The early designs are still mostly my favorites. I just recently realized how awesome and original the Man-E-Faces design is(done by Taylor). They say "it's all been done before" but Man-E-Faces really hadn't been done before.
Taylor's stuff seems to have an influence from 1950s sci-fi, which mixed with the barbaric aspects of MOTU is just really unique and what sets it apart.
Anyone have a list of known Mark Taylor designs? I know:
Man At Arms(I prefer the finished toy version to his original drawing)
Ram Man(who was cool in concept but not in delivery)
Beast Man(MOTUC "realization" is awesome, though I don't really like the face paint)
He-Man(though he seemed to be radically different from the original pic...was that Taylor's doing or someone else?)
Skeletor(Taylor seemed to do multiple versions right?)
Was Zodac all his? Because I never appreciated how awesome and Jack Kirby-ish his helemet is until about last year
Battle Cat(the armor design is incredible)
What about Battle Ram and Wind Raider? They both seem to have the Taylor feel to them.
I heard that Mark Taylor interview and he sounds like if he did it over he'd do it differently these days. That's too bad. The subtlety of a lot of the designs are what makes them truly unique.