Man and the Masters of the Universe
was a very popular
Saturday morning cartoon that aired from 1983 to 1985.
toy line actually preceded the show (1981), and by the
mid 1980’s, He-Man was everywhere.
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.
The toy line
essentially featured the characters from the show, and also
included play sets such as Castle Grayskull, Tower of Eternia,
the Slime Pit, and Snake Mountain. Of course there were
also one off oddities, like the 1984 He-Man talking tooth brush
and the He-Man watch, as well as tons of other merchandising