Friends, in 1985 Mattel arranged to have characters like He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Skeletor, She-Ra, Angella, and others from the Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power toyline appear at Universal Studios Hollywood for two weeks. In addition to providing exciting photo opportunities for children and their families, if you were lucky enough to be the age of 4 to 11 when visiting the heroes and villains from Eternia and Etheria – you would receive a free action figure!


I can only imagine how many children were lined up for the event on those two special weeks between December 21st and January 5th. To say nothing of how many figures that Mattel must have handed out during the visit of those heroes and villains. When all is said and done there is very little information to be had about the event. Besides a quick post from, which states that the event was held on two weekends between February 8th – 10th as well as February 15th – 17th. Perhaps it was popular enough that Mattel and Universal Studios brought back the event? Although that site does provide a few photographs from when He-Man and others showed up at Universal Studios, the majority of them from the Masters Cast site. If you consider yourself a fan of the Filmation Studios He-Man and The Masters of the Universe animated series, I think you need to visit the latter site and read the heartwarming post by Lioncourt. While he doesn’t discuss the Universal Studios Hollywood event, you will see a few more photographs of it, but most importantly you will be able to hear the special audio message recorded by He-Man (John Erwin) and Cringer (Alan Oppenheimer) and mailed to a then six-year-old and quite ill Lioncourt.

As that audio message will prove – both John and Alan most assuredly were worthy of the powers of Castle Grayskull.

I sincerely doubt that the 1985 Universal Studios Hollywood TV Spot aired in my neck of the woods, which might have been a small blessing as I didn’t know what I was missing. If I had access to a working time machine though, you better believe that I would take the time to pose with Man-At-Arms and He-Man. If you were lucky enough to attend the event we would love to hear about it in the comments section!

Published by Vic Sage

An avid devotee to pretty much all things retro and retro related - I love to share my memories and passion for films, comics, gaming, podcasting... and curiously enough my overwhelming desire to never stop eating beef jerky.

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