Master Mold (01 - Original)
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Dr. Bolivar Trask equipped Master Mold with powerful weaponry and the ability to speak; Master Mold was also mobile so that it could defend itself from mutant attackers or so that it can be relocated easily if Trask had to find a new headquarters.
Master Mold was created by Dr. Bolivar Trask during the original run of X-Men comics. In the 1960s, out of fear of a race of superhuman mutants that could dominate the whole world and enslave normal human beings, Trask makes Master Mold, a super-computer, in the shape of a giant Sentinel robot, that will control and facilitate the construction of the Sentinels (mechanical warriors that are programmed to hunt and capture all superhuman mutants). Unbeknownst to all, the original Master Mold is also programmed by the time-traveling Tanya Trask (aka Madame Sanctity), part of the Askani Sisterhood, with the mission to find and destroy The Twelve: a group of mutants that are linked to the rise of Apocalypse, which the ruthless Sanctity considered an event that must be stopped at all costs. For unknown reasons, some of the mutants that are catalogued as the Twelve are not part of the group.
The original Master Mold is eventually destroyed, but several others are later built by other people who want to manufacture Sentinels. In the late 1980s, the remains of Master Mold merges with the advanced Sentinel from the future, Nimrod, thanks to the Siege Perilous to form the being called Bastion, which acts like an almost-human Master Mold during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Another Master Mold appeared in Incredible Hulk Annual #7. It claimed to be Steven Lang, who was thought to be dead after Project Armageddon. It said that he (as Steven Lang) did not die immediately from the crash of his flying gunship, he managed to pull himself out of the wreckage and crawl to his greatest weapon, Master Mold, which merged with Lang when he tried to activate it. It was nearly destroyed by Hulk, who was with Angel and Iceman in Master Mold's meteor space base. Then it was completely destroyed when the asteroid exploded, right after Hulk, Angel and Iceman managed to escape.
Another Master Mold is built in secret in the jungles of Ecuador. This particular Master Mold builds a new breed of Sentinels, known as Wild Sentinels, which are capable of assimilating non-organic materials to assume different shapes, most of them insectoid, as well as a breed of Nano-Sentinels. This Master Mold is taken over by Cassandra Nova, who uses the Wild Sentinels to destroy Genosha and in her subsequent plan to destroy the X-Men.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #15
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#9 Cable/Machine Man '98 (1998)
- 'Puppet Master to Shamrock'
Annual 01 Der Unglaubliche Hulk Comic-Taschenbuch (1980)
- 'Engines of Destruction, Part 1: Metalmorphosis'
Giant-Size Incredible Hulk (2008)
Hulk Team-Up (2009)
Machine Man/Bastion '98 (1998)
Annual '98 Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'Engines of Destruction, Part 2: Deus X Machina'
#18#19#20#21 New Mutants (2009)
- 'Best Laid Plans/Justifiable Action/Let's Take It From Where I Swing in and Rescue You.../The First Cut'#22#23#24
#14 New X-Men (2001)
- 'Second Coming: Chapter 11'
#114 Power Pack (1984)
- 'E is for Extinction One of Three'#115
- 'E is for Extinction Two of Three'
Secret Avengers (2010)
#36 The Incredible Hulk (1968)
- 'Grandfather Clock'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1989)
#5 The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
- 'Marauders to Power Princess'
#30 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'A Change of State Part II'
#13 X-Factor Forever (2010)
- 'The Mutant Program!'
#1 X-Men [GER] (1997)
X-Men Legacy (2008)
- 'Second Coming: Chapter 12'
Video Game Appearances:
Captain America and the Avengers (1991)
X-Men: Legends (2005)
X-Men: The Official Game (2006)
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