To add to the celebration of MOTU’s 30th anniversary there’s a new box set edition of He-Man’s various animated incarnations. I wasn’t sure if I wanted this new collection, but the extras were just too tempting. I gave it a try, and I’m actually pretty happy I did.
This review is mostly going to be a breakdown of the packaging and contents. But for those of you who aren’t familiar with this box set, it includes: all 130 episodes of the original Filmation MOTU cartoon, the top 20 “fan favorite” episodes of the New Adventures series, and all 39 episodes of the MYP series. There are also plenty of documentaries, character profiles, scripts, audio commentaries, and featurettes. Some of these bonuses we’ve seen before on previous DVD sets. Others, like the Fans of MOTU documentary, are entirely new.
I’m actually looking forward to seeing some of these new featurettes, especially the one on the fans. It’s also great to have all of the original series and 200X in one place, I just wish New Adventures would have gotten the same treatment. I know that series gets a lot of flack, but it definitely has its merits. These may be the best episodes of that series, but it still feels wrong not having the complete thing.
The entire set comes packed in a clear plastic case. This serves the purpose of protecting the inner box and keeping it a nice square, since the castle on the front sticks out unevenly. The clear plastic on this outer case is a bit brittle, and unfortunately one of the inside flaps came broken on my copy.
The inner box is a very nice piece of work. I couldn’t tell from the original promo pictures, so I was surprised to see that the Castle Grayskull on the cover is a raised plastic mold. This definitely gives the box a neat effect. The version of this Grayskull is also very similar to the prototype we’ve been shown for the new playset. So I guess we’re getting a bit of a sneak peak at a plastic version of the castle.
The sides and back of the box feature some of that new fantastic art by Alvin Lee. There’s also a Limited Edition sticker with the individual number of the set. Mine’s 1135 of 15,000.
The box itself opens up like a treasure chest revealing a neat new piece of art of various characters in battle. I’m not sure who the artist is though. (Anyone have that info?) There is also a nice bit of artwork with Grayskull’s shield, helmet, and crossed swords on the bottom edge of the package. Continue to page 2…