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The Mattel Creations collector platform releases its masters of the universe toy set this month, designed by Virgil Abloh before his death.
Mattel gives masters of the universe an upgrade courtesy of the end Virgil Abloh. Mattel’s collection platform has revealed its MOTU collaboration with Abloh, which died while creating the toy set, which was ultimately completed by London-based design agency Alaska Alaska. In the set are four monochromatic figures in different shades of nude and standing 7 inches tall, each redesigned by Abloh and inspired by notable MOTU characters He-Man, Skeletor, Battle Cat and Skele-god.
All four figures come with accessories such as interchangeable hands and combat weapons for display purposes. Each figure also includes a comic and art print by illustrator Reggie Know.
“Virgil had a deep interest in the MOTU property, in which some aspects of his interest were rooted in nostalgia. We believe the selection of characters for this offering is rooted in their iconography and importance within the franchise,” said said Alaska Alaska in a statement, “The design direction sought to preserve existing iconography, using color theory as an entry point into novelty and collector culture, drawing a parallel between art collectors and comic book collectors.”
Last week the BBC presented the new documentary directed by Cassie Quarless Virgil Abloh: How to be bothexploring how the late designer conquered the fashion industry and became artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton.
Masters of the Universe c/o Virgil Abloh™ figures will be released exclusively online Friday, October 21.