On May 25th a select few gather to celebrate Geek Pride Day. That’s right people; this is the day to let your geek flag fly! May 25th was chosen to be Geek Pride Day in commemoration of the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Myself and Merman Ryan are self-admitted Geeks and we love it! One thing we both share is joyful childhood memories of a certain cartoon mermaid from a planet called Etheria. To help spread the Geek Love Merman Ryan has provided us with a little history and lore of She-Ra The Princess of Power and her watery friend known as Mermista.
” I was not too keen on the exploits of Ariel as a lad. However there was one animated mermaid that got my attention: Mermista from She-Ra: Princess of Power.
One of the first things I was every into as a kid was He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. I had He-Man, Skeletor, Castle Greyskull, Snake Mountain and so on. I loved the mix of science fiction and fantasy that continued the epic adventures each week through the Filmation cartoon, comics and action figures. Then came the spin off series She-Ra: Princess of Power (also by Filmation). We saw He-Man’s sister fighting off a new villain named Hordak on another realm. Much like He-Man, She-Ra would be joined by many in her fight against evil……including a mermaid.
Mermista came from city the Salineas lead by her father King Mercier. However King Mercier wants nothing to do with the Horde and decides to stay out of the war between the people of Etheria. However Mermista realized that the Horde would eventually stop to no end to conquer the planet and the universe completely. So Mermista joins the ranks of She-Ra and the Great Rebellion. Mermista’s powers included the ability to go from land to sea (being able to go from legs to fins), control over water and the ability to communicate with sea based animals. Mermista appeared in 4 episodes of the series including Flowers for Hordak, Wild Child, The Pearl and Sweet Bee’s home. She also made an appearance in the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special.
Mermista did receive a toy from Mattel in 1986. The She-Ra toy line was focused more for girls so it did have more tendencies of a girl’s toy line of the time. Mermista was still able to transform from legs to fins much like her cartoon counterpart and also included various accessories. She could also be featured and used in the Crystal Falls play set.
When the 80’s and the Masters of the Universe brand started to wind down, Mattel tried to re-launch the brand through a live action film and a spin off series called The New Adventures of He-Man however neither took off. Mattel again brought Masters of the Universe brand returned to Cartoon Network in the early 2000’s but again didn’t take off.
However in 2008 Mattel created a new collector’s themed toy line called Masters of the Universe Classics. With the help of toy designers the Four Horsemen and Matty Collector He-Man was given new life but not just He-Man and the Masters of the Universe but New Adventures, concept characters and She-Ra would be included. While we have had many characters so far Mermista has not made the cut but Masters of the Universe will not only have an Adult Collector’s line, a new comic books series, and a new live action movie in the works, my favorite mermaid might have another chance to appeal to a whole new generation. “
Keep your Fins crossed, Merfolk, I am sure there are several of us out there who would like to see Mermista and the rest of the cast of She-Ra and He-Man return to the mainstream world! This year in Torrance, California is Power-Con. A fan convention in honor of She-Ra, He-Man, TMNT, and Thunder Cats that is held in September. Both Merman Ryan and I are looking into attending this year’s Power-Con, it will be my first Convention! If any of you would like more info on Power-Con please visit their website at http://www.thepower-con.com/
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