Christmas of 1984, times were tough for my family as we lived in a crammed one room apartment. I was only four years old, so I didn’t understand the gravity of the situation. I really had no concept of Christmas, so I was surprised when there were four wrapped presents waiting for me when I woke up that morning.
The first two were Superman and Batman action figures courtesy of Kenner’s Super Powers line. Presents three and four were He-Man and Skeletor of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe collection. To be more specific, it was the Battle Damage He-Man and Battle Damage Skeletor, not the regular figures.
Unlike the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel, I had no idea who this barbarian and yellow skeleton were. It didn’t matter, the toys were amazing and I wanted more and to learn even more about the other characters advertised on the back of the packaging.
The following Christmas I had met my grandmother for the first time, and she gave me what might have been the coolest gift of all time……..Castle Grayskull! I was lucky enough to have the figures and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would own one of the play sets, much less Grayskull.
Masters of the Universe ranks right up there for me along with Wrestling and Star Wars. I actually don’t even mind the 1987 live action movie starring Dolph Lungdren and Frank Langella. A new character in the form of the villainous double sword wielding Blade was introduced. I always hoped he would appear in the cartoon, but it never came to be.
I recently wrote a column reviewing the six latest issues of the MOTU comic book series titled ‘He-Man: Eternity War’, which does a fantastic job of capturing and exploring the untapped mythology within that universe. Click here to check it out at Forces of Geek.com