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    Interview with David Wolfram, retired Mattel designer (MOTU/NA content)


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    Nice! Going to try to dive into this soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallstar View Post
    Nice! Going to try to dive into this soon.
    Thanks, I hope you like it! There's a lot of cool background information and concept art here

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    Really enjoyed this interview! Some really great parts:


    Laser light Skeletor and the corresponding He-Man were both done for the international markets. The domestic MOTU line was essentially dead after the 1986 (or MAYBE 1987, it is hard to remember precisely). Pre-Toy Fair, which was a Mattel-only event held in August in Scottsdale for many years… I remember the marketing person saying that no domestic buyers even wanted to go in the gallery.
    This was sad to hear, but the reality of the situation back then. How fast Masters of the Universe fell off the mountain.


    Ninjor was a dead ringer for Lee Van Cleef, who had done some karate or kung fu based show around that time, so we had to change that.
    Googled Lee Van Cleef to see, lol.


    Scare Glow was the first Skeletor without a molded hood, and the paint scheme was pretty easy to figure out. It had a fair amount of luminescence, so I was pretty happy with it, and I got to learn how to work with soft goods for the first time. The is an adage in the toy industry, that “once you add glow-in-the dark, it’s a pretty good clue that the line is dead”, and it pretty much was.
    Sad but true. Real Ghostbusters did a glow in the dark team theme their last year. I only found out about that as an adult. They're very cool, like Scare Glow.

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    I remember the Lee Van Cleef show 'The Master.' America was in the middle of the Ninja craze. Good memories!
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    I loved the bit about Optikk's eye tampo being a reuse of a design used on the Boglins line:



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    I also wish they had made this Skeletor. So wicked looking!


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    Really enjoyed reading this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lich Leech View Post
    I also wish they had made this Skeletor. So wicked looking!
    Hell, I wish they'd make it now! It's such a badass design!

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    It was nice to hear from a designer on the NA line, as we've not gotten a lot of information from that era. Loved the designs he shared too!

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