The Great MOTUC POP Debate

I was unable to participate in the latest Masters Cast episode, therefore I am writing an article to voice my opinions. Most collectors of the MOTU Classics line seem to think that POP is being adequately represented in the line. I disagree and here’s why:

Number of Episodes:
MOTU – 130
POP – 93
NA – 65
MYP – 39

Number of Figures:
MOTU – 17
POP – 3
NA – 1
MYP – 5

The number of episodes is a direct reflection of how well the series did at the time it aired. If it was popular and sold toys, more episodes were made. If it was unpopular and didn’t sell well, it was canceled. And, the fans of today who are buying these figures were fans back then. I doubt there is a significant amount of MOTUC collectors who started their relationship with He-Man from the Mike Young Productions cartoon. Thus, it is only logical to assume MOTUC figures made from the POP series would do extremely well going by the cartoon’s popularity (and the strong sales that the Princess of Power line delivered when it originally debuted). This has already been shown to be the case with figures such as Hordak, She-Ra and Adora, who sold out in a matter of minutes. Yes, I count Hordak as a She-Ra character for his main promotion was her cartoon series. So, why the under-representation for POP?

Some might argue that She-Ra sold to females back in the 80′s and there are few females collecting MOTUC today. That may be the case, but I don’t for one minute believe that the males collecting this line are hating on the female figures. They’re beautiful, busty, strong and the same scale as their male counterparts, unlike the pitiful (sorry!) 80′s figures. I haven’t seen ONE fan say “I’m not gonna buy She-Ra, she’s a GIRL!” We outgrew those mentalities when we hit puberty, so why is Mattel still treating us like children? Plus, even if that were the mindset of some less-enlightened fans, let’s not forget the gay fans who are happy to support the girls!

I realize Mattel is juggling a lot between the four series, male and female characters and good/bad guys. And, there’s the whole “who do they have the rights to make?” issue. But, POP is being seriously misrepresented in this line and if they make another no-name character or MADE UP character into a figure before introducing more already-well-known-and-loved POP characters as figures, I’m going to scream!

8 Comments

  1. avatar
    Sep 20, 2010
    9:54 pm

    xmanrcj

    I disagree RainbowBrite. I think that given the line is called “Masters of the Universe” I think the fact that POP is very well represented in the toys so far. Hordak isn’t POP, he’s of the Evil Horde. Says so on his toy. Which means, by the time Bow is out, we’ll have three Rebels to two Hordesmen!!!! How dare they ;) . And nevermind no Snake Men, Galactic Guardians and what have you. I do agree they’ve been pushing the Power of Grayskull line a bit much, but overall, I’m happy with the toys we’ve gotten, especially the Goddess, Marzo and Carnivus. And I think another thing with POP, is really, how many of the POP toys will people pull a “She-Ra/Adora” sell out with. Certainly not with Glimmer, et al. If anything, POP could use with a few new characters sprinkled in with the established ones.

  2. avatar
    Sep 20, 2010
    11:04 pm

    LORDTYRIN

    i do know one thing. we need more horde in motuc!!!

  3. avatar
    Sep 21, 2010
    5:36 pm

    Vinto

    No matter what Mattel does, it wont please everyone. Im after Man-E-Faces but i think POP figures deserve to be in the line MORE than new adventures. this is just my opinion and there are so many characters to get. Will Mattel do something monumental for the 25th anniversary? if Bow looks as great as he does in MOTUC form, i think the likes of Glimmer, Catra etc will look awesome! Glad to read your opinion Katy!

  4. avatar
    Sep 21, 2010
    7:10 pm

    TheShadow

    That’s true, Vinto. For example, I wish there was more Horde… but if I had my way, we’d already have all the Horde members and I may get bored. I do like how they are staggering some of the releases. I think once the general MOTUC fan sees how cool a MOTUC style Catra, Glimmer, etc. will be they will appreciate the POP releases even more. And, I best get a Kowl / Loo-Kee two pack! :)

  5. avatar
    Sep 21, 2010
    8:46 pm

    xmanrcj

    I bet Kowl is the secret accessory for Bow. Which means no Bio, lol.

  6. avatar
    Sep 21, 2010
    11:05 pm

    TheShadow

    They are going to pack him with one of those things you stick in water and it grows… instant Arrow, Bow’s trusty steed.

  7. avatar
    Sep 22, 2010
    11:25 am

    RainbowBrite

    @xnanrcj I know some people see MOTU and POP as separate entities, but I never have. With all of the crossovers, shared voice actors/crew, and the fact that they were contemporaries (at least for one year)…I view them as two sides of the same coin. I don’t have a problem with MOTU being focused on more, as it came first and set the precedent. But POP shouldn’t be COMPLETELY overshadowed as it currently is. Perhaps you wouldn’t jump at a Glimmer, but there are a LOT of fans who would. And how are they going to know whether or not a character such as that would sell well if they never try?

    @Vinto I agree – I think Glimmer, Catra, etc would look fantastic!! And I can’t be the only one holding out for Mantenna ;)

    @TheShadow Completely agree. And HELL YES to the Kowl/Loo-Kee two pack!! LMAO at the water growing Arrow…hahhaha

  8. avatar
    Oct 5, 2010
    12:08 pm

    __roboto__

    @xmanrcj = I have to lean towards RaibowBrite and say MOTU/POP are one universe. That’s just my personal opinion of course.

    @TheShadow = Good point about “being bored”. Part of the fun with this line is waiting to see who they’ll do next. I was so exited with Scare-Glow when he came out. Now he’s just collecting dust on the shelf. Once I get Roboto in my hands I just may no longer have a reason to get up in the mornings.

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