21 December 2015

"Video Magic"

As He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was developed into a series, the staff writers at Filmation came up with a wealth of proposed story premises. Numerous episodes were never developed beyond the early stages. Showcased below is one of those abandoned episodes, alongside a title card that I have created to show what might have been. Please note that in some of these synopses Orko is still referred to as Gorpo, Evil-Lyn as Desira, and the Evil Warriors as the Masters of the Universe. The Sorceress does not appear to have been fully developed at this point either; with many references instead to the Spirit of Grayskull. Also, Stratos is a villain; much like he was in the early Mattel material. All of the original spellings (Tee-La, Beastman, etc.) are also retained for authenticity.

The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe features many more abandoned episodes!

"Video Magic"
An evil inventor lands on the planet Eternia, bringing strange computer games from distant worlds. The games become the rage of the royal palace, until one game takes on a life of its own. He-Man and friends are swept into the game, where they must wage battle with strange computer creatures from the dimension of Videola, where Skeletor now rules!


* Legally I should say that David Wise did NOT write this episode. This is merely an example of how the episode title card might have looked.

20 December 2015

Panini sticker album art #45

When I was a kid, one of my most prized possessions was the Masters of the Universe sticker album by Panini. I still remember the day my mother purchased the album for me. Aside from the fun of collecting the stickers themselves I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Filmation-accurate illustrations that could be found on each and every page. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase those illustrations on this very Blog!

In this wonderful illustration He-Man, Battle Cat, Teela, and Man-At-Arms observe the frozen dragon...

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13 December 2015

Panini sticker album art #44

When I was a kid, one of my most prized possessions was the Masters of the Universe sticker album by Panini. I still remember the day my mother purchased the album for me. Aside from the fun of collecting the stickers themselves I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Filmation-accurate illustrations that could be found on each and every page. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase those illustrations on this very Blog!

In this illustration the dragon looms over the citizens of the Royal Palace...

(click on the image to see it at full-size)

01 December 2015

A brief review #059 - "The Witch and The Warrior"

As many of you will know, in 2010 I published The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. At 300+ pages the book features 700+ pieces of trivia, 460+ deleted scenes, 360+ examples of animation reuse, 380+ quotes, 50+ abandoned episodes, and a LOT more! It is the book that NO fan of the Filmation series can live without! BUY IT NOW!

As an incentive, here is my brief review and rating (as they appear in the book) for "The Witch and The Warrior"...

From the moment the series was created it was always notable that Teela and Evil-Lyn appeared not only to be wearing a similar costume, but also had very similar strong personalities; often overshadowing their male counterparts. With this episode Paul Dini manages to explore Teela and Evil-Lyn's personality quite naturally, without the need for a forced heart to heart. The story itself is nothing spectacular, but the dynamic between the two females works better than it does in any other episode. The change of scenery and the inclusion of Mallek and Kothos, whilst good, never even comes close to the story we want to stay with throughout the episode's duration. 7/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

30 November 2015

Panini sticker album art #43

When I was a kid, one of my most prized possessions was the Masters of the Universe sticker album by Panini. I still remember the day my mother purchased the album for me. Aside from the fun of collecting the stickers themselves I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Filmation-accurate illustrations that could be found on each and every page. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase those illustrations on this very Blog!

Orko and his magical clones work together in order to entertain his friends...

(click on the image to see it at full-size)

15 November 2015

"Prisoner of Veelos"

As He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was developed into a series, the staff writers at Filmation came up with a wealth of proposed story premises. Numerous episodes were never developed beyond the early stages. Showcased below is one of those abandoned episodes, alongside a title card that I have created to show what might have been. Please note that in some of these synopses Orko is still referred to as Gorpo, Evil-Lyn as Desira, and the Evil Warriors as the Masters of the Universe. The Sorceress does not appear to have been fully developed at this point either; with many references instead to the Spirit of Grayskull. Also, Stratos is a villain; much like he was in the early Mattel material. All of the original spellings (Tee-La, Beastman, etc.) are also retained for authenticity.

The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe features many more abandoned episodes!

"Prisoner of Veelos"
On a trek through the Forest of Elves, Prince Adam and Tee-La are captured by the tiny Zaculon people, who are engaged in a bitter struggle with Veelos, the giant. He-Man vows to help them, until he meets Veelos -- no ordinary giant, Veelos is a fifty-foot tall cyclops!


* Legally I should say that Douglas Booth did NOT write this episode. This is merely an example of how the episode title card might have looked.

11 November 2015

Panini sticker album art #42

When I was a kid, one of my most prized possessions was the Masters of the Universe sticker album by Panini. I still remember the day my mother purchased the album for me. Aside from the fun of collecting the stickers themselves I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Filmation-accurate illustrations that could be found on each and every page. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase those illustrations on this very Blog!

Here we see the opening panel for "The Dragon Invasion"...

(click on the image to see it at full-size)

02 November 2015

Panini sticker album art #41

When I was a kid, one of my most prized possessions was the Masters of the Universe sticker album by Panini. I still remember the day my mother purchased the album for me. Aside from the fun of collecting the stickers themselves I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Filmation-accurate illustrations that could be found on each and every page. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase those illustrations on this very Blog!

In this illustration we see He-Man and Battle Cat recoiling as the Wheel of Infinity begins to explode...

(click on the image to see it at full-size)

22 October 2015

Panini sticker album art #40

When I was a kid, one of my most prized possessions was the Masters of the Universe sticker album by Panini. I still remember the day my mother purchased the album for me. Aside from the fun of collecting the stickers themselves I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Filmation-accurate illustrations that could be found on each and every page. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase those illustrations on this very Blog!

In these two panels we see both Man-At-Arms and Skeletor in action...

(click on the image to see it at full-size)

15 October 2015

Combining our powers...

Here are some fantastic Bruce Timm illustrated panels from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "The Ultimate Battleground!" The composition, the rendering, and the colors come together quite wonderfully, as Skeletor and King Hiss combine their powers to raise the Three Towers. And, once again, as always, in their thoughts, the pair threaten to destroy one another...


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