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Power of Grayskull

By Chris Salce | August 30, 2019

From Torak: Hero of Pre-history to Lords of Power to ultimately He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, it is all discussed in this epic documentary. Power of Grayskull is truly the definitive look at He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

The franchise was created as a way to bring competition to the toy industry, mainly toward Kenner who was practically the masters of the toy industry, thanks to Star Wars (and Mattel passing on the licensing of Star Wars). He-Man came about when Conan the Barbarian was thought to be the next big thing to happen to children. Upon finding out that Conan was going to be an R-rated movie, Mattel was stuck with a barbarian fantasy-like concept that they had to do something with. So they did.

“…truly the definitive look at He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.”

With the spawn of a new toy line that looked completely different than anything else on store shelves, a franchise was made. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was turned into a comic, and then a daily animated series, and then even a live-action film was made, which some fans still debate whether it is actually a good film or not. As cheesy as the film was as much as it was inaccurate to the characters, I still enjoy the live-action film, but I digress.

The Masters of the Universe franchise has been covered in other documentaries before. In most recent memory, the franchise was covered on Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us, were mainly, the toy line was the center focus with the animated series and live-action film both being discussed very briefly. As far as the toy line goes, there is quite a bit of the same information shared from the Netflix series and this documentary, but Power of Grayskull goes way beyond the toys. Even going as far as discussing its failures and attempted reboots.

Power of Grayskull (2019)

Directed and Written: Randall Lobb, Robert McCallum

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Anthony De Longis, Richard Edlund, William Stout, Gwen Wetzler, Erika Scheimer, etc.

Movie score: 10/10

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"…a documentary that has the power to stand above the rest"

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