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    How Do You Like Your Horde?

    As a kid, I loved the idea of the Evil Horde being a marauding band that didn't have a lot of members, but were still feared. What they lacked in quantity they more than made up in power. The introduction of She-Ra and the concept of the Horde Empire being reminicent of the Galactic Empire with rebels kind of turned things on its ear for me when I was younger.

    I am curious which Horde fans prefer. I never got too much into Hordak having a an arm cannon and shooting buzz saws from his chest, because I liked the mystical element more I think. I am curious as to when the bios and story unfold how Mattel will integrate and address Hordak's formidable sorcery with his mastery of technology as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frogster View Post
    As a kid, I loved the idea of the Evil Horde being a marauding band that didn't have a lot of members, but were still feared...I never got too much into Hordak having a an arm cannon and shooting buzz saws from his chest, because I liked the mystical element more I think
    i completely agree with those 2 statements ...

    following on with the star wars comparison you mentioned, the horde members sort of reminded me of the 'bounty hunters' in star wars ... even though i'm not convinced on the horde being bounty hunters as such, it's the vibe i got from them ...
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    I like the idea of the Horde being an intergalactic empire having taken over many planets. Different officers being assigned to planets as needed. Such as Scorpia being replaced by Entrapta.
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    I had trouble reconciling this as a kid as well. The Horde was always a small group, but some of the most feared group that brought terror wherever they went.

    As time has gone on, I've grown accustomed to the idea of the Horde being more of a galactic empire. However, I do like Hordak more interested in using mystical means to accomplish his goals, even if he has a wide array of technology at his disposal.

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    I like the Horde as suggested in the MYP cartoon the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flor2099 View Post
    I like the Horde as suggested in the MYP cartoon the best.
    Me too. That was a very cool representation!
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    I dont like the horde, full stop.
    Never did, never will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frogster View Post
    As a kid, I loved the idea of the Evil Horde being a marauding band that didn't have a lot of members, but were still feared. What they lacked in quantity they more than made up in power. The introduction of She-Ra and the concept of the Horde Empire being reminiscent of the Galactic Empire with rebels kind of turned things on its ear for me when I was younger.
    Wow, I'm having a deja-vu here. Did you say/type this the exact same way a few month ago...

    And yes I agree with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kk2 View Post
    Wow, I'm having a deja-vu here. Did you say/type this the exact same way a few month ago...

    And yes I agree with you.

    I hope not...I must be getting old.

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    I always prerferred the Filmation idea (big surprise, right?). It gave him a major role in the mythos he couldn't have had just leading a small marauding band of monsters. The conflict between him and Skeletor added a lot to both of their personalities, with the hatred born of betrayal and the student becoming the equal of the master. The contrast was heightened by Hordak's reliance on technology vs. Skeletor's magic.

    If he's just a warlord leading an un-merry band, he's lessened. As the guy who led the Horde against both Eternia and Etheria and stole Adora, he's an integral part of the mythos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott metzger View Post
    I always prerferred the Filmation idea (big surprise, right?). It gave him a major role in the mythos he couldn't have had just leading a small marauding band of monsters. The conflict between him and Skeletor added a lot to both of their personalities, with the hatred born of betrayal and the student becoming the equal of the master. The contrast was heightened by Hordak's reliance on technology vs. Skeletor's magic.

    If he's just a warlord leading an un-merry band, he's lessened. As the guy who led the Horde against both Eternia and Etheria and stole Adora, he's an integral part of the mythos.
    You could have the same Horde with the small, but powerful Elder Evil group. When I say small, I mean the Horde characters and the legion of troopers and horde wizards.

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    I prefer mine extra crispy. Nothin' like a good 'ol fried Horde to clog up the works.

    ...seriously though, I never gave them much thought. I only had Hordak, Leech, and Mantenna. I think I just used them as more Skeletor goons back in the day, and I didn't really form an idea about Hordak until the 200X series. So, I guess I just work with the 200X idea.
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    I love the Horde, and especially Hordak, as they were presented in the 200X cartoon.
    That to me is the Horde. They were dangerous and deadly.
    Hordak especially was really cool and ruthless.

    Filmation is definitely my least favorite incarnation of the Horde.
    They were just a bunch of bunglers who pretended they were conquerors,
    and Hordak had a superior. Dreadful.
    Fictional characters are just that. Fictional. They have no personality or free will of their own.
    Writers and editors mold them to their own wants and needs.
    All we as the audience and fans can do is pick and choose our favorite interpretation and ignore the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott metzger View Post
    I always prerferred the Filmation idea (big surprise, right?). It gave him a major role in the mythos he couldn't have had just leading a small marauding band of monsters. The conflict between him and Skeletor added a lot to both of their personalities, with the hatred born of betrayal and the student becoming the equal of the master. The contrast was heightened by Hordak's reliance on technology vs. Skeletor's magic.

    If he's just a warlord leading an un-merry band, he's lessened. As the guy who led the Horde against both Eternia and Etheria and stole Adora, he's an integral part of the mythos.
    To be fair though, I think the MYP Horde was likely pretty much the same as the Filmation Horde...they just hadn't built up to it at that point.

    I prefer Hordak to be the ruler of that sector of the Horde; it makes the Horde Empire seem a lot more vast throughout the galaxy/universe, and with Horde Prime/Supreme as their leader, the simple fact that Hordak is that incredibly powerful and strategic just implies the level of strength and power the Horde has built up over time.
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    I agree with this 100%. I mean the fright zone playset was basically the scariest cave/dungeon ever residing in the scariest forest ever. That doesn't seem like a great hang out spot for a technological empire- but its perfect for a scary team of villians who hate everyone.

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    Definitely prefer the magic/industrial empire Horde. There already was a gang of lawless mutant warriors: that's what Skeletor's army was.
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    A group of really terrible Elder Evil-like villains with an army of Horde Troopers that rule Etheria from the Fright Zone Playset. No Horde Prime, no Horde Inspectors, catalogues or nephews and no galactic empire. Hordak is in complete control.
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    I like my Horde EVIL!

    I mostly like the 200X interpretation, but I also like to think that Hordak still has some interest in dabbling in technology, a la Filmation.

    Quote Originally Posted by MegaGearMax View Post
    Hordak is in complete control.
    Couldn't agree with this point more!

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    I like my Horde as a mixture of the Filmation guys and the mini-comics, plus a ton of imagination thrown in.

    In my personal universe, I view my Horde as galactic conquerors. They only ever rose to the size they are today because King Hiss and the Snake Men were banished into the timeless dimension. Without Hiss around to keep the Horde in check, the Horde had an easier time to conquer the other planets that were under Snake Men rule. Though the Horde never did manage to find the Snake Men home world.

    Hordak will always be a sorcerer first for me, but one who renounced being a pure wizard after his greatest apprentice surpassed him. An apprentice who came to him as he was. Hordak never had a hand in creating Skeletor or even meeting Keldor. He only ever mentored Skeletor.

    Once Skeletor surpasses his mentor, Hordak combines technology and magic together resulting in his arm cannon and all of his awesome transformations to set himself apart from the other magic users.

    The Fright Zone to me is always the name of their home base on whatever planet they have access to. On Etheria, it is the giant industrial looking base from the cartoon while on Eternia, it is the cavern playset.

    In my personal universe, the Horde is eventually defeated after King Hiss secretly manipulates a chain of events that causes Skeletor into attacking Hordak head on. After the pupil leaves a mortally wounded Hordak on the battlefield, Hiss steps out of the shadows and in typical villain fashion, reveals his master plan before he delivers the killing blow to Hordak, finally exacting his revenge upon Hordak for having a hand in his banishment back during the days of Preternia.
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    way I see it

    The Horde is a mix of the vast Snakemen army (minus their pureblood bit- the Horde does not discriminate based on species, number of legs, hair color, etc.) and Skeletor's Evil Warriors. Hordak's leading officers don't quite have the raw power of Skeletor's group but they are more loyal. The Horde is a real military- complete with ranks and traditions and such. For example, the crossbow is standard issue. But it's become customary for a Horde member who's risen to the upper ranks to personalize his or her own crossbow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaGearMax View Post
    A group of really terrible Elder Evil-like villains with an army of Horde Troopers that rule Etheria from the Fright Zone Playset. No Horde Prime, no Horde Inspectors, catalogues or nephews and no galactic empire. Hordak is in complete control.
    MGM has it right as far as I'm concerned!

    I don't mind if Hordak rules a galactic empire but it must be Hordak who rules. No Horde Prime!

    Horde Prime is a ridiculous concept that debased Hordak and turned him into a mockery by his very presence.

    As far as I'm concerned, Hordak and only Hordak is the Ruthless Leader of the Evil Horde!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaGearMax View Post
    Like THIS!

    A group of really terrible Elder Evil-like villains with an army of Horde Troopers that rule Etheria from the Fright Zone Playset. No Horde Prime, no Horde Inspectors, catalogues or nephews and no galactic empire. Hordak is in complete control.
    Agree 100%!
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    The Horde in my canon:
    First there only was Horde Prime. He's like a cross between Galactus and the devil. Either you pledged alleigance to him or watch as your world is drained of life and assimilated into HP.
    He fought He-Ro on Eternia, but none could win... HP tried to destroy the planet, but He-Ro was able to deliver a fatal blow. He-Ro died in the process of Saving Eternia. (Eldor and Granamyr Bind He-Ro's Soul to his staff and Forge a Greatsword out of it.) Horde Prime's death created a parallel world to Eternia... Etheria.

    Hordak was born as a Physical manifestation of Horde Prime's Will. Throughout Millenia Hordak gained a will of his own... and a massive Army in order to conquer the one World HP couldn't take... Too bad that a super strong descendant of He-Ro thwarted the whole thing.... (Carrying an old greatsword with the power of his ancestor within BTW) This King dies in the process and his soul is bound to the sword that splits in two. (One of the swords has a nice gem on it.) Now trapped in this other dimension Hordak re-amasses another army in order to conquer Eternia. Drawn to worlds were HP's presence could be felt Hordak eventually arrives on Etheria where he bides his time to return to Eternia and finally take over it to squash the last remnant of HP.
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    I'm pretty much in tune with DO4M.

    In my cannon, Horde Prime is almost a Shakesperan tragedy. The original Horde was a conquering nation with advanced technology. The original horde conquered universe and dimension after another, but the original ruler, the father of Hordak and the unnamed first born. The first born son sought to usurp his father and in doing so, made a pack with an ancient evil god. The first born struck down his father and became Horde Prime. He also corrupted and changed Hordak.

    Like all deals with the devil, things go bad and the first born son was corrupted and the ancient god became horde prime and brought back dark magics. Combining magic and technology, the Horde became unstoppable.
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    I like the galactic empire Horde.
    I always thought that He-Man needed an enemy that he could actually think twice and feared. Skeletor in my opinion just wasn't a suitable arch enemy for He-man.

    Now he has to take on a whole empire to defend Eternia, now that's an enemy.

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