Wiki Grayskull

King D'Vann Grayskull (aka D'Vann Grayskull[1] or King Grayskull) was a character first introduced in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. He was planetary monarch of Eternia and ancestor of King Randor and Prince Adam


He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002)

King Grayskull with his wife.

Castle Grayskull was once home to King Grayskull, an ancestor of Prince Adam. King Grayskull waged battle against threats to Eternia such as the Snake Men and The Horde, commanded by the tyrannical Hordak. During his lifetime, King Grayskull ruled with wisdom and compassion, alongside his wife, Veena. King Grayskull rode a powerful steed named Battle Lion.

During a climactic battle outside of Castle Grayskull, Hordak attempted to open a portal to Despondos to destroy his hated enemy. King Grayskull, summoning all of his strength, turned the portal on Hordak and his army, casting them into the void around Grayskull and trapping them in the dimension of Despondos and sacrificing his life to keep Eternia safe.

Upon his death, King Grayskull transferred his mystical energies into his Power Sword which later formed the basis for He-Man's power, thus the transformation cry "By the power of Grayskull!". Veena became the first Sorceress and his advisers became the Council of Elders. [2]

Masters of the Universe Classics (2008)

The Masters of the Universe Classics King Grayskull figure included a short character biography in the Classics continuity, blending elements from the 2002 series as well as other sources:

Long before Prince Adam™ held the Sword of Power™ to become He-Man®, his ancestor, King Grayskull™ defended Eternia™ from evil. Heroically mastering the secret power of his sword, Grayskull™ fought side-by-side with the cosmic warrior He-Ro against both the evil Hordak and King Hssss™. Although Grayskull™ eventually fell before Hordak’s magic, he was able to preserve his powers inside the sword, so that one day his descendants could reclaim the power and call upon Grayskull's name whenever evil threatens the peace of Eternia. To this day, Grayskull's spirit remains hidden away deep inside the castle which will forever bear his name.

Action Figure

At the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con, Mattel offered an exclusive King Grayskull figure, due to fan requests. However, as the figure served to launch Mattel's new Masters of the Universe Classics collector toyline, he is depicted more in the style of the other forthcoming Classics figures rather than that of the 2002 toyline, resulting in more standardized body proportions than his enormous cartoon physique, although it is still slightly taller than the 2002 He-Man figure. Furthermore, his Power Sword accessory uses the design from the original 1980s version of MOTU (in which his character did not exist) rather than the larger, more mechanized 2002 design. He does, however, feature the correct "asterix/letter-H" chest emblem rather than the classic Maltese cross.

The figure was packaged in an elaborate box which can be unfolded to create a simplified cardboard playset of Castle Grayskull, with the figure included behind the drawbridge which, when opened, triggers a strobe to simulate lightning and a sound recording of the famous catchphrase "I have the power".

King Grayskull's production run included a chase variant of the figure cast in a uniform bronze color to emulate the statue which Prince Adam first viewed. An additional ultra-rare "Spirit of Grayskull" variant in translucent blue was given as gift to Mattel's team that worked on the new toyline, with only two copies available to the general public: one was raffled at San Diego Comic-Con, the other will be auctioned to raise money for children affected by AIDS through the Dream Halloween charity event.[3]

Behind the Scenes

  • The design for King Grayskull was actually an early design for the 2002 He-Man figure, which ultimately went unused. The producers of the Mike Young Productions animated series liked the design so much that they decided to create an episode around the figure, leading to him becoming He-Man's ancestor. [4]
  • Cam Clarke's voice was pitched down slightly in order to make King Grayskull sound more mature than He-Man. [5]
  • *An action figure of King Grayskull was released as one of the first figures in the Masters of the Universe Classics line in 2008 as a San Diego Comic Con exclusive and was also available in a limited bronze 'statue' variant. Two more variants followed: a redesigned version in 2010 and a glow in the dark Spirit of King Grayskull in 2015.

Appearances

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002 Series)

Season Two

References

  1. page 392 of volume 1 of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium by Dark Horse Comics, published 23 May 2017.
    Before he died, he deemed his friend D'Vann Grayskull worthy of wielding the Sword of He. He-Ro's spirit later revealed to He-Man and She-Ra that his son married King Grayskull and Veena's daughter, thus making He-Ro the twins' ancestor.
  2. The Power of Grayskull
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  4. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Season 2, Disc 3, The Power of Grayskull DVD Commentary
  5. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Season 2, Disc 3, The Power of Grayskull DVD Commentary