Last Updated: 9/13/2013
Karl Aaronian is the current VP of Playmates. In the ’80s, he was Playmate’s VP of Boys Toys and helped oversee the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line.
Rich Arons was an animator on Filmation’s She-Ra Princess of Power.
Martin Arriola is a designer with Mattel who worked on the Masters of the Universe toyline during most of its run. This includes the original run, New Adventures of He-Man, 2002, and Classics. Still an employee of the company, he has designed and developed products for Mattel for the past 31 years.
Brandon Auman is the story editor for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon on Nickelodeon.
Nate Baertsch is a talented artist who has contributed He-Man and She-Ra illustrations to the MVCreations Masters of the Universe comic book series, the 30th anniversary He-Man series DVD collector set, and the popular indie magazine cereal:geek. He is also working with the Four Horsemen on a series of He-Man collectibles from Icon Heroes such as the recently released Castle Grayskull Polystone Environment.
Mike Barbato is a Mattel engineer who worked on many vintage Masters of the Universe products.
Adrian Barrios was a storyboard artist on the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series from 4Kids.
Kenny Byerly is a writer on the new TMNT comic from IDW and wrote for the first season of the new TMNT cartoon on Nickelodeon.
J. LARRY CARROLL
J. Larry Carroll is a popular television writer who worked on all of the properties represented here at Power-Con! He penned episodes for both Filmation’s He-Man and She-Ra, the New Adventures of He-Man, the original Thundercats, and the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series.
BRYNNE STEPHENS CHANDLER
Brynne Stephens Chandler is a writer who worked on Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power as well as the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. You will recognize her from such episodes as “The Starchild”, “Daimar the Demon”, “The Caregiver”, “April’s Fool”, “Splinter No More”, and “Enter: The Fly”.
Howard Chang is a toy designer who worked on concepts for the ’80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toy line, many that went into production.
Greg Cipes is a popular voice actor who currently portrays Michelangelo on the brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series on Nickelodeon.
Cam Clarke is a talented voice actor who is known to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans as the original voice of both Leonardo and Rocksteady, and to Masters of the Universe fans as the voice of He-Man and Prince Adam in the 2002 He-Man series that ran on Cartoon Network.
Mr. Coleman is a popular voice actor famously known for his portrayal of Michelangelo on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. In addition to Mikey, his voice also brought various other Turtles characters alive such as the Rat King, Usagi Tojimbo, and Rahzar.
Tom Cook was an animator on Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power.
Rob David is the Franchise Creative Head Writer at Mattel and works on non-collector touchpionts for Masters of the Universe.
SHANNON ERIC DENTON
Shannon Eric Denton was a storyboard artist on the 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series from Mike Young Productions that aired on Cartoon Network and the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. He also did early character development work for Warner Bros. on the current ThunderCats series.
Larry DiTillio is an acclaimed writer for Filmation’s He-Man and She-Ra and the Mike Young Productions He-Man series. He was behind the naming of She-Ra, as well as the development of her origin, and also created many fan-favorite characters such as Granamyr and Shokoti.
Brian Dobson is a voice actor with over 16 years of experience who used his talents to bring Skeletor, Keldor, King Hiss, Buzz-Off, and Webstor to life in the Mike Young Productions’ He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series that ran on Cartoon Network.
MICHAEL DONOVAN – Appearance Canceled
Michael Donovan is a talented voice actor who brought King Randor, Count Marzo, Tung Lashor, and Roboto to life in the 2002 Mike Young Productions He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series that aired on Cartoon Network while also serving as the Voice Director for the series. As an interesting twist, he also voiced General Nifel in Jetlag’s New Adventures of He-Man along with other additional voices.
Brandon Easton was a writer on the brand new ThunderCats series that just finished its run on Cartoon Network.
James “Busta Toons” Eatock publishes cereal:geek magazine and is the author of the Unofficial He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Cartoon Guide and the upcoming Unofficial She-Ra Cartoon Guide. Mr. Eatock also contributed to and worked on various official DVD releases of He-Man and She-Ra by providing series information/knowledge and commentary.
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Mark Ellis was the Director of Marketing for Male Action Toys, Games, and Novelties at Mattel during the original run of the Masters of the Universe toy line.
Joe Ferencz is the Franchise Business Development Manager at Mattel and works on non-collector touchpionts for Masters of the Universe.
CHELSEA FIELD – Appearance Canceled
Chelsea Field is known to He-Man fans for her portrayal of Teela in the 1987 live action Masters of the Universe motion picture. Ms. Fields has also appeared in countless television series including NCIS, Without A Trace, Cold Case, and Tales from the Crypt. Appearance is subject to her availability.
Lynell Forestall was a storyboard artist on the 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series from Mike Young Productions. During the show’s run, he transitioned in to character design. You will notice his artistry on such characters as Evilseed, Count Marzo, and Veena to name a few!
Gerald Forton is an artist who worked on the Masters of the Universe newspaper comic strips and such mini-comics as Temple of Darkness. No stranger to He-Man and She-Ra, he worked as a character designer on both Filmation series. In addition, he was also a background designer for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series.
ERIC SCOT FRYDLER
Eric Scot Frydler is a former Mattel Conceptual Designer and Writer who worked on both the original Masters of the Unvierse and Princess of Power toylines. He was instrumental in developing and writing some of the mini-comics that accompanied the figures such as “Escape from the Slime Pit” and “Across the Crystal Light Barrier”. Mr. Frydler also wrote, named, art directed, conceptualized, and innovated the “Crystal World” and its magical horses, “Crystal Moonbeam”, “Crystal Sun Dancer”, and “Crystal Swift Wind”.
Derek Gable was in charge of the Male Action Figures in Preliminary Design Group at Mattel. During his the time there, Masters of the Universe was born!
Mel Gilden was a writer on Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. You will recognize him from such episodes as “The Time Wheel” and “Castle of Heroes”.
STUART GILLARD - Appearance Canceled
Stuart Gillard was the director of the motion picture Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. Mr. Gillard’s appearance is subject to his availability.
Emmy Award winner Rowby Goren was a writer on Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. He penned such He-Man episodes as ”The Energy Beast,” “The Shadow of Skeletor,” and the rather famous “Greatest Show on Eternia”. You’ll recognize his name from the Turtle episodes ”Turtlemaniac” and “Attack of the 50-Foot Irma”.
Barbara Hambly was a writer on Filmation’s She-Ra Princess of Power, penning the episode “Above It All”.
Phil Harnage was a writer on Filmation’s He-Man and She-Ra. You will recognize his work from such episodes as “A Bird in the Hand”, “Fraidy Cat”, and “A Lesson in Love”.
Gavin Hignight is a writer who is currently writing for the new Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and worked on the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series as well. Mr. Hignight is currently working on his ongoing webcomic, www.theconcreteworld.com and his work can also be seen on Marvel’s Iron Man Armored Adventures.
The legendary Four Horsemen Toy Design Studios: Eric “Cornboy” Mayse, Eric Treadaway, Jim Preziosi, Owen “O-Dawg” Oertling, Sherri Lynn Cook, and Shane Dittsworth, were responsible for the fantastic toy designs we saw in the 2002 Masters of the Universe toyline as well as the current Masters of the Universe Classics Adult Collector Line.
Larry Houston worked as a penciler on many of the original Mattel Masters of the Universe mini-comics. You will recognize his work from such adventures as “The Secret of Liquid Life,” “Slave City,” “Rock People to the Rescue,” and “The Temple of Darkness.”
Michele Ivey is the host and blogger for Cowabunga Corner where she has interviewed and interacted with numerous individuals who were key to bringing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to life. Ms. Ivey has also worked over 150 birthday parties in Turtle costume, as well as theater appearances during the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles 2 and 3 motion picture releases. Events covered had over 1200 children in attendance. Proud of her Turtle love and collection, she has been featured and interviewed on both television and radio and will have a number of amazing collectibles on display at Power-Con!
If you watch TV or listen to radio, you know his voice or more accurately, his voices. Larry Kenney famously brought life to Lion-O, Lord of the ThunderCats, from the original ThunderCats cartoon and voiced Claudus, Lion-O’s and Tygra’s Father, in the new ThunderCats series from Cartoon Network.
KEVIN KLIESCH - Appearance Canceled
Kevin Kliesch was the composer for the new ThunderCats series that recently wrapped on Cartoon Network. His score was nominated for for the Annie Award and GoldSpirit Award, and he himself was a GoldSpirit Award nominee for Breakout Composer of the Year. In addition he served as an orchestrator for the 2007 animated Ninja Turtles movie titled TMNT.
Robert Lamb was a staff writer for Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power. In addition, he also storyboarded at Filmation for both series along with Fat Albert, Ghostbusters, Blackstar, Shazam!, and BraveStarr.
Corey Landis is an actor, writer and musician. He has produced and written the upcoming Toy Masters documentary about the history of Masters of the Universe.
Christian Lanz is a popular voice actor who is currently portraying Fishface in the brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon from Nickelodeon.
ROGER LAY, JR.
Roger Lay, Jr. is a producer, director and writer who has worked on numerous films and documentaries. He has produced and filmed the upcoming Toy Masters documentary about the history of Masters of the Universe.
Lynne Lipton is a talented film, stage, screen, and voice actress who worked on the original ThunderCats cartoon series. She brought one of the most popular ThunderCats alive, Cheetara, by providing her voice during the entire series run. In addition to Cheetara, Ms. Lipton also provided the voices for Luna of the Lunatacs, Willa Queen of the Warrior Maidens, Mandora, and Wilykit. More recently Ms. Lipton returned to her roots by once again providing the voice of Cheetara for Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story.
Matthew Malach is a writer who worked on the original ThunderCats cartoon series. In addition, he has written scripts for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, Silverhawks, Animaniacs, and X-Men. Mr. Malach has over 25 years of experience in television and has often worked with various productions on the Travel Channel and E! Entertainment Television.
Irineo Maramba is the design supervisor for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon on Nickelodeon.
STEVEN MELCHING - Appearance Canceled
Steven Melching was a writer on the 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon series from Mike Young Productions. He brought to life some never-before on the screen characters (such as King Hiss!) by penning such episodes as “Snake Pit”, “Rise of the Snakemen”, “Second Skin”, and “Rattle of the Snake”.
Eddy Mosqueda worked on the original Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles toyline and continued to sculpt for the property throughout its continued incarnations, including the newest line supporting the Nickelodeon Turtles cartoon. In addition, Mr. Mosqueda worked as a sculptor at Mattel. He sculpted figures for both the vintage Masters of the Universe line and the New Adventures of He-Man. You will recognize his work on such classics as Grizzlor, King Hiss, Rokkon, Quakke, and Lizzor to name a few.
Francis Moss was a writer on Filmation’s She-Ra Princess of Power, a story editor and writer on the New Adventures of He-Man, and a writer and assistant story editor for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. Visit his websites today at: http://www.cartoonscripts.com and http://www.ninjaturtlecollecti
Bob Nall is the artist who designed the original Masters of the Universe logo and packaging. Recently retired from Mattel Toys as head of their Package Design Groups for over 30 years, Bob is now devoting all his time to painting, his lifelong passion. He and his wife Catherine live in Manhattan Beach, a tiny beachside suburb of Los Angeles.
Better known to fans as “Toyguru”, Scott Neitlich is a senior brand analyst at Mattel and currently manages the Masters of the Universe Classic collection available through MattyCollector.com. Mr. Neitlich is also a driving force behind the creative vision for the storyline attached to the line, contributing to the biographies, mini-comics, and even created a brand new character for the 30th Anniversary of Masters of the Universe, The Mighty Spector!
Peter Newman is best known to ThunderCats fans for being the voice actor to bring the popular character Tygra to life in the original cartoon series. In addition to Tygra, he also provided the voices for Wilykat, Bengali, Monkian, and Hachiman.
Ciro Nieli is the Executive Producer on the brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series that is currently running on Nickelodeon. In addition to producing, Mr. Nieli has provided character designs for the series. He has also worked on such other shows as Family Guy, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and Teen Titans.
Dan Norton was the Art Director on the new ThunderCats series that recently aired on Cartoon Network. Check out a vast array of his ThunderCats concept art online.
You will recognize the legendary Masters of the Universe illustrator Rudy Obrero from such works as the original box art featured on the Battle Cat packaging. Obrero has even returned to work on Masters of the Universe Classics, providing the box art to the new Wind Raider and the maps that come with the MOTUC subscriptions.
Alan Oppenheimer, the original voice of Skeletor, is headed to Power-Con this year! In addition to Skeletor, Mr. Oppenheimer voiced many other beloved characters in Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power such as Man-At-Arms, Cringer, Battle Cat, and Merman. Note: Alan Oppenheimer will be appearing on Saturday only.
ROB PAULSEN – Appearance Canceled
Rob Paulsen is a voice actor who currently portrays Donatello on the brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series airing on Nickelodeon. No stranger to the secret of the ooze, Mr. Paulsen was also the voice of Raphael on the original Ninja Turtles cartoon series that started it all! A legend in the world of cartoon voices, you will recognize Rob Paulsen’s work as Yakko Warner from Animaniacs and Pinky of Pinky and the Brain. His credits are extensive with appearances on DuckTales, Gummi Bears, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck, Tiny Toon Adventures, Fairly Odd Parents, and Ben 10 to just name… a few!
An Emmy nominated actress, Ms. Pickles portrayed the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull in the 1987 live action Masters of the Universe motion picture. She has appeared in numerous television series, perhaps her most famous being the role of Nurse Rosenthal on St. Elsewhere and as Judy Geller, the mother to Ross and Monica on Friends.
Gerrianne Raphael is an actress who provided the voices for Chilla, Pumyra, and Jaguara on the original ThunderCats cartoon series.
Michael Reaves is an Emmy Award winning writer who penned episodes for Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, the New Adventures of He-Man, the Mike Young Productions He-Man relaunch for Cartoon Network, and the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Mr. Reaves is also well known for his work on Disney’s Gargoyles, Batman: The Animated Series, and the motion picture Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
SAM RIEGEL - Appearance Canceled
Sam Riegel was the voice of Donatello in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series that aired on Fox/CW4Kids. Mr. Riegel’s other notable roles have included work on Baki/Shino, Sofia the First, and Winx Club. He also hosts the All Work No Play podcast. Mr. Riegel’s appearance is subject to his availability.
Tone Rodriguez has been drawing comic books for over ten years and worked on the MVCreations Masters of the Universe comic book (Vol 1 Issue 4).
Lee Schneider was a writer on the original Thundercats cartoon series. You will remember him from such episodes as “Fond Memories,” “Dream Master,” “Divide and Conquer,” and “The Transfer”. In addition, he even penned an episode for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
Connie Schurr worked as a graphic artist and layout designer at Filmation and the colorist on the daily Masters of the Universe newspaper comic strips. In addition, she was the assistant animator on the very first He-Man promo that was shown at Toy Fair in New York before the Filmation cartoon series began!
Felipe Smith is a storyboard artist for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series currently airing on Nickelodeon.
Dean Stefan was the lead story editor of the 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon series from Mike Young Productions that aired on Cartoon Network. He wrote such memorable episodes as “The Beginning,” “The Ties that Bind,” “The Council of Evil,” and “The Power of Grayskull”.
Tom Tataranowicz was a storyboard artist and director on both Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power. “The Problem With Power”, one of He-Man’s most famous episodes, was based on a story concept by Mr. Tataranowicz and his work can famously be seen in the popular She-Ra episode “Sweet Bee’s Home”.
Tanya Tate is the geek personality of JustaLottaTanya.com and is a prolific cosplay model known for dressing up as pop-culture characters. Tanya will be at the convention all weekend long to show off her cosplay and to provide more info on her review website.
Nick Torchia is the lead video game producer for Masters of the Universe at Mattel.
Matt Tyree is a talented artist who was the art director for the MVCreations Masters of the Universe comic book series. Along with that duty, he also provided cover art for various issues.
Eduardo Valdes is the Director of Franchise Development for Mattel.
SARA SEIDMAN VANCE - Appearance Canceled
Sara Seidman Vance is a National Emmy-nominated, multiple Award-winning make-up artist who was the creature dresser on the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles motion picture, and the make-up artist on the sequel, Secret of the Ooze.
Steve Varner has been a trail blazer in the toy business for 30 years. In 1986, Varner Studios became essential to Playmates Toys and the phenomenal success of their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line for the next 15 years. Mr. Varner continues to work with Playmates on their line of Turtles toys supporting the new Nickelodeon cartoon series.
JACK and LESLIE WADSWORTH
Jack and Leslie Wadsworth portrayed the most powerful man in the universe and princess of power herself, He-Man and She-Ra, on the Masters of the Universe Power Tour. A three million dollar production, the live stage event featured He-Man, his sister She-Ra, and assorted warriors and wizards from the faraway planets Eternia and Etheria. The “high-tech extravaganza” featured a music-driven storyline and was described as offering clashing armies, dazzling magical feats and even a roller derby, in addition to troupes of acrobats and dancers.
Tom Waltz is a senior staff writer and editor for IDW Publishing. He currently works on the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ongoing comic book series from IDW that began in August 2011.
Anthony Washington is a comic book artist who was the colorist on MVCreations’ Masters of the Universe: Icons of Evil and Masters of the Universe: Rise of the Snake Men comic book series.
CHRIS WEBER and KAREN WILSON
Husband and wife writing team Chris Weber and Karen Wilson worked on both Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power. They worked on such episodes as ”The Toy Maker,” “The Crown of Knowledge,” and “One to Count On”. Not stopping there, Mr. Weber wrote the He-Man newspaper comic strips while Ms. Wilson served as editor.
Dave Wilkins is a cover artist for the new line of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe comics from DC Comics. Wilkins has created some awesome prints for this year’s Power-Con event that will be available only to advance ticket holders (click here for more information).
David Wise is a television and animation writer who in 1987 developed and wrote the five-part animated pilot for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He created such classic phrases as “cowabunga, dude!” and developed the characters of Krang, Rocksteady, and Bebop. In addition to over 70 episodes of Turtles, Wise also wrote numerous episodes for Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Bill Wolf is the producer, director and writer on the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
David Wolfram worked for over 20 years in Mattel’s Male Action / Entertainment Design Group, working on or managing almost all Mattel Male Action product lines from 1985-2006. Starting in 1985, he worked on the original Masters of the Universe toyline and his first toy was the Tyrantisaurus Rex. Mr. Wolfram continued on to work on the toyline for the New Adventures of He-Man, designing most of the evil figures, as well as vehicles, and the Nordor playset. Continuing to “have the power”, he was the design manager for the 200X He-Man relaunch, working with the Four Horsemen to come with the aesthetics for the new figures as well as directing the design work on the figures, vehicles, and accessories. Before entering retirement, he also directed the retro relaunch figures based on the classic MOTU line.
Have your eyes peeled before entering the Marriott during this year’s Power-Con for the Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles van! Owned by Jason Ybarra, and inspired by his love for the original TMNT cartoon, the Turtle van will be on display near the entrance of the hotel. Check out the adventures the van has already been on by visiting its Facebook page and checking out this interview.
Action Figure Xpress
Cape and Cowl Collectibles
Spy Monkey Creations
Toys and Toons
Art of David Wong
Defenders of Eden
Eternia: Wrath of Tri-Klops
He-Mike’s Custom Creations
Mill Creek Entertainment
Rich A. Molinelli
Robert Xavier Burden
Super Emo Friends
The Beast is Back, Inc.
Warlords of Wor