As many of you will know, in 2010 I published The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. At 300+ pages the book features 700+ pieces of trivia, 460+ deleted scenes, 360+ examples of animation reuse, 380+ quotes, 50+ abandoned episodes, and a LOT more! It is the book that NO fan of the Filmation series can live without! BUY IT NOW!
As an incentive, here is my brief review and rating (as they appear in the book) for "The Shaping Staff"...
The first act of this episode features some truly wonderful storytelling and direction. The mystery that surrounds Magestra upon her arrival at the Royal Palace is accompanied by some incredibly haunting music. All of the scenes at the palace are memorable, with each one bringing a new dimension to the story. However, after He-Man is turned into a golden statue, the episode begins to falter; what started out as a great story with the possibility of becoming a classic, descends into an almost desperate series of events. Skeletor's creation and usage of Faker is laughable, and even though his battle with He-Man is entertaining, sadly the episode never truly recovers. 6/10
Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?