|The Shaping Staff|
|Written by||Paul Dini|
|Directed by||Lou Kachivas|
The Shaping Staff is a first season episode of the animated television series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, produced in 1983. Written by Paul Dini, directed by Lou Kachivas. Original broadcast date: September 29, 1983.
He-Man is battling against Man-At-Arms' training equipment, but is forced to stop to attend dinner as Prince Adam. At the royal dining table, the prince is castigated for his regular late arrival. In his role as court jester, Orko performs a few underwhelming tricks, but is interrupted when an enchantress named Majestra appears in the hall. She offers to entertain the royal family, and presents the Cabinet of Wonders to them. His curiosity peaked, King Randor volunteers to step into the box; Majestra casts her magic, and when the box is opened Randor is gone. The sorceress quickly repeats the process, and Randor steps out of the box; the king invites Majestra to stay at the castle.
The king and Majestra visit the dungeon and a weakened King Randor within one of the cells. Majestra and the imposter King reveal themselves to be Evil-Lyn and Beast Man, and the witch threatens the king with the Shaping Staff, discovered by the two villains within a cave in the Crystal Sea. Evil-Lyn uses the staff to transform Randor into a goat, and then discovers an eavesdropping Orko; before the jester can warn anyone, Evil-Lyn changes him into a cricket. She then contacts Skeletor, confirming their plans to take the Royal Guard to Castle Grayskull. Disguised once more, "Randor" informs Duncan and Adam that he wants to make Castle Grayskull a part of the kingdom.
That night, Orko finds Adam and informs him of the villains' plan. Adam transforms into He-Man, confronts the duo with Battle Cat. Evil-Lyn uses the Shaping Staff to transform Teela into a frog and He-Man into an immobile golden statue, then travels to Castle Grayskull, taking them with her. At the castle, Skeletor readies his attack by creating an evil double of He-Man called Faker. When Faker calls for her, the Sorceress is suspicious, but steps outside; Evil-Lyn immediately assaults her with the Shaping Staff, transforming her partially into a tree. He-Man encourages the Sorceress through their shared telepathy, and she is able to break the spell and free He-Man from his golden prison. Faker attacks He-Man, and their duel ends with Faker tumbling into the abyss.
The Royal Guard arrive, and when Skeletor strikes down Man-At-Arms the Sorceress breaks his fall. He-Man breaks the Shaping Staff, reviving Randor, Teela, and Orko. Evil-Lyn threatens the heroes with the remaining half of the staff, but it backfires and changes her into a snakelike creature, which quickly slithers away after the retreating Skeletor.