Like many people who were young boys in the early 80s (as well as some young girls, and even possibly some odd men and women who weren’t young at the time), I used to have He-Man’s Castle Grayskull. As a child, there were many things I didn’t question about the toy that perhaps I should have. Looking back on it right now, there is at least one thing that strikes me as weird.
Let’s take a look:
What’s odd about this? Well, look at that trap door in the throne room. When the throne is moved, the trap door opens.
First of all, Castle Grayskull is supposed to be the home of the good guys. Do the good guys usually resort to tricks like trap doors? As I remember, He-Man usually faced enemies bravely without tricks. I don’t remember him ever resorting to something like a trap door, particularly in his own house. So…why is it there?
Second, why does the trap door apparently let out in the antechamber of the castle instead of in a dungeon or something. Ha ha, evildoer, you’ve fallen for my trick and through the trap door! Now you gotta…climb back up the same ladder you did a moment ago. Yeah, sorry about that…for some reason we never built stairs and have to use that ladder.
Last, why would they have made the trap door to be triggered by movement of the throne? Isn’t that an odd way to trigger a trap door? Oh, you have me trapped in my own home, evildoer. Before I respond to your threat, let me just shift my throne so it no longer faces you real quick…
Granted, this was a toy and was made a while ago. I’m sure it isn’t supposed to stand up under scrutiny and I’m not supposed to subject it to such. Regardless, this seems kind of odd to me now. I can’t help but wonder about it, however much it’s pointless for me to do so.