Masters of the Universe
HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Toys
Filmations ground breaking cartoon series of the 80's made especially for Mattel for there impending Action figure series of thee early 1980's, please don't quote me of this but i think its the first time a toy company made a cartoon series as a way to sell there toys, pretty ingenious and by golly did it work!
Usually a film or tv show is made then people company's fight over merchandise rights,
recently they was a dispute that infact Mattel did not own the rights for Maters of the Universe but actually the author of the first four Masters of the universe mini comics a Mr Donald Glut ,
Mr Glut who was hired by Mattel in 1981 to write for them this new fantasy adventure.
So indeed he was the creator of Masters of the Universe a little unknown fact as most would think it was Mattel or even the production company Filmation,
But this is were his claim fell apart as Mr Donald Glut was actually a free lance writer and was employed under a work for hire contract basis by Mattel and the fact it took him so long to make his claim to a court of law he actually owned rights meant he lost his law suit against Mattel.
(point to learn read small print when designing or writing anything especially Blobs or on websites especially free websites providers)
Ebay sold my inventory of pictures i put on there site over the course of a decade to a company called worthpoint and i have no say about all my information text and pictures as when i made my auction listings i gave eBay permission that they owned anything accept the item i put on there site) so basically i do not now own rights to my old pictures i have to pay worth point for rights or permission of my own images, same with Facebook if they want to!
Lesson is to be careful....as poor Mr Donald Glut has found out big company's are clever and can afford to buy great lawyers and include access to rights small print......
I bet there are a good few website builders and Bloggers who has lost rights to there ow work or ideas..
Any way in this section you will find vintage and modern era action figures and collectables relating to the most powerful man in the universe ( He-Man )and the girl friendly She-ra toy line.
Who does not need a skeletor figure in there life ?
or the mustached mechanical genius Duncan ..
sorry but as a kid i remember He-man's friend being called Man-at-Arms but recently i watched masters of the universe again with my six year old son and in one of the earlier episodes he says his name is Duncan....i nearly chocked how funny i am a huge he-man fan and only just found that funny fact out.
Masters of the Universe was my favourite toy line of the 1980's and i can happily say as a geek i have owned every figure made took me ages to find laser ones but found them in a box of old toys sitting in a dirty auction house room one day i felt like i won the lottery.
The Laser light 1987 figures are incredibly rare even in the United Kingdom still wonder why i found them like i did and cost me nothing really as no one else wanted a box of old he-man toys....and still regret selling them to a company called toydreams.co.uk
I can see they still have a website but unsure if they are still in business as they have not updated there website since 2006 but were huge buyers even bought all my prototype star wars figures i had,,,shame i don't hear from them two nice lads by guess they must be in there 40's now.
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