MOTU Origins Figure Teases Wave 9 Card Art Edition
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MOTU Origins Figure Teases Wave 9 Card Art Edition

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Axel Gimenez posted images of the forthcoming Masters of the Universe Origins Wave 9 Card art which means more future MOTU Origins figure teases!

As we know from past experience, the new card art for the Maters 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. To recap, Wave 9 now consists of the following figures: 200x Skeletor, 200x He-Man, Pig-Head, and Mantenna.

Masters of the Universe Origins Wave 9 Card Art

Before we dive into the latest card art teases, we’ve covered these before in two article so if you have not seen our comprehensive MOTU Origins figure and vehicle, creature, and playset teases, you should check it out as it will give you a glimpse into how these card art teases make figure come to fruition.

200x He-Man Card Art Teases

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.”

200x He-Man Masters of the Universe Origins Card Art Wave 9
200x He-Man Masters of the Universe Origins Card Art Wave 9
Source: Axel Gimenez Facebook page
Prince Adam Masters of the Universe 200x Animated Series
Prince Adam Masters of the Universe 200x Figure
Prince Adam Masters of the Universe 200x Figure

Prince Adam: 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!

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! Would he get a new babyface head sculpt but still have the same buff version of his alter ego? Who knows but it is fun to think about!

200x Skeletor Card Art Teases

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 Skeletor Masters of the Universe Origins Card Art Wave 9
200x Skeletor Masters of the Universe Origins Card Art Wave 9
Source: Axel Gimenez Facebook page

200x Tri-Klops

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
Tri-Klops Masters of the Universe 200x Animated Series
Tri-Klops Masters of the Universe 200x Animated Series
Tri-Klops Masters of the Universe 200x Figure
Tri-Klops Masters of the Universe 200x Figure

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.

200x Trap Jaw

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.

Trap Jaw Masters of the Universe 200x Animated Series
Trap Jaw Masters of the Universe 200x Animated Series
Trap Jaw Masters of the Universe 200x Figure

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.

200x Whiplash

Whiplash was featured in the MYP animated series as we get a glimpse into this background. Unlike the 80’s Filmation cartoon where he played a more significant role, Whiplash relegated mostly to background appearances that had little dialogue, no personality, and they really leaned on giving him a more thug like role. With respect to his backstory:

“we see that he is from a race of underground-dwelling reptile creatures called the Caligars, who inhabit Subternia and are caught in permanent dispute with their Subternian neighbours, the bat-like Speleans. The Caligars are shown to be a generally peaceful race, who regard Whiplash as a traitor since he joined Skeletor’s forces.”

Whiplash Wiki Grayskull
Whiplash Masters of the Universe 200x Animated Series
Whiplash Masters of the Universe 200x Animated Series
Whiplash Masters of the Universe Origins Figure
Whiplash Masters of the Universe Origins Figure

Whiplash’s 200x figure appearance is much more wider and more substantial than his previous 80’s incarnation. He features oversized muscles muscular and studded loin armor, which goes along with the overall look of the line. His design really plays into the Caligars look and the inspiration seems to come from crocodiles and alligators as his scales and crackled skin appear all over his body. It also looks like he is clad in reptilian chest and shoulder armor. Whiplash’s head sculpt has a much more sinister and intense appearance and they got rid of that goofy looking tooth in the middle of his mouth that plagued the vintage figure. Again, an homage to his 200x version would look amazing in an Origins sculpt as we would love to see how his skin, head sculpt, and armor are handled. Although the first MOTU Origins Whiplash figure has not been released yet, we did see official images surface so it is amazing to see him come to the Origins line.

200x Beast Man

Beast Man’s portrayal in the MYP animated series is very similar to his role in the Filmation cartoon. The main difference, however, is that Beast Man does not show any desire to overthrow Skeletor. He still retains the power to control wild animals and wee beasties, this version of Beast Man has a more animalistic appearance and is finally given the stature he deserves.

Beast Man Masters of the Universe 200x Animated Series
Beast Man Masters of the Universe 200x Animated Series
Beast Man Masters of the Universe Origins Figure

With respect to the 200x figure design, Beast Man is physically larger, with a hunched back. The figure’s color scheme features deeper orange-red fur, which is in sharp contrast to the vintage figure’s bright orange skin tone. Dark brown armor also replaces Beast Man’s red fur amor, sculpted on whereas the vintage version was removable. His body also has a fur appearance to it, giving him a more beast’like look! Similar to the redesigned head sculpt we saw on the 200x MOTU Origins Skeletor, we could see a similar design for Beast Man as his simple white face paint app with the touches of green could be easily translated. Coat him in a fur texture and give him brown spiked armor and you have a recipe for the making of a fantastic looking Origins figure.

200x Evil-Lyn

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
Evil-Lyn Masters of the Universe 200x Animated Series
Evil-Lyn Masters of the Universe 200x Animated Series
Evil-Lyn Masters of the Universe 200x Figure
Evil-Lyn Masters of the Universe 200x Figure
200x Evil-Lyn Masters of the Universe Origins Figure
200x Evil-Lyn Masters of the Universe Origins 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!

Pig Head

The Pig-Head art is a long shot for a figure tease but if we look at the definition of the work Origins, it reads the point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived. If you look at Pig-Head’s backstory, we could concevibly see Zegor, the villainous Prince in the very distant future if Mattel decides to make spin off figures from the Rulers of the Sun. This would be akin to a Rise of Evil Two Pack situation where we saw a Keldor figure even though there was not a Vintage figure created for him in the 80’s.

Pig-Head Masters of the Universe Origins Card Art Wave 9
Source: Axel Gimenez Facebook page
Prince Zegor Rulers of the Sun MOTU Origins Pig Head Card Art
Prince Zegor Rulers of the Sun MOTU Origins Pig Head Card Art
Pig Head Masters of the Universe Figure Geared Up
Pig Head Masters of the Universe Figure Geared Up

According to Pig-Head’s Origins story:

Zegor was the rich and villainous Prince of the House of Shadus.  He was known throughout the land as the devious and spiteful lord who spread despair among his workers.  He used his wealth to build torturous chambers in which to punish those who did not obey him.  The workers who remained of purest souls fled, to live among the House of Dynus.  Once a man of handsome features, Zegor was transformed, by the Ruler of the Sun, into a hideous creature – half-man/half-hog and was forever to be called “Pig-Head.” Pig-Head is an angry creature.  He lives with one burning desire – to bring dishonor and shame to all those who live among him.  He has trained his demons to follow his evil plan.  He and his followers will always lurk beneath the sun and never shall they dwell in the land of paradise. Pig-Head was banished into the dungeons of Hades, where he forever tries to harness the sun’s beautiful rays and use its power for his evil doings.

Rulers of the Sun Online Toyshow

Will they make a Zegor figure? Probably not but he’s on the card art so it’s definitely in the realm of possibility. If they did, this would open the door to more figures that were not in the main MOTU Vintage line and it would be cool to see more Origins figures beyond the 10 we might be getting if they build the entire line out.

Mantenna Card Art Teases

We broke the news that the Snake Men are coming to the MOTU Origins line in 2023 via CANAL DOS ROSMINEIROS and it is great to see Tung Lashor, Rattlor, and King Hiss teased on the Mantenna card art. There is a lot going on in this scene as Mantenna is wreaking havoc on the two serpents with his eyebeams as Grizzlor and Hordak look on. Meanwhile, King Hiss, in his serpentine snake form and he looks very displeased!

Mantenna Masters of the Universe Origins Card Art Wave 9
Mantenna Masters of the Universe Origins Card Art Wave 9
Source: Axel Gimenez Facebook page

Tung Lashor

Tung Lashor was a very unique figure in the MOTU Vintage line as he looked more like a poisonous frog versus a snake but that is neither here nor there. Each of the Snake Men had a very cool action feature, which Mattel introduced later in the vintage line. Turning a knobbed wheel in his back made his forked tongue come out of his mouth and also retract. He has one of the most unique color designs for the MOTU Vintage line with a mix of orange, purple, and black. His hands were also unique as he sported black gloves with only 3 digits. We can’t wait for Tung Lashor to be released in the Origins line but, according to our Toy Habits source, he is NOT slotted for the January 2023 assortment but (SPOILER ALERT), the next two Snake Men are so it will be interesting to see when he will join his Snake Men brethren.

Tung Lashor Masters of the Universe 1986
Tung Lashor Masters of the Universe 1986
Tung Lashor Masters of the Universe Vintage Figure Back
Tung Lashor Masters of the Universe 1986 Action Feature

Rattlor

Rumored to be joining the MOTU Origins line in January of 2023, Rattlor is yet another unique design and to accomodate his extending neck, the design had to one of a kind as well! According to the Battle Ram Blog:

The actual toy has an elongated neck and a tail with a sculpted rattle at the end of it, but otherwise it has little in common with Sweet’s initial design, and the final toy was redesigned by John Hollis, who also worked on Extendar and Turbodactyl. The toy’s head certainly looks much more rattle snake-like than the concept artwork. Rattlor lost the spines along his back, and the final figure featured all new limbs. He came with a staff borrowed from King Hiss, but molded in brick red plastic.

In order to accommodate Rattlor’s long neck when it was recessed, his torso had to be quite large compared to most He-Man figures. His legs are relatively short, however – they’re about the size of Beast Man’s legs, but look even more undersized because of his large torso. His arms look like they were based on the He-Man’s arms (with a similar open left hand) with added scales and gloves, and slightly different musculature

RATTLOR: EVIL SNAKE MEN CREATURE WITH THE QUICK-STRIKE HEAD (1986)

He is also a figure that comes with a second action feature where he has a rattling sound so you get two, two, two gimmicks in one! There coul be just random bits of plastic in his torso banging around in there so it will be great to see how they work in his action features into the MOTU Origins line.

Rattlor Masters of the Universe Vintage Figure Neck View
Rattlor Masters of the Universe Vintage Figure Back Tail View

King Hiss

You can’t have the Snake Men without the leader of Snake Men! King Hiss is another rumored figure for the January 2023 MOTU Origins assortment but this badass leader is rumored to be getting the deluxe treatment. Given the way he was designed and developed, you would expect nothing less although he did comes as a sing carded figure back in 1986. This was the first MOTU figure to feature an outer human shell that revealed a serpentine snake underneath the armor. It was pretty ingenious for the time and we can’t wait to see how they will update this figure for the Origins line. One wish is that they make this Snake form look more realistic as the snakes on his arms look a little like worms. His snake head is actually not that bad but it would be great to see an update to that sculpt too!

King Hiss Masters of the Universe 1986
King Hiss Masters of the Universe 1986
Vintage King Hiss accessories
King Hiss Masters of the Universe 1986 Serpent Form

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  1. I’ve been chatting with other fans video comments about Rattlor – we know he has a detachable neck but the origins front card art still indicates some kind of ‘snap attack’ function. They haven’t falsely advertised an old function on any of the other origins like Fisto, Jitsu etc, so I’m holding out hope it still “pops out” like the original. You guys have any sources to confirm this?

    1. Hi!!! Looking that the photos for Rattlor and how they tooled King Hiss, it looks like they are doing away with the “action features” for a lot of the figures and given that he comes with a snap on neck it is highly unlikely that he will have a neck that pops out.

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