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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketPunch View Post
    That was a great interview. Nice to finally have confirmation that Demo-Man was supposed to be a completely separate character.
    Thanks! I tried to focus mainly on questions I hadn't seen answered before in other interviews or presentations.


    Quote Originally Posted by RocketPunch View Post
    Yeah, me too. I have a ton of respect for Mark Taylor but I still love the name Eternia. I also think "Masters of the Universe" is a better name for the property than Taylor's idea of just calling it "He-Man" after the main character.
    Yeah, Mark has a whole different mythology in mind for He-Man. It would make an interesting spin-off comic series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lich Leech View Post
    Thanks! I tried to focus mainly on questions I hadn't seen answered before in other interviews or presentations.




    Yeah, Mark has a whole different mythology in mind for He-Man. It would make an interesting spin-off comic series.
    Now that would be cool. Dark Horse did something similar with their "The Star Wars" comics, based on an early draft of the script (very different from the films). It would be nice if Mattel allowed it to happen.

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    Just great, thx again for your work/passion Lich

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    This is some great stuff. I'd be interested in learning more about Mark Taylor's version of MOTU. It sounds very different from any of the continuities we've been presented with, and in some ways might be even more interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOKYONEVER View Post
    Just great, thx again for your work/passion Lich
    Thanks Tokyonever, I appreciate it

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-Man View Post
    This is some great stuff. I'd be interested in learning more about Mark Taylor's version of MOTU. It sounds very different from any of the continuities we've been presented with, and in some ways might be even more interesting.
    It does sound interesting. Mark says he's working on a book about it. I'll be very interested to read the full He-Man story as he sees it.

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    I so want Mark concepts as figures! Even just 5points of articulation would be enough for me! Somebody? Super7? Do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimPansen View Post
    I so want Mark concepts as figures! Even just 5points of articulation would be enough for me! Somebody? Super7? Do it!
    Me too! I think I'd actually be happiest with either a 5.5" vintage style figure modeled after Mark's designs, or a statue, but I'd take them in Classics form as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lich Leech View Post
    Me too! I think I'd actually be happiest with either a 5.5" vintage style figure modeled after Mark's designs, or a statue, but I'd take them in Classics form as well.
    Absolutely!

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    I spent half of last night reading .

    Your thread sir is a Golden Disk of Knowledge .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lokus View Post
    I spent half of last night reading .

    Your thread sir is a Golden Disk of Knowledge .
    Thanks, glad you like it!

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    Invented characters in Rudy Obero’s packaging artwork

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    MOTU Timeline

    https://battleram.wordpress.com/2016...ine-1979-1987/




    1979 – Torak (He-Man) & early Skeletor concept, by Mark Taylor
    Aug 15, 1979 – Category Management Teams memo
    May 22, 1980 – Fantasy Make Believe idea disclosure form, Roger Sweet
    June 11, 1980 – Male Action Figure attributes list
    September 8, 1980 – Figure Attributes list
    September 21, 1980 – Space/Monster/Fantasy Figures budgeted hours form, Roger Sweet
    November 3, 1980 – Megaton Man project request form, Roger Sweet
    Late November, 1980 – Work started on “He-Man trio”, Roger Sweet with Mark Taylor
    Mid-December 1980 – He-Man trio presented at Mattel Product Conference
    December 30, 1980 – He-Man Characters & Accessories idea disclosure form, Roger Sweet

    .... continued in link
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    Great piece on the 'extras'... so many levels of characters in motu

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    https://battleram.wordpress.com/2016...eelas-charger/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjhuehn View Post
    Great piece on the 'extras'... so many levels of characters in motu

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    Thank you!

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    Thank you for this amazing blog man, always a pleasure to read.

    The place where I discovered Skeletor's true origin as mummified outlaw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zodac View Post
    Thank you for this amazing blog man, always a pleasure to read.

    The place where I discovered Skeletor's true origin as mummified outlaw.
    Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for reading

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    You're on a roll!!!
    Hope to see you at Power-Con 2020!
    JVS3 = Val Staples = Power-Con, Event Director | He-Man.Org, Owner | Guy who has been fortunate to work on a LOT of MOTU & POP projects
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    Quote Originally Posted by JVS3 View Post
    You're on a roll!!!
    Thanks! I'm trying to be a bit more creative and do more posts on narrower topics. Not that I won't continue with the toy features too.

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    1983 Kid Stuff Masters of the Universe story record – full transcript



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    Mosquitor!

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    Scare Glow - Evil Ghost of Skeletor (1987)

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    Lots of new posts in the past couple of months:

    https://battleram.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/contents/

    Interviews:

    • Mark & Rebecca Taylor on the origins of He-Man
    • Ted Mayer: Virtuoso of vehicle design
    • Rudy Obrero: Heroic master of illustration



    Toy Features:

    • Attak Trak
    • Battle Armor He-Man
    • Battle Cat
    • Battle Ram
    • Beast Man
    • Castle Grayskull
    • Clawful
    • Dragon Walker
    • Evil-Lyn
    • Faker
    • He-Man
    • Leech
    • Man-At-Arms
    • Man-E-Faces
    • Mekaneck
    • Mer-Man
    • Mosquitor
    • Moss Man
    • Night Stalker
    • Panthor
    • Point Dread & Talon Fighter
    • Ram Man
    • Scare Glow
    • Screeech
    • Skeletor
    • Stinkor
    • Stratos
    • Teela
    • Trap Jaw
    • Tri-Klops
    • Wind Raider
    • Zoar
    • Zodac




    Articles & Reviews:


    • 1983 Kid Stuff Masters of the Universe story record – full transcript
    • Bat Pak – Escape Vehicle for the Evil Horde
    • Battle Ram prototype
    • British Origin of He-Man mini-comic
    • Castle Grayskull prototype – a closer look
    • He-Man – “Mattel’s Jungle Man”
    • Invented characters in Rudy Obero’s packaging artwork
    • Mark Taylor – The Original B-Sheets Collection
    • Masters of the Universe patent illustrations
    • Masters of the Universe store display (1982)
    • Masters of the Universe Timeline (1979-1987)
    • Masters of the Universe timeline – by trademark date
    • Rice Krispies He-Man Puffy Stickers Promotion (1984)
    • Skeletor’s Energy Blade
    • Teela’s Charger



    Catalogs:

    • 1981 Mattel Toys Dealer Catalog (before He-Man)
    • 1982 Mattel Toys Dealer Catalog
    • 1983 Mattel Toys Dealer Catalog
    • 1984 Mattel Toys Dealer Catalog
    • 1985 Mattel Toys Dealer Catalog
    • 1986 Mattel Toys Dealer Catalog
    • 1987 Mattel Toys Dealer Catalog



    Commercials:

    • 1982 US He-Man Commercials
    • 1983 US He-Man Commercials
    • 1984 US He-Man Commercials
    • He-Man commercials in German and Italian
    • Top Toys commercials

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    You've been a busy man!!
    Hope to see you at Power-Con 2020!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JVS3 View Post
    You've been a busy man!!
    Indeed! I've been trying to do two a week when I can

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    This blog is fantastic! I've spent the past week slowly reading everything, very much looking forward to future entries! Also, others have joked about printing out pages/pictures, but in all seriousness this blog should be published as a book once the entire vintage line is reviewed. I'd buy a copy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin83 View Post
    This blog is fantastic! I've spent the past week slowly reading everything, very much looking forward to future entries! Also, others have joked about printing out pages/pictures, but in all seriousness this blog should be published as a book once the entire vintage line is reviewed. I'd buy a copy.
    Thanks Kevin, I appreciate it.

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    My latest post is kinda sorta Christmas themed:

    https://battleram.wordpress.com/2016...t-photography/


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    seriously, your blog is absolutely awesome! Thank you for putting so much time into it and sharing with us! Like others have said, it needs to be compiled into a book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman View Post
    seriously, your blog is absolutely awesome! Thank you for putting so much time into it and sharing with us! Like others have said, it needs to be compiled into a book.
    Thanks Rainman, very nice of you to say so!


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