I’ve been reading the Telepictures’ Princess of Power Magazine during my lunchbreaks recently and I just had to share the innocence of its lovely “Dear She-Ra” pages. The letter writers, all young girls, have an affinity for horses, blond hair and anything pink that I expect is the complete opposite of why young boys were watching her big brother!
Dear She-Ra, I wish you could come visit me on Earth. You could bring all of your friends with you! I am seven years old and I like you a lot.
I like the young Mary Ellis from Stone Harbor in New Jersey. Her 1986 letter is short, to the point, and instantly tells you how much She-Ra meant to her young fans. I wonder if similar role models exist now for young girls? Perhaps the older Mary Ellis has a daughter of her own and is bestowing those Etherian ideals on a new generation?
In 1985, the best float in the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade made its debut. The “Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power” float graced the streets of New York City bringing the fight between good and evil to televisions nationwide. It was a good fit. Masters of the Universe lends itself to float theatrics and with the next day being Black Friday, of course, helps promote the toy line for the Christmas shopping season.
Pat Sajack has a “I really have to read this?” look on his face but does it in a way that still stays professional. A year later he was joined by Dolph Lundgren, who was filming Masters of the Universe at the time, to introduce the float again.
After seeing the Masters of the Universe float you can’t argue the similarities of the Turbo Man float in “Jingle All The Way.” Just as the movie was inspired by the Cabbage Patch Kids shopping craze of the mid-1980s, the float is a nod to He-Man and his cohorts welcoming the holiday season.
I was browsing through an old folder of files recently and found a 6-page She-Ra Princess of Power PDF, detailing the then-upcoming series and highlighting the opportunities available to retailers who supported the new show.
Page 2 (below) announces a major licensing program supported by 65 half-hour TV shows from Filmation, a line of action figures from Mattel and a substantial advertising campaign – the same ingredients that made Masters of the Universe a worldwide success!
The remainder of the pages have character line art, including the Crystal Castle. These make excellent references for anyone who is interested in drawing the characters.
Whilst I love the Masters of the Universe show, She-Ra didn’t appeal to me. It was clearly aimed at the fairer sex and, other than my interest in their shared universe, I can’t recall too much about the stories or characters.
Despite my general ignorance of the show, the fan-art for the Princess of Power, her friends and her enemies, is almost always exceptional. Check out the She-Ra art at my Tumblr blog to see what I mean :- The 80’s Cartoon Fan-art Blog – She-Ra edition.
The awesome artwork above is the cover image for issue 12 of 80’s animation magazine, cereal:geek. Go check out the website for more about the magazine and to order any of the 16 issues created so far.
And if you want to see more art from your favourite 80’s animated shows, you could do a lot worse than taking a scroll around The 80’s Cartoon Fan-art Blog which has more than 10,000 posts from the universes of He-Man, She-Ra, Thundercats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers