Man and the Masters of the Universe
was a very popular
Saturday morning cartoon, based on the successful Mattel
toy line, that ran from 1983 to 1985 (re-runs were aired
on the USA Network in the late 1980’s). Mattel
initially developed the toy line in 1981, and by the mid
1980’s, He-Man was everywhere. The cartoon even spawned
the spin-off She-Ra: Princess of Power.
cartoon was about a powerful warrior, named He-Man, who
masqueraded as Prince Adam during the day (he was the
son of King Randor and Queen Marlena). The action took
place on the magical planet of Eternia, and Prince Adam
would transform into He-Man by yielding the Sword of
Power and proclaiming “By the Power of Grayskull, I have
the Power!” After transforming into the most powerful
man in the universe, He-Man would battle bad guys like
Skeletor with the help of his pet tiger, Battle Cat, and
others (Man-At-Arms, Teela, Stratos, Zodac, etc.).
Skeletor’s main goal is to capture Castle Grayskull,
which would subsequently strip He-Man of his powers and
allow Skeletor to reign supreme.