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Archive for the 'Conan the Barbarian' Category
TSR released two Conan modules in 1984 (Conan Unchained! and Conan Against Darkness!) to coincide with the release of Conan the Destroyer. In 1985 TSR released, for obscure reasons, the Conan Role-Playing Game, with game mechanics based on the Marvel Super Heroes RPG. Chris Kutalik reviews the Conan RPG at Hill Cantons.
Conan especially likes his protein powder when it’s chocolate-flavored and served in fancy crystal—with a strawberry on the rim.
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Says Deborah on Bookbox (the Scholastic Reading Club blog):
My mom made me pose with the guy who played Conan the Barbarian on our trip to Universal Studios back when I was nine; she said my friends would be “jealous” that I got to be in a picture with such a “hunky monkey.” But all I could think about was how I wish he was wearing a longer loincloth.
Also check out an entry from our hero’s (I’m talking about the girl, not Conan) 7th grade diary:
Things I want to do when I’m in high school:
- Have a boy pick me up from school one day, in a car.
- Have a boy drive me around in his car.
- Go to an all-boys school during the middle of the day.
- Meet a boy for lunch.
- Go out on a school night.
Doesn’t Conan bear a pretty good resemblance to Arnold?
The Universal Studios attraction was a “$3.75 million production featuring state-of-the-art, never-before-seen laser and pyrotechnic special effects, combined with the skills of actors, magical illusions and computer-coordinated animated characters.” I never got to see it, sadly. I went to Universal Studios once or twice, before 1983, and remember only the Jaws and Battlestar Galactica rides.
The fire-breathing dragon sequence in the Conan Spectacular was inspired by the climactic scene in Sleeping Beauty (1959). I’d forgotten how scary the original Disney classics could be. Not only is the battle convincing and way ahead of its time conceptually, it’s one of the earliest screen examples of the sword and sorcery trope.
TV promo is below. Check out a short documentary (1988) and the full show (circa 1990) at thestudiotour.com.