Happy Anniversary 200X, MYP and MVC era!
I actually knew of the He-Man comeback quite early on. I forget how I came across it exactly, but Mattel had a site with only an image of the new 200X He-Man and a "sign up for further developments" type of thing. I was SO PUMPED when I saw him! Unfortunately, I signed up and Mattel NEVER sent an e-mail to me! So...I knew very early on He-Man was coming back, but I missed when the toys FIRST came out, because I forgot about the "mysterious relaunch."
When the line first started, I was super excited...until I saw the price of the figures! They were $12.99 each in Canada (I believe $7 in the U.S.). They were THE most expensive toy line on the shelves at the time. I wanted them all, but was in high school and could not afford them. When it was Christmas, I was exchanging gifts with my friends and I told them all I wanted the 200X MOTU figures. Any of them, it didn't matter because I didn't have any. Well, out of my four friends...only ONE friend actually bought me a gift (I know, ouch...it hurt because we were supposed to be exchanging gifts).
Anyway, my friend bought me the gold, Battle Sound He-Man figure and he came with a VHS. I was SO happy and excited! I LOVED him (the toy...and my friend for buying him for me! ).
I never, ever saw an Evil-Lyn or Teela in the stores (nor did any of my family or friends...I had them search for me). I started buying all the MOTU figures I saw when the line was starting to go south though. I wanted to support it so it didn't die! I bought all of the Snake variants of characters, Ice Armour Skeletor and He-Man, re-release Zodak, Snake Armour He-Man x2, Peach Mekaneck, Blood Skeletor, etc.
I was really sad when the line disappeared.
Anyway, one thing that was semi-cool for me was when the toys were pretty much non-existent in the US, they were in full swing in Canada. I remember taking pictures of the Snakemen display in Toys R Us and posting it on the .org. People really enjoyed it because they couldn't see it in person. It was like getting the exclusive story or something.
I also collected the Staction figures. Many came from eBay, but I did pay a pretty ridiculous price for Jitsu and possibly Mosquitor from a comic book shop in Hamilton. I have one of the "rare" non-broken ponytail Jitsu stactions! Of course, I opened him up.
The 200X She-Ra figure was one of my favourite moments EVER as a fan. I FREAKED OUT when she was announced. I wasn't really digging the sculpted hair look, and then when Mattel showed off her figure and that she had ROOTED hair in homage to her 80's figures I FREAKED OUT again! I give Mattel MAJOR props for going with rooted hair for her (and for making her in general, since she never made it to the cartoon). The .org helped a lot of people get her, but I had to go to eBay because the shipping cost was just too much for me. I seriously lucked out somehow. I ended up getting winning her the day of her release for cheaper than she cost at SDCC...and that's with shipping factored in!
I'm also grateful for Val helping the fans get the MYP SDCC exclusive DVD (and blow up sword). That was mighty kind of him. I got both thanks to his generosity.
The funny thing is, I used to peruse the .org for a few years before I joined. What made me join? I was reading a review of the SDCC Keldor action figure. I was sad I didn't have Keldor because he was "the best action figure EVER" at the time (in my opinion). When I was reading the review, at the end the reviewer thanked He-Man.org for hooking him up with a Keldor. I said to myself, I have to join He-Man.org so I don't miss out on something like this ever again!
A few years later, an .org member sold me his capeless Keldor and some other 200X figures and Stactions (inlcuding SDCC King Randor). A year or two after that, he was selling the rest of his collection and Keldor's cape (which he kept for Skeletor). I called dibs on the cape and I ended up getting it too! God, I love the Keldor figure...and SDCC King Randor!
Even though I couldn't watch the show until it came out on DVD (only available on US cable in my area) and my local comic book stores didn't carry the comic except for an issue or two, it was a fantastic time to be a He-Fan.
Snakemen endcap @ Toys R Us:
Random pictures I took of my 200X figures:
When I first got 200X She-Ra!
My MOC 200X stuff (when I got it):
Funny pics of my action figures falling over: