I am so glad that "He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special" will be released on DVD in time for the holidays! I still have my old VHS copy of the show that I recorded from television back in the 80s, and I still watch it every year.
Characters from the "He-Man" and "She-Ra" cartoons come together in this special holiday episode. Adora has returned to Eternia to celebrate Christmas with her parents and her twin brother, Adam. She's also brought a bunch of friends from Etheria with her to join in the fun. The holiday celebrations turn sour when Orko is playing in one of Man-at-Arms' new defensive devices, a Sky Spy. Poor Orko inadvertently launches the ship, and he ends up taking a trip into space and landing on a mysterious planet called Earth. Orko meets two children, Alishia and Miguel, who are lost in the woods. They join Orko in the Sky Spy to get out of the cold just as Man-at-Arms figures out how to bring the ship back to Eternia...with Orko and the kids in tow.
Of course, Christmas with He-Man and She-Ra wouldn't be complete without everyone's favorite villains. Skeletor and Hordak are commissioned by their boss, Horde Prime, to kidnap the children and deliver them to him...Horde Prime believes that they are the source of the "disgusting Christmas spirit" that is polluting his universe, and he is determined to get rid of them! Skeletor and Hordak compete against each other to see who can kidnap the children first. Alishia and Miguel end up spending a good portion of time with Skeletor, and in my opinion, that's the best part of the show. We get to witness the evil Skeletor become attached to these two kids and their Manchine puppy, Relay. It's hilarious!
In the end, Skeletor becomes filled with the Christmas spirit, and he saves the children from what would have been certain doom at the hands of Horde Prime. The kids get to enjoy Christmas and are eventually returned to their Earthen parents safe and sound.
Overall, this Christmas special is one of my favorite parts of the "He-Man" and "She-Ra" series. All of our favorite characters are together in one place, which is a lot of fun. There are also plenty of new characters, including the Manchines, who are a bunch of little robotic people and animals. Even though we get to see a lot of He-Man and She-Ra in this episode, Skeletor is the real star of the show...I crack up every time I see him get all sentimental on the screen!
I'm thrilled that this DVD is finally being released. Now that the "He-Man" series has slowly started to trickle out on DVD, hopefully "She-Ra" won't be far behind!