Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vikor the Barbarian!

This guy just arrived in the mail today. He's not Conan, but an action figure based on the first original designs of He-man way back in late 1980, a savage warrior known as Vikor! But seriously, if he doesn't remind you of a certain barbarian we all know and love...

I'll post a full review soon!


Taranaich said...

Heh, I've been tempted to get a few of these MotU classics, including Vikor, just so I could have Conan vs He-Man in a He-Man art style.

Mike D. said...

Gee what a very BADASS looking figure!!!...I'll be neeing one.

Mike D. said...

Take him out and post posed pics with He-mans head in his hand and piles of bloody action figures strewn about with ketchup and so on.

Reis O'Brien said...

Mikey - Good luck getting one, they sold out in 3 minutes on the first day of sale and the second wave sold out in just over an hour!

Also, there is NO WAY that I'm putting ketchup on my action figures! ;)

Kristopher A. Denby said...

I imagine you guys are aware of this, but I'll put it out there anyway. I'm fairly sure that He Man was the result of a canceled line of Conan toys and merchandising that were supposed to follow the Milius/Schwarzenegger Conan in '82. When the toy company realized how adult Conan the Barbarian was, they decided to re-purpose the sculpts, and someone invented the He Man mythology. Anyway, I don't have any sources to back that up, but I swear I'm not imagining it.

This toy looks super bad ass, though.

Reis O'Brien said...

I knew it wouldn't take long for that urban legend to show up! ;)

Actually, Kristopher, we have covered this story extensively on CROM! and after a lot of research and digging and questioning, it looks like that legend... is still up to interpretation.

We have managed to pretty much solve the mystery as to whether or not the toy line was supposed to be based on the movie; it wasn't.

However, interviews with Mattel designers who worked on the project, including the artist who designed Vikor, have said that they were trying to come up with a toy line "inspired" by characters like Conan, along with John Carter of Mars and others.

Many former Mattel designers have admitted to using lots of Frank Frazetta Conan art as inspirations for the line that eventually became Master of the Universe.

So, you're not crazy! The legend is partially true, partially not.


Reis O'Brien said...

Actually, here is my first post about Vikor:

And my thoughts from almost 3 years ago about the Conan/He-Man Myth:

I forgot how much Mikeyboy and I disagree on this! LOL!

Well, like I said, it's up to interpretation, but I'm going with the belief that they never were working on Conan movie toys, but were definitely inspired by the greater Conan mythology.

You are free to decide for yourself, of course. ;)

Malcadon said...

He-Man is fueled by the "Power of Gay-Skull", and Adam is a dainty little Princess - hell, She-Ra is more butch then him!

Vikor on the other hand don't need a magic flashing sword to kick Skeletor's ass - he can skull-f**k him with his total badassness!!! The Green Snake Sorceress had more sense then the White Falcon Sorceress, as she did not have a boy do man's job!

Mike D. said...

You know I was just joking about the ketchup Reis..right? Spaghetti sauce is better anyway.
We all know CONAN came first. In regards to the MOTU figure line.
It's so long past that now. It don't matter.
There is a history you can dig up on line about it all...and you can read Reis' earlier posts...but.
The so called facts we find? Could be placed there on the internet by the man because he wants us to think that Big Brother is in our heads and the WMD'S are ready to go and everyone in the white house and our neighbors have been replaced by evil clones and He-man is Conan and
There are evil clones right next door with He-man figures that are really Nuclear bombs.
So don't believe what you read man.....that's how they get in your head man!!!

Anonymous said...

It's true but it isn't. It's not and it is. Inspirations and designs are one and the same.
It's all just alike except in name.

Charles R. Rutledge said... has em right now for 38 bucks. I have one on the way.

Reis O'Brien said...

Nice, Charles!