Dimensions: 11 inches long, 6 inches tall
Includes: 2 piece Battle Ram (launcher and Sky Sled) and three battering ram missiles.
Year of Release: 1982
Original Retail Price: $15 dollars
* The Battle Ram is a very unique looking vehicle in the MOTU line and one of the earliest examples of the unusual ancient technology found in the swords and sorcery world of Eternia. Designed by Ted Mayer, the Battle Ram is intended to be a mobile siege device. Kind of a "modern" example of a medieval weapon of war, if you will. Since the conflict of the earliest MOTU story revolved around both sides trying to take over Castle Grayskull, the Battle Ram makes a lot of sense as an accessory.
* While the Masters of the Universe figures were incredibly well suited to play, they sure could fit in cockpits as well as Kenner's Star Wars figures or Hasbro's G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero figures. The cockpit is well designed to allow the figure to sit astride it, staying safely in place. There is a bit of a handle on both sides of the vehicle but it doesn't work too well. You don't really need it, though. The figures stay on the Battle Ram just fine.
* The large wheels of the Battle Ram remind me of something from an ancient chariot as they have blade like protrusions that could potentially be used as offensive weapons in battle. There are also quite a few exhaust pipes on each side of the Battle Ram. What would Gwildor say about that?
* The griffin detail on the front of the Battle Ram's Sky Sled is really cool. It definitely gives it a bit more of a fantasy aesthetic, although you've also got the laser cannon underneath as well.
* While my Battle Ram is unfortunately missing most of the stickers, I still have to talk about them as they're incredible. My favorite is this unusual mask like sticker at the rear of the chariot. The stickers were designed by Rebecca Salari Taylor (Mark Taylor's wife) and absolutely add to the otherworldly charm of this toy.
* The Battle Ram's most popular feature is that it separates into two vehicles. The front pops off to become a Sky Sled. The Sky Sleds did appear in the earliest minicomics but they're probably most well remembered as the vehicles everyone hopped around on in the Filmation series. I love the idea of a smaller reconnaissance vehicle being able to launch from the main vehicle, so this suits me just fine.
* The rear part of the Battle Ram chariot is the cannon itself. When you see it like this it really does "ram" home the idea that this is a medieval siege device given a futuristic touch. The wheels allow the Battle Ram to remain mobile while the handles on the back allow for the figures to "fire" the weapon.
* This thing shoots like crazy! Seriously, mine can still launch across a good sized room with some real force behind it!
* The Battle Ram comes with three batering ram missiles. I love the weird gargoyle face on the front of these! Two of mine are dark red while one is a bit lighter, so their is probably a variant out there. I imagine when I bought this set the missiles came from two different Battle Rams.
* My only complaint about the Battle Ram is that the figure does not attach to the Sky Sled very tightly. Yeah, they can hold the hand, but the grip is loose. You'd better hand on to your figure if you intend to "Woosh" this around your house.
This is the first Battle Ram I've reviewed on the site. I did review the Sky High & Jet Sled set from Masters of the Universe Classics, however.
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