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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #32, 1987.
Story 1: "The Mantisaur, part 1"
Man-At-Arms has invented a new weapon called the Megalaser,
and some new Stilt Stalkers. He has decided that the
heroic warriors need better weapons now that he has
found about Hordak's new invention, a vehicle called
the Mantisaur. Adam changes into He-Man, and he and
Man-At-Arms go to the Fright Zone,w ith the Stilt Stalkers
and Megalaser, in the hope of destroying Hordak's Mantisaur
before he can cause any damage. But as they travel to
the Fright Zone, Dragstor spies on them, and goes off
to report to Hordak. Before long, the warriors find
themselves confronted by an army of Horde Troopers.....
just before Hordak himself appears, on board the Mantisaur!
(cont'd in next story)
This issue's letters page contains a commonly asked
question- is Screeech really Evil-Lyn? Of course, the
answer is no!
Story 2: "The Mantisaur, part 2" (Cont'd from
Hordak traps Man-At-Arms in the claws of the Mantisaur.
He-Man just manages to free him, by throwing one of
the Stilt Stalkers at the Mantisaur. As Man-At-Arms
uses the Megalaser to deal with the Troopers, He-Man
attempts to fight the Mantisaur- but Hordak catches
him in its clutches. He-Man swings out of danger, and
knocks a trooper blast towards Hordak. The blast hits
Hordak in the face..... but strangely, it burns half
of his head away. Inside Hordak's head, He-Man sees
electric curcuits- this is not the real Hordak, but
a robot to test out the Mantisaur! Now that he does
not have to worry about hurting Hordak too badly, He-Man
lifts the Mantisaur and throws it onto its back, crushing
both the machine and the Hordak robot completely. Man-At-Arms
then returns, having driven the troopers away. When
he sees what looks like Hordak's arm sticking out from
the rubble, he thinks Hordak has been defeated- but
He-Man explains that it was just a robot, with equipment
inside to enable the real Hordak to spy on them as they
fought it. So now Hordak will know what kind of techniques
He-Man can use to defeat the Mantisaur..... He-Man must
watch out for the next attack, with Hordak's new Mantisaur!
Story 3: "Hordak's Slime Attack"
He-Man, Rio Blast, and Snout Spout are helping out people
in a village bordering on the Fright Zone. The children
are asking Rio Blast to demonstrate his firing skills
to entertain them. Snout Spout is feeling down, thinking
the kids aren't interested in him, because he is a useless
warrior. He-Man tries to console him, but just then
Hordak attacks the village. Snout Spout attempts to
prove himself by fighting back- but Hordak fires a blast
from his cannon arm at him, knocking him immediately
unconscious. Modulok then binds up He-Man and Rio Blast,
and rounds up the villagers. Snout Spout is left at
the village, while the others are all taken to the Fright
Zone, and He-Man and Rio, then the villagers, are placed
in the Slime Pit, which turns them into slime monsters.
Hordak then takes them to the planet Andrill, which
contains metal-eating gases in its atmosphere. He intends
to conquer Andrill, then release the metal-eating gas
into Eternia's atmosphere, destroying all weapons and
vehicles. The slime monsters attack the Andrillions,
as Hordak creates a force-shield to protect him and
his warriors from the corrosive atmosphere. Back on
Eternia, Snout Spout has recovered and gone to the Fright
Zone. He uses the portal to get to Andrill, where the
atmosphere begins to corrode his metal head. But he
sprays a bolt from his trunk, washing the slime off
He-Man, Rio, and the villagers. Before He-Man can attack
Hordak, Hordak escapes. He-Man, his friends and the
villagers borrow an Andrillion spacecraft, to return
to Eternia. The vilagers repair the damage done to Rio's
lasers and Snout Spout, head, and then Snout Spout,
the hero of the battle, finally feels worthy as the
kids ask him to entertain them.
(A great issue. The Mantisaur story may mainly have
been done for toy advertising, but it's still great.)