He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
with John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary
Season One, Vol. 1 (BCI)
by John Bikowski
Raise your hand if you’ve never stood mostly naked in front of a full-length mirror with pseudo-sword held high and roared “I have the Powerrrrrrrr!” Finally, a company has decided to put together the ultimate nostalgia trip for fans of Masters of the Universe. BCI has released the entire season one box set with all 33 episodes and loads of cool extras. The cartoons look great, and they’re all in order so you can actually get a sense of the character and plot development. Of course, I remember in my early teens being awed by how freakin’ ripped all the He-Man characters were. Man and beast alike had massive steroid-pumped triceps to make a skinny kid like me feel like crap. How was I ever to score hot babes like She-Ra or Teela without six-pack abs and quads of steel? How?! Of course, the He-Man series also boasts one of the greatest villains of all time, none other than Skeletor! How cool is a maniac with a skull face, giant biceps, and an unfaltering need to wear purple? If you don’t get enough from the 710-minute assault of episodes, BCI has also provided an hour of documentaries about the secret origins and stories. There’s also a full-length animated storyboard with interactive episode comparison for “The Taking of Grayskull.” To round out this extravaganza, you get fifty character profiles, some trivia, five complete scripts, and the ability to check out the show in Spanish.