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MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. Every time I think about the 80s, I think about Eternia. Then I get pissed off when I think about the fact that most of my childhood possessions were sold off in the wake of my parents' divorce. My large, and exceptionally well-kept collections of STAR WARS, G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS, and yes, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE toys all entered the secondary market around 1988, and have no doubt put money in the hands of numerous toy dealers over the past two decades. Sorry to start this post on a "downer" note, but even though I was about 12 and had begun to "grow out of" certain things, I was never afforded the luxury of having my stuff boxed up and stashed in an attic for me to rediscover as an adult. I'll never get over that, but I have the memories to share with my daughters, and the DVD collections to relive a little of that magic. During the holiday season HE-MAN AND SHE-RA: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL is a part of that.

I've actually mentioned the HE-MAN Christmas Special here on the site once before, but it's this year that it's really taken hold here. On Thanksgiving night, we stopped by my sister's house, and my four-year-old was enthralled with an episode of SHE-RA: PRINCESS OF POWER that was being played on DVD. While I'd showed her some of that before, she was too young to dig it. Not anymore, and that locks this 80s gem in at Day four in my annual 25 Days of Xmas here on The Rock Father.


hemanxmasThe holiday season comes to the magical worlds of Eternia and Etheria in the He-man & She-Ra Christmas Special! When Orko accidentally wind up on Earth during the Christmas winter, he befriends two children share stories of the goodwill and merriment that the holidays embrace. When they finally return to Eternia, the holiday spirit is spread amongst the entire Royal Palace, but the overflowing goodwill attracts the unwelcome attention of Horde Prime and Skeletor. Will the combined power of He-Man, She-Ra and the spirit of Christmas be enough to stop them?

Available now on DVD from Best Buy and Walmart. And... did you know you can get a HE-MAN and SHE-RA "faux" Christmas Sweater? Sure can over at 80sTees...


25 Days of Xmas is a yearly extension of my Holiday Coverage here on The Rock Father, which also includes my daily Holiday Gift Guide and Seasonal Cheer section, and the 2013 Master List of Great Gift Ideas. For 25 Days of Xmas, I give a rundown of 25 Pop Culture items that can help make your season bright.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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