Mattel dropped a doozy of a reveal with their Masters of the Universe 40th Anniversary He-Man and Skeletor 2-Pack SDCC 2022 exclusive!
Way back in March 2022, Mattel revealed the 40th Anniversary Masterverse He-Man figure but since then, the figure has gone up for preorder on sites like Amazon, Big Bad Toy Store, and Entertainment Earth! It has also gone through some design changes that we will also cover off on too! This calls into the question whether the 40th Anniversary He-Man will be a single release with the addition of a 40th Anniversary Skeletor but a 2-Pack is twice as nice! We already saw a hint of that on the leaked reveal list that included an 40th Anniversary Skeletor!
UPDATE 7/14/2022 @ 10:30am): Unboxing Video
40th Anniversary He-Man and Skeletor Masterverse 2-Pack Features
- Drawbridge inspired castle Grayskull box
- Vintage inspired packaging with red rock bursts
- Magnetic clip for when the box is closed
Figures and Accessories
- Vintage inspired proportions where He man and Skeletor are a little more beefed up
- Flocked details on He-man loin cloth and boots
- Skeletor’s jaw is even articulated!!!
- DIE CAST accessories that make that clank clank sound when you hit them together
- Die cast skull ring with the 40th anniversary logo on the inside
- Original mini comics that came with the original 2 figures
Attention to Detail
Diecast Weapons and Accessories
Vintage Mini Comics
The box that these two come in amazing!!! You can see all of the weapons, accessories, and even a mini comic for each!
The box front looks amazing and harkens back to the vintage Masters of the Universe cardbacks as you can see both figures proudly displayed with the 40th Anniversary logo in the upper right corner. He-Man also looks amazing as he raises aloft his magic sword!
We also get two mini comics that are reprints of the vintage comics with the 40th anniversary logo on them! We also see a ring that looks metallic in color and it even opens up to reveal a secret compartment to hide your powers lol..I don’t know…we are just giddy about this set!!!
The shots of He-Man and Skeletor are FANTASTIC as we get to see, up close, and personal, what the figures look like! He-Man looks amazing as they have toned down or completely removed the dark brown wash that we saw in the first set of official images! Skeletor has a cool freakish grin on this boney face that only he can rock! It’s great to see him with 3 toes again lol!!!
When and Where to Preorder
Here is the official word from Mattel from the IG page:
Seven-inch scale with astounding vintage detail. Die-cast weapons and armor. 30 points of articulation. Our @Masters of the Universe Masterverse He-Man vs. Skeletor 40th Anniversary 2-Pack is the ultimate pairing of these opposing good and evil forces! And the Skeletor figure is currently only available in this 2-Pack. Available at SDCC on 7/20 and MattelCreations.com on 7/22 at 9am PT.Mattel Creations IG Page
40th Anniversary Promo Videos
He-Man and Skeletor 40th Anniversary 2-Pack SDCC 2022 Exclusive
40th Anniversary Skeletor
Skeletor is joined by his former and current selves in this look back through time shot! From the left, you have the New Adventures of He-Man , 200x, 40th Anniversary, Revelation, vintage, and, in the back, the CGI version!
The 40th Anniversary Skeletor looks amazing and he features a laughing face and his classic armor that looks very similar the New Eternia Barbarian Skeletor version but with some changes. There is now a Horde symbol on his armor and the rivets in the straps are painted silver. He also has a stunning, grinning open mouth head sculpt. The boots and feet have also been changed up, giving Skeletor the vintage 3 toe look that we grew up with.
40th Anniversary He-Man
He-Man is joined by his former and current selves in this look back through time shot! From the left, you have the CGI Netflix Animated Masterverse, New Adventures of He-Man , 40th Anniversary, 200x, and vintage, and, in the back, the Revelation version!
The 40th Anniversary He-Man figure has gone through some changes since it was first announced (read more about this change below)! He features his classic head sculpt, which looks amazing! His armor is traditional, like the vintage figure and he has no brown washing applied to his skin. You can see in the action shot that he also comes with his Axe and his shield that has a handle that he can grip!
March 2022 40th Anniversary He-Man Reveal
Harkening back to the 1982 Vintage version of the He-Man we all know and love, Mattel unveiled Masterverse Anniversary Edition He-Man! Celebrating 40 years of MOTU, the most powerful man in the Universe returns in truly glorious fashion with this Masterverse rendition of the 1982 vintage He-Man! This reveal is very exciting because not only does this figure look amazing, but this opens the door for more vintage style Masterverse figures! I can’t tell you how excited I am for this one! Let’s take a closer look below.
June 30, 2022 Revisions to the 40th Anniversary He-Man
Back in June, we covered an image of an updated version of the figure that was circling around the net with some notable changes afoot for the most powerful man in the universe! Check out the story here:
April 2022 40th Anniversary He-Man Official Images and Preorder
Back on April xxx Anniversary He-Man comes packaged artwork is a direct homage to Mattel’s 1982 He-Man, complete with the red rock burst, blue sky and classic Masters of the Universe logo! The nostalgia feels are happening all of this package! Paying tribute to the 1982 vintage He-Man Action figure we all know and love, He-Man includes a vintage style power sword, axe and shield and 2 swappable hands. He is also sporting a brown dry bush to accent his muscles. It looks kind of cool, but I am not too sure how I feel about it as it is a bit heavy in the bicep area, but perhaps that is just this prototype figure.
40th Anniversary He-Man Preorder Roundup
With the drop of the 40th Anniversary He-Man, we are not sure if he will be a single box figure release or if they are scrapping this for the 2-Pack exclusive but below you will find the places where he went up for preorder.
Entertainment Earth Update (July 1, 2022)
Entertainment Earth has added the 40th Anniversary He-Man Masterverse figure to a case assortment with Catra and Zodac. The case assortment is as follows: 1 x Catra, 1 x Zodac, and 2 40th Anniversary He-Man figures with an estimated ship date of September 2022.
UPDATE: We noticed on May 7, 2022, that both BigBadToyStore and Entertainment Earth removed the product pages for the single figure preorder. We don’t know when the pages will be back or when preorders will resume so please check back.
Entertainment Earth Preorder (May 4, 2022)
For those who enjoy buying the Entertainment Earth, they have put the Masters of the Universe 40th Anniversary Masterverse He-Man up for preorder!
BBTS Preorder (April 30, 2022)
For those you who live in the U.S., The Big Bad Toy Store has put the Masters of the Universe 40th Anniversary Masterverse He-Man up for preorder!
Amazon and Zed Collectibles (April 29, 2022)
In 40th Anniversary He-Man news, an Amazon listing has surfaced and the Canadian website, Zed Collectibles, has a preorder available. Canadian website, Zed Collectibles lists the potential ship date as September 2022 amd Amazon lists a potential ship date of July 2022 but we always take these dates with a grain of salt and as soon as we get any official intel on when Amazon may have it available, we will be sure to let you know! In the meantime, the Amazon Link is available below.
Since the 40th Anniversary Masterverse He-Man is not available to buy yet and it’s not even searchable, we put the link to the Amazon listing on the Masterverse Shop page so keep checking back to see when this figure becomes officially in stock, and we will also keep you posted if this figure actually comes in stock too!
Mattel 12 Days of Fandom
Leading up to San Diego Comic Con 2022, Mattel will be hosting a 288-hour sale known as the “12 days of Fandom, which will feature exclusive new collectibles from properties including Hot Wheels, WWE, Jurassic World, and, of course, Masters of the Universe, and more! The first Day of Fandom begins on July 11 and will continue through July 24, 2022. Fans can secure these exclusives in two ways! They will be available online and on the show floor at their booths #3029 and #2945 at SDCC 2022. Collectors can also stay up to date here and on the Mattel Creations website. Of course, we will only be coving the Masters of the Universe reveals here and will be updating this article as the days go by so check back often for updates!
Mattel is itching to get back in touch with fans live at SDCC, according to PJ Lewis, VP of Global Marketing for Mattel:
“We’re excited to reconnect with our fans at San Diego Comic-Con and further celebrate the world-renowned pop culture events with our fans who can’t attend in person. With this year’s ‘12 Days of Fandom’, Mattel will honor several iconic properties that have built an incredible fan legacy. With exclusive products and more, we will certainly appeal to a wide range of fandoms and we’re thrilled to formally debut them during our ‘12 Days of Fandom’ event.”PJ Lewis, VP of Global Marketing for Mattel:
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