Decapitated Stratos Sold Separately

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The fellow who created Castle Grayskullman created this vintage ad for the figure as well. Just a heads-up, it’s more of a parody ad than an actual attempt to mimic the vintage ads.

I’m almost ashamed to admit I had to hear about this from Topless Robot.

What’s Going On? No, seriously–what is going on here?

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UPDATE: Some Poesters feel very strongly that the original video, complete with credits, be given its due. Very well.

My college roommate Jim passed this on to me. Evidently when you go to the Black Brewing Company’s website and are prompted to confirm that you’re over 21 (you may need to disable Adblock to see the pop-up), if you say you’re under 21, the above video is what you see.

It’s actually not working right now, and it’s a cinch that Classic Media/Mattel–to say nothing of 4 Non Blondes–will eventually threaten legal action, so enjoy it while you can!

Oh, and as to what the holy hell is is–that I don’t know.

 

Five Pitches for More Toy-Based Movies

Whatever you think of Michael Bay’s Transformers films and¬†G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, there’s no denying that toy-based movies have been successful. So what beloved childhood toyline will be made into a movie next, and which auteur’s vision will it be?

I asked several fellow geeks to join me in imagining what would happen if Hollywood convinced some of Hollywood’s most successful directors to make movies based on playthings. Continue reading “Five Pitches for More Toy-Based Movies”

Even Skeletor likes to feel pretty sometimes

YouTube user actionthatsucks has created some parodies of vintage Masters of the Universe ads. The first one suggests a strong influence from the design team for Mattel’s other world-famous brand.

The second ad shines the spotlight on Mer-Man and his “secret sense of style.”

Thanks to Poester Coelho for the tip.

The Preternia Poster: From Adam to Tyrantisaurus

It’s time for the fourth and final round of Eternian A-Z, or in this case, A-T. Funny that Zodac only made the first poster, while Prince Adam–an action figure of the hero’s mild-mannered alter ego–appears on all four of them. His popularity is definitely a credit to cartoon creators. That, or little boys really wanted a figure of a guy in purple tights and a maroon vest.

This was another promotional poster by William George, released in the final days of Masters of the Universe, probably sometime in 1987. It’s sad that some of the line’s best toys were released months after its doom had been sealed at retail. The big focus here was on the “Powers of Grayskull” concept, which added dinosaurs and avuncular intrigue and all sorts of neat stuff to the He-Man legend.

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If you missed the previous posters, here they are:

Once again, this hi-res scan of the poster is courtesy of He-Man.org poster He-Lurker. Now let’s get started, shall we? Continue reading “The Preternia Poster: From Adam to Tyrantisaurus”

The Horde Poster: From Adam to Whiplash

Welcome to the third in my four-part exhaustive analysis of the Masters of the Universe promotional posters from the 1980s. This one is the Horde Poster, which actually probably have come second–after the Grayskull poster but before the Eternia poster. I’m not certain because I can’t find his signature, but I assume this one was, like the others, painted by William George.

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We have He-Man.org poster Papu to thank for this hi-res scan. Continue reading “The Horde Poster: From Adam to Whiplash”