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Rodimus


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What I didn't understand, back in the day, was why the Horde were sold as He-Man figures, but were the villains in the She-Ra show. Shouldn't they be She-Ra figures? I've wondered about this for a long time.




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Reverend Meteor


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    What I didn't understand, back in the day, was why the Horde were sold as He-Man figures, but were the villains in the She-Ra show. Shouldn't they be She-Ra figures? I've wondered about this for a long time.


I had a whole thing prepared where I was going to say no 80's father was going to buy his son She-Ra figures. But after looking into I believe the real answer is that the Horde were originally intended to be He-Man characters (they had already been designed) but Filmation the animated studio behind He-Man was wrapping up He-Man and preparing the She-Ra spinoff...so they just made the Horde the She-Ra villains.


So that toyline probably introduced the characters before the decision to make them She-Ra characters.



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Superman's Pal

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I thought the explanation was that the She-Ra line didn't have any villains of its own so they stole the Horde from He-Man to use on the She-Ra show.



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    Quote:
    I thought the explanation was that the She-Ra line didn't have any villains of its own so they stole the Horde from He-Man to use on the She-Ra show.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfKW5oYViM0



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    Quote:
    I had a whole thing prepared where I was going to say no 80's father was going to buy his son She-Ra figures. But after looking into I believe the real answer is that the Horde were originally intended to be He-Man characters (they had already been designed) but Filmation the animated studio behind He-Man was wrapping up He-Man and preparing the She-Ra spinoff...so they just made the Horde the She-Ra villains.


I find it odd the She-Ra spinoff was even made at all, given the premise that He-Man and friends were created specifically to sell toys. Did they think boys would buy She-Ra toys? Did they think girls would buy She-Ra toys? Did She-Ra toys get made at all? Yes they did, I can answer after googling. See pic. They sure don't seem to be targeted at boys.






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Grey Gargoyle


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The kids would be tempted to watch the Princess of Power cartoon if it was sold as a spin-off character of He-Man.

Since there wasn't a MotU show anymore, the Horde villains were recycled as She-Ra villains instead.

If you compare the toys, you'll notice that the Princess of Power dolls are not exactly the same size that the MotU figures. It is especially obvious when Teela is compared to any of the Princess of Power female figures.

You'll also notice that the settings of the She-Ra cartoon are much darker than the packaging of the She-Ra dolls.

Also, She-Ra had one villain from the start : Catra.
In the toyline, she isn't Horde member and she is the archenemy of She-Ra.

So, I think that Mattel, after creating the Princess of Power toyline, decided to turn it into a spin-off of He-Man when they made the packaging. That's why the Princess of Power was named She-Ra.

Then, they agreed with the cartoon producers to make a She-Ra cartoon with the Horde as the main villains.

Thus, He-Man fans would continue to buy the Horde figures and they could watch the villains on the She-Ra cartoon.


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