10 years ago today was the day that I picked up the first 200X figures and reignited my passion for MOTU.
I first saw them on a random trip to He-Man.org in 2001. It was during SDCC 2001. McFarlane's sculptors were relaunching HE-MAN figures! I was thrilled! One of my favorite lines from the 80's was getting the "mature" treatment with added detail and unique sculpts. I didn't care so much for the anime, as I did the sheer amount of detail. He-Man had a pouch for carrying coin or quest items, like some D&D barbarian. Stratos lost his sock feet and had actual toes. Beast Man was built like an ape! Mer-Man regained his cardback head! Skeletor was scary! MAA wore body armor instead of spandex. I couldn't wait to find these guys!
On July 4th, 2002, on a chance trip to a comic book store inside one of the former malls around here, I saw the new figures! I grabbed up He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Stratos, Skeletor and Beast Man. I wanted Mer-Man too, but I heard from the store clerk that he was shortpacked to a case and someone else brought him before I showed up. I wound up getting him from eBay a month or two later for $30, after searching fruitlessly for him.
Did other fans get the figures around the same time in 2002 or did you guys find out about 200X later?