So close! Club Eternia 2015 has only hit 90% and Mattel has extended the subscription window to this weekend. As a result, The All American's#SaveHeMan Twitter campaign will also continue!!!
The All American says:
Those who have been tweeting and retweeting since Friday, I can't thank you enough. You were awesome! And we still need you. But we're going into extra innings now. Now is not the time to give up. We fight!
The subs re-open on Friday August 22nd at 12PM Eastern/9AM Pacific and will last through Monday August 25th. With that said, so will the Twitter campaign. But our goal should be a little different this go around. I need to be honest with myself and realize we're not going to be able to make a trending topic the way we've been doing it before.
Instead, we need to just go bananas with #SaveHeMan tweeting and retweeting each other. Target some celebrity pages, ones you may get a retweet from, perhaps something will catch like wildfire. Put up something light hearted or funny in a tasteful manner, something that will intrigue another person online to take a look at the line and possibly sub. There are a lot of people who loved Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power as a kid, who knows, we may rekindle that spark for someone else (as this line has done for us). This is about creating awareness and exposure for MOTUC, and sharing your passion for the line. Have fun with it!
So please join me again on Friday August 22nd at 12PM Eastern/9AM Pacific and throughout the weekend at https://twitter.com/MOTU2015 as we #SaveHeMan
2015 MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS SUBSCRIPTIONS!
Hey all of you Masters of the Universe Classics fans out there! Well, as I’m sure you’re well aware of by now, we got some pretty unsettling news this week. Even though during the San Diego Comic Con it looked like the 2015 Club Eternia subscriptions were selling really well and it looked as if we were going to sail really easily right through the end. We were all amazed at the huge amount of support fans were showing for the line. The 2015 Club Eternia looked like such an early success at that point that we’d even already been discussing with Mattel what we were possibly going to do with 2016 MotU Classics line-ups.
Unfortunately, things seemed to have stalled out just before the end of the original end date for the subscriptions, and we ended up about 10% short of the goal needed to make the 2015 line a reality. We’ve seen people speculating that this might be some sort of ploy by Mattel to boost sales even farther over the percentage needed, but that’s simply not true. We discussed the actual numbers with Scott Neitlich (Mattel’s own ToyGuru) yesterday, and we can assure you that we are indeed just a small amount short of hitting the goal needed to make the 2015 Club Eternia subscription happen.
We’re about 90% there and we just need one little extra bump to get us over the edge. Obviously that’s where you come in, He-Fans and She-Ravers! If you’ve already bought a 2015 Club Eternia subscription – thank you! But your work here isn’t done. Please help to spread the word and let other people know that it’s not to late to jump onboard and help to make MotU Classics one of the most spectacular action figure lines in toy history.
The 2015 MotU Classics: Club Eternia subscriptions are going to re-open tomorrow, Friday, 8/22 at 9:00 am pst, and close on Monday, 8/25 at 11:59pm pst
I mean c’mon… Did you ever think you’d get a Madame Razz or Broom figure in MotU Classics? What about Lizard Man? Gwildor? A New Adventures She-Ra? That awesome Tung Lashor? Mermista? The fan-chosen Huntara? If we don’t make that subscription happen some of those figures may never see the light of day, and we might have to shave O-Dawg’s head just to make us all feel better.
So please, if you can, go over to http://www.mattycollector.com/ tomorrow and sign up for your MotU Classics: Club Eternia subscription! Let’s wrap this thing up with a bang, not a whimper. Thanks a TON!!
We are sooooo close! 2015 subs ended with about 90%. A great showing but not quite close enough to go forward. With the end of the vintage line (redone in Classics) in question, we truly do believe in our fan base. We’re going to reopen the subs for an extension window from Friday, 8/22 at 9:00 a.m. PT through Monday, 8/25 at 11:59 PT.
Now is the time to rally! If everyone who sub’d last year would renew, we’d be golden. If you’re on the fence or were thinking of cherry-picking, remember… if the sub does not get that last critical 10% there won’t be a line to cherry-pick.Club Eternia
So please, let’s all come together! All MOTU fans of all eras truly make Classics the greatest MOTU (if not all brands) toy line of all time! I know we can do it! If you’re holding out, remember, unlike any previous year you pretty much know exactly who you’re getting, with our absolute promise to finish the vintage MOTU line, MOTU variants, original POP characters, and A-list New Adventures and media characters.
Let’s come together and make this happen! We really believe in our fans, and we’ve got one last chance. All our cards are on the table… it’s time to go all in!
The final year of MOTUC is upon us. The MOTUC line is unprecedented in its scope and longevity. No other toy line has recreated almost its entire vintage counterpart with nothing else to fuel interest other than fan passion.
Remember that there is little mystery of who is coming in 2015. Even though we have not seen all the reveals, we all have a good idea of who will be in the line such as the remaining vintage MOTU figures and variants, and original POP vintage figures.
Some fans may want to cherry pick on day of sale. But if the subs don't go through, there will be nothing to cherry pick from.
It would be a huge disappointment if the final year of MOTUC did not occur. Given rising costs in production, a line like this will never happen again. This is your last chance in history to see figures like Dragstor, Queen Angella, Saurod and Sssqueeze in this scale and articulation.
If you haven't subscribed, please consider doing so. This could be our final battle!
The Masters of the Universe Classics toy line is ending. Today is the last day to sign up for Club Eternia, and guarantee you’ll get all the Club figures released in 2015. This is your final chance to prove that you have the power!
The subscription period closes at the end of today, 8/18 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Sign up and make sure you get Lizard Man, Ninja Warrior, Huntara, club-exclusive Oo-Larr plus nine more fan-demanded figures. The epic seven-year journey is ending… make sure you’re part of it!
War has come to Eternia. It's He-Man, She-Ra and the Masters of the Universe versus Skeletor, King Hsss and Hordak!
Dan Abnett and Pop Mhan will take on DC Comics' He-Man franchise in December with "He-Man: The Eternity War." The new series will be helmed by He-Man veterans - writer Dan Abnett, interior artist Pop Mhan, and cover artist Stjepan Šeji?. The story for Eternity War was developed by Rob David, who serves as Head Writer for the Masters of the Universe franchise for Mattel's Playground Productions studio.
"This is the big one! The epic! So much 'Masters of the Universe' lore and mythology sweeping together in one epic storyline! He-Man, She-Ra and their allies combine to take Eternia back from Hordak in the war to end all wars.... and there are other sinister threats lurking in the shadows,” Abnett said via press release. "Did I say epic? I think I did. Twice. And Pop is a genius! His art is amazing. He's the sort of artist that writers long to write for! I can't properly express how excited I am about this book."
David said, “This is our Ragnarok, our Twilight of the Gods, the epic showdown He-Man fans have been waiting for. It’s He-Man vs. Skeletor, She-Ra vs. Hordak, Masters vs. Dark Masters – all fighting for control over Castle Grayskull. In the end, winner takes all. Who will become the Master of the Universe? Nothing will be the same after this.”
Abnett and Mhan have already made their mark on the "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" ongoing series, with the duo's current arc, "The Origin of She-Ra," delving into the origins of Princess Adora. Although DC's November solicitations have yet to surface, it's likely that the new "He-Man: The Eternia War" series will replace "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" #20 when it debuts in December.
In this episode they are joined by Craig Tello to answer your questions about TMNT & Guardians of the Galaxy, WWE & MOTU, Son of He-Man pitch, Power Party trivia contest, Mini-Figures shipping bundles, Mini-figures for 2014, New mini-figures for 2015, MOTU Giants, MOTU 2014 & 2015, Eldor, stickers, Sweet Bee, Battle Ram w/Man-at-Arms, Tung Lashor, Arrow, Galactic Protector She-Ra, Nate's design, Gwildor, Mermista, Spinnerella, Lizard Man, Ninjor, Snake Armor He-Man VS Battle Armor King Hsss, Huntara, Oo-Larr, Skeletor's hover bots, 2014 Power Party, and much more!
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Recorded on August 14, 2014 Runtime: 2 hours, 21 minutes, 27 seconds
‘Dueling Skeletors’ is a cartoon starring the voices of Alan Oppenheimer (80s Filmation Skeletor) and Brian Dobson (2002 MYP Skeletor). Thec artoon was animated/directed by the talented Tom Bryski (aka King Tamusk) and written by Danielle Gelehrter (aka Penny Dreadful). Audio recording by Daniel Benedict (aka Masque) and “Pixel” Dan Eardley!
Mattel has once again provided answers to your questions. Thanks again to them for taking the time to answer these! Check out their answers to your Round 129 questions!
This round of questions were selected by wayne-klops. Thanks to that fan for their help!
1. Barbecue17: Oo-lar was one of the best reveals at SDCC and one of my most anticipated figures in this line. So where does the name come from? I've heard rumors that it was originally a misspelling of Mo-larr that fans jumped onboard with. Is that true or is there some other source for origin the name?
Despite the persistent rumor, the "jungle/mini comic He-Man" (who is clearly NOT Prince Adam!) was always named Oo-lar for Classics and his bio/name was written back in 2009. The name comes from looking for a "jungle" like name and is a bit of an homage to popular Jungle hero screams and jungle noises animals make. His only relationship to “Mo-Larr” is that both characters naturally use the MOTU naming convention of adding a “ar” or “or” at the end of the name. Quite a lot of figures have this. But Oo-Lar was named by Mattel and Mo-Larr was named separately by Robot Chicken in their sketch years ago. There is no other relationship other then both being “MOTU names” using MOTU naming conventions.
2. Wayne-klops: Is there any chance for figures who lost fan votes (Lord Masque, Tuskador, and Darius) to be made in some form in 2015 (out of sub, at SDCC, in mini sub?), or are these figures completely off the table at least until a hypothetical 2016 line?
No, these figures would have needed to win the vote to be in 2015. We simple did not have enough slots to include them, and, for example, we wanted to include both Lord Masque And Huntara but just did not have room for them both so we let the fans at conventions make the call that was too difficult for us to make! Only one per fan vote had a chance to be in the line. The others will not be, even as non sub items.
3. Ivan: We hear that it takes over a year (even two years) to produce a figure (from initial pitch to execs to final product in the store). Knowing this, is there a cutoff date for a decision on 2016? It would seem like it's approaching, if not here already?
Yes, we are waiting to see how the 2015 sub sells to move forward with 2016. But we have already started some prelim conversations should we get the green light.
4. Zodak's new shoes: Are there any plans to create vehicles or giants for the mini line?
Potentially. Nothing to confirm right now but if they continue to sell the mini scale is a great line for these type of items as a price friendly cost!
5. Lord_Of_Destruction: Who came up with Despara? Was the concept created by DC and worked into the Classics bios, or was she planned for the MOTUC story from the start and DC saw the concept and brought it into the comic beforehand?
The concept came from the Mattel franchise team (as discussed at this year's SDCC panel) and used by DC in their monthly comics and by the Classics team in the mini comics.
He-Man.org member The All American is hosting another Twitter campaign to raise awareness of the 2015 MOTUC subscription, to ensure that the line survives another year! The All American writes:
If you love Masters of the Universe Classics like I do, I hope you will join me on Friday August 15, 2014 at 12:00PM Eastern/9:00AM Pacific for a Twitter campaign to raise awareness and hopefully bring in a few more fans as we #SaveHeMan!
2015 is slated to finish the vintage Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power characters, as well as the remaining A-lister Filmation, 200x, mini-comics, NA, etc... We can't go this far only to lose out on MOTUC's official last year. Together, we can finish this thing!
And feel free to add in a link to the MattyCollector page so fans can go right to the site. And if you want, retweet on and on after the initial tweet. It’s up to you, but every little bit helps! And thank you for joining in; together we "have the power" to make a difference!
The MOTU fan short film "Fall of Grayskull" began principle photography last Thursday.
Daniel Benedict states, "The past several days have literally been the most grueling of my life. Over 100 hours spent on movie stuff. We were seriously on set between 18-20 hours a day, and I've never been so tired in my life. But looking back, it was worth it. The time spent doing something I love.. about something I love.. being around people I love. To see all these people pour their everything into this was utterly amazing."
Approx. 65-70% of the live action shots have currently been filmed. For updates keep checking the film's facebook page!
Fans were surprised to learn that Jeff Wadlow, the director of Sony’s upcoming Masters of the Universe film, was hanging out at the 2014 SDCC Power-Party and geeking out with the other party-goers. It turns out that Wadlow is a collector and life-long MOTU fan himself. “I’ve been following the development of this movie for years,” Wadlow said. He explained that he was eager to be involved with the film, and was very enthusiastic about directing it.
Jeff stood around with several fans at the party and talked about all manner of things. Topics included Prince Adam & He-Man, He-Man’s strength level, furry shorts, She-Ra, Battle Cat, the importance of magic in MOTU, yes or no on Zodac, character relationships, Teela, Duncan, the Sorceress, and Castle Grayskull.
His description of Orko was particularly fun. “He’s like the ultimate magic enthusiast. He’s the guy who really, really loves baseball, and really wants to play baseball, but just isn’t any good at it.”
Jeff asked for input as well. He gathered some attendees around and asked, “okay, so which third tier character do each of you guys want to see in the film? I don’t mean popular guys like Beast Man. I’m talking some of the lesser-known characters.” Fans each took turns naming characters they’d like to see in the movie. After they did so, Jeff let them know that he wants to see if he can get a bunch of the MOTU characters in the film. He also talked about how he had ideas for a sequel.
Some of the things discussed may be in the film, and some won’t. The picture is still very much in development, but based on Jeff’s comments and insights, the movie is in good hands. The fans who spoke to Wadlow were pretty excited that there’s a bonafide fan in charge of the film. Of course, there are many factors that go into the production of a blockbuster movie and the proof will be in the pudding, but if Jeff gets his way, this will be an epic film filled with magic and action.
Mattycollector.com's Facebook page has just dropped some news about Ninjor, the February 2015 figure. Matty shows a picture of Jitsu wearing the rope belt that comes with Ninjor and also mentions that there is a new armor clasp that makes for a tighter fit!
But the biggest news is that the ever elusive Ninjor will not be available for Day of Sale.
Mattel has once again provided answers to your questions. Thanks again to them for taking the time to answer these! Check out their answers to your Round 128 questions!
This round of questions were selected by guy-dude. Thanks to that fan for their help!
1. guy-dude: In years past, the number of subs ordered would determine how much could be included in that year's product distribution (more subs = more product). How is that being handled this year now that there is a cap on the number of subs?
The cap is well above and beyond the min and even the actual from last year. Once we see how the 2015 sub sells we can determine if and how many non sub items can potentially be added.
2. he-dad: With the line wrapping up, will the last mini-comic and final bios wrap up the current Classics storyline?
Yes, we deliberately looked into this. While there are bios written for characters not in the 2015 wrap up, the main bulk of the Classics cannon and the major questions should be revealed by the end of 2015.
3. TUC138: Is tooling an unique torso (body buck) more expensive compared to tooling an armour piece? I ask because when you go with the armour route, you've got to tool and produce an armour piece plus produce a standard male torso which results in two pieces, versus tooling and producing just an unique torso. Doing just a unique torso would solve the bulky armour issue once and for all!
Yes, a torso is a lot more expensive vs armor which is why we often need to go with armor over a torso.
4. Shokoti's Slave: In a past Q&A, you stated that by the time Teela becomes queen, Castle Grayskull is no more. Did you find this hard to write into your mythos? Because aside from He-Man and Skeletor, I find Grayskull to be the corner stone of MOTU.
Hard to write? Not at all. It just required hitting the right keys in the right order to form words on the computer screen. It was basic hand eye coordination followed by spell check. Just kidding. :-)
Yes it was a big moment but once we get there we think this event will be a big payoff for fans.
5. OnlyOneSkeletor: As almost each faction has been represented to date (vehicles, playsets, beasts and of course characters), can we still holding our breath that late in the game for a Turbodactyl and a Slime Pit?
You can hold your breath as long as you do not pass out and cause any bodily harm to oneself or others. :-)
Prince Adam of Eternia, son of King Randor and Queen Marlena, is here to protect Kingdom of Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor!
“The 1:1 He-Man life-sized bust is probably one of our most requested items,” said Jerry Macaluso, President of Pop Culture Shock, “I’m finally glad we can bring this stellar product to the fans.”
The courageous Eternian is brought to life in exquisite detail by the Pop Culture Shock creative team, sure to please even the most die-hard Masters of the Universe fanatic. With a quasi-realistic craftsmanship, the enormous 1:1 scale bust is destined to be the signature flagship item in your own Castle Greyskull. Be sure to check out the PCS exclusive edition which features theatrical sfx quality, moveable acrylic eyes and an attachable 'Power Sword' hilt !
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If you haven't heard already, Dark Horse has a brand new Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe book due out April, 2015! Click here to preorder your copy today. And click here to see what other fans have to say on the Org forums. And here are more details on the book itself:
"In 1983, the world was introduced to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. What followed was a cultural sensation that changed the landscape of children's entertainment forever! Join Mattel and Dark Horse in this comprehensive retrospective chronicling He-Man's decades-long epic journey from toy, to television, to film, to a true pop culture phenomenon!"
If you see products you want, grab ‘em, because quantities are limited! All products are subject to sell-out to subscribers during Early Access* on Monday 8/4. Any remaining products will be available to everyone starting Tuesday 8/5 at 9:00 a.m. PT.
*Early Access is a subscriber-only benefit through our clubs. Not a subscriber? Make sure you have the chance to purchase hot items like these and many more before non-subscribers in 2015. Get your Club Eternia subscription today!