Land Shark 1985 Vintage Masters of the Universe Vehicle
The Land Shark vehicle from the Masters of Universe original series toy line. The toy had two large guns and molded treads even though it rolled on hidden wheels. The front of the vehicle was a fuchsia shark’s head with rubber orange teeth. As the toy was pushed, the shark jaws slowly opened then snapped shut. The Land Shark is driven by the evil forces of Skeletor and is based on the comic and 1980’s cartoon. It can hold one figure and as it was pushed along the jaws would open close like a shark…hence the name. In the cartoon the vehicle was primarily driven by Kobra Khan, which is different than the comics where Skeletor is in the drivers seat.
Land Shark as it appeared in the Masters of the Universe cartoon
The Land Shark was a terrifying tank-like vehicle used by Skeletor’s Evil Warriors. Its design featured a shark’s head at the front that could bite down with sharp teeth as it advanced on its blue tank treads. In contrast to other appearances, the Land Shark was a fully enclosed vehicle that could carry multiple passengers, similar to the Filmation series’ version of the Heroic Warriors’ Attak Trak vehicle. It seemed to have a form of sentience, as it was seen to engage in communication with the Attak Trak by snapping its jaws when the two vehicles had been left alone together.
Land Shark as it appeared in the Masters of the Universe mini comic
In the minicomics, the Land Shark was an open-air vehicle similar to its toy version. Horrific to behold, this purple-and-blue vehicle was usually ridden by Skeletor. During a brief alliance between Skeletor and the Horde, the evil Hordak drove the Land Shark into battle and even turned its power against Skeletor and his warriors when the two leaders began to fight among themselves.