Friday, September 25, 2020

MOTU Origins - EVIL-LYN!

Masters of the Universe Origins - Evil-Lyn (Evil Warrior Goddess) - Mattel 2020

All throughout my childhood I would see the classic Evil-Lyn tossed by the wayside in my friend's toy bins. I was so jealous and covetous of this weird yellow-skinned villainess. It wasn't until the mid-2000s when I finally bought her for myself. And then I made the embarrassingly late realization that her toy design was so different from her Filmation look, and also that she shared Teela's body. Captain obvious here. But in my defense, the DVDs hadn't even been released at that point so I was going on 20-year-old memories. Even since then, though, I've been obsessed with the duality between the vintage toy look and Filmation look. I can never decide which I like better, but I usually steer toward the yellow just because I'm fond of bold colors. This Masters of the Universe Origins Evil-Lyn is the figure I didn't know I needed. She is colorful, fun, very poseable and owning her is like mainlining nostalgia. Now I'm just super excited for more of these Origins figures. Let's check her out below!

There is something to look for when choosing your Evil-Lyn figure (assuming you have your pick of a few). I preordered two Evil-Lyns and both of them had helmets that were slightly askew. The whole thing is shifted a little to her right. You can see it when you look at the off-center skull and the point at which the bottom edges of the helmet hit her collar. My other version was significantly shifted, this one is only moderately imperfect. When I eventually see her in the stores, I will keep my eye out for a perfectly centered one.

I forgot to point this out when I reviewed Teela last week, but these figures are designed to be modular. I don't know how swappable her parts really are considering her yellow skin tone, but the option is fun (especially considering that the WWE/MOTU mashups will start including females with Becky Lynch and provide us with even more part options). This disassembled pic below shows the joints that are easily poppable. Her knees, elbows, and hips may be detachable as well, but there was significant resistance when I pulled.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here she is with her vintage 1983 figure (on the Left).

And my collection of Yellow Evil-Lyns. From Left to Right: Super7 ReAction Figure, Neca Staction, Loyal Subjects, 20xx Mini-bust, MOTU Origins, MOTUC, and Vintage 1983.

And with the Teela Origins figure.



  1. Huh. I knew nothing about the modular nature of these things despite having a few of the WWE / Masters figures. Has Mattel said anything about it or is it just something fans figured out? The joint design is very reminiscent of the Glyos System stuff out there but obviously on a larger scale.

    1. I first heard about it in Pixel Dan's interview with the Mattel team during Powercon. Dan said he noticed the modular system and they said it was very intentional to maximize playability and customization. I just picked up a second Evil Lyn so I'm going to see if those knees, elbows, and hips will pop out now without fear of breaking my only one.

  2. Can Evil-Lyn's helmet not be removed or adjusted to any extent? The one I just received is substantially off center and nearly covers up one of her eyebrows, which is really irritating to look at. I don't want to open it and get stuck with it if I can't adjust it. Considering just returning it for an exchange.

    1. I have had the same issue with both versions of evil-lyn. In fact, if you look at the photos in this post, the helmet is tilted sideways... you can see it if you visually line up the blue skull with the center of her face. The edge of her helmet also hits her jawline at different places. I was unable to remove it and ended up just keeping my eyes peeled for a better version. I preordered two 200x/purple evil-lyns and they each had very different helmet placement. One was similar to yours in that it covered her eyebrows.