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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
Tytus
Europe Exclusive

Accessories

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

Basic Figures

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

Creatures

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

Gift Sets

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

Meteorbs

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

Movie Figures

Blade
Gwildor
Saurod

Playsets

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

Vehicles

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

Versus Sets

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