With 2018 rapidly coming to a close, let’s take a moment to look back at this year’s top product management insights coupled with a parade of pop culture highs and super depressing lows.
When He-Man action figures appeared in toy aisles across America in the 1980s, they were unlike anything any child had seen before. And the revenue figures proved it: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toys generated $38.2 million in 1982 and grew to a peak of $400 million in 1986.
One of the innovative aspects of this toy franchise was the inclusion of a bonus mini comic which told a story relevant to the figure it came with. These comics helped flesh out the characters and the overall storyline with the intention of selling more product. But the secret origin of these comics — these comics which have inspired website archives, reviews, and hardcover reprints — has a special lesson for product managers.
Welcome to our continuing series of candid, one-on-one interviews with product management professionals!
In the spotlight today is Alicia Dixon, Senior Product Manager at Hilton Worldwide. How did she move from fashion design to digital payments? And what trends does she see in product management today? Read on…
“Transformers: Generation 2” is a 12-issue comic book series where everyone’s favorite transforming robots battle the vastly superior forces of the next generation Cybertronian Empire and confront a new threat more dangerous than anything they’ve ever encountered before. The series was written by Simon Furman, drawn primarily by Manny Galan, Derek Yaniger and Geoff Senior, and published by Marvel Comics during the 1990s.
Illustrator Steve Ditko, who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, passed away recently at age 90.
Ditko was known as the “J.D. Salinger” of comics: He rarely gave interviews, and he eschewed the publicity that accompanies high-profile events such the release of the Spider-Man or Doctor Strange films. But his work speaks volumes — and his ability to frame a scene to make it instantly understandable could help us make better product decisions.