I hope you guys enjoy this. Sometime ago I made a special post on the MOTUC board on MattyCollector.com. I put hard work into it and see see that I am a hard He-Man/MOTU fan! Share you memories, questions, and whatever else
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OK, well, first and fore most of all I want to give a really big thanks to BRUTICUS for allowing Me to do this!
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Since there isn't an "official thread about the 1987 "Live Action Motion Picture" of Masters of the Universe here I'd thought that I'd make a very special entry for your viewing pleasure. To My knowledge there has never been an official movie book of everything in the MOTU movie. There may have been a children's story book way back when and of course articles in newspapers and sections in the He-Man & the Masters of the Universe Magazines back during the good old days but never has there been a large book to show details of the film, the characters and much more. There are some of you who know most if not all of it but there are some whom doesn't and this is a fun way for both parties to have. A great property like MOTU hasn't received the proper treatment that it deserves like say Star Wars so I have decided to make a post very much like a book. PLEASE NOTE:
There maybe spoilers within this post and the entire topic, is you do not wish to know certain things that happens in the film if you did not see if it before then I recommend that you do not read any further.
Please mind you I did intend that this was going be an extremely long one as this is what I intended but I figured most of you would want to get on with it and not to be so long so I will post just sections of it from time to and update it so please remember that this IS not complete, there is WAY, WAY more for you to look at. Getting EVERYTHING together for the fans was really like work and I will appreciate feedback:) If you questions or anything about the film for Me just ask!
The PURPOSE of this is for your enjoyment, your amazement, your memories and most of all to get Mattel's attention that not only Myself but you, THE FANS want them to get the COMPLETE Movie rights to just not make the three original movie characters Blade, Saurod and Gwildor but also to make Karg, Kevin & Julie and especially the film versions of He-Man & Skeletor among other characters and even elements. So brace yourself for a journey you won't soon forget! The Characters! The Eternians! He-Man played by Dolph Lundgren: The strongest man in the universe and ultimate protector of Castle Grayskull. Duncan/Man-At-Arms & Teela played by John Cypher and Chelsea Field: Enternia's Man at arms and his warrior daughter. Gwildor played by Billy Barty: A small but brilliant creator of the Cosmic Key. The Sorceress played by Christina Pickles: The Sorceress, guardian of Grayskull. The Evil Warriors and the Mercenaries!The Evil Warriors! Skeletor played by Frank Langela: Evil lord of destruction. Evil-Lyn played by Meg Foster: Loyal magical woman of Skeletor. The Mercenaries! Beast Man played by Tony Carroll: A brutal bounty hunter, a fierce and powerful humanoid. Blade played by Anthony De Longis: A bounty hunter, a master swordsman and excellent tracker. Saurod played by Pons Maar: A deadly reptilian humanoid bounty hunter. Karg played by Robert Towers: An insane bounty hunter and leader of the bounty hunters. It is said long ago he fought Skeletor until he lost his hand. Skeletor was proud of his bravery that he made him leader of his band of minions. Pig Boy played by Richard Szponder: Loyal servant of Skeletor. Skeletor's Troopers and others. Skeletor top soldiers among others. The Earthings: Julia "Julie" Winston & Kevin Corrigan played by Courteney Cox & Robert Duncan McNeill: Earthing humans whom are a couple. Julie is a worker at a BBQ restaurant and Kevin is in the stages of becoming a master musician. Detective Lubic played by James Tolkan: A veteran police officer and detective. He takes nothing lightly and everything seriously, he is shocked when there "seems" to be alien invaders on Planet Earth! Charlie played by Barry Livingston: Owner of a music store and is an expert on instruments. The Weapons & Gadgets: Various weapons used throughout the film. Blasters & Rifles, trackers and communicators. The Cosmic Key: One of the most important inventions of all Eternia, it can open doorways to any dimension. It is what Skeletor seeks to obtain. Skeletor's Barge: Skeletor's Barge, a very large hovering vehicle that could hold him on his throne. Connected on the front was a section for the pilot and as well as the right and left sides of the craft would be home to his Sky Centurions. This hover craft of the destroying lord would play a big part of the story! The Locations & Places. Eternia: Located in the far reaches in the middle of the Universe, it is a planet of beauty and wonder and good and corruption. Castle Grayskull: The most mystical fortress on Eternian, it the the place that Skeletor seeks to obtain for ultimate power to rule the planet and the universe itself. Earth: The only known planet to house proven living life forms in its solar system, it is a wonderful and beautiful planet with intelligent human beings as well as fabulous fauna & flora. It also has its fantastic mysteries of its past to fauna to ancient Civilizations and Mythology. Whittier Village of Whittier, California in greater Los Angeles County, California, United States of a American: A large city with decent communities. The area is home to Julie and Kevin where the Enterians have to help them after Skeletor's earth invasion! My personal thoughts about the Masters of the Universe Motion Picture:
I was very young when this movie came out in 1987, the good old days, the great 80s! I had loved all kinds of films back (big and small) in the day and still do in this modern era, Ghostbusters, back to the Future, Star Wars Empire Strikes back & Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost & Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and others like House & House II, My
Science Project, Big Trouble in Little China, Howard the Duck, The Fly among so many more. In My opinion some of the best movies in the history of cinema were made in the great decade of the 1980s! With all of that being said is My words on the MOTU movie!
Me, My Grandma & Grandpa were going to see it but it had left theaters quite quickly so we never got the chance but during the great VHS rental days we were able to rent it not to long after it came to be available on video. Being a huge fan of He-Man because My parents bought Me many of the vintage figures and recorded the He-Man & She-Ra episodes on TV, I just loved it all so in a kids' mind I expected too much out of the film and I was a bit disappointed about because Beast Man didn't talk and use his whip, and guys like Clawful (whom is one of My favorites) wasn't in the movie. Still to this day I feel sorry for poor Saurod. I had some mixed emotions about the film. Same thing happen when the New Adventures of He-Man was on TV. Of course back then I didn't understand things and appreciate them but now over the years when I got older I have come to appreciate things and especially MOTU more than ever, My love for it has grown to a ginormous level so the movie has too despite its differences I have accepted it just as much as I have the NA. Both are so cool and now since we have the MOTUC with everything in it and stories unbounding and tying together into one huge cannon, it excites Me more and more!The Concepts:
Here you will see the concepts of the characters and more by William Stout and others. Along with this is also pictures showing the final look and version of that character and location where available. My personal favorite is Saurod's concept. He was gonna be a huge intelligent dinosaurian-like alien but ultimately the second concept paid off and is nearly identical to the film version. To this day I wonder how Saurod may have been if he was green lighted like the first? He-Man's Concept: Skeletor's Concept: Duncan/Man-At-Arms' and Teela's Concepts: The Sorceress' Concept: Evil-Lyn's Concept: Beast Man's Concept: Blade's Concept: Saurod's Concept: Karg's Concept: The Eternian Guard Concept: Skeletor's Troopers Concept: Eternia's Concept: Castle Grayskull's Concept: Alternative Earth Scene: Alternative scene with He-Man & Julie Winston: Julie's leg concept THE CONCEPTS & IDEAS THAT NEVER MADE IT! She-Ra! She-Ra, He-Man's twin sister was originally going to be in the film and be the equal heroine as He-Man. It was very obvious since she too was very popular. Like most of the other concepts of the characters among other things, her great and unique concept was done by none other than the extraordinary artist William Stout but in the end she was left on the cutting room floor. To this day it is unknown how she would have been in the film or whom the final choice would be to play her! The Worruck! The Worruck was going to be an outcast warrior very much like the Tusken Raiders appeared in the Star Wars movies. He would have been a fine baddie but like She-Ra he was left on the cutting room floor. Snake Mountain and Skeletor's Minions!
Though Skeletor had his minions, they did not appear this way and Snake Mountain was never seen and while there was plans to do more its only way of life was a concept and unfortunately this impressive scene never made it. Other Concepts and a fun one! THE COMPARISONS: In this section is a comparison of the film versions being compared with various other versions of their-selves. The selections are not meant to be complete, their just to give you the idea! He-Man:
Though Lundgren's He-Man sports blonde hair, dark tan skin and very muscular and tall in stature. If there were a "real" He-Man this is most likely as close as possible one could be or at least in Hollywood. Being 6ft, 5in tall and weighing well over 200 pounds, Dolph Lundgren was the most obvious, perfect and ideal choice for He-Man at the time. As good as his "live action" version of He-Man was he did vary considerably from all previous He-Man versions seen. One huge difference is that he was "always" He-Man, "never" Prince Adam. Apparently Prince Adam did not exist in this MOTU. An excellent swordsman and marksman, he only used a large sword that had no apparent back story like the comics and animated series that preceded the film though when he reached for his sword and achieved obtaining it once more from Skeletor he did cry "I have the Power". Also He-Man used a blaster pistol as well as laser rifles. His armor was similar but was missing his iconic cross symbol and he also wore a red cape. He really wasn't comical with one liners like in the cartoons but he was a decent person and had a great personality and always did the right thing. Dolph's He-Man may not have been "exactly" like any of the previous versions but with out question, his was indeed a dynamic one! Skeletor:
The live action version of Skeletor played by Frank Langela, a great actor known for his deep voice, large stature and uncanny ability to play iconic villains was such a brilliant choice to play Skeletor! As fantastic as his "live action" version was it was almost completely different compared to the versions of Skeletor previously seen in other media. In most media he has blue skin and purple armor, usualy barefoot but did wear boots in certain media and of course a hooded skull face. In the Filmation series he was very similar to the comics except for the boots and as evil as he was he was very comical always calling his minions names and had a very ghostly type male voice and he was about the same size as He-Man in height and muscle. Langela's version was no comparison. He was a really big tall guy but his entire body was covered in a black cloak but he did have a skull face and even fangs but his eyes were visible. He did have his havoc staff and was able to conjure up life force rays to attack his enemies. His voice was actually suited for Skeletor, while it wasn't like anything before it gave not only this new version of Skeletor a great presence but also made one think differently about the Overlord of Destruction. There is no mention about why he is Skeletor or was Keldor or King Randor's half brother or anything to back up his building character. Frank's version may have been way off the scale in way but this is one that sure worked 1000%! Duncan/Man-At-Arms & Teela:
Jon Cypher's Duncan and Chelsea Field's Teela were really different compared to the Filmation and other versions. While Man-At-Arms was dressed similar but only in dark silver armor compared to the green and orange seen elsewhere his personality was surprisingly there in ways plus he had a mustache. Teela on the other hand was a brunette where in other media she was usual seen as red head or sometimes a blonde. Her outfit was similar like her father's but this went against all that had been previously seen with Teela. No matter what she would were revealing or somewhat revealing armor in the style of a snake or just golden garb. Her attitude was similar though, nice but could be a snobby punk at times. Both of the father & daughter duo used blasters neither used their famed club and snake staff. Like the Dolph's He-Man & Frank's Skeletor, these two were changed as well. Out of the two, Teela may have been the one that was most disliked by the fans because she was so different. The Sorceress:
The movie's version of The Sorceress was played by fame English actress Christina Pickles. The Sorceress was really changed. In other media her outfit was of a falcon that was a hint that she was Zoar. In the film her outfit was of a crystal form design and she really did nothing at all except for finally being Skeletor's prisoner having her energy drained till she turn to an old woman, almost in a mummy-like state. There is no hint whatsoever that she is Teela's mother. This character version undoubtedly and arguably has the most significant altered design of all! Evil-Lyn:
Played by the beautiful Meg Foster, though her outfit was way different that seen before she was as evil as ever. Foster's uncanny eyes made Evil-Lyn even more a spectacular version. Evil-Lyn has always been a bad beauty, arguably the prettiest of females in ALL MOTU media and Foster kept the character even more gorgeous! Though she didn't have her staff she did pose as someone else fooling them with ease and that is something that was cleverly put into the story of the movie. Of course she differed from the Filmation Evil-Lyn but in ways, this version of Evil-Lyn was really in fact an ideal one. Beast Man:
Played by Tony Carroll, this version of Beast Man was very far a part of the Beast Man seen in the animated series and the comics. Though he had intelligence he did not speak one word nor did he use his whip, his weapon of choice was a blaster. He was a big brute and to some he looked more like Grizzlor of the evil Horde. Blade:
Played by Anthony De Longis, a new henchman for Skeletor, only seen in the comics other than the movie was actually a really cool villain. An armored warrior and master swordsman. While many back during the days before the film came out wanted Tr-Klops or Trap Jaw, really Blade was new blood that was acceptable and De Longis's performance was quite memorable. His comic and vintage action figure versions looked nearly identical to the film version of Blade. Saurod:
Played by Pons Maar, another new character. Coincidentally, looks similar like the Jungle Hunter Predator, another reptilian alien being seen in the 1987 movie "Predator". He was another addition of new blood that was acceptable and maybe a snake man or even Fangman may been wanted by fans during those time, he was an exciting villain till his unfortunate death. Like Blade, his comic and figure versions looked nearly identical. Karg:
Played by Robert Towers, another new character that was quite acceptable, he was the Mercenaries' leader and was such a strange looking villain with long white hair and short horns and had a hook hand. He was a memorable character. In most cases, his concept and comic version paid close to the version of Karg seen in the film. Gwildor:
Played by Billy Barty was really the most obvious choice to play this new little character that some believe was a cheap way out replacemt for Orko. Despite being far different than the Trollan, Gwildor did hold his own! Castle Grayskull The Cosmic Key:
The one seen in the movie was extremely different than the one design for the comics and the actual accessory that was included with Gwildor. Ultimately the version in the movie is by far the superior looking Cosmic Key for it's many punching keys and its blade-like spinning coverings. Skeletor's Havoc Staff:
Like many thinks that's unexplained, Skeletor's Havoc Staff just appears with him and has no explanation whatsoever. That said, it is very reminiscent of the version seen in the comics but greatly differs from the Filmation version. The MOTU Logo:
Look at the differences as well as the similarities of these great iconic logos! The Unbelievable Scenes!The Death of Saurod:
This is one scene that still has Me baffled. In the animated series killing was a no no, sure there was hints about it from time to time but it never happen (even the classic Problem with Power episode nobody died) and even Skeletor, the evil one never killed any of his minions no matter how many times they failed him. Yet this version of Skeletor took it out very hard and used his force to literally wipe out Saurod. One of the coolest new bounty hunting warriors was killed off. Since it was a movie and this was a darker time and Skeletor was much more sinister they felt it could happen and it did. Skeletor's Earth Invasion:
Like an alien race, the Lord of Destruction invaded the planet Earth to get what was rightfully his, the Cosmic Key! This was a key scene within the movie but the greatness is highly overlooked arguably due to the overall nature of the film. Miscellaneous but great Stuff! The Movie Score composed by Bill Conti:
One of the most important aspect of the ENTIRE film is the musical score composed by Bill Conti (Rocky, The Right Stuff). Performed by the Graunke Orchestra of Munich, this is arguably the greatest score that Conti has written and undoubtedly one of the great movie score in history! It's bombastic and heroic sound truly makes the movie more exciting. He-man's theme as well as Skeletor's is very memorable and the score set a NEW standard for years to come! A special re-release of Bill's complete score was issued by La-La Land Records and has been sold out for years. As a movie score lover and collector, I can truly say that I have adored this score since the film came out and since loved it. If you do not own it this is such a treat to have. Being movie score fan is great but owning something this great is an honor! Other Movie Score Releases including the Bootleg VHS and DVD covers + the Blu-ray coming October, 2012 The original Mattel vintage Movie Action figures:
Back when the film was released during the last day of the MOTU vintage line, they made and released ONLY three character they had rights too which was Saurod, Blade, and Gwildor. These were fantastic figures and really still are. As of now in the MOTUC line there are NO movie figure present nor has Mattel acquired any rights to make the other characters and other versions seen in the live action feature. FANS, get on the horn, get Mattel's attention that you just don't want Saurod, Blade, and Gwildor but ALSO the other ALL NEW characters like Pig Boy, the humans such as Det. Lubic and THE other versions of He-Man & Skeletor and others like the concept version of Saurod & She-Ra! You have the Power! MOTU Movie books and Japanese Movie Ticket The Bleak Future of the MOTU in Cinema! Masters of the Universe 2!
Sadly, a sequel never came to be. Cannon was going to make a MOTU sequel as well as a "live action" Spider-Man movie which both were to be directed by Albert Pyun at the same time but due to a severe money loss they had to can the projects thus cancelling their deals with Mattel & Marvel and had to re-do things about and then came Cyborg in 1989! I hope one day there will indeed be another MOTU film in the near future, one that will pay more attention to the classic material and be true to what the fans love, we can only hope!
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There you go everybody, again, please keep in mind I have much, much more in store for you soon! You may be surprised about it. Keep checking this post for updates, until then, Good Journey!