Nerdery, Toys

By the Power of Grayskull…And Fake Action Figure Ads


The winner of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe 30th Anniversary Create-A-Character Contest for his Castle Grayskull Man, toy designer Daniel Benedict just posted the above toy commercial to his YouTube page. Since it features a Stan Bush-esque rock song and deliberate AV degrading, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was a genuine video relic from the Where’s the Beef? era. More than just a homage to the 1980s, this spot exists to show off a customized version of Benedict’s creation from toy sculptor Joe Amaro. The resulting “Warlords of the Universe” figure (known as a Castle Warrior to you army-building fans out there) would make a proud addition to anyone’s custom toy collection…if you can actually score one of the Castle Grayskull Men when MattyCollector puts them up for sale on Thursday. Good luck with that.

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Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.