MOTU - Ed Watts Statues

Mattel

2000s

Back at the end of 2001 or the start of 2002, I can't recall the exact year. I do know it was after the Four Horsemen released the 2001 exclusive He-Man statue at Comic Con, but was right before or at the start of the launch of the 200X figures of the Masters of the Universe.  On eBay someone at Mattel listed 6 statues to raise money for Ed Watts an long time employee of Mattel.  Here is what was written at the start of each of these auctions:

"this auction is being offered by Mattel in order to benefit Ed Watts and his family.  Ed Watts is a former Mattel employee who worked as a designer on Hot Wheels cars and Masters of the Universe products for over 15 years.  His contributions to these two product lines, and his artistic influence on Mattel's design staff, are still felt today.  Last year Ed was eiagnosed with a very serious (type 4) brain tumor, which he is bravely fighting.  Ed's friends and former co-workers at Mattel felf compelled to come together to raise funds for the Watts family by donating their personal time and ingenuity to create these amazing one-of-a-kind collectibles.  Please be assured that all of the auction proceeds (net of Mattel's costs) will go to the worthy cause of helping out the 
Watts family in this time of need."

There was also a "Designer's Vision" and a few notes about the figure listed. (I will post the description under the figures detail page) The six figures that were offered were:  He-Man, Skeletor, Man-At-Arms,  Mer-Man, Trapjaw, and Beast Man and they were some really cool statues.  These auctions closed between $2,800 to $6,800 I think with the Skeletor being the most.  (I could be off on the numbers slightly so if you remember please let me know).

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Beast Man Collector Statue Giant Size over 12in 2002

This is what the description was on the eBay auction:

Designer's Vision:

"This Beast man figure was created by designer Binh Luong.  "My approach to Beast Man was to create an ambiance of his lair deep within Snake Mountain," Luong said.  "I placed him in the mist of the pitch black night.  I used lighting as my method to create effects of the Lava illuminating through the cracks of the rocky lair and the many moons shinning bright through any crevasses it can find from the wall above.  His whip extens far in front of him as he cracks the whip at the many beast he controls.""

The 13.5" figure was sculpted, casted and co-designed by the world renowned Four Horsemen..

The Custom paint design was created by mattel Designer, Binh Luong.

The base was designed and casted by Mattel Master Modelmaker, Hank Miller.


He-Man Collector Statue Giant Size over 12in 2002

This is what the description was on the eBay auction:

Designer's Vision:

"This He-Man figure was created by Steed Sun as a tribute to his friend and mentor Ed Watts.  "Ed is the first designer I worked with at Mattel and I learned so much from him, said Sun," who is currently working on Mattel's Batman and Justice Legue figures. " To me, He-Man represents the eternal struggle of good versus evil.  His weapons are a symbol of strength, power and integrity.  That is why I have put the special silvery-finish on them.  The weathering on his body is a symbol of his never-ending struggle and endurance in his fight against evil.  I think Ed has a great deal of these attributes as well and it is my hope that he too will win his battle and keep on fighting" Sun said."

The 13.5" figure was cast from a one-of-a-kind sculpture, co-designed by the world renowned Four Horsemen.

The custom pain design was created by mattel Senior Staff Designer, Steed Sun.

The base besign and figure casting was done by Mattel Master Modelmaker, Hank Miller.

 



Man-At-Arms Collector Statue Giant Size over 12in 2002

This is what the description was on the eBay auction:

Designer's Vision:

"This Man-At-Arms figure was created by designer Dave Martis.  "I suppose the way I presented this piece was that Man-at-Arms was in battle, slightly damaged but victorious and returning to the beautiful land of Eternia," said Martis, who currently works on Hot Wheels product.  "I wanted to show the contrast between the nature he is in versus the armor and weaponry he wears.""

The 13.5" figure was sculpted, co-designed and casted by the world renowned Four Horsemen.

The custom paint design was created by Mattel Senior Designer, David Martis.

The bas design and casting was done by Mattel Master Modelmaker, Hank Miller.


Mer-Man Collector Statue Giant Size over 12in 2002

This is what the description was on the eBay auction:

Designer's Vision:

"This Mer-Man figure was created by Designer Ruben Martinex.  "Mer-Man was my favorite character from the original Masters of the Universe line.  So when I designed the new look, I wanted to make him more amphibious in appearance.  I also wanted to make him look a little more aggressive, so I added huge tattoos to his body to give him more of a warrior feel.  I also changed the colors of this armor to look more like materials he have scavenged from other animals or sea creatures"  Martinez said."

The 13.5" figure was sculpted, casted and co-designedby the world renowned Four Horsemen.

The custom paint design was created by mattel Senior Design Manager, David Wolfram.

The bas was designed and casted by mattel Master Modelmaker, Hank Miller.


Skeletor Collector Statue Giant Size over 12in 2002

This is what the description was when listed on eBay:

Designer's Vision"

" This Skeletor figure was created by designer Michael Montalvo.  "I always considered Skeletor to be one of the coolest looking figures in the Masters line.  The Horsemen did a great job capturing his evil aura, sinister glare and inhuman strength in their sculpt, "said Montalvo."

The 13.5" figure was sculpted, co-designed and casted by the world renowned Four Horesemen.

The custom paint design was created by Mattel Senior Staff Designer, Steen Sun.

The base design and figure casting was done by Mattel Master Modelmaker, Hank Miller.

The cape was designed by Mattel Master Pattern Maker, Jean Stocking.


Trapjaw Collector Statue Giant Size over 12in 2002

This is what the description was on the eBay auction:

Designer's Vision:

"This Trapjaw figure was created by Dave Wolfram, senior manager of Mattel's Boy's Entertainment Design Group.  "One of my great pleasures over the last few years has been working closely with the Four Horsemen.  The first time I saw the Trapjaw sculpt, even in a rough state, I knew it would end up being one of my personal favorites.  I tried to have a little fun with the figure by finding some bones to simulate part of his missing arm and lower jaw, and hung them from his armor, and from around his neck.  Since the weapons on his arm are interchangeable, just like the toy, I built a rack into the base to display the ones that aren't currently in use," said Wolfram, who has the distinction of having been involved in the design of all three He-Man toy lines.  The figure is painted in a combination of acrylics, metallic, and oil paints.  "The figure is dedicated to Ed Watts, one of the most talented, and also one of the nicest guys that I know.  He was certainly a great inspiration to me when I stared at Mattel," Wolfram said."

The 13.5" figure was sculpted, casted and co-designed by the world renowned Four Horsemen.

The custom paint design was created by mattel Senior Design manager, Steed Sun.

The base was designed and casted by Mattel Master Modelmaker, Hank Miller.

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