|Monster Castle back.|
|Monster Castle plus Galaxy Warriors and Fighters, and a Dragon from Imperial.|
1. How do we know the Monster Castle was not part of the Galaxy Warriors line?
The box that the castle comes in provides the evidence. For starters, nowhere on the box does it display the Galaxy Warriors logo or say Galaxy Warriors. All the figures and beasts in the GW toy-line included the Galaxy Warriors logo on their packaging. Even the later released figures on the Swords & Sorcerers cardbacks still included a small logo. Also, the top right corner of the box (see image below) shows the label of a company called ECO. It is ECO who produced the castle and not Sungold.
2. If Sungold didn't make the Monster Castle, then how does it get connected to the Galaxy Warriors?
The connection comes from a smaller image on the Monster Castle box (seen below).
This image clearly shows the Galaxy Warriors Baltard, Anubi, Dragoon and Ygg. This photo should not be taken as concrete proof that the Monster Castle was part of the Galaxy Warriors line. Look closely at the figure of Ygg in the foreground just to the right of the giant hand. He carries a weapon in his right hand that is not a Galaxy Warriors weapon. He is in fact carrying the halberd that came with the Masters of the Universe's Castle Grayskull (seen below). The designers of the Monster Castle probably had purchased a Castle Grayskull from which they could draw inspiration and comparisons, and when they went to take some marketing photos of their castle they placed the MOTU halberd in Ygg's hand, intentionally or unintentionally.
|Mattel's Castle Grayskull weapon accessories.|
3. Then how do we explain the appearance of Galaxy Warriors on the castle box?
Simple. They are being used for scale and to show the fantasy play possibilities of the Monster Castle. Remember that the castle is a knock-off of Castle Grayskull, and the castle's makers wanted Masters of the Universe fans to consider it a cheaper alternative to Grayskull. But, the Monster Castle had no official toy-line of its own and no action figures to show on its castle. ECO couldn't use actual Masters of the Universe figures to sell its product or they would get sued by Mattel. Instead, they got the next best thing, MOTU knock-offs called Galaxy Warriors, made by a company unlikely to sue them or even care that their figures were being used in the marketing scheme of another toy company.
4. But why would ECO make a fantasy castle without an accompanying figure line to use it?
It was a common practice in the early 80's to do whatever you needed to in order to connect your toys, even remotely, to the Masters of the Universe. MOTU was such a hot property that small toy companies could make profits by simply making "knock-off accessories" to the MOTU line. Imperial produced a two lines that included only beasts, beasts with chariots, and weapons packs. Dragons, Knights and Daggers was the fantasy inspired line, and Robots, Lasers and Galaxies was the sci-fi inspired line. Both were pretty awesome but its interesting to note that the beasts in the line included saddles reminiscent of MOTU saddles found on official MOTU beasts and weapons that could be held by MOTU figures. After having made beasts ready for riders and weapons ready to be used, Imperial made no actual figures of their own design.
|A beast just waiting for a rider.|
|Cool weapons looking for a hero or villain.|
I have heard that the Monster Castle was released in Belgium and Germany, and possibly the UK as well.