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Friday, May 15, 2020
Old School MOTU: He-Man from Masters of the Universe by Mattel
Height: 5 1/2 inches
Articulation: Rubber band hips, spring loaded swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a swivel neck.
Accessories: Harness, sword, ax, shield, and minicomic (not pictured).
Original Retail Price: $4-$5 dollars
Year of Release: 1982
* He-Man is the best, more pure example of Masters of the Universe: He's built, barbaric, and ready for battle. He's really such a basic figure but his build and and harness are just so iconic. As a kid, you really didn't need to know anything about He-Man to have fun with him. He just screams that he's ready for battle!
* He-Man's headsculpt is certainly iconic and while there have been plenty of He-Man portraits released over the years that I've liked better, there's still nothing wrong with this one. I mean, yeah, the paint is a bit worn down on mine, but this is my childhood He-man. What are you going to do? He really does look like a pretty tough dude with some seriously glorious hair. And those gritted teeth? He-Man is always ready to throw down!
* He-Man also started the trend of most other vintage MOTU figuresby having a spring loaded waist for battle action! Twist his waist and let it go so that He-Man can swing his sword or deliver Skeletor a crushing backhand slap to the skull. Bong!
* He-Man comes with three weapons, the first of which is his Power Sword. It's a really unique looking sword with a lot of thought put into the design. In the story line of the vintage toys the Power Sword is almost less of a weapon and more of a MacGuffin for the heroes and villains to battle over. Still, as a kid, the sword was definitely He-Man's default weapon.
* He-Man's sword can connect with Skeletor's sword to create a single sword that can be used to open the jawbridge of Castle Grayskull. This was a really cool feature that I'm sure lots of kids just kind of stumbled across. I love interactive accessories like this and He-Man and Skeletor's connecting swords definitely stand out as one of the coolest examples of interactive accessories in action figure history!
* The battle ax was really intended to be He-Man's primary weapon. I've always loved the design work on this. The MOTU weapons really had some great thought put into them and the ax is one of my favorite pieces in the entire line.
* Of course, this figure also came with the minicomic "He-Man and the Power Sword". I don't have mine but it's worth nothing it was part of the original package.
* There isn't a ton of paint on He-Man and I always wished that Mattel would have painted the cuffs/ bracers on He-Man's arms. It would have been a small detail but it would have been a welcome addition.
He-Man/ Prince Adam is one of my favorite characters and I've reviewed so many toys based on him that he has his own review archive. Check out Fabulous Secret Powers for more He-Man toys!