Christmas Special - Group Hug

Your Christmas list appeared to us in a vision, and after a farcical quest to locate your most coveted gift, we found something just as good. That’s right: This week, we’re reviewing He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special, also known as the animated 1985 Sears catalogue.

Broadcast only once (on Christmas of that year), this ambitious – occasionally chaotic – film tells the story of how two mewling Earth children introduce the Christmas spirit to Eternia and Etheria. Sensing a disturbance in the land, Horde Prime summons Hordak and Skeletor to capture the obnoxious brats, while the Masters of the Universe search for a way to bring them home.

Witness a dizzying princess cavalcade, an assembly line of robots, and party planning from the entire MOTU toy line. Then delight at Skeletor’s new robotic puppy. And, yes, there is singing. It’s … really something.

We invite you to join us for all the Christmas action. We’ll discuss Marlena’s forgetfulness, the not-okay reveal of a big secret, questionable casting decisions, and even some alien abductions.

Special Segment:
But that’s not all! Throughout the episode, we’ll check in with the White Elephant Gift Exchange at Castle Grayskull. Make sure you stick around until the very end of the episode for resolution to this gripping drama.

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Show Notes:

0:00:00 – Episode Start
0:00:35 – Introduction and Episode Setup
0:03:05 – Princess Roll Call
0:03:41 – Hot Toys of Yester-Times
0:10:04 – Christmas Specials
0:11:38 – White Elephant (Scene 1 – Welcome)
0:13:31 – All the Toys Plan a Party
0:16:40 – Helping Duncan with Dude Stuff
0:17:35 – Supervision Needed
0:18:47 – Skeletor’s Crew
0:20:39 – White Elephant (Scene 2 – An Enemy Made)
0:22:16 – Earth Children, Very Obnoxious
0:23:32 – Alien Abduction
0:24:52 – Orko’s Christmas Lessons
0:26:34 – A Very Big Deal
0:26:55 – Connie Britton, Queen of the TV Screen
0:27:57 – Talkin’ Connie (the Next Marlena)
0:28:49 – The Beast Mon-stair
0:29:43 – White Elephant (Scene 3 – Developments)
0:31:07 – Stupendously Packed with Proper Nouns
0:32:56 – JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS
0:34:39 – An Unecessary Complication
0:36:04 – New Visitors
0:37:09 – Skeletor’s Employment
0:38:01 – An Insane Lark in Etheria
0:39:23 – Princess Songs and Unecessary Confession
0:41:42 – White Elephant (Scene 4 – Confrontation)
0:45:17 – Perfuma is a Lot
0:46:34 – Peekablue Too
0:47:52 – Transformers in Prion
0:50:37 – Skeletor-Napped
0:51:06 – Skeletor’s Christmas Mood
0:54:26 – The Showdown
0:56:19 – White Elephant (Scene 5 – Redemption)
0:56:54 – Palace Party and a Ride Back to Earth
0:59:36 – Scott Yawned!
1:01:00 – Ratings
1:03:54 – Closing Thoughts
1:05:41 – White Elephant (Epilogue)
1:05:57 – Episode End