“I have to remind myself that Hordakworld cannot be built in a day!” – A Job Interview with Hordak.

How did Hordak came into his position as evil leader of the Horde? It’s all revealed in a 1982 job interview with him that has just resurfaced.

So Mr. Hordak, we have a position to fill which is quite challenging: on the one hand, you have to cope with the most powerful man in the Universe and his friends. On the other hand, there is Skeletor, lord of destruction, which might make life not too easy for you. What kind of qualification do you bring to the table to „master“ that challenge?

Hordak: Well, first of all I am a natural leader. Just look at me. All grey, black and red. True colors of leadership. And I’ve been working hard to get that determined bat face you are looking at. DETERMINATION. That’s what I’m all about!

Please explain.

Hordak: I come from a difficult upbringing. Living in those caves all these years. No light. Working on my evil skills in darkness with only bats to communicate. You gotta be determined to make something of that. I consider my life to be a true underdog story.

You mean under-bat?

Hordak (Looks irritated): Yeah, whatever.

Any special skills you have?

Hordak: Well, I have this red bat sitting on my arm. You’re seeing that? It’s fast although it looks kind of tired right now.

But I have more coming in the future. I am working on a biomechanic hurricane-propelled arm. That’s gonna be awesome. And I have one great vision of a weapon: a buzz saw flying right out of my chest towards my enemies! Sounds out-of-this-world, doesn’t it?

To me sounds rather dangerous for people who just want to say hello to you. What would your peers say your greatest skills are?

Hordak: Well, there is my buddy Mantenna. He is saying I can connect to people. Well, he has a great talent of connecting things himself.

Well then there is Leech. He feels very attached to me. Almost to a point where this closeness rather „sucks“. He says I have the air of true leader.

My furry friend Grizzlor is saying that I have a great talent of speaking to people. He isn’t a great speaker himself, you know. So I am doing this for him most of times.

What would be your greatest weakness?

Hordak: Well, that’s definitely my hunger for destruction. I want to destroy too fast to build my empire. I sometimes have to remind myself that Hordakworld cannot be built in a day. But I am working on that. I am taking anger management classes with Modulok.

Hordak, thank you for taking the time of talking to us. We’ll get back to you once we have interviewed all appplicants.

Hordak grunts, walks off to the Fright Zone cave to feed the dragon.

Note: This interview was done with Hordak at the Fright Zone on a Saturday night in early May of 1982 by interviewer wolfstor for his blog and the MASTERS MANIA facebook fan site. Right now wolfstor is trying to reach out to King Hiss for a sssssssssssssssssspecial interview.

BEASTS OF THE UNIVERSE: Top 5 Animalistic Designs in the Masters of the Universe Vintage Line

I love the MotU vintage for many reasons: For its vibrant color design or the crafty action features. Another reason for the love is the inventive character design. Especially the animalistic figures are a true blast. Here is my TOP 5 of them.

#5: The Insect: Buzz Off

bee_buzzogg-kopieThe bee character is all cool color design: yellow-and-brown torso, yellow hat, yellow wings. Furthermore, Buzz Off‘s head sculpt is that of a magnified bee with enlarged insect eyes. I think the designers really did a good job in creating a heroic character that does not come across as a joke figure. That could have very well happened.

#4: The Crab: Clawful

crab_clawful-kopieAgain there is the color: all-deep red are the head, the harness and the mighty claw. Clawful is well-made and his action-feature claw is one of a kind. I had a lot of fun playing with it as a kid.

#3: The Spider: Webstor

spider_webstor-kopieI always wondered why a spider character would be blue and orange. As a kid I always thought Webstor should be black and white. Well today I know that would have ruined the figure’s design. Webstor is just right the way he is. What never worked to good for me was that climbing hook.It broke quickly and then this was kind of a letdown as you could not use the figure properly any more.

#2: The Mosquito: Mosquitor

mosquito_mosquitor-kopieMosquito came later in the line. But hey, what a creative idea: a visible blood-sucking mechanism (see video) integrated in the chest, a phaser gun and one futuristic head design. I could have imagined much more characters in the vintage line. Loved to see him paired up with the Horde.

#1: The Snakes: The Snake Men (Altogether)

snake_snakemen-kopieRattlor, Kobra Khan, Snake Face, Squeeeze, Tung Lashor and King Hiss have just awesome imaginative action feature design: extendsion, transformation, pop-out eyes etc. And then the great sculpts: Those menacing snake designs, the love to detail and the vibrant color designs. This what made the Snake Men altogether come in first place.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Elephant: Snout Spout
  • Skunk:  Stinkor
  • Lion: Beast Man
  • Bat:  Hordak
  • Fish: Mer Man
  • [edit 21.01.2017] Lamper Eel: Leech (Thanks to my friend Øyvind Johannes Meisfjord for pointing me at this once the post was published)
  • [edit 11.02.2017] Porcupine: Spikor (Thx for the hint at that, Keith Hosgood)

What’s your favourite animalistic design figure? In my next post, I will look at the animalistic vehicle designs in the in vintage series.

Other MotU posts on my blog:
FAMILY ON ETERNIA: The concept of family in the Masters of the Universe vintage line
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
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!

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Featuring many fan-based videos from the MotU vintage line (e.g. The many versions of Skeletor, Top Ten action features and many more).