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Thread: The Power Of Grayskull: He-Man Documentary on Netflix

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    I watched it this evening, totally enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNGwynne View Post
    I know MOTU was originally planned as a Conan line, Skeletor is very Thulsa Doom.
    Development of MOTU predates Mattel's cancelled Conan line.

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    Interesting link, thanks! I appreciate the info and another perspective. I'm trying to recall where I heard the Conan theory, I thought it was canonical. But I may have read it in the Art of He-Man book.
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    they were planning it as a Conan line, until they realized Conan was rated R. the early designs for HeMan predated conan but it was Conan that brought it to the forefront and got the line going
    I enjoyed the documentary, watched it yesterday

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    I watched this over the weekend, it was really enjoyable and I don't even collect the line.

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    Saw it this weekend and I really enjoyed it as well. The scene of the kid in front of the TV with the Power Sword got to me.

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    That She-Ra myth seems to be the "Star Wars killed Mego" garbage but in He-Man terms. I know it was midly addressed in this movie but I felt it also explained what really happened, grew too fast, key early developers left, late shipments signalled a loss of faith in the line and kids moved on.

    I sincerely remember when the movie hit it felt like He-man was sort of dead at retail. Kids were more interested in Transformers and GI Joe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palitoy View Post
    ...I felt it also explained what really happened, grew too fast, key early developers left, late shipments signalled a loss of faith in the line and kids moved on.

    I sincerely remember when the movie hit it felt like He-man was sort of dead at retail. Kids were more interested in Transformers and GI Joe.
    Yep to all that. The movie release was so late, it felt like a last ditch effort to revive the line, not capitalize on it.


    Re: Conan. That's the part of the story that's always fogged up. Mattel held a Conan movie toy license at that time, but were tired of paying fees for lines that weren't successful. The link Werewolf posted shows the trackback from Sweet is to '79 with Taylor's Frazetta inspired Conan. Conan The Barbarian was in the works since '77. Mattel knew this. Star Wars made all fantasy licensing a hot commodity.

    Oliver Stone was the original writer, possible director for Conan. His approach was post-apocalyptic, like Thundarr. The blend of swords and tech was the trend. While I don't believe Taylor and Sweet had direct knowledge of what was going on with Conan's development, I don't question they knew Matty was tired of paying licenses. So Matty tracked against trends while developers worked on knock-offs. '82 Conan hits big. '83 MOTU toys hit big. '84 Conan the Destroyer.

    The problem Dino and Pressman had was Frazetta wasn't credited as a producer/designer etc...for the movie. He didn't sign on for whatever reason. If he had, Mattel would be paying royalties. They got extremely lucky.

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    Oh yeah, I always thought of the movie as some sort of revival. It was produced and released way too late to ever capitalize on the toy line while it was a hot property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNGwynne View Post
    Interesting link, thanks! I appreciate the info and another perspective. I'm trying to recall where I heard the Conan theory, I thought it was canonical. But I may have read it in the Art of He-Man book.
    The way Mark Taylor tells it, someone in marketing started pursuing the Conan license while they were in the middle of developing He-Man, which he called a colossal mistake. Luckily the judge in the case ruled that pointing out that He-Man was a half-naked muscle-bound character was not enough to argue for infringement (there are a ton of similar Conan-like characters in comic book stories throughout the 70s and early 80s). Interestingly Mark did the design work for the abandoned Conan line as well.

    Mark was definitely influenced by Conan, but also Prince Valiant, Flash Gordon and a host of others.

    Edit: here's an abbreviated timeline, with Conan stuff in bold:

    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
    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
    Early 1981 – He-Man prototype, by Tony Guerrero
    1981 – Bird Man (Stratos) concept, by Mark Taylor
    1981 – Mer-Man concept, by Mark Taylor
    1981 – Castle Grayskull concept, by Mark Taylor
    1981 – Battle Cat concept, by Mark Taylor
    1981 – Sensor (Zodac) concept, by Mark Taylor
    1981 – Heroic Figure Battle Tester (Castle Grayskull combat trainer) concept, by Mark Taylor
    1981 – Heroic Figure (He-Man) concept, by Mark Taylor
    1981 – Heroic Figure (He-Man) battles plant monster concept, by Mark Taylor
    January 23, 1981 – Drawing by Colin Bailey depicting Mark Taylor working on He-Man project, titled “Death of Mark Taylor From Night Visitation”
    March 30, 1981 – De-Man (Skeletor) concept, by Mark Taylor
    April 1, 1981 – Man-At-Arms concept, by Mark Taylor
    April 2 1981 – Tree Man (Beast Man) concept, by Mark Taylor
    April 6 1981 – He-Man (tan boots) concept, by Mark Taylor
    April 7 1981 – Battle Ram (tank treads version) concept, by Ted Mayer
    April 24, 1981 – Memorandum urging negotiation for Conan license
    May 3, 1981 – He-Man (red/yellow boots) concept, by Mark Taylor
    May 5, 1981 – CPI draft licensing agreement sent
    May 28 1981 – Female Warrior (Teela) concept, by Mark Taylor
    May 28, 1981 – Battle Ram control drawing, by Ted Mayer
    June 3 1981 – Sorceress concept, by Mark Taylor
    July 14, 1981 – Memorandum discussing Mattel’s presentation of He-Man to Toys ‘R’ Us
    July 23, 1981 – September 21, 1981 – Tony Guerrero worked on Conan toys
    July 31, 1981– CPI and Mattel entered license agreement to manufacture toys based on Conan movie

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