Who is “Namek?” A ‘Man of Steel’ Mystery
May 22, 2013

Here in So Cal I have been on a desperate hunt for Mattel’s 6″ Movie Masters line from “Man of Steel.”   Even though the on-shelf embargo date was back on April 28th, none of the local Target or Toy R Us stores that I have visited have put out ANY product, even though they have it in the stock room.   I have seen some of the kid friendly toys at a Walmart but other than that I have come up empty handed until today!  (But I still haven’t found the Movie Masters).

What I found today was a Target store that didn’t want to wait around for Walmart to get all of the early Man Of Steel sales and took one side of their Iron Man 3 end cap to finally put out some of the more kid friendly MoS items.   The one that caught my eye was the Mattel 4″ Target exclusive 5-pack.  Much like Mattel’s 4″ Dark Knight Rises 5-pack, this Man of Steel exclusive set features some new figures not in the single carded waves (at this time?)  As of this writing all we have seen of the 4″ singles are Zod in his Kryptionia armor and a wide variety of Superman figure in screen accurate and made up costumes.

In this set we get a standard Superman figure (same as one of the single carded figures but the car door accessory in this set is blue instead of green),  Superman in some Kryptonian armor (in fairly standard colors with a cape.  Screen accurate?  I don’t know if he ever wears this outfit.  We’ll find out next month), Superman’s dad Jor-El (A “new” figure that is a new head, but the same body, arms and legs as the Kryptionian armor Superman with a different paint job.  We suspect Jor-El is in a costume similar to this as we have seen some images in the trailer and the movie masters figure is in this armor.  The colors on this version are MUCH lighter than any of the other versions we have seen) , Zod (this is an un-armored version of the character) and everyone one’s favorite Kryptonian giant – NAMEK!!!


Who?  ya know… Namek!   …   I don’t know WHO Namek might be.  He’s a BIG figure.  Much bigger than the others.   I don’t see anyone listed under that character name for the movie on Man of Steel’s IMDB page either.   I don’t think I’ve seen anything in the trailers about a giant Kryptonian.  Now there WAS a character named Nam-Ek that showed up on Smallville and as servant to Zod.  Also a Kryptonian criminal named Nam-Ek did appear in Superman #282 back in 1974.   He did some bad stuff, turned into a purple beast and was sent into the Phantom Zone.

Who is this Namek?  Why is he a giant?  Does he really appear in Man of Steel?

We’ll all find out on June 14th!

Jason just sent me this screen shot from the new Man of Steel trailer.  Could that be Nam-Ek on the left hand side?


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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