I guess I had it easy - I was allowed to have POP toys. I believe I recall my father objecting to the Crystal Castle, but my Grandma bought it. :hmlol: What I remember thinking it was weird that I really wanted it but I hated that it didn't look like the cartoon (I absolutely hated that it was pink and would have Hordak blow it up -- ie I'd throw it at a tree :hmlol:). Such conundrums for a 3 year old. My dad also watched the USA Network premiere of
I COULDN'T get POP figures because they were "for girls". My mother did break down and smuggled me She-Ra - which I always hid from my father. I was not allowed to get the other POP, though I REALLY wanted them. So, in my play time, the Horde were enemies of He-Man - basically, She-Ra had freed Etheria, went home and helped fight against the Horde on Eternia! Sound familiar?
Because I was BANNED from getting POP, I did develop some resentment for the show - though I preferred it to He-Man's show. To this day, I see Catra as the sorceress leader of the Etherian Horde, while Hordak is trapped on Eternia - she becomes She-Ra's "Skeletor" on Etheria. I think our perception of the brand is shaped by our own experiences.