29 July 2009

Isn't that the toy shield?

The episode "She-Demon of Phantos" was one of the earliest episodes of the He-Man series to be produced. This becomes evident not only through some of the character writing, but also the animation looks odd at times, with an absence of stock footage. In the opening scene of the episode we see Man-At-Arms and Prince Adam testing the weapons produced with Photanium, a precious ore located on Phantos. During this test we can see that Prince Adam holds a shield which looks exactly like the one that came with the He-Man action figure. There is no doubt that the animators produced a model sheet for He-Man's shield, as it was used in the rarely seen animated toy advert. For some reason the decision was made not to bring the shield into the actual series; except in this once scene...


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4 comments:

Andrew Cramer said...

MAA's weapon looks kinda like the toy Trap-Jaw laser gun...

Kevin Martinell said...

Wow! Had the inner grooves been colored red, like the toy weapon, I would have caught this! Interesting how these early episodes feature weapons that resemble the toy weapons that came with the action figures, such as Skeletor's ax wand, from "Diamond Ray of Disappearance" and the very brief appearance of Skeletor's sword, from "Curse of the Spellstone."

This opening scene, from "She Demon of Phantos," is amusing, as the musical score and footage make it look as though one of the Heroic Warriors has turned against the other. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless!
~"KevyGuy" :)
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Geret said...

Love the toy shield!
Glad you're posting again after your little hiatus!!!!!

granamir said...

This is precisely the shield of 1980's action figure!
I noticed him immediately when I saw the episode filmation!

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