Sunday, October 18, 2015

#601 HE-MAN - THUNDER PUNCH HE-MAN and BATTLE BLADE SKELETOR (Nr. 5586 and 5705) (1992)


The last versions of He-Man and Skeletor in the He-Man (Masters of the Universe New Adventures) toyline were "Thunder Punch" and "Battle Blade"... these would be the last versions of these characters for quite a long time until the re-activation of the line in 2000 (and on) with the MotU 200X.



They belong to the 4th wave from 1992, which was the last of this toyline. We have several times commented that last waves are usually more difficult to find because at the time sold in much lower numbers than the previous figures. In this case, the wave 4 comprised the following figures:
  • Thunder Punch He-Man (Nr. 5586)
  • Spin Fist Hydron (Nr. 5788)
  • Missile Armor Flipshot (Nr. 7769)
  • Battle Blade Skeletor (Nr. 5705)
  • Hook Em Flogg (Nr. 9309)
  • Too-Tall Hoove (Nr. 7013)
From all 6, the versions of He-Man and Skeletor are the easiest to find, the other 4 are really difficult, specially if complete with all accesories and in good shape.



The He-Man figure is not very interesting, it doesn´t have any special feature but the good-old waist-twist that also had the very first He-Man figure from the original toyline. The accesories are pretty much in the fashion of those early 90s with lots of neon yellow. I´d like to point out that the sword is very fragile and the handle is sometimes broken. The shield is also fragile because the handle is made of hard plastic and is also sometimes broken. The name of the figure comes from the carved accesory on the wrist of the right arm, which was also available as a role-play toy.


The Battle Blade Skeletor figure is much greater. It has an amazing design with a skull body and a great head sculpt including hair. The figure has an strange gesture with arms in different orientations and this results in a strange action feature. The figure came with a brown/occre shield that can be fit to the wrist by means of a peg (sometimes broken) and another unidentified accesory, probably some kind of axe of other weapon with a "blade" (otherwise... the name wouldn´t make any sense). A last and great feature is that the skull carved in the torso of the figure is fluorescent, glow-in-the-dark, painted.


FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: THUNDER PUNCH HE-MAN (Nr. 5586) and BATTLE BLADE SKELETOR (Nr. 5705)
  • Toy Line: He-Man (also New Adventures of He-Man) (Wave 4)
  • Year: 1992
  • Company: Mattel (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 14 cm

2 comments:

  1. Sin duda, al menos para mí, dos de las figuras más chulas de Las nuevas aventuras de He-Man. El detalle de Skeletor con ese pelo sintético me parece estupendo y la estética de He-Man resulta curiosa por el parecido que presenta con el He-Man vintage original.

    Un saludo.

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    1. Hey Pablo,
      Muchas gracias por el comentario. A mi también me parecen ds diseños excelentes, aunque Skeletor es un poco "heavy-metal", quizá demasiado recargado. Se nota perfectamente que son de principios de los 90, con la moda del amarillo fosforito.

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