The first part of Masters of the Universe: Revelation is finally here. And the events of the first five episodes of Kevin Smith’s series shook Eternia to its core. Tons of classic characters from the original toy line and the ’80s cartoon appear, both in major and minor roles. But there are still several classic MOTU heroes and villains we’re still hoping to see in part two of the Netflix series. Here are seven that top our list.
An early Masters of the Universe character, Man-E-Faces was one of those a “Heroic Warriors” that had multiple conflicting backstories across different media. But in all versions, he was an Eternian who used his ability to change his face (from human to monster to robot) to become an actor. I guess lots of plays in Eternia call for robots and monsters? He fought on the side of the Heroic Warriors, despite more or less looking like a bad guy. We’d love to see Man E. show up and lend a hand in Revelation. Just make sure he keeps his old kinky outfit, please.
The Masters toy line introduced Buzz-Off in 1984, around the same time the second season of the original Filmation cartoon debuted. He was one of many cool looking characters whose names were mainly dad jokes. As one of the Bee People who dwelled in the Mystic Mountains, he spoke by adding a buzzing “zzzzzz” sound to everything he said. Which frankly kinda bugged (pun fully intended). Maybe we can see him return as the heroic “spy in the sky” his toy packaging described him as. Although maybe drop the whole insect talking thing this time around.
King Hiss was the leader of the Snake-Men, a group of villains who existed in pre-historic Eternia. The humanoid serpents first showed up in 1986 after the Filmation cartoon ended its run. (The 2002 reboot included them extensively ,though). The Snake-Men fought He-Man’s ancestor He-Ro in ancient times. This is before the group was banished into limbo—a la General Zod and his minions in Superman lore.
Freed by Skeletor in modern Eternia, they join forces at Snake Mountain, which King Hiss built centuries prior. We never saw “classic” MOTU characters fight King Hiss in animation, and it feels like it’s time to correct that mistake. This dude sheds his human skin to reveal a body made of snakes. That’s some great nightmare fuel right there. I trust the Kevin Smith and the Revelation team to give us a properly disturbing King of the Serpents.
Good old Mekanek. What else do you call a guy who has a mechanical neck that stretches his head up high? Originally called “Spy Man,” given his ability to stretch his neck out to spy on the bad guys, Mattel wisely gave him a more memorable moniker. He only appeared in three episodes of the ‘80s series, but was in thirty episodes of the 2002 reboot. Since Revelation is in the classic continuity, maybe it’s time that the original Mekanek got the same amount of love.
Introduced in 1985 at the tail end of the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe run, he was a “blink and you miss it” kind of character. But this pale blue cyborg had a cool design, and had fun powers like DC’s Red Tornado. Basically, he turned into a living cyclone, hence the name. (MOTU wasn’t subtle with the names, folks). The 2002 series gave him a more developed, Asian culture-influenced backstory, which I wouldn’t mind if Kevin Smith and company used. Many fans played with this toy a lot as kids, so I hope we get to see him spinning his way into Revelations before it’s all said and done.
Zodac was one of the original Masters of the Universe figures, released back in 1982. He was described in many confusing ways over the years. He was meant to be “neutral in the battle between good and evil,” and just a detached observer. And yet, early toys label him as “Evil Cosmic Enforcer.” In the ‘80s cartoon, he was an ancient Eternian Elder who floats around in a cosmic chair, kind of like Metron in DC Comics’ New Gods (the early MOTU developers were clearly DC fans). The events of the first five episodes really call for the appearance of Zodac again. Might be time to break the “non-interference” rule.
You knew this was coming. Yes, She-Ra recently starred in another Netflix animated series. One that is very beloved by fans. But that was in a separate continuity. We’re talking about the original She-Ra, from the ‘80s cartoon. If He-Man is dead (or undead?) then this tragedy begs the involvement of his twin sister, who lest we forget, also has her own Power Sword. At some point, Princess Adora needs to fly in on Swift Wind, and give a Teela a hand. It would be really disappointing if she never shows up at all. Time to hear “For the Honor of Grayskull!” once again.