The Roger Sweet Trio comes to SDCC as MOTUC Vykron
Saturday, April 28th, 2012 by Pixel Dan
Mattel has finally revealed their 2012 San Diego Comic Con exclusives. Fans have been chomping at the bit for quite some time, speculating on what we may be seeing.
The goofy looking trio you see above is the Masters of the Universe Classics exclusive known as Vykron. At least, the barbarian guy is Vyrkon. I’m unsure yet if the other two have been given official names. But in a nutshell, it’s one figure that includes three outfits: a barbarian, a military man, and a space man.
For those in the know, you will immediately recognize what this is. But it seems that there are a lot of fans and collectors out there that are completely thrown off by this exclusive. Many seem to not know what these odd looking figures represent.
To many fans, these figures have been known as the “Roger Sweet Trio.” Back when Mattel was trying to create a new boys toy line, Roger Sweet created three prototypes for a proposed new line. He-Man, as proposed by Roger, was going to be an “every” man. He could be a barbarian, a military soldier, or a space traveler. These three prototypes are some of the earliest roots of the toy line that eventually became Masters of the Universe.
After the line got the green light, it was then Mark Taylor’s designs who helped shape the more barbarian, swords and sorcery feel of Eternia. And a hit toy line was born.
With this being the 30th Anniversary of Masters of the Universe, I personally feel that this is one of the coolest and most fitting exclusives we could have received. Not to mention this is a perfect candidate for a Con exclusive, in the sense that it’s not really a major character that everyone will feel like they need. Fans should feel comfortable passing on this one if they don’t like it.
I know it’s obscure, and yes, the designs are goofy. But I love it for that very reason. I’ve always been a sucker for concept figures as well, and there’s just something so cool about these three original prototypes from Roger Sweet being made into actual action figures. Plus, you pair these up with the already release Vikor and Demo-Man, which were based on Mark Taylor’s concept art, and we’ve got ourselves a group of action figures that represent the creation of Masters of the Universe.
The overall reaction to this new exclusive by the fan base has been very mixed. It seems there are quite a few people who are outright upset or disappointed that this is the exclusive. To be honest, I’m completely baffled by that. I understand that this is obscure, and many fans may not even realize who these characters are. I also realize that there are some who do know what they are, but still don’t want them. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course. But I will stand by my statement that these are the perfect exclusive for the 30th Anniversary. And I will be very happy to add these to my shelf.
So, how about you guys?Love? Hate? Don’t care? I’d like to know your thoughts!
If you’d like to get a look at the original Roger Sweet Trio, check out my video on The Power and The Honor Foundation Catalog.