Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show - He-Man

This Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show Has The Power!

Since 1945 Mattel Toys has been bringing an amazing amount of happiness to children. For those of who grew up in the 80s however it was a very recognizable name. It is no surprise why Gallery 1988 decide to host a Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show!

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Image courtesy of Leilani Joy.

Now while in fact Barbie made her debut back in 1959, I think the doll had a heavy presence in the 80s too. If you take into account the many careers she was offered during that time. From fitness instructor to ice cream parlor owner as well as song writer and performer in fact. At least if we are to judge this TV commercial compilation that is!

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While I think it is safe to say that the Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show will feature more than a few pieces of art focusing on Barbie. It will in addition be featuring a lion’s share of artwork focusing on Masters of the Universe!

Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show - Cuyler Smith

Image courtesy of Cuyler Smith.


Image courtesy of Dan Mumford.

While I have more than a few fond as well as epic memories of my time with He-Man and the other Masters of the Universe toys. I likewise spent many Summers with my cousins playing Barbie. While they may have thought I was Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken. I was in fact playing as Barney Hiller, the 7 million dollar rogue cyborg from The Six Million Dollar Man!


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As has been abundantly noted the Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show will feature both Barbie and He-Man. However some of these artists with the show will also shine a spotlight on toys like the Magic 8 Ball!

Image courtesy of Cuddly Rigor Mortis.

Because of this I am hoping that we get some Cap’n Crunch insired artwork too.

[Via] Doctor Dreadful

The Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show begins on June 23rd.


For further information of course you should visit the Gallery 1988 official site. A big thanks to Germain Lussier of io9 for the heads up on this new exhibit. As well as providing the illustrations you see above!

In addition to this offering from the talented artists of Gallery 1988. You might wish to check out Clark Orr’s “Pop Culture Postage” artwork!

Zim Animation Teases 3D Intros To He-Man And More!

You might remember Zim Animation from the post I shared on Halloween two years ago. It was a 3D computer rendered version of the intro to the classic Real Ghostbusters cartoon. But that wasn’t the only bit of awesome retro inspired 3D work that Zim Animation has produced.

Why back in 2014 he in fact delivered the 3D intro to the 19802 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

It appears that Zim Animation though is more than willing to keep bringing us 3D versions of popular animated series. To prove this the Vancouver, Canada based animation team have put together this short teaser. With the idea in mind that they will eventually include short clips – mashed together with various classic characters. Like the Thundercats, Masters of the Universe, and Batman.
Zim Animation

One can hope that in addition we might see some of the Transformers included as well! Furthermore is it too far a stretch to believe that G.I. Joe might make up the roster of retro cartoons to make the cut?

Without further ado here is Zim Animation’s 3D Remake Mashup!

With what we could see in that teaser – I assume this new project will look like someone is flipping channels. If you want to help support Zim Animation in this new project, you can totally visit their Patreon Page. Moreover make sure to check out the awesome rewards for pledging your support to this endeavor. Reward such as first looks at the work in progress and communication with the animators as well!

First New He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe Cartoon In 31 Years?!

The last Filmation episode of the classic He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was entitled The Cold Zone and aired back on November 21, 1985. It’s been almost 31 years since we’ve last had a look at He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in that retro animated style but thanks to those mad geniuses over at Super7 we are about to get our chance to see a new bit of animation with…

[Via] Super7’s Store Channel
Of course if you watched that video you will noticed that the “bad” news is you can only see this at the San Diego Comic-Con next week…until it’s released on August 1st on iTunes and Google Play for those us that can’t make the trek to see it.

That isn’t the only thing Masters of the Universe related from Super7 at the Comic-Con this year, not by a long shot. First of all you will need this nifty Power Token to gain entry into Skeletor’s Lair…

All images courtesy of Super7.

All images courtesy of Super7.


…where you can grab Super7’s Masters of the Universe M.U.S.C.L.E. Multi-Color Trash Can Assortment…
Masters of the Universe - MUSCLE - Super7
…or the exclusive San Diego Comic-Con 24 figure pack!
MUSCLE - Masters of the Universe - Super7
There isn’t a whole lot of information from the Super7 camp on the Masters of the Universe cartoon just yet…or even if it’s a cartoon or just a bit of short animation. At least we do know that Beast Man, Mer-Man, and of course Skeletor will be in it and there are rumors from Super7 that the dastardly villain is going to try and take over Comic-Con!

“Ok…Who Brought The Bashasaurus?”

Now that famous Ghostbusters line went a little differently in the film but it seemed appropriate in this situation.

[Via] Ghostbusters.Net

While on the Diary of An Arcade Employee Facebook Page today I shared one of the very rare incidents that gets us angry, the truth of the matter is the community we have been lucky enough to become friends with while being amazing for embracing the arcade itself, are also quick to bring their personal retro items they no longer need so that Shea might have the opportunity to put them on display for everyone to enjoy.

Now in this particular case, the other night when local artist and friend to the arcade, Terry Thielen, dropped by with his Family he didn’t bring something to be displayed but a gift to my co-worker Andy Pickle with this 100% unopened Masters of the Universe Bashasaurus vehicle!

Masters of the Universe - Bashasaurus 1

Just last year the Retroist himself shared this vintage TV commercial showing us how useful He-Man’s dinosaur inspired vehicle could be…you know…smashing stuff!

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The Bashasaurus gift was well received and while the box might have had a little damage it still possessed the original stickers for the Heroic Combat Vehicle!
Masters of the Universe - Bashasaurus stickers
Masters of the Universe - Bashasaurus Back

Bashasaurus…Bam! Bam! Bam!

Do You Recall The 1980’s Computer Warriors Toy Line?

As I’ve mentioned on the site before, when it came to transforming toy lines my heart was always with Hasbro’s The Transformers. Which might be why I overlooked the Computer Warriors toys from Mattel back in 1989…even though now I certainly wished I could have at least picked up the Pepsi transforming hover jet playset!

Computer Warriors - Pepsi

The Computer Warriors story finds that a government computer has malfunctioned and it is producing an evil army of viruses, their leader Megahert manages to guide his minions into the real world to begin the take over of all computer systems. Thankfully the same computer realizes it’s mistake and programs four heroic antiviruses dubbed the Computer Warriors, led by Romm, to dispatch the evil Megahert and his cohorts before they can take over the world.

To make sure their activities are not discovered in the real world both forces learn to hide in common objects of the day as in the already mentioned Pepsi can, a soccer trophy, flashlight, pencil sharpener, calculator, digital desk clock, a book entitled “Invasion of the Viruses”, and even a desktop computer.

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There was even a special animated movie produced for the toy line and since it’s a Mattel production you might even spot a familiar figure hidden in a toy chest. For your viewing pleasure is Computer Warriors: The Adventure Begins!
He Man - The Computer Warriors

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“Pepsi Can Transform!”