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  • Novelty's MotUC Memories

    Well, we all know that 2015 is the "end" of the line. I'm probably one of the few people who has been on board the MotUC train since the beginning, since King Grayskull and SDCC 2008. I hope the moderators will allow me to create this thread about my memories of the line, from someone who has experienced it all from the beginning.

    I will do a figure-by-figure memory dump, reminiscing about yesterfigure. Why am I doing this? Partly for entertainment for all and sundry here (hey, it'll be serialised figure-by-figure!), but mostly to build up the community here. Because let's face it, one of these days, Mattel/matty/Scott/.Org-bashing will run out of steam (there's also that other place to do that too). However, what's uplifting and positive will encourage growth. I doubt I'm a very good writer, but I hope you guys will enjoy this.

    Edit: You can now post in this thread, but I'd much prefer your replies in the actual blog post itself so that it's easier for me to track which figure you're talking about.
    Last edited by Novelty; 10-20-2014, 04:30 PM. Reason: Postings now allowed
    “Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion." ― Henry Steele Commager

  • #2
    Head over to King Grayskull to read all about it.
    Last edited by Novelty; 10-20-2014, 04:33 PM. Reason: Redirecting to blog.
    “Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion." ― Henry Steele Commager

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    • Shawn
      Shawn commented
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      The light handed moderation of he-man world is a fresh of breath air! (no sarcasm btw!)

      Yeah, bad times forced me to sell him to make the rent. Glad those times are behind me.

    • _RZ_
      _RZ_ commented
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      Great story and great thread. I slept on MOTUC until He-Ro and Vikor came out, because I thought I was going to get burned again like I did in 200x. Congrats on the SDCC Grayskull, great story.

    • Novelty
      Novelty commented
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      Thanks for the Encouragement RZ. More stories to come, of course!

  • #3
    He-Man!
    Last edited by Novelty; 10-20-2014, 04:34 PM. Reason: Redirected to blog
    “Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion." ― Henry Steele Commager

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    • Shawn
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      The red eyes, didn't effect all the figures, or I got lucky...

      That's a fair criticism of the face. I recall a lot of talk about the hair. Although My 1st edition He-Man's wig pops off because it wasn't glued down, which is fine by me as it permits me to give him a Conan Helmet

      The original Prototype the 4HM painted the wrist wrist guard gray, but that was changed to orange and the the gray was used for King Grayskull. Also the first displayed prototype had the Vintage style Sword from the Staction Battle Armor He-Man. I still prefer that design to the Classics styled Sword which I feel is "too vintage"

      Also, this figure was the first one with removable head and filled in "cape hole" that Mattel Design changed from the original 4HM's intent IIRC. This is what I'm fairly certain caused the delay...Though I'd fact check that before assuming it's true to be safe
      Last edited by Shawn; 08-27-2014, 07:19 PM.

    • Novelty
      Novelty commented
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      Spoiler for the Beastman write-up: I did buy the 1st ed He-Man, but I don't have him now. The one in the picture is the first "original" starburst version of the figure with the corrected shoulders IIRC. After the french fries for hair He-Man and the man-purse to cover his junk version of the character, I was happy that this is an unadulterated version of the character with his proper furry pants. At last they got that correct!

    • _RZ_
      _RZ_ commented
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      Always funny to me that He-Man had to get stoned to make a comeback! And he apparently inspired the factory workers to do the same, as they reversed his shoulders! Happily, my He-Man is sober Great story, can't wait for more!

  • #4
    Beastman
    Last edited by Novelty; 10-20-2014, 04:35 PM. Reason: Redirected to blog
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    • Shawn
      Shawn commented
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      King of Loose ankles. and a bit too short IMO. Oh, and his whip should have been bendy. Head wasn't vintage enough, and the orange to dark. My first real disappointment. Though The power of awesome outweighed all that in all honesty. Still DOES!

    • Battle Ram Man
      Battle Ram Man commented
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      Agreed on all points, Shawn

  • #5
    Skeletor is up.
    Last edited by Novelty; 10-20-2014, 04:36 PM. Reason: Redirect to blog
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    • Shawn
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      I thought Skeletor came out in January? I remember thinking it odd they didn't bumble He-Man & Skeletor the first month, since it would make the best Christmas gift ever!

      I remember a lot of talk about the design philosophy, how these are molded after the 1982 original vintage 8-back. A lot of people didn't understand that at the time. I know at the time I was still angry 200X ended, and Skeletor looked too bulky IMO. It's funny how time, and perspective can change an opinion when you let it. This Skeletor still looks very cartoonish to me, but he does resemble Skeletor as depicted by Adrian Gonzales & Fred Carrillo (Golden Books) more then the 8-back to my eyes. (it's all about what each of us remember most as kids, for me that was Golden books!)

      Also, around this time, (2007/2008) a timeless Mystery was was finally answered: What is that on Skeletor's belt? The vintage sculpted detail lost in the tooling process. Luckily SOMEONE (Matt Something?) finally reached out to Mark Taylor and shared that 1st audio Interview with the fans and even posted the first pics that started a snowball effect that would change our community forever...

      http://www.grayskullmuseum.com/conce...aylorindex.htm
      Last edited by Shawn; 09-11-2014, 04:50 AM.

  • #6
    Last edited by Shawn; 09-11-2014, 03:29 AM.
    Once upon a time, good advice was "be kind Rewind"now nobody remembers the past.

    Masters of the universe The LOST TALES (a series of vintage style fan-comics and children's books)

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    • Mechanizor
      Mechanizor commented
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      Also, can I request everyone to comment on the posts instead of replying? It would really help in this thread since it's supposed to be about my memories Thanks.
      ^ Novelty's request. ;-)

    • Novelty
      Novelty commented
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      Well, I've changed it so it's OK now.

  • #7
    Good stuff Novelty. Keep 'em coming!
    "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." ― Noam Chomsky

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    • #8
      Capt has asked me to move this to the blog.

      I'll keep this thread as announcements.
      Last edited by Novelty; 10-20-2014, 04:37 PM. Reason: Redirect to blog
      “Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion." ― Henry Steele Commager

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      • #9
        Stratos, but you guys know the drill
        Last edited by Novelty; 10-20-2014, 04:38 PM. Reason: Redirect to blog
        “Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion." ― Henry Steele Commager

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        • MegaGearMax
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          Well, there was the whole "sock feet" complaint from 200X fans.

        • Novelty
          Novelty commented
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          I don't really remember that, so I didn't write about it...

      • #10
        The comment feature on the blogs are now working. Yay!
        “Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion." ― Henry Steele Commager

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        • #11
          I've just re-written #6 Faker and added a bit more info. Have fun reading about it. I left out what people were critical about the figure (because it didn't bother me much then and still doesn't bother me now), but the lack of Skeletor's belt-thing on him was one of the main criticism I remember about the figure.
          “Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion." ― Henry Steele Commager

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          • #12
            Preview for #7 Zodac coming up

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            • #13
              And we have Zodac. The write up was boring, so I included a few extra pictures for your enjoyment.
              “Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion." ― Henry Steele Commager

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