Wind Raider 2011 MOTU Classics Vehicle
Wind Raider Vehicle from the Masters of the Universe Classics toy line.
The Wind Raider is a vehicle used by the Heroic Warriors and is primarily used for space travel. It’s weaponry consists of a laser cannon, twin photon rocket boosters, and missile batteries. It also has a very large grappling hook on the front of the vehicle. The heroic pilot Sky High helped upgrade the Wind Raider and other vehicles for faster acceleration and smoother landings in the Classics canon. Wind Raiders had wings made of Photanium, the strongest metal in the universe, and Coridite-plated fuel tanks, as well as an Eternium-location device. Their cockpits were designed for humans and Gars only.
Wind Raider™, the first-ever vehicle in the Masters of the Universe® Classics lineup, is ready for high-flying battle! This incredibly detailed craft features a real working winch hook and rope, a highly detailed cockpit, and a ball-jointed stand that allows the vehicle to be posed in any direction. Most MOTUC figures will fit inside the cockpit for unlimited display options (figures with tails, wings or capes may not fit). Wind Raider™ also features dual mechanical panels that open for “maintenance” to reveal painted engines. Finally, the closed box features original artwork by Rudy Obrero, the same artist who created the art for the 1982 vehicle.
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.