The biggest impact on my childhood was the quality time my sister and I had when we played with our figures. While we had a lot of different toylines, by far, Masters of the Universe was our favorite. She also collected the Princess of Power toys, we had the whole universe . She is 4 1/2 years older than me, and was sorta the leader in creating stories. Some kids would bash their figures together, but we had a lot of complex storylines. I credit her, and our times playing with MOTU toys especially, for the way I turned out intellectually and socially. While we had our normal sibling rivalry, my older sister was my hero. I looked up to her greatly, and Masters of the Universe figures were a way for me to be on par with her on something. I could list each figure that was hers and which were mine. She'd campaign to my parents or relatives which ones we needed. Collecting them all was a lot of fun, and a team effort. We loved the cartoons, and I just have the fondest memories thinking back to MOTU and my childhood.
Masters of the Universe (as well as several other toylines) also turned me into being a collector. Therefore, a bit materialistic. I'd say that has been a negative, but it's also is good to collect things, get your mind focused on something fun. If you don't have hobbies and interests, you'll go bonkers.
And the Commemorative MOTU collection turned me into an adult collector back in 2000. When I was 18, I thought back to what made me happy, and it was collecting toys. Saw a magazine called Toyfare about the upcoming Commemorative line, and I became a big kid again. I don't really drink, never smoked, and never did drugs, but I loved toys. If I like something, it's permanent, and that's why I collect the current MOTUC line.. I'm sure no one where I work has any idea I collect toys (nor do several friends), and that's fine with me.