19 December 2011

Roboto saves the day!

The Masters of the Universe minicomic "The Battle of Roboto" was unsurprisingly packaged with the Roboto action figure. This comic takes a very different route from the character's origin in the cartoon; Man-At-Arms being the one that creates Roboto in this story. The heart being the key to Roboto's goodness is a rather ridiculous plot device, but in a strange way it actually works. Interestingly, the action figure came with no heart, even though the minicomic focuses on that aspect of his character throughout. Also, note the color scheme of Roboto in these panels; he is colored very different when compared to the action figure and cartoon model.


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14 comments:

Mosquitor said...

I wonder if the action figure was intended to come with the heart at one point but they ditched it? He could have been the Bow of MOTU... LOL

Kevin Martinell said...

The villagers remind me of the villagers in the cartoon series, from certain episodes. :) I remember reading this comic long ago ... Doesn't Roboto get possessed and become evil in the comic too? Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Mende said...

OMG I have a lot of these mini comics stored away let me know if ya need any:)

Chris (He-Fan) said...

I can never make up my mind whether I prefer this origin or the cartoon episode "Happy Birthday Roboto" - in actual fact, I think Roboto's origin was one of the few times that the Mike Young He-Man cartoon actually topped the original! :)

chosen1heath@me.com said...

Come on guys.....Don't you remember that Roboto had a heart built into his chest? Why does no one else seem to remember this detail? Am I wrong?

Tyler Baker said...

There are so many interpretations of this character. In this manor, I do really enjoy the idea of a heart being the piece that keeps humanity flowing threw Roboto and that he has personality w it. I love seeing him just out and about helping on his own!

Brandon Benge said...

I am so glad that the heart wasn't a part of the action figure. I always loved my Roboto, but I don't think I could have handled him having a heart.

Aldebaran said...

Well, for my part, I am rather glad they didn´t include that obvious heart in the action figures.

Fabian said...

It seems like in many of the mini comics, the colors didn't match the action figure. Trapjaw, and the Sorceress come to mind. I wonder if it was intentional, or if the color process wasn't working right at the time.

Vinto-Man said...

Funny how the tin man from the Wizard of Oz needed a heart and then Man-At-Arms fitted him with one. His shoulders seem fine in this comic :)

LJM said...

Roboto's the kind of character I could have seen the 2002 series doing something really cool with, like having Skeletor attempt to break his programming and teaching him to lie, giving him the gift of independent thought and Roboto ultimately choosing for himself to help He-Man. Could have made a great season or half-season arc.

joseephus said...

After reading this comic I always wanted to crack open my Roboto and put a heart in there. Of course I never wanted to damage my figures growing up, so that never happened.

SirBush said...

Other strange things in this comic include Roboto running like a human, as if he had organic legs, and him having super strength a bit like He-man. Were any of these concepts originally planned for his character, by any chance?

Sebastian Vogl said...

@ Mosquitor: The actionfeature does have a heart inside. :)
I wished the heart was drawn more like a mechanical devite. Here, it looks more like some plastic thing Man-At-Arms bought at the deco store for Valentine's Day.

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