Crita 2016 MOTU Classics Figure
Crita action figure from the Masters of the Universe Classics line.
For years, Crita served as the audiovisual communications specialist aboard Flogg’s Mothership. Her purplish coloration and claw-like fingernails were the only visible features that marked her as a Mutant. Although Crita was quite vain, she was a highly trained combatant and the most intelligent of the Mutants. A creature of coldblooded ambition, Crita was drawn to the power Skeletor represented. Noting this, he sent Crita to advise and train the cruel Gleanons. Under her tutelage, the Gleanons became a vicious army, although they were eventually defeated by Mara and her Myte soldiers. After the battle, Crita escaped into space via an emergency shuttle pod. Years later, shortly after the Third Ultimate Battleground, Crita landed on Eternia and encountered Evil-Lyn and Skeleteen. Impressed by their military forces, Crita earned Skeleteen’s trust by regaling him with tales of his father. She was quickly named Skeleteen’s special adviser and bodyguard. This arrangement was short-lived, however, for Evil-Lyn mistrusted Crita and soon confronted her. Crita’s current whereabouts remain unknown, though Icarius swears he saw a mysterious statue of her during a mission into the depths of Snake Mountain.
The Masters of the Universe Classics line, launched in 2008, is a new line of action figures based on the classic characters from all aspects of the Masters of the Universe franchise. Available solely from Mattel’s website and aimed purely at collectors, the line also includes biographical descriptions of the characters designed to tie the diverging aspects of the mythos together.
Based on the look of the original 1980s MOTU toys, this new toy line was aimed primarily at the adult toy collector market, often available only through subscriptions (from MattyCollector). Sculpted by the Four Horsemen, these toys were updated versions of previous figures as well as characters that never before had an action figure made of them; such as Filmation’s Queen Marlena, Fang-Man, Lizard-Man, Count Marzo, Granamyr, and many others. The toy line featured many redesigned and updated action figures from the original action-figure line from the 1980s, but it also included characters from She-Ra: Princess of Power (Adora, Madame Razz, Scorpia, Shadow Weaver, and others), The New Adventures of He-Man (Mara, Crita, and more), and the Mike Young Productions series from 2002 (Faceless One, Chief Carnivus, King Chooblah, Ceratus, and others). As the line progressed, characters from all versions of MOTU lore were included, from such things such as prototypes and concept art (He-Ro, Eldor, Demo-Man, Gygor, Vykor, and others), box art from vehicles and model kits (Sky High and the Fighting Foe Men), mini comics (the Goddess, Geldor, and Procrustus), and other books, comics, and media (Despara, Strobo, Goat-Man, and more). There were also newly created figures, exclusive to the Classics toy line, such as Draego-Man, Cy-Chop, Castle Grayskullman, and others. In February 2010, the figures of He-Man and Skeletor were available as Toys “R” Us exclusives packed in two-packs with Superman and Lex Luthor, respectively, from Mattel’s DC Universe Classics action figure line; with this dual line expanded to include two-packs featuring Aquaman/Mer-Man, Hawkman/Stratos, Bizarro/Faker, Supergirl/She-Ra, and Green Lantern/Zodac.
Masters of the Universe Classics surpassed the original 1980s toy line in terms of length, running continuously for seven years with more than 150 different figures produced since its launch in August 2008. Along with the Classics series, MOTU Minis and Giants figures were also released in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Mattel ended production on the MOTU Classics and MattyCollector.com’s Club Grayskull series, with the production company Super7 now taking over the Masters of the Universe license.