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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #16, 1986.
This issue's strip features Orko being frightened by
a ghost in his bedroom.
Story 1: "Mind Swap"
Two Bad comes up with a new invention- a ring which
enables its holder to swap their minds with someone
else. Skeletor wants to swap his mind with He-Man's,
so he can possess his strength and enter Grayskull,
so he goes with Two Bad and Beast Man to Grayskull.
He lures He-Man and Fisto out onto the battlements,
then projects his mind into He-Man's body. Fisto gets
a shock when 'He-Man' attacks him and flings him over
the battlement, leaving him hanging on for his life.
Meanwhile, He-Man's mind is now in Skeletor's body,
and he attempts to use the havoc staff to pole vault
into Grayskull, but the Sorceress does not realise that
He-Man's mind is inside Skeletor's body, and knocks
him back to the ground. But He-Man thinks up another
trick, and tricks Two Bad into telling him how the ring
works. So He-Man projects his mind back into his own
body, and Skeletor's mind back into his. Just before
they change back, He-Man throws the ring back to Grayskull
so Skeletor can not use it again. Skeletor blames Two
Bad for the failure of his scheme, and chases angrily
Someone on this issue's letters page points out the
disastrous error in issue #10, when He-Man said he was
changing back to Prince Adam in front of Fisto! 'Scrollos'
answers by saying that Fisto was just too far away to
hear what He-Man said. Yeah, right, nice coverup.
Story 2: "Blind Terror"
Skeletor uses the Talisman of Sight to blind two of
his henchmen, saying he will do the same with He-Man.
Spikor flies to the Cat-Nik village where He-Man is,
and lures him to Snake Mountain, where Skeletor zaps
He-Man's sight and imprisons him in chains. He leaves
Stinkor to guard him, and goes off with his warriors
to attack Eternos. As he reaches Eternos, he zaps the
sight of everyone in the city, and the warriors try
to fight him anyway, but their loss of sight means they
stand no chance. But back at Snake Mountain, He-Man
manages to break free from the chains, and Stinkor is
too scared to stay and fight him, and runs off to find
Skeletor instead. He-Man follows Stinkor's odor, to
lead him back to Eternos. Meanwhile, at Eternos City,
Buzz-Off finds that his insect eyes have not been affected
by the Talisman of Sight, so he flies over the battle,
snatches the Talisman from Skeletor and breaks it, restoring
all the warriors' sight. Stinkor then arrives at the
city, with He-Man following behind, and Skeletor retreats
Story 3: "Menace of the Magnetron"
A mad scientist approaches Skeletor trying to convince
him that a metal-attracting machine he has invented
will defeat He-Man. By using the machine to attract
Trap Jaw's metal body to it, he manages to convince
Skeletor, and Skeletor sets out to find He-Man. As he
flies over a small beach village where Adam, Man-At-Arms
and Teela are visiting, the machine attracts Man-At-Arms,
who is wearing his metal armor. Adam tries to save him,
but ends up falling into the sea. He swims back to safety,
but he has lost his sword, which was taken by Skeletor.
Therefore, he assembles the Eternian warriors himself,
convincing them all (other than Teela) that he is cleverer
than they thought. The army lures Skeletor's ship over
an iron mine, which the magnet is attracted to, causing
the ship to crash- and Adam retrieves his sword and
becomes He-Man. He frees Man-At-Arms, and they beat
up Skeletor and his warriors, who retreat, and then
as Teela criticises Prince Adam, He-Man digs back at
her by making an odd joke about Skeletor finding Adam
'attractive- in fact, positively magnetic!'"
Find and name all the heroic warriors hidden within
the walls of a picture of Castle Grayskull- but do not
include the evil characters, or they will escape and
Eternia will suffer. The prize is a pack of three Ladybird
MOTU books, packaged with tapes for each.
(An excellent and memorable issue. It would have got
five stars if the last story didn't let it down, by
horribly overdoing Teela's arrogance (she actually seems
to hate Prince Adam here) and the way that Adam literally
transforms to He-Man in front of the evil warriors,
yet they fail to notice.)