had one of the best bookcases, mainly because it held a
of the most memorable symbols of He-Man and the Masters
of the Universe. Created from the very heart of Castle
Grayskull and imbued with the forces of the ancients who
once dwelt bodily within its walls at a very different time.
The Sword of Power, used to channel Grayskull's magic, enabling
the prince of Eternia to transform into the most powerful
man in the universe. So where did Adam hide his sword when
he went to bed?
Dini was a big fan of comic books in his childhood. And
just like something out of a Batman comic, he created
a hiding place for Adam's sword. In the past, no other writer
had touched upon the issue of needing the sword to be hidden
at night. Paul knew that the Sword of Power was very valuable.
Thus he created the sliding bookcase mechanism, which suppressed
an alcove containing the sword.
- "The Mystery of Man-E-Faces"
The first time we see the bookcase mechanism is in this
particular episode. In a very comical scene Zoar arrives
at the Royal Palace to ask Adam to aid in the Widgets. Cringer
pleads, "Adam I need my beauty sleep." But by
the time Zoar has warned Adam, he is already walking over
to the bookcase. Then for the first time we see where Adam's
sword is stored. To cut costs of reanimating Adam holding
aloft the sword in his nightclothes, the director cuts to
a shot of the window, as we can see the transformation taking
MU92 - The Littlest Giant
In an almost identical scene to "The Mystery of Man-E-Faces"
Adam is once again alerted to the aid of the Widgets, this
time by their signal flare. The director uses the same shot
of Cringer pleading, this time the dialogue is different,
"Adam can't it wait until morning?" Again the
exact same animation is used as Adam presses the button,
which causes the bookcase to slide along revealing the Sword
MU125 - "Bargain With Evil" *
Unlike the previous occasions, Adam is in his more familiar
clothing this time around. What this means is that, for
some reason, he did not carry the sword around during the
first few minutes of the episode. The animation is slightly
strange here, because as Adam grabs the very small looking
sword, by the time he has it across his chest, it is at
the more familiar size.