Some people have memories that are triggered by smells. A certain smell can bring to mind thoughts of people, places, and events from their past. For others it's music, as a certain song can carry them back. For me, action figures always conjure up memories. Whether they're memories of loved ones, friends, special events, or certain places, when thinking about the toys from my childhood (and even now) the memories just keep flowing. To celebrate Masters of the Universe Day 2013, I'm sharing a few of my most vivid MOTU influenced memories here after the break....
Dressing up like He-ManI still like to dress up as characters I like, but I do it far less often than when I was a kid. Since He-Man was one of my favorite characters, I always wanted to dress up like him, but the only problem with dressing up like He-Man is that he's a half naked barbarian (that phrase should help the Google hits- *Editor*). My He-Man costume consisted simply of some red shorts, two random belts across my chest, whatever toy sword I had laying around, and a pot lid for a shield. In fact, it was this pot lid shown below.
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My Grandma dressed up like Skeletor
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Many of my action figure related memories stem from my Granny (that's my Grandma on my mother's side), but one of the most significant ones that sticks out for me was when I was staying at Granny's house and she came out of her bedroom dressed like Skeletor. The 1987 movie had just came out, but I was too scared to go see it, only being around 3 or 4 at the time. Anyways, I did want to play He-Man and so I went and grabbed 2 belts, some red shorts, and a pot lid, and came out looking for evil. And find evil I did! When Granny came out of her room dressed in a hooded robe with her face covered in cold cream and wielding a broom as her Havok Staff, I actually was kind of scared at first. When your Grandma dresses up like Skeletor to play Masters of the Universe with you, you know she loves you!
|Nothing says Easter like a guy named Fisto|
I've read the comments of many Masters fans who seem to have great memories of receiving cool MOTU stuff in their Easter baskets. I have a similar memory of Easter 1987 and the pictures to prove it: Check them out! There's another picture where I'm holding a Screech in my hand, but Fisto and Stridor was really where it was at. If you look carefully, you'll also see some of the hardback MOTU books.
Stinkor and a Night Out with my Mom
Christmas Morning and the Slime Pit
|Rules didn't apply to me!|
New MOTU Memory- Coming soon!Ok, so maybe this is cheating, but I'm going to share a memory that hasn't happened yet (That's not called cheating, that's called not making sense- *Editor*). In August of this year, my wife and I are expecting our first child, a daughter for whom we have chosen the middle name...........
|Sorry, but Loo-Kee is not hidden in this picture|
We already had her first name picked out (named after a very special friend who died far too young) but we didn't yet have a middle name. I suggested Adora and amazingly, my wife really liked it. Not only does it fit beautifully with her first and last name, but it also evokes a strong female character who embodies strength, wisdom, courage, friendship, compassion, and who makes a positive change in the world. Those are all traits that I hope to inspire in my daughter. I also know that she will be exposed to the Filmation MOTU cartoons as a child and I think it will be really exciting for her to find out she shares a name with the powerful and heroic She-Ra.
I hope that these memories not only bring a smile to your face, but awaken some great childhood memories of your own (whether they be MOTU related or not). Happy Masters of the Universe Day to you, and remember to check back on the Epic Review all day long for more content and check out the festivities on these other fine sites who are also participating today:
Barbecue17 plans to purchase a stuffed Loo-Kee and hide him somewhere different every day. He calls that "good parenting." If you're interested, take a look at his Flickr account for more action figure inspired awesomeness.