Space Sumo was announced as a Mattel Creations exclusive and we get a peak into the design process with these preproduction card art images!
Special thanks to Charlie_5.5 on IG for the find as it appears that the Official Sun Man IG page has posted preproduction versions of the upcoming Mattel Creations Exclusive Space Sumo card art. Looks like the account mistakenly posted the card art as it is now pulled from their IG page but we were able to snag it before they took the post down. This figure was announced at San Diego Comic Con 2022 and was featured in the Mattel Booth in its own special display case along with other Rulers of the Sun figures that are coming to the Origins line but we only got to see the back of the card art.
Preproduction Card Art
It is really cool to get a window in the design process at Mattel and we are not sure if this was a mistake on the part of the folks who manage the Official Sun Man IG account but it is great to see nonetheless! A produced version of this card art was seen on display in full color in the Mattel booth at SDCC 2022 and this version appears to the step between and gives us a peak into the possible stages that these card art pieces go through. We also get to see at the front of the Space Sumo card looks like as it has the Rulers of the Sun branding, which will adorn the blister and the secondary hero art that only Mattel Creations (and deluxe figures) get. The illustrations shown below detail out a very cool cosmic scene and if it like the Pig Head card art, we are seeing the transformation as detailed out by his comic lore (we have the full transcript of the mini comic at the end of the article for your reading pleasure).
“You are related through the ages to the great philosophers of the past. We knew you senses would draw you to the monument which is you destiny. But you must head this warning. Each month you are to return here in secret to recharge your skills or you’ll be a normal mortal again. Each month you must return to be washed in the glow of the warriors to remain superhuman. Remember this now and forever, you will be known as Space Sumo, telekinetic Ninja.”Space Sumo Mini Comic
UPDATE 08/12/2022: Completed Card Art and Finished Product Images
We received some additional images thanks to the motulatv instagram page, of the Space Sumo cardback art fully colored in and Space Sumo in his Mattel Creations exclusive packaging. We now get to see what the finished product looks like.
According to the motulatv instagram page:
A closer look at the packaging of Space Sumo the Telekinetic Ninja. What do you think of this figure and character of #sunman? The packaging of MOTUs is always beautiful thanks toMike Bock on Instagram
A Tale of Two Space Sumo’s
Space Sumo seems to be getting the royal treatment from Mattel as he is not only a Mattel Creations exclusive, but he is also packed in the forthcoming Rulers of the Sun 3-Pack with Pig Head and the flat top version of Sun Man! The new Sun-Man and the Rulers of the Sun Target Exclusive 3-Pack was revealed and went up for preorder on Target so we are getting two Space Sumo figures in the near future.
Origins (pun intended) of Space Sumo
Space Sumo is a fairly simple looking character, wearing black chest armor, black belt with green diamond, red shorts, red and teal wrist bracers with the same green diamonds as the belt, and red boots with green toes. He carries a silver ninja sword which is pretty cool looking.
Space Sumo was first introduced into the Rulers of the Sun line in 1986. The vintage version had human head, which seemed to look like a lighter-skinned version of Sun Man V2 head sculpt but with a ninja separate mask for his head, so he can be displayed masked or unmasked.
Mini Comic Lore
Since most are probably unfamiliar with Space Sumo, we’ve dug up the mini comic story to share with you and hopefully the Mattel Creations mini comic will do this justice!
“Legend of Space-Sumo, Telekinetic Ninja: A few short years ago the governments of the world banned together to create a museum dedicated to the world’s war strategists and athletes. The idea of such a museum came from an immensely, wealthy Oriental man who appeared suddenly and left the scene just as quickly. It was his millions that got the “Battle Museum” built.
The World curators of the museum, each from a different county, often spoke of the aged dapper Oriental who refused to tell his name. He vanished into nothingness, and no records, nothing traceable concerning his where bouts could be found. At his request, a huge red circular monument was placed in the center of the museum. This magnificent piece of sculpture looked like a planet and was suspended from the ceiling. It was impossible to miss when on entered the museum. The oriental has said the large monument was to be called the “Monument of battle.” The museum’s builders wondered why the globe was so heavy. The metal felt light to the touch, but it hung by ten cranes of super coils. Everyone was perplexed about how the old man got it there in the first place, for he insisted on secrecy and allowed no one around when it was hoisted. The mystery surrounding the monument was consistent with that surrounding the man himself.
Statues and most other forms of memorabilia were all about the “Battle Museum.” From the battle in the Bible between David and Goliath, the giant warrior David defeated with a simple string and stone; to Muhammad Ali, warriors and athletes were all surround. On display was Attila the Hun, Hannibal, Emperor Menelik of Ethiopia, Peter the Great and General Douglas MacArthur, and Bruce Lee.
Bob Wong, a cook at a Chinese restaurant, visited the Battle Museum one day and was amazed at its displays. When it closed, he hid inside to get a better look and gain an understanding of its treasures. He soon found himself in front of the monument of battle. Magically, it opened from its middle and a glowing radiance from within it flooded over the young Oriental’s figure. A voice speaking Chinese said: “I am Kim Lee, Bringer of the Monument of Battle. Bob Wong, you have come, Oh great Chinese one. We have long awaited your arrival to fulfill your destiny. You have been known to us for ages as Space Sumo, a wrestler and telekinetic Ninja. You now have the power to lift objects at will without touching them, but by commanding them to rise with your mind. That is the meaning of telekinetic, creating motion without touching. You now possess the fighting skills and strategic wisdom of all competitive geniuses. Their combined knowledge is now yours. The combined knowledge of all the sages in this museum is now yours to do good with; you shall be the master of competition, whether it is a mere game of chess or a mental fight for life itself. You are related through the ages to the great philosophers of the past. We knew you senses would draw you to the monument which is you destiny. But you must head this warning. Each month you are to return here in secret to recharge your skills or you’ll be a normal mortal again. Each month you must return to be washed in the glow of the warriors to remain superhuman. Remember this now and forever, you will be known as Space Sumo, telekinetic Ninja.”Space Sumo Mini Comic
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