The US variant edition appeared as a special insert in the Spring 1985 issue of Barbie Magazine, accompanying a full-page Mattel ad for the upcoming Princess of Power toyline. It has a painted cover, with a scene of She-Ra flying Swift Wind across the outline of an Etherian Moon and an early edition "Princess of Power" logo appears beneath them.
The cover isn't the only change, though: Hordak refers to himself as "Ruthless Leader of the Renegade Horde," where the standard edition has been changed to read the "Evil Horde," as it should be. The back cover of the book, rather than advertising the toyline, features an offer for a free Princess of Power poster.
There is also an Italian Variant Edition which differs from the regular Italian version: The Princes of Power logo is completely translated into Italian and also the size is a little bit bigger. This version was included as a free gift in the Italian Barbie Magazine "Il Giornale di Barbie" No. 65 in April 1986.