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    Were vintage Skeletors boots full or half painted ?

    I recently bought what I thought was a vintage Skeletor with the full painted boots. I was under the assumption the commemorative series had half painted boots.Then looking at a childhood photo,I noticed Skeletor had half-painted boots. Can someone please clear this up for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Criss79 View Post
    I recently bought what I thought was a vintage Skeletor with the full painted boots. I was under the assumption the commemorative series had half painted boots.Then looking at a childhood photo,I noticed Skeletor had half-painted boots. Can someone please clear this up for me?
    Earlier figures had half painted legs.I think it was the 8-backs, after that they were released completely painted.

    Either way, if you look at the bottom of the feet, and the edges have an off-set, it's commemorative, if it's flat, it's vintage.

    look at this http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/...emorative+feet
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    So it sounds like there was 2 separate early releases of the original 8 figures.The 8-backs being first then a different production of the same figures afterwards. Thanks. .can anyone further explain??

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    I know that there are 3 8 back cards, one without SKU (numbers under the name and title)or warranty (this one came first, I think in Nov-Dec 1981), one without warranty, then the 8 back with warranty and SKU.

    There is an 8 back w/warranty MOC on ebay right now, it has half painted boots, I can't link to it (forum rules) but it's there. I know of a 8 back Skeletor figure with no warranty that has half painted boots, and a different paint application to the face known as pink face Skeletor.

    I'm not sure if the release without SKU or warranty has half painted boots, but the 8 Back Card with no warranty with SKU was the first big retail release.

    One curious detail I noticed is that in He-man and the power sword, Skeletor is wearing the half boots, with naked feet of course, look at page 6.

    Update: so I've been searching and I found a picture of an 8-back Skeletor with no SKU or warranty, half painted boots. So what I want to know now is when fully painted boots started to show up, is it starting the 12-back releases?.
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    I know. What-the-duck is wrong with Skeletor's boots?!!!

    I was sewing his feet to the magnet plate for my chessboard, and the thread didn't match.
    DUCK!!!!!

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    The evolution of Skeletor made in TAIWAN (the most common one, the soft head Skeletor) can be easily followed even without cards, just look at the figures. The less details is the newer...more details is older.
    There are folowing stages of "Taiwan Skeletor evolution":

    TAIWAN 1981, 8-back I: The first edition has purple loincloths (the belt is black), half painted boots, bright blue color in the eye sockes and orange cheeks.

    TAIWAN 1981, 8-back II: later has black loincloth (as every later version), half painted boots, blue color in the eye sockets and NO ORANGE color on cheeks.

    TAIWAN 1981, 8-back III: CANADIAN CARD 8-Back 1981-2 and EURO card Uni Logo 8_back 1981 (which is the figure from the early mold as those half boot figures of Skeletor, but with fully painted boots and with dark blue paint in the eyes.

    TAIWAN 1981: The most common version of the figure, without any blue color in his eye sockets, different molds than previous 3 (with less visible sculpt details). The same parts were used for the first edition of Battle Armor Skeletor Taiwan so you can't see the differences between face paint job between those two.

    TAIWAN 1982: The new mold is used, red color in the eye sockets looks more visible then in older versions. The same parts were used for the second edition of Battle Armor Skeletor Taiwan so you can't see the differences between face paint job between those two.

    I hope this helps!

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    Thanks for the information.

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    Half Boot vs Full Boot Skeletor

    I know the first release of Skeletor has the half painted boots, but did subsequent releases such as "the original" have fully painted boots? I am curious because I have been seeing a bunch of full booted Skeletors being sold recently and wonder are they all just Dragon Blaster Skeletors dressed up in older gear. Thank you very much for any insight!

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    Only a few of the first run 8-back Skeletors had half boots. All subsequent Skeletors were fully booted. "The Original" had full boots and black undies. You can tell it's not DB Skeletor because DB Skeletor has different face paint, larger feet, arms, and a hard rubber or hard plastic head.

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    Commemorative has half boots too, both carded and Panthor set.

    Quote Originally Posted by Universe View Post
    Only a few of the first run 8-back Skeletors had half boots. All subsequent Skeletors were fully booted. "The Original" had full boots and black undies. You can tell it's not DB Skeletor because DB Skeletor has different face paint, larger feet, arms, and a hard rubber or hard plastic head.
    Not necessarily true- the first run were closer to the first Skeletor though the boots were lighter purple. Some later Skeletors are closer to the standard DB figure with harder head and simplified face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diosoth View Post
    Not necessarily true- the first run were closer to the first Skeletor though the boots were lighter purple. Some later Skeletors are closer to the standard DB figure with harder head and simplified face.
    Yes, that's true, Skeletors had a variety of face paints, with some of them matching DB Skeletor exactly. However, all releases of DB Skeletor are larger than regular Skeletor (I think because they needed his mold to be a little bigger to accommodate his water dragon), so you can always tell them apart by size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantisaur82 View Post
    The evolution of Skeletor made in TAIWAN (the most common one, the soft head Skeletor) can be easily followed even without cards, just look at the figures. The less details is the newer...more details is older.
    There are folowing stages of "Taiwan Skeletor evolution":

    TAIWAN 1981, 8-back I: The first edition has purple loincloths (the belt is black), half painted boots, bright blue color in the eye sockes and orange cheeks.

    TAIWAN 1981, 8-back II: later has black loincloth (as every later version), half painted boots, blue color in the eye sockets and NO ORANGE color on cheeks.

    TAIWAN 1981, 8-back III: CANADIAN CARD 8-Back 1981-2 and EURO card Uni Logo 8_back 1981 (which is the figure from the early mold as those half boot figures of Skeletor, but with fully painted boots and with dark blue paint in the eyes.

    TAIWAN 1981: The most common version of the figure, without any blue color in his eye sockets, different molds than previous 3 (with less visible sculpt details). The same parts were used for the first edition of Battle Armor Skeletor Taiwan so you can't see the differences between face paint job between those two.

    TAIWAN 1982: The new mold is used, red color in the eye sockets looks more visible then in older versions. The same parts were used for the second edition of Battle Armor Skeletor Taiwan so you can't see the differences between face paint job between those two.

    I hope this helps!
    There are a few other paint combinations of 8 back Skeletors as well. I will take pictures and post tomorrow if I can. I have them all loose and several on card.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Here are some loose examples.

    Taiwan 1981 8-backs:
    purple trunks, half boot, orange cheeks, light blue in eyes, soft head:
    IMG_1841.JPG

    black trunks, half boot, orange cheeks, light blue in eyes, soft head:
    IMG_1842.JPG

    black trunks, half boot, light blue in eyes, soft head:
    IMG_1843.JPG

    black trunks, full boot, light blue in eyes, soft head:
    IMG_1844.JPG

    black trunks, full boot, standard eyes, soft head:
    IMG_1845.JPG

    A Few Others not 8-back:
    1983 (Hong Kong - no country marking) black trunks, full boot, light blue around eyes, yellow paint is pointy above eyes similar to terror claws skeletor but with 2 black marks (eyebrows), hard rubber Head, maintains small evil warrior feet
    IMG_1846.JPG

    1981 (no country marking) black trunks, full boot, standard eyes, yellow paint is pointy above eyes similar to terror claws skeletor (no eyebrows), hard plastic head, maintains small evil warrior feet
    IMG_1847.JPG

    1981 (no country marking) black trunks, full boot, standard eyes, yellow paint is pointy above eyes similar to terror claws skeletor (no eyebrows), hard plastic head, large dragon blaster skeletor feet
    IMG_1848.JPG

    Dark Blue Leo Skeletor
    IMG_1849.JPG
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    That is the reason Skeletor always got away. Imagine that confusing police lineup.

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