Castle Grayskull. Home of Prince Adam and his scantily clad alter ego.
A green castle, shaped like a gigantic skull, including a lower jaw that functions as a drawbridge.
When I was little, I didn’t know anything about real estate. In fact, I still have no clue today! One thing I did know however: you had to be a real baller to get away with such a monstrosity.
Well, He-Man happened to be that guy.
For a man that can rock Uma Thurman’s Reservoir Dogs haircut, an S&M harness, fluffy undies and Ugg boots and still carry the title of “Strongest Man of the Universe”, I have nothing but respect.
He-Man was everything young boys wanted to be in the 80’s. Especially kids with the strength of a melting Mars bar. Kids like me.
Even though I’d never possess such power as He-Man, I could still pretend to. In every toy store you could find action figures resembling the man himself and his equally muscular gang of mutated friends. Action figures. Not dolls. I owned a lot of those plastic bad boys.
Of course I wanted a replica of Castle Grayskull as well. I mean, my own He-Man action figure and all of his friends had to live in an appropriate place, right?
I couldn’t leave them out there with my ordinary toys!
Unfortunately the toy version of the castle cost as much as a small family car back in the day, so I didn’t get one.
However, my dad decided to build me a Castle Grayskull from paper-maché, including lower-jaw-drawbridge!
This immediately catapulted me to the top of the elementary school food chain: my dad was the king of homemade castles, which made me a prince. Needless to say, my school days have never been more awesome than they were back then.
I still have the castle today and, whenever I look at it, I feel I have the Power!