Zodak 2009 MOTU Classics Figure
Zodak action figure from the Masters of the Universe Classics toy line.
The Classics canon reconciled Zodak’s existence with that of Zodac, the Cosmic Enforcer, and established that they were two separate characters. Once Kar-Tor, Zodak was an ancient ally of the Council of Elders and had studied the fighting styles of the Cosmic Enforcers. He fought for King Grayskull as one of his Masters of the Universe during the First Ultimate Battleground. Instructed by his mentor Zodac, Zodak became his replacement on the Council of Elders when the Cosmic Enforcer left Eternia to serve the Overlords of Trolla. With the help of the council, Zodak used his staff to banish King Hssss and his Snake Men into the Void following King Grayskull’s death. In the centuries that followed, he monitored Eternia while living a solitary life at his compound in the Mystic Mountains. Both Zodak and Zodac took part in the Second Ultimate Battleground.
An ancient and powerful enforcer for the Council of Elders, Kar-Tor™ studied the teachings and mystic fighting techniques of the Cosmic Enforcers and knows how to instantly identify an opponent’s weakness. After his mentor, the original Zodac®, left Eternia® to fulfill the Elder’s bargain with Trolla, Kar-Tor™ took his place on the Council and helped lead them in battle against the Snake Men™, eventually trapping King Hssss™ in the Void with the power of his staff. Although he prefers a solitary life of meditation in the Mystic Mountains, when he is called to battle, Zodak™ attacks his enemies using all the power at his command!
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.