of his chest, coincidentally, that first appeared on his Battle Armor version in the 1980’s! The strap detail has varying colors of deep and light reds to break up the design to prevent it from looking like a solid piece.
The weapons are really the centerpiece of this design. The shield alone is so detailed and it looks like it has layers of metal on the front that make up the design. In the vintage version, if you recall, had more of a silver chrome look that had a smooth finish. The front of the shield also features that ‘H’ plus a place to stow the caps that the the original Thunder Punch He Man came with. The back of the shield features a similar strap and handle as his vintage style shield and we love the black and silver detailing they put on the back of it. The amber translucent Power Sword was the perfect color for this design. He looks amazing holding it in hand and also stowed in his shield!
The weapons and accessories look fantastic and no matter what he is holding, it all fits perfectly!
Anti Eternia He-Man
The lastest 1/6 scale figure from Mondo was revealed at Designer Con 2022 and the folks over at Mondo keep upping their game when it comes to their 1/6 scale figure line! While reusing many of the part from the Deluxe He-Man Mondo 1/6 Scale Timed Edition, there are many differences worth noting that makes this figure a must have in your Mondo collection! First off, they nailed the color palette for Anti Eternia using deep orangey reds against He-Man’s jet black skin. One difference from the previous versions of He-Man that Mondo has created, he will come with translucent accessories, which is worth the price of admission alone!
Getting an up close view of the sculpt, the red eyes really give this figure a “dead” look it! Coupled with the sneer, the overall feeling of the figure has a very menacing look to it. The chest harness is highly detailed and the pieces of the armor stand out for being painted black.
Like the previous Deluxe version of He-Man, he comes with actual furry shorts, and boots, which adds so much texture and goes very well with the aesthetic of the figure. He will also come with a gaggle of accessories, which include a translucent Power Sword, Axe, and battle armor with swappable chest plates! He will also come with two alternate heads, like the deluxe He-Man before him.
Taking a closer look at the translucent battle armor, it looks amazing and it looks even better on the figure!
Changing out the harness for the translucent battle armor adds to the displayability of the figure and the textures play very well off each other.