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Masters of the Universe, often referred to as “He-Man” or abbreviated “MOTU”, is a toy series created by the American toy manufacturing company Mattel in early 1981. The franchise has since generated a variety of products including, but not limited to, six lines of action figures, four animated TV-series, one feature live-action film, as well as several comic series.

The action figures were in most cases sold separately and packed individually with a transparent, plastic clam-shell on a cardboard backer. Each figure came with a mini-comic as well as one or more accessories, such as weapons, staffs, and shields. Many of them also came with removable plastic armor. The back of the card backer had pictures and names of other Masters of the Universe figures available at the time. In some cases, certain figures were packed and sold together as a gift set or versus set.

Released alongside the action figures were also many vehicles, creatures, play sets, and a number of accessory packs. Some of these were battery operated. All figures, beasts, vehicles and play sets were available in the United States, with a few exceptions. Certain figures, such as the 12 inch Megator and Tytus, were produced in Italy and distributed in Europe only.

The standard action figures are 5½ inches tall and are, with a few exceptions, made of hard rubber and plastic. The majority of the action figures have articulation in the neck, shoulders, hips and waist. Many of them also have an action feature, the “battle-action waist”. As the figure was twisted at the waist it would, with the help of a spring, allow the figure to spin back with a “punch”. Over the years, more action features were introduced with new figure releases, such as Ram Man's battering ram feature and Kobra Khan's water spraying feature.

The early series action figures consisted of only two differently molded chests, one pair of shorts, and three sets of arms and legs. The action figures' parts were subsequently mixed-and-matched in different colors for new figures. As the toy series progressed, more new molds were created and integrated into the toy line, but both body parts and accessories were often used multiple times for different figures.

Mattel not only re-used action figure parts to create new figures for the series, but they also used figure molds from other toy lines to make creatures like He-Man's trusted companion, the tiger Battle Cat and the falcon Zoar.

The play sets, vehicles, and creatures came in various sizes and price ranges, and many of them had one or more action features. The largest and most expensive play set was the “Eternia”, which is today the most sought-after play set in the Masters of the Universe toy line. The vehicles also varied in size and complexity, from the small Roton with its rotating saw blade, to the large, battery operated, walking Spydor.

In the mid-to-late 1980s, the interest for Masters of the Universe had started to wane, and the last wave of toys was released in 1987 in the United States (1988 in certain parts of Europe). Inspired and motivated by the overall success of the series, the He-Man franchise was revived by Mattel only two years later, with the 1989 release of a new toy series called “He-Man”.

 

12 Inch Figures

Megator
Europe Exclusive
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Tytus
Europe Exclusive
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Accessories

Beam-Blaster & Artilleray
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Cliff Climber
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Jet Sled
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Megalaser
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Scubattack
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Slime Vat
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Stilt Stalkers
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Thunder Punch Ammo
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Tower Tools
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Weapons Pak
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Basic Figures

Battle Armor He-Man
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Battle Armor Skeletor
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Beast Man
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Blast-Attak
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Buzz-Off
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Buzz-Saw Hordak
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Clamp Champ
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Clawful
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Dragon Blaster Skeletor
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Dragstor
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Evil-Lyn
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Extendar
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Faker
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Fisto
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Flying Fists He-Man
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Grizzlor (darker brown)
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Grizzlor (lighter brown)
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He-Man
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He-Man (Wonder Bread)
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Hordak
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Horde Trooper
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Hurricane Hordak
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Jitsu
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King Hiss
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King Randor
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Kobra Khan
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Laser Power He-Man
Europe Exclusive
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Laser-Light Skeletor
Europe Exclusive
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Leech
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Man-At-Arms
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Man-E-Faces
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Mantenna
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Mekaneck
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Mer-Man
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Modulok
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Mosquitor
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Moss Man
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Multi-Bot
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Ninjor
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Orko
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Prince Adam
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Ram Man
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Rattlor
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Rio Blast
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Roboto
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Rokkon
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Rotar
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Scare Glow
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Skeletor
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Snake Face
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Snout Spout
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Sorceress
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Spikor
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Sssqueeze
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Stinkor
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Stonedar
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Stratos (blue)
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Stratos (red)
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Sy-Klone
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Teela
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Terror Claws Skeletor
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Thunder Punch He-Man
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Trap Jaw
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Tri-Klops
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Tung Lashor
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Twistoid
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Two Bad
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Webstor
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Whiplash
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Zodac
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Creatures

Battle Bones
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Battle Cat
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Bionatops
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Mantisaur
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Monstroid
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Panthor
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Screeech
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Turbodactyl
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Tyrantisaurus Rex
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Zoar
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Gift Sets

Battle Armor He-Man and Battle Cat
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Battle Armor He-Man and Road Ripper
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Battle Armor Skeletor and Panthor
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Battle Armor Skeletor and Screeech
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Evil Warriors
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Evil Warriors
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Evil Warriors
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Fisto & Stridor
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He-Man and Battle Cat
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He-Man and Wind Raider
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Heroic Warriors
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Heroic Warriors
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Heroic Warriors
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Hordak and Grizzlor
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Hordak and Mantisaur
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Jet Sled & He-Man
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Jitsu & Night Stalker
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Land Shark & Battle Armor Skeletor
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Skeletor and Panthor
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Skeletor and Screeech
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Teela and Zoar
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The Evil Horde
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Meteorbs

Astro Lion
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Comet Cat
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Cometroid
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Crocobite
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Dinosorb
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Gore-Illa
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Orbear
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Rhinorb
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Tuskor
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Ty-Grrr
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Movie Figures

Blade
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Gwildor
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Saurod
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Playsets

Castle Grayskull
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Eternia
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Fright Zone
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Point Dread & Talon Fighter
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Slime Pit
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Snake Mountain
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Vehicles

Attak Trak
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Bashasaurus
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Battle Ram
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Blasterhawk
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Dragon Walker
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Fright Fighter
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Land Shark
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Laser Bolt
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Night Stalker
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Road Ripper
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Roton
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Spydor
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Stridor
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Wind Raider
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Versus Sets

Battle For Eternia
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Collector 3-Pack
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Flying Fists He-Man & Terror Claws Skeletor
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Images needed for this series: 56
Measurement stats: Measured: 80 (Verified: 0, Unverified: 80, Not Measured: 763
Instructions scans needed: 125
Stats Card scans needed: