If you are a He-Man fan you have every right to get really excited right now! I bet you can remember the very first episode in 1985. Guess what? The wonderful team at Super7 are making a reboot right now and it is going to be a feature-length episode and they even have the original Skeletor on board!
He-Man is the principal character of a series of comic books and several animated television series, characterized by his superhuman strength. In most variations, he is the alter ego of Prince Adam. He-Man and his friends attempt to defend the realm of Eternia and the secrets of Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor.
In 1976, Mattel’s CEO Ray Wagner declined a deal to produce a toyline of action figures based on the characters from the George Lucas film Star Wars, due to the $750,000 license required upfront. Following the commercial success of the film trilogy and its related merchandise during the next few years, Mattel launched several successful toy lines which captured the public’s imagination or significantly influenced the toy market.
Toy designer Mark Taylor explained that the original design of He-Man in a series of sketches while working for Mattel was inspired by Cro-Magnon men and Vikings. Furthermore, his original design of Beast Man was rejected by Mattel for looking too much like Chewbacca.
In the race to design the next hit action figure, Roger Sweet (a lead designer working for Mattel’s Preliminary Design Department during much of the 1970s and 1980s) realized that simplicity was the key to success. According to his 2005 book Mastering the Universe: He-Man and the Rise and Fall of a Billion-Dollar Idea, Sweet knew that if he gave marketing something it could sell, he had won 90 percent of the battle.
Straight from Comic Con!
The debut will be at the San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday, July 20th! If you are like us here you are hoping that this will turn into another series. Let’s cross our fingers on this one.
Who else remembers watching this show?
In the trailer below it shows the big plans that Skeletor is making. Check out the trailer below and keep your eyes peeled for what’s to come next.