Skeletor CONGOST SPAIN
In Spain, Congost released (for the Masters del Universo line) Skeletor with 3 distinct mold markings, the first of which will be the focus for this diagram. While the company “Congost” manufactured all the Spain Masters figures, they only had their Company stamp on the first 8 released blisters. Those initial 8-Releases have various characteristics that make them stand apart from the rest of the line of Spain figures, and are generally the ones collectors refer to as “Congost” figures.
One of the characteristics of these 8 figures is that they do not have a COO (Country of Origin) marking behind the torso or on their accessories. Other Spain figures released after this first wave tended to be marked Spain, France, and in some instances Malaysia. The Congost marking could be seen on the packaging, as well as on the 2 comics that were released for these figures.
After this initial release, the Congost logo was dropped from the packaging, and was covered up (by a no 1 and no2) on the subsequent releases of these first 2 comic titles.
The Congost Skeletor came in 2 different variations. Both variations can be identified by the back marking "© Mattel. Inc. 1981", the France style face paint app, and the soft/gummy weapons. The accessories are short strap. Where these 2 different Congost Skeletors vary is in the translucency, and the sword mold. The figure on the left has an opaque head that does not allow light to pass. This figure came with the standard mold Congost accessories (unmarked). The figure on the right has a translucent head, as well as an extremely rare sword without the female slot.
Its a subject of debate whether the opaque head, or the translucent head came first. Some believe the translucent head was the very first release, while others affirm it came the following year, during the transitional period during which the cardbacks where changed from having Congost logos, to Mattel Spain logos.
It’s interesting to note that the molds that were used in 1983 (sold in 1984) and 1984 (sold in 1985) would be in Spain for 3 months for production, and then sent to Venezuela and Brasil. That is why you see Spain marked Rotoplast Skeletor figures, and blank marked Brasil figures. While the accessories mold varied somewhat, all 3 harnesses (Congost-Spain, Rotoplast-Venezuela & Estrela-Brazil) share a harness that is short strap, and the weapons are very similar, except for differences in color and material.