Faker’s bio-card says, “Originally built by Man-At-Arms to cover for He-Man when Prince Adam is needed, Faker was abandoned in the royal junkyard after his first mission and salvaged by the evil warrior Tri-Klops. At the request of Skeletor, Faker was reprogrammed to replace He-Man and convince the people of Eternia that He-Man had betrayed King Randor and turned to evil.”
It should be noted that in the cartoon, Faker (who was never addressed by name) looked exactly like He-Man. The Faker action figure, on the other hand, had blue skin, blood red hair, and orange Skeletor armor. And if you pulled off the armor, he had an awesome sticker “computer” on his chest. Just pop a cassette tape in and he says, “Hello, I’m Teddy Ruxpin.” All of which are big clues that this impostor is definitely not He-Man.
Let’s dissect his bio-card for a bit. He was a heroic decoy, who was left in a trash dump. He was salvaged by Tri-Klops, and reprogrammed to be an evil decoy. That is one seriously miserable life! It’s a good thing he’s an emotionless robot. I imagine he gets stuck doing all the Charlie-work around Snake Mountain, like cleaning bathrooms, scooping Panthor’s litter box… who knows what else.
So, why is he blue? Why does he wear Skeletor’s orange armor? If an explanation was ever given, I’ve never seen it. As mentioned before, he was a perfect duplicate of He-Man in the Filmation cartoon. And he never appeared in the Mike Young Productions series, though he did have a figure released in the 200X collection. Faker’s full story has never been told.
Most fans are in agreement that Faker’s origin was more or less a fluke of necessity. Most likely they needed one more figure to complete a wave, but had already exhausted their budget for new tooling and development. (It could be argued that they exhausted their imaginations, too.) They probably cobbled up a blue He-Man in orange Skeletor armor, thinking this half He-man, half Skeletor thing was just wacky and different enough to get picked up by kids, or moms shopping for their kids.
The Masters of the Universe Classics collection released a traditional Faker figure in standard packaging. Later on, in a slightly odd cross-promotion with DC Comics action figures, some “Vs.” two-packs were released as Toys R Us exclusives. The oddest part of the cross promotion was that the MOTUC figures were about an inch taller and bulkier in scale than the DC figures. But still it was nice to see MOTUC actually hit a retail shelf in some form or fashion. Most of these sat on shelves for well over a year. One that was snatched up quickly was the Faker/Bizarro two-pack. Why was that one so popular? Because there was a very interesting variant; Faker was wearing orange-colored version of Skeletor’s Battle Armor!
Long story, but I actually saw this two-pack at the Lake Charles TRU and passed it up. When I reconsidered and went back to get it, it was gone, and they never stocked another one. Okay… that wasn’t a long story after all. Anyhow, it has now become one of the rarest, most sought-after figures in the MOTUC collection, fetching around $200 loose, and even more in-package. Needless to say, I’m not paying that much money when I can make my own.
Karak Nul’s Customs had cast the Skeletor Battle armor in orange, so I bought a set (front and back plates snap together) for $12. I think I managed to improve on it, since the two-pack release had very, very limited paint apps. I mixed up some metallic orange by combining copper with neon orange. I added some dark silver trimming, and painted the bat symbol metallic purple and metallic light green/peridot. Karak Nul’s Customs also provided me with He-Man’s shield ($5) and battle axe ($4), which I also painted metallic orange and metallic purple.
The icing on the cake was a cool bonus that shipped with the New Adventures Skeletor figure… a battle-damaged Faker head, missing half of his face and exposing his silver skull! That figure finally arrived yesterday, so I can now present to you my version of Battle Armor Faker!
While I waited patiently for that battle-damaged Faker head to ship, I started toying around with the idea of a second Faker robot that leaned more towards the Skeletor half of his nature. I had a spare Skeletor figure that I had set aside for customizing, and a spare set of He-Man armor. I painted the figure’s skin a slightly deeper Faker blue. I painted the He-Man armor metallic orange with metallic purple accents. The head was cobbled together by combining a Skeletor head with He-Man hair, with some blue skin peeling off. I decided to stick one eyeball in an eye socket with a beady red pupil, because it added a crazy flair to it. But a robot can’t be crazy, can it? They don’t have feelings… do they?!
I thought that maybe the Evil Warriors created Fakest (along with standard and battle armor, I started calling them Fake, Faker and Fakest) as a joke on Skeletor. They gave him an orange Havoc staff, which he proceeded to break in half and use the two pieces as clubby-stabby weapons. (I bet they never make him do Charlie-work.)
Hey, looks like the clubby ram’s head has lost one of it’s horns. I wonder what happened to it?