Did The NA & 2002 Eras Hurt The MOTU Franchise Or Help It?
Let me preface by saying this thread isn't meant to attack the New Adventures Of He-Man and the 2002 MOTU cartoons, toys, or their fans. I'm just wondering if they had any affect on the Masters Of The Universe franchise.
Some people say that the reason that G.I. Joe and Transformers are stronger than MOTU are because they either never went away or their time away from toy shelves was brief.
Others feel that the only reason MOTU isn't as popular as it once was is due to the misfires(ie. didn't last as long or sell as much as the vintage line or Filmation cartoon; I'm not saying either of them were misfires in terms of quality) of NA and the 2002 line. They are one of the reasons that kept MOTUC stuck on MattyCollector.com and out of ToysRUs.
Still others think that MOTUC wouldn't have even come into existence if NA and 2002 hadn't kept the franchise in the back of people's minds.
Maybe there's a little truth in all of these theories or maybe none of them are right and it just comes down to the differences in how Mattel & Hasbro deal with their respective products.
How do you feel about this?
My Opinions Are Only My Own
First off, love that NA and 200X existed! Especially love that they gave more weight to the overall body of MOTU. There are lots of things that I like about them both, and I am really excited to see them get represented in MOTUC.
That said, here's my personal OPINIONS, based solely on what I liked, thought was cool, or didn't.
1. MOTU to me was what I saw on the Filmation cartoons (POP included).
2. I think the toyline should have taken more cues from the look of the Filmation characters, back in the day. It was clearly two different things being emerged. Never loved that. Didn't like the mini-comics much either.
3. I think they should have maintained focus on the core characters and less on what kind of trick they could make an action figure do.
4. After awhile, I really wanted to see the same characters get a new design that was closer to GI JOE, which was leading the way in poseability and general awesomeness. Specifically, I thought they could be smaller, less bulky, and more poseable. Perhaps they could even sit. Or not grimace. Or touch their own faces.
5. NA came too little, too late. And it was too far removed from the core of MOTU for me to even consider it. It tried to be GI JOE in space, which was NOT the Eternia story to me that I really loved and dwelled on.
6. 200X was great in many ways but I really just wanted better scripts for the original looking Filmation characters.
Did NA help or hurt at the time? Yes, it hurt the line. Went the wrong way.
Did 200X help or hurt? Help, mostly. Toyline was mishandled.
***Of course, NOW I love that NA had it's own chapter. Don't like all the character designs, but I'm glad for those who do! 200X fans? I'll count myself as one; just not my first love. :hmwink: