MOTU Origins Wave 13 is official and brings previously leaked figures King Randor 200x, Snake Trooper, Snake Teela, and Slamurai to the line!
Special thanks to Mega Jay Retro for the tip off and yo_tengo_el_poder for posting official images of Masters of the Universe Origins Wave 13! In this assortment, we are getting confirmation of previously leaked MOTU Origins figures King Randor 200x, Snake Trooper, Snake Teela, and Slamurai!
King Randor (200x)
King Randor looks amazing as he is set off in the Rise of the Snake Men cardback with his armor and mechanical leg from the Masters of the Universe MYP animated series. You can also see the 200x logo, which is a real treat!
King Randor 200x Leak
Looks like we are getting another King Randor that is modeled from the animated 200x version. Thanks to yo_tengo_el_poder, we know that King Randor 200X is coming to the line officially as they posted a leaked MOTU Origins card art showing a 200x illustration of King Randor tangled with 200x Skeletor! It’s a new year and new rumors are starting to swirl around about the next coming waves of MOTU Origins. As you know, Wave 12 was recently announced, which included Hypno from the Rulers of the Sun line, Tung Lashor, Snake Armor Skeletor, and Mini Comic Roboto. Also, MOTU Origins Wave 12 in hand images are surfacing in Malaysia! This new image provides more evidence that a 200x King Randor is next in line for Wave 13.
This is how King Randor was animated in the MOTU 200x cartoon!
King Randor’s story was explored in the MOTU 200x cartoon in 2002, where:
In the 2002 Mike Young Productions remake, it is made apparent that in his youth, Randor was known as Captain Randor, a brave and steadfast warrior before being crowned King of Eternia by the Elders, although in the 1983 series, he is portrayed as having taken over the throne after his father, King Miro, disappeared. He even aids the Masters in a couple of episodes in their battles against Skeletor and his Evil Warriors and even the Snake Men. Apparently, after King Grayskull’s death, the Council of Elders was formed to rule Eternia. But after Keldor’s transformation into Skeletor they made Randor king as they became one with Castle Grayskull.
He is also tied more closely to the origin of Skeletor, having battled Skeletor when he was still Keldor during a war the Eternians call The Great Unrest. That war ended when Keldor and his forces attacked the Hall of Wisdom, home of the Elders, and Keldor and Randor engaged in a deadly duel that ended with Keldor hurling acid at Randor, only to have Randor deflect the acid with his shield, splashing the acid back at Keldor and burning his face, which led to his transformation into Skeletor. It is revealed by a writer that in this continuity Keldor and Randor are half-brothers, but it is never revealed if either knew that.
Prior to Captain Randor’s fight with Keldor, he was told by the Council of Elders they wish to make him King to succeed them as ruler of Eternia. Randor protests, saying he is a soldier, not a politician, but then turns his attention to the forthcoming fight. After beating back Keldor and his underlings, Randor calls for the Council, but is told by the Sorceress they are gone and have left him the means to create a powerful hero. Randor is unsure of this, likely thinking he will be responsible for training a great soldier, and is left asking “How will I know this hero?”
Many years after the fight with Keldor, Eternia has enjoyed many years of peace and prosperity, and Randor has taken up the mantle of King, now married to a woman named Marlena and fathered a son named Adam, the foretold hero Randor was responsible for. Although Randor is not aware his son is He-Man, it is likely explained that the inward courage, fortitude and bravery of Captain Randor passed to his son in latent ways, thus enabling Adam to have the means to become He-Man.
After the Council of Evil incident, King Randor established an Eternian Council consisting of himself; Chief Carnivus of the Qadians; Lord Dactys of the Speleans; the King Chooblah of the Kulataks; Queen Andreeno of the Andreenids; King Taurius of the Mintaurans; Hawke, representing the Avions, and some other unnamed council members.https://he-man.fandom.com/wiki/King_Randor
In the NECA mini stature, King Randor is portrayed as a younger, more vibrant warrior and it would be amazing to see an armor design like the versions in the NECA statues. I doubt we would see a soft goods cape but if they are making more of a fury cape design, like we saw in the King Grayskull figure that in the Eternia Playset display at SDCC 2022, that is definitely doable!
Below is the link from the Deep Discount Website to pre-order King Randor!
The Snake Trooper looks exactly like how we thought he would look! Mattel has reused the Horde Trooper body and has sculpted a new Snake Head! This will definitely be one of the more sought after army builders!
Snake Trooper on Walmart
We recently discovered the Walmart Listing for Snake Trooper! Keep checking back to see when this figure comes in stock!
Snake Trooper Leak
The result of a fusion between Snake Men Soldiers and the technology of the Horde Troopers, the Snake Trooper would be another figure that Mattel could easily create as they mostly use the Horde Trooper buck with a new head.
The Snake Troopers were introduced in a three pack that was inspired by the unreleased 1988 vintage concept wave. The price per set that year was $165.00, and surprisingly, it is still available at the Big Bad Toy Store. Here are the promo pics and also the final product from 2019:
This is the exact same mold that was used for the red and black Horde Troopers from the Power Con 2020 Evil Horde 4-Pack and I think the silver Horde Trooper looks like the commander in the bunch for me but in order to not go into army building debt, the silver troopers will need to be the ones that make up the bulk of the army.
Below is the link from the Deep Discount Website to pre-order Snake Trooper!
This figure looks amazing and so well executed! The skin is the perfect shade of green and the snake paint app looks fantastic! It’s interesting that she does not come with the 200x sticker on the front of the card as she was also introduced in the MYP MOTU 200x animated series.
The Snake Teela was an exclusive and one of the best reviews of the figure we have seen on by ActionFigureBarbecue, where he states:
Teela looks amazing. I really like the 200x Teela figure as she was a fantastic, modern update to Teela. I really wish MOTUC had included a 200x styled Teela at some point. This figure takes the standard Teela, gives her armor a darker paint job (with more details), and gives her green, scaly snake skin. Yeah, the snaky detail is simply painted on but it sure does look good. She’s very bold and colorful, almost possessing the “cel-shaded” look you see in some video games.Action Figure Barbecue
As far as an origins figure, they would mostly reuse the Teela buck but it would be amazing to see a green skinned, textured version but they need to be careful that the figure does not resemble the Goddess. It would be cool to see crazy hair and fangs on the head sculpt but that might be wishful thinking!
In the second season episode of the MYP cartoon series “Second Skin” King Hsss uses the Serpent’s Ring to turn a number of folks, including Man-At-Arms, Mekaneck, and Teela into Snakemen.
Below is the link from the Deep Discount Website to pre-order Snake Teela!
Slamurai is just what we thought he would be as he is a repaint of Ninjor! It’s amazing to see another heroic warrior in the mix to fend off the Snake Men.
Slamurai was leaked backed on January 12, 2023, along with a host of other characters were rumored to come to the line. Slamurai was introduced in a three pack that was inspired by the unreleased 1988 vintage concept wave. The price per set that year was $165.00, and surprisingly, it is still available at the Big Bad Toy Store. Here are the promo pics and also the final product from 2019:
Slamurai would be a simple repaint of the existing Ninjor figure, but in all white with different color accessories. This would be a quick and easy figure for Mattel to do. Maybe they are taking a cue from the MOTU Classics 3 pack and will produce a 3 pack with the Snake Troopers, similar to the Rulers of the Sun 3 Pack!
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