Fresh off Star Wars, which taught the corporate world how to overmarket any property to kids, the 1980s was one of the greatest decades ever when it came to toys — and toy commercials. Originally shown at the Mattel Booth at Comic Con last year, this is believed to be the very first He-Man and The Masters of the Universe toy commercial that originally aired back in 1981 or 1982.
Toy commercials have certainly evolved since this ad — adults rarely appear in kid-targeted spots anymore — but this kind of set the tone for the next couple of decades of advertising to kids. And if you were a fan of the He-Man cartoon, you’ll love the fluid expressive animation in this commercial that pre-dates the often stilted and lazy animation in the series. [YouTube via AICN]