25 February 2010

Karatti?!

This illustration appeared on a random question and answer page in issue twenty-two of the UK He-Man Adventure magazine, formerly known as the Masters of the Universe Adventure. This image highlights just how different Karatti was originally designed to be; as a being that resembled living crystal. For some reason the design was abandoned, but not before it had made numerous appearances.


(click on the image to see it at full-size)

5 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

Never heard of this character before. He's got a mouth like Homer Simpson. :) I love the detail in this illustration ... Fans would have a blast coloring in this image!
Thanks for reading! God Bless!
~"KevyGuy" :)
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Shawn (Fallen eldor) Domines said...

A great design. They could have made him as part of the NA line and named him something else. Tied him in with the Rock/Comet warriors. I wonder if the 4HM will look to this and his other catalog appearances and make this version as a "new" character like they did with Gy-Gor...

All that aside, I love it when you talk about the UK comics. I've always been jealous that you guys had what us Americans never got...A long running and mostly coherent MOTU series that encapsulated the whole franchise.
Perhaps one day you can just stop teasing us all and post full scans at the .ORG? ...You know you want to!

Mosquitor said...

Karatti's name was originally going to be Crystoll, then they changed his name, and later his appearance. I was collecting the comics before most of the NA figures hit the shelves in the UK, so I was really surprised when I saw Karatti's figure and how different he looked from his comic appearance. The two appearances are different enough that Crystoll could be regarded as a completely separate character.

Reginald Sirvent said...

Not only is the design very different from the Karatti we all know, but the name was different too. This early version of Karatti was named Crystoll. He was featured in some of Mattel promo material in France.

Aldebaran said...

I was really surprised to see that some of the characters who were featured in the comics and the advertising magazines didn´t resemble the actual toys at all. But I have to admit, that the toy version of Karatti looked much more threatening than this crystal guy.

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