Tag: Masters of the Universe

Thoughts on Masters of the Universe: Revelation

Well, I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the new Masters of the Universe: Revelation series on Netflix this weekend. I had been under the weather all week, and didn’t want to start the series until I was well enough to really pay attention to it and soak it in without being in a medicinal stupor.

While I managed to avoid actual spoilers all week long, I wasn’t able to avoid reading all the negative thoughts and comments on the series. I saw takes that decried how the property was now dead thanks to what Kevin Smith had done with it, and takes blaming the “wokeness” of the times taking over and causing the series’ focus to be changed, and takes on how the whole thing was one big bait and switch. But because I love the franchise so much, I was determined to watch it and decide for myself how I felt about it. And boy am I glad I did.

*Spoilers Ahead*

First, let me just get my overall take out of the way… I LOVED it! I feel like some of the folks complaining about it are only upset that it didn’t fit their expectation of what they were wanting to see, and not judging it on what it actually is. What it actually is is a very well conceived and executed next step in the Masters of the Universe mythos. Like, if you think of the original series and the 2002 series as an era in the history of Eternia, then Revelation is the next era, and it’s a really exciting and intriguing era. The beauty of it though is that it wouldn’t be near as enjoyable without all of the history we already know. If Revelation is your first foray into this universe, there’s probably not much that is going to stand out to you. But for longtime fans, there is so much greatness highlighted that every episode has numerous things that catch your attention. Here are some of the things I enjoyed most about the first five episodes:

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Masters of the Universe Model Kits From 1984

I was flipping through some old comics books the other day, and came across some random title from 1984.  As I was flipping through it, I came across a bevy of kick-ass old advertisements.  These are too cool not to share, so here is the first one. 

We’re starting things off with my favorite one of the batch.  Up until I saw this, I never had any idea that Monogram made model kits of the MOTU vehicles.  I was big into model kits back in the day, and He-Man was my hero, so how this escaped me for all this time is mind-boggling.  This Talon FIghter and Attak Trak just look bad-ass, and I wonder if any of these kits could still be found on eBay? 

Yep.  A quick search pulled up an Attack Trak kit still sealed in its box for $225. 

Digging a little deeper, I also find a Roton still in its box for $92!  That seems like a steal.  The box looks a little beat up, but I’d personally be looking to pick one up to put together, not leave in the box. 

And with even more digging, I just found the Talon Fighter!  It says it’s complete and the only thing I see missing is the plastic wrap from around the box is missing.  It’s currently listed for $95.  You can click on any of the links I added to go right to the auction listings for each. 

So what say you?  Do you even remember these things?  The prices sound reasonable in today’s market?  I’m going to have to think on this for a bit. 

eBay Archaeology: Random Edition

I keep finding myself going down these eBay rabbit holes, and every time I do, I come across so much cool old stuff that I used to have or wanted to have. Here’s some of the best stuff (in my mind) that I’ve ran across in the last few days.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Pencil Toppers

I’m not sure what years these are from, but I definitely remember having them myself. Not all of them, but I did have the He-Man and Skeletor ones. Back when I was huge into all things MOTU, my Mom would not only feed my habit with the action figures, but she would also allow me to get a lot of the various licensed products as well. These things had a hole in their butts that you would jam your pencil up into causing the heroes and villains what was sure to be a horrible case of hemorrhoids. The actual application of these things was to erase pencil marks, but they sucked at that. Their real value was in they made all of your friends at school insanely jealous when they saw you rocking He-Man on top of your pencil while you filled in all of those little bubbles on the math test. And as an added bonus, if you got bored, you could just take them off the pencil and have an impromptu battle of good vs. evil break out right there on your desk. At least until the teacher saw you and took them away. Damn you Mrs. White.

Find this on eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/184279171166?hash=item2ae7e5005e:g:eJIAAOSwD75esHNJ

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