New figure reveals and speculation has always been a cornerstone at Toy Habits and we are always looking for sources to see what might be coming down the pipeline next! One place to look are Mattel’s trademark renewals as there are character names that have been renewed in the last year that have had figure reveals so it’s exciting to see what Mattel might be up to! So let’s take a look at MOTU Character Trademark Renewals that could be made into figures down the line!
Although this is not a guarantee that the characters whose trademark has been renewed, it is fun to speculate as this is the closest source we can tap into for future reveals. In fact, we went back over the last year and combed through the filings and found that several character renewals have resulted in figure reveals for the Maters of the Universe Origins and Masterverse lines. Figures such as Kol-Darr, who was announced at Power Con 2021 as a Mattel Creations exclusive, King Grayskull, who was also revealed at Power Con 2021 and recently was released as a Target exclusive in the Masterverse Revelation line, and Whiplash who was recently revealed as part of the Origins line.
MOTU Origins and Masterverse Characters
While we don’t know what characters will be created as Masters of the Universe Origins or Masterverse figures, we can take an educated guess as to what characters might be joining a particular sub-line. For example, we got a leak from CDR that a Galactic Protector He-Man is coming to the Masterverse line and so we can probably say there is a likelihood that more New Adventures of He-Man figures will be made for that line. Also, given that Kol-Darr was announced as the first Filmation character to join the Origins line, there is a good chance that other Filmation characters will be joining him in Origins. Plus, With the plethora of reveals from mid March, there are plenty of figures to last us for at least a couple more years and with the trademark renewals, it gives us hope that the lines will continue strong for many years to come!
Masters of the Universe Origins
Modulok is another very gimmicky MOTU Character whole trademark was renewed on 03/25/2021. Shortly after his figure was release in 1985, Modulok appears on the toy line’s accompanying cartoon series, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Filmation. Consisting of 22 Body parts and a 2-part laser gun, Modulok was the first of its kind for the MOTU line! Coined ” Evil Beast of a thousand Bodies”, this Ultimate Transforming Creature was a member of the Evil Horde. Although the Evil Horde are used as the main villains Filmation’s spin-off series, She-Ra Princess of Power, rather than He-Man, Modulok is given the unique honor of making his debut on He-Man instead. Halfway through the first season of, She-Ra: Modulok is incorporated into the She-Ra series, the only character from either show to be transferred permanently from one to the other. This occurs in the episode “Gateway to Trouble” in which Modulok builds a device for Skeletor which can open a portal to Etheria to transport his whole army to the planet. This character is interesting because we recently got the reveal for a 4 legged Mantenna, and that new 4 legged sculpt has set the stage for perhaps how they can also pull off Modulok in the Origins style.
As we covered in our Masters of the Universe Origins Teased Figures From Card Art article, Modulok has already appeared on several card back artwork. A gaggle of evil Horde henchman appear on the Sorceress’ card art as well as Hordak’s, including Mantenna, Modulok, Leech, and Grizzlor, make up the bulk of this section. Since we have now seen Modulok on 2 card back artworks and the trademark has recently been renewed, we can probably make this one a given to come to the Origins line in the near future!
Mulit-Bot was the second figure in the MOTU line to come out with the mix and match style body parts. Just like Modulok, Multi-bot too came with 22 body parts but this time could combine with Modulok to create a huge Mega Bot monster like creature!Apparently as it says on the box, there were 1000 possible combinations, so I am sure kids had hours and hours of fun with this thing! Multibot was released a year after Modulok in 1986, and continued that gimmick heavy theme of the MOTU toys back in the 80’s. Also member of the Evil Horde, Multi Bot was known as the ” Evil Robot of a thousand bodies” Made of completely all new parts, Multi-bot did not share any molds with previous MOTU figures, sigaling the strength of the line at the time! Multi-Bot first appeared on the She-Ra Princess of Power cartoon in the episode “Horde Prime Takes A Holiday”. Multi-Bot was the goofy Horde robot created by Modulok. Mattel has just recently renewed this trademark this year on 03/09/2022, showing us we have so much more to come in the MOTU Origins line!
Rio Blast is another character that has his trademark renewed not too long ago on 5/20/2021. Released by Mattel in 1986, Rio Blast is a futuristic cowboy who has hidden blasters all over his body. With pop out laser cannons from his chest and legs six shooters at his wrists and shoulder cannons, Rio Blast was yet another one Mattel’s gimmick heavy figures that was common in the later releases of MOTU figures. A cowboy seems a bit out of place in the planet of Eternia, but this techno-heavy Cowboy sure packs a lot of techno fire power and that technology part is what makes him make sense in the line. If we get this one for Origins, it will be fun to see what they do with all his blaster gimmicks! Do you think he would be considered a deluxe release? Only time will tell!
We reported on a back in the beginning of April of Gwildor being included on a leaked list. Now being it was April 1st, we don’t know if it was part of an April Fool’s joke, or if it was legitimate. But seeing as Gwildor’s trademark was renewed just last year on 07/30/2021, then perhaps it may be legitamate! Gwildow was a fairly newer character to the Masters of the Universe world. He was introduced into the line after appearing in the 1987 live-action movie Masters of the Universe, starting Dolph Lundgren. Gwildor is a member of the Thenurians, which are a dwarf-like race. As you can see by the tools and equipment that adorn him, he is a is a famous locksmith and inventor. Gwildor is notable mainly for his greatest creation: The Cosmic Key, a mechanical device with the ability to transport its holder to any place throughout space and time. With his trademark being renewed just last year, this is great news for fans of the movie who were hoping to see movie figures made from the vintage line! Of course, we don’t have the official images yet, but the figure below represents the vintage Gwildor from 1987. We are sure other movie figures will follow like Blade, Saurod, and possibly a movie version of He-Man (played by Dolph Lundgren) and Skeletor (played by Frank Langella).
Rotar, Heroic Master of Hyper Spin was originally released by Mattel in 1987. One of Mattel’s later releases, Rotar continued the gimmick heavy theme by coming with gyro gears that would make him spin! This figure was very unique in that it was half action figure and half twistoid spinning toy. With only articulated arms, this twistoid action figure was considered a deluxe release with it’s included axe, gears blade and multi-geared spinner accessory / stand. The trademark on Rotar was renewed just this year on 01/13/2022! So Mattel is going hard with new trademark renewals signally the line is strong and we have so much more to see in Origins!
Masters of the Universe Origins 200x
The Faceless One
The Faceless one, Ancient Lord of Zalesia, released in the Masters of the Universe Classics line in 2011 has had it’s trademark renewed on 06-28-2021. Introduced into the 200x era animated series as the father of Evil Lyn, he got his own figure and also became a fan favorite. Being a shadowy faceless character on the cartoon, the action figure’s face lacked detail which helped to give that same effect. This figure used the basic standard classics buck, but included very nice armor detail, skirt accent pieces and a very detailed cape design. He also came with a Havoc Staff very similar to that of Skeletor’s. With the introduction of 200X He-Man and 200X Skeletor into the Origins line, seeing the renewal of this trademark, would be a great candidate for a 200X style Origins figure.
Masters of the Universe Origins Powers of Grayskull
Eldor is a fun one, as he was one of the unproduced prototype characters of the “Powers of Grayskull” spin off line that never came to fruition in the 1980’s Masters of the Universe Line. Prototype images of Eldor and He-Ro had been around for many years, but we never got these figures as kids. But in 2019, thanks to bay area based Super7, we finally got Eldor & He-Ro figures as part of the Masters of the Universe Vintage Style 5.5″ collection. Eldor known as the Heroic Guardian of the Book of Living spells, looks just like his prototype images! The giant tri-fold book works like a magic trick and changes images by alternating the way the book is opened. You can read all about Eldor’s creation and back story on the Eldor: (1987/2019) battleramblog.com. The trademark for Eldor was renewed by Mattel on 06/22/2021, so we can see that was also fairly recently. Let’s hope Mattel has plans for perhaps a “Powers of Grayskull” sub-line! How aewsome would that be? I would love to get a vac-metal He-Ro as well in the Origins style articulation!!!
Continuing with the Powers of Grayskull, Megator, evil Giant Destroyer was one of the last vintage Masters of the Universe characters to be released in 1988. One of two giants, Megator and Titus, the two rarest of the MOTU vintage figures, was released only in Europe, primarily in Italy. Originally designed to be part of the spin off “Powers of Grayskull” line, Megator and Titus were still released with the Masters of the Universe logos on their packaging. Megator, the green giant evil warrior stands 15″ tall and came with real rooted hair. He included a spring-loaded right leg for a kicking action feature, and he came with a spiked ball and chain. Megator’s trademark was also recently renewed just this past November on 11/11/2021. Can we perhaps see the two giants joining the Origins line?
The Unnamed One
The Unnamed One, Lord of Chaos, released into the Masters of the Universe Classics line in 2014, Evil Trollon served by the Snake Men. Similar to Orko, in the Trollon species, The Unnamed One is a villain in the He-Ro, son of He-Man faction. The Unnamed one came with some great accessories which included a magical blast effect, snake design wand, alternate head and flight stand. The Unnamed one’s real name was Gorpo, which was also an early working name for Orko. The Unnamed One’s trademark was renewed on 01/28/2021, so here again could be a new character we might see in the Masterverse line.
As mentioned above, last month, we received a leak from CDR that a Galactic Protector He-Man is coming to the Masterverse line, so seeing the trademark renewal of Flogg early last year on 03/25/2021 is an example of the likelihood of more New Adventures of He-Man figures might be coming down the line. Flogg, known as the Evil Leader of the Space Mutants was released into the Masters of the Universe Classics line in 2014. The original vintage figure of Flogg was part of the New Adventures of He-Man toy line in 1989. Flogg wears a very futuristic red space suit with silver accents. He included a space whip and Eterian looking sword. Flogg’s purple faces has a reptilian like appearance and really stands out with the silver helmet and red space suit he wears.
Teased Masters of the Universe Origins Figures
Another way to gut check these trademark renewals is to also see if the characters have been teased on other MOTU Origins figure card art. We’ve previously rounded up the remaining MOTU Origins figures that have teased on card art and with the reveals from Mid March, we can’t wait to see what figures are teased next! Although a lot of the characters in this list haven’t been teased yet, it is fun to think about when and where they could show up.