I’ve been doing my homework. Months ago, derryX announced he had an official mascot for derryX.com, Twitch, from Toy Story 3. He explained how it was a nod to the old Mattel He-Man figures, and reading that reminded me to look back at these toys.
He-man toys were pretty standard back in the day. They were your average action figure. Sometimes they did special things, like move their arms after winding them up and other strange things.
There were also some crazy figures.
Here are a few:
There was the cartoon where all of these characters made their debut, and then the action figure line, which generated a lot of money, I’m sure. I didn’t stop nagging my parents to buy these things. They did draw a line; they didn’t buy anything that smelled. A few of my friends had those first few I listed, but I was never allowed. I did get Ram Man, but I never understood why he was made out of a hard plastic while everyone else was made out of a softer plastic.
I also didn’t understand the idea behind the slime pit in Skull Mountain. They actually sold the slime, and I had some. Once you put the toys in the slime, it was impossible to get it out of the joints. That makes sense to get people to buy more toys because the slime ruined them.
I remember these toys being under $5. In a recent walk through Walmart, I saw that the toys now are sometimes over $9. That’s pretty crazy. How are people able to afford these? I understand maybe a few a year, but if the kids are anything like I was, I used to nag and get a toy every month or so.
Ohh the good old days…