Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Masterverse line gets some new additions in this wave, including He-Man and Skeletor and these are offered as deluxe figures and inspired from their 1987 movie appearances. Both figures are available now, and the is also the first-time this version of Skeletor has been released to mass market, not including his Masters of the Universe Classics release, which was online only.
Thank you to Entertainment Earth for sending Masters of the Universe Masterverse Movie He-Man Figure for review.
Availability: March 2023
He-Man comes packaged on a window box, with nicely done artwork, including an image of him on the side, as well as on the back and a description.
He-Man features the likeness of actor Dolph Lundgren and makes a debut at mass market with this release. With a new film coming out next year, there’s been some renewed interest in the original film, and it’s long overdue to get some figures from this film. While the film is not my particular cup of tea, there’s no denying the designs and characters have become fan-favorites. He-Man is given the movie treatment in Masterverse, and comes in his gold shoulder armor with a brown harness and straps around his chest and waist. The armor includes sculpted patterns and details that various from the shoulders, chest, belt buckle and boots. He also includes a burgundy belt with sculpted textures to that and the loincloth, and the belt includes holsters for the knife and blaster on the sides. The left boot also has a holster for the smaller knife, and on the back there’s a holster on the top and bottom for the sword. His cape is made of soft goods, and there’s a gold pattern on the back bottom of it.
He-Man includes an interchangeable head sculpt, two sets of interchangeable hands (2x open grip, chop and closed fisted), 2 knives, a sword and a blaster.
His articulation includes a ball jointed head, ball hinged shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ball jointed torso, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, swivel boots, hinged and rocker ankles.
Comparing him to what’s come before in the Masterverse line, including the 1987 Skeletor movie figure also available. Also shown is Viking He-Man and the first He-Man figure, as well as his Masters of the Universe Classics counterpart. As you can see, the likeness isn’t what you got with MOTU Classics, and there are some other differences inc the armor, cape and especially the head sculpt. However, this release does have its positives even though the head sculpt doesn’t give you that likeness you’re looking for, including great detail on the armor, harness, straps, boots and cape.
Overall, He-Man is nice looking figure and one you should grab even if you already have the MOTU Classics release. It’s a great companion piece to Skeletor, and a He-Man variation you don’t see too often. You can grab him now at the link below.