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Mekaneck & Road Ripper Coming to MOTU Origins in 2023!

According to our friends at CANAL DOS ROSMINEIROS CHANNEL, the MOTU Road Ripper and Mekaneck Deluxe Vehicle Set is coming to Origins in 2023!

Our friends at @canaldosrosmineiros revealed during their live stream on Friday 3/18, that a Mekaneck Road Ripper vehicle set was coming to Origins in 2023! This is very exciting news since fans have been clamoring for an Origins Mekaneck for a very long time now! The most exciting part of this announcement is that we are also getting the Road Ripper, a fan favorite and one of my absolute favorites as well! Below is a screen shot of the image they shared during thier live stream! This is of the vintage Road Ripper and Mekaneck of course, but they were illustrating that they are coming in 2023! This has not been confirmed by Mattel and no official images have been released yet, but our friends at @canaldosrosmineiros were right about the She-Ra and Beast Man Masterverse tease, so there is a really good chance we get this set.

All of these announcements this week should be great news for fans that think the line is ending, especially with the new reveals we got this week! If you want to check out our deep dive reveal articles go to the bottom of this page.

Thank you again to our friends at @canaldosrosmineiro for sharing this exciting news! Please be sure to subscribe to their channel and help them reach 3K!! These guys really are great, so please help support their channel!

Let’s take a deep dive into Mekaneck and the Road Ripper, shall we? Again, we are using Vintage images and artwork to illustrate our point as no official images have been released.

Road Ripper

Released in 1984, the Road Ripper was a 3 wheeled motorcycle with a bright green dragon themed design that carried one character who would strap in with a seat belt. It came with a red rip cord, when inserted into the rear and pulled out quickly would send the Road Ripper speeding across the floor!

According to the Wiki Grayskull:

The Road Ripper was a vehicle released in 1984. It was a vehicle belonging to the heroes and was meant to transport a warrior quickly. The road ripper had no offensive weapons. Although the toy sold well and was repackaged with He-Man, it was never featured much in the various media. It makes a brief appearance in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe episode “The Energy Beast,” where Orko is snooping around in Man-At-Arms‘ lab and finds its prototype and then proceeds to try it out, only to crash it in King Randor‘s throne room. The vehicle pops up again in the episode “The Time Wheel,” where Prince Adam/He-Man and Orko use it as their transport to and from the desert. It is never referred to by name in either episode.

Road Ripper | Wiki Grayskull | Fandom
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper package
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper package front
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper package rear
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper package rear
Source: Battle Ram Blog
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper right side
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper right side view
Vintage Road Ripper Rip Cord
Source: The Toys of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper left side
Vintage Road Ripper left side
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper front view
Vintage Road Ripper
front view
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper rear view
Vintage Road Ripper rear view
Road Ripper instructions
Road Ripper Vintage Instructions front
Source: Battle Ram Blog
Road Ripper instructions 2
Road Ripper Vintage Instructions rear
Source: Battle Ram Blog

Road Ripper artwork

The Road Ripper was featured in various art posters and advertising images for Mattel. Most famously was the artwork packing by John George. There were many concept sketches done as well, like the ones seen below.

Road Ripper Art sketch Art of He-Man, Power & Honor Fountain
Road Ripper Art sketch
Source: The Art Of He-Man/The Power and the Honor Foundation, Battle Ram Blog
Road Ripper Art sketch Power & Honor Fountain Catalog
Road Ripper Art sketch
Source: The Art Of He-Man/The Power and the Honor Foundation, Battle Ram Blog
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper cross sell
Artwork for individual Road Ripper packaging, by William George
Source: Battle Ram Blog
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper artwork
Artwork for individual Road Ripper packaging, by William George
Source: Battle Ram Blog
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper artwork BA He Man
Artwork for Battle Armor He-Man/Road Ripper gift set, by William George.
Source: Battle Ram Blog

Mekaneck

Mekaneck was released by Mattel in 1984. Member of the Heroic Warriors, Mekaneck had the power of long-range viewing. He was nicknamed the Heroic Spy and had a working title of Spy Man. Mekaneck had a periscopic neck that would pop up from his torso when twisting his waist. His body was a reuse of the He-Man buck, including blue arms, blue torso and blue legs with silver boots. But his torso had to be modified to allow his periscopic neck to fit inside. He had a unique body armor that was then used for Stinkor, and a yellow battle club.

Masters of the Universe Vintage Mekaneck front
Masters of the Universe Vintage Mekaneck
card back front

Source: The Toys of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Masters of the Universe Vintage Mekaneck card back rear
Source: The Toys of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Masters of the Universe Vintage Mekaneck
front
Masters of the Universe Vintage Mekaneck
rear
Masters of the Universe Vintage Mekaneck
front extended
Masters of the Universe Vintage Mekaneck
rear extended

According to the Wiki Grayskull:

Mekaneck was originally tagged by Mattel as the ‘Heroic human periscope’. He is a member of the Heroic Warriors, with the ability to stretch his bionic neck to great heights and see over great distances with his special visors. He is therefore one of the main spies for the Heroic Warriors.

Mekaneck was introduced into the Masters of the Universe toy line in 1984. The action feature of his figure was to stretch its neck when its waist was twisted. His working name was Spy Man, and appears in the Filmation series bible under this name.

Mekaneck | Wiki Grayskull | Fandom

Masters of the Universe Vintage Mekaneck artwork
Masters of the Universe Vintage Mekaneck artwork

Road Ripper and Mekaneck Vehicle Set

Set to come to MOTU Origins in 2023, the Road Ripper / Mekaneck vehicle set harkens back to the Vintage figure / vehicle sets! The Road Ripper was packed with Battle Armor He-Man back in the 1980’s but often, Mekaneck was pictured in the Road Ripper too, as seen below. There have been multiple versions of Battle Armor He-Man released, so packaging a brand-new figure like Mekaneck with the Road Ripper is a brilliant way to sell more product!

Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper He Man in box
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper He Man in box

The Road Ripper was a favorite of Mattel’s to photograph in promotional catalogues like the image seen below.

Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper promotional photo
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper promotional photo
Source: Battle Ram Blog

Pictured below we can see what a MOTU Origins Mekaneck and the Road Ripper may look like together in using a Vintage set as a stand in. I think with the bright green color of the Road Ripper and the bright blue, red,and yellow colors on Mekaneck; the set will look fantastic!

Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper w mekaneck extended riding
Vintage Road Ripper with Mekaneck extended riding
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper w mekaneck riding
Vintage Road Ripper
and Mekaneck
Masters of the Universe Vintage Road Ripper w mekaneck
Vintage Road Ripper
and Mekaneck

This new Masters of the Universe Origins Road Ripper / Mekaneck vehicle set is an exciting addition to the Origins line and can’t wait to see what else we are going to get! This is great news for MOTU fans and we should al rejoice that the line is performing so well!

Canal Dos Rosmineiros Live Stream

You can check out the reveals for yourself by watching their MOTU Journal #24 where they cover these leaks!

Thank you again to our friends at @canaldosrosmineiro for sharing this exciting news! Please be sure to subscribe to their channel and help them reach 3K!! These guys really are great, so please help support their channel!

Origins & Masterverse Leaked and Rumored Roundup

Be sure to check out our recent leaked and rumored figure reveals as they are a fun read (at least we think so lol!) Check out our articles and YouTube videos below. Be sure to be on the lookout for Origins Teases thru artwork part 3: Creatures, because it’s already in the works!

You can watch the YouTube Video on our Origins Teaser part 1 on Characters down below:

Also you can watch the YouTube Video on Origins Teaser part 2 Teased Vehicles and Playsets down below:

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