Power of the Evil Horde - Bruce Timm cover

Retro Records: The Power Of The Evil Horde (1985)

In 1985 the power struggle we were used to in the Masters of the Universe toyline was about to change. This was of course because of the much hyped arrival of a third faction upon Eternia. No longer would it solely be He-Man and his heroic allies locked in an epic struggle with Skeletor and his minions. No, now the two forces would learn of The Power of the Evil Horde as Hordak arrived to conqueror all!

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Around the time that Mattel decided to introduce both Hordak and his Evil Horde. My Father, a single parent, was finally earning a living wage. Which meant I was fortunate to finally be getting an allowance. As soon as I started seeing the TV ads for Hordak I began to save up. One evening just before our local Walmart closed for the night, I asked my Father to drive me up and let me buy Hordak. I literally paid for the evil tyrant and walked out the building as they were locking the doors for the evening.
Power of the Evil Horde - 1985 Hordak Toy

I can certainly say that to my thirteen year old mind it was totally worth it. While I will indeed admit that when playing, He-Man and his allies would always prevail, they had to work harder than ever before to protect Eternia. Hordak quickly overthrew Skeletor in my toy universe, the skeletal conqueror was now merely a foot soldier. Bowing down to The Power of the Evil Horde!
Power of the Evil Horde - Masters of the Universe Magazine

Having said all of that however, I did not know this 1985 book and cassette tape had been made. It’s an interesting bit of media for a few different reasons. For one thing it is a little longer than the book and records we are used to. Furthermore it just so happens to have been illustrated by Bruce Timm. Yes, THAT Bruce Timm who seven years later would help produce the definitive version of Batman.

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Most importantly of all, after reading and listening to the story. It uses not only the sound cues from the classic Filmation series but most of the same actors as well. John Erwin as Prince Adam and He-Man. With Lou Scheimer as Orko and naturally Alan Oppenheimer as both Skeletor as well as Man-At-Arms. Hordak is voiced by George Dicenzo and this tale focuses on his assault again Eternia. It also features the now well established lore that Skeletor was once a pupil to the evil tyrant.
Power of the Evil Horde - Skeletor Defiant

Did I happen to mention that the awesome Fright Zone playset plays a large part in the story?
Power of the Evil Horde - Fright Zone

Okay, enough background information. It’s time for you to sit back and enjoy The Power of the Evil Horde!

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Egg Monsters - Transformable Eggs

Egg Monsters…Are Transforming Egg Monsters?!

Friends, just a couple of weeks ago I was cleaning up my work space, down here in the Vault. When the telltale rattle of the mail chute made me look up from my writing. What came down the chute? Why, nothing more than three oddly transformable toy eggs. After a few seconds I realized these were transforming Egg Monsters. Right there on my desk where transforming versions of Jason Voorhees, Frankenstein’s Monster, and Dracula. Of course I still had no clue what Egg Monsters were!
Egg Monsters - Reissue

Thankfully we have the internet, right? I will certainly admit that it took me a little bit to actually find out some actual information on the Egg Monsters. While those that were sent to me are actually a modern reissue. The first Egg Monsters appear to have been released by Bandai back in 1987.
Egg Monsters - Frankensteins Monster

Thanks to a blog and Google translator, I think I understand what these toys are. If I read it correctly, friends, they were a toy line known as Charan-Poran transformable eggs. It appears these toy eggs came in all manner of types. Not just Egg Monsters but even the likes of Dinosaurs were featured in the toy line.
Egg Monsters - Dinosaurs

I very much doubt they were ever made available here in the States, at least not back in the 80s. That is however until I took a moment and looked up the Meteorbs. From the Masters of the Universe toy line.
Egg Monsters - Masters of the Universe - Meteorbs

These are in fact a series of toys that were originally known as Tamagoras. Mattel bought some from Bandai I suppose and gave it that Eternian twist. Featurning names like Tuskor, Cometroid, Ty-Grr, as well as Gore-illa to name a few. Bringing these toys into the Masters of the Universe definitely made sense at the time. Especially since Transformers were making a killing in the toy wars.

Throw in the fact that for a moment, the Universal Monsters were actually contemplated for a “Vintage Horror Movie Series” branch of the Transformers. The idea of a series of transforming Egg Monsters doesn’t seem all that strange, right?

Egg Monsters - Universal Monsters - TFWiki.Net

Image courtesy of the Transformers Wiki!

Thanks to that Italian blog we also know there were more than three characters available. Besides Jason, Frankenstein’s Monster, and Dracula – there was also toys for The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Mummy, and even The Wolf Man!
Egg Monsters - Wolfman

I suppose the question is how will I go about and obtain the rest of the toys in this series. I might indeed have an overactive imagination but I feel my Jason needs to square off against that Wolf Man!
Egg Monsters - Jason Transformed

The internet comes through for us again, friends, as here is an Egg Monsters commercial!

Sectaurs - General Spidrax

It’s Time For 1985’s The Sectaurs To Take Wing!

By 1985 there were certainly quite a few massive hits in the toy market. For example, you had Masters of the Universe, Transformers, Jem , G.I. Joe, and Gobots to name a few. However for each of those successes there at the likes of Crystar, The Wuzzles, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons as well as Sectaurs!

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Now in no way shape or form am I disparaging those toy lines. Especially in the case of the Sectaurs. They just sadly failed to connect with kids at the time. As a matter of fact in my youth I can recall only seeing the Sectaurs on the toy shelf once. That was at our local Sears department store. While my Grandparents were shopping I was getting to know the heroic Dargon and his flying stead Dragonflyer!
Sectaurs - Coleco - List of Characters

You can probably already guess that shopping trip didn’t end with me taking any of the toys home. Far from it in fact. Pants though…boy…did I get some exciting pants. Sigh.
Sectaurs - Plaid Pants Instead of Toys

That isn’t to say I didn’t become a little more familiar with the characters, thanks to the Marvel Comics series.
Sectaurs - Marvel Comics

Indeed there turned out to be an animated series for Sectaurs. Thanks to the wonders of the internet you can watch it too!

[Via] William Sweeney

Coleco obviously did their best to push this new toy line. It just wasn’t to be and soon they vanished. That isn’t to say they didn’t leave a mark. Because as a matter of fact they are about to make a return, thanks to a successful Kickstarter by ZICA toys!
Sectaurs - Dargon - ZICA toys

Sectaurs - General Spidrax - ZICA toys

The new toys while obviously not including those epic puppet insect steeds. Will at least be released in 1/18 scale, more in fitting with current toy lines. As well as having interchangeable hands and be packaged on a blister card. The original Sectaurs were 7″ tall, that’s only four inches shorter than a Barbie doll! Actually, fellow Retroist author Doug McCoy had something to say about the height of the toys too.
Sectaurs - Mantor - ZICA toys

Sectaurs - Zak - ZICA Toys

At the time of this post, there is still 3 days left for you to pledge to the Kickstarter. ZICA toys set a goal of $40,000 and have hit a little over $43,000 so far.

Now for a more revealing and professional look at the Sectaurs, why not watch this video by Toy Galaxy?

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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!

Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show -

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!