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A Masters Cast Christmas

Download the Masters Cast Christmas song parody “Eternian Night / Deck the Hall of Wisdom” today to extend your holiday fun!

Click here to download the mp3 of “Eternian Night / Deck the Hall of Wisdom”

Silent night,
Eternian night,
Hordak leaves his zone of fright,
Sneaks into the palace of Randor,
Royal infant to steal with Skeletor
Flees to another dimension
Til they find the Sword of Protection

Wait, wait, wait!
What about when Man-At-Arms enters the nursery?
Um, there wouldn’t have been a kidnapping if Stratos was there. Just sayin’

Deck the Hall of Wisdom with Twiggets,
Fa la la la la la la la la
Don’t forget those dwarfish Widgets,
Fa la la la la la la la la
Don we now our battle armor
Fa la la la la la la la la
Hey, that Madam Razz is quite a charmer
Fa la la la la la la la la la

Duncan’s got the music rented,
Fa la la la la la la la la,
Moss-Man makes it all pine scented,
Fa la la la la la la la la
Now don’t forget to invite friends from
TROLLA la la la la la la la
Chef Alan’s brought lots and then some!
Fa la la la la la la la la

Vocals: Katy Cartee Haile, Jon Kallis
Speaking: Martin Penny, Leanne Hannah
Lyrics and Production: Josh de Lioncourt
Vocal Mixing: Jon Kallis

Did you know that Jon and Katy sang a remake of the iconic He-Man & She-Ra: Secret of the Sword theme song “I Have The Power” with Josh on the ivories? Martin supervised. Fans are never afraid to embarrass themselves and embrace their fandom! You got to hear the remake at the end of one of the podcast episodes, but here it is free for you to download. Enjoy!

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Our remake is dedicated to Erika Scheimer, the legend behind the original version you hear in the movie and at the end of every She-Ra cartoon episode!

A Message from He-Man

Josh and his sister meet He-Man, Skeletor, and Hordak!

On a warm afternoon in September, 1983, a healthy and happy kindergarten boy sat down in front of a little color television set to watch the day’s episode of Super Friends. The TV was tuned to KCOP, an independent station that broadcast to the greater Los Angeles area on channel 13. Much to his surprise, the scheduling had changed. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman did not flash across the screen embarking on another adventure to save the world. Instead, a prince attired in renaissance style and a green and yellow striped tiger transformed with a flash of lightning and a cloud of smoke into a breathtaking hero and his feline companion before an enormous stone castle with a skull as its front. The boy was instantly captivated. Before the final credits had finished rolling, he was out in his backyard wielding a fallen tree branch like a sword and crying, "By the power of Grayskull!"

That boy was me, and this was just the first of two things that would happen over the course of the next year, completely changing my whole life.

Josh receives Castle Grayskull for Christmas 1983

By Christmas of that year, I was utterly obsessed with He-Man’s adventures across Eternia. Nothing on TV compared at all with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and my interest in all other cartoons had waned considerably.

For Christmas, I really hit the jackpot. Knowing of my love for the FIlmation animated series, my uncle Glen boggled my five-year-old mind with a series of action figures that I had never seen and hat not even suspected existed. He-Man, Skeletor, Man-At-Arms, Stratos, TrapJaw, and Tri-Klops were all mine that year, and for the grand finale, Castle Grayskull itself.

Birthday Cake Topps with Castle Grayskull

In February, 1984, I turned six-years-old. The party was dominated by all things Masters of the UNiverse. Thinking creatively, my parents made a Castle Grayskull from paper towel roll tubes and construction paper to top the cake. They cut out pictures of the various Eternian vehicles from the back covers of the mini comics which came with the toys, attached them to toothpicks, and parked them outside the castle.

Josh blowing out candles on the Grayskull cake

In April that year, I became very ill, and was hospitalized. I can distinctly remember insisting that the nurse put the TV in my room on the right channel. I couldn’t miss He-Man.

While there, I received a Battle Cat and Roton vehicle from my uncles Jay and Glen respectively. These, coupled with my daily dose of Eternian adventures, were the only bright spots in what was an interminable confinement to a hospital bed.

Josh receives He-Man's armor for Christmas 1984

At last I went home. Over the next few months, triggered by an allergic reaction to medication I’d received while being treated, my vision began to deteriorate. By mid-summer I was suffering monstrous headaches which left me prone for days at a time. My only escape came every weekday afternoon at 4:30. He-Man and the masters of the Universe gave me something each day to look forward to through the haze of pain.

My condition worsened as my immune system turned upon itself, my nervous system, and my brain. I was not expected to live long.

Josh meets She-Ra and Glimmer at Universal Studios

By the end of the summer of 1984, I was totally blind. I was undergoing all sorts of treatment and testing to try to determine what, exactly, was happening to me. The doctors couldn’t precisely say.

It was around this time that a small package arrived for me in the mail. My parents had contacted Filmation, the animation studio producing He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and they had decided to send me a cassette tape.

I will never forget pressing play on my little cassette recorder and hearing the voice of He-Man, (John Erwin), and Cringer (Alan Oppenheimer), speaking to me directly. They offered me their friendship, their best wishes, and greetings from other residents of the Royal Palace on Eternia.

Click here to hear the message.

The cassette included the audio to an episode that, at that time, had not yet aired on television, "The Cat and the Spider", which remains one of my favorite episodes to this day.

The story has a happy ending. I obviously survived the ordeal, though no one was ever able to explain how. My passion for Masters of the Universe burned ever brighter as the years passed.

Josh sees Skeletor's Armor

Some twenty-two years later, I was contacted by BCI-Eclypse. They were preparing a release of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power Filmation series on DVD, and asked if I’d like to be interviewed for the set. I agreed.

The interview was fun. I talked about my lifelong love of the property, how I’d collected the vintage and 200X action figure lines, and how the Filmation series had had such a tremendous impact on me as a child. I told the story of my illness, and the cassette which had been sent to me by the wonderful folks at Filmation.

And then, a surprise was sprung on me.

Just as the interview was wrapping up, Lou Scheimer, the producer of the animated series, head and founder of Filmation Studios, and voice actor for Orko, King Randor, and countless other beloved characters, walked up to me on camera. He remembered the story of the little boy who loved his show, and to whom he and his crew had given a boost through his trials.

Josh and his childhood friend meet He-Man and Man-At-Arms at Universal Studios

I’m sometimes asked why I’m still a Masters of the Universe fan. Is it because of the colorful and imaginative characters? Was it the storytelling talent of the Filmation series? How about the blend of science-fiction and fantasy? The magic? The Adventures?

Yes. It was all those things. But, more than those, I think it was the heart that was put into it by all who worked on it over the passed thirty years, from Lou Scheimer to the Four Horsemen, it has been the incredible hearts and souls of those who have put more than just their creative talents into insuring Masters of the Universe has the power.

The Great MOTUC POP Debate

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!

George DiCenzo

Masters of the Universe fans were first introduced to George DiCenzo in the Filmation episodes “The Sleepers Awaken” and “Eye of the Beholder”. While he is uncredited for his work in these episodes, he provided the voices for Lord Tyrin and Garth before going on for what we most remember him by: his voice work for Hordak, Bow, and Sea Hawk during the entire run of Filmation’s She-Ra Princess of Power.

Mr. DiCenzo was born on April 21, 1940 and began his Hollywood career in the early 70s when he started working on the cult-classic television series Dark Shadows. His career spanned three decades as a character actor in both film, television, and animation. DiCenzo frequently shared his craft with others by serving as an acting coach in both New York City and Philadelphia, working with the likes of Burt Reynolds.

Mr. DiCenzo passed away on August 9, 2010 from sepsis. He will forever be remembered as the masterful voice of Hordak, Ruthless Leader of the Evil Horde to adoring He-Man and She-Ra fans.