We recently just covered that a lucky Eurpoean collector, got their hands on a new Masters of the Universe Origins Roton and got a bunch of In-Hand images of the package. Well, we found a ton of character, vehicle and playset teases! With Comic Con, just around the corner, there are a whole bunch of interesting Card Art Teases on the new MOTU Origins Roton package, so we wanted to cover those in depth! On the front of the Roton box, we see Kobra Khan, sneaking in. And then on the side of the box we got a view of the Skeletor’s evil bird, Screech. Then on the other side we see the Viper Tower from the Eternia playset and the Road Ripper! Let’s take a closer look at each as they are very interesting and exciting to see!
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Roton Card Art Teases:
From the amazing artist talent of Axel Gimenez, we get some beautiful new artwork on this Roton Packaging and a whole bunch of hidden easter eggs! This Roton Package looks spectacular with Skeletor piloting the Roton with a red Eternian sky in the background, and a large moon or planet lighting the night sky on the front. You will also see on the front packaging Kobra Khan lurking in the shadows as well. On the rear artwork we see another view of Skeletor in the Roton, but there is a view of the Talon Fighter perched atop Point Dread and Stratos flying in! The sides of the package give us hints to Eternia’s Viper Tower, the Road Ripper and Screech! Let’s dive into the details and take a look!
Let’s start with the first character we get teased at right off the bat on the front of the Roton Package! Axel Gimenez did an amazing job paying tribute to the classic box art, which you can find on the Battle Ram Blog plus an exhaustive history of the evil assault vehicle if you are interested. If you look closely at the box art, you can see what looks like Kobra Khan on the bottom left creeping underneath the rocks. We have had several leaks about Kobra Khan coming to Origins that we covered in Snake Men coming to MOTU Origins in 2023 and Kobra Kahn & MOTU Origins Snake Men Coming in 2023! If you want to see more teased figures based on the MOTU Origins box and card art, we’ve rounded up the potential future releases so check it out for a fun read!
But this isn’t the first time we have seen Kobra Khan teased on MOTU packaging art. Kobra Kahn made a clandestine appearance on the Roboto card art as he is hiding in the bushes lying in wait!
And we most recently say Kobra Khan make a huge appearance on the MOTU Origins Deluxe Snout Spout Card back art as well! He can be seen standing right behind King Hiss! Which by the way is another snake man we covered that might be coming to Origins in 2023, and what do you know, here he is front and center on Snout Spout’s card art!
Kobra Khan was released by Mattel in 1984. He was actually originally considered a member of the Evil Warriors as he often made apperances as one of Skeletor’s henchmen on the 1980’s Filmation cartoon. He was later considered one of the Snake Men following their introduction to the line in 1986. Unlike the other two Snake Men covered above, Kobra Khan did have some shared parts to the previous MOTU figures. He was made of the same monster type arms and legs as Skeletor. But he did however have a brand-new torso and head sculpt. As a matter of fact, his head and torso was a completely new design as it allowed kids to lift off the head and fill the torso with water. By then replacing the head and pressing it down, Kobra Khan would release his “venom” spray feature misting out the water thru an opening in his mouth! His torso’s design featured a scaly design with brown scale straps and an all new belt design as well. Kobra Khan came with a simple red laser pistol, the same as came packed Zodac. Will the new Origins version include the “venom” spray action feature? Can’t wait to find out!
According to the Wiki Grayskull:
Kobra Khan was introduced into the Masters of the Universe toy line in 1984. His action figure’s special feature is to spray water. The figure’s head is removable, and the hollow torso can be filled with water, so that when the head is back in place, it can be pushed down to spray water from its mouth.
Kobra Khan appears on the cartoon shortly after his figure was released. He is one of the few Evil Warriors on the cartoon to be portrayed in a darker, more serious manner as opposed to being used for comedy value. He is usually paired with Webstor and the two of them are often seen to work as a duo. They are first paired in the episode “Disappearing Dragons” which portrays Khan as the leader of the two. He is portrayed as a sly, scheming and sullen character, capable of taking on numerous opponents at once with his sleep mist. Never fearful or bumbling around the Heroic Characters, his low, whisper-like, hissing voice provided by Lou Scheimer enhances the portrayal of him as a reserved and sinister character.Kobra Khan | Wiki Grayskull | Fandom
Other teases on the box art feature Screeech on the side of the box, which is a much larger version of the original tease that was found on the Stridor box art. You can see SO much glorious detail on Screeech and given that Mattel has revealed the Teela and Zoar 2-Pack, we can expect to see Screeech in the near future! Will this be a two pack? And who would you like to see packed inside with Screech. Since Screeech is simply a repaint of Zoar, Mattel already has the tooling for him, so it is only a matter of time!
Unlike Zoar who was the magical formation of the Sorceress, Screech was the robotic bird that Skeletor sent out to spy on the Heroic Warriors. As mentioned above Screech too came from existing tooling from the 1972 eagle from the Big Jim Line. Released in 1983, the large bird’s color scheme was molded after the colors of the Filmation cartoon, blue and purple. Screech too had a button on his back that activated the flight mode and made the wings flap up and down.
Screech was first spotted on the Panthor package artwork flying in the background over Skeletor’s shoulder.
The second and most recent iteration of Screech was illustrated on the Origins Stridor package artwork. He is swopping in for the attack and Dragon Blaster Skeletor can be seen swooping in from behind!
Point Dread and the Talon Fighter
Our second teased item on the Roton package is Point Dread and the Talon Fighter! On the back of the box we see Skeletor airborne in the Roton with Mini Comic Stratos on the ready to intercept him! Off in the distance, we see Point Dread and the Talon Fighter, which has been teased on the card art several times! Here is a close up shot of the box art and although we have already seen Mini Comic Stratos produced as a figure for Wave 7, he is the logical choice to intercept Skeletor in the air as he is flying from Point Dread!
Point Dread and The Talon Fighter is a fan favorite, and one of my personal favorites as well! I always loved how you can seat He-man and one of his friends in the Eagle shaped plane and always loved the bright orange and blue color scheme that made it look so cool! I thought that the radar dish on top was a cool feature so that He-Man can communicate with his friends, because back then, they didn’t have cell phones! But besides looking cool, the Talon Fighter and Point Dread always had a mysterious feeling behind them, because of the mystical lore that is tied to their story.
According to the Masters of the Universe Character Compendium Volume 1:
Mysterious Point Dread was a stone structure of magical might. A mystical location appearing on the face of Eternia every twenty years. The powerful 2 man Talon Fighter, rests atop it’s outpost. Skeletor once endangered all of Eternia by tapping into Point Dread’s power, but the Goddess spirited the entire structure away to Castle Grayskull, merging it with the mystic strongholdMasters of the Universe Character Compendium Volume 1 pg 589
According to the Wiki Grayskull
The Toy was packaged as Frontier Outpost Point Dread and Flying Talon Fighter! Point Dread was a one-room base with the same gray-green, rocky exterior as Castle Grayskull and a “perch” on top for the Talon Fighter. Point Dread’s upper half could be removed and placed atop one of the towers of the Grayskull playset, allowing the Talon Fighter to rest atop Grayskull as shown in the minicomics. The Talon Fighter toy itself had a yellow-orange hull, a blue canopy and red-orange wings and “claw” landing gear. There was also a version of the toy on which a book-and record set was included, with one story on each side of a 7-inch vinyl record and a read-along storybook in comic format.Point Dread & Talon Fighter | Wiki Grayskull | Fandom
Below we can see the vintage Talon Fighter and Point Dread. The Falcon shaped fighter had a gorgeous color scheme and allowed 2 characters to sit inside. It was adorned with stickers on the interior to look like controls and had landing gear shaped like a bird’s talons, how cool is that? Complete with a perch to sit your Talon Fighter, it sat atop Point Dread, a green colored craggily rock formation that matched Castle Grayskull and attached perfectly to its tower.
The Talon Fighter and Point Dread were featured in several mini comics, as well as the 1980s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Filmation cartoon. The most famous of the mini comics being “The Power of Point Dread”, which came with an accompanying record, so you can listen along to the story! That is a photo of my personal copy below and yes, I still have the vinyl record with it!
We first spotted the Talon Fighter and Point Dread on Zodak’s card back artwork. It was perched far in the distance atop a bed of clouds with the silhouette of an Eternian planet behind it. This was a subtle hint at the bird shaped fighter.
The next time we spot the Talon Fighter and Point Dread, is not so subtle, but totally in our face! It was featured ever so proudly sitting on top Castle Grayskull on the beautiful card back artwork for the 2021 Mattel Creations exclusive Mini Comic Tri-klops! Could this be a huge hint from Mattel? Oh pretty please!! I would love to get an Origins version of this regal bird fighter jet!
Next, let’s take a look at the teased vehicles and playsets on the Roton package artwork, because it gives up one of each! The Road ripper can be seen on the left side of the Roton box, racing past the Viper Tower, which is one of the 3 Towers of Eternia. The Road Ripper was a vehicle that is rumored to be packed with the Origins Mekaneck in a 2-Pack is the Road Ripper and you can see He-Man on his way to race up the side of a cliff, presumable to intercept Skeletor. Seeing that we already had rumors of the Road Ripper coming to Origins in 2023, it is more than sheer coincidence that it is pictured on the side of the Roton box! This is one vehicle I can’t wait to get my hands on!
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
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.
Another amazing piece of art on the box is Viper Tower from the Eternia Playset and this has been teased twice before. The first time we saw Eternia was on the MOTU Origins Stratos card back artwork but very faintly in the background. Then we got to see Eternia in all it’s glory on the dual card art of Flying Fists He-Man and the Evil Leader with the Claw Swinging Action, which we will cover below The Viper Tower on the Roton Card art is shown with giant chains wrapping around the viper’s neck and you can see a piece of the monorail track wrapping around. Since only one tower if pictured on this artwork, can this be a hint that maybe we will get the Eternia playset released in 3 separate release sets? One tower in each, Viper Tower, Grayskull Tower and Central Tower? This might be a way for Mattel to make it financially feasible to produce Eternia, and also palatable to consumers as well who will not have to shell out a fortune all at once to get the giant Eternia Playset. Only time will tell!
The largest Masters of the Universe playsets to ever be made and one of the second largest playsets to come out of the 1980’s second only to the G.I. Joe U.S.S Flagg, yes folks it’s Eternia!! Those 3 grand towers connected by that awesome monorail we all wish we had as kids! Was Mattel hinting at something when they debuted Eterina in all its glory in one of the main scenes on the Netflix Revelation cartoon? Presented to the audience as Preternia, it looked like something straight out of Eden, with flowing green grasses, beautiful trees, and majestic mountains in the background that lead to the Acropolis… yes that mystical location of Eternia!
Used as the ultimate battle ground, Eternia was featured in prominent MOTU artwork posters like the vintage one shown below for Mattel to proudly display the vast universe of products available for kids to spend their not so hard earned allowance on, or beg their parents to buy them for their for birthday or Christmas!
In the 1986 mini comic; the Ultimate Battle Ground, Eternia arose on the land that used to separate Castle Grayskull from Snake Mountain. The Sorceress explained that eons ago, before Castle Grayskull, there stood Grayskull Tower, symbol of goodness. But then there stood another tower, a tower of evil known as Viper Tower. And between these two towers was Central Tower, which held the power of both good and evil, but all 3 towers were forever connected. The towers were buried by the ancients to keep them from falling into the hands of King Hiss, only to return from deep within Eternia, and so begins this epic battle for the towers!
The Mattel Eternia playset debuted in 1986, with its 3 large towers connected by a monorail system. The Central tower, was the largest of the 3 measuring over 30″, representing the power of good and evil. It had 4 floors inside, a command console, red laser cannon, and a working elevator to take you to the top. The base had stickers on it to represent a moat with some amazing artwork. The main entrance of the Central Tower was shaped like the face of a lion with working arms and claws that could reach out and grab unsuspecting visitors. The working mouth on the lion opened and closed the drawbridge feature.
The other two towers were representations of Grayskull Tower and Viper Tower. Grayskull Tower was made of the same green colored craggily stone looking plastic as Castle Grayskull, forming a tall turret. It had a long winding staircase leading to a dungeon below. Viper Tower on the other hand had a cool red snake wrapping around it and a neat landing platform perched on a rock. All connected by a freaking real working monorail!!! It came with countless accessories and provided hours and hours of fun for kids of all ages! I mean this thing was screamy cool all over the place! If you owned one of these as a kid, you were king of the neighborhood!
We got our first glimpse at Eternia on the MOTU Origins Stratos card back artwork. You can barely make it out, but way in the background amongst the clouds, you can see the silhouette of the 3 Towers.
But where Mattel stopped making subtle hints and really put Eternia front and center so to speak was in their brilliant use of 2 deluxe figure card backs to make a giant scene! The Flying Fist He-Man card back when placed next to the Terror Claw Skeletor card back come together to make a huge panoramic gorgeous battle scene. The 3 Towers of Eternia are shown, Grayskull Tower and Central Tower on the Flying First card back and Viper Tower on the Terror Claw card back. Wow, if Mattel were making this playset, I’m sure the kid in all of us would be jumping for joy! Hint, hint Mattel, we really, really, I mean really want you to make this playset!!
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