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Flipshot, (aka Icarius) is an action figure from the Mattel He-Man toyline and a character from the 1990 animated series The New Adventures of He-Man.

The original Flipshot

Daring Space Ace Pilot from the cloud city, Levitan, on planet Primus. He is equipped and ready to "flip" into battle at a moment's notice. He leaves the Tri-Sloar System with Captain Hydron and travels back in time to search the universe for He-Man.

Mission: To aid He-Man and Captain Hydron in their fight to save the universe and to lead the air defense against Skeletor and the evil goons from planet Denebria.

Battle Equipment: Helmet, Jet Back-Pack, Wrist Rockets.


Flipshot first appears in the minicomic The New Adventure, where he and Captain Hydron go to Eternia searching for He-Man, but Skeletor tricks them into thinking he is the force of good they are searching for, and makes them siphon the power of Castle Grayskull into their ship, but Prince Adam arrives on the ship, becomes He-Man and reveals the truth to the Galactic Guardians.

In the following minicomics, Battle for the Crystal and The Revenge of Skeletor!, he uses the Bolajet against whoever is driving the Terrorclaw (Slush Head and Optikk in the former, Flogg in the latter).

Animated series

Flipshot is a regular in the animated series. His catchphrase comes when getting ready for battle, as he's asked "Are you ready?" (mostly by Hydron) and he always answers "I was born ready!". Most of the time, his arrogance gets him in trouble.



He-Man (minicomics)

The New Adventures of He-Man

DC Comics

Behind the Scenes

  • The character was originally developed for the proposed He-Ro: Son of He-Man series bible, where he was called Icarius. Most of the concepts from this series bible ended up in the He-Man toyline and it was decided that Icarius needed a more toyetic sounding name, hence he became Flipshot. However, for the European market the original name of Icarius was still used.
  • When the character was released in the MOTU Classics toyline, they had to revert to the original name of Icarius because 'Flipshot' was owned by rival toy company Hasbro in connection with their collection of Nerf guns.
  • In the MOTU Classics toyline, Icarius' face resembled actor Val Kilmer as he appeared in the 1986 film Top Gun.
  • The MOTUC bio revealed Icarius' full name to be Tc Icarius Kaz. The first to letters are a reference to Mattel toy engineer TC Chen, who worked on both the original version of the toy and on the MOTUC version. The last name 'Kaz' appears to be a reference to another character from The New Adventures of He-Man series.

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