So here's the thing about He Man and the Masters of the Universe: I don't know anything about it. Fortunately for me, the last few years have seen something of a MOTU renaissance that included a massive hardcover collection of the minicomics that accompanied the toys. I figured that if the underlying mythology was originally codified in those bite-sized chunks, I could probably get a handle on it. The only problem is that these things are both completely bonkers and completely amazing.
Masters of the Universe
Exercise is hard, but if your fitness goals tend to line up with the way that characters in the cartoons of the early '80s looked --- all stout muscles shown off by chest harnesses and loincloths --- then I have a plan for you. Instead of working out, just remove all mirrors from your home and replace them with Sideshow's new high-end statue of He-Man, the Grayskull-powered warrior from Masters of the Universe.
There are a lot of boutique toy companies out there, but Super7 has consistently hit that sweet spot of niche properties and clever interpretations. This year at New York Comic Con, the company's ability to balance those elements was on display in full force with new MUSCLE sets, an updated look at 3.75" Hellboy figures, and the grand debut of the Masters of the Universe Classic Ultimate Editions. It's possible Super7 had the best pound-for-pound showing of exciting new toys at NYCC.
It's not unusual for San Diego Comic-Con to debut a new episode of a fan-favorite cartoon --- in fact, it'd be downright shocking if there wasn't at least one premiere screening over in the Indigo Ballroom all weekend. When the fan-favorite cartoon in question had its last new episode in 1984, however, that's a little more notable.
And that's exactly what's happening this year. On Wednesday, Super7 --- the folks behind the eponymous magazine and books about Japnese toys who are also responsible for reintroducing the world to Ultimate M.U.S.C.L.E. figures at last year's Comic-Con --- is debuting a brand-new episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe this Wednesday, almost 32 years after the last one.
It's been a pretty interesting year for crossovers. The epic Transformers vs. GI Joe just wrapped up with its literally planet-shattering conclusion, Judge Dredd's about to fight Aliens and Predators at the same time, and we just recently got to see the surprisingly amazing Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover that somehow happened in 2016 instead of 1994. Now, we're getting another crossover that Fans of a Certain Age have been waiting decades for.
In October, DC's gearing up for Thundercats/He-Man, in which the two muscled-up, sword-wielding action figure lines collide for the first time since every kid who owned both toys made He-Man hold the Sword of Omens and pretended to have him turn into a kitty cat.
What does your favourite superheroes' colors tell the audience about their personalities? Using the same color theory people use to group-think a corporate logo, or paint their room, we've been exploring what it means to superhero comics.
Last time we mentioned that The Invisible Woman's blue and white is wise, and elemental, but what does invisible mean as a color? The Wasp's one constant through her many costume changes has been her transparent, flighty wings. And while Kitty Pryde, who also can't seem to settle on a costumes (or a name), isn't transparent as a color, she does actually pass through things.
If you did not know that Sony Pictures is working towards the production of a brand new He-Man movie, then you obviously are not one of the 462 supporters of the Change.org petition to have a new Masters of the Universe movie be put into production. The petition also (very helpfully) provides a suggested release date of 2017 or 2018, though I’m sure that the audience would gladly push that back for the right story.
As readers will know from our weekly Best Cosplay Ever feature, we’re big fans of cosplay at ComicsAlliance. The comics, sci-fi, gaming, and fantasy communities have proved time and again their exceptional talents for homemade disguises and superheroic sartorial excellence, and all of their craft and skill was on display this past weekend at HeroesCon. Our chief cosplay correspondent Betty Felon was on hand to document as much of it as she could.
You know, the biggest problem I have with Sideshow Collectibles' Masters of the Universe statues is that they tease a world of Eternia interpreted by Stjepan Sejic that we'll never get to see in any other form. That we get such fantastically re-imagined characters at all is certainly nice, but the price of entry for these is a bit too rich for my blood, and likely many others' too. I know we can pick up those Mattel Masters of the Universe figures that bring modern toy design sensibilities to the series, but man, these statues have a style that makes me actually give a s--- about MOTU.
Evil-Lyn is the third, and possibly final (#questionmark), entry in the set. He-Man and Skeletor were both first shown at San Diego Comic-Con last year, and it wasn't until Sideshow hinted at Evil-Lyn's presence over the holidays that we even knew there was more to the line than the big two rivals. It was pleasant surprise though, as seeing the evil sorceress brought to life in this new form finally gives her the presence she's rightfully deserved since the '80s.
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist.
This week we're doing something pretty different. For one thing, though Masters of the Universe has been a comic, it's primarily a TV cartoon and a line of toys, and those are the sources I'm turning to in casting this movie. The other difference is that this movie is actually in development, with McG reportedly expected to direct.