Saturday, April 28, 2018

Anti-Eternia He-Man

Anti-Eternia He-Man was a concept first visited in the 1985 Germany released cassette tape entitled Anti-Eternia. However, it wouldn't be until the invention of the Internet that Masters of the Universe fans across the globe would be introduced to the obscure concept of this character and it would be even later before they would get a chance to own a figure.

The premise of the story revolves around Skeletor wanting to open a portal to Anti-Eternia in order to bring its horrible creatures to Eternia to destroy it - Allowing him to take possession of Castle Grayskull. Everything eventually goes wrong with his plan, and Skeletor soon finds himself fighting side by side with He-Man to save Eternia from the monsters he has unleashed upon the land - Including Anti-Eternia He-Man.

What's interesting to note is that while this is a children's story, there are a lot of references to Hell. In fact, Anti-Eternia is itself called Hell by the Sorceress of Grayskull and referenced as such in numerous places throughout various scenes by the characters in the story.

Speaking of the characters in the story - Of course you get He-Man, the Sorceress and Skeletor in it - Which were already mentioned above. Additionally, like most episodes in the television series you'll also find Battle Cat, Orko, Man-At-Arms, Teela, Ram Man, Beast Man, Tri-Klops and Trap Jaw.

The downside to this story is it was only available in the German language. However, sites such as have you covered. They not only have the audio version posted at their site which you can listen to (and download if you like), but also a translated teleplay. It's actually a little fun to listen to and read - If for nothing else a little more He-Man in your life (which is never a bad thing).

Okay, so let's cut to 2016. Now that we know where Anti-Eternia He-Man came from, we can talk about the elusive chase figure from the Masters of the Universe Classics line. This figure really made a lot of collector's angry.

Due to its unique roots and appealing nature to a vast majority of fans, it was incredibly disappointing to find this figure would only be made available as a limited edition chase and not available to subscription holders to buy directly. As is the case with most limited items, the figure sold out quickly and of course ended up in numerous scalpers hands who immediately tripled the price on secondary markets.

The figure itself is actually nothing short of a repainted Matty Collector He-Man figure released in the very first wave of the series and quite honestly who would expect anything more from Mattel. I mean, the entire vintage He-Man line was nothing short of new heads on the same few mixed / matched bodies (for the most part).

Despite this the figure is just so cool. The black body with strategically placed red paint - Like those awesome red eyes - Pull you in and say, "Come on. Buy me. You know you want to." And I do.

This figure proves that age old point - Simple can be better.

Unfortunately, fans of He-Man from the 80's never got the chance to own this figure. However, don't be to quick to kick the ground in defeat. Several high quality customizers have taken it upon themselves to not only create the figure for sale, but also a very nice vintage style card to go with it. Below are two samples of my personal favorite.

Unfortunately while these figures are really awesome, the price point is...Well...Not so much. At 299.90 Euros. To put it in perspective for most of our readers - That's $367.52 USA. That's also the price point for either one - Despite whether or not you buy the one with or without the cassette. Sorry, b that's way too much for a custom figure.

I won't deny these are high quality customs, nor will I deny how awesome they look. However, if I'm going to spend that price point on a figure, it's going to be an authentic release.

Sadly, we'll have to suffice for just borrowing the photos from the site where these two figures can be found for sale - HERE.

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