Rudy Obrero‘s Battle Cat packaging illustration was the first piece of box art done for Masters of the Universe, which I think affords it a special place among the myriad of other pieces of ingenious artwork created for this toyline. I would put it in my top three personal favorites (the other two being Castle Grayskull and Battle Ram, with the He-Man and Battle Cat giftset artwork coming in a close fourth). When it comes to MOTU box art, there is a great deal of amazing work to choose from. Rudy’s work is my favorite, but of course I also love the art of the late, great William George.
Rudy Obrero was hired by Mark Taylor to paint Frank Frazetta-like artwork for the fledgling Masters of the Universe toyline, and that feeling is perhaps most evident in the original Battle Cat illustration.
I shared the original scan several months back in another post, but I’ve since done some digital manipulation to remove the most obvious wear marks and the horizontal packaging fold that goes across Battle Cat’s legs. Enjoy!
More posts about MOTU box art:
- Rudy Obrero: Heroic master of illustration
- Invented characters in Rudy Obero’s packaging artwork
- Battle Ram Box Art Scan
- Creatures of William George
- Box Art From A-Z, Part One: 1982
- Box Art From A-Z, Part Two: 1983
- Box Art From A-Z, Part Three: 1984
- Box Art From A-Z, Part Four: 1985
- Box Art From A-Z, Part Five: 1986
- Box Art From A-Z, Part Six: 1987
- Box Art From A-Z, Part Seven: 1988