Check out our Mattel Creations Wun-Dar MOTU Origins Review in all of his savage He-Man glory! Tons of pics and video!
We at Toy Habits strive to bring you all the latest news, reviews and episodic content on Masters of the Universe, and this is no exception! When photos of Wun-Dar started to surface, we all wund-ared (it’s a pun) if they were real or images of just a really good a custom or fake. Of course, Axel Gimenez himself indeed confirmed that he was real and that it was his artwork on the package. Well, we here at Toy Habits can 100% tell you he is real and we actually got our hands one! So, all the photos you will see below in this review are actual photos of the Mattel Creations MOTU Origins Wun-Dar action figure we have in hand! We are very excited to bring you this in-depth hands-on review for Wun-Dar, so let’s dive right in!
Wun-Dar comes in the same type of exclusive packaging as we got with mini comic Tri-Klops, but we will cover that further below, with a brown shipper box with pencil art and a special cart back with front artwork and a full art work image on the back. The figure of Wun-Dar as to be expected, which is basically a re-paint of the vintage head version of He-Man. He has chocolatey brown hair in that classic vintage head style, with a darken, more brown and less orange skin tone then the He-Man Figure. He also comes with the black Zodac chest armor, black wrist cuffs, a black belt, brown shorts and black boots that tie the figure in nicely with the armor too!
It’s super fun to pose Wun-Dar with his axe raised above his head! And as you know, Wun-Dar was also know as “Savage He-Man”. So if you remove Wun-Dar’s black armor, you get an absolutely gorgeous looking “Savage He-Man” which harkens back to that vintage original holy grail only a select few are so lucky to own! (By the way, Michael owns one, you lucky dog! 😉 Photo of Michael’s vintage Wun-Dar is at the end of the article!)
Here we get to take a look at Wun-Dar from all sides! He is simply a gorgeous homage to the vintage action figure! He shares the same buck as the Origins He-Man figure, same belt, same shorts, and same wrist bracers. They are all just in the Wun-Dar color scheme.
We are treated to the standard brown shipper box, just like Mini Comic Tri-Klops and 2020 SDCC She-Ra came packaged in, but with beautiful artwork pencil sketches by Axel Gimenez. also appeared on past packaging artwork. Wun-Dar can be seen on one side, wheedling his axe, ready to attack. And on the other side he has his blaster and sword.
Like Kol-Dar and Mini Comic Tri-Klops, the carded figure is similar to the Mattel Creations releases with the extra illustration of Wun-Dar in the upper right of the card, where you can see him holding black Zodac blaster. On the back of the card, you can see Wun-Dar taking on an army of glowing skeletons with Sharella who is readying her bow. The setting appears very Castle Grayskull’esque. Axel Gimenez’s beautiful illustrations on the back of the card back gives us glimpse of several new characters teased to use that could be future action figures. There is Sharella, none other than the Goddess herself, those infamous glowing green skeletons we first saw on the MOTU origins Castle Grayskull box.
I love that we get the beautiful front card back artwork on these exclusive figures! Here we can see an illustration of Wun-Dar holding his blaster (colored in black on the illustration) and also holding his brown sword. Axel did a great job on this illustration, and it makes me wish that they included a character illustration on the front of all the packages because it is just so nostalgic to the 1980’s packaging! But for now, I guess we will just get it on the exclusive figures.
We get a glimpse of how Wun-Dar comes packaged, in the standard plastic blister holding him in place, and we can also see his bag of included brown accessories: sword, axe and blaster.
We can see that they have used the most recent version of the vintage He-Man head sculpt from the flying fist He-Man figure, which unfortunately on my version of Wun-Dar suffers from the same issue and is a bit loose on the neck peg. On this version for Wun-Dar, instead of blond He-Man, we get chocolaty brown colored hair, like a Hersey bar!
Chest & Back
Wun-Dar’s chest armor is a reuse of Zodac’s chest armor but molded in black plastic instead of red. It has the “w” logo on the front, which I guess can stand for “Wun-Dar” and the typical straps in the back. Again, this is a reuse of the standard He-Man buck, but with a slightly browner skin tone. We can even see the Mattel production stamp on his back and it is still dated 2020!
Arms / Waist / Legs
Wun-Dar’s arms are symmetrical and again a reuse of the standard He-Man muscular arms, but with a slightly browner skin tone and black colored wrist bracers. But I must say they look great on him. They are a matte black color and look more “rustic steel” like that way.
He is wearing the standard He-Man belt but in a matte black finish, and with standard brown furry shorts.
Wun-Dar’s legs are again a reuse of the standard He-Man muscular legs, but with a slightly browner skin tone and black colored boots. But the combination of the black chest armor, black belt, black wrist bracers and black boots really make this Wun-Dar figure look spectacular!
Wun-Dar comes packed with 3 accessory weapons. The weapons appear to be cast in a nice chocolate brown color and where we get a Zodac gun plus two weapons that are recasts of the Castle Grayskull Weapons Rack pieces. The Sword and the Axe look great and compliment the figure nicely! We also get to see how the armor can stow the sword, but it does not have a dedicated slot for it.
You can see that the vintage accessories that came with the Vintage Wun-Dar slightly resemble the ones we get with the Origins Wun-Dar, but are still vastly different. The vintage Wun-Dar came with packed with recolored Grayskull Weapons rack accessories as we mentioned above. Vintage Wun-Dar included an axe, shield, large blaster, mace and sword. The sword is similar but has a different hilt. The axe too has a totally different handle, and the vintage Wun-Dar never came packed with a blaster. Being that this was an exclusive figure, perhaps Mattel should have included a few more pieces with him?
The axe comes directly from the Castle Grayskull Weapons Rack. This axe is a chocolate brown color and has a rounded handle guard on it. It’s more of a one sided axe with a large blade on one side and a short blade on the back. Unlike the double bladed great axe that He-Man usually comes packed with. Wun Dar looks especially great holding it aloft as his alter ego ” Savage He-Man”.
The 1980’s vintage Wun-Dar was also packed with reused Grayskull’s weapons that were cased in a burgundy color.
The sword that comes packaged with Wun-Dar again comes from the from the Castle Grayskull Weapons Rack. It is more of a blunt looking and ordinary sword, rather than the Sword of Power that He-Man is known for. It’s surprising that they went with a sword like this for Wun-Dar but they were following in the footsteps of the vintage figure, so I can see why they kept it that way.
Wun-Dar’s blaster is simply Zodac’s blaster colored in the same chocolate brown color as the rest of the accessories. It’s neat that they went with this accessory, as it was not packed with the vintage Wun-Dar, but interestingly enough, a vintage black version of the blaster was included in the vintage accessory set, along with the black Zodac armor. So many collectors used to use this blaster with Wun-Dar and it just became associated with him.
The mini comic packed inside with Wun-Dar is entitled “Lost Legend”. We will dive into a summary of the mini comic below as we are providing you with a view of every page. SPOILER ALERT!!! If you dont want to read the mini comic now, then skip over this section. We get a ton of new character teases in this mini-comic as well. It has Wun-Dar batting a purple Cyclops that has appeared on box art before. On the inside, Sharella and Moss-Man are also featured in the mini comic in the main story, which is great news as collectors have been clamoring for Moss Man in Origins. Be sure to look out for an upcoming article where we take a deep dive into the art teases from the Wun-Dar card back art and mini comic artwork.
The mini comic starts out in Savage Eternia, 100 years before the birth of Price Adam. In the city of Tundaria, we see our hero eating a piece of sliced bread (love the nod to Wonder Bread! This is brilliant on Mattel’s part!). Wun-Dar suddenly hears a cry for help, and finds Skeleton demons attacking a girl. The funny thing in the comic Wun-Dar is swinging an axe that is more similar to He-Man’s style axe, then the one he comes packed with. He saves the girl name Sharella, which we later find out in MOTU lore that this is “The Goddess” of Etheria, an essential guardian of Grayskull. The Demon Skeletons attacked Sharella for her map, a map of the mystic mountains. Wun-Dar vows to help Sharella and find out why these demons attacked him home, so they set off to the Mystic Mountains. Throughout their journey, they encounter savages beasts, which Wun-Dar fends off. Sharella sees potential in him, but potential for what?
One night, the Skeleton Demons attached their camp ground. Wun-Dar demands to know, why they have come and who is their master? And all of a sudden, vines appear out of nowhere! Wun-Dar thinks it’s another monster coming to attack, but no, it’s a new friend! The gentle green moss-like creature introduces himself and it is none other than Moss Man! Moss Man is trying to defend his forest home, he grabs a pendant from one of the Skeleton Demons. Moss-Man befriends Wun-Dar and Sharella and decides to help his new friends on their quest. Moss-Man leads his new friends, Wun-Dar and Sharella to the foothills of the Mystic Mountains and bids them farewell. As Wun-Dar and Sharella scale the mountain side to find nothing, they come upon a cave. To their horror, they encounter a huge purple Cyclops!
The Cyclops attacks Wun-Dar with a fierce ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He sends Wun-Dar falling back and breaks his spear. When Wun-Dar lands from his assault, he encounters a magical armor! Yes Wun-Dar’s classic black battle armor. Sharella tries to fend off the Cyclops with the magical pendant they had acquired from the Skeleton Demons and blinds the Cyclops and tells him to stand back. Wun-Dar appears in his new armor and blaster, and proclaims, “You heard the girl” But Sharella responds, “Not a girl, a Goddess”. And at that moment the Green Goddess appears! The Goddess had been searching for someone worthy of welding the ancient weapons, and she has found her man, and proclaims, ” You have the power Wun-Dar” And so with this… the Power of Grayskull, the Power of He-Man and the power to protect Eternia has found it’s first Champion!
Like the vintage figure, Wun-Dar appears in his black Zodac armor with dark brown hair. His weapons are also cast in the red/brown color scheme like the vintage weapons pack out that supposedly came with Wun-Dar in 1980’s.
There are a few theories as to the Origins of Wun-Dar! It was first believed the figure originated from a promotion with Wonder Bread but it looks like there are other theories as well! According to the Wiki Grayskull:
The figure of Wun-Dar is an homage to the original promotional figure given away through the mail in 1981. In the late 1990s an unusual repaint of He-Man began appearing on eBay. He sported the same color scheme that Wun-Dar would come to have.
For many years there was much uncertainty about the origin of this figure, and it was long believed he came from a promotion with the Wonder Bread sliced bread company however more recent research since the release of the Classics figure has disproved this. This He-Man variant was available through a promotion where you could buy 3 figures and get one free in the mail, this figure was savage He-Man.
The Wun-Dar figure is an homage to this mysterious He-Man variant and the assumed background to the figure. The loaf of bread and the “savage” descriptor are clear nods to this. There is also a semi-hidden feature on this figure that pays tribute to the controversy; on the back of the armor, on the end of the small peg at the bottom, is a symbol consisting of three colored circles that is very similar to the Wonder Bread logo. Another curious detail is the backstory given on the card. The premise of a “savage” He-Man saving the Goddess and then being given his weapons by her and tasked with defending Eternia is very similar to the original origin of He-Man presented in He-Man and the Power Sword.Wun-Dar
The new MOTU Origins Wun-Dar figure is a perfect tribute to the elusive 1980’s holy grail ….. mysterious figure. Part legend and part reality, Wun-Dar has always carried with him a mystique of mystery, and with the way we obtained our Wun-Dar and the way the product images were leaked, it just carries on that air of mystery. I give this Wun-Dar figure a 6.5 out of 7.0, and that’s only because he could have been packed with more weapons to make the vintage figure’s weapons pack out and his head is a bit loose, like flying fist He-Man, so you think Mattel would have fixed that. Other than that, he is the perfect homage to the vintage Wundar!
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