Certainly a topic worthy of Halloweentime discussion is the Evil Horde Fright Zone play set from the Masters of the Universe line of toys. It’s a trap-filled stronghold of terror, you know. This was an extremely cool play set. Everybody wanted it but I was one of the kids that never got it. As usual, the neighbors down the street had it (along with the U.S.S. Flag Aircraft Carrier!). They seemed to get all the cool vehicles and play sets while I was left with about a fourth of the figures they had and my own imagination. I swear, every year I flipped through that phone book thick Sears holiday catalog, circled all the toys I wanted, show it off to my parents and was lucky to get one or two of those items! And it was never the “big stuff”!
Just look at this thing! I mean, it’s called the Fright Zone for crying out loud, so yeah, it’s pretty creepy and awesome. The Horde always kinda creeped me out anyway. Skeletor and his troops were bad yet goofballs but Hordak and the rest of the Horde came off as just pure evil. Hordak is an absolutely sinister looking toy. The Evil Horde was way weirder, freakier and scarier than any of the Evil Warriors.
I love the creepy, dying tree with the vultures sitting on the branches. The giant snake is just great too. Such an awesome idea that they basically made it a hand puppet for you or one of your friends to operate. Notice in the promo art below and the box art about that Skeletor is being made Hordak’s bitch. First he’s having to fight off a wicked tree and then he’s locked away in a cave! Poor Skeletor.