I feel that Granamyr is one of the more recognizable characters to spring forth from MOTU. Not everyone may know his name, but a large dragon with a pot belly and horned helmet tends to leave a lasting impression. (Heck, even my mom recognized him.)
As a kid, I’d always seen dragons as sleek reptilian beasts. Granamyr challenged those notions with his visibly old and mostly civil demeanor. I was also a bit thrown by his helmet. While I liked how it looked, my younger self was a bit confused as to why a dragon really needs to wear a helmet. It wasn’t until I looked back at him from my adult years that I could truly appreciate the complexity of his character.
Unlike most Filmation characters, Granamyr couldn’t be easily separated into either the good or bad category. Sure he saved Man-At-Arms, but he also wanted the first tree on Eternia chopped down and burned just because it was older than him. He’s also openly racist against humans, and in his third appearance almost makes three of them fight to the death for his amusement until He-Man convinced him not to.
Granamyr’s multifaceted personality may have been an influence from his original creation in the mini-comics, but it was John Erwin’s amazing voice acting that really brought the character to life. With his perfect blend of elderly yet strong, and regal with a hint of annoyance, Granamyr’s voice was so unique that I easily remembered it from childhood.
Like the character, Granamyr’s figure is gigantic. Standing about twenty two inches tall he easily dwarfs the likes of Megator and Procrustus, not to mention the regular six inch that now look tiny by comparison. But even with his great size, the Four Horsemen didn’t skimp at all on the detail work. Granamyr is covered head to tail in craggy looking scales, wrinkles, and spikes. The patterns are broken up even more with scars, cracks, and warts. Even a couple of the spines that run down his back have been broken off.
Granny’s head is just as detailed as his body. The wrinkles and warts are multiplied and do a great job adding to the dragon’s overall annoyed disposition. Even his mouth, with all those crooked teeth poking out, looks like it’s grimacing in displeasure. The 4H also brought more detail to the helmet than I expected. There are dents and little chunks taken out around the edges, while the horns have a cracked and timeworn look. Continue to page 2…