MOTU Wave 6 – 1987

Masters of the Universe Wave 6 – 1987


The Masters of the Universe line came to an unofficial end in 1987, due to declining sales and increased competition. The sixth wave gave us 13 new figures, several accessories and a line of creatures. Mattel also released a new transformer-type series of Meteorbs and the spinning Energy Zoids. A new “Powers of Grayskull” line was in the works for 1988 and beyond, but never materialized due to fading interest. Three dinosaur creatures and two giants were actually produced for the new Powers of Grayskull line, but released with this wave, since the new series never got off the ground.

For more information about Mattel’s Masters of the Universe line from 1987, see bottom of the page for a complete summary.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 6 (1987): Figures

The sixth wave of figures for the Masters of the Universe line contained 13 brand new figures, which included a new version of Hordak but surprisingly none of He-Man or Skeletor. We also finally got figures of long time main characters, King Randor and the Sorceress.

Blade

Market Value:
Carded $225 – $300
Loose $40 – $75

Blade: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Swords, Waist Cloth, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Blade was one of three figures released from the MOTU motion picture. Blade had the standard power punch feature and a sword slashing move.

Blast Attack

Market Value:
Carded $225 – $300
Loose $40 – $75

Blast Attack: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Ax, Trigger Cord, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Blast Attack was another soldier for Skeletor’s army. His action feature was that he would explode apart when the trigger cord was used (not sure how that would help in battle).

Buzz-Saw Hordak

Market Value:
Carded $400 – $550
Loose $90 – $120

Buzz-Saw Hordak: Evil Horde
Accessories: Buzz-Saw, Crossbow, Cape, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: Hordak gets his 3rd different version with this figure. The main action feature is that his Buzz-Saw would spin when the trigger button was activated.

Clamp Champ

Market Value:
Carded $275 – $350
Loose $80 – $110

Clamp Champ: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Clamp, Chest Armor, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: He-Man gets another ally with Clamp Champ. His special feature was that his cyber clamp would grab other figures with the waist twist motion.

Gwildor

Market Value:
Carded $175 – $250
Loose $40 – $75

Gwildor: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Cosmic Key, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Gwildor was one of three figures released from the MOTU motion picture. He didn’t really have any special features or moves, other than just being the lovable alien creature from the movie that replaced Orko.

King Randor

Market Value:
Carded $450 – $600
Loose $120 – $170

King Randor: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Staff, Cape, Crown, Chest Armor, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: King Randor was Prince Adam’s father and ruler of Eternia. His special feature was the standard power punch when his waist was twisted. This was a great character for all those fantastic playsets, it’s just a shame it took so long to finally be released.

Mosquitor

Market Value:
Carded $400 – $500
Loose $90 – $120

Mosquitor: Evil Horde
Accessories: Laser, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: This guy was…..interesting looking. Mosquitor was another one the Evil Horde’s foot soldiers. A button on his back would allow you to see “blood” run through his chest, how cool is that!

Ninjor

Market Value:
Carded $500 – $650
Loose $120 – $170

Ninjor: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Sword, Nun-Chucks, Bow, Mask, Shirt, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: One thing Eternia needed was a ninja, so here you go. Ninjor came with a lot of cool accessories. His special feature was his karate chop was activate when you twist his waist.

Saurod

Market Value:
Carded $300 – $400
Loose $75 – $100

Saurod: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Laser Pistol , Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: Saurod was one of three figures released from the MOTU motion picture. Saurod would shoot sparks out of his mouth when the button was activated on his back. He is the toughest of the 3 movie figures to find.

Scare Glow

Market Value:
Carded $1,200 – $1,700
Loose $300 – $500

Scare Glow: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Cape, Halberd, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: This item is rare and will cost you
Notes: This was a cool looking character for anyone who loves Halloween. A classic skeleton design that would glow in the dark, of course. Scare Glow had the standard power punch feature. This figure remains among the toughest to find for MOTU collectors.

Snake Face

Market Value:
Carded $325 – $425
Loose $80 – $110

Snake Face: Snake Men
Accessories: Shield, Staff, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: Snake Face was another of King Hiss’ evil Snake Men. He had the nifty feature of showing hidden snakes on his body when the activation button was pushed on his back.

Sorceress

Market Value:
Carded $400 – $550
Loose $120 – $170

Sorceress: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Staff, Wings, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: It’s about time! Mattel finally gives us a figure for one of the main characters from the MOTU world. The Sorceress’ wings would expand and contract when activated. This was a great figure, and and can be tough to track down in the package.

Sssqueeze

Market Value:
Carded $275 – $350
Loose $50 – $85

Sssqueeze: Snake Men
Accessories: Snake Weapon, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: That is not a misss-spelling, Sssqueeze had super long arms that could grab several other figures at once. He also featured the standard power punch action when you twist his waist.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 6 (1987): Energy Zoids

The Energy Zoids were among the last new products released for the MOTU line in 1987. They were basically glorified top spinners.

Rotar

Market Value:
Carded $400 – $500
Loose $110 – $160

Rotar: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Battle Axe, Stand, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: Twistoid and Rotar were among the last new releases for the MOTU line in 1987 as they neared the end. Rotar’s special feature was that he would spin….what else did you expect? These figures were not released in great quantity, so they can be hard to find on the secondary market.

Twistoid

Market Value:
Carded $750 – $850
Loose $200 – $250

Twistoid: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Scythe, Stand, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: Twistoid and Rotar were among the last new releases for the MOTU line in 1987 as they neared the end. Twistoid’s special feature was that he would spin….what else did you expect? These figures were not released in great quantity, so they can be hard to find on the secondary market.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 6 (1987): Accessories

Mattel released four new accessories for the final 6th wave of the MOTU line in 1987, and all four can be difficult to find on the secondary market due to the low production numbers.

Beam Blaster and Artilleray

Market Value:
Boxed $200 – $300
Loose $40 – $75

Beam Blaster and Artilleray: Neutral
Accessories: Battle Pack, Launcher, Stickers
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: The Beam Blaster and Artilleray was basically a catapult launcher that would activate when you shined an infra-red light into the activator slot on the actual launcher, which is spring loaded.

Cliff Climber

Market Value:
Boxed $200 – $300
Loose $40 – $75

Cliff Climber: Neutral
Accessories: Power Pack, String, Drill
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: Cliff Climber was a motorized accessory that operated from a power pack. The set allowed a figure to pull itself up with a string when the power pack was activated, which didn’t really work too well…..trust me.

Scuba Attack

Market Value:
Boxed $200 – $300
Loose $40 – $75

Scuba Attack: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Power Pack, Hydro-Peller, Tanks, Cannon, Fins
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: Scuba Attack was a motorized accessory that operated from a power pack. The set was meant to go underwater and would send the figure swimming when the power pack was activated.

Tower Tools

Market Value:
Boxed $200 – $300
Loose $40 – $75

Tower Tools: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Backpack, Saw-Blade, Foot Anchors, Clip, Cannon
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: Tower Tools was a motorized accessory that operated from a power pack. The set allowed a figure to climb up very small walls when the power pack was activated and came with some great looking weapons too.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 6 (1987): Creatures

Three dinosaur like creature figures were released for the 1987 wave that were originally going to be a part of the brand new “Powers of Grayskull” MOTU series to be released the following year, but the line never happened. The two giant figures, Tytus and Megator, were also to be part of that line, but were only released in foreign markets and never made it to North America.

Bionatops

Market Value:
Boxed $550 – $700
Loose $140 – $190

Market Value:
Boxed $450 – $600
Loose $140 – $190

Bionatops: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Horn Laser, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: This item is rare and difficult to find
Notes: The Bionatops was originally supposed to be released with the brand new Powers of Grayskull line in 1988, but the line never happened, so it was released among the last of the MOTU items in late 1987. Because of this, there are 2 types of packaging, one with the standard MOTU packaging and one with the new Power of Grayskull packaging. Ironically, the standard MOTU packaging were the foreign releases, while the Power of Grayskull packaging was released in North American markets.

Turbodactyl

Market Value:
Boxed $550 – $700
Loose $140 – $190

Market Value:
Boxed $450 – $600
Loose $140 – $190

Turbodactyl: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Removable Wings, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: This item is rare and difficult to find
Notes: The Turbodactyl was originally supposed to be released with the brand new Powers of Grayskull line in 1988, but the line never happened, so it was released among the last of the MOTU items in late 1987. Because of this, there are 2 types of packaging, one with the standard MOTU packaging and one with the new Power of Grayskull packaging. Ironically, the standard MOTU packaging were the foreign releases, while the Power of Grayskull packaging was released in North American markets.

Tyrantisaurus Rex

Market Value:
Boxed $700 – $850
Loose $170 – $220

Market Value:
Boxed $600 – $750
Loose $170 – $220

Tyrantisaurus Rex: Snake Men
Accessories: Dyna-Drone Blade, Laser Cannon, Comic
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: This item is rare and difficult to find
Notes: The Tyrantisaurus Rex was originally supposed to be released with the brand new Powers of Grayskull line in 1988, but the line never happened, so it was released among the last of the MOTU items in late 1987. Because of this, there are 2 types of packaging, one with the standard MOTU packaging and one with the new Power of Grayskull packaging. Ironically, the standard MOTU packaging were the foreign releases, while the Power of Grayskull packaging was released in North American markets.

Megator

Market Value:
Boxed $7,500 – $10,000
Loose $2,000 – $2,500

Megator: Evil Warriors
Accessories: Ball and Chain, Chest Armor
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: This item is rare and incredibly difficult to find
Notes: Megator the Evil Giant was originally supposed to be released with the brand new Powers of Grayskull line in 1988, but the line never happened, so it was released among the last of the MOTU items in Italy only. This alone makes it incredibly hard to find and very rare. All packaging for Megator was with the original MOTU graphics and not the new Powers of Grayskull. Finding one in the package is kind of like spotting a Unicorn.

Tytus

Market Value:
Boxed $7,500 – $10,000
Loose $2,000 – $2,500

Tytus: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: Body Snatcher Weapon, Battle Armor, Helmet
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: This item is rare and incredibly difficult to find
Notes: Tytus the Heroic Giant was originally supposed to be released with the brand new Powers of Grayskull line in 1988, but the line never happened, so it was released among the last of the MOTU items in Italy only. This alone makes it incredibly hard to find and very rare. All packaging for Tytus was with the original MOTU graphics and not the new Powers of Grayskull. Finding one in the package is kind of like spotting a Leprechaun.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 6 (1987): Meteorbs

Mattel created a new series of mini-creatures for the 6th wave called Meteorbs. These small figures was an attempt to capitalize on the Transformer craze by having small animals change into round meteors.

Astrolion

Market Value:
Carded $100 – $150
Loose $30 – $50

Astrolion: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Meteorb series featured a series of animals would change back and fourth from Meteors. This one would turn into a Lion.

Comet Cat

Market Value:
Carded $375 – $450
Loose $60 – $90

Comet cat: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Meteorb series featured a series of animals would change back and fourth from Meteors. This one would turn into a Cat. Comet Cat is the toughest to find of all the Meteorbs due to low production numbers.

Cometroid

Market Value:
Carded $100 – $150
Loose $30 – $50

Cometroid: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Meteorb series featured a series of animals would change back and fourth from Meteors. This one would turn into a robot and not an animal.

Crocobite

Market Value:
Carded $100 – $150
Loose $30 – $50

Crocobite: Evil Warriors
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: The Meteorb series featured a series of animals would change back and fourth from Meteors. This one would turn into a Crocodile.

Dinosorb

Market Value:
Carded $100 – $150
Loose $30 – $50

Dinosorb: Evil Warriors
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: The Meteorb series featured a series of animals would change back and fourth from Meteors. This one would turn into a Dinosaur.

Gore-illa

Market Value:
Carded $100 – $150
Loose $30 – $50

Gore-illa: Evil Warriors
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: The Meteorb series featured a series of animals would change back and fourth from Meteors. This one would turn into a Gorilla.

Orbear

Market Value:
Carded $100 – $150
Loose $30 – $50

Orbear: Evil Warriors
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market
Notes: The Meteorb series featured a series of animals would change back and fourth from Meteors. This one would turn into a Bear.

Rhinorb

Market Value:
Carded $100 – $150
Loose $30 – $50

Rhinorb: Evil Warriors
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Meteorb series featured a series of animals would change back and fourth from Meteors. This one would turn into a Rhinoceros.

Tuskor

Market Value:
Carded $100 – $150
Loose $30 – $50

Tuskor: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Meteorb series featured a series of animals would change back and fourth from Meteors. This one would turn into a Elephant.

Ty-Grrr

Market Value:
Carded $100 – $150
Loose $30 – $50

Ty-Grr: Heroic Warriors
Accessories: None
Years Released: 1987
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on secondary market
Notes: The Meteorb series featured a series of animals would change back and fourth from Meteors. This one would turn into a Tiger.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 6 (1987): Playsets

After already releasing some truly iconic playsets during its toy run, the MOTU saw no large-scale playsets for their final Wave in 1987.

Masters of the Universe – Wave 6 (1987): Vehicles

Like the playsets above, we had seen some truly amazing vehicles released throughout the MOTU run, but Mattel did not release any vehicles for their final wave in 1987.

If 1986 was the beginning of the end for the MOTU line, then 1987 would be considered the end of the end. Sales for the MOTU toy line had been in steady decline ever since the animated MOTU went off the air, and stopped producing new episodes. Promoting the toy line was proving to be more challenging than Mattel ever thought it would be. To make matters worse, Marvel Comics had stopped producing its MOTU comic as well, so for the first time, the line was left without a mass media outlet to promote and highlight their characters. To even further complicate matters, Hasbro was dominating the toy world with their GI Joe and Transformer toy lines, and Kenner’s new Real Ghostbusters line was also doing extremely well. With decreasing sales and public interest at an all-time low, Mattel pulled the plug on the MOTU toy line towards the end of 1987, but still managed to release some quality products before they closed up shop. A new “Powers of Grayskull” line was in the works for 1988 and beyond, but it never materialized due to fading interest in the brand. Some products from the “Powers of Grayskull” line still made it out to the public in remote and foreign markets, making them very rare to say the least. Since this was the last year that Mattel released Masters of the Universe toys in North America, they decided to go out with a bang, and we got some great new figures and accessories in 1987.

The sixth, and last large scale, wave of the MOTU line, gave us 13 brand new figures in 1987, including some truly iconic characters that we had never seen before. Mattel also released 3 new figures based on the new live action Masters of the Universe movie, starring Dolph Lundgren. The Heroic Warriors got four new additions with Clamp Champ, King Randor, Sorceress and Gwildor from the MOTU move. King Randor and Sorceress had been long time characters in the MOTU world but never had been made into figure form until now. The Evil Warriors got Blast Attack, Ninjor, Scare Glow, along with Saurod and Blade from the MOTU movie. The Evil Horde continued to build their team with Mosquitor and a new Buzz-Saw version of Hordak. The Snake Men got Snake Face and Sssqueeze. Mattel did not produce any vehicles or playsets for this last line of MOTU but did give us a new transformer-like series of Meteorbs to go along with the spinning Energy Zoids. Three dinosaur creatures and two giants were produced for the new Powers of Grayskull line, but were released with this wave, since that new line never got off the ground.

Once again, the packaging for the newest wave of the Masters of the Universe line remained virtually identical to the previous waves of the years 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. The exceptions were the Evil Horde and Snake Men. Their respective logos were placed on the card between the MOTU logo and the character’s name.

Wave 6 Card Back

Mini Comic Book

Mini Comic Book

Wave 6 Card Back