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MOTU Origins Cartoon Collection He-Man In Hand Review

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Coming straight out your old school CRT TV’s and into your toy collection, Mattel brings us these new Filmation cartoon inspired MOTU Origins Cartoon Collection figures! The first two figures to be released are He-Man and Beast Man. The new MOTU Origins Cartoon Collection is a spectacular homage to the 1980’s He Man and the Masters of the Universe Filmation cartoon series! and features 6 figures in it’s inaugural line starting with cartoon versions of He-Man, Beast Man, Man-At-Arms, Trap Jaw, Skeletor and Teela! The Cartoon Collection are still compatible with swappable parts like the rest of the figures. New card back art with the He Man and the Masters of the Universe logo and the blue-sky with Castle Grayskull from the opening of the Filmation cartoon. The back of the character description will say what episode the figure was inspired by. This Cartoon Collection He-Man focuses on the “Masks of Power” Filmation Cartoon episode. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the new MOTU Origins Cartoon Collection He-Man for this very special in hand review!

This new Cartoon Collection He-Man looks like he stepped right out of your CRT tv and into your living room, bringing to life the our heroic warrior! His cartoon inspired head sculpt, simplistic chest armor sculpt, and simplified waist and boots really help to give him an animated look.





The new figures have incredible new packaging with a Filmation inspired card back! You can see the classic animated Castle Grayskull on the cardback that comes straight out of the opening sequence of the Filmation Cartoon! It also has a new “Cartoon Collection” sticker in the Filmation rainbow logo style.


The back of the card back features new card art as well as a cross sell featuring the other Cartoon Collection figures in these first two waves. If you want to read more about waves 15 & 16, check out these two articles.

The great thing about these new card backs besides the cool cross sell and card art, they tell you what episode specific accessory the figure comes with as well as which Filmation cartoon episode it came from. Here you can see beautiful artwork featuring He-Man with the Sword of Ancients to summon his Power Sword back from Skeletor Demos in the background. as seen in the “Masks of Power” cartoon episode. For those of you who don’t know who Demos is, he and his wife Tyrella were powerful sorcerers and the last rulers of the City of the Ancients. According to Demos | Wiki Grayskull | Fandom: ” Demos and his wife Tyrella were powerful sorcerers and the last rulers of the City of the Ancients. They were able to store their essences in golden masks and return to life when two young magicians named Aran and Oona donned the masks. They traveled to Snake Mountain to find the Sword of the Ancients and use it to conquer Eternia, but when it merged with He-Man‘s Power Sword, their physical forms faded away and Aran and Oona were restored to normal.” The cross-sell features He-Man, Beast Man, Skeletor and Man At Arms.


He Man

Filmation Cartoon

Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is an animated television series that premiered in 1983. Produced by Filmation Studios, the show was a successful collaboration between Mattel, the creators of the He-Man toy line, and the animation studio.

The storyline revolves around the heroic Prince Adam, who transforms into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe. Accompanied by his faithful allies, such as the warrior Teela and the sorcerer Orko, He-Man defends the planet of Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor and his minions.

One of the distinctive aspects of the series was its moral values, which were incorporated into the stories. Each episode would conclude with a moral lesson, imparted by one of the characters, providing educational content to viewers. This inclusion of educational content was a requirement imposed on children’s television shows at the time.

Another notable aspect of the show was the transformation sequence, where Prince Adam would raise his Power Sword and declare, “By the power of Grayskull, I have the power,” transforming him into He-Man. This iconic catchphrase became a defining element of the character.

Filmation He-Man 2

The animation style of Filmation’s He-Man was relatively simple, utilizing limited animation techniques. However, the show compensated for this by introducing vibrant and colorful character designs, along with dynamic action sequences.

Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe ran for two seasons, totaling 130 episodes, and became a huge success. It led to the creation of various spin-offs, including She-Ra: Princess of Power, which focused on He-Man’s sister.

The series remains a beloved part of 1980s pop culture and has a dedicated fan base to this day. It was instrumental in popularizing the He-Man toy line and establishing its characters as cultural icons.

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“The Masks of Power”

Adam, Man-At-Arms, and Orko, while exploring, discover the long-lost City of the Ancients. Unknown to them, Skeletor is spying on them via a mechanical bird. While he is still plotting, a young man and woman, Aran and Oona, arrive at Snake Mountain with the urge to serve Skeletor. Seeing an opportunity, he sends them to retrieve the Masks of Power, said to lie within the City of the Ancients.

Masks of Power Filmation

Aran and Oona find the artifacts within the ruins; they place the masks on their faces, transforming them into Demos and Tyrella, two powerful magicians from Eternia’s ancient past. He-Man battles Aroo, the enraged protector of the masks, whilst Demos and Tyrella head back to Snake Mountain.


He-Man, Man-At-Arms, and Orko speak with the Sorceress, who tells them that Demos and Tyrella are after the Sword of the Ancients located deep under Snake Mountain. Demos and Tyrella defeat a startled Skeletor easily, and He-Man is forced to rescue the villain. Racing to beat the two ancient sorcerers, a tremendous battle takes place beneath the mountain.

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The Sword of the Ancients is retrieved by He-Man and joined with his own Sword of Power. With the Sword of the Ancients forever beyond their reach, Demos and Tyrella vanish, and Aran and Oona return, having learnt the cost of their evil employment.

He-Man up close and personal

Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the Cartoon Collection He-Man. Here we get to see He-Man from all sides, and you can see how great his simplified armor, waist and boots give him a very animated style. He features the new MOTU Cartoon Collection buck that stands a little bit taller and lankier that the MOTU Origins figures that came before them. Also you will notice the new quads design on his legs, that make him look very ripped!


Here we can see how closely the new Cartoon Collection He-Man captures to the Filmation Cartoon version. They absolutely nailed the face sculpt. I think this version of He-Man is a vast improvement on the 40th Anniversary figure, as we will see closer in our figure comparison below. The simplified chest armor, waist and boot design really give him that animated look!

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Head Scuplt

The head sculpt for He-Man looks incredible and they really captured his Filmation animated look!

He Man head

Chest & Back

The armor design features his simplified greyish blue chest armor, with the red cross on the center. The back clasps like most Origins figures chest armor and is made of a soft plastic, His back features a holster for his sword, although neither sword fits well.




He-Man’s Arms are the same basic MOTU Origins buck with a simplified wrist bracer.



He is wearing an orange belt with a brown loin cloth. The New MOTU Cartoon Collection buck stands a little bit taller and lankier that the MOTU Origins figures that came before them. You will also notice the new quad design on his legs, that make him look very ripped!

He Man legs
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The Cartoon Collection He-Man comes packed with his classic power sword and the Sword of Ancients that was featured in the Filmation cartoon episode ” The Masks of Power”


Mini Comic

Below we have the entire Mini Comic “Mask of the Magi” for your reading pleasure. We won’t spoil it for you, so if you don’t want to read the comic, skip to the next section of this article. All I have to say is that there are some teasers in here!





Figure Comparison

Here we can see on a comparison of the original Origins He-Man, the 40th Anniversary Filmation Style He-Man from the 4 pack of He-Man thru the years vs the new Wave 15 Cartoon Collection He-Man. I really love the new face sculpt and animated design of the new Cartoon Collection figures. As we mentioned before, the MOTU Cartoon Collection buck that stands a little bit taller and lankier that the MOTU Origins figures that came before them. You can see the new quad leg muscle design make him look very ripped! The new Cartoon Collection He- Man also comes with 2 gripping hands so he can hold his two included swords with both hands. Where the MOTU Origins He-Man and the 40th Anniversary version came with 1 gripping hand and one outstretched hand.

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You can see the height difference between the original Origins He-Man and the new Cartoon Collection version, plus take a look at those incredible quad muscles on his legs! Also we have a view of the two power swords, where you can see that the Cartoon Collection power sword really looks like the one out of the Filmation Cartoon series!

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The new Cartoon Collection He-Man’s chest armor is a shiny blue-grey color where the 40th Anniversary version is a matte color. His belt, chest armor and shoulder armor are both about the same to give him that animated cartoon look. But the biggest improvement on the Cartoon Collection He-Man is the new face sculpt! He looks like he stepped out of the cartoon, and now is gone that puckery face!


You can see that the Super7 5.5″ Vintage Style He-Man is also Filmation inspired but he is a much darker tan color skin. The only compliant I had on him was that his finish was way too shiny. Also he only had 5 POA, so the Origins figure is a vast improvement on the Super7 version. The Cartoon Collection He-Man is way closer to the animated look and he is a really cool figure!


Where to Buy

We believe that these figures are going to go up for preorder on Oct 4, as part of the MOTU drop on Entertainment Earth. You can read more about it here: MOTU Origins and Masterverse Preorders October Mystery Drop

You can place a preorder on The Whole Shebang website:


The upcoming He-Man MOTU Origins Cartoon Collection figure has landed in the United States, courtesy of Paulmart. This figure is available to order but always check stock status as these figures tend to sell out quickly! Here is a direct link to where you can purchase the figure:


Check out an outstanding video review by the one and only Michael, you can access this video here:

Complete Your MOTU Collection

Be sure to check out our Masters of the Universe shop pages where we’ve curated figures from MOTU Origins, Masterverse, Classics, Vintage and more so you can find the figures you need easier!

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