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This week's fan art is done by Samy Hadj Ammar, also known as Sha on the He-Man.Org forums.
Sha was kind enough to give a little description about his artwork. "The picture is done with pencils, inks, scans and coloring done on a PC. It took me 20 hours to make. The inspiration came from the MOTUc bio of the Sorceress. I often think in comic covers because one big picture often tells half the story."
Sometimes Sha will take commissions if he has time.
At SDCC's MattyPalooza 2015 panel, we learned that a 2016 Club Filmation subscription will soon be offered. It will feature Filmation He-Man, Skeletor, Beast Man, Clawful, Evil-Lyn, Trap Jaw and Evil Seed (the sub exclusive). But what could a 2017 line-up entail? We'd love to know what Filmaton characters you'd like to see the most for 2017!
Since the Club Filmation line re-introduces many characters in the Filmation style, this particular poll focuses on more of the popular and most discussed Filmation characters. This poll consists of a list put together by Busta Toons and Scorpia that was then proofed by Mattel. It's been programmed by Adam Tyner. Images were provided by AdultCollector, gbagok, and Penny Dreadful. And the image sheets were put together by AdultCollector.
The first two rounds will be a YES/NO voting method. Please click "yes" or "no" next to the name of each character you would like to see released in future Filmation subscription. We will then take the characters with the most "yes" votes and place them into a final ranking poll to discover your most wanted 2017 Filmation characters!
This poll ends on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 11:00 PM Eastern.
And yes, the MOTUC Collector's Choice 2017 character fan poll is also coming soon! Two different polls to help let your voice be heard about what figures YOU hope to see in 2017!
Interest: 857 - 53.03% - I plan to buy Snake Mountain no matter what. 392 - 24.26% - I plan to buy Snake Mountain, but it depends mostly on the price. 361 - 22.34% - I plan to buy Snake Mountain, but it depends mostly on what changes they make to it. 6 - 0.37% - I have no plans to buy Snake Mountain regardless of price, size, or other changes.
Size and Price: 1,031 - 63.80% - I want the Snake Mountain I saw shown at SDCC, i'd rather pay more to get the size we've already seen. 585 - 36.20% - I'd rather they scaled it down smaller to bring it down to the $300 mark.
Technology : 643 - 39.79% - I do not want the bluetooth speaker and prefer to put the resources towards something else on Snake Mountain. 523 - 32.36% - I want the bluetooth speaker that links to the app proposed at SDCC. 450 - 27.85% - I'm indifferent about the bluetooth speaker.
Accessories: 1,063 - 65.78% - I'd rather the set was done with all accessories already shown, regardless of how much that increases the price of the playset. 488 - 30.20% - I'm okay with them reducing the accessories (for example: The Bone Throne) in order to bring the price down. But I'd want those accessories released separately later on. 65 - 4.02% - I'm okay with them reducing the accessories (for example: The Bone Throne) in order to bring the price down. And I don't care if they offer the accessories later or not.
Artwork: 1,372 - 84.90% - Rudy Obrero for the box art! He did the Castle Grayskull playset box art. 171 - 10.58% - Nate Baertsch for the box art! He did the Castle Grayskull Icon Heroes statue box art. 12 write-in - 0.74% - Axel Gimenez 11 write-in - 0.68% - Emiliano Santalucia *** all other artists got 3 or fewer write-in votes
Payment: 439 - 27.20% - I'd like to use a 'lay away' payment format that let's me have a portion debited each month until the total amount is paid. 432 - 26.77% - I'm okay paying the full amount up front, especially if it insures the playset will happen given the concern over previous payment cancellations on Castle Grayskull. 401 - 24.85% - I'd like to pay an initial deposit and then pay the rest when it ships. 342 - 21.18% - I'm okay providing my credit card during my purchase but I don't want anything charged until the playset is ready to ship.
While you're waiting for Power-Con 2016, check out The Egyptian Theatre's He-Man & She-Ra event in September:
"Our celebration of the most powerful cartoon in the universe kicks off Friday, September 18th with the live-action MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, in which He-Man (Dolph Lundgren) faces off against Skeletor (Frank Langella). Lundgren, director Gary Goddard and production designer William Stout appear in person for a post-screening Q&A.
On Saturday, September 19th, the Egyptian is transformed into Eternia for a series of events beginning with a mini-convention of artists, collectors and vendors in the lobby. Along with classic moments from the TV series, the festivities include a rare screening of the theatrically released THE SECRET OF THE SWORD and wrap up with the West Coast premiere of TOY MASTERS, the recent documentary about the origins of 'Masters of the Universe' Mattel and Filmation veterans Erika Scheimer, Mark Taylor, Errol McCarthy, Tom Sito, Larry DiTillio, Diane Pershing and Marc Scott Zicree, along with voice actors Alan Oppenheimer (Skeletor) and Melendy Britt (She-Ra), will be on hand for a discussion and to meet fans."
"MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE He-Man, She-Ra, Skeletor, and all the fantastical characters, creatures, and worlds from Masters of the Universe have inspired generations of fans over the years, and we're thrilled represent the property at MondoCon this year. Epic battles of Good vs Evil, guiding morality lessons, and enduring character designs offer a wealth of creative opportunity for posters, collectible figures, and more!
Masters of the Universe: The Problem with Power by Mike Saputo (see image below)
We're also excited to show the first in a series of MOTU 1/6 Scale Collectible Figures: He-Man & Skeletor! Designed by Dave Rapoza and Joe Allard, and sculpted by Ramirez Studios, you'll get a sneak peek of the prototypes! Check out a tease of some of the designs below.
Ever since the debut of Masters of the Universe Classics back in 2008 we have seen every faction represented except one, and that is The Meteorbs. A number of fans have wanted the Meteorbs to return. Ten figures were made for the vintage MOTU toyline back in the 80s, issue #2 of the vintage Star/Marvel comic dedicated an entire story to them, Comet Cat and Dinosorb were represented in the Princess of Power cartoon episode "Assault on the Hive", and some fantastic posters were drawn depicting them with one being drawn by the late great Earl Norem.
If you would like The Meteorbs to be made once again please sign this petition in hopes fans of the Meteorbs can show Mattel these characters are worth considering for inclusion in the Classics line.
Snag some must-have figures from our Princess of Power Anniversary Sale including a few fearless fighters, some wicked warrior women, and an array of righteous rebels. Check out who’s included…
We can’t skirt the issue… this is one fierce group of females. Whether they’re defending Etheria or scheming to squash She-Ra, they all have their own awesome abilities.
There’s someone here to please every collector, from the captivating Castaspella to the evil Entrapta. Have you heard the buzz about Sweet Bee? Do you want to give Double Mischief a second look? Here’s your chance to add a few of these fierce females to your collection. We’ve even got Bow and Sea Hawk to add some masculine muscle to the mix.
24-Hour Sale on September 9th • Wednesday, Sep/9 at 9 a.m. PT to Thursday, Sep/10 at 9 a.m. PT • Masters of the Universe Classics Princess of Power Castaspella • Masters of the Universe Classics Princess of Power Double Mischief • Masters of the Universe Classics Princess of Power Entrapta • Masters of the Universe Classics Princess of Power Madame Razz & Broom • Masters of the Universe Classics Princess of Power Spinnerella • Plus many more!
Plus, order three or more figures featured in the sale and you’ll receive 30% off those figures! (Starting Sep/9 at 9 a.m. PT and ending Sep/10 at 9 a.m. PT or while supplies last, whichever comes first.)
This week's fan creation is by Seril. This is what he had to say about his piece.
"He was inspired by the custom I saw where people were using the Mighty Spector body with the UK head, the Horde Prime shoulder pads and cape, and the CyChop belt to make a more "comic accurate UK Horde Prime." I didn't have any of those extra figures, but I did have a Faceless One and a Grizzlor that I found during a Big Lots sale. So I ended up taking one of my royal guard's bodies, that I had leftover from another custom and shoving them all together into what you saw in the picture. He took about a week to make, but that's honestly mostly due to the paint drying."
A new video has been posted by SkeleVision Studio. It features a short animation breakdown of the original pencil frames in a scene from the very first He-Man project ever animated by Filmation (shown by Mattel at their booth a few years ago). It also briefly shows the comparison between the pencils and the final colored animation. Check it out:
Since April 12th, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland have been blocked from watching videos on the OFFICIAL He-Man and the Masters of the UniverseYouTube channel - Some four months later, the block has been lifted - REJOICE! :)
Since the block came into affect, 37 NEW videos have been uploaded to the channel - Go watch 'em now! :)
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 149 questions!
This round of questions were selected by Niki. Thanks to that fan for their help!
1. Jean: If everything goes well for both subscriptions, is there a chance of a third 2016 mini-sub being announced at the next ToyFair?
Doubtful. 2016 is pretty much set. The sub's performance will greatly impact what is offered for 2017.
2. Bender Rodríguez: Any word on making both the Snake Men and Horde Trooper 2-packs evergreen items on MattyCollector?
Keep your eyes peeled for some interesting announcements regarding that.
3. bigsexy_j: If no further info can be given at this point about how we are getting the 200x King Hssss snake form, can we at least get confirmation that it is coming in 2015 as part of the sub?
Please see earlier announcement on MattyCollector.com.
4. Scorpia: Could you give Vultak the Icer forearms so his gauntlets are furry? That way he'll be more accurate to his appearance in the cartoon as opposed to the gauntlets his prototype currently features.
That's an interesting idea, we will look into it.
5. MegaGearMax: Does a Filmation-accurate figure candidate have to have a prior figure release in Classics? I ask because every character revealed thus far for the 2016 line has an alternate counterpart in Classics. Or is this merely a coincidence?
No that is not a requirement. One of the reasons that the Filmation line is happening is to not only deliver cartoon accurate versions of the MOTU characters from that series, but it is also a way for potential new He-Man and MOTU fans to get some of the core characters that might be impossible to get now in MOTUC.
This month Club Eternia welcomes Mara of Primus, who fights for what’s right with one flip of her fierce ponytail. “Buzz Saw” Hordak carves out his place as the Club Eternia quarterly figure, and Evil Seed takes root in Club 200X.
Plus… celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Masters of the Universe movie with a special offer! From the celebrated 1987 film, we’ve got bad boy Blade, Evil Master of Swords and good-hearted Gwildor, Heroic Creator of the Cosmic Key, both available in Early Access as well as All Access. In honor of this ’80s classic, buy both and get 20% off your combined purchase while supplies last.
All Access: • Masters of the Universe Mara of Primus (Club Eternia monthly figure) • Masters of the Universe “Buzz Saw” Hordak (Club Eternia quarterly figure) • Masters of the Universe Evil Seed (Club 200X monthly figure) • Masters of the Universe Classics Blade Evil Master of Swords • Masters of the Universe Classics Gwildor Heroic Creator of the Cosmic Key
"The exhibit, curated by artist Dave Perillo, will feature pieces inspired by Hot Wheels, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and even the Hoverboard. Artists participating include Perillo, Amy Medderson, Andrew Kolb, Anthony Petrie, Brad Hill, Cuddles & Rage, David Seidman, Glen Brogan, Ian Glaubinger, Jason Edmiston, Jellyko, Jerrod Maruyama, Jonathan Reincke, Lauren Gregg, Matt Kaufenberg, Nan Lawson, 100% Soft, Rich Pellegrino, Scott Listfield, Toddbot and Tom Whalen. This rare opportunity to purchase official Mattel inspired artwork is truly not to be missed. It will run through September 5th."
Power-Con tickets & exclusives for the 2016 convention in Los Angeles, CA go up for pre-order this Saturday. Along with tickets, the exclusives figures (Camo Khan, red mini comic Beast Man, and green mini comic Granamyr) and Power-Con t-shirts can be pre-ordered.
Attendee pre-orders begin Saturday, August 15 at 9am pacific / 12pm eastern. Non-Attendee pre-orders begin Saturday August 15 at 12pm pacific / 3pm eastern.
James Eatock has been busy working and moving house, thus the YouTube channel updates have been a tad lacking - As a result, today FOUR videos have been uploaded to the OFFICIAL He-Man and the Masters of the UniverseYouTube channel! Head on over to the channel and check out
Along with the ability for attendees to pre-order tickets and exclusives this Saturday, August 15 at 9:00am Pacific / 12:00pm Eastern, you will able to be able to pre-order Power-Con t-shirts!
T-shirts must be picked up at the convention; they will not be shipped.
Each style is available in 4 colors: black, red, blue, and green and may be pre-ordered in men’s sizes small through 2XL for $20 each. Other sizes may be made available during Saturday’s pre-order at an additional cost.
Note: T-shirts will not be shipped and thus are unavailable to individuals who pre-order non-attendee merchandise passes on Saturday.
Fans can now begin reserving their hotel rooms for Power-Con 2016! The show is June 4th & 5th, 2016!
The convention hotel is the: Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach 3635 Fashion Way Torrance, CA 90503
The reservation link will automatically fill in the dates of arriving on Friday, June 3rd, and departing on Monday, June 6th. But, you can change to any dates between the 3rd and 6th during the reservation process.
Power-Con's standard room rate is $139 for up to 4 occupants in the room. You will be able to select special features, such as a king or double bed, on the screens that follow the initial reservation dates, room quantity and occupancy.
NOTE: The hotel WILL start charging the first night's room cost on March 6th, 2016. (90 days out from the convention's dates). Due to limited hotel space, this is to insure people do not sit on room reservations.
I recently contacted Kevin Sharpe, also known as Ksharpe on the He-Man.Org forums, about his art. This is what he had to say.
"She-Ra was done mostly at Heroes-con this year to pass the time on Sunday. It's in pencil and took me about 4 hours at Heroes and maybe another 3-4 later at home. I tried to give her a more athletic build--not bodybuilder, but maybe fitness model-esque. In the case of She-ra, visually, I tried for a balance of felinity and power."
If anyone is interested Ksharpe does do commissions.
Check out the image of their fan art at the bottom of this news article. And click here to check out the original image and more from this user!
The sub passed with flying colors and we surpassed our goal by 75%! Eeker If you subbed in you can expect to receive Lord Masque in January 2016 with Vultak, Crita, and the rest of the gang following throughout the year (Day Of stock will be available in limited quantities).
As always, thank you for your continued support of the brand. Things are always in a perpetual state of change but when YOU demonstrate your love and passion for MOTU it makes it that much easier for the team to continue to deliver you guys quality products.
Congratulations once again, back to the salt mines I go.
MOTUC Collector's Choice Subscriptions are currently available at Matty Collector This subscription brings nine newly designed figures, including one subscription-only figure you will not want to miss.
The 2016 Collector’s Choice subscription is open now through Monday, 8/10 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Here’s the complete list of figures included in the Collector’s Choice subscription and projected release dates, including the subscription-only figure:
• Lord Masque (1/16) • Vultak (3/16) • Darius (5/16) • Night Stalker (semi-annual figure, 5/16) • Despara (subscription-only, 6/16) • Crita (7/16) • General Sunder (9/16) • Horde Wraith (11/16) • Tuskador (semi-annual figure, 11/16)
For details on Bi-Monthly shipping option, click HERE. For details on Triple Shipment option, click HERE.
At SDCC, Mattel commented that they were looking to keep the price 'around the $300 mark', but that they would likely have to reduce it in size to bring it in at that price. And, in the last answer session provided, Mattel stated they were going to scale the first prototype we saw at SDCC down by about 10% to 20%.
Would you rather they scaled it down a bit to bring it in for around $300? Or would you rather they kept it at the size it was revealed at and charge more for it? Or do you have no interest in it at all?
Vote today in this fan poll! You don't have to be registered to He-Man.Org to vote. Spread the word to fans you know, and be sure to vote before tonight Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at 11:00 PM EST.
As originally posted over at Idle Hands, we found out that Mondo is going to be making a licensed line of Masters of the Universe figures.
According to Mondo's Creative Director-Toys/Collectibles Brock Otterbacher, "The idea is to take the basic designs of the original figures, some of the art from the original mini comics and packaging, add a bit of realism to them, along with a bit of our own tastes, and create a series of high-end figures that fans like us would be stoked to have. Designed by Dave Rapoza. Sculpted by Ramirez Studios. EPIC."
All we've seen so far is the teaser image below. They're keeping very hush about things until MONDOCON this October. But they are up for doing a Q&A with fans to let you know whatever info they can share before the con!
So click here to post your questions on the He-Man.Org forums about the upcoming and still mysterious MOTU action figure line from Mondo!
Are you ready for the power to return on June 4th and 5th!? Tickets for the 2016 Power-Con show in Los Angeles, CA will be available for pre-order on Saturday, August 15th at 9:00am Pacific / 12:00pm Eastern.
Each attendee may pre-purchase up to three of each exclusive for every ticket pre-ordered. We anticipate the exclusives to sell out during the ticket pre-order period so please plan accordingly!
Attendees may not purchase multiple tickets for themselves; you may only purchase additional tickets for others who will be in your party, in attendance, at the convention. Attendees and everyone in your party for whom you have purchased tickets must be present at the time of ticket pick-up. Attendees must be present at the convention to pick up their exclusives; they will not be shipped.
Ticket Pricing: • Full Weekend Pass: $40 • Saturday Only Pass: $25 • Sunday Only Pass: $25 • Power Pass: $150 (limited to only 10 passes) The Power Pass includes: Full Weekend Pass to the convention, special Power Pass badge, all ticket pre-order incentive items (see below), free Power-Con t-shirt, guaranteed front-row panel seating, and VIP access to Power-Con’s green room (you never know who might be in there!). Note: You must pre-order the MOTUC exclusives separately, they are not included.
Children under the age of 12 may enter the show for free without a ticket. They are not eligible to purchase the exclusives unless a ticket is purchased for them.
Ticket Pre-Order Incentives: • Exclusive mini prints to be revealed later • Additional incentives will be revealed soon!
More details about the exclusive Power-Con figures:
Pending performance of pre-order sales, we cannot guarantee there will be additional figure stock for purchase at the convention. Each figure is planned to come on a standard Masters of the Universe Classics blister card that is inside a mailer box and Granamyr will come in the standard “MOTUC” packaging with box art inside a mailer box. Packaging is subject to change.
The vendor that will be processing pre-orders uses a shopping cart reserve system. Once you add an item to your cart, you will have approximately ten minutes to complete your order. If an item is in your cart, you do not need to fear that item selling out before you can complete your order as long as you complete your order within ten minutes. We will have more detailed information closer to the pre-sale date.
Can’t attend the show but still want to obtain these exclusives?
Fans who are unable to attend the show may purchase a special non-attendee merchandise access pass which will allow the holder to purchase up to one of each exclusive at the prices listed above PLUS shipping and handling which will be flat rates for domestic and international fans. Please note that we can't control the price of shipping, especially the high cost of international shipping. Specific pricing on the exclusives with the shipping/handling included will be provided on August 15.
As a non-attendee merchandise access pass holder, you will also receive a physical merchandise access pass badge as a souvenir with your figures for supporting the convention, as well as a copy of the convention’s program and all ticket pre-order incentive items. Non-attendees will not be eligible for Power-Con t-shirt pre-orders.
• Non-attendee merchandise access pass: $25
Note to all:The exclusive Masters of the Universe Classics figures are sold as-is with no returns or exchanges. All sales are final.
Power-Con T-Shirt Pre-Orders
The 2016 show will feature four different t-shirt designs similar to previous years, be available in a limited color selection, and available in adult sizes S-XXL. T-shirts will be PRE-ORDER ONLY and must be picked up at the convention; they will not be shipped. More information will be available soon.