Get ready for Ram Man to join the New Eternia Masterverse sub-line so we delve into the concepts and recap the German Toy Fair announcement
We are contuniting our expose and deep dives into figure news straight from German Toy Fair! This news was a whopper as Ram Man was revealed to be coming to the Masterverse line thanks to updates by way of Jay from Geek Dad Life. Not only are we getting one of the more sought after characters in the line, we are getting our first Deluxe New Eternia figure that will be packed in the extra wide box (like She-Ra, Hordak, Faker, and King Grayskull). We want to send a very special thank our friend Jay from Geek Dad Life for going above and beyond to capture verbal details of the upcoming MOTU Origins and Masterverse figures from Toy Fair Germany, so we are in his debt and super grateful for the opportunity to share this information with you (with Jay’s permission of course). If you have not subscribed to the Geek Dad Life YouTube Channel, Jay and John are amazing, so please do so! Although we don’t have official images to share, let’s take a step back in time to review the concept art and the history of the Heroic Human Battering Ram!
Deluxe New Eternia Ram Man
Referring to the figure as smaller in stature than New Eternia Whiplash, Ram Man was said to come in the extra wide Masterverse window display box. In our heads, we have the iconic, thick stature of the Masters of the Universe Classics Version but this version of Ram Man is slimmed down. The figure comes with multiple heads and he also said the legs articulate, which has only been seen in the MOTU Classics and Origins version. Ram Man is very “classic” looking with respect to the coloring so we are not getting an orange mini comic version but rather the deep red version of Ram Man that we know and love. He will also come with different armor, most lily based on the early concepts of Ram Man so let’s take a look at how Ram Man started!
The Evolution of Ram Man
The Battle Ram Blog is the go to source for historical Masters of the Universe info and the source of this section so please visiting their website and support them! As we can imagine, the New Eternia version of Ram Man might draw upon inspiration from the early sketches from Mark Taylor. The illustration on the left looks similar to Ram Man that was produced in the vintage line aside from the way the head was rendered. It has very skinny legs and, as you can see in the illustration on the left, the legs and proportions are more true to the Ram Man that released in the Vintage line. A similar head sculpt was also included with the MOTU Origins Ram Man although you can see Rammy’s face through his mask, unlike the concept drawing.
This color illustration is an evolution of the concept art featured above and looks much closer to the Ram Man that was released for the vintage line.
In an entirely different direction for Ram Man, originally, dubbed “Jumping Jack Flash,” you can see that this version is a mashup of the two previous versions but Ram Man now has a dwarf appearance. The action feature is comical on the left as you can imagine how this might work (or not) in actual prodcution.
Ram Man Through the Years
The actions figures for Ram Man span the years 1983 to the present day! Getting his start in the MOTU vintage line, Ram Man’s design has stayed fairly consistent although the MOTU Classics versions really beefed him up!
Masters of the Universe Ram Man released in 1983 as part of wave 2 of action figures from Mattel. Although Ram Man had been depicted as large and aggressive in his mini-comic appearance, the 1980s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Filmation depicts him as a small, dwarfish figure, which is closer in appearance to his action figure with it’s legs retracted.
Ram-Man was featured in the modern revival of Masters of the Universe, and his portrayal in the contemporary series is something of a mixture between his Filmation portrayal and his original mini-comic portrayal. Here he is once again drawn as a large and bulky rather than a dwarfish character, and is actually larger than even He-Man in size. In episodes were he removes his helmet, he appears to have a metal plate on top of his head. Instead of leaping at opponents from great distances, Ram-Man runs into them or jumps short distances. The “boing” sound is removed, and his legs never “uncoil” like springs. Ram-Man rarely suffers ill effects from his rams in this series. He is the only Master who routinely fights unarmed. Although this series depicts him in a more macho fashion more in-keeping with the original concept of the character, his slow-wittedness and comic appeal is left intact.
MOTU Classics v1
The MOTU Classics version of Ram Man was released in 2013 and is one chunky and hefty looking figure. They poured a ton of plastic on this figure and it is the most robust Ram Man created! He features a darker roman style outfit with very large and pronounced armor! He came with his signature axe and his legs featured a small amount of articulation.
His bio reads: Growing up just outside the Vine Jungle, Krass’ village was always under threat from the savage Beastmen. During a particularly brutal attack, he donned his family’s ancient mystical armor that magically absorbs raw force. Using it to ram into his enemies and drive off their attack earned Krass the nickname “Ram Man.” These actions were quickly detected by Skeletor who recruited him in a scheme to ram through the Jaw Bridge of Castle Grayskull. Realizing the error of his ways after seeing Skeletor attack He-Man, Ram Man switched sides, helping to defeat the Evil Lord of Destruction and save the Castle. He soon became a core member of the Masters of the Universe using his iron-like body as a battering ram against evil!
MOTU Classics v2
Super7 eventually got handed the reigns for the MOTU Classics line (along with the Four Horsemen working on the design), and they created rebooted renditions of some of the most core and popular characters via the “Ultimate” line. They made He-Man, Skeletor, Teela, Faker, and Ram Man that were released in new packaging and a new paint apps like Ram Man, which is a nod to the mini comics version where he appeared in orange.
The Masters of the Universe Origins Ram Man was a deluxe release and the Origins figure really looks like the vintage figure. He is pretty much the same size and painted similarly and he feels faithful to the vintage release but with some improved articulation, especially in the knees.
Ram Man in the Revelation Animated Series
Ram Man appeared briefly in the Masters of the Universe Revelation Netflix animated series in the episode, “Comes with Everything You See Here.” He was delivered via a capsule that revealed who he was when he hit the ground.
When we emerged, we saw in come to He-Man’s aid within Castle Grayskull then immediately jumped out to help fight the battle.
Whiplash is Coming To Masterverse
The Toy Sorceress did a bang up job taking us through the early concepts of Whiplash and the figures through the years so be sure to check those out!
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