In "The Art of Masters of the Universe" book they have a draft describing the setting of the MOTU universe. In it Eternia is a rough planet that has been through a lot. Also, advanced technology is a reminant from previous times and therefore rare. I certianly got this feeling from the first couple of mini comics. I feel like the Filmation cartoon went away from this idea because it didn't want to be so dark. I agree with others that think MOTU lost its grit and darkness when it was turned into a cartoon. I also felt like technology became way to abundant in the cartoon. Even as a kid I felt a disconnect with the cartoon because of these things. For example, outside the cartoon I thought Skeletor was death incarnate. I found him scary. In the cartoon he just seemed stupid. I also think the introduction of Adam was pointless and cheap. After the first two waves I feel like the figures started to reflect the light heartedness of the cartoon. The characters started to get more and more outrageous.