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and the Masters of the Universe Magazine
Issue #7, Summer 1986.
He-Man Mailbox" is just 1 page this issue, but
features fan-art of Sy-Klone holding his own against
Stinkor and Dragon Blaster Skeletor, A MOTU picture
frame, and "Create A Character" ZigZag, Heroic
Master of Explosion. A sneak preview announcement of
the upcoming "Most Powerful Movie in the Universe"
takes the place of the second letter's page. "Masters
of The Universe: The Motion Picture" is shamelessly
hyped, and behind-the-scenes updates in the next 3 issues
of He-Man Magazine are promised (however, the next 2
issues will feature nothing on the film). Pictures and
a brief biography of Dolph Lundgren are featured, as
well as a contest to win a role in the film! "Imagine
yourself on the big screen with He-Man and She-Ra,"
the ad begins... The book section of "Orko's Earth
Report" makes mention of "Down on the Funny
Farm," a storybook written by P.E. King, who penned
"The Pool of Beauty" and "Trickery Abloom"
for She-Ra: Princess of Power Magazine.
Story: "The Armies of King Hiss"
Prince Adam and Sy-Klone have picked a rotten time to
decide which is faster, Sy-Klone or Adam's Jet Sled.
On a race back to the palace, Adam takes a shortcut
through the forest, where King Hiss is demonstratiing
his influence over all snakes to his new ally, Skeletor.
Quickly captured by a coiling cobra, Adam is lashed
to a tree and left as bait for He-Man. Once Skeletor,
Hiss and his snake minions are out of sight, Adam effortlessly
raises his sword, and charges after the villains as
He-Man. Skeletor first tries to bowl our hero over,
by having Spydor hurl boulders at him, but He-Man uproots
a tree and uses the rocks for batting practice! King
Hiss then makes a play, using sorcery to transform the
tree in He-Man's hands into an enormous serpent! By
placing a Power Sword-generated force field around the
snake, He-Man breaks the spell. Hiss then summons forth
thousands of his serpent servants, and He-Man is powerless
against the massive swarm of snakes, unwilling to harm
innocent creatures in Hiss' thrall (?). But just then,
a strong wind begins to blow, and a Sy-Klone-generated
whirlwind carries the snakes miles away. He-Man is glad
for his friend's timely aid, but not so King Hiss. In
his rage, Hiss reveals his hideous true form, and calls
upon his Snake Men warriors to attack. He-Man bowls
them over with a nearby boulder, sending the evil warriors
scattering like tenpins. Back at the palace, Sy-Klone
explains to Prince Adam why he lost their race. Adam
remarks that taking the time to help others makes Sy-Klone
the real winner.
"Create A Vehicle" is a natural extension
of the "Create A Character" phenomenon, presenting
the challenge to develop new modes of transport for
He-Man and his friends and foes. The Blaster Hawk is
presented as an example, along with three dynamic un-made
vehicle designs: the flying Horde Bat Pak, the heroic
frog-shaped wall-climbing Up-Scaler, and the Rattle
Trap, a slithering Snake Men contraption. "Power
Puzzles" again piles it on, with a "Color
Code" mystery mosaic, a "Masters Match"
who-lives-where line drawing puzzle, an Eternia "Word
Wizardry" challenge, and a "Magical Maze,"
the correct path of which reveals an outline surprise!
A full-page "Sword Search" is a view of King
Randor and Queen Marlena's throne room. Hidden in the
scene are no less than 17 copies of He-Man's Power Sword,
and He-Man has to find them all. "Mystery Meteorbs"
presents six rhyming riddles, describing some of the
good and evil comet creatures. By crossing out the appropriate
letters in a jumble below each riddle, you can tell
if you've guessed the correct Meteorb's identity. Form
a Masters of the Universe "Summer Power Club"
in your neighborhood! Suggestions are included for planning
meetings, deciding on a club name ("The Guardians
of Grayskull" is one suggestion, which is basically
the official name of the fans), and adopting the name
of your favorite MOTU character (role-playing?). Secret
knocks, passwords and handshakes and codes are all part
of the fun. Acting out He-Man adventures and playing
"Create A Character" are among ideas for club
Poster #14 finds Earl Norem trying his hand at depicting
the Snake Men, and doing an excellent job! He-Man challenges
the revealed evil of King Hiss and his minions at Snake
Mountain, in this poster-sized copy of the issue's cover.
Poster #15 features all 10 of the Meteorbs locked in
a frenzied battle, as He-Man rallies Cometroid and crew
to victory. More great Norem art!
Ohio's Jason Isroff is our he-man of the issue this
time. A champion fund-raiser for the National MS Society
Readathon, Jason raised more than $2000 in pledges and
donations in 1986, and read 30 books! Jason's Masters
of the Universe collection is also mentioned.