Never Forget Scare Glow!

In 1987, the Masters of the Universe line of toys was running out of steam and yet the creative folks at Mattel kept cranking them out. One of those figures from the last wave was a character billed as the “Evil Ghost of Skeletor”, Scare Glow. Scare Glow is summoned by non-ghost, yet still evil, Skeletor to help defeat He-Man and in the mini-comic that came with him you see him use his special glowing power to induce fear in Prince Adam, making him too afraid to turn into He-Man (spoiler!). He is eventually knocked out of the way by Clamp Champ and Adam is able to make the transformation.

Scare Glow has since made appearances in a few comic adventures, but was never really developed. I guess this makes sense since he was really just an excuse for Mattel to make a cool figure that had some sweet glow-in-the-dark action. That does not make him any less awesome of course and because of his late release he is fairly rare and his billing as made given rise to a cult following.

All they did with his release was refer to him as the “Evil Ghost of Skeletor”, this alone has triggered many online debates as to his origin and purpose. I like to think, like some, that he returned from the future to warn Skeletor to get his act together, or he will be eventually be defeated and killed. What do you think?

..let your scare glow...let it shine through...

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12 thoughts on “Never Forget Scare Glow!

  1. McK says:

    My He-Man toys were all piled in a shelf by my bed as a youngster. When it was bedtime and the lights went off, I always made sure Scare-Glow was stuffed underneath enough figures so I couldn’t see him glowing.

    Otherwise, he scare-glowed the crap out of me…

  2. I’m with you, CW…perhaps my childhood is not complete without the addition of Scare Glow. Yes, I think I now need to add this as a collecting White Whale. :)

    @Doug You know…I was never to sure that Skeletor was really a skeleton. I always assumed that something bad happened to his face.

    @Retroist Maybe he’s the Ghost of Future Past and trying to help Skeletor by scaring him straight? ;)

  3. I think that crack on his head came from He-Man and that he wants revenge. He will teach Skeletor that he needs to stop dragging his heals and get brutal on Eternia.

  4. He was brutal once, but he gave it all up for the love of a woman…a yellow, yellow woman. What did he get for his sacrifice? nothing but trechery. Although she wasnt so bad at the time. Back in the day she was known as Mildly Unpleasant-Lyn

  5. I do find people using the term Skeletor improperly to be off putting. I also never thought about his forehead lightning bolt scar!

    Are you suggesting that he is the ghost of Harry Potter or that Skeletor is a future version of Harry Potter. Which would mean that Scare Glow is a future version of the Skeletor version of Harry Potter?

  6. My favorite He-Man figure! I never had him and actually never heard of him until a few years ago. I was lucky enough to get the new figure Mattel put out last year and it is SWEET!

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