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If you’ve watched any of the many iterations of “Masters of the Universe,” then you’ve probably stopped to think to yourself, at least once: what exactly is Battle Cat? He-Man’s feline companion has the characteristics of a domestic house cat and the stripes and roar of a predatory tiger. But he’s also the size of a horse.
Turns out he was just the last-minute solution to a budgeting issue. When Mattel didn’t have enough money to create a vehicle for He-Man, they repurposed a tiger toy from the Big Jim toy line. The only problem was that what was supposed to be He-Man’s smaller companion came out to be twice his size. “I said ‘I don’t give a f*ck,” recounts Mattel’s former VP of marketing Paul Cleveland in the docu-series “The Toys That Made Us.” “If it’s as big as a horse, put a f*cking saddle on it.’” And thus, Battle Cat was born.
This month, 40 years since the original “Masters of the Universe” toy line debuted in 1981, Mattel brought back the original vintage He-Man figures, just time for the franchise’s brand new Netflix animated series, dropping July 23. And despite some character glow-ups across the the board in the latest iteration, Battle Cat is just as big, green and striped as ever. To celebrate “Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” here are the best Masterverse action figures to get your hands on this week, from He-Man and Battle Cat to Skeletor and Evil-lyn.
13% Off He-Man Action Figure
Defend the realm of Eternia with the sorcery skills of “MOTU” hero He-Man. This 5.5-inch action figure showcases the beloved character’s superhuman strength, made complete by his shield and sword for ultimate protection.
Battle Cat Action Figure
No “MOTU” toy collection is complete without Battle Cat. This retro action figure is designed to look exactly like the original from the 1980s, with yellow stripes running down a green body, and of course, a bright red saddle for He-Man to hop onto.
Castle Grayscull Buildable Set
Protect Eternia’s precious fortress from attacks by Skeletor, Hordak and the Snake Men with this premium buildable set of Grayscull. Featuring 3,500 pieces, the castle folds open to reveal three floors and six rooms, a throne room, command center, dungeon, two secret doors, a working Jawbridge, elevator and turrets. Immerse yourself in your own “MOTU”-inspired storylines, using action figures that include He-Man, Skeletor, Man-At-Arms, Beast Man, the Goddess and a Sorceress.
Point Dread and Talon Fighter Set with Teela Action Figure
The Talon Fighter is one of the most powerful vehicles and weapons featured in the original “MOTU” toy line. Styled to resemble a bird of prey in flight, this recreation of He-Man’s winged flying vehicle includes enough room for two action-figure passengers to take the wheel and an adjustable roof to close over them and keep them safe while in flight. Plus, the set comes with an action figure of Teela, the Captain of the Royal Guard responsible for keeping Prince Adam (He-Man) safe.
Masters of the WWE Universe Set
Step onto the Grayscull-inspired ring for a one-of-a-kind battle between Terror Claws and John Cena. This Mania Bundle combines the WWE Universe and the Masterverse, featuring retro action figures that can post and twist into powerful battle positions for imaginative role-playing.