Friday, February 5, 2016

Cosplay Friday: Tula

I have opined about some of my favorite fantasy series this week, but so far have overlooked Pirates of Dark Water. we stop doing that today with this look at a great cosplay of Tula, the ecomancer that served as an ally to lead character Ren. If anyone knows the cosplayer, please let me know.

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff from!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Great Art: Evil Horde by Earl Norem

The late, great Earl Norem was a master artist. He could take even silly toy designs and make some amazing paintings out of them. Here is his display of the earliest incarnation of the Evil Horde, villains of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power, as well as particular favorites of yours truly. That Hordak is just plain amazing.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cool Stuff: Hurricane Hordak

I have already talked about my love for Hordak in a Best Character Ever, but today I have to focus on my plastic representation of the Evil Horde's leader.

The Masters of the Universe Classics line has been issuing amazing figures for several years now, but up until this year, I never actually set out to buy any of them. Hurricane Hordak was me finally changing that.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Great Art: Thundarr the Barbarian by Matt Smith

Before He-Man, there was Thundarr. Ookla the Mok was my preferred Chewie as a kid, while I am pretty sure four year old Nick had something of a crush on Ariel. But I loved the concept of the dark future that pervaded Thundarr the Barbarian and the mix of technology, magic and fantasy that made the show unique on Saturday morning. The formula would be turned a bit more kid friendly in multiple toy franchises over the years, but Thundarr always held a special place in my heart.

This piece by artist Matt Smith is from the Toth Tribute Site, dedicated to Alex Toth who did tons of design work for Thundarr and dozens of other classic cartoons.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Great Art: Masters of the Universe by Esteban Maroto

I'm not a hardcore Masters of the Universe fan, but I did grow up with the property, even if it paled in my view next to G.I. Joe, Transformers, M.A.S.K. or Spiral Zone. But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy some of the great art that was produced throughout the 80s for the characters. This later era piece featured several less well-known villains as they come after He-Man and is by the amazingly talented Esteban Maroto.