MOTU Origins Moss Man Preorder: We’ve collected the major online retailers in the United States and Rest of World
We have been tracking where to buy the elusive Moss Man Masters of the Universe figure for quite some time so we decided to pull everything together. Although Toy Habits is located in the United States, we sometimes feature rest of world news like this one! We’ve put together where to buy the MOTU Origins Moss Man in hopes it makes it easier for collector’s to get their hands on him.
September 24, 2023 UPDATE: Smyths NL Preorder
Lulu Berlu France
Moss Man is also available at Lulu Berlu in France but, as always, check stock status as Moss Man tends to sell out quickly.
Third party sellers are getting into the Moss Man action and he’s also showing up the behemoth online retailer!
September 13, 2023 UPDATE: Smyths UK Preorder
Special thanks to Toy Habits crew member Danny Philips for the heads up that the MOTU Origins deluxe Moss Man is back up for preorder at Smyths UK with a ship date of October 2023. Back in June 2023, Smyths Germany had put Moss Man up for preorder and it looks like Smyths UK is following suit. Click on the image below to link directly to the Smyths UK Moss Man preorder.
Where to Buy in US
Special thanks to primate7even6ix for the heads that, according to Planet Eternia, the highly anticipated Moss Man will be a Smyths exclusive in Germany and the release of the figure has been delayed until September. In the US, we have yet to discover the Walmart listing for Moss Man but the report from our friends in Germany give us hope and a window of time when we can anticipate the figure to show up in the States. We’ve known that Moss Man is a going to be a Fall 2023 release the news from Germany gives us a window of time between now and September 30, 2023 for the Lord of the Forest to rear his pine smelling head in the United States. Although the Moss Man MOTU Origins figure was revealed to be a Walmart exclusive, we still maintain hope that Mattel has changed their mind and decided to go with another retailer or make him a Mattel Creations Exclusive. Moss Man is reportedly delayed until September for “logistical reasons” so this gives us hope that a retailer change is in the works. It could also mean that Moss Man has run into production issues and that is the reason for the delay.
Special thanks to the Baroness of Toys for letting us know that one of our favorite Masters of the Universe figures, the MOTU Origins Moss Man has been found on Collector’s Bay! The German toy site is called The Collectors Bay and gives even more confirmation to the recent MOTU Origins Moss Man, who has been eluding fans for so long, seems to now be inching closer to being a reality! As many of you have been asking where is our gentle pine smelling flock friend of the forest has been? Well, the Baroness of Toys came across this conversation on a Facebook post by Joshua Morris and fellow collector commented that Rene Lekkte responded to a comment by Joe Fogg that Moss Man was up for preorder on the Collector’s Bay. What this Moss Man preorder listing on the Collector’s Bay tells us is that he is at that deluxe price point and will be released in 2023 and that is not a figment of our imagination, and indeed will be sold in the US. Now it was previously told to us that Moss Man was going to be a Walmart Exclusive, could this be the mystery listing we found on Walmart? Read more about it below.
According to Collector’s Bay, they would have to order the figure from the states and import it if Moss Man is a Walmart exclusive in the States and they have closed preorders for the time being:
“Since there is still a possibility that Moss Man will be a Walmart exclusive release and we would therefore have to import him from the USA, we have closed pre-orders for the time being.”
MOTU Origins fans have been asking for Moss Man for the longest time, and now our requests have been answered but with a slight twist. We are finally getting a freakin’ FLOCKED MOSS MAN in the MOTU Origins line and we personally cannot be more excited!! After all this time, I have been waiting for Moss Man to join the Origins line, and in the Fall of 2023. When this was announced at the presser event, it was announced that he will be a wait for it….. Walmart exclusive! The Lord of the Forests pine smelling friend will only be available through Walmart.
Moss Man will be a deluxe figure give that he will be fully flocked, come with an alternate LOP Style Beast Man head. Mossy’s head looks to be based on the Beast Man head, but he is much more friendlier looking with a big smile on his face looking very Filmation like! They nailed it with this head sculpt! He will also include his vintage style club, yellow Beast Man armor as an homage to those that used to put this weapons pack armor on their Mossy’s, and also a brown Pig Head club as well.
This is one of the most widely anticipated releases for the Origins line, so we are excited to see the package design, the art, and the figure and creature teases! Speaking of teases, there are a few Masters of the Universe Classics teases in this art plus teases pointing to a wide Powers of Grayskull line. Could we see the Powers of Grayskull line coming in 2024 with the release of the Eternia playset? We sure hope so! The packaging for Moss Man looks incredible as Mattel is really cranking it up with this special edition release. This is said to be a Walmart exclusive, Roy Juarez states in his Instagram post that this will be “in Walmarts”, which makes us a little concerned. Will this be available only in store? Walmart’s distribution is not the best and not all stores receive the same product. Or will our pine smelling friend be available online? Little to nothing is known at the moment about how Moss Man will be available to purchase.
In Roy’s words, “It’s packaging time! Here’s a special preview of the Collectors Edition “flocked” Moss Man packaging exclusively in Walmart. This Heroic Spy & Master of Camouflage has moss-like fur, and smells like pine!”
The usual suspects for Origins:
Art Direction & Graphic Design @manuel_eduardo_caritas
Toy Design @katanarama333
Moss Man’s packaging is absolutely stunning, with a beautiful scene within a lush forest complete with waterfalls and in the background yes, it is Eternia! So this scene is taking place in none other than in Preternia! We are just over the moon about how beautifully gorgeous this packaging is! We have been waiting Moss Man for so long and they really did this gentle pine smelling friend of the forest justice with this incredible packaging! Let’s dive in and take a close look at Moss Man’s packaging!
Moss Man looks just incredible inside the packaging! His pack out is beautifully laid out! You can see his brown curved spiked mace and club on one side, and his yellow armor on the other. The curved spiked mace of course is a reuse of Pig Head’s weapon. And the club has been used for several characters like Clawful and Kamo Khan most recently. The yellow armor is an homage to the vintage weapons pack, that came with a set of yellow Beast Man armor, and people used to put this on their Moss Man figures. I think it’s wonderful how Mattel honored that fan made tradition through this figure releases!
Art and Illustrations
Moss Man comes in a gorgeous collector’s edition box, similar to that of Eternian Palace Guard window box. This is just stunningly beautiful art work covering every square inch of the packaging featuring our pine smelly furry friend, and a ton of figure and creature teases which we can’t wait to get into! The artistic team of @manuel_eduardo_caritas, @axel.gimenez and @fetch.franciscoetchart did a spectacular job with this artwork! Gonna have to pick up several of these to keep in the collection! There is a whole forest scene going on with prehistoric creatures, all sorts of trees and vines, and a ton of new character sprinkled throughout.
Front and Side Box Art
The front of the box features a stunning prehistoric forest scene with several figure and creature teases. The art wraps around the top flap, front and sides of the packaging. Here we can see the entire panel of images. On the side panel there is a figure tease of Gigantisaur, an unreleased creature from the cancelled 1988 Powers of Grayskull line. You can see Thunder Punch He-Man coming out of the dinosaur’s belly. We will discuss him further below. We also get another tease on the center panel which occurs on the top flap of the package. Flying toward that large Sequoia is none other than Turbodactyl, who was also originally released in 1987 also under the Powers of Grayskull subline! Also that is no ordinary Seqouia tree, if you look closely there is a face on that tree, and it is Sky Tree! Sky tree is a character from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and is the oldest tree on Eternia! In the left panel below, we can see Moss Man front and center, but who is the blue creature standing behind him? That is of course is Red Shadow, yes which I know he is blue, but that is his name. We discuss Red Shadow further below as well. Of course off in the distance is Eternia as this scene is taking place in no other than Preternia!!
Rear Box Art
The rear of the package is a stunning full color illustration of the entire rear of the package with Moss Man poking out of a ferny bush, fully armored up, mace in hand! He is looking over two new foes. There os a beautiful redish orange Eternian sunset sky in the background. Standing in the distance are Nepthu in Snake Form, and
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Moss Man is one of He-man’s closest allies, the ever so gentle friend of the forest, Mossman! As his name reveals, he is a man made of moss, who can camouflage himself into foliage and other green vegetation, as well as control all plant life. The figure is essentially a green repaint of Beast Man, flocked with “moss” with the fangs painted over and a pine scent added to the body. He has a mace that is a recast of a weapon from the original Castle Grayskull.
We first saw Moss Man on Stinkor’s card back where he looked like he was emerging from the bushes to take on the evil warrior with the power of stink! You an see him with a fierce look on his face, armed with his mace and ready for battle!
If you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed the arm coming out of the ground from the side of the Eternian Palace Guard box with the classic mace busting through the ground. We then saw Moss Man on the Flying Fists He-Man card art, ironically holding a torch, and as well all know, it was fire that did him in the Masters of the Universe Revelation Netflix series, but I am sure this battle turned out great for him!
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