The Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is a 2017 American feature-film documentary that chronicles the beginnings and blockbuster success of the ‘80s toy sensation He-Man.
Written and directed by Randall Lobb and Robert McCallum (Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), the documentary features Dolph Lundgren (Don’t Kill It; Shark Lake; Battle of the Damned), Frank Langella (The Ninth Gate; Brainscan; Dracula), Richard Edlund, J. Michael Straczynski, Alan Oppenheimer and many others.
“In the early 1980s, He-Man arrived on the scene and hit the world with a punch as powerful as the character himself. Designed in the wake of Conan the Barbarian and under the shadow of Star Wars, He-Man’s surprising popularity spawned a multi-billion dollar empire that included toys, comic books, cartoons, live-action movies and a literal sister spinoff show – She-Ra – and continues to appeal to a ravenous fan-base today.
Watch as artists, creators and collaborators dig deep, tell tales and share the surprising developments of an unlikely, unparalleled pop culture success in this Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Do you have the power?”
The documentary premiered on Netflix. Now, The Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is unleashed by High Octane Pictures on September 3, 2019, on DVD and Digital.
“It’s not quite as definitive as promised in the title, but for fans and those curious about how a non-Star Wars toy could conquer the industry in the 1980s, Lobb and McCallum have prepared a slick and stocked documentary to answer most questions, all the while conjuring a picture that does well riding the line between nostalgia and journalism.” Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
“Someone who hasn’t seen anything about He-Man before might enjoy this. The main advantage for me was getting to see the artwork, but I don’t know if that’s going to be enough for everyone. If you only have a passing interest in He-Man, I’d recommend watching The Toys That Made Us, instead. You get about the same detail at a third the time.” Brian Kuhl’s Blog
” …a detailed exploration of the vast, iconic brand that is as rewarding for long-time fans as it is for the casually nerdy. It is highly recommended for anyone who enjoyed the He-Man centric The Toys That Made Us episode but wanted to learn more.” John Atkin, HeMan World
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