View Poll Results: What Was Your Introduction To The Masters Of The Universe Franchise?

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  • 1980's MOTU Toyline!!!

    161 72.85%
  • DC's MOTU Comics!!!

    0 0%
  • Star's MOTU Comics!!!

    0 0%
  • Filmation's MOTU Cartoon!!!

    48 21.72%
  • The Secret Of The Sword Movie!!!

    1 0.45%
  • MOTU Live Action Movie!!!

    0 0%
  • POP Toyline!!!

    0 0%
  • POP Cartoon!!!

    3 1.36%
  • NA Toyline!!!

    0 0%
  • NA Cartoon!!!

    0 0%
  • Commemorative MOTU Toyline!!!

    0 0%
  • 2002's MOTU Toyline!!!

    2 0.90%
  • MYP's MOTU Cartoon!!!

    0 0%
  • MVC's MOTU Comics!!!

    0 0%
  • MOTUC Toyline!!!

    2 0.90%
  • Other(please explain)!!!

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    I still remember like it was yesterday some 28 years ago. when they first advertised the new Filmation show on TV. My mother actually sat down and watched it with me, I was hooked, never missed an episode. My first MOTU Christmas, and still to this day the best Christmas of my life. I received Castle Grayskull, He-man, Skeletor, Battle-cat, Panthor, Beastman, Man-at-Arms, Teela, Mer-man, Stratos, Evil-Lyn, Ram Man, Man-E-Faces, Trap Jaw, Tri-Klops and the Wind Raider.

    Once again the best Christmas of my life. I think it is impossible to top that. But hopefully 2011, getting 20 Horde Troopers will be a close 2nd.

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    Dang! I thought there might be more diversity to how we all got into MOTU/POP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Marzo View Post
    I was too young to actually remember which but it was either the original 1980s toyline or the Filmation He-Man cartoon. I'm pretty sure my first figure was Beast Man though. I distinctly remember his vivid colors and that white and blue face.

    Definitely a vintage purist.

    Same here; I was 3 at the time--it was 1985. I don't even remember the first Masters toys I got, or when I got Castle Grayskull and Snake Mountain; I pretty much had them back as far as I can remember. Same with He-Man, Skeletor, Panthor, and Battle Cat.
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    I remember my dad getting He-man, Skeletor and Man-At-Arms for me and I thought they were so cool. I think that Skeletor toy was what made me grow up to be so fascinated with anything dark and scarey and eventually like horror films.

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    My introduction was the classic toy line.

    I still remember getting He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Skeletor, and Mer-Man for my birthday and I didn't even know who the heck these characters even were.

    Ironically my mother bought the figures on accident. I asked for Blackstar figures but she bought MOTU figures instead.


    To this day I still blame my parents for my MOTU-addiction.
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    The 80s toys. I can still remember the Christmas that my mom got me Castle Grayskull, He-Man and Skeletor! Prior to getting those three, she'd gotten me Man-E-Faces earlier in the year and I was hooked!
    200X fan? Classic fan? What does that mean? I'm a MotU fan!!!

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    My first was Stratos in the original line. I can still remember all these years later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fcschipani View Post
    My first was Stratos in the original line. I can still remember all these years later.
    Me too!!! The store didn't have He-Man(I believe it was a K-Mart that is no longer standing anymore), so I got Stratos & Battle Cat. I would have always liked Stratos anyway(C'mon! He's a flying monkey man!), but his being my first MOTU toy will always make him special to me. I can't wait to get my hands on the Stratos VS Hawkman 2-pack since those are the colors my Stratos had!
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    80's action figures, from the very beginning.

    My very 1st figure was Zodac followed shortly by Man-At-Arms.
    I can still remember the awe I experienced with Zodac & the fun I had with Him & the other figures I eventually got. To this day, Masters Of The Universe is one of the few things I have in this world to help maintain my sanity.
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    I'm going with other. MOTU had always been around by the time I started collecting toys as a young adult. I had also seen a picture of Scareglow at some point and had always thought it was an excellent figure. MOTU was referenced frequently by other nerds and nerd blogs. I also became aware of MOTU since I am / was a big fan of Mattel's DC line, so I was constantly aware of the new toys that were being made, both in 200X and MOTUC. Had to say I always liked the style of the 200X line when I was collecting Marvel Legends and DC Superheroes but didn't fully embrace the line for 3 reasons, firstly, I had no attachment to the franchise and was not looking for a new collection. I also like super articulated figures far more than figures with only a handful of POA. Lastly, Mattel being mattel royally screwed up the line, and I had no desire to involve myself with that. By the time MOTUC was announced, I was fully absorbed in DCUC and had no time or energy for another line. And the Matty Collector horror stories were enough to keep me away from collecting. But I was technically aware of what was going on. I thought the figures looked great but like Michael Crawford I had no attachment to the characters on an emotional level. To this day I have never seen a MOTU episode, filmation or 200x. This awareness continued until October of 2010 when I was at a toy show in San Antonio. There was a table of MOTUC being sold at cost and right in the middle was Scareglow. He looked even better in life. I bought him, but I knew I had just bought a drug. If I opened him I was going to be hooked. I knew it. It took me three days to work up to it, but I finally opened him and sure enough, I'm now completely hooked. So much so that after w14 I've stopped buying DCUC, a line I have a nearly complete collection of, just so I can fund my MOTU habit. I'm so far behind but I'm astounded at how much my collection has grown in such a short time. These are excellent toys, and the figures lend themselves to storytelling in such a way that fires my imagination. No figures have brought me such a sense of childlike wonder and simple fun like these. Now if only I could afford to buy all of the missing figures...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingRandor82 View Post
    Same here; I was 3 at the time--it was 1985. I don't even remember the first Masters toys I got, or when I got Castle Grayskull and Snake Mountain; I pretty much had them back as far as I can remember. Same with He-Man, Skeletor, Panthor, and Battle Cat.
    Looks like we are on the same wavelength as I was also born in early 82. My earliest memories are MOTU, whether it was the Filmation cartoon or the original toyline...I don't know for sure.
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    1980's MOTU toyline for me.

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    pretty sure i had a he man fig before i saw the 80s show but that long ago now i cant remember for sure, i do however remember breaking him trying to show my mum how his arms come off though lol ;( it was a very traumatic time
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    My first exposure was through the golden coloring books and super adventure story books. Then the toys, and filmation followed.
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    I know for a fact it must have been the Filmation cartoon, because I still remember hearing that my friend had acquired (somehow) a VHS with some episodes (two or three) of He-Man on it. I specifically remember the words used to describe the toon: "He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe", something I had never heard of before then. I can't remember what episodes they were, or what the year was, but I do know that back then He-Man had only been shown on cable and/or satellite channels we didn't have any access to. If I had seen the toys in stores before that, they hadn't left a trace in my memory, but after seeing those episedes I had a pretty good idea of who everyone was when I came accross them in toy form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Marzo View Post
    I was too young to actually remember which but it was either the original 1980s toyline or the Filmation He-Man cartoon.
    For me too. Voted other. My first Figure was Buzz Off, but if i did saw the cartoon first?

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    The premiere of the Filmation series was my “introduction”… I had seen the toys and other merch in stores but I wasn’t hooked until the cartoon.
    My younger brother and I watched the show at 3:30, my Mom came home at 6ish and asked if we’d like to go out for dinner. We were happy to go out because, it meant stopping to get a toy or coloring book or what have you before going to the restaurant….. We stopped at K-Mart and got He-man and Stratos…… The beginning of a lifelong obsession!

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    So...uhhh what are the 3 other votes? I read the thread and I don't see any explanations for those?
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    I'd have to say the 80's toyline was my first introduction but it's worth noting that at the time I got into it the Filmation cartoon was already on the air. My friend had some figures so he introduced me to the line via them first but within a couple days I was watching the cartoon and learning the storyline from that and I got my first figures after that.

    Also to some extent there was the original toy commercials. I remember seeing the commercial for Dragon Blaster Skeletor and knowing that was the one I wanted. Sure enough my first figures were Dragon Blaster Skeletor and Thunder Punch He-Man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Marzo View Post
    So...uhhh what are the 3 other votes? I read the thread and I don't see any explanations for those?


    Even though I try to put practically every conceivable option into each of my polls, I will still sometimes get someone who says their opinion wasn't covered. That's why I started putting "Other" into them, but it's not much use when the people who picked "Other" don't share(unless their introduction to MOTU was when they stole the toys from a kid they just mugged; then I could understand the silence).
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    Had to be the 80's toyline. I got my first He-Man, whose spring waist has been completely worn out, for my 4th or 5th birthday. The commercials for the toys were like nothing I had ever seen before. The action just seemed so epic. I think other kids at school had He-Man figures and I was able to play with theirs and I was sold.

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    Definately the 80's toon for me. After I got into the cartoon I discovered that there were toys too.

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    The vintage toyline. I had more 'He-Man' toys than almost any other toyline when I was a kid (except for maybe Star Wars). I had so many of the figures, Castle Grayskull & Snake Mountain & several of the vehicles. I wish I still had them, but unfortunately my parents sold them without my knowledge as I got older & moved out
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    My introduction to MOTU was the original toyline. I was born too late to really hit the wave of Masters mania in the 80s. By the time I got into MOTU (at all of three years old lol) it had already been cancelled, but I had a bunch of toys handed down from my older brother which I played with religiously. My parents and family members bought me a few of the figures I didn't have when they could find them. I remember Man-At-Arms was particularly hard to find.

    I never really had a chance to watch the Filmation series since it was no longer aired on any channel where I lived. So my "canon" came from a mix of the storybooks and mini-comics and goldenbook videos my aunt got me.
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    Skeletor was my first figure way before I seen the cartoon. It was a get well gift.......one that would last a lifetime.
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