Friday, April 24, 2009


The first post in a new Friday series. Chip in with your own candidates in the 'Comments' section.

Stinkor made his first appearance in 1985 as a villian in the "Masters of The Universe" toy line. The "Evil Master of Odors" had a distinct gimmick, which was that when you opened his packaging, the little bastard ACTUALLY SMELLED LIKE SHIT.
I don't know why anyone at Mattel ever thought this was a good idea, but Stinkor actually sold pretty well, and Moms even purchased me my own Stinkor action figure back when I was about 6 or 7. I don't know what I was expecting, but when I ripped open his plastic casing, I was assaulted by a wave of Stinkor's foul stench, and promptly buried him in the back yard.
Stinkor never made an appearance on the Masters of the Universe cartoon, although he had a solid origin story and ties to both The Sorceress and Skeletor. He was originally presented to producer Lou Scheimer for inclusion in the He-Man spin-off She-Ra, Princess of Power (as part of Hordak's Evil Horde), but was promptly dismissed as nothing but a "walking fart joke".
The Stinkor action figure was actually made from the same mold as Mer-Man, but with a different color scheme. His body armor was also recycled from an earlier figure known as Mekaneck.
Stinkor sucked. Fuck you, Stinkor.

Below: Stinkor in battle armor (left), Stinkor in neon orange Speedo (right).

While researching this post, I came accross the fact that Stinkor's stench was produced by manufacturers mixing PATCHOULI oil in with the plastic that made up his body. So Stinkor was a HIPPIE, too! Some toy collectors report that 25 years after his initial production, Stinkor still smells bad. Seriously.


Anonymous said...

Was he named "Stinkor" by an insensitive mother, or is it a stage-name, like "Batman"?

Considering how he has embraced his stink-ness, and his off-putting appearance as a whole (a skunk in an orange speedo?!), I theorize that Stinkor is his stage-name.

Or maybe it's an alter-ego? Bad guys never seem to have alter-egos though, they are evil through and through. I assume he is evil by proxy.

Shelby Cobras said...

from Wikipedia:

"In the 2002 version of the He-Man cartoon, Stinkor's origin is finally revealed, marking the first time the character appears on television. Stinkor was originally a common thief named Odiphus and resembled a large house cat or mogwai. A chemical accident mutated Odiphus into Stinkor and gave him his horrible stench. Stinkor himself is not immune to his own stench, and must wear an oxygen mask to breathe properly."

Odiphus = Oedipus?

Think about it.