SUMMARY: The Taiwan Stratos is one of the first 8 figures released by Mattel in 1982 and came only on an 8-Back card. Its characterized by its head with off-white face paint and celeste highlights, mid-orange skin tones, mustard-colored belt, and celeste shorts that match the highlights in the face.
The subsequent release Beastman (later 8-back release) had a long strap harness, sloppier blue paint, and no white dots. The figure and all accessories are marked the same.
The later runs of the Beastman on a 12-back card are believed to be marked 1982, but it would not surprise me to find 1981-marked figures on 12-back cards as well. The cardback details didn’t always match up directly to the figure variations.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: 1. Soft Head with bright white paint and celeste highlights 2. Mid-orange skin tones 3. Mustard-colored belt and celeste shorts similar to the face highlights
VARIANTS: 1. 8-BACK EARLY RELEASE (TEST MARKET) White dots on eyes (most of the time), short strap harness. Figure marked 1981. 2. 8-BACK LATER RELEASE No white dots in eyes, long strap harness. Figure marked 1981. 3. 12-BACK No white dots in eyes, long strap harness. Figure marked 1982 (presumedly).