Masters of the Universe Classics Rewind: Faker
In the vintage line, Mattel reused the bucks (bodies) of the Masters of the Universe figures on the majority of the figures to save money and have consistency in the line, relying on accessories, action features, and/or weapons to sell figures (along with the Masters of the Universe cartoon). The geniuses at Mattel took the buck sharing even further by just producing the He-Man figure in a different colour, placing a sticker on his chest, and calling it Faker – the evil He-Man doppelganger. What an easy way to release another figure with little cost! Seeing how the MOTUC line was following the vintage inspirations, it was no surprise Faker came out early in the line. All the Four Horsemen and Mattel had to do was make more He-Man figures in a different colour, add the robotic chest piece, and add the same accessories as He-Man in a different colour, too.
Faker was originally offered as a New York Toy Fair exclusive and then the rest were put up on Mattycollector.com. From what I remember, there was no difference in what you could get at the convention and what was placed online. Faker went up for sale in March, 2009, and sold out in about three hours! The demand for MOTUC was growing with this fast sell out. I was lucky enough to grab my two online as soon as I got home from work.
The bio for Faker differs from the original concept of Faker. In the vintage line, Skeletor is the one was created by Skeletor, but in MOTUC, he was built by Man-At-Arms. I didn’t like this new aspect for his bio, as I don’t understand why Man-At-Arms would do such a thing, and why would they just abandon a He-Man lookalike in the junkyard? I like the original idea a lot better.
As you can see below, Faker definitely is just a repaint of He-Man with He-Man’s weapons also in a different colour. I really love the colours on the reuse of Skeletor’s armour. The crossbones on the armour seem to have a metallic wash on it that makes it pop away from the more dirty look of the top of the armour.
The hair also has a dirty look to it, too. I think the Horsemen were going for a used-robot kind of look with this. Props to them as well for painting the new computer details on his chest instead of using a sticker.
Faker was also part of a DC vs. MOTUC Toys R Us exclusive 2-pack along with Bizzaro. This was one of the last of the 2-packs they released and featured Faker with Battle Armour to make him technically “Battle Armour Faker.” This 2-pack goes for A LOT of money on the secondary market and unfortunately I never got to grab one, although I truly would like to have two of them so I can display a Battle Armour Faker on my shelf.
On the other hand, way later in the line, the fans were treated to another bonus accessory for Faker. In August, 2014, New Adventures Skeletor was released and he came with a Battle Damaged head for Faker. I’ve included two pictures below to show what he looks like with it on. I had to make sure I scored a loose Faker online so I could permanately display a Faker with this head. It’s such a cool nod to The Terminator and shows that Faker tried to kick ass in battle.
Faker is another excellent figure in the line, and ANOTHER I didn’t have as a kid (and I almost had all of them)! Maybe my mom figured it was just a blue He-Man, so I didn’t need it. I think my cousin had him, so I played with the figure when visiting. I always thought the notion of a doppelganger He-Man was cool, but never understood how people would mistake Faker for He-Man because of the extreme difference in skin colour! I guess that’s where a child’s imagination takes over.