It took me a long time but I finally stumbled upon the Masters of the Universe Origins figures themselves! I've now found all of the first series and, to get things started with the single carded figures, let's check out the Evil Lord of Destruction himself: Skeletor! It's interesting to finally have these in hands, although it's a bit anticlimactic since we've kind of been getting these figures for over a year now. Mattel first released Origins last year as an SDCC 2019 2-pack of He-Man and Prince Adam. Like the vintage line and Masters of the Universe Classics, Origins relies heavily on body reuse for most characters, though Mattel took things a step further and "pre-used" the Origins bodies for the Masters of the WWE Universe line. I guess what I'm saying is that these don' feel as "new" as a new toyline usually feels, although I am very excited to finally have Skeletor and other real MOTU characters in this style. Skeletor is one of the premiere villains of the 1980s and one of my favorite characters overall and it's always nice to see a new toy of him. Originally Origins seemed to be heavily inspired by the earliest MOTU minicomics but now things seem a bit all over the place as Orko is very Filmation inspired, Man-At-Arms has his mustache, and upcoming figures like Clamp Champ, Kronis, and Keldor obviously take cues from the 200x line and MOTUC. Still, Skeletor feels very vintage and very true to his roots. Don't be a royal boob! Check him out after the break...
Height: 6 inches
On the left is the Origins Skeletor while on the right is my original vintage Skeletor. The figures are obviously quite similar though I doubt anyone who is familiar with MOTU would confuse the two. The biggest style difference between these figures is that the Origins Skeletor has brighter colors. This seems to be a feature of this line. The headsculpts are quit different two, though, as the Origins Skeletor has an open mouth.
* Here's a quick shot of the figure on the card. Mattel went with a card that really pays homage to the vintage line and it really makes the figures stand out on toy shelves. These are currently Walmart exclusives (though it looks like Amazon will start carrying them in November with other retailers to follow shortly) and Walmart has been getting over-sized display cases of these, too. It's pretty amazing to see these sitting on toy shelves and hanging from pegs again.
* The MOTU Origins line has figures built like the vintage toys but with modern articulation. While their bulky frames make the articulation a bit clumsy, they do feel like an evolution of the vintage line. Imagine what you would get if you mixed a vintage figure with a MOTUC figure. They're quite fun to play with.