Archive for the 'Masters of the Universe' Category

Masters of the Universe: Eternia Playset (Mattel, 1986)

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MOTU Eternia 1986-2

That’s a lot of toy. Sweet box art by William George.

(Images via Nostalgia Monster)

Masters of the Universe Pencil Topper Erasers (Butterfly, 1984)

MOTU Pencil Toppers 1984

Just what I always wanted. He-Man’s head on a stick.

(Image via eBay)

‘High Tech’ Toys News Report, 1987

Nice up-close look at a big toy store with some nice displays in New York City. The report itself is an interesting peek at the rise of technology in the toy industry: both Lazer Tag and Photon make an appearance. At 2:16 you’ll see the Masters of the Universe and Thundercats aisle representing the old guard.

Target Toy Ads, 1985/1986

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The first two are from 1985, and the last one is from 1986. I talk about Photon here. Some close-ups of the Karate Kid action figures are here.

I never had any of LJN’s Thundercats toys, but they look really good.

(Images via tOkKie-Pokie)

Halloween, 1984: He-Man and Skeletor

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That’s a box of raisins in Skeletor’s bag. God, I hated getting raisins for Halloween. You can see the He-Man costume (Ben Cooper) better below. That’s Tenderheart Bear next to the big guy.


(Images via thepeachmartini and Shane Woodall)

The Real Ghostbusters and Masters of the Universe Knitting Patterns (Intarsia, 1986/1987)

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Not exactly Halloween-relevant, but I just couldn’t wait when I saw these. So much gold. That poor Ghostbusters kid. I hope he made enough money for some Nintendo games.

The Powers of Grayskull was supposed to be a 1987 Masters of the Universe spinoff, but the forces of justice prevailed, and we were not forced to endure another round of idiotic characters with names like He-Ro, who happens to be the guy standing next to He-Man. Not sure what’s going on with all the dinosaurs, and not sure why the designs have nothing to do with the cover of the product. The Cringer sweater is the best.

Masters of the Universe Toothpaste Toppers (Colorforms, 1984)

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Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me the day I held aloft my magic toothbrush and said, “By the power of fluoride!”


I ache to brush you out of existence! To drive your cursed plaque from my memories forever!

(Images via DIG Auctions/eBay)

Masters of the Universe Fast Dry Paint By Number Set (Craft House, 1983)

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MOTU Paint 1983-2

MOTU Paint 1983-3

Nobody likes slow dry paint. Nobody.

(Images via eBay)

Christmas Morning, 1983: Castle Grayskull

Christmas 1983 Grayskull

The photo is via Corimarti, who nails down the scene: “A sailor suit AND Castle Grayskull? Not fair!”

It’s also not fair that that gloriously raunchy carpet is not in my house. (MOTU goes best with rust-colored rugs, apparently.)

Robots, Lasers & Galaxies: Mammoth Marauder (Imperial, 1984)

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I talked about the robots of Robots, Lasers & Galaxies way back here. The Mammoth Marauder is neither a laser nor a galaxy, but I don’t think Imperial cared for such details. Four out of five stars for the box art.




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