Saturday, November 21, 2020

Review: Masters of the Universe Origins Beast Man

Beast Man is an anthropoid ape-like being who hails from the Vine Jungles of Eternia where he is the leader of a tribe of other beast men. Only known as Beast Man, his true name if he even has one, remains a mystery.

In addition to his savage strength, Beast Man is the able to summon various wild creatures and command them to do his bidding. Beast Man is of relatively low intellegence and unlike Skeletor's other minions, such as Mer-Man, is completely sub-serviant to Skeletor, remaining his closest and most loyal henchman.

Beast Man was one of the first eight characters to be created for the Masters of the Universe toy line by Mattel in the early 1980s, and one of the first four figures to be completed and released (the other three being He-Man, Man-At-Arms and Skeletor).

Beast Man's first appearance is in the mini-comic He-Man and the Power Sword where he is depicted with red skin covered enitirely in red fur. In his next outing in Vengenge of Skeletor, he has become orange with only his armor colored red, matching the action figure.

Masters of the Universe

  • MOTU is back for a whole new generation of fans!

  • Collection of 5.5-in action figures includes He-Man, Skeletor, Beast Man, Teela and lots more fan favorites for storytelling fun.

  • Figures are highly posable with 16 working joints.

  • Longtime fans will appreciate the retro-style packaging and the mini comic book that comes with each figure!

  • A great gift for adult collectors and kids age 6 and older.

On a recent trip to Wal-Mart I was able to net all the figures in wave one of Mattel's new Masters of the Universe Origins line of retro-figures. In this adventure we will be looking at Skeletor's Savage Henchman, Beast Man.

Beast Man comes on a retro designed blister card resembling the original red lava burst packaging from the original ’80s line.

The Masters of the Universe logo is at the top with Beast Man named below. The Beast Man action figure is displayed at the bottom in the blister.

The back of the card, at the top features some artwork of Beast Man, below that are some pictures which show off the action features of the figure along with the cross sell art of the other figures in the line.

Popping open the blister we have Beast Man with orange body and red fur armor harness. His arm armor and whip are in a baggie. The body is the same as He-Man and Skeletor.

The new figure is a shade brighter than the original vintage version while his accessories are a darker red. The new version also has toeless feet similar to original, but his head sculpt has a closed mouth instead of being open.

Articulation includes a ball jointed head, ball hinged shoulders, swivel-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, waist rotation, ball jointed hips, swivel-hinged knees, swivel calves, hinged and rocker ankles.

Now lets have a good look at him:

The figure also comes packaged with same mini-comic as other figures in the line.

And for a little treat, here is the whole mini-comic for you to download and read as a CBR file, just follow the link on the left.

CBR files hold comic book pages as images in a compressed archive format enabling them to be viewed, sequentially, from within a comic book reader program or app such as CDisplayEx.

What do you think of the new Masters of the Universe Origins line? What about Beast Man? Are you collecting the new Origins figures? What vintage line figure are you looking forward to? Please take a moment to comment below!

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  1. Beastman was a childhood fave, certainly! I love that mini-comic illustration you included with Beastman swingin' thru the jungle- burned into my childhood memory!

    1. I started collecting MOTU at the beginning way back in 1982, and I distinctly remember being a little let down when I finally got Beast Man and he didn't look like he did in the first Glute/Alcala mini-comic! They could have at least molded some toes on his feet! Lol!


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