Thanks to the YouTuber Kingdeadpool2008 ali and Plaityme from Instagram we get a glimpse into the future as he has obtained the upcoming MOTU Origins Mattel Creations Wun-Dar figure ahead of any official images or preorder from Mattel! The million dollar question on everyone’s mind is…is this legit and a HUGE shout out to Chad Trips for confirming with Axel if this was his art and Axel Gimenez confirmed that is was his art!
June 6, 2022 Update: More Images of Wun-Dar Surface from Plaityme
The images of Wun-Dar on card are much clearer and sharper than we’ve seen to this date and you see the vibrant colors of the card art and get a true sense of what the figure will look.
As expected, the outer brown shipper box has both of the illustrations found on the front and back of the card art.
Plaityme has taken some photos of Wun-Dar in more of an unboxing style photoshoot so we can see how the weapons are packed in as well as how is tied down and it looks pretty standard for how a MOTU figure looks when you open them.
With the up close and personal photos, you can get a sense of Wun-Dar’s true colors and the we are loving the deep brown hair and the black Zodac armor! The blacks on the wrist cuffs and boots tie the figure in nicely with the armor too!
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.
Wun-Dar from KingDeadpool2008 ali
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.
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.
The mini comic is entitled “Lost Legend” and 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.
Moss Man is one of my personal favorites, so I am really hoping that this means we are going to get Mossy! He has also been illustrated on several card back artwork, as we covered in our article Masters of the Universe Origins Teased Figures From Card Art. Moss Man, known as the ever so gentle friend of the forest! As his name reveals, he is a man made of moss, who can camouflage himself into foliage and other green vegetation, as well as control all plant life. The figure is essentially a green repaint of Beast Man, flocked with “moss” with the fangs painted over and a pine scent added to the body. He has a mace that is a recast of a weapon from the original Castle Grayskull.
We first saw Moss Man on Stinkor’s card back where he looked like he was emerging from the bushes to take on the evil warrior with the power of stink! You can see him with a fierce look on his face, armed with his mace and ready for battle! If you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed the arm coming out of the ground from the side of the Eternian Palace Guard box with the classic mace busting through the ground. We then saw Moss Man on the Flying Fists He-Man card art, ironically holding a torch, and as well all know, it was fire that did him in the Masters of the Universe Revelation Netflix series, but I am sure this battle turned out great for him!
It turns out that Sharella on the cardback on for Wundar is really the Goddess. According to MOTU Lore and as written on the character bio for MOTU Classics, the Goddess’s real name is Sharella.
After the death of King Grayskull, the Power of the Universe was transferred from the Sword of He to the Council of Elders who hid it deep within his castle. Knowing the full sword was the key to channeling the power, they split it in two to prevent it from falling into the hands of evil. For five centuries they waited for a worthy heir to be born. During this time their spirit guide, the creature known as “The Goddess” of Etheria, trained secret heroic guardian to keep the two halves of the sword separated. Many of these brave warriors took the name “He-Man” in honor of the sword they protected giving birth to many different legends of the protector of Eternia.
Wun-Dar Vintage Figure
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
I (Michael) am lucky enough to have a vintage Wun-Dar in my collection and you can see the similarities with the figure and weapons pack out too!
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