Nerd Lunch Podcast 10: Classic He-Man Toys



Shawn Robare of Branded in the 80s returns to join CT, Jeeg, and Pax. We discuss the Masters of the Universe toys of our youth including favorites, disappointments, and those figures or vehicles we wanted but never got. Along the way we learn about our collective obsession with Faker, the dirty hippies employed by Mattel, and Shawn's quest to create a topless Evil Lynn. Last but not least, Atomic Geek Christian Nielsen makes an unexpected appearance by the power of Grayskull (or some evil sorcery called Skype).

If you're listening along and are not intimately familiar with He-Man, you might enjoy checking out He-Man.org.

6 comments:

Fitz said...

I cannot wait to listen. I have spent the last year getting He-man figures from Mattycollector.com! Reliving my childhood seeing as how I don't have any of the original figures. I have even let my 3 year old son up some and play with them. It is great fun!

Jack said...

Sorry, guys, I got nothing for you on this one. My sons, both about your age, shot right by He-Man. They were into G.I. Joe and Transformers, but they never mentioned He-Man. Seems kind of odd, now I think about it, because Alex, who had blonde hair he wore in a similar cut was known among his friends AS He-Man for a while.
PS: If Christain won't let you guys hijack "Atomic Picks," maybe you should commandeer "The Good, The Bad, and The Weird." Seems to fit right in...

Chrisloc1701 said...

Loved the episode!! I am a huge He-Man fan and it was great to hear your discussion. Anyone who knew me back in the 80's knew I was the biggest fan of He-Man there was. A few years back the entire cartoon series of He-Man and She-Ra from the 80's was released on DVD and of course I bought it. My kids loved watching them and I loved re-watching them. In my part of Canada we got He-Man on TV a few years after it's release in the US. In 1984-85-86 I got up every Saturday morning for 7 am and tuned into He-Man on channel 12 CFRN , and watched his adventures battling the evil Skeletor and his minions. Not only did I watch the show but I had almost all the action figures and toy sets. My Mom and Dad spoiled me as a kid and almost every time going to town I picked up the latest action figure. I remember shopping at the Medicine Bottle in Barrhead and Mom buying "Castle Greyskull" for me. My Aunt Margaret also bought me He-Man toys and usually had a new one for me almost every time I would visit her and Granny. I pretty much had most of the toy line at one time. The snake hand puppet you guys made reference to in the podcast actually was part of the Hordak swamp set, even though Hordak was never in a swamp on She-Ra. It really is weird they didn't continue the He-Man cartoon and ended it when they did. From what I remember it ended at the height of it's popularity.

In 1987 a live action show called "Masters of the Universe Power Tour" came to Edmonton to Northlands Coliseum. It was a stage production that featured actors playing He-Man and She-Ra and a bunch of other characters. My Mom and Dad took me, my sister Brianna and cousin Lenny to the show. I was so excited. Lenny and I got our own He-Man swords, which were plastic of course. We even got sworn in as honorary members of the "Masters of the Universe" which was very exciting for us. Brianna cried when the show was over because she didn't want She-Ra to leave. I remember we got to go through a McDonalds drive-thru for the first time and I ate my one and only fillet-of-fish burger.

In 1987 the real life action "He-Man" movie hit theatres featuring Dolph Lundgren. They made a lot of changes to the He-man story for the movie but the movie was cool for the time. It also featured a young Courtney Cox, "Monica" from the TV show "Friends", in her feature film debut. It has not stood the test of time and is very dated if you watch it now but back in 1987 it was awesome.

I never liked the 'New Adventures', but I loved the 2002 series and the new toys being released are awesome. I'm actually considering re-collecting all the lost He-Man toys of my youth and collecting the new stuff. Most of my original collection was either sold by me in my teens at a Garage sale, or was destroyed by my Cousin Tyler and his BB-Gun. My favorite toys were Hordak, Man-E-Faces, Stratos. There was also a Horde solider who had a tire on his stomach, which allowed him to travel like a motorbike-robot. Can't remember what he was called but he was awesome.

Shawn Robare said...

Chrisloc1701 - Yeah, since He-Man was the first true first-run-syndication cartoon, selling a season was pretty difficult. Even though it was popular, it was a hard sell to try and produce 65 cartoon episodes when the networks that were picking it up were content showing re-runs of the 130 episodes they already had. I think that's one of the main reasons I tend to consider She-Ra as sort of a continuation of the series and less of a spin-off.

I also loved Statos, but more as a character than a toy...

Chrisloc1701 said...

Shawn: Yeah its kinda sad that He-Man ended when it did. She-Ra was actually almost a better show because the animation had improved a lot. I actually bought the entire series of He-Man and She-Ra a few years back. The entire She-Ra series cost me $15.00. When I bought 'The Best of She-Ra' on DVD I was amazed to discover there had been a lot of He-Man crossovers with that series. I never actually watched She-Ra as a kid so I had no idea. But my favorite series of them all has to be the 2002 re-do. It was awesome and they were getting everyting right, damn shame they were cancelled because apparently they had some great things planned for that show...

Fitz said...

My 3 year old son and I played "mixed up He-man" this weekend. This is where we took the head off of one character and put it on the body of the other. It was great fun. I most enjoyed him coming up with names. He didn't understand at first, but eventually caught on. We were limited somewhat because we only had Skeletor, He-Man, Syklone, and Trap Jaw (Daddy hasn't let him open any other packages, and these were duplicates). :)

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