A reimagining of the popular He-Man franchise is coming to Netflix this September. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is all about introducing a new generation of kids to the Power of Grayskull. Here’s to hoping it gets the audience it deserves.
Even though I’m not the biggest He-Man fan out there, the recent Masters of the Universe: Revelation – Part One animated series on Netflix was just not it. Apparantly, the creative team tried to appeal to the OG fans and it backfired due to the show changing a whole lot of things for some reason. From what I could gather, the premise of Masters of the Universe: Revelation was interesting and something the fandom wanted to explore. However, there was a severe lack of proper execution. Part Two of MotU is supposed to debut on Netflix soon. So, let’s see if it’s able to offer something the OG fans actually want.
However, unlike MotU, the upcoming He-Man and the Masters of the Universe CG animated series has made it very clear this isn’t primarily intended for the OG fandom. From the colorful character designs and the very futuristic setting to all of the good guys getting powerups, this iteration of the decades-spanning IP is meant for a new audience.
Here’s my reaction video to the trailer!
You can see from my reaction that I was a bit confused about the timeline of this show. To me, it looked as if the story was set far into the future featuring a younger cast of characters that was somehow related to the original heroes. However, having gone through the voice cast, it looks like these kids are the new versions of the original heroes? I’m still a bit confused about it all.
According to Gizmodo, Yuri Lowenthal voices He-Man/Adam/Tuvar, David Kaye is Cringer/Battle Cat, Grey Griffin voices Evelyn/Evil-Lyn, Antony Del Rio is Duncan/Man-at-Arms, Kimberly Brooks is Teela/Eldress/Sorceress, Trevor Devall is R’Qazz/Beast Man, Judy Alice Lee voices Krass/Ram Ma’am, Roger Craig Smith is Kronis/Trap-Jaw/General Dolos, Fred Tatasciore is King Randor/Baddrah, Ben Diskin voices Skeletor/Prince Keldor, Tom Kenny is Ork-0/RK Units, Max Mitchell is Kitty, with Max Stubington as Young Adam.
The upcoming show is giving me Shazam and Power Rangers vibes due to every member of He-Man’s squad being able to level up. Their suits also come across as something that can easily transition over to the popular Fortnite video game. Maybe we will see an in-game crossover down the line?
I also like how the team has two girls and two boys. A lot of times superhero teams have a single girl running around with a bunch of boys. So, I like things being balanced out here.
Mattel has also shared images for the toy line inspired by this upcoming series. According to CBR, the figures will come in various sizes. Fans can look forward to owning He-Man, Skeletor, Trap Jaw, and Man-at-Arms. The “Power Attack” action figures will cost you $9.99 with the larger ones costing you $12.99. The toy line (including a playset) will be available at Walmart this October.
The fact the current toy announcements don’t feature the female characters is making me go “Hmmm”. Hopefully, their figures will be released soon. In case I missed seeing them online, do leave a link below.
Also, feel free to share your thoughts about the upcoming He-Man and the Masters of the Universe CG animated series with us.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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