I’m going to venture out on a limb, here, and assert that all Monsterkidz of a certain age, who were kids in the 80s, owe a debt of gratitude to the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE toyline and cartoons for helping to feed our love of all things Horror. Think about it; all the “bad guys” in the MOTU cast of characters, and a large percentage of the heroes, are monsters, and the main villain is a guy with a human skull for a face. When I visited makeup guru Tom Devlin’s MONSTER MUSEUM in Boulder, Nevada last year, he had his MOTU toys on display there, crediting them with sparking his love for the genre. Personally speaking, about halfway through the decade I, along with millions of other kids, “discovered” professional wrestling. At that point, far from abandoning them, all my He-Man figures became wrestlers, battling alongside my Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, and Andre the Giant figures inside my miniature ring. I still have many of those figures; they stand at attention on my bookshelf, ready to return to battle at a second’s notice.
Funko–ah, Funko, master of modern collectibles, keeper of the passion, torch-bearer for all things geeky–is completing the connection between MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE and Horror by releasing later this year MOTU figure versions of Jason, Freddy, Leatherface, Michael Myers, and, oh, wait?! Is that The Creeper from JEEPERS CREEPERS?! Or is it Pinhead?! And WHEN will these figures go on sale?! Sign me up NOW!
Also, check out what artist Paul Gerrard (who is working on the upcoming HELLBOY reboot) came up with as far as re-imagining classic He-Man figures as Horror icons. To quote Napoleon Dynamite, they’re flippin’ sweet!