The Making of Masters of the Universe The Motion Picture
August 31, 2015


The gang that has done the Toy Masters: How He-Man & Mattel Conquered the Universe documentary have released a preview reel that features many of the interviews about the 1985 MOTU feature film.   They have released that 11 minute clip on YouTube and it’s a fascinating look at all of the challenges that the production faced:

Preview reel from a segment of the upcoming TOY MASTERS documentary. This section focuses on the making of the live action Masters of the Universe film.

If you live anywhere near the Los Angeles area you will want to check out the special MASTERING THE UNIVERSE: A HE-MAN & SHE-RA CELEBRATION presented by the American Cinematheque, Dammaged Goods and at the Egyptian Theater on Sept. 18 and 19th.  There you can see both the original MOTU live action movie and the West Coast premier of the Toy Masters documentary.   Click here for tickets and details.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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