We explore what a MOTU 200x sub line could look like if Mattel delved deeper into line as we share MOTU 200x Origins concepts from the customizing community
With the introduction of the new 200x MOTU Origins He-Man and Skeletor sculpts that pay homage to the Mike Young Productions animated versions, this leaves the door WIDE OPEN for Mattel to build out the entire 200x line. Also referred to the Modern Series, it was created by Mike Young Productions to tie in with Mattel’s relaunched MOTU figure line. The new series borrows heavily from the original Filmation series, with characters, locations and some situations remaining largely unchanged. However, a new focus was put on story arcs and developing characters, with many receiving proper origins and backstories for the first time. As we know from past experience, the new card art for the Masters of the Universe Origins Wave 9 that Axel Gimenez posted on May 14, 2022 not only displayed his amazing artistic ability but it also provided us a juicy window into upcoming figures that the Origins line could be adding in the future. That said, there was only one figure that looked like it could be possible, which is Prince Adam as you can see below in the transformation series for the card art for the 200x MOTU Origins He-Man. This got us thinking, like we usually do, if they were to make a Prince Adam 200x Origins figure, surely they could make the rest of the line.
Before we dive into the our concepts, we’ve catalogued and covered figures that have been teased in three articles so if you have not seen our comprehensive MOTU Origins figure, vehicle, creature, and playset teases, you should check it out, as it will give you a glimpse into how these card art teases make figures come to fruition. And by the way, several of them that we have predicted have now been officially turned into upcoming figures and vehicles like King Randor, Leech, Mantenna, and the Roton just to name a few!
Prince Adam 200x Origins
As this version of He-Man comes from the Mike Young Productions (MYP) animated series and toy line from 2002, we can see a younger version of Prince Adam wielding the 200x style sword of power as he transforms into He-Man! In 2002, Mattel launched a new Masters of the Universe toy line most commonly referred to today as the MOTU 200x or the MOTU Modern Series. The figure sculpts featured the talented designs by the Four Horsemen who remained faithful to the original Masters of the Universe toy line. Accompanying the toy line was a new animated series that featured only 39 episodes in total from August 2002 to January 2004. This reimagined version of the Masters of the Universe featured a young Prince Adam that was physically smaller in stature, height, and appearance and was part of a group called the protectors known as “The Masters.”
Prince Adam 200x Figure: No stone was left unturned in the MYP version of Prince Adam and if you think back to the vintage Prince Adam figure, it was just a repaint of He-Man with a soft goods vest, which did not hide Adam’s secret identity very well. The MYP series and resulting Prince Adam figure changed this as he was given more of a boyish secret identity sans muscles, 6 pack abs, and a bulging chest. Instead, he has a crop top vest that pays homage to the vintage figure with a white shirt (that could be hiding his abs for all we know) but his outfit is more subdued with a much more believable outfit that has some cool details to it. There is not a lot of flair to the design but the gold accents on the double belt and straps make a nice visual edition to the figure to help break up the grays and whites plus they complement his purple vest very nicely!
Prince Adam 200x Origins Concept
So what does this mean for Origins? Well, if they did make this figure, I highly doubt they would NOT use the standard MOTU Origins He-Man buck. They could, however, use the female buck but I am guessing that might be highly unlikely as well. It would be great to see a 200x version of Prince Adam in the Origins line to see how they would handle him! Butch, who runs the YouTube Channel, The Last Nerd Standing, is a very talented customizer who gives us a glimpse into what a 200x version could like like. All of the right features are there to make a great figure, from the open, flared purple shirt to the buckle detail going across his chest.
The hair sculpt looks so much better than the 200x version and he even put some cool detail on the bracer, as you can see in the transformation sequence he created below using this custom Prince Adam and a customized 200x He-Man.
200x Teela Origins
According to the Heroes Wiki, “Teela was born the daughter of Sorceress of Castle Grayskull and a solider she nursed back to health but was never seen again. However, she was given away by the Sorceress to Man-At-Arms of the defenders as she could not raise her as other responsibilities to kept her from her. Despite Man-At-Arms reluctance at first, he raised Teela as he as own, he taught her how to fight, turning Teela into a skilled fighter.” Teela’s combat attire consisted of a gold & white armor that covered her torso, leaving her arms and legs bare. Unlike the 1983 Teela she had sort of an armored miniskirt. On her arms she wore golden bracers and, on her forehead, a golden tiara. Her leather boots had a fur trimming and some extra armor plates for protection.
Teela 200x Origins Concept
This custom concept also comes from Butch and he basically retooled the Origins figure and retrofitted the 200x parts in and I think it looks great! It’s like what the Masters of the WWE universe line did with reusing armor for those figures as he mashed up a 200x Teela using parts from that coupled with the Origins buck for Teela. This is a fantastic kit bash and retool of this figure so we can see what a 200x MOTU Origins concept could look like.
200x Fisto Origins
Fisto was part of 2002 revival of the Masters of the Universe toy line and MYP series. Due to trademark issues, his action figure was packaged under the name ‘Battle Fist’ rather than his original name of Fisto but he is still referred to as Fisto in his cartoon incarnation. The character is given ties with being a sworn enemy of the Snake Men, a link that does not appear in the original Filmation series, with Fisto and the Snake Men being released some time apart.
Fisto 200x Origins Concept
This custom concept comes from a seller on Etsy and we thought it was a cool idea to recreate the crown that came with Fisto in the 200x line. It would be easy to recreate his snake catcher in Origins scale and that would be a cool accessory pack in.
King Grayskull Origins
According to the Wiki Grayskull, “Castle Grayskull was once home to King Grayskull, an ancestor of Prince Adam. King Grayskull waged battle against threats to Eternia such as the Snake Men and The Horde, commanded by the tyrannical Hordak. During his lifetime, King Grayskull ruled with wisdom and compassion, alongside his wife, Veena. King Grayskull rode a powerful steed named Battle Lion.”
King Grayskull 200x Origins Concept
This custom concept also comes from Butch and he did a fantastic job capturing the look and feel of King Grayskull in Origins form! We thought the hair sculpt looked really natural and the way he sculpted the faux fur of the cape looks amazing! The tattered cape completes the look and this would be a fantastic addition to the Origins line.
Roboto 200x Origins
In the 200x animated series, Roboto makes his first appearance in the episode “Roboto’s Gambit“, in which he is built by Man-At-Arms as a simple chess-playing robot. Desiring to apply his chess skills to the real battle around him, he upgrades himself to a warrior robot and effectively transfers his skills into the Masters’ combat.
Roboto 200x Figure
The 2002 version of Roboto is similar to the original 1980s and it features armor to fit over his clear torso, something that the original figure from the 1980’s did not come with. Also, the 2002 version only came with a claw and laser gun and they did not make an axe for figure, with originally came with the 80’s figure.
Roboto 200x Origins Concept
This custom concept comes from He-Bro and if you have not seen this video (where we got these images), it is really awesome! He has retooled an Origins Roboto to look like the 200x version and he even went as far as using armor to recreate that chest piece that the 200x figure came with back in the early 2000’s. He said, in the video, that he could have painted the chest plate silver but he really like the blue! If this were made into an actual Origins figure, we would think that this would be a deluxe figure given how many accessories he would come with with the arm attachments and the chest armor.
Interestingly, there does not seem to be any card art teases on this card although it features the Origins illustrations of Trap Jaw, Tri-Klops, Whiplash, LoP Beast Man, and the 200x version of Evil-Lyn. Funny enough, all of these figures were featured in the MYP series in their newly animated forms but it does not look like they are stylized as they appeared in the series in the card art but that does not stop us from playing the what if game!
200x Tri-Klops Origins
Tri-Klop’s design and appearance is slightly modified in the MYP animated series as his helmet is shown to be a cybernetic attachment, capable of firing a different-colored laser from each eye. We also can see (pun intended) when the helmet is melted by acid that he has artificial eyes that are wired cybernetically into his eye sockets. According to the Wiki Grayskull:
The cartoon gives Tri-Klops a much bigger role than the 1980s one did, and he is depicted as an irritable technologist and inventor, far removed from the original concept of the character as a more primitive warrior. He is Skeletor’s main inventor and spends most of his time in his workshop coming up with all sorts of weapons and vehicles to aid Skeletor, one of his most notable inventions being the Doomseekers, which are used to spy on He-Man and the Masters (a Doomseeker was also included with the new version of the figure). Shown to be considerably more intelligent than most of Skeletor’s minions (which is more in keeping with the vintage line’s original mini-comics), the cartoon also retains the portrayal of him as one of the more loyal of Skeletor’s minions.Tri-Klops Wiki Grayskull
Retaining his vintage style look with amore angular design, Tri-Klops featured a window on top of the head which channels light into the forward-facing eye, which gives the figure a more menacing look. The armor design is the most interesting aspect as it looks like the silver hoses around the upper chest and neck appear to be integrated into the helmet, making more of a connection that they are one unit. Like the 200x version of Skeleltor, Tri-Klops’ loin armor hangs down to his knees. This figure would make an amazing design for the MOTU Origins line with the unique knee and shin armor and the updated design to the original Origins figure.
Tri-Klops 200x Origins Concept
This custom concept comes from the talented Stronox Customs customs and you can see it has a very 200x look and feel to it with the hose detail on the armor and the extended loin cloth. The paint app that Stronox applies brings out SO much detail and although we would never see THIS MUCH detail in an Origins figure, this will give you a good idea of what a 200x version in Origins could look like.
200x Trap Jaw Origins
Trap Jaw’s appearance in the MYP animated is much more intimidating and menacing. Keeping in line with his character portrayal from the 1980’s Filmation cartoon, he is still portrayed as another of Skeletor’s bumbling henchman. The MYP series did a great job of harkening back to the Filmation cartoon as one episode featured Trap Jaw trying to obtain the mineral Eternium. We finally get the back stroy on Trap Jaw from the minicomic which shows him to have once been a blue-skinned criminal named Kronis. Challening Skeletor’s right to command, Kronis built up an army and tried to overthrow Skeletor, but, in the battle, Kronis was badly injured. Seeing that Kronis could still be of use, Skeletor ordered Tri-Klops to repair him, turning him into the Trap Jaw we know today.
The 200x version of Trap Jaw is one of the more outstanding figures from the line! Covered with scars and stitches, this figure does a great job at showing his backstory as the damage he suffered undergoing repairs from Tri-Klops is shown all over his body. Appearing more robot than and less like an organic being, Trap Jaw’s left hand and the tops of his thighs appear to be mechanical and his shoulder armor takes on a more studded, battle damaged look. The vintage figure, however, has a very simple robotic arm and his updated arm is oversized and huge, covered with wires, armor plating, and all sorts of technical goodies. The headsculpt is frightening as it looks like it was actually lopped off in battle. His skin has a more zombie, post apocalyptic texture to it with a shade of deep lime green to complete the look. We could really see Mattel making this version of Trap Jaw fantastic in an Origins sculpt given the highly detailed and oversized robotic arm, which would set him apart from the original Origins figure.
Trap Jaw 200x Origins Concept
This concept is a 3d printed head sculpt that captures Trap Jaw’s look from the 200x figure line and this render is amazing! You can actually see mechanical pistons that would move his jaw and it looks like he has a metal nose. The only other retooling Mattel would need to do is match the paint app of the original 200x figure and also create a more mechanized and oversized arm attachments in the Origins scale. This would be amazing and we really hope Mattel does this for Origins.
200x Evil-Lyn Origins
In the MYP animated series, Evil-lyn was the daughter of the Faceless One, who lived in the ruins of Zalesia as the guardian of an artefact called the Ram Stone. According to the Wiki Graysull:
“In her youth, Evil-lyn met Keldor, and forged an alliance with him, and the two were implied to share a romantic attraction. When he was gravely injured fighting Captain Randor at the Hall of Wisdom, Evil-Lyn helped the dying Keldor to Hordak’s Sanctuary and witnessed his transformation into Skeletor. Evil-lyn was horrified by Keldor’s transformation and realized he was not the same man she had once cared for, as he laughed maniacally upon seeing his skull-like visage.”Evil-Lyn Wiki Grayskull
200x Evil Lyn Figure
In an another amazing design sculpted by the 4 Horsemen, Evil-Lyn features an updated head sculpt with a pointed helmet, giving her a more regal and grand appearance. She is also shrouded in a myriad of different shades of purple, which helps bring out the detail in her outfit. Unlike her vintage figure, her skin is more of pasty, milky white vs. the yellow skinned figure from the 80’s. Her outfit is one of the most detailed we’ve seen on a figure to date and this even outdoes her Classics version. She has a flared up collar that is integrated into her cape design, which is another departure from the 80’s version. Now, Evil-Lyn was the first 200x figure to join Origins as a straight up repaint of the first Masters of the Universe Origins Evil-Lyn. Although this version is terrific example of how translatable her different color palettes are across different era designs, we need to see an updated sculpt to pay homage to one of her most iconic figure designs in 200x style. Will Mattel create a brand sculpt for Evil-Lyn like they did Skeletor and He-Man, only time will tell but if they did, the figure will surely knock your socks off!
200x Evil Lyn Origins Concept
This last concept comes from Butch and it is simply off the charts unreal! The Masters line never really developed into Battle Armor beyond Skeletor and He-Man so it’s an interesting concept to see more of an armored clad Evil Lyn figure and it works! Using armor from a Sauron figure, Butch recreates the classic look of Evil Lyn an armored up version and he even went as far is creating the Battlegrounds look from the Classics line. According to him, the armor is sculpted and casted as one single piece, which was not an easy task! THIS is what Mattel should have done instead of giving us a straight up repaint of Evil-Lyn to kick off the 200x sub line!
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