Thanks for speaking in this thread, it's been truly enlightening. I'm a MOTU fan, and to be honest, I don't even remember ever watching a single episode of NA. But I do remember the toys, which, besides comparison to the MOTU toys, were fairly low quality, IMO. I was also turned off by the sci-fi element of this new He-Man.
Thanks to the wonders of DVDs, I have rediscovered my love for the original series since the initial DVD release and just yesterday, being the He-Man completist I have become, I purchased Vol 1 of NA. I haven't watched it yet (still working on MOTU S2 V2!), so I can't give an opinion yet, but at least I'll at least be able to say I've actually SEEN the show.
After buying it, I did some quick searches for feedback on the series, and it may or may not surprise you that a lot of what I'm reading says this was a good series that wasn't given a fair shake thanks to it's association with the original show.
BTW- Your ideas about future seasons sound amazing! That would've been great to see your ideas play out, one thing that bothered me about the original show was lack of continuity. I like it when there's a larger story in play thoughout the season(s) other than "Skeletor tries to rule Eternia".
I may have missed this at some point during this thread, or another thread (I don't visit the forums much), but why the drastic change in looks for He-Man, Skeletor, and Sorceress? I see the mini-comic explained Skeletor's new look, is that in line with series canon? Was there anything more to it than having a sci-fi slant and Mattel wanting to distance themselves from the original series?
Anyway, it's really cool of you to come to the board like this. I'm a slooooow watcher of DVD sets, but maybe sometime in the next 5 years I'll come back and let you know what I thought!