One of the best things about getting new He-Man toys as a kid was the box art. The toys were of course amazing and fun, but personally I spent almost as much time staring at the boxes as playing with the toys. I remember being pretty heartbroken when my mother made me throw away my Castle Grayskull and Battle Ram boxes. She saw them as clutter, but for me they were almost stories in and of themselves. You could see whole adventures unfolding in a single painted scene.
Unfortunately, good photographs or scans of the original art are not available for every piece. If you happen to have a nicer images than I do (higher resolution, better composition, etc), please do feel free to share, and I’ll make an update! For pictures of the packaging itself, a neutral (white or black) background is preferred. High resolution scans of the artwork, where it appears without logos, would be ideal. Bottom line – if you have better images than I do, please share them!
One final note: I’m defining box art as the front-facing painted artwork that appeared on boxed Masters of the Universe toys. The illustrations on blister card packaging, then, are outside the scope of this series.
Part Seven: 1988
Artist: William George
Description: Megator wreaks havoc, smashing down castle walls as villagers flee in terror. He-Ro faces him boldly, magical staff at the ready. An archer woman, possibly tribal chieftess Sharella, runs toward Megator’s left flank.
Artist: William George
Description: In a scene framed by medieval-looking castles, Tytus lifts King Hiss off the ground using his body snatcher weapon. He-Ro rushes into battle against Snake Face, Tung Lashor and Sssqueeze.
More articles in this series:
- Part One: 1982 | Part Two: 1983 | Part Three: 1984 | Part Four: 1985
- Part Five: 1986 | Part Six: 1987 | Part Seven: 1988
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8 thoughts on “Box Art From A-Z, Part Seven: 1988”
Again, I must have missed these…or more sadly, was not playing with the toys in 1988. Great to see these toys. They look awesome!!
These were only released in Europe, although originally they were intended for broad release. By 1988 the line was dead in the US. Most American fans didn’t find out about Tytus and Megator until years later!
They are awesome and I’m sure they are a pretty penny nowadays
Yes, very very expensive!
Yikes!! Thank you for posting this. I love learning new things about toys!!
You can find images of the only known English version of Tytus’ packaging at http://20thcenturytoycollector.com/posts/2010/01/23/tytus-boxed-prototype-goes-for-7600/
Ah, thanks very much Matthew – I didn’t know that existed!
Interesting that despite being part of ‘The Powers of Grayskull’ sub-line, the two giants never featured that information on the packs..
it’s a shame they seamed to rush that sub-line into production with soo little of it released