Masters Of The Universe Heroic Warrior

About This Vintage Toy

The title “Man-At-Arms” originated from the High Medieval to Renaissance periods as a soldier who was typically well-versed in combat. Traditionally, a “Man-At-Arms” used various weapons and served as a fully armored noble or mercenary cavalry-style Warrior. The Masters of the Universe Man-At-Arms character appeared in the first wave of the 1982 Mattel toy line. As ‘Heroic Master of Weapons,’ he is He-Man’s closest ally and adoptive father of Teela. He is also the primary inventor of most of the vehicles and weapons used by Eternia’s Heroic Warriors. Man-At-Arms is also known as Duncan to Queen Marlena and King Randor and many of his friends, including He-Man

Man-At-Arms was the latest surviving family member in a long line of great warriors initially depicted in original mini-comics. The Filmation cartoon series portrayed Man-At-Arms as the Chief Advisor to the ruling planetary monarch King Randor and Queen Marlena of Eternia. The Filmation cartoon also depicted Man-At-Arms as Prince Adam’s (son of King Randor and Queen Marlena) mentor. As a result, he is one of the few people that we’re aware of Prince Adam’s secret magical identity as He-Man. Man-At-Arms is also a skilled inventor and uses the resources and materials at his disposal to aid He-Man in protecting the secrets of Castle Grayskull. Man-At-Arms also operates his workshop at the King and Queens Royal Palace, where most of his inventions are created.


The original Man-At-Arms action figure included a club or Battle Mase; however, he was rarely seen with the weapon in the Filmation animated series. In addition, the action figure version did not have a mustache, as was represented by the character in the cartoon series. It is rumored that the action figure manufacturing started before the animated production began, and the Man-At-Arms character needed an older and wiser father figure appeal to fit better the storyline the Filmation Studio was producing. Thus, a mustache was simply added to the cartoon version of the character to achieve a better sense of experience and wisdom.

During the 1980s Filmation animated series, seasoned voice actor Alan Oppenheimer played the role of Man-At-Arms. Showcasing the talents of Oppenheimer, he also successfully provided voice roles for Skeletor, Cringer, Battle Cat, Mer-Man, Buzz-Off, Roboto, and several other characters that appeared in the series. The live 1987 action film portrayal of the Man-At-Arms character closely represented the Filmation cartoon version of the character and was played by actor Jon Cypher.

The Man-At-Arms action figure stood five and one-half inches tall. The action figure offered 5 points of articulation with the hips, shoulders, and neck. An additional non-posable power punch action features a utilized spring-activated twist of his waist. When turned either right or left, the upper body would spring back to its returning forward-facing position, unleashing a power punch to any battling enemy during lay.

Included Accessories

Battle Mase
Armor Armor
Leg Armor
Chest Armor

Action Figure Variations

The original first wave eight back release of the Man-At-Arms action figure featured four red dots, painted on the top of the helmet. Later releases of this action figure left these sculpted dots unpainted. The original eight figures, commonly known as eight backs to collectors, came from Taiwan. Most were released with “Taiwan 1982” markings. They had slight manufacturing differences when they were re-released with wave two, changing paint application, and armor strap length. In addition, international variations were also produced for Malaysia, Hong Kong, France, Spain, India, Venezuela, Brazil, and Mexico for global markets.

Original Packaging

The packaging for the Man-At-Arms action figure on the original product launch did not include the 90-day warranty information. This was later added shortly after the initial launch with updated packaging. With the re-release of the wave one action figures for series two in 1983, the packaging card back was changed to add the additional wave two action figures and include additional illustrations and functionality instructions. The original first launch card back without the 90 day limited warranty text is slightly more valuable and sought after on the current collectors market.

Packaging Front

A total of three different card backs were produced during the original release of the Man-At-Arms action figure as information was later updated and added from 1981 -1983.

A total of three different card backs were produced during the original release of the Man-At-Arms action figure as information was later updated and added from 1981 -1983.

The 1982 Masters Of The Universe TV Commercial

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Collector’s Price Guide

ImageProduct NameAllianceTypeSeriesYearMLCMIB / MWCMISB / MOC (Taiwan)Heroic WarriorsAction Figure11981$135$175$1,250 WarriorsAction Figure11981$45$95$425 WarriorsAction Figure11981$45$95$795 WarriorsAction Figure11981$50$100$750 ManEvil WarriorsAction Figure11981$100$150$825 WarriorsAction Figure11981$45$95$650 (Taiwan)Evil WarriorsAction Figure11981$100$150$1,600 Figure11981$45$95$700 CatHeroic WarriorsAction Beast11981$50$155$450 RamHeroic Warriors Vehicle11981$45$155$550 RaiderHeroic Warriors Vehicle11981$95$145$590 GrayskullHeroic Warriors Playset11981$350$600$1,850 Whole CollectionNASERIES 1 TOTAL11981$1,105$2,010$10,435 Skeletor (Mexico)Evil WarriorsAction Figure11981$150$150$1,850 Skeletor (Taiwan Half Boot)Evil WarriorsAction Figure11981$125$165$2,200 He-Man (Mexico)Heroic WarriorsAction Figure11981$155$180$1,600 Mer-Man (Green Belt)Evil WarriorsAction Figure11981$55$155$1,025 WarriorsAction Figure21983$25$75$895 (weapons pack/pink tubes)Heroic WarriorsAction Figure21983$85$125 (France)Heroic WarriorsAction Figure21983 ManHeroic WarriorsAction Figure21983$40$90$950 WarriorsAction Figure21983$135$185$1,595 WarriorsAction Figure21983$35$85$400 JawEvil WarriorsAction Figure21983$70$120$850 Evil WarriorsAction Figure21983$45$95$775 (Malaysia)Evil WarriorsAction Figure21983$50$100 WarriorsAction Figure21983$45$120$200 WarriorsAction Figure21983$50$155$550 TrakHeroic WarriorsVehicle21983$50$85$400 Dread & Talon FighterHeroic WarriorsVehicle21983$100$175$590 WarriorsAction Figure21983$45$120$200 Armor He-ManHeroic WarriorsAction Figure31984$60$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure31984$30$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure31984$35$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure31984$30$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure31984$0$0$0 AdamHeroic WarriorsAction Figure31984$50$0$0 Armor SkeletorEvil WarriorsAction Figure31984$50$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure31984$20$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure31984$25$0$0 KhanEvil WarriorsAction Figure31984$18$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure31984$45$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure31984$20$0$0 WalkerHeroic WarriorsVehicle31984$50$85$0 RipperHeroic WarriorsVehicle31984$30$80$0 WarriorsVehicle31984$20$100$0 WarriorsVehicle31984$25$110$0 MountainEvil WarriorsPlayset31984$350$450$950 PakNeutralAccessories31984$40$70$0 CaseNeutralAccessories31984$45$80$160 Punch He-ManHeroic WarriorsAction Figure41985$75$0$0 ManHeroic WarriorsAction Figure41985$30$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure41985$25$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure41985$40$0$0 Blaster SkeletorEvil WarriorsAction Figure41985$210$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure41985$30$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure41985$35$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure41985$30$0$0 HordeAction Figure41985$55$0$0 HordeAction Figure41985$25$0$0 (Brown Face)Evil HordeAction Figure41985$175$195$1,600 HordeAction Figure41985$20$0$0 HordeAction Figure41985$15$0$0 HordeAction Figure41985$50$90$0 WarriorsVehicle41985$40$85$0 BonesHeroic WarriorsVehicle41985$60$75$0 SharkEvil WarriorsVehicle41985$70$0$0 StalkerEvil WarriorsVehicle41985$40$0$0 WarriorsVehicle41985$125$0$0 ZoneEvil HordePlayset41985$0$0$0 Punch AmmoHeroic WarriorsAccessories41985$0$0$0 Fist He-ManHeroic WarriorsAction Figure51986$90$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure51986$50$0$0 BlastHeroic WarriorsAction Figure51986$80$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure51986$40$0$0 SpoutHeroic WarriorsAction Figure51986$70$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure51986$40$0$0 Claws SkeletorEvil WarriorsAction Figure51986$230$0$0 HordakEvil HordeAction Figure51986$0$0$0 HordeAction Figure51986$60$0$0 TrooperEvil HordeAction Figure51986$0$0$0 BotEvil HordeAction Figure51986$0$0$0 HissSnake MenAction Figure51986$40$0$0 MenAction Figure51986$30$0$0 LashorSnake MenAction Figure51986$45$0$0 HawkHeroic WarriorsVehicle51986$0$0$0 BoltHeroic WarriorsVehicle51986$45$0$0 FighterEvil WarriorsVehicle51986$0$0$0 HordeAction Figure51986$100$0$0 HordeAction Figure51986$0$0$0 WarriorsAccessories51986$0$0$0 SledHeroic WarriorsAccessories51986$0$0$0 StalkerHeroic WarriorsAccessories51986$25$0$0 VatEvil HordeAccessories51986$0$0$0 WarriorsPlayset51986$0$0$0 PitEvil HordePlayset51986$100$155$0 ChampHeroic WarriorsAction Figure61987$145$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 RandorHeroic WarriorsAction Figure61987$250$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$160$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$250$0$0 GlowEvil WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 SawEvil HordeAction Figure61987$0$0$0 HordeAction Figure61987$0$0$0 HordeAction Figure61987$165$0$0 FaceSnake MenAction Figure61987$0$0$0 MenAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 MenAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 RexSnake MenAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 CatHeroic WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 WarriorsAction Figure61987$0$0$0 Blaster and ArtillerayHeroic WarriorsAccessories61987$0$0$0 ClimberHeroic WarriorsAccessories61987$0$0$0 ToolsHeroic WarriorsAccessories61987$0$0$0 AttackEvil WarriorsAccessories61987$0$0$0 Monsters61987$45$0$0 Power He-ManHeroic WarriorsAction Figure71988$0$0$0 Light SkeletorHeroic WarriorsAction Figure71988$0$0$0

How To Use This Price Guide

MLC = “Mint Loose Condition” This is when the action figure or Vehicle is in excellent condition,  and is loose and “complete” with all original accessories, but without the packaging and original included paperwork.

MIB = “Mint in box” This is when the collectible is in excellent condition,  and is loose and “complete” with all original accessories and original included paperwork.

MWC = “Mint with Card Back” This is when an action figure os is excellent condition,  and is loose and “complete” with all original accessories, however included the original card back fully intact. If the original blister bubble is intact, It can bring additional value depending on the condition of the blister bubble.

MISB = “Mint in Sealed Box” This is when the Collectible is in excellent condition,  and is factory sealed and was never opened or used.

MOC = “Mint on card” This Is when the action figure is in excellent condition and is factory sealed and it’s original blister bubble and was never opened or used.

COMPLETE = “Complete” This is when the collectible is 100% complete with all of its accessories. Additional paperwork included with the original package does increase the overall value but does not necessarily consider the item complete

DISCLAIMER: All values are estimated by Retro Toy Quest and subject to change and discrepancy, depending on the advanced nature of any collector. Retro Toy Quest holds no responsibility for any possible inaccuracies displayed within this reference guide, and values may often fluctuate in the current collectors market prior to or after published updates. Variants, Unpunched, Graded, Early Releases, International, and other unique variations may fetch a higher price point on the collectors market.