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    Masters of the Universe Classics - UNOFFICIAL GUIDE

    Hi!

    I am posting this to help a friend of mine, David Sullyvan, who is in the process of finishing a "Masters of the Universe Classics - UNOFFICIAL GUIDE".

    I will post more details about the book when he provides them to me, but to make the story short, this is a labor of love, from a fellow collector who loves collecting guides of different lines of figures. As he did not find any guide covering MOTUC, he decided to make it by himself. He has previously done a "Marvel Universe" figures guide.

    In the meantime, he would like to know how many people may be interested in getting such a guide. Please have in mind he is based in SPAIN, and the shipping cost for the book would be from there to wherever the buyer was located.

    More details coming when available, for the moment here is an advance:

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    Thank you, regards.

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    I think its a cool idea, but what kind of info are we talking about here? A lot of info regarding the look, issues with figures, articulation, etc can be readily found all over the web. Pixel Dan's reviews, Itsalltrue.net while not up to date has a lot of info as do the Fwoosh reviews and first looks.

    Regardless, a lot of stuff like that compiled into 1 place is definitely a plus. My only real concern is that the book is outdated before its even published since new figures are in the works.

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    Oh I'm interested. If it has an english edition as I do not speak spanish. Also if it is a fan made endevour, as we all know there is a huge difference of what kind of quality to expect. A full proffessional quality run bound book? Neato. Fully proffessional layouts, copy, and editing? Wonderful!

    If it is not to those standards, that's fine too but then maybe I'd just spring a couple of bucks for a pdf digital file to scroll through because I do not need a print edition if it is less that a very professional print run. I'm not a fanzine type guy.

    As an example there are a couple of German comics done recently that are beautiful that I very much want. Admittedly it is rather expensive so I do not know that I will ever get them, so the same may apply to a Spanish production. Even if I could not get one I feel I have some valid concerns and expectations to consider.

    So I'd like to know more, I'd like to see more. I love action figure guides and frankly I'm just as happy with a picture list with back card scans and production info as I am with a lavishly descriptive coffee table book.

    As an example I loved the Masters of the Universe Vintage toy guide that was a free insert in I believe Toy Ark magazine, or maybe Action figure Insider, I forget. Toyfare. The 200x guide in Toyfare was not great but serviceable. Let's have more info.
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    I'd be interested but would like to see a bit more than just a cover.

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    Not to toot my own horn (*beep beep*) but this sounds a lot like my ongoing project that I've been posting here.

    Here's a sample image from mine:
    Check out my on-going project: THE UNOFFICIAL MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS TOY GUIDE
    Featuring bios, information, accessories, release dates, pictures and trivia for every figure, beast, vehicle and playset released in Masters of the Universe Classics!

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    ^^^ I Totally <3 that Wakko!!!!!
    ***************************as for the original post: I would have to know if there would be an English printing, & if it would be Cost prohibited! I unfortunately Do NOT have any of the MOTU Art books, Character Guides, or Mini-Comics or Newspaper Comic Strip collections! Does anyone know if these books will eventually go for cheaper, or will all or most of them go UP in price???
    invisibleboy - Unseen, But DEFINITELY NOT Unheard! Sorry bout it.

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    That's looking superb, Wakko. How far through are you?

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    Oh I'm interested. If it has an english edition as I do not speak spanish. Also if it is a fan made endevour, as we all know there is a huge difference of what kind of quality to expect. A full proffessional quality run bound book? Neato. Fully proffessional layouts, copy, and editing? Wonderful!
    The guide will be BOTH in English and Spanish, as you can see from the little UK and Spain flags in the front cover picture.

    Also, the Marvel Universe guide that David previously produced was professionally printed, not home printed. This one will be done in the same way, as far as I am concerned.

    I will give you more details when I have them, promise.

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    As promised, here is detailed info on the "MOTUC - UNOFFICIAL GUIDE" by David Sullyvan:

    CHARACTERISTICS:
    Page size: A4
    Number of pages: 292
    Interior pages grammage: 130gr
    Cover grammage: 300gr
    Thickness: 1,6cm

    DESCRIPTION:
    - Each page shows one figure with its name, description, release information and biography (original pics made by the author).
    - Includes exclusive, variant and rare figures.
    - Written in Spanish and English.

    CONTENTS:
    - Introduction written by "LA CUEVA DEL TERROR PODCAST".
    - How to use the guide.
    - Index by year, month and figure name.
    - Information and pictures for each figure produced by MATTEL and sold through "Matty Collector", from 2008 to 2016. One figure per page.
    - Final checklist alphabetically ordered.

    WHERE TO BUY:
    "Toys'N'Soldiers" store is distributing the guide, you can preoder it here: https://toysnsoldiers.com/tienda/pre...erse-classics/

    ADDITIONAL INFO:
    Official web site: http://unofficialguidemotuc.blogspot.com.es/

    PAGE EXAMPLES:

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    Best regards.

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    Amazing book.
    The first who including all the MATTEL MOTU CLASSICS action figures 2008-2016.
    Is there no blisters pictures for all the figures ?
    For all Collector fans, the blisters are unavoidable.

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    Not exactly positive how "variant" applies or not to figures, but doesn't King Grayskull have a bronze "variant"? Also, I thought Mer-Man has a blue "variant" in the VS Aqua Man two pack. In the sample pages provided, it's noted there are no "variants". Does the bronze King Grayskull and blue Mer-Man get their own page?

    *EDIT* I think I understand it now. The information is stating that these particular figures are not the "variants". Am I right?

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    This is an update to anyone interested in this guide in the US and Canada.
    I've been working closely with David Sullyvan, author of this guide, to make it available to collectors in the USA and Canada. I have also proof-read and improved the English sections for publication. We have worked out a deal, and expect that the American edition of this guide will be available within 2 months, exclusively through me, for distribution in the US and Canada (and anywhere else if you are willing to pay the shipping charges, really, but it is a heavy book so it may not be cheap).
    Depending on final printing costs, the guide will cost between $50 and $55 USD, plus shipping and paypal fees.
    I won't be taking any preorders--the books will sell on a first-come-first serve basis once in hand. That said, if you are interested in the book please send me a private message with your email address, and I will add you to the newsletter list (no information will be sold to anyone and the address you provide will be used exclusively to notify you of availability of the book and details about it).
    We will be printing a very short run of these (100) to gauge interest, and printing more only if we completely sell out.
    Know that this is a labor of love and given the costs of printing and distribution, we will not be making a huge profit (if we end up making any at all). We only want to make the guide available to fellow collectors that want it on this side of the pond at less expense than it takes to have it shipped from Europe.

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    I can't tell you just how great this guide is. If you are into having a printed reference for your collection, this is the book for you. The second edition of the Unofficial Guide to Masters of the Universe Classics is 288 pages, 11.7" long by 8.27" wide, printed in full-color, matte coated 80 lb paper, and perfect bound. The print run is limited to 100 copies. A second printing may only happen if there is overwhelming demand.

    The guide includes gorgeous, high resolution images of all the figures (at essentially 1:1 scale), accessories and vehicles, playset, etc. released as part of the MOTUC line by Mattycollector, as well as the short-lived Thundercats line. There are indexes by year of release and by character name, as well as several pictures of custom dioramas and other surprises. There is also a two-page interview with Axel Gimenez that features several of his unreleased designs.

    The books are being printed and will be available in about 3 weeks (around April 9, 2018). They will be available for $49.99 at several toy shows in the Eastern PA/NJ area. If you are interested in a copy through the mail, paypal fees and shipping costs will be added to the total. Please private message me with any questions and for the details on how to preorder your copy, if interested.

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    Perfect bound as in softcover, like a comic book trade paperback?
    Hope to see you at Power-Con 2018!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JVS3 View Post
    Perfect bound as in softcover, like a comic book trade paperback?
    Yes, precisely. A hardcover edition was discussed, but it made the cost prohibitive. This is a limited print run of 100 units, and with these numbers at full color, matte coated 80# paper, perfect bound was the best choice.
    Keep in mind that most toy guides are perfect bound (for example, Mark Bellomo's Guide to G.i.Joe, or Sansweet's guide to Star Wars Toys come to mind).

    - - - Updated - - -

    Here's an update: the books have been printed and are in-hand in the USA.
    For those of you that live in the East Coast near New York City:
    The book will make its American debut at ToyconNJ (Parsippany P.A.L. Building
    33 Baldwin Rd., Parsippany, NJ 07054) on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Look for the Digital Realm Models and Toys table. There will be a poster with the book cover on display by it.

    One of the authors will be present if you would like your book signed/personalized.

    Below are some sample pages from the book.

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    The books are in hand and already shipping
    They are going fast. If you want a copy, send me a PM.
    The cost is $58 including shipping and handling, paypal fees, etc.
    The way to order is to Private Message me your paypal e-mail address, then I will send you an invoice (so there is buyer and seller protection).
    The books ship within 5 days of receiving payment (usually far less time), by USPS media mail. A tracking number is uploaded to paypal the evening of the day the book ships, so you can track it.

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