THE FROZEN SWORD: A Masters of the Universe Short Story

Prince Adam and his Tiger Cringer had flown with the Wind Raider into the woods of Eternia. There they wanted to look for a rare bird species, which they had read in the Royal Library of Eternia.

The prince and his tiger had just sat down on a large stone to search the treetops for birds. Suddenly they heard a sound. A quiet crash. Something had fallen right in front of her feet. That looked like a small piece of ice. Just then, another of them flew at Adam’s feet. And another one. And then the sky turned dark red.

“A hail storm”, Adam said to Cringer. “Quick, we must find shelter.” Adam and Cringer found a small cave in which they found shelter. Adam did not notice that his Sword of Power had slipped out of his sword sheath. Now it lay on the ground just a few feet away from the cave’s entrance. Adam noticed this now and wanted to get it. But at that moment, thousands of pieces of ice burst from the sky. They struck to the ground with great force. It was no longer possible to go out.

“I’ve never seen a hailstorm like this before on Eternia,” Adam muttered. Something was strange about it. Only Adam did not know what it was at that moment. On the ground now the pieces of ice were piled. They joined together to form a thick blanket. After a short time the grass and the plants could not be seen any more. And the Sword of Power was now under a thick blanket of ice.

Then the storm stopped as suddenly as it had come. Adam and Cringer came out of their shelter. The sun shone again in the sky. Nothing reminded of the violent storm any longer. Adam went to the place where his sword lay. With his hands he tried to break the ice. But he could not get it. The ground was frozen like concrete. From the Wind Raider he took a shovel and tried to break the ice with it. But it was impossible. The ground was hard as steel. Then suddenly the sky darkened over him.

But this time it was not a storm. Rather, it was an aircraft that obscured the sun. It had the form of a helicopter and at the same time the shape of a gigantic dragonfly. “That’s the Fright Fighter,” Adam murmured. And indeed it was the flying fighter helicopter of the evil masters of Eternia. As the fighter approached, Adam saw the pilot: It was Skeletor. Master of Evil. Eternal adversary. Next to him sat Whiplash and Ninjor.

The Fright Fighter landed on the ground. Adam had no way of getting the sword now. And even if he had been able to get the sword, how could he transform himself into the He-Man, the strongest man in the universe, without knowing that Skeletor and his minions would know the secret of his double identity?

Skeletor, Whiplash and Ninjor got out of the Fright Fighter. Skeletor grabbed his ramrod. Whiplash grunted loudly as he forced himself out of the Fighters’ seats. Ninjor immediately drew his great sword. This flashed in the sun. “Well, now, who are we,” said Skeletor, coming slowly to Adam. “The Prince of Eternia and his little cuddly cat.” He laughed throatily. “So all alone out here, dear prince?” Skeletor looked at him grinning. Adam did not answer and looked into the skeletal face with an unmoved expression.

“What a surprise,” continued Skeletor. “As we flew this morning to test our Weather Transformator, I did not realize I would make such a valuable catch today. The PRINCE of Eternia himself! ”

‘Weather Transformator’. Now Adam was clear who had caused the hail storm. Skeletor once again had built a deadly machine.

“Tie them up”, commanded the Master of Evil. Whiplash grunted and put on Adam’s and Cringer’s handcuffs made from Timaranium, the hardest metal to be found on Eternia. “And take them to Snake Mountain in the dungeon,” Skeletor continued.

A short time later Adam and Cringer found themselves in the dungeon of Snake Mountain. Around them was darkness. They were the only prisoners. Through the small window of their cell, they saw the stone serpent head of the Snake Mountain high up on the summit. Through this a river crashed into the depths. The breaking light colored the water red so that it looked like blood to the viewer. A frightening environment for all things that were good.

Adam thought about how he could escape. None of his friends knew that Cringer and he had flown into the forest. Even Man-At-Arms was not informed. And now he could not transform into He-Man. They had to help themselves. Fast. Before Skeletor did something cruel with them.

In front of the cell door, Adam saw a piece of rope. He managed to reach it with his hands. He put it around Cringer’s tiger body. The other end he attached to the grating of his cell window. “Pull, old cat,” exclaimed Adam. “I know you do not have the power of Battle Cat, but you’re still a strong, big cat.” Cringer took a step forward and collected all his strength. And indeed. The grid, rusty from the humidity, moved. Adam came to help Cringer now and pulled strong on the rope. With a jerk the grate window broke loose and fell to the ground.

Adam and Cringer now squeezed through the window. On the other side, they saw that there was a huge lake. It surrounded Snake Mountain. They had no choice. This was the only way out. Cringer and Adam jumped. Luckily they were able to swim well.

The end of the lake led directly into a river. They swam there and drifted downstream from the current. Clinging to a tree trunk, they drifted in the water. For a long time. Then they heard a loud noise. Adam and Cringer looked back at Snake Mountain. Smoke rose above the fortress. Skeletor and his minions had noticed their escape. Adam was now clear: he had to act quickly.

Adam and Cringer went ashore at the next river bend. “We’re not far from our Wind Raider, old friend,” Adam said to his tiger. “Get on my back,” Cringer muttered. And Adam did. Cringer ran off. He did not have the power of Battle Cat, but he was fast and agile anyway. They rode through the jungle at high speed. Past lianas, snakes and waterfalls. Cringer jumped with Adam on his back across pits, tree trunks and stones. Then they reached the clearing where Skeletor had placed them. The Wind Raider was still standing there. And the clearing was still covered in ice.

Adam had to hurry and find a solution quickly. He needed to free his sword from the ice. Skeletor and his minions would be here soon. And a new escape would surely not be so easy. Adam looked around. Then an idea came to him. “What are we doing, Adam?” Cringer muttered. The prince smiled:”At this point, only raw force can help!”. Cringer did not understand. Adam was not the strong He-Man. Adam went to the Wind Raider and took out an ax. He started cutting a tree. He struck the tree for so long until it began to incline. Then he suddenly stopped. He did the same with two more trees.

Then Cringer noticed that all the trees were leaning towards the place where the sword lay on the floor. “The trees need to fall at the same time,” Adam shouted. Cringer understood Adam’s plan. “On my command,” yelled Adam. At the same time he kicked a tree so that it began to fall. Cringer quickly pushed the second and third tree with his head in the right direction. With a loud crash, all three trees fell at the same time.

By the powerful force of the simultaneous impact, the ice broke into a thousand pieces. By the immense force, the Sword of Power was blown out of the ice and flew into the air in a high arc. Now Adam was on the spot. He stood under the sword and caught it with a secure grip. Upon contact with his hand, the magical sword flashed for a brief moment. Adam looked at Cringer and smiled. Then, with a rising voice, he called those words which he had so often said before when imminent danger was ahead: “BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL.” He paused a moment and then continued with a much deeper, even more forceful voice. “I HAVE THE POWER!”

Cringer and Adam were plunged into a glaring light. Around them, the air seemed to turn and rise like a tornado’s wake. The two were now no longer visible. Then the bright glow slowly faded and the outline of Adam and Cringer now slowly reappeared. But it was no longer the prince and the cat who were standing there. There in the middle of the clearing were now transformed: He-Man and Battle Cat.

He-Man put the Sword of Power back into his sheath and turned towards Battle Cat. Just at this moment came the Fright Fighter. Surprised, the Evil Lord of Destruction watched down from the cockpit to the ground. Skeletor had expected Adam. Now there was He-Man. Skeletor hesitated a little. Was he afraid of a confrontation? He thought for a moment, then landed the Fright Fighter.

Skeletor, Whiplash and Ninjor got out. In addition, they had brought back reinforcements: also the terrifying Spikor and the master of the evil smell, Stinkor, were on board. Skeletor grinned, showing his ugly teeth: “Ha! Searched for Adam and found He-Man! This is a good day for me.” Without further words, he grabbed his sword and rushed towards He-Man. He-Man repelled the sword. He struck Skeletor’s sword from his hand without much trouble. Briefly, the lord of evil looked irritated. Then he stepped aside and shouted, “Whiplash, Ninjor: Attack him!” The huge reptile man rushed to He-Man and Ninjor also pulled his long sword. In an instant, Battle Cat took off and stormed toward the minions. He rammed the two demons at the same time with his huge armored head. They fell to the ground and remained unconscious.

He-Man did not wait for the attack of the remaining minions. He wanted to put an end all this. He had been out here for too long. With his sword, he cut a large piece from the iced ground. He took the gigantic plate and raised it as if it were a mere leaf. Then he threw it into the direction of the henchmen of Skeletor. They were able to avoid it. But the Fright Fighter behind them was shattered into a thousand pieces.

“This will be a long way home for you,” grinned He-Man. With these words he directed his sword in the direction of Skeletor and his helpers. They instantly retreated and disappeared into the forest. Evil had lost this battle today. Skeletor turned around once more, clenched his fist and shouted, “I’ll see you soon, He-Man.” He-Man stowed his sword, turned and walked over to Battle Cat. In a lowered voice, he said to himself: “I know, Skeletor, I know. And I’ll be waiting.” Then he got onto the back of his mighty warrior cat. Dawn was setting. It was time to go home.

This story was originally published by me in its German language version. Read it here: DAS GEFRORENE SCHWERT: Eine Masters of the Universe Kurzgeschichte
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This is the (fantasy) work of a Masters of the Universe fan. Tributing the FILMATION animated series and the German EUROPA audioplays. Out of pure love for this fantastic concept called HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. Find out more about my MotU-related work in this blog section.


DAS GEFRORENE SCHWERT: Eine Masters of the Universe Kurzgeschichte

** Read the English version of this story here **

Prince Adam und sein Tiger Cringer war mit dem Wind Raider in die Wälder von Eternia geflogen. Dort wollten sie nach einer seltenen Vogelart Ausschau halten, über die sie in der Königlichen Bibliothek von Eternia gelesen hatten.

Der Prinz und sein Tiger hatten sich gerade auf einen großen Stein gesetzt, um die Baumwipfel nach Vögeln abzusuchen. Da hörten sie plötzlich ein Geräusch. Ein leises Krachen. Etwas war direkt vor ihre Füße gefallen. Das sah aus wie ein kleines Stück Eis. Genau in diesem Moment flog ein weiteres davon vor Adams Füße. Und noch eins. Und dann färbte sich der Himmel dunkelrot.

„Ein Eisregen, mein Kater“, sagte Adam zu Cringer. „Schnell, wir müssen Unterschlupf finden. Sonst werden wir von den Eisbrocken erschlagen.“ Adam und Cringer fanden eine kleine Höhle, in die sie sich hineinzwängten. Dabei bemerkte Adam nicht, dass sein Zauberschwert aus seiner Rückenhalterung gerutscht war. Nun lag es ein paar Meter weiter vom Höhleneingang entfernt auf dem Boden. Adam bemerkte dies nun und wollte es holen. Doch in diesem Moment krachten Tausende von Eisstücken vom Himmel. Mit gewaltiger Kraft schlugen sie auf dem Boden ein. An ein Herausgehen war nun nicht mehr zu denken.

„So einen starken Eisregen habe ich noch nie auf Eternia erlebt“, murmelte Adam. Irgendetwas war seltsam daran. Nur wusste Adam in diesem Moment nicht, was es war. Draußen hielt der Eisregen an. Auf dem Boden türmten sich nun die Eisstücke. Sie schlossen sich zu einer dichten Decke zusammen. Wie Kieselsteine, die übereinander geschüttet wurden. Nach kurzer Zeit waren das Gras und die Pflanzen nicht mehr zu sehen. Und auch das Zauberschwert lag nun unter eine dicken Decke von Eis.

Dann hörte der Eisregen so plötzlich auf, wie er gekommen war. Adam und Cringer kamen aus ihrem Unterschlupf. Am Himmel schien wieder die Sonne. Nichts erinnerte an den heftigen Wetterumbruch. Adam ging zu der Stelle, wo sein Schwert lag. Mit den Händen versuchte er, das Eis zu zerbrechen. Doch das war zwecklos. Das Schwert eingeschlossen. Aus dem Wind Raider holte er eine Schaufel und versuchte mit dieser, das Eis zu brechen. Doch dieses war stahlhart. Mit schweren Schlägen versuchte er, das Eis zu brechen. Da verdunkelte sich über ihm erneut der Himmel.

Doch dieses Mal war es kein Unwetter. Nein. Vielmehr war es ein Fluggerät, das die Sonne verdeckt. Es hatte die Form eines Hubschraubers und gleichzeitig einer gigantischen Libelle. „Das ist doch der Fright Fighter“, murmelte Adam. Und tatsächlich war das das Flugobjekt der bösen Meister von Eternia. Als der Fighter näher kam, sah Adam den Piloten. Es war Skeletor. Meister des Bösen. Ewiger Widersacher. Neben ihm saßen Whiplash und Ninjor.

Der Fright Fighter setzte auf dem Boden auf. Adam hatte nun keine Möglichkeit mehr, weiter nach dem Schwert zu graben.  Und selbst wenn er das Schwert hätte erlangen können – wie sollte er sich jetzt noch in den He-Man verwandeln, den stärksten Mann des Universums, ohne dass Skeletor und seine Schergen das Geheimnis seiner Doppelidentität erfahren würden?

Skeletor, Whiplash und Ninjor stiegen aus dem Fright Fighter. Skeletor schnappte sich seinen Widderstab. Whiplash grunzte laut, als er sich aus den Sitzen des Fighters zwang. Ninjor zog sogleich sein großes Schwert. Dieses blitzte in der Sonne. „Nun, nun, wen haben wir denn da“, tönte Skeletor und kam mit langsamen Schritten auf Adam zu. „Der Prinz von Eternia und sein kleiner Schmusetiger.“ Er lachte kehlig. „So ganz alleine hier draußen, Prinz?“ Skeletor schaute ihn grinsend an. Adam antwortete nicht und blickte dem Skelettgesicht mit unbewegte Miene in die Augenhöhlen.

„Welch’ eine Überraschung“, fuhr Skeletor fort. „Als wir heute Morgen losflogen, um unseren Wetterwandler zu testen, ahnte ich noch nicht, dass ich einen solch wertvollen Fang heute machen würde. Der PRINZ von Eternia!“

Wetterwandler. Nun war Adam klar, wer den Eisregen verursacht hatte. Skeletor baute einmal erneut an einer todbringenden Maschine.

„Fesselt sie“, befahl der Meister des Bösen. Whiplash grunzte und legte Adam und Cringer Fußfesseln aus Timaranium an, dem härtesten Metall, welches auf Eternia zu finden war. „Und bringt sie nach Snake Mountain in den Kerker“, fuhr Skeletor fort.

Kurze Zeit später fanden sich Adam und Cringer im Verlies von Snake Mountain wieder. Um sie herum war Dunkelheit. Sie waren die einzigen Gefangenen. Durch das kleine Fenster ihrer Zelle sahen sie hoch oben am Gipfel den steinernen Schlangenkopf der Festung. Durch diesen stürzte ein Fluss in die Tiefe. Das brechende Licht färbte das Wasser rot, so dass es für den Betrachter aussah wie Blut. Eine furchteinflößende Umgebung für alles Gute.

Adam dachte nach, wie er entkommen konnte. Keiner von seinen Freunden wusste, dass Cringer und er in den Wald geflogen waren. Auch Man-At-Arms nicht. Und in He-Man konnte er sich auch nicht verwandeln. Sie mussten sich also selbst helfen. Schnell. Bevor Skeletor etwas Grausames mit ihnen anrichtete.

Vor der Zellentür sah Adam ein Stück Seil. Er schaffte, es mit den Händen zu erreichen. Er formte eine Schlinge und legte diese um Cringers Tigerkörper. Das andere Ende befestigte er an dem Gitter seines Zellenfensters. „Zieh, alter Kater“, rief Adam. „Ich weiß, dass Du nicht die Kraft von Battle Cat hast, aber Du bist dennoch eine starke, große Katze.“ Cringer lief einen Schritt vorwärts und sammelte all seine Kraft. Und tatsächlich. Das von der Luftfeuchtigkeit rostige gewordene Gitter bewegte sich. Adam kam Cringer nun zur Hilfe und zog auch kräftig an dem Seil. Mit einem Ruck löste sich das Gitterfenster und fiel krachend zu Boden.

Adam und Cringer zwängten sich nun durch das Fenster. Auf der anderen Seite sahen sie, dass dort ein riesiger See war. Dieser umgab Snake Mountain fast vollständig. Ihnen blieb keine Wahl. Dies war der einzige Weg nach draußen. Cringer und Adam sprangen in die Fluten. Zum Glück konnten sie gut schwimmen.

Ein Ende des Sees führte direkt in einen Fluss. Sie schwammen dorthin und ließen sich von der Strömung flussabwärts treiben. Geklammert an einen im Wasser treibenden Baumstamm. Viele Kilometer lang. Dann hörten sie einen lauten Knall. Adam und Cringer schauten zurück nach Snake Mountain. Über der Festung stieg Rauch auf. Skeletor und seine Schergen hatten ihr Entkommen also bemerkt. Adam war nun klar: er musste schnell handeln.

An der nächsten Flussbiegung gingen Adam und Cringer an Land. „Wir sind nicht weit von unserem Wind Raider entfernt, alter Freund“, sagte Adam zu seinem Tiger. „Steig’ auf meinen Rücken“, raunte Cringer. Und das tat Adam. Cringer lief los. Er hatte nicht die Kraft von Battle Cat, aber er war trotzdem schnell und agil. Sie ritten in hohem Tempo durch den Urwald. Vorbei an Lianen, Schlangen und Wasserfällen. Cringer sprang mit Adam auf dem Rücken über Gruben, Baumstämme und Steine. Dann erreichten sie die Lichtung, bei der Skeletor sie gestellt hatte. Der Wind Raider stand noch dort. Und auch die Lichtung war weiterhin vereist.

Adam musste sich beeilen und eine Lösung finden, wollte er sein Schwert aus dem Eis befreien. Skeletor und seine Schergen würden bald hier sein. Und eine erneute Flucht würde dann sicherlich nicht mehr so einfach sein. Adam schaute sich um. Er dachte nach. Dann kam ihm eine Idee. „Was machen wir, Adam?“, brummte Cringer. Der Prinz lächelte. „Um das Zauberschwert zu befreien, kann nur pure Kraft helfen!“. Cringer verstand nicht, war Adam doch nicht der starke He-Man. Adam ging zum Wind Raider und holte eine Axt heraus. Er begann damit, einen Baum zu fällen. Er schlug so lange auf den Baum ein, bis dieser anfing, sich zu neigen. Dann stoppte er. Das Gleiche machte er mit zwei weiteren Bäumen.

Dann fiel Cringer auf, dass sich alle Bäume in Richtung der Stelle neigten, an der das Schwert lag. „Wir müssen die Bäume gleichzeitig zu Fall bringen“, rief Adam. Cringer hatte Adams Plan verstanden. „Auf mein Kommando“, rief Adam. Dabei stieß er einen Baum um, so dass dieser zu Fallen begann. Schnell drückte Cringer den zweiten und dritten Baum mit dem Kopf in die richtige Richtung. Mit einem lauten Krachen fielen alle drei Bäume gleichzeitig um.

Durch die gewaltige Kraft des gleichzeitigen Einschlags zerbrach das Eis in tausend Stücke. Durch die ungeheure Wucht wurde das Zauberschwert aus dem Eis gesprengt und flog im hohen Bogen in die Luft. Nun war Adam zur Stelle. Er stelle sich unter das Schwert und fing es mit sicherem Griff auf. Beim Kontakt mit seiner Hand blitze das magische Schwert für einen Moment auf. Mit langem Blick schaute er nun Cringer an und lächelte. Dann rief er mit ansteigender Stimme jene Worte, die er schon so oft zuvor gesagt hatte, wenn Gefahr im Verzug war: “Bei der Macht von Grayskull!” Adam hielt für einen kurzen Moment inne, dann fuhr er mit ansteigender Stimme fort: “Ich habe die Zauberkraft!”

Schlagartig wurden Cringer und Adam in gleißendes Licht getaucht. Um sie herum schien sich die Luft zu drehen und wie der Sog eines Tornados nach oben zu steigen. Die beiden waren nun nicht mehr zu sehen. Dann leuchtete das Zauberschwert grellweiß auf und die Umrisse von Adam und Cringer tauchten nun langsam wieder ins Sichtfeld. Doch es waren nicht mehr der Prinz und die Katze, die dort standen. Dort in der Mitte der Lichtung standen nun verwandelt: He-Man und Battle Cat.

He-Man steckte das Schwert der Macht zurück in seinen Schaft und stieg auf Battle Cat auf. Just in diesem Moment kam der Fright Fighter angeflogen. Verwundert schaute der Fürst der Finsternis aus dem Cockpit auf die Erde herab. Er hatte Adam erwartet. Nun war da He-Man. Skeletor zauderte ein wenig. Hatte er Angst vor einer Konfrontation? Er dachte kurz nach, dann landete er den Fright Fighter.

Heraus stiegen Skeletor, Whiplash und Ninjor. Zudem hatten sie sich Verstärkung mitgebracht: auch der fürchterliche Spikor und der Meister des üblen Geruchs, Stinkor, waren mit an Bord. Skeletor grinste und zeigte dabei seine hässlichen Zähne: „Ha. Nach Adam gesucht und He-Man gefangen! Das ist ein guter Tag für mich.“ Ohne weitere Worte griff er sein Schwert und stürmte auf He-Man zu. He-Man wehrte den Schwertschlag gekonnt ab. Er schlug dabei Skeletors Schwert ohne große Mühe aus dessen Hand. Kurz schaute der Herr des Bösen irritiert. Dann trat er beiseite und rief: „Whiplash, Ninjor – auf ihn“. Der riesige Reptilmann stürmte auf He-Man zu und auch Ninjor zückte sein Langschwert. Da holte Battle-Cat Anlauf und stürmte auf die Schergen zu. Mit seinem gewaltigen Kopfpanzer rammte er die beiden Dämonen gleichzeitig. Diese fielen zu Boden und blieben bewusstlos liegen.

He-Man wartete den Angriff der restlichen Schergen nicht ab. Er wollte der Sache ein Ende bereiten. Er war schon zu lange hier draußen. Mit seinem Schwert schnitt er eine große Eisplatte aus dem Boden. Er nahm die gigantische Platte und hob diese hoch als wäre sie eine Blatt. Dann warf er sie in Richtung der Schergen Skeletors. Diese konnten gerade noch ausweichen, als die Platte in den hinter ihnen stehende Fright Fighter krachte und diesen in tausend Teile zerlegte.

„Das wird ein langer Heimweg für Euch“, grinste He-Man. Mit diesen Worten richtete er sein Schwert in Richtung von Skeletor und seinen Helfern. Diese wichen augenblicklich zurück und verschwanden in den Wald. Für das Böse war die Schlacht heute verloren. Skeletor drehte sich noch einmal um, ballte seine Faust und rief hasserfüllt: „Wir sehen uns bald wieder, He-Man.“ He-Man steckte sein Schwert weg, drehte sich um und lief zu Battle Cat. Leise sagte er zu sich: „Da bin ich mir sicher, Skeletor. Und ich werde bereit sein.“ Dann stieg er auf Battle Cat. Die Dämmerung war eingebrochen. Es war Zeit, nach Hause zu gehen.


Dies ist das (Fantasie-) Werk eines Masters of the Universe Fans. In Anlehnung an die Filmation Serie und die Europa Hörspiele. Aus Liebe an dieser fantastischen Idee namens He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.


FAMILY ON ETERNIA: The concept of family in the Masters of the Universe vintage line

As a kid, I always considered Orko to be a child as well. It was only later that I realized there were more variants of the family concept tied in the vintage line.

Orko the Kid

Let’s start with Orko. Orko is obviously the kid within that giant MotU family. He cracks jokes and tests out his boundaries all the time. He is also the character that develops story lines. Especially in the Filmation cartoon he “helps” to get things up and exciting in several episodes. :-). Interestingly enough, Orko was introduced via the Filmation series first and then introduced into the toy line (if you have an Orko at hand right now, just lift him up and you will notice the “Filmation” trademark right underneath.) Other than that, Orko’s action figure feature was spinning and twisting all over the place (see my video if you want to relive that magic!). Something a kid would do.

I always considered Orko to be some kind of a child adopted by Queen Marlena and King Randor. That would make Prince Adam/He-Man Orko’s step brother (I know that he would not literally be a ‘step’ nor a ‘half’ brother; I just liked the term/the idea. If you would rather think of Orko and He-Man as ‘brothers’: fine by me ;-)). It’s an odd couple, but one that works and worked real nice for me. 🙂

Prince Adam: Orko’s step brother?

Marlena and Randor: Mom & Dad

If Orko is the kid, Queen Marlena and King Randor are mom and dad. To Prince Adam/He-Man and Orko (being the adopted kid), to be precisely. That fact is pointed out several times in the Filmation cartoon but also comes out clearly in the toy line itself as “Prince”and “King ” are specified in the toy line naming (however there was no Marlena figure unfortunately).

Step-Father and Step-Daughter: Teela & Man-at-Arms

A rigorous father? Well the vintage figure definitely looks like it!

That Teela is Man-at-Arms’ step-daughter (same with the ‘step’ here as before with Orko ;-)) is only depicted in the Filmation cartoon if I recollect correctly, not in the toy line itself. I liked to consider Man-at-Arms as a father figure because that would make him a somewhat experienced character; see also my blog post on the concept of age if you are interested in that subject).

Teela & The Sorceress: Mom & Daughter

Teela: Man-at-Arms’ step-daughter and the Sorceress’ real daughter.

As with the Man-at-Arms/Teela, that daughther-mother-relationship was also depicted only in the Filmation cartoon if I remember correctly. That was revealed in the “Secret of the Sword” animated movie. I like the mystery aspect of that relationshop.  It would make Teela much more of an interesting character, being the heiress of the Grayskull’s guardian. However, not much of this concept was made. No special power for Teela at that point. I was a little disappointed about that.

The Pet: Battle Cat

The pet in the family: Battle Cat aka Cringer.

What does a family need to be complete? Right: a pet. Cringer aka Battle Cat is just that to Prince Adam/He-Man, Orko and the rest of the royal family. The fact that Cringer is that lazy domesticated animal was also brought up by the Filmation series.

Overall this repeating Filmation influence in creating “family aspects” in the line shows how important that influence was in establishing an emotional basis for kids. I think that helped a lot to relate to the characters.

If I forgot a “family member” in the line, you are very welcome to add she or him in the comment section below. 🙂

Other MotU posts on my blog:
Tribute Montage VOL. 2: Masters Figures Line-Up (Video)
PLASTIC PROTECTION: The Shields of the Masters of the Universe Vintage Toy Line
MASTERS MATCH #1: Man-E-Faces vs. Tri-Klops. Who will win?
CRAZY COLORS: Top 5 coolest color designs in the vintage MotU vintage line
MUSCLES & MORE: Most powerful figures in the vintage line
HOW TO MASTER(s)… a vintage figure’s head change
FOREVER YOUNG/OLD: The concept of age in MotU figures
UNDER ATTACK: Top 5 Vintage MotU Weapons
… and many more. Check out the MotU section on my blog!

Check out my Vintage MotU YouTube Channel:
Featuring many fan-based videos from the MotU vintage line (e.g. The many versions of Skeletor, Top Ten action features and many more).

CRAZY COLORS: Top 5 coolest color designs in the vintage MotU vintage line

If you have been reading my posts, you know I love MotU vintage figures for many reasons. Here is one of them: the extravagant-daring-out-of-this-world color design. Here are my top 5 figures.

Orange is the new evil: STINKOR

cymera_20160903_1356110101He does stink, but he well knows how to do that in style!;-) Stinkor’s shiny black painture matches great with that vivid white skunk stripes the Mattel creators gave him. His shiny-yellow eyes contrast as well nicely. What I love about this figure is that they decided to paint his (or rather Mekaneck’s) body armour all orange. That just gives him the craziest contrast – and goes very well with his orange boots! 🙂

// More info on Stinkor? You might be interested in these posts:
Twins of Eternia: The reuse of complete figures in the MotU vintage line (Mer Man & Stinkor similarities) //

Mechanical but shining vividly: FAKER


Withou this blueish body paint and his orange armor and sword, Faker would just be a boring mechanical evil twin brother to He-Man. But thanks to great color design, Faker was always a charater of his own  to me. They could have painted him grey or silver to give him a robot look. That would have been easier to create the idea of a robot character. But they rooted for crazy colors – and that’s what I like.

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A tornado all yellow-and-blue: SY-KLONE

dsc03846This tornado guy makes one hell of an appearance with his blue-and-yellow design. His light-blueish face and the yellow helmet with that red planetary halo ring are just ingenious. Again this character could have been conceptualized much more conventional (grey like clouds or something), but designers at that time might have said: ‘Hey a tornado is scary, but might as well be colorful’.

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Orange is not ordinary: BEASTMAN

cymera_20160903_14010201The master of animals, the dominator of animality, lord of thousands beasts is…. orange! And at the same time authoritative and fearsome. Or did you ever think as Beastman of a clown (he has a white-painted face with blue cheeks!) as a kid? Probably not. The color design with this figure is so well-balanced and well-thought that you would never ever even question a figure’s affiliation to the heroic or evil warriors. I like that a lot.

Green mean fighting machine: BATTLE CAT

cymera_20160903_140217A flashy green tiger with yellow stripes, a scarlet-colored armor & saddle, controlled by the most powerful man in the universe. Battle Cat just gives a perfect color tune-up when He-Man and Battle Car showed up together (which they did 9 of 10 times when I played with the figures as a kid). Of course the extravagant color design was triggered by the fact that a re-use of the Big Jim tiger had to be different and have a look of  its own . Maybe that urge to differentiate and the impossibility to change the figure’s articulateness substantially lead to that bold and vibrant  color design. Cat, you come in first place – congratulations!

What’s your favourite vintage figure when it comes to color design?

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Other MotU posts on my blog:

MUSCLES & MORE: Most powerful figures in the vintage line
HOW TO MASTER(s)… a vintage figure’s head change
FOREVER YOUNG/OLD: The concept of age in MotU figures
UNDER ATTACK: Top 5 Vintage MotU Weapons
BY THE POWER OF CREATIVITY: Building my own Laser Power He-Man
SPLASH! The concept of water in vintage MotU figures
GO CREATIVE: Top 5 wildest ideas that became a MotU figure
PART MAN, PART MACHINE: Top 5 Cyborg Characters in the MotU Vintage Line
PULL-FLAP-DRAIN-PUSH-POP-TWIST! Top 10 action features in the MotU vintage line
TWINS OF ETERNIA: The reuse of complete figures in the MotU vintage line
BASHASAURUS: Coolest of all MotU Vehicles
Castle Grayskull, Snake Mountain, Fright Zone: Which is the best playset?
Why ROBOTO rocks

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