Collectors of Mattel's line of Masters of the Universe toys will be beaming with geek joy with this nostalgic mashup of faux fantasy action figures and classic Universal movie monsters.
Encased in fictitious blister packs and emblazoned with humorous retro marketing touches and colors, these Monsters of the Universe hybrid toys need to manifest themselves in the real world pronto! Mattel originally released its first roster of 5 1/2" action figures in 1982, introducing kids to Skeletor, He-Man, Teela, Stratos, Man-At-Arms, Tri-Klops, and Zodac. In doing so, they ignited a worldwide marketing inferno that would include Masters of the Universe comics, playsets, animated series, clothing, and a 1987 feature film.
Artist and TV animation character designer Phil Postma (who also created the image above) explained how this flashback project came about:
"If you love classic monsters and barbarians, this is for you! Merged two of my favorite things (Classic Monsters and Masters of the Universe) together and came up with this, 'Monsters of the Universe' action figures. Ya, I know they are not really action figures but they are the best I can do with the resources at hand."
In the gallery below, celebrate the 35th anniversary of the MOTU toy line with this childhood homage to old-fashioned Hollywood monsters married with old-school action figures, then tell us if you'd buy this sweet set in seconds.
(via Bloody Disgusting)