Thunder Punch He-Man 2012 MOTU Classics Figure
Thunder Punch He-Man action figure from the Masters of the Universe Classics toy line.
When Prince Adam combined both halves of the Sword of Power, he could channel the power of the Great Orb in Castle Grayskull and become He-Man. In time, he learned how to tap into the knowledge of the Elders and create new and specialized armaments from the energies of the universe, such as his protective Battle and Snake Armors and his Thunder Punch and Flying Fist weapons.
When Skeletor® banished Randor to Despondos™, he used Faker® to convince the royal court that He-Man® was not only a Gar but also responsible for the King’s “death”. This ruse turned the people of Eternia® against He-Man® and he and the Masters soon became renegades in their own land. Driven to the underground City of Tundaria™, the Masters reformed as an elite attack squad. They retuned to the surface, and found not only Skeletor® ruling Eternia®, but King Hssss™ and a newly returned Hordak® also challenging for control. To enhance his strength for these new battles ahead, He-Man® used the Powers of Grayskull™ to energize his weapons, giving them a new Thunder Punch™ to combat evil!
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.