If you're excited by action figures that are incredibly realistic, and you were a fan of the live-action Masters of the Universe movie, then you're in luck. In March 2019, you can pre-order ultra-detailed figures depicting characters from the movie.
Masters of the Universe made its debut in 1987 and starred Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor. The toys depict several versions of Skeletor from the movie, as well as Karg (a character created specifically for the film) as well as He-Man.
"A battle fought in the stars... Now comes to Earth." Super7 is stoked to present MOTU fans with the William Stout Collection of 7" Masters of the Universe Classics Figures. Pre-order begins in March 2019. #newyorktoyfair #nytf #motu #mastersoftheuniverse pic.twitter.com/LudtB2GwfI— Super7 (@super7store) February 18, 2019
The critically-derided movie, which is now regarded as a cult classic, was based loosely on the animated television series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which aired daily from 1983-1984. How loosely based was it? Unlike the animated show, He-Man has no Prince Adam counterpart, and familiar light-hearted characters like Orko and Man-E-Faces were not in the film.
Without a doubt, the figures are well-crafted with stunning likenesses to the characters portrayed on screen, but was there really a demand for action figures from Masters of the Universe? The release of these figures could be due to the return of Dolph Lundgren to the big screen, who was featured prominently in 2018 as King Nereus in Aquaman as well as a return to the role that made him famous, Ivan Drago, in Creed II.
Toy manufacturer Super7 began as a magazine about vintage Japanese toys back in 2001. Eventually the magazine opened a bricks and mortar store in San Francisco in 2004 and six years later launched a line of retro action figures. Besides launching ReAction Figures for Masters of the Universe, Super7 also expanded to the original Planet of the Apes films as well as a partnership with Major League Baseball.
The tweet makes reference to William Stout. Stout was the production designer on the Masters of the Universe film. He also worked on such films as 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1982's Conan the Barbarian, 2006's Pan's Labyrinth and 2006's The Prestige.
The toys made an appearance at the 2019 American International Toy Fair, which was held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City from February 16-19, 2019.
Masters of the Universe was directed by Gary Goddard and starred Dolph Lundgren (He-Man), Frank Langella (Skeletor), Meg Foster (Evil-Lyn) Courteney Cox (Julie Winston) and Robert Duncan McNeill (Kevin Corrigan).