Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man

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Battle the evil Skeletor and save castle Grayskull!

Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-ManGraphics: 5
Sound: 4
Replay Value: 2
Notes: 1-player game; first Mattel game with designer credits on the box
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A tie-in to its own wildly successful toy line (at the time), Masters of the Universe: The Power of He‑Man was the first (and only?) game to tout the new "SuperGraphics" technology on the box. The graphics are quite nice–this game is an audio and visual treat. However, the gameplay is repetitive and not terribly interesting in the long haul. First, you fly your Wind Raider (a.k.a. landspeeder, for lack of a better term) to get to Castle Grayskull. Along the way, you dodge and shoot fireballs that are flying through the air, and drop bombs to capture Skeletor, your arch-nemesis. Once you reach the castle, you dodge more fireballs thrown your way by Skeletor, and duel him in an automated sword fight. Eventually, he runs away. Repeat this twice more with different backgrounds, then repeat, starting over at the landspeeder stage. Best Score: 495050 [Game 1]




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, four variations have been found.
Manual Four variants have been identified.
Overlays Two different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, four labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of four Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Box (Mattel Electronics 4689-0210 (L001)) Mattel Electronics 4689-0210 (L001) 1983   Origin is not printed on box, but generic copyright info printed on back; opens on bottom flap—not a book-style box; has barcode on back; game credits on back; has NEW! SuperGraphics banner blurb on front; has what appears to be a manufacturing year/month/date on small flap on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 4689-0210 (L003) 1983 Singapore Copyright info printed on back; opens on bottom flap—not a book-style box; has barcode on back; game credits on back; has NEW! SuperGraphics banner blurb on front; has what appears to be a manufacturing year/month/date on small flap on bottom
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Box (Intellivision Inc. 4689-0210) Intellivision Inc. 4689-0210 1983 Singapore Standard Intellivision, Inc. box; bottom flap has full Mattel part number; also has © 1983 Mattel on back for licensing of the He-Man property; developer credits removed
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Box (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A None Brazil Digiplay logo on box; no part number or copyright apparent; trayless pocket; manual and overlays in separate slots

Masters of the Universe was one of the few games from Mattel to credit people who worked on the game right on the box. The Intellivision, Inc. version of the box removed this information and removed the UPC code from the back of the box.

Mattel Electronics Box - Back

Back of Mattel Box
Includes developer credits and UPC

Intellivision Inc. Box - Back

Back of Intellivision, Inc. Box
Developer credits and UPC removed

I stumbled on this accidentally when doing inventory. Great. More crap to watch for! Well, here's the scoop. The only difference I've seen in the Mattel versions of the He-Man box is in the manufacturing info on the back. The question, then, is: Does a 'L002' version exist?

Multiple 'Made In' Nations (rev. L001?)

Multiple possible manufacturing locations shown - rev. L001?

'Made In Singapore' Version (rev. L003?)

Made in Singapore version - rev. L003?





A total of four Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Manual (Mattel Electronics 4689-0920 (L001)) Mattel Electronics 4689-0920 (L001) 1983 U.S.A. Not sure if the (L001) on the manual is meaningful or not; also comes with comic book; also found a copy of this manual in a PlayCable set, though it's amazingly unlikely this was ever the case, since it was much more game than the unit could handle
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 4689 RC 721 1983 France Appears to be a locally produced translation from the French office; discovered by scalpel
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Manual (Intellivision Inc. 4689-0920) Intellivision Inc. 4689-0920 1983 U.S.A. Accordion-style folding; has © 1983 Mattel, Inc. for the He-Man property—ironic, eh?
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Manual (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A None Brazil Digiplay edition; no part number or copyright apparent

Supplemental Materials

The following supplemental materials have been found for Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Additional Materials (Mattel Electronics 0152-0170) Mattel Electronics 0152-0170 1981 U.S.A. King of Castle Grayskull comic book; the Intellivision, Inc. release did not include the comic book; wether the Digiplay release did is presently unknown




A total of two Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Overlay (Mattel Electronics 4689-4289) Mattel Electronics 4689-4289 1983 U.S.A.  
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Overlay (Digiplay 4689-4289) Digiplay 4689-4289 None   Some Digiplay copies include this version, which has the copyright removed; image courtesy of Hankster




A total of four Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1983 Singapore Origin lower center; © M.E.I. 1983 lower left; ™ lower right; small label, rounded corners
Image not available. Intellivision Inc. N/A 1983 Singapore Origin lower right; © MATTEL INC 1983 upper left; ™ small, upper right of second line of title; smaller label, rounded corners
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A None   No origin or date info; larger label, square corners; large bold font for game title; has © symbol to right of game, then MATTEL INC. in lower right—must be how they indicated the Mattel license
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Label (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A 1983   No origin; © M.E.I. 1983 lower left, centered beneath the MOTU logo; ™ lower right




Title Screen Nice rendition of the MOTU logo—the theme from the cartoons plays as well.
Wind Raider - Get that Skeletor! In the first phase, you travel in the Wind Raider, trying to reach the castle.
Foothills near Castle Grayskull Now, Skeletor tries to stop you from reaching the castle.
Gardens of Castle Grayskull ...and tries...
Into Castle Grayskull! ...and fails!
Battle in the Throne Room! Too bad the final swordfight is automated. The sound effects are really cool, as are the shimmering fireball graphics.




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