Walking around the convention, it wasn’t difficult to see why these characters have not only survived the last 30 years, but have actually flourished and stayed relevant in the ever-evolving landscape of popular culture. With the rise of anime and computer-generated cartoons, there is still a rabid following for a traditionally-animated man in a loincloth with a sword, riding a giant green tiger.
The convention held a little bit for everyone. Cosplayers paraded around in full regalia, bringing to life Eternia’s greatest heroes and villains. Toy vendors packed their stalls full of toys, both vintage and custom. Sculptors and prop makers displayed their amazing crafts, with gigantic statues and detailed reproductions of iconic weapons, like He-Man’s Power Sword and Skeletor’s battle axe. Writers and artists from Eternia’s past shared stories compiled over their years in the business, while current writers and creators from some of today’s hottest projects, including Netflix’s “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”, gave us a glimpse into Eternia’s future.
Coupled with the festivities on the exhibit room floor, Power-Con provided some epic announcements regarding upcoming merchandise and action figure releases over the next year.
Mattel announced that in the Fall of 2020, they will return to production of their “Masters of the Universe” figures, using the original style of figure popularized by their 1980's line. Mattel also announced a partnership with World Wrestling Entertainment, with some of the franchise’s iconic wrestling superstars transformed into barbarian warriors fierce enough to fight alongside Eternia’s greatest heroes.
Super7 has long since kept the torch for “Masters of the Universe” figures burning in the toy community, and are now looking to enhance the playability of their figures buy adding multiple interchangeable accessories and body parts to their figures, as well as upgrading aspects of their design and articulation. With the production of their “Ultimate” line of figures, Super7 looks to keep true to the original spirit of the 1980's “MOTU” figures, but provide a higher quality figure to collectors. Super 7 also revealed “Ultimate” lines for “Thundercats”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “Ren and Stimpy” and “Conan the Barbarian”.
Coinciding with the production of their “Ultimate” line, Super7 will continue their partnership with Reaction Figures and produce more 4-inch figures based upon “Masters of the Universe” and “She-Ra” properties.
One of the biggest announcements of the weekend came from actor / director Kevin Smith, who showed up to announce the sequel to the cartoon “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”. The new series will be picking up where the original 1980’s series left off, finishing up unresolved story lines and creating a continuing mythos for the “Masters of the Universe”.
2019 Power-Con ended with bang, promising and delivering an incredible amount of content, with enough announcements and events to keep us busy until next year’s convention! “By the power of Grayskull!”