Great post! And good perspective on N/A!So I was playing with....err, posing, my collection today and thinking about my attachment to all these little plastic buggers. I've posted before about shopping for vintage MOTU with my Grandfather as a kid and my connection to these figurines from childhood. But today i was thinking of how much I enjoy ALL the emotions I have for different figures, even ones I didn't like as much, and how they transport me to different times and places.
I loved 200X. LOVED it. But as Classics has taken over my collection, I ended up selling off all of those figures because they didn't hold up to me and because I needed the space. However looking at King Grayskull with the 200X style He-Man head on it I was transported to that time seeing the Horsemen sculpts on the pages of Toyfare magazine and knowing MOTU was coming back. I remembered trying to catch that blasted toon, opening full cases of Snakemen figures, and just loving this property and all it's entites and incarnations.
Then I looked at my NA figures. Now, I hated NA as a kid. HATED it. Today I was remembering going to Kay Bee looking for the new He-Man stuff and being sooooo irate at what they had done. Not only did I tell me mom not to buy me any, I literally threw a He-Man on the ground and made a loud protest over what garbage this was. A bit dramatic right? Yeah, I may have been
But today I realized I enjoy the NA figures in this line because they make me laugh about that as well. It's another chapter in my lifelong relationship with He-Man, and getting a laugh out of being angry at NA is just as fun a memory as the birthday i got 2 Battle Armor Skeletors and insisted I be allowed to color one with a sharpie to be Skeletors cousin.
And now I am making new memories with this line and this collector community. I have grown found of telling my Hydron figure I hate him on my way out of my office, and that I won't be mad if he falls off the shelf while I'm gone.
MOTU Classics has become fleshed out and realized as intended: an all inclusive celebration of all eras of MOTU. I can celebrate the highs of finding Jitsu, the lows of seeing NA He-Man the first time, all the way up to my current outrage at bikini King Hssss.
And I'm loving every minute of it. I wouldn't change a thing