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Fang-Or MOTU Origins Mattel Creations Exclusive Card Art Reveal

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Fang-Or MOTU Origins Card art reveal from Roy and team were revealed today and the illustrations and details are stunning!

The MOTU Origins Mattel Creations exclusive Fang-Or had an official card art reveal today by the ever-so talented Roy Juarez and team! This is hot off the heals of the Fang-Or official Mattel Creations preorder that will be going live on August 8, 2023 starting at 9am PT! The figure and art was inspired by the MOTU Classics figure designed by the amazing Axel Gimenez!

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Fang-Or comes on the collector friend MOTU Origins exclusive blister card where you can simply pull the card out from the blister and access the figure and the mini comic without destroying the beautiful artwork!

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As Roy states in his Instagram post, “BEHIND-THE-SCENES! From the savage age of Preternia, Fang-Or, the Fearsome Fanged Snake Scientist, is on the loose and ready bring down his enemies! Watch out for his enormous and dangerous fangs!

The @masters of the Universe Origins Fang-Or presale begins August 8, 2023 at 9 AM PT on MattelCreations.com

The usual suspects for Origins:
Art Direction & Graphic Design @manuel_eduardo_caritas
Artwork @axel.gimenez @natebaertschart
Toy Design @katanarama333
Story @joshuaskywriter
Copywriter @yesreallyrob
Packaging Engineer @lpukhrambam

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The back of the card features an amazing scene with Fang-Or pouncing on an unsuspecting He-Ro with Lady Slither (and her Lair) in the background! It’s amazing to think we could get a He-Ro figure for MOTU Origins and a scaled down Lady Slither’s Lair, which are teased quite prominently by the card art.

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Looking at the art close up, Roy brings out so much emotion and action in this illustration! The fiery oranges and greens play nicely off each to create an epic scene.

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He-Ro Tease

Seeing He-Ro teased on Fang-Or’s card art gives us hope that we will see a He-Ro figure come to the MOTU Origins line and this lines up with an Instagram post from the amazing Axel Gimenez. Axel Gimenez posted a very intriguing post to Instagram today, with a Super7 5.5″ Vintage Style He-Ro in package next to him and he says “Working, working, and working 💪🏽” with a pen sitting next to He-Ro. Now He-Ro holds a very special significance to the Toy Habits family, because it was a friendly trade of the MOTUC He-Ro’s staff that brought the Toy Sorceress and Michael of Toy Habits together to form an amazing partnership of the Toy Habits team you all know and love today! So, if this is a real indication of He-Ro coming to the MOTU Origins line, believe me I would be totally over the moon! that I don’t know about you, but I feel like we have been getting small hints of the Powers of Grayskull for a while now. First with the Camo Khan Card Art Teases, then with the Moss Man MOTU Origins Art Reveal, which both were heavily influenced and teased many Powers of Grayskull characters! If you follow us on YouTube, you know that we have been predicting The Powers of Grayskull to be coming to the MOTU Origins line in 2024! We have had several theories and wish list videos where we discuss our theories on the Powers of Grayskull being the next big theme in the MOTU Origins line, as it naturally follows the Rise of the Snake Men, where the Snake Men originated in Preternia, but we will have more about that for you below.

How cool would it be to get a shiny vac metal gold colored MOTU Origins version of He-Ro, just the thought of it makes me so happy and excited! Also, this opens the door to the Powers of Grayskull characters and dinos! The possibilities are endless! So let’s explore this MOTU Origins He-Ro Tease!

Then a week ago we had the following posted by ¡Yo tengo el Poder! (@yo_tengo_el_poder) | Instagram, coincidence, I think not!

He-Ro has been a very popular yet desired character for many years.
Even though we were introduced to the character in Mattel’s 1987 catalog in the United States as the protagonist of the Powers of Grayskull subliminal, it never saw the light and became a desired figure for years. It finally saw the light inside the Classics collection in 2009, but its vintage version was still highly requested, so Super7 released that version in 2019 to the delight of the fans. A new release has been released in 2022 by Mattel within the Masterverse line, based on his appearance in the Masters of the Universe Revelation series.
And, surely, we won’t be long to see the Origins version.

¡Yo tengo el Poder! (@yo_tengo_el_poder) | Instagram

¡Yo tengo el Poder! then included a series of images from He-Ro from early Mattel Prototypes to the Super7 version, to the MOTUC version to the latest Masterverse verision that was recently released. I don’t know about you, but this does not seem like a coincidence!

Here you can see early prototypes of the never produced He-Ro figure by Mattel.

Here you can see early test shot prototypes of the never produced He-Ro figure by Mattel as well.

And of course, once we got to Masters of the Universe Classics, He-Ro was finally released as a production figure for the first time in MOTU history! It was quickly followed by the Super7 5.5″ vintage style version. Then in 2022, we finally got He-Ro in the Masterverse line!

History of He-Ro

He-Ro was a character that Mattel came up with that was supposed to be the new lead heroic leader in the late 1980’s Powers of Grayskull Line to take the place of He-Man. By that time in the line, interest in Masters of the Universes was waning and kids’ attention was now going elsewhere. Well, the Powers of Grayskull line was very short-lived with only a couple of Dinosaurs and Giants being produced in the oversees markets. Only a prototype was made of He-Ro, with gorgeous gold colored vac-metal armor, but sadly, the He-Ro figure was never produced.

According to He-Ro | Wiki Grayskull | Fandom:

He-Ro is the name of two fictional characters in the Masters of the Universe franchise, both linked to the main character He-Man and both achieving only a “prototype stage”, until 2009, when the initial version was finally released as part of the Masters of the Universe Classics line.

He-Ro was planned to be a new character introduction, the centerpiece of The Powers of Grayskull, a spin-off line of Mattel‘s Masters of the Universe toy line in 1987. The Powers of Grayskull was to be set in Eternia’s prehistoric past, called “Preternia” to differentiate, and promised to reveal secrets about the source of He-Man’s power, through the adventures of He-Ro, a young but powerful wizard who lived in that time.

In Mattel’s license guide it stated that Gray (the original alter ego for He-Ro) could, “by placing one hand over his heart & flexing the other into a muscle & saying, Magic & strength tempered by heart… I stand for peace!”, he would become He-Ro of Grayskull, the most powerful wizard in the Universe.

However, the line was cancelled in early 1987, and none of this came to fruition. The 1987 Mattel Toy Catalog published pictures of the proposed toys from the line, including an action figure of He-Ro. Three of the dinosaur toys from the line actually made it to stores, and the two “giant” action figures saw release as exclusives in Italy, but He-Ro was never released as a toy.

He-Ro | Wiki Grayskull | Fandom

Lady Slither’s Lair Tease

Along with the announcement of the figure, Mattel provide some very juicy details for us to chew and stew on. As Mattel (we think this might be Roy Juarez speaking) was describing the packaging and art direction for for Fang-Or, they said “When it’s revealed, you will see a direct connection to Preternia. We’ll focus on a lush swamp background, and in the middle of it you’ll be able to see Lady Slither’s Snake Lair…The artwork teases potential upcoming figure reveals and a very cool easter-egg I had to include in the cardback artwork. Fans will notice that the Snake Lair is surrounded by a moat and a creature. The moat pays homage to The Castle Moat playmate that Mark Taylor originally envisioned, and the sea creature is one of the creatures illustrated in The Castle Moat. This concept was held over from the MOTU Classics line but would make an amazing MOTU Origins playset!

Lady Slithers Lair MOTU Origins Concept

Special thanks to the one and only Pixel Dan for posting in hand images of the upcoming Mattel Creations Fang-Or MOTU Origins exclusive figure! He also did a video review of the “Fearsome Fanged Snake Scientist” on his YouTube channel but he also posted some pics from a photoshoot he did earlier today! Fang-Or’s preorder page went up on Mattel Creations today and the figure will go on sale on August 8, 2023 starting at 9am PT.

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Source: Pixel Dan

Fang-Or is looking AMAZING and we can see both sets of Fangs (long and short)! The snake texturing on the figure is outstanding as it truly pays homage to his MOTU Classics design.

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We’ve always thought of Fang-Or as a Snake Men Mechanic but a scientist does suit him better but he still comes with a wrench so he could do some handy work around Lady Slither’s Lair!

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Additional Details

Fang-Or comes in the collector friendly packaging, like Camo Khan and others before him, where you can easily slide the backer off to access the figure and the mini comic!

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Fango also comes with interchangeable teeth and Pixel Dan did a demonstration of this in his video and the swapping in and out of the teeth looks pretty simple enough!

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You simply shimmy the fangs out of his mouth and the other set seats right into his mouth!

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Official Image and Preorder Page

As we reported back in May in our Masterverse Vykron MOTU Origins Fang-or Lady Slither Coming, our friends over at Adultcullector.org on Facebook confirmed that Masterverse Vykron, MOTU Origins Fan-Or and Lady Slither were officially announced new characters by Mattel! They were said to be Mattel Creations exclusives, coming out in later this year! Well at SDCC, the Mattel team also confirmed that the new “vintage style” Origins figures were going to be Mattel Creations exclusives. According to the Mattel Creations launch calendar, there will be a MOTU drop on August 8th, at 9am. So set your reminders for this MOTU Origins Fang-Or Mattel Creations Exclusive Preorder!

As suspected, Mattel has put up the official preorder page for Fang-Or, which goes live on August 8, 2023 at 9am PT with a limit of 3 per person. Based on the teases in the mini comic and other art, Mattel was pushing this figure as an army builder so the limit of 3 definitely puts a damper on that.

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Official Images

Mattel also put up Fang-Or’s official images! This figure is looking amazing and dio images are very well done!

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Fang-Or comes on the MOTU Origins single carded figure blister with the an extra illustration of the “Fearsome Fanged Snake Scientist.” On the back of the card features an amazing scene with Fang-Or pouncing on He-Ro with Lady Slither lurking in the background. We can also see Lady Slither’s Lair, another concept that was not produced from the MOTU Classics era.

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In these images, we can also see Fang-Or’s short fangs, which is an interesting concept! Rather than making an alternate head, the fangs are swappable!

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Some other images include a first look at the Fang-Or mini comic art and a cool scene where Fang-Or is tangling with Snake Armor He-Man.

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Pixel Dan also reviewed the figure on his YouTube Channel, which you can also view here:

Fang-Or Preorder Tease

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Mattel Creations launch Calendar Aug 8 2023

Complete Your MOTU Collection

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