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The "Masters of the Universe" line of toys was one of the biggest line of of products targeting boys back in the 80's, and with brawny hero He-Man, toymaker Mattel had a cultural hit on their hands, spawning an animated series and a feature film best left forgotten. But who, exactly, created He-Man? Filmmakers Corey Landis and Roger Lay Jr.--both avid He-Man fans from childhood--wanted to find out who was responsible for the character, interviewing numerous Mattel designers, artists, and executives, creating an almost "Rashamon"-like narrative about the creation of Eternia's shirtless hero in "Toy Masters."

During Power-Con 2013, I got a chance to see about half an hour of footage from the documentary (which is still in the editing process) presented by Lay and Landis who attempt to navigate the personalities, prickly egos, fights, and conflicting stories behind He-Man's creation.

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When we learned that Cartoon Network wouldn't be renewing the "ThunderCats" reboot for a second season, it came as a shock. The show, which was both highly-anticipated prior to launch and a success in its somewhat odd Friday night timeslot, nonetheless couldn't move toys for parent company Bandai, leading ultimately to its cancellation.

This came as a disappointment to not only fans, but its creators, including Shannon Eric Denton who helped develop the series over a decade at Warner Brothers, and series Art Director Dan Norton. Both were on hand during this year's Power-Con--joined by the original Lion-O himself, Larry Kenney--to talk about what they had planned for the second season of the series. Death, decapitation, mutation, the origins of the ThunderCats and the strange secret of Snarf are all revealed after the jump.

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The Mattel panel during Power-Con/ThunderCon 2012 proved to reveal more than just he mind-blowingly awesome announcement of Castle Grayskull. In fact, the build up to to that news was ramped up with the reveal of 3 more figures to hit the Masters of the Universe Classics Club Eternia subscription in 2013: Snake Face, Octavia, and Karatii! Each of the 3 figures come from different aspects of the MotU-verse, including the less-than-loved New Adventures Of He-Man animated series. Read on for a closer look at the 3 figures as they were displayed at Power-Con!

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During the 2012 Power-Con/ThunderCon, the forces of the Masters of the Universe and the ThunderCats came together for a special weekend in Los Angeles-- and nothing states that fan dedication and love more than cosplay! With smaller numbers than one of the mega shows, like SDCC, Power-Con/ThunderCon still had a fare share of costumed attendees, and the overall quality of the gear being worn was spectacular, just like the great attitudes of all involved! While my scrawny frame doesn't mesh well with furry underwear and shirtless-ness, join me as I take a closer look at a few of the people that managed to pull off the look as my favorite cosplayers from Power-Con/ThunderCon 2012!


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During Power-Con/ThunderCon 2012, Mattel's annual panel proved to reveal one of the biggest announcements for the Masters of the Universe Classics toy line since its inception: Castle Grayskull! That's right He-Fans, a huge playset is the focus of, what was dubbed in their slideshow presentation, "The Castle Grayskull Experiment". He-Man's home away from home has been requested incessantly for years, so the pop from the crowd in attendance was both predictable AND practically deafening-- and rightfully so! However, as Scott Neitlich (Mattel's Brand Manager for MOTUC) began to explain, getting the massive Castle Grayskull as a centerpiece for the collection will totally depend on the fans themselves.

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In the world of comic books there is fan-art. In the realm of action figure collectors, toy customizing is the ultimate way to show your artistic prowess and love for a particular line or character. At this year's Power-Con/ThunderCon, famed customizer Master English was showing off many of his spectacular figures and accessories based around Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics line.We've seen tons of his work online but this was our first opportunity to see it live and we were impressed, to say the least! Read More...


This year's Power-Con/ThunderCon started off with a bang as Mattel held the first panel of the day. While we'll have a separate post detailing all of the Matty Collector updates, right now we're concentrating on the big reveals from the 2012 Masters of the Universe Classics line! While it was announced that attendees would get to see the first appearance of both a MOTUC figure and a 30th Anniversary figure, it turned out there were a couple of other reveals destined to make fans salivate with anticipation! Read More...

Do you like to look at toys and artwork you'll probably never own? Well, you're in luck today! At the first annual Power-Con/ThunderCon this past weekend in Los Angeles, a gallery was set up consisting of both original artwork and highly sought-after collectibles from the Masters of the Universe and ThunderCats properties. We'll not bore you with details of the elaborate plans we hatched in our heads for "liberating" those vintage MOTU figure prototypes, and will instead get right into some photos!

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Buy original Masters of the Universe and ThunderCats collectibles and art while helping the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation. Sound like a winner? We think so too! The auction will be held this Saturday at the Power-Con/ThunderCon and everyone is invited to attend, both in person and online. Below are the details along with a couple of looks at the amazing pieces up for grabs. Our life will not be complete until an original painting of BattleCat adorns our mantle!

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The days keep getting closer and closer until the inaugural PowerCon/Thundercon! For Masters of the Universe and ThunderCats fans, this convention has been a long time coming and everyday new surprises are being announced! One such announcement comes in the form of Icon Heroes' Mumm-Ra Staction. This version, exclusive to ThunderCon, has been painted to match the vintage action figure of Mumm-Ra the Ever Living! Check out the sweet comparison photos, along with info straight from our friends at the official PowerCon/ThunderCon website!

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Power-Con / ThunderCon 2011 is right around the corner, and one of the exclusive items for sale at the show is the souvenir edition of Cereal Geek magazine.

Cereal Geek, the magazine about animation of the 80s, is an ad-free publication filled with in depth articles, incredible artwork and much much more. The Power-Con ThunderCon 2011 souvenir edition includes bio information about the amazing creators attending the show, detailed essays and pinups. It's your ultimate guide to who's who at the event!

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Fans of He-Man, She-Ra and ThunderCats that plan on attending this year’s Power-Con/ThunderCon, beginning September 24th, better get with it. Discounted tickets are going fast and beginning September 1st the price of admission is going up.

Right now a general admission one-day pas will only set you back $20 and a two-day pass is available for $30. If you wait too long those prices will increase to $25 and $40 respectively, so if you want to save a few bucks we suggest you order tickets soon. Read More...

Val Staples is not only a highly-talented comic creator and colorist -- he's also a massive Masters of the Universe and ThunderCats fan! Now the editor of He-Man.org is working with a group of dedicated fans to bring their love for these beloved 1980s cartoons and toy lines to the world of fan conventions as one of the organizers of Power-Con / Thundercon 2011 -- being held September 24 – 25 in Los Angeles! We chatted with Staples about the conventions and being a fan:

MTV Geek: How long have you been a Masters of the Universe and ThunderCats fan?

Val Staples: I've been a Masters of the Universe fan all my life. The world of He-Man fueled my imagination growing up. That love never died even when the original vintage toy line ended in the late 80s. I've been an active member of the online fan community since the mid 90s. For over 10 years I've helped operate He-Man.org, the largest He-Man and She-Ra fan site in the world. I've also worked on multiple projects for He-Man over the past 10 years, including toy packaging art, DVD art and our MVCreations comic that came out in 2002. A big chunk of my life has been about He-Man and She-Ra.

While I give most of my attention to He-Man, ThunderCats is a property I've always admired. I get my ThunderCats fix from cool fan sites like thundercatsnow.com and thundercatslair.org. I always wanted to do more with ThunderCats and we were SO close to working a deal back in 2003 to do a ThunderCats/He-Man comic book crossover with WildStorm. I'm not much for crossovers but that was one that was a dream of mine. It would have been a ton of fun and I wish it could have happened.

Geek: How did you get the idea for Power-Con and ThunderCon?

VS: Fans have been wanting a convention for He-Man and ThunderCats for as long as I can remember. And I'm a firm believer that the best conventions are started by fans with a passion. I had been pondering how to start one. Then ironically around the same time, some other fans with convention experience came to me to help put it all together. Since then, we've all been working on the show.

We were originally going to start with two separate shows. But as we began searching for the Power-Con location at the start of 2011, the excitement for the new ThunderCats toy line and cartoon really picked up. So given the kinship ThunderCats and He-Man/She-Ra fans have had online for the past decade, we thought, "Why not go ahead and have a duel event for the first year?" This way ThunderCats fans get to sample He-Man and She-Ra and vice versa. Afterwards we can really gear up for 2012 once we discover first hand what more fans want from the show. Read More...

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