They have the power: Superstars share "Masters of the Universe" memories

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November 02, 2012

Sheamus

Sheamus and Stratos

Long before he began amassing accolades in WWE, former World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus was an avid action figure collector drawn to Mattel’s Masters of the Universe franchise at an early age.

“I was a huge Masters of the Universe fan,” the Irishman said. “I think the first [MOTU] figure I had was Beast Man, and I remember the back of the Mattel packaging had pictures of all of the toys available at the time. I hung that up on the bulletin board and marked off what I wanted for Christmas.”

Sheamus continued, “I remember Stratos being the hardest action figure to get, and I just couldn’t find it anywhere. My parents eventually ended up getting me Zodak instead because, I guess, they couldn’t tell the difference.”

At the time, Sheamus could hardly fathom that he would not only have his own Mattel action figure one day, but also that he would be rendered in plastic multiple times over by the Masters of the Universe toymakers.

“I remember seeing the Mattel WWE action figures for the first time and thinking, ‘Wow, this is amazing,’ ” The Celtic Warrior explained. “There’s so much thought and detail put into them, and I thought it would be so cool to have one of my own. Now, there are so many variations of Sheamus it’s crazy. I literally have to pinch myself sometimes.”

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