The 6 Best (and 6 Worst) Filmation-Only He-Man Characters

By Jason F.C. Clarke in Daily Lists, Toys
Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 8:04 am
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Mattel's nostalgia-drenched Masters of the Universe Classics (MOTUC) is one of the hottest action figure lines of the moment. But for the first three years of the line, Mattel did not have access to some of the best-known or popular MOTU characters. However, as it turns out, the deal Mattel worked out with Filmation, the company that produced the 1980s cartoons He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra, Princess of Power, gave Filmation full rights to any character they created for either series. The only Filmation-created characters Mattel can produce for their Classics line are characters they made toys of in the 1980s or who appeared in the revamped 2003 cartoon.

However, that all changed at this year's SDCC, when Mattel announced it had scored a deal with Classic Media (current holder of the MOTU cartoon rights) to produce Filmation-based figures. Here are six Filmation-only characters we most want to see in Masters of the Universe Classics and six we're... not so excited about, as well as the odds of getting them as MOTUC figures. Please note: all odds are pulled entirely out of thin air, or, if you prefer, our ass. And before you ask, Loo-Kee -- the little rainbow dude who his in every episode of She-Ra -- actually had a figure in the '80s. Yes, really.

THE BEST:

6) Octavia
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The designs for the female heroes of She-Ra, Princess of Power weren't particularly interesting -- butterfly wings and mermaid tails are as wild as it gets. But the female villains get a bit more variety. We'll discuss Scorpia momentarily, but first, let's talk about Octavia.

Though she only appeared in two episodes, Octavia was a memorable villain because she was more than just an ugly face: she was an octopus/fish-woman with fins for ears and four tentacles protruding from her back. A Horde commander in the Sea-Port of Sigh, Octavia easily overpowers She-Ra in their first confrontation, draining the heroine's life force with her tentacles (much like another Horde member, Leech). She even wielded four swords, one on each tentacle, and seems to keep an endless supply of weapons behind her back. Odds of getting a MOTUC figure: 1-40

5) Skeletor's Robot Knights
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Before sending in the real troops, Skeletor would usually deploy these hovering robots. They generally managed to slow He-Man down for an average time of 0.68 seconds. Their frequent appearances, small size and popularity make them an excellent candidate for an "army builder" set. Odds: 1-30

4) Lizard Man
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Lizard Man appeared in only two episodes of the cartoon series, but that puts him two episodes ahead of some characters who had toys but no cartoon appearances (such as Scare-Glow and Extendar) because the show had been canceled by the time they were released.

In both cartoon appearances, Lizard Man's role is relatively minor, yet his diminutive size and acrobatic skills made him something of a fan-favorite. Why didn't he ever get a figure? Chances are, that small size and unique body shape would have been difficult to turn into a toy in the early days of MOTU, when every action figure had to be mixed and matched from the same four or five body types. In fact, this same problem is the reason Lizard Man is the least likely of these five figures to be made, as he would require a significant number of newly-sculpted parts. Odds: 1-20

3) Sea Hawk
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While fans with little knowledge of POP might be forgiven for thinking Bow was She-Ra's primarily love interest, her true love was the dashing pirate Sea Hawk, captain of the airship The Solar Sailor. Given that MOTU and POP often borrowed liberally from Star Wars, it's perhaps not surprising that Sea Hawk's story is very similar to that of Han Solo: he starts out as a shady smuggler for the Horde, interested only in money, until a chance encounter with Adora shows him the error of his ways and leads him to join the Great Rebellion.

With his ginger beard, bad-boy attitude, Rambo-esque headband, and purple ascot that said "I don't give a shit what you think," Sea Hawk was a welcome presence among the often syrupy sweetness of the Great Rebellion. Even Adora wasn't immune to his charms. Sorry, Bow -- nice guys who wear hearts on their chest finish last. Odds: 1-10

2) Scorpia
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Scorpia was another monstrous woman, having insectile pincers for hands and a scorpion's tail. She appeared in fifteen of POP's first sixty-five episodes, making her a semi-regular character and cementing her existence in the memories of young viewers. Her design begged for an action figure but Mattel never made one, with gender bias being the most likely cause -- the toymakers probably thought her monstrous look wouldn't appeal to girls, while boys wouldn't buy a female action figure (Teela and the Sorceress aside, apparently). Odds: 1-5

1) Shadow Weaver
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Shadow Weaver was the easy choice for the #1 most-wanted Filmation figure, as fans have been clamoring for this POP regular for decades. She's also the only member of this list who's already had a figure announced for MOTUC (along with the Star Sisters).

The mysterious Shadow Weaver was Hordak's right-hand woman, a master of the mystic arts whose power sometimes rivaled that of her boss. As ambitious as she was powerful, Shadow Weaver betrayed Hordak on at least one occasion, working with Skeletor to overthrow her leader -- only to turn around and betray Skeletor when Hordak found out. Odds: 1-1 She's actually on her way as part of the 2012 MOTUC subscription.

The Lamest Filmation He-Man characters begin on the next page.

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