It’s been a long time since I wanted to write this article, but normally, I take the pictures first, and then I write the text. I wanted to take good pictures, so it all delayed a little bit. This article deals with two figures of the 4th MOTU wave: Dragon Blaster Skeletor and Roboto, for me, the best two figures released that year. I made this diorama in the forest, hope you like the pictures!
The first one is the third incarnation of Skeletor, which came with the dragon backpack. This figure is relatively difficult to find complete, because it came with a chain and two small green plastic parts. The dragon is chained to the backpack and fixed to Skeletor’s wrist. The other extreme of the chain is secured with a lock (very often missing). This whole backpack is what’s new in this figure, because the figure is identical to the original, 1982 figure. It also came with the classic purple sword, as the previous two versions of the character.
The backpack is quite big, because it is a water tank. The head of the dragon can be removed to fill that tank, and then, it “spits” the water by pressing the head down. This mechanism was also used in Kobra Khan one wave earlier.
The second figure is a robot with a transparent plastic chest that reveals the inner mechanism; that’s a few catherine wheels, cranks and the heart that beats up and down. This figure share a bit of the concept behind Trap-Jaw, as it also moves the jaws up and down, and has 3 interchangeable hand parts. These three parts: claw, axe and gun, are the only accessories that came with the figure.
These figure was considered by many to be a variant named “pink boots Roboto”, but it was found that the pink colour was really some kind of oxidation of the metallic silver paint. I took all the pictures with the pink boots, but I later cleaned them with a bit of alcohol and cotton. As you can see in the picture, the “pink” goes revealing the silver paint. It’s not that easy, but with a bit of patience, the figure looks as if it was just taken of the package. It seems that only some figures have this problem, I own a second Roboto since I was a kid, and it always kept its silver boots.
FACTS and FIGURES:
- Name: DRAGON BLASTER SKELETOR (Ref. 9017) and ROBOTO (ref. 9041)
- Toy Line: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Wave 4)
- Year: 1985
- Company: Mattel (U.S.A.)
- Size of the figures: Around 10 cm