MOTU Wave 2 – 1983

Masters of the Universe Wave 2 – 1983


The second wave of Masters of the Universe featured six new figures in 1983. In addition, we also got two more vehicles and three new creatures with Screeech, Zoar and Panthor. The success of the mini-comics, as well as the DC Comics version led to the biggest Masters of the Universe promotion of all…..the animated series. The Filmation company quickly signed the Mattel brand for production, and the first episode aired on September 5, 1983.

For more information about Mattel’s Masters of the Universe line from 1983, see bottom of the page for a complete summary.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 2 (1983): Figures

The second wave of figures for the Masters of the Universe line contained 6 figures in total. There were 2 good guys, and 4 bad guys. I guess Mattel was trying to even the odds a little.

Evil-Lyn

Market Value:
Carded $225 – $350
Loose $60 – $100

Evil-Lyn: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Staff, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Evil-Lyn would go on to become Skeletor’s new right hand woman. She would feature prominently in the animated series. Like the other figures, Evil-Lyn had a special feature that allowed you to twist her waist and watch her throw a Power Punch.

Faker

Market Value:
Carded $550 – $750
Loose $100 – $150

Faker: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Sword, Chest Armor, Mech-Tech Sticker, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Faker was the blue faced evil version of He-Man. Two different versions of Faker’s head sculpt exists with one being made of hard plastic and the other being soft plastic. Like the other figures, Faker had a special feature that allowed you to twist his waist and watch him throw a Power Punch.

Man-E-Faces

Market Value:
Carded $275 – $425
Loose $40 – $75

Man-E-Faces: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Laser Pistol, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Man-E-Faces was an actor, believe it or not, who assisted He-Man in fighting the forces of evil. He had three different faces, that of a human, monster or robot, depending on how his head dial was turned. Like the other figures in this line, Man-E-Faces had a special feature that allowed you to twist his waist and watch him throw a Power Punch.

Ram Man

Market Value:
Carded $250 – $400
Loose $40 – $75

Ram Man: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Axe, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Ram Man was one of He-Man’s closest allies in the fight against the Evil Warriors. Ram Man didn’t have the traditional power punch feature, but he did have a fun feature that would allow you push down on his legs and then release him to ram things with a lever on his back.

Trap Jaw

Market Value:
Carded $275 – $425
Loose $40 – $75

Trap Jaw: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Hook Arm, Rifle Arm, Claw Arm, Belt, Min-Comic
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Trap Jaw was one of Skeletor’s thugs that was used to fight the forces of good. He had thee different arm variations that could be changed out for one another. He was also said to have a “Steel Jaw”. Trap Jaw also had a special feature that allowed you to twist his waist and watch him throw a Power Punch.

Tri-Klops

Market Value:
Carded $275 – $425
Loose $40 – $75

Tri-Klops: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Warrior’s Ring, Armor, Long Sword, Min-Comic
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Tri-Klops featured a rotating head that featured different eyes, Red, Blue or Evil. Like the other figures in this line, Tri-Klops had a special feature that allowed you to twist his waist and watch him throw a Power Punch. There are no major variations to Tri-Klops during his toy run.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 2 (1983): Exclusive Figures

Mattel had released the Wun-Dar figure through Wonder Bread the year before, but did not release any new exclusives in 1983.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 2 (1983): Accessories

Mattel released two different colored Collector Cases as part of the MOTU line in 1983, with each having their own unique artwork.

Collector Case (Red)

Market Value:
With Packaging
$90 – $125
Loose $25 – $45

Collector Case: Red
Accessories: Figure Trays, Sticker Sheet
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Moderately easy to find loose but tough to find with packaging
Notes: The red collector case, released in 1983, contained two trays that could hold up to eight figures and their accessories. The artwork depicted He-Man battling Skeletor and his evil forces.

Jumbo Collector Case (Yellow)

Market Value:
With Packaging $100 – $150
Loose $40 – $55

Jumbo Collector Case: Yellow
Accessories: Figure Trays, Sticker Sheet
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Moderately easy to find loose but tough to find with packaging
Notes: The yellow jumbo collector case contained four trays and was twice the size of the regular case. It could hold up to 20 figures and their accessories. The cover artwork depicted He-Man battling Beast Man.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 2 (1983): Creatures

We got three amazing looking creatures released in 1983, with two cool looking giant birds, and Skeletor finally got a ride.

Screeech: Barbarian Bird

Market Value:
Boxed $100 – $150
Loose $35 – $50

Screeech: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Armor, Perch, Bomb Pack
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Screeech (with 3 e’s) was the evil version of Zoar and was used by Skeletor to swoop into battle against the Heroic Warriors. Screeech’s wings could actually flap up and down by pushing the trigger button.

Zoar: Fighting Falcon

Market Value:
Boxed $200 – $250
Loose $45 – $60

Zoar: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Battle Armor, Falcon Stand, Bomb Pack
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Zoar was originally one of He-Man’s allies that would assist him in battle, but the story was altered when the cartoon was released in 1983. Zoar’s wings could actually flap up and down by pushing the trigger button.

Panthor

Market Value:
Boxed $350 – $500
Loose $100 – $150

Panthor: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Armor, Saddle
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Just like He-Man had Battle Cat, Skeletor needed a cool beast to ride around on as well, so he got Panthor. This was a very cool looking creature due to its “real” flocked hair feel. It also had a great sculpt to make for a nice addition to the MOTU line.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 2 (1983): Playsets

Mattel did not issue any large scale playsets for wave two in 1983.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 2 (1983): Vehicles

Mattel released two more vehicles as part of their second wave in 1983.

Attack Trak

Market Value:
Boxed $150 – $225
Loose $30 – $50

Attack Trak: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Movable Laser Guns, Rubber Tracks
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: The Attack Trak had a neat feature that allowed it to bump into objects and then flip around to go in another direction. It ran on “C” batteries, which did not come with the vehicle. There were no major variations to the Attack Trak during its toy run.

Point Dread and Talon Fighter

Market Value:
Boxed $250 – $350
Loose $50 – $90

Point Dread and Talon Fighter: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Tower Base, Parapet, Perch, Cardboard Inserts, Book & Record
Years Released: 1983, 1984
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: The Point Dread and Talon Fighter was a bit of a vehicle and playset combo, but I list it as a vehicle due to the tower base not having much playability. The tower base would fit onto the Castle Grayskull playset and act as a perch for the Talon Fighter vehicle to land. The set comes with a record and comic.

After its initial release the year before, the Masters of the Universe line turned out to be a huge success for Mattel. It appeared that in this age of professional wrestling and big time action movies, kids really embraced the muscular body sculpts and other worldly story lines that MOTU offered. Also, the 5.5 inch tall action figure design that Mattel gambled on turned out to be a huge hit as well. The mini-comics that were included with the figures and sets were becoming as coveted as the figures themselves, because of the detailed back story on each character and we got to see them in action. The success of the mini-comics, as well as the DC Comics version led to the biggest MOTU promotion of all…..the animated series. The Filmation company quickly signed the Mattel brand for production, and the first episode aired on September 5, 1983. The show ran for 130 episodes until 1985, and promoted the characters of the Masters of the Universe world in a way the comics could never do. The animated series ushered in an unprecedented wave of popularity for He-Man, Skeletor and all their friends.

For the second wave of the MOTU line, we got six more new figures in 1983, which would all go on to become huge parts of the Masters of the Universe world. The Heroic Warriors got two additions with Man-E-Faces and Ram Man. For the Evil Warriors, we got Evil-Lyn, Faker, Trap Jaw and Tri-Klops to join Skeletor. In addition to some fantastic figures, we also got two more vehicles for the Heroic Warriors, with the Attack Trak and Point Dread and Talon Fighter set. Apparently the bad guys had not earned any vehicles at this point in time. Mattel also released 3 new creatures with Screeech, Zoar and Panthor.

The packaging for the second wave of the Masters of the Universe line remained virtually identical to the first wave issued the year before. The Masters of the Universe logo sat at the top of the card, just above a red rock explosion that seemed to jump out at you, along with the name of the character above the bubble. Overall, the MOTU packaging was attractive, which helped make the line even more iconic.

Wave 2 Card Back

Mini Comic Book

Mini Comic Book

12 Back Card