We’ve arrived! Owning a Filmation He-Man and Skeletor is now technically a reality! I say “technically” because if you haven’t already subscribed to Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics Club Grayskull (that’s a mouthful!) then I hope you have a giant stack of money sitting around. We’ve had three releases thus far: He-Man, Trap Jaw, and Skeletor. All three have sold out in minutes, and now go for ghastly amounts of money on the secondary market.
This has been an exciting line of figures so far. I really do hope the death of MOTUC rumors aren’t true and we get some new Filmation characters next year. I’d love to see the likes of Mer-Man, Whiplash, Sorceress, and so many others in their Filmation glory.
Masters of the Universe Classics – Skeletor
Release Date: 06/15/2016 (Club Grayskull Subscription)
Price: $20.00 ($25.00 non sub)
There really isn’t a huge difference between Skeletor’s Filmation look compared to his toy appearance. The biggest change is the head which is an all new sculpt made to look like an actual skull, like the cartoon obviously! Not that original Skeletor’s head doesn’t look like a skull, it does. However, the design seems more like a skull mask covering a human head. The Filmation skull design is certainly a bit exaggerated, but makes me think “this guy’s head is an actual skull.”
The conversion of the standard toy Skeletor into the Filmation variant is all about simplification. Gone are the forearm fins and clawed feet, traded in for boots and a more human body structure. His chest armor and loincloth also have much simpler designs to match the look of the cartoon. There are also two important additions: giant ankle rockers and swivel-hinge wrists. While I’m really glad they have made it a point to add the new wrists to every Club Grayskull figure, it does make me a little sad how many previous releases omitted it for no good reason.
Skeletor comes packed in the beautiful new Club Grayskull box with his cartoon havoc staff and a sword that he used in the mini-comic. The staff is fairly simple, maybe too simple. They probably could have added some black to the contours of the skull to make it look less like a wad of blue gum on top of a stick. The sword is nice, and I was shocked to see that “China” wasn’t stamped anywhere on the weapon. Are we finally past stamping “China” on the most visible part of the figure’s accessories?
Club Grayskull is three for three so far with the hits. He-Man, Trap Jaw, and now Skeletor have all been exemplary Masters of the Universe Classics action figures. It’s great to finally have definitive cartoon versions of the main hero and villain from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Skeletor is sold out over at Mattycollector, so your best bet is to keep an eye on Amazon. Mattel just can’t seem to keep these figures in stock for any period of time. It’s impressive that eight years later the MOTUC line can still command five minute figure sell outs.