The Unnamed One 2014 MOTU Classics Figure
The Unnamed One action figure from the Masters of the Universe Classics toy line.
After the Aura of the Gods swept through the Five Dimensions in a cosmic wave of creation, Gorpo and the Overlords of the Timeless Dimension on Trolla captured and infused it into the magic Sword of He. Gorpo believed that the universe would descend into chaos without one powerful ruler and set out to become that ruler. He betrayed his fellow Overlords and attempted to steal the sword, but they bested him and, with their combined force, banished him into the forsaken Unnamed Dimension. Stripped of his name, Gorpo became the Unnamed One, referred to only in whispers and ancient myths. He secretly continued to plot a way to claim the Power he believed should be his.
During his exile, the Unnamed One discovered a way to combine the DNA of three cold-blooded alien races to create the Snake Men. He sent them back to the Eternian Dimension to conquer and raid magical worlds. He hoped to find the Starseed, the original instrument of creation used and later hidden by the gods, knowing that he could access its power with the Sword of He. He sent King Hssss to Eternia in search of the Starseed, but the king and his Snake Men were banished into the Void. The Sword of He passed from He-Ro to King Grayskull and was finally split in two and hidden by the Goddess.
The Unnamed One was forced to wait five thousand years for a chance to obtain the Starseed and the Sword of He. During that time, his Snake Men escaped the Void, only to eventually be destroyed when Orko cast the Spell of Separation. Forced to seek other means of obtaining the power of the universe, the Unnamed One turned his attention back to Trolla. When Horde Prime destroyed the Kaydex crystal, he shattered the barriers between dimensions and allowed the Unnamed One to gain access to Trolla once more. He enlisted Lady Slither and her Revenge Squad to break into the Overlords’ Temple of Power, but they met with resistance from the Defenders of Trolla.
After many failed attempts through time and space to obtain the Sword of He, the Unnamed One eventually escaped from the Nameless Dimension with Skeleteen’s help and stole the Starseed from Eternia. Close to achieving his long-held goal, he fought in the Third Ultimate Battleground against He-Ro II (Prince Dare) and the Masters of the Universe. While the Unnamed One was distracted by Orko, Dare impaled him with the very sword he had coveted for so long.
Formerly an Overlord of the Timeless Dimension, this great wizard betrayed his brethren when he attempted to steal the Power of the Universe for himself. The Aura of the Gods was infused into the Sword of He for protection and Gorpo was stripped of his form and banished to the Nameless Dimension. Here he became known as the Unnamed One, spoken of only in whispers and myth. During his exile he discovered a method of combining the DNA of several reptilian species. He used this knowledge to create an army of cold-blooded warriors which he commanded to raid magical planets in an attempt to consolidate power for his revenge. His evil schemes were at last undone after Dare, the new He-Ro, confronted him in single combat, slaying the ancient mage with the very power he once attempted to steal.
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.