I don’t know how to start this article. For Scareglow or Man-At-Arms, I could regale you with memories of childhood past. For Goddess or He-Ro, I could talk about how it’s cool to discover these old characters that didn’t make the cut in my youth. For Zodak or King Grayskull, I could talk about my attitudes toward the 200x and how ready I am for an all-new character made specifically for MOTU Classics. But Wun-Dar? What do I say? He is all those things and yet none of them at the same time. As the Savage He-Man, he has a vintage toy, sort of, but he’s not part of the vintage mythos. As Wun-Dar, he’s technically the only original character in MOTU Classics so far, but not really. He’s really an homage to a legend; a tongue-in-cheek nod to a genuine MOTU mystery.
The vintage Savage He-Man’s origins are unknown and has been the focus of plenty of speculation. The primary discussion thread at He-Man.Org is a seven-year old, seventy page behemoth. Simply put, in the 90s a vintage He-Man surfaced. He sported a black belt, black boots, and brown hair. It was believed that he was offered as a mail-in with Wonder Bread, though neither Wonder Bread nor Mattel can confirm that. Now, various other bits of myth have been added or taken away through the years, including conspiracies about Conan, the black Zodac armor, etc. If you’d like to hear about all those details, I highly recommend this video by Jii Dee:
You can view part two here.
When Mattel decided to offer a subscription-only figure with the 2010 Club Eternia program, I imagine Wun-Dar seemed like the perfect fit. As a straight repaint of He-Man with Zodac’s armor and redecoed accessories, he’d require no new tooling. He was also a character that could be offered in the subscription without much uproar.
He was a good choice. I wasn’t sure about the subscription program, but I knew I wanted this figure and it was enough to push me over the edge and sign up. The figure may be a simple repaint, even simpler than Faker, but there’s just something fun about owning him.
In addition to being a re-colored He-Man, Wun-Dar includes the black armor and gun from Zodac (which, in turn, caused the Weapons Pak to have the lilac armor), as well as a black sword and half-sword. These accessories make for some interesting display options*. I’m having a hard time deciding between having him wear the armor and carry the pistol or running around in just his loincloth with his trusty sword.
* – Except for the half sword, I’m sick of it.
In one more nod to his mysterious origins, Wun-Dar includes a loaf of bread for an accessory. It’s a cute item, but it doesn’t really have a use. Plus, it’s a little darker than I’d like, so I had to give Wun-Dar the real deal. Well, at least a better plastic representation of the real deal. Continue to Page 2…