Netflix is finally about to release Kevin Smith is animated He-man series, and that’s largely the revival you’d expect – including the virtually mandatory toys. Masters of the universe: revelation is now slated to premiere on July 23, and it will deliver a refreshed look that preserves the style of the 1980s show while delivering a more “grounded and real” aesthetic. This is indeed the show that you saw in your head as a kid.
Smith was also not joking when he spoke of Revelation pick up where the original series left off, though it won’t be just a continuation. It starts with a climactic fight that leaves the Guardians of Grayskull scattered to the winds, and the creators promise characters like He-Man, Teela, and Orko will change over time. The show has grown quite a bit over the years, in other words.
The cast is unsurprisingly well known. Super girlChris Wood plays He-Man. You can also expect BuffySarah Michelle Gellar as Teela, Game of thrones‘Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn and Mark Hamill as Skeletor. And yes, the producers managed to chain an original actor. Alan Oppenheimer, who voiced Skeletor and other characters from the first series, returns as Moss Man.
Mattel’s action figures, due June 15, also reflect this mix of old and new. The basic designs in the Masterverse Collection will be more than a little familiar if you played with the original toys as a kid, but they’ll both match the updated graphics and sport a much more advanced 30-point articulation. While pricing weren’t available at the time of writing, there will be a “core assortment” of seven-inch figures that will include He-Man, Skeletor, Moss Man, and Evil-Lyn. A nine-inch Skelegod promises to be intimidating, and a 14-inch Ultimate Battle Cat transforms into a Cringer when you remove the armor.
We still don’t know if Revelation will be a success. She-Ra did well for Netflix, however, and the ingredients are there between respecting the original and the talent involved. The figurine link might also help. Although Netflix has had figurines before, they usually arrived in response to a hot show rather than debuting on the side.
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