got hooked on He-Man when I was in third or fourth grade.
It used to come on television every afternoon at 4:00, which
was right about the time I'd be getting home from school.
I was only interested in Star Wars and its toys up until that
point, but once I got hooked on He-Man, I wanted to play with
to my dismay, however, when I decided to start collecting
the figures, He-Man himself was nowhere to be found. Plenty
of other MOTU figures abounded, but there was no He-Man on
the pegs. And so my first-ever MOTU figure ended up being
Ram-Man, who had to serve as a giant good-guy in the Star
Wars universe until I could collect more MOTU figures to play
with. I remember my second MOTU figure was Tri-Klops, which
my mom bought for me and put in my Easter Basket.
search for a He-Man figure seemed fruitless until one day
I was in a Montgomery Wards and was about to buy Stratos,
when the sales lady said, "Are there any figures you couldn't
find?" I said, "Yes, He-Man." She disappeared into the back
and came out with a Battle-Armor He-Man that someone had put
on hold but never picked up. I had wanted an original He-Man
more than the Battle-Armor one, but at this point my collection
of more than a dozen MOTU figures was in serious need of its
remember the following Christmas my parents inundated me with
He-Man toys. I came downstairs that morning and found Castle
Grayskull, Battle Cat, Attack-Track, and more than a dozen
of the figures all wrapped individually. I was in heaven.
I remember Webstor's hook string broke that day, but it was
seriously cool while it lasted. Even my dad thought it was
a cool feature. I pretended my Whip-Lash figure was Lizard
Man until Whip-Lash himself appeared in the cartoon.
fond memories: my dad taking me to the toy store and saying
I could buy one MOTU figure as a reward for my good report
card, and there on the pegs was Stinkor. He'd never been on
the cartoon and I'd never heard of him, but he looked so darn
cool I had to have him. I opened him up in the car on the
way home and my dad said, "What is that SMELL?!" I also found
Two-Bad for the first time in a toy store and the top half
of his card was torn off (so his name and the MOTU logo was
missing); although I'd never seen him before, I knew he had
to be a MOTU figure, and my gramma bought him for me. It was
a long time later until I finally found out what his name
was! And I remember being elated when Mattel *finally* got
around to making an Orko figure (but to my dismay they didn't
make the Sorceress or King Randor until after I'd stopped
had easily 50+ figures, a dozen vehicles/animals, and the
Grayskull playset before I stopped collecting MOTU. By the
time the evil Horde and She-Ra came on the scene, my interest
was waning. So one day I decided to sell the entire collection
through the local thrift shop for about $2.50 a figure. The
lady at the store said used figures would never sell for that
price, but a woman came in and bought the entire collection
for her son the first day. I was so happy to have all that
money, but of course today I regret selling off my collection.
The sole survivor of my original collection is Orko, which
I held onto for sentimental reasons (darn me for not holding
onto Ram-Man for the same reason).
that my Thundercats collection is nearly complete (a collection
that I began buying after selling off my MOTU collection),
I may just start frequenting toy shows to start buying back
my MOTU collection. Such nostalgia...