Want an Origins Mekaneck? You Have To Buy The Road Ripper!

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Last week we covered that the He-Man Origins line was moving into Snake Men territory, but you may have noticed that a particular defender of Grayskull had yet to be released. Well, we now know where Mekaneck has been. He was tearing around Eternia on the Road Ripper. So yeah, the only way to round out the core Masters of the Universe collection of heroes is to buy a $30+ vehicle. We spotted Mekaneck and the Road Ripper at the Big Bad Toy Store. The combo is priced at $34.99 and is due by the second quarter of 2023.

The set will include Mekaneck, the Road Ripper, interchangeable hoods for the ripper, Mekaneck’s club, and a neckpiece. Unfortunately, Mekaneck’s extending neck feature doesn’t work the same way as the original figure did. Rather than rotating his torso, you only need to pop his head off and insert the elongated neckpiece. Sadly, he only comes with one trunk, so you can’t have a 2′ tall Mekaneck. I’m pretty sure this character wasn’t all that popular in the original line, so that’s why he’s being bundled with something we all want, the Road Ripper.

Like Mekaneck, the play feature we all remember is gone from the vehicle. There’s no ripcord with this Road Ripper. Kind of unfortunate because I have fond memories of having the Road Ripper tear down the sidewalk as a kid and building ramps out of shoe boxes for it to jump.

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Mattel
Mattel
Mattel
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Mekaneck only appeared in three episodes of the Filmation show, and in the 200X series, he was shown to be a reasonably competent fighter, but he still came off as more of a novelty than a serious core component to He-Man’s crew. However, at least the Origins line now feels complete.

[Source: Big Bad Toy Store]

Mike Phalin

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