In late 2001 Mattel announced that the Masters of the Universe would be returning!Unlike the previous failed attempt with the sci-fi concept Mattel decided to go back to the fantasy roots that had made the company billions twenty years prior. Mattel had also remembered what made the toy so popular all those years ago, and in early 2002 the company announced that to tie-in with the new action figure line a new animated series would premiere later in the year. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was back on the air!Mike Young Productions were approached by Mattel to bring He-Man back into the world of animation. He-Man had been away for a long time and the animation industry had changed greatly over the years mainly due to ex-Filmation artists like Bruce Timm and Tom Tataranowicz! Fortunately Mike Young Productions knew exactly what to do and produced a new animated series that took He-Man's visual style to the next level.Unlike the original series this new series features very impressive continuity. Mattel went to the trouble of contacting Michael Halperin (who wrote the original Series Bible for the Filmation series) asking him to write a new Series Bible. Mattel also hired this site's very own James "Busta Toons" Eatock and Zadoc Angell to write a huge Encyclopedia regarding the original series.The series originally aired on the Cartoon Network from August 1, 2002 to January 10, 2004 running for 39 episodes.