Some cats are green. The Battle Cat action figure from Mattel is one such curious creature. He is not just a green cat, he is a green tiger, with an interesting alter ego. The Battle Cat creature is He Man’s steed in his many adventures. He is also a part of the “Masters of the Universe” collection from 1983. He was created in DC comics and joins He Man when the latter defends a jungle named Damon. The tiger who would later be named “Cringer” was in those same jungles. He later got the name of Battle Cat thanks to a boost in power from He Man.
The alter ego for Battle Cat was called “Cringer” because of he was prone to be scared as a kitten. His transformation becomes complete though, and he even grows bigger when Prince Adam transforms into He Man. Battle Cat is transformed when He Man points his sword at the green tiger to share some of the power with him. The bolt of “He Man power” hits the tiger and he grows larger and a saddle appears on his back. Battle Cat talks in the television series with a human voice. The characteristic change of personality in his voice happens before and after his transformation. Battle Cat had his own nemesis, he was the evil Panthor. This was a purple panther and sidekick of Skeletor.
The original Battle Cat action figure had no moving limbs. He was just pure plastic. He did come with a removable saddle and helmet. The saddle could be used by other Masters Of The Universe ( MOTU ) figures other than He Man. Later versions would include more weapons and claw guards for his paws. His size as an action figure was a bit bigger than He Man, since he had to ride him into battle.
The versions of MOTU Battle Cat advanced over the years. The 1983 model was a green plastic cast with yellow tiger stripes painted on. A single bubble pack with He Man and Battle Cat together can be found on ebay for around $480 dollars. They are rare and therefore make good collectible toys from the MOTU series. This action figure can be found without a card for around $25 dollars. He can be found with an imperfect package for $41 dollars. He can be found without a package and He Man riding atop for around eleven dollars on ebay. Interestingly, his nemesis, Panthor, is the same plastic cast as he is, but is painted purple. Battle Cat was popular enough that Mexican companies made bootleg copies of him. For those tigers that are out of the package the
The card variations that Battle Cat came in will either be the “8 back” or the “12 back”. This means that the back of the bubble package will have either eight or twelve of the MOTU series emblazoned on the back of the package. The eight backs are going to be the rarer and more expensive of the two. The eight back Battle Cat can be found for up to $3000 dollars if the package is unopened. The 12 back is around $500 and loose figures are about $25-$100.