Over 30 years ago, Mattel forever changed the world of pop culture with the launch of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Since the initial launch in 1982, the franchise has spawned multiple lines of action figures, five animated television series, countless comic series, video games, a daily newspaper comic strip, and two feature films.
The main premise revolves around the conflict between the heroic He-Man and the evil sorcerer Skeletor on the planet Eternia. While everyone knows about the man with the power, how much do you know about the muscular blue humanoid? After debuting with the original toy line-up, Skeletor found even more fame in the animated cartoon series. Voiced by Alan Oppenheimer, this series followed his quest to conquer Castle Grayskull and obtain its ancient secrets. While such a feat would make him unstoppable and finally enable him to rule Eternia, his incompetent henchmen always lead to his demise.
Skeletor appeared in 71 of the 130 episodes of the 1980s He-Man cartoon before it was eventually cancelled. Following this cancellation, a mini-comic was issued that was seen as following the same continuity of the original cartoon. In this comic, it was alluded to that Skeletor is in fact Keldor, He-Man’s father King Randor’s long lost brother. Talk about a soap opera. In the new continuity of the 2002 animated series, Skeletor's original name was officially revealed to be Keldor, the half-brother of Randor. Skeletor made subsequent appearances in the 1987 film portrayed by Frank Langella, the animated New Adventures of He-Man, as well countless comics for DC.
Currently, a new live-action Masters of the Universe movie is in development with a release planned for 2019. As you wait for the film’s release, why not snag some choice Masters of the Universe collectibles from Hake’s Auctions. Auction #225 includes an AFA graded 85+ 5-1/2” tall action figure of Laser-Light Skeletor from Mattel's popular 1988 Master’s Of The Universe toyline. This European issued exclusive made in Italy comes complete with an encapsulated blister card.
Additional lots include a CAS-graded blister card containing a 5-1/2” tall action figure of Webstor, Evil Master Of Escape from Mattel’s 1983 toyline, as well as a blister card containing a 3-1/2” tall action figure of Orko, Heroic Court Magician from the 1984 toyline.
Not to mention separate lots of unpunched cards containing 5-1/2” tall He-Man and Skeletor figures, complete with Spanish mini comics and accessories from the Masters Del Universo Spanish He-Man toyline. Another fine Masters of the Universe collectible being offered is a factory sealed Spydor Evil Stalker vehicle. The motorized spider-like vehicle has spring loaded claws and room for a figure to ride on.
These are just two examples of fine collectibles currently being featured at Hake’s Auctions. Bidding is now open and closes on November 13-15, 2018. Head over to hakes.com to get started on bidding and browse through further selections.