Tuesday, March 3, 2015

#519 MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE - MODULOK and MULTI-BOT (1985 and 1986)



In a way, we could say these are the strangest figures in the whole MOTU toyline. They also have warriors that transform in stones or animals that hide inside an egg (well it is a meteorite), but these two figures are completely different from the rest.

Each wave the designers from Mattel introduced some new casts, or some new movements, but this time, they decided to introduce a "shape your own figure" figure.

In 1985 they made a first attempt with Modulok, a red skinny guy with two pairs of arms, three pairs of legs, two heads, and other body parts. Since it was something very different, many people bought it, and it was really fun to play with it.


One year later, in 1986, Mattel released a second figure using the same concept. This time it was a robot, and had some corrections regarding Modulok, for example, there were two torsos included, so you could make two "human" figures with the pieces, or the figure was not so skinny and legs and arms look more robust, as if the character was stronger.


The figures can be combined to form an even bigger robot, called Megabeast. With so many pieces, there are more chances to build really weird characters.

I include here a pic of the instructions to Modulok (German/Italian and English/French), which also depicts a few nice examples of rare creatures. Also interesting is the cardback illustration, which shows the buyer how to "play" with the figure.






FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: MODULOK (Ref. 9174) and MULTI-BOT (Ref. 2312)
  • Toy Line: Masters of the Universe (Wave 4 and 5)
  • Year: 1985 and 1986
  • Company: Mattel (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 5½’’ or 14 cm

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