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By the Power of Greyskull, This Sucks!

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Cory Doctorow
04-18-2005
04:50 PM ET (US)
And they wonder why we killed the message boards.
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some person
04-18-2005
03:47 PM ET (US)
i hate to revive old stuff, but to say this is a military toy brought back because of 9/11 simply shows you're stupid beyond belief. i'm sorry, i just had to share this thought.

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Zack Soto
02-24-2002
06:03 AM ET (US)
Man, I loved those fucking toys. I must also say that had some kind of old excitement flare up like a fever blister when I saw the new re-designed toys that I guess haven't actually come out yet.
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lia
02-24-2002
04:17 AM ET (US)
The most frightening/apalling thing in the press release to me was what was just above the He-Man announcement:

Mary-Kate and Ashley are turning sixteen! From the TV screen to their own magazine and soon feature films, these jet-setting, fashion forward teens have created a world of entertainment and style that girls have fallen in love with. This trendy twosome returns to the toy aisles with new, mega-popular Mary-Kate and Ashley fashion doll assortments and accessories.
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Stefan Jones
02-24-2002
02:04 AM ET (US)
Straczynski wrote for a later, heavily revamped season of He-Man. The 'toons I remember my brother watching were way juvenile.

Wow, that's some site, Justin!

I once ran into, at a SF convention, a dapper, well-spoken, obviously intelligent young man who was manning a He-Man art tribute table. He was taking signatures for a petition to revive the show. At first I thought he was pulling my leg, but after a few minutes I understood that he was in earnest, and that he seemed to(ahem)perceive levels of meaning in the He-Man milieu that were not apparent to the casual viewer.
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Pat YorkPerson was signed in when posted
02-24-2002
02:02 AM ET (US)
I've always wanted to see the movie they hint at in the beginning of the first Conan movie, the one in which Conan rules as king in his old age, "...on a troubled throne."

You could do a whole blog just about various company's whoring their best work. I'm horrified at Disney's latest treatment of Peter Pan and Cinderella. Don't mess with my childhood icons, man!
Edited 02-24-2002 02:04 AM
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Justin Slotman
02-24-2002
01:17 AM ET (US)
Yeah, this isn't a post-9/11 thing, Mattel has been rereleasing the original line of figures for at least the past couple years, I think. I can't quite follow the chronology at this history below here but it suggests this has been in the works for a while: http://www.he-man.org/archives/oldnews.shtml
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Gulde
02-24-2002
12:38 AM ET (US)
I think I read on IMDB that He-Man and the Masters of the Universe were the result of a botched attempt to market a Conan the Barbarian action figure line. Apparently, when Mattel signed on to make the action figures, they weren't aware of the strong sexual and occult content in the film. Once they figured that out, they slapped blond hair on Conan and called him He-Man.

Is it mere coincidence that I'm now hearing about another Conan movie?
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Shane
02-24-2002
12:06 AM ET (US)
J. Michael Straczynski wrote for the He-Man cartoon, so it can't have been total crap.

I liked it when I was 7.
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Stefan Jones
02-23-2002
10:04 PM ET (US)
Yeah, I wouldn't necessarily blame this one on 9/11 fever. They may even be tapping nostalgia! "Hey, Kyle, see these? Daddy played with these when he was little? Let's get 'em all!"
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Pat YorkPerson was signed in when posted
02-23-2002
10:02 PM ET (US)
My son had a very big collection of He-Man action figures. He saved the blister packs and lined them up on his bedroom floor. Every night, after playing with them all day, he'd gently tuck them into their plastic beds, using Kleenex as sheets and blankets.

No worries, Cory. These guys can make the toys, but kids will decide what to do with them.
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Tavie
02-23-2002
06:20 PM ET (US)
This is a bad thing? I LOVED my He-Man action figures. They're not military figures, they're sword-and-sorcery figures. Not that that's any better, but still. I loved my He-Man. Phoo.
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Cory DoctorowPerson was signed in when posted
02-23-2002
05:31 PM ET (US)
Good point, Chico.
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chico haas
02-23-2002
02:31 PM ET (US)
Wouldn't discount LOTR as a prime motivation.

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