Back in March, we came across a story of a Masters of the Universe-inspired vehicle that made its first appearance in a painting by Rudy Obrero. Rudy is a professional artist and has even done some work for Mattel. As the story goes, Joe Amaro, formerly of Jazware, connected with Rudy and designed and created a one of a kind custom Manta Raider. Fast forward a few months. According to Joe, he met with Rudy again at San Diego Comic-Con:
At the He-Man.org Power Party I finally got a chance to sit down and talk to Rudy Obrero face to face. At the party Rudy told me that he wants to make the Manta Raider available to the fans!!!
I need to figure out the logistics and price but it will be a very very limited run, definitely under 100. We talked about having it in some type of packaging so we can use Rudy’s awesome painting!
The plan right now is to have it ready for Power Con in September. Rudy will have a table there with some prints for sale. Best of all you can have all the items signed by Rudy!
Joe assured us that this is in no way affiliated with Mattel or Masters of the Universe. The original concept was based on fan fiction written by Rudy, and the original painting of the Manta Raider was done for his personal collection. Joe says we’ll likely see some design changes before this limited art collectible is released to ensure that it’s clear this is an independent, fan-driven project.
We’ll keep in touch with Joe as Power Con approaches – can’t wait to see the final art and vehicle!