Masters Of The Universe Evil Warrior

About This Vintage Toy

Skeletor is the lead adversary and primary antagonist of the space fantasy, sorcery style Masters of the Universe franchise. Skeletor’s single-minded purpose is to gain access to Castle Grayskull. and unlock its powers of Castle Grayskull that so he can rule the universe. Unfortunately for Skeletor, his incomplete henchmen seem to consistently find a way to prevent him from achieving his evil ambitions.

Skeletor was a fictional character created for Mattel by designer and artist Mark Taylor and designer Roger Sweet, although formal credits for the development of Skeletor have often been disputed throughout the years. Many key aesthetic primary elements that helped shape Masters of the Universe characters, including Skeletor, were inspired by Taylor’s barbarian-style character creation Library that was in and out of development for many years, long before the release of the Mattel Masters of the Universe brand in 1982. Sadly, Mark Taylor passed away on December 24, 2021, at 80 years old.


Interestingly, the original 1981-1983 mini-comic (included with the action figures) illustrated how Skeletor originated from another dimension, inhabitant by others similar to him. During “The Great Wars“, a dimensional portal was opened and Skeletor was thrust out of his world and landed on the planet Eternia. In this early and later abandoned back story, the villain’s primary motivation is to reopen the dimensional gateway between his homeworld and Eternia, allowing Skeletor’s world the opportunity to assist him in invading and conquering Eternia. Although Skeletor’s desire to obtain the powers of Castle Grayskull was still evident, it was not his primary goal like later Filmation depictions of his power-hungry attempt to solely control and rule Eternia.

When the Filmation produced He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated series made its television debut in September 1983, the Skeletor character was depicted as a powerful yet often foolish antagonistic adversary. As a former understudy of the high-ranking Evil Horde commander Hordak, when the Horde invaded Eternia, one of the Etrinaian King and Queen’s twin babies was kidnapped from the palace. When Hordak fled Eternia with Princess Adora, Skeletor remained behind in Eternia to build an army under his command and took over as ruler of Snake Mountain. Skeletor’s only goal became conquering Castle Grayskull and unlocking its mysterious powers to claim for himself. Skeletor would be able to destroy and conquer Eternia and the entire universe and simultaneously take revenge on Hordak and the Horde Prime for abandoning him in Eternia.

Skeletor was occasionally seen as a blundering leader whose attempts were always derailed by He-Man and his friends. However, his intentions to conquer Castle Grayskull were taken very seriously as his plans were most notably often ruined through the fault of his henchman rather than his incompetence.

The Skeletor 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

Sword (Taiwan Variation)
Chest Armor

Action Figure Variations

Original Packaging

The packaging for the Skeletor 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 Skeletor 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 Skeletor 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.