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    Toy Fair 1987

    Thought some of you might get a kick out of reading this article from back in the day. We were so close. *sniff*

    If the image is too small for you to read, you can go here and zoom in.

    http://s1235.photobucket.com/user/MO...tml?sort=3&o=1

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    Thanks for sharing, Tallstar !

    We were really so close to Gigantosaur...

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    Nice...Does anyone know what happened to that gigantosaur prototype? Who owns it or did it got destroyed?
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    The Powers of Grayskull is a much better idea than New Adventures or the other concepts Mattel had (see the Power and Honor book).

    Too bad Gigantisaur never made it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KING HE-MAN View Post
    Nice...Does anyone know what happened to that gigantosaur prototype? Who owns it or did it got destroyed?
    If memory serves, someone said it sat at Mattel for awhile and then it eventually got pitched.
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    You want close? I got a printout of figures from Mattel back in the summer of 1987 that included a listing for Gigantasaur. It did not include He-Ro, Eldor, Megator, or Tytus--or even the Scubattack. (It was only names and release years, though.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew L. Martin View Post
    You want close? I got a printout of figures from Mattel back in the summer of 1987 that included a listing for Gigantasaur. It did not include He-Ro, Eldor, Megator, or Tytus--or even the Scubattack. (It was only names and release years, though.)
    Very cool. I think I remember your post about this awhile back.

    Here's a month-by-month look at where MOTU and POP ranked in sales during the year 1986.



    Go here and click the magnifier twice to zoom in.

    http://s1235.photobucket.com/user/MO...tml?sort=3&o=1



    Go here and click the magnifier twice to zoom in.

    http://s1235.photobucket.com/user/MO...tml?sort=3&o=0
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallstar View Post
    Very cool. I think I remember your post about this awhile back.
    Well, I know I've mentioned it before, and you've been around nearly as long as I have.

    Here's a month-by-month look at where MOTU and POP ranked in sales during the year 1986.
    Wow--those really do reinforce that the line crashed hard that year. I'd guess it was a combination of no new cartoon episodes for He-Man, general line fatigue, and a bunch of other lines moving in and eating up the space. I think they might have had a chance for resurgence if either a) the 1987 movie had been all they were hyping it as (and they'd taken full advantage of it) or b) they'd gone full speed ahead with the Powers of Grayskull earlier, with a new cartoon and everything.

    Fun fact--at this point, Classics will probably wind up being the longest-running MotU line in terms of calendar years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallstar View Post
    If memory serves, someone said it sat at Mattel for awhile and then it eventually got pitched.
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    Does the caption on there say he has a "laser tummy?" 'Cause that's adorable.
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    Very cool Tallstar!
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    It is almost like as MOTU sales lowered GI Joe sales raised. Almost like an exact switch over for the consumers.

    Most likely though it was a combination of a few factors:

    1. MOTU consumers were growing out of the toyline in to other interests such as Sport's Cards, Music, etc...
    2. MOTU consumers had grown weary of the toyline and moved to other lines such as GI Joe.
    3. The cartoon was not being seen in as many markets along with the show being aired at less popular times (since no new episodes had been made in awhile)
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    I was persuaded to get some Joes by my cousin in 85 or 86. MOTU could have won me back, but most of the new MOTU figures I saw on the shelves after that had me scratching my head (Rio Blast, Clamp Champ, Blast Attack, etc). They all looked lame to me. They looked like watered down versions of the cooler figures from 82-85, with a few exceptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lich Leech View Post
    I was persuaded to get some Joes by my cousin in 85 or 86. MOTU could have won me back, but most of the new MOTU figures I saw on the shelves after that had me scratching my head (Rio Blast, Clamp Champ, Blast Attack, etc). They all looked lame to me. They looked like watered down versions of the cooler figures from 82-85, with a few exceptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwinter View Post
    You killed the lien.
    And I didn't even like GI Joe THAT much. My cousin was cooler and older I wanted to be cool like him.
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