Eddy & Eldor: the Perfect Combination
Good evening WARPERS,
We at WARPO are massive fans of Masters of the Universe. The designers took the best elements from sword and sorcery and combined them with science fiction and technology. Then they mixed-in elements from previous toy lines like design elements and action features from Big Jim (like Skeletor, Trap Jaw, and Man-E-Faces) and even cleverly disguised existing parts from previous toy lines (like Tarzan's panther as a base for Battle Cat) to make an insane action-packed cocktail no boy could resist. So when we went to visit Eddy at his studio to review our sculpts for Legends of Cthulhu, we asked him to show us a bit of MOTU history, one in particular that was never released...Eldor.
Eldor was supposed to be a wise old wizard type character but was a casualty of the line winding down in the late 80's. Previously, we had only seen the 1987 Mattel catalog photo of Eldor but since Eddy sculpted the prototype used for the photo in that catalog, he still had a copy. Eddy went into his stash of treasures and emerged with the figure. Finally, we could see the true details of his belt buckle which had a very serpent's-mouth-like design. But even more strangely, we finally got to see the head sculpt without the hood and saw that he wore a kind of wizard's-cap similar to Merlin's from the classic 80's sword and sorcery flick, Excalibur.
Since the time we saw the prototype in person, pics have leaked of Mattel's upcoming MOTUC Eldor and they are following suit on the wizard's cap but unfortunately, they changed the serpentine belt buckle to the ram stone. They also reinterpreted a lot of the details of the vintage design that we really felt could have stuck closer to Eddy's sculpt. But now, we'll let you be the judge when you check out this full body pic and brief head sculpt video of Eldor. He would have been a very welcome addition to our childhood pantheon of Eternian heroes.
A big WARPO thanks to Eddy for indulging our geekiness and we hope you dig it too, WARPERS!