One of the coolest components of the Masters of the Universe line were the tiger/panther steeds of He-Man and Skeletor. I had Panthor as a kid, but never had Battle Cat. This guy was found recently at a flea market. The He-Man atop him was from the commemorative re-release series of the early 2000s.
I found myself thinking back today on the barbarian fantasies of the eighties - the Conan movies, Beast Master (a personal favorite,) He-Man and the Masters of the Universe etc.
Every time I'm in a bookstore lately I glance over the Robert E. Howard's books as well. Haven't read any of his original work, but it's inexorably pulling on me.