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Answers to WTFWTK 2.127 July 29, 2014 5:08 am by JVS3

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 127 questions!

This round of questions were selected by mjw41.
Thanks to that fan for their help!

1. EmaHalJordan: Will we see a "Widgets pack" before the end of MOTUC?

At this point outside of confirming we will do our best effort to get all vintage MOTUC characters (including variants), original POP toy characters, A-list NA characters and some A list media characters, we can't comment on specifics. There are too many unknown factors, and we of course do need to hold onto a few surprises to keep PR going strong!

2. Flutterina: Are the Twiggets now, or have they ever been, on the road map?

The Twiggets were part of the original 2020 roadmap. Whether they will be released now before 2015 remains to be seen!

3. VaultsofGrayskull: You've set a maximum sub number for 2015 but will presumably still need to hit a minimum number too. Assuming that this is achieved, wouldn't that indicate that there is still plenty of support for MOTUC and the momentum to continue beyond 2015 with many of those characters (such as minicomic variants) that have been talked about so much?

Yes it certainly would. But that does not guarantee a product line. Other factors such as rising costs and diminishing character selection also plays a strong role. We will know more about the future of MOTUC once we sell in the 2015 line.

4. Shokoti's Slave: What led to the decision to end the MOTUC sub in 2015, rather than see if a 2016 sub and beyond would sell?

We have not made any announcements about 2016 at this time and what will or will not happen. Right now our focus is on selling in the 2015 sub.

5. Count Marzo: Could there be one more potential "add-on" 6 figure mini-sub in 2015 like the Club Filmation, Club Etheria, 30th anniversary, etc in previous years?

Yes their potentially could be any number of add on or non sub items. Time will tell. Let’s sell in the 2015 sub first!

Check out what fans have to say about the answers to the WTFWTK 2.127, as well as find links to all the previous WTFWTK sessions!

The SDCC reveal nobody expected - 'Son of He-Man' series pitch! July 28, 2014 6:19 pm by Penny Dreadful

Many fans are familiar with the 1996 He-Ro: Son of He-Man pitch from Lou Scheimer Productions. Other fans have heard of the 1989 New Adventures (NA) pitch from Filmation which was entitled He-Man and the Masters of Space (see cereal:geek issue 14). However, when MOTUC brand manager Scott "Toyguru" Neitlich informed the fan community of yet another 'Son of He-Man' (SOH) pitch in Mattel's possession, many were stunned because they had never heard of it. A few fans even doubted its legitimacy. I am here to tell you that this series bible, which has heretofore been unseen by the public outside of some very small glimpses, is 100% authentic.

Scott was kind enough to bring this extremely rare series bible to the 2014 He-Man.Org Power Party. As I approached him to say hello, he pulled the booklet out of his backpack and held it up. My eyes widened as I enthusiastically begged for a peek. Scott smiled, handed it over and said, "Absolutely no pictures!" I brought it over to a nearby table where TheShadow, Pixel Dan, and PrincessAdoraNJ were all hanging out and, in a scenario which can only be described as MOTU Story Hour, I read it aloud from cover to cover. I also briefly showed it to several other fans including Busta Toons and JVS3.

For anyone still doubting its authenticity, let me reassure you that it is a legitimate piece of Masters of the Universe history. I pored over the bound pages and scrutinized them for some time. I'm quite certain that Scott did not undertake the arduous task of finding an old typewriter, typing the entire thing out on old paper, xeroxing it, and then putting it in the sun to age it.

Photos were strictly forbidden, but I absorbed as much of it as I could. I have forgotten a few names and some details, but this article should give fans an overall picture of what this unproduced pitch was like.

THE PITCH

The series pitch is dated 1988 and the familiar FILMATION logo is splashed across the front cover. This is followed by the title of the proposed series. The He-Ro Son of He-Man font is exactly the one used for the 'Son of He-Man' logo stickers found on some of the MOTUC packaging.


This pitch is very clearly part of the development for the New Adventures of He-Man. Familiar NA characters like Icarius (this name is used as opposed to Flipshot), Hydron, Brakk (aka Flogg), Optikk, Lizorr and others are referenced and described. However, instead of He-Man and Skeletor leading their respective groups, it is He-Ro and Skeleteen who are affiliated with these characters.

The story begins on Eternia. He-Man and Teela, who now rule Eternia, bear a son. This boy is their biological child and is not adopted as he is in the later Lou Scheimer Productions pitch. Meanwhile, another boy is born to the evil Skeletor and... Shadow Weaver! Scott explained that he changed the mother to Evil-Lyn in MOTUC as it made more sense to have her be the mum. It is made clear in the bible that, while Skeletor is evil, he has paternal feelings for his son and wants to protect him. Incidentally, Shadow Weaver is the sole reference to POP that I saw in this series bible.


Shortly after the birth of these children, a new threat surfaces on Eternia. In a turn of events very reminiscent of Superman, Eternia becomes endangered by an "evil force" which threatens to consume and destroy the entire planet. In an effort to save the infant son of He-Man and Teela, Man-At-Arms and Orko work together (for once) by combining technology and magic to build a spaceship called, The Javelon. The accompanying illustration of the Javelon is essentially Starship Eternia. He-Man uses this ship to send his son far into space and far into the future. Unbeknownst to him, Skeletor has also secretly stowed his own son aboard the ship in order to save the boy’s life.

When the Javelon crash-lands on a planet in the Tri-Solar system, it is discovered by Darius who finds a child within. He names the baby “He-Ro.” Darius is a prominent character in this pitch and functions as He-Ro’s mentor throughout the story. Incidentally, I did not see the name Dare mentioned at all in this bible, though it is possible I missed it. I’m presuming Scott chose the name Dare because it appears in the more familiar Scheimer Productions pitch. I think the planet He-Ro lands on is called something akin to Primus, but I can’t recall the exact spelling.


The son of Skeletor and Shadow Weaver is also discovered, but he is found by Brakk (Flogg), who senses the child’s potential for evil tyranny and dumps him in the Quagmi swamp. There, the infant is found by tentacled beings (Slush Head’s race) and is raised by them. This swampy upbringing explains Skeleteen’s later aversion to anything slimy.

He-Ro grows into an active and reckless teenager and eventually enters into an academy where he is trained by Darius. He also discovers a mysterious dagger at some point and carries it with him.

The illustrations for He-Ro show very clearly that he is wearing NA He-Man’s outfit. He has the armor, helmet, pants, etc. Skeleteen looks like a teenaged Skeletor. His skull face does not appear to be a mask in the images, though I could not tell for certain. He wears a hood in most of the illustrations, but there is one of him with the hood pulled down where we can see him sporting a Mohawk and riding the Skelecycle (this image has been released to the public in the past). There are also several illustrations of other denizens of “Primus.” These denizens are much more sword & sorcery/fantasy in appearance. However, there are notes written in pencil next to each of these characters which say, “no” or “too barbarian” which indicates a desire to lessen the sword and sorcery roots of the vintage brand. It is unclear whether these notes were made by Mattel or by Filmation. There is also an illustration of the Tri-Solar galaxy which features familiar celestial bodies such as Denebria, and Nordor.

Skeleteen has inherited some of his father’s evil power and starts to become a tyrannical threat. As this is going on, He-Ro has a vision. In his vision, he sees his father He-Man who is communicating with him from the past. He-Man has defeated the evil force that once threatened to destroy Eternia and has located his son in order to tell him about his destiny. He-Ro is destined to protect the Tri-Solar system from evil. He-Man explains that He-Ro’s dagger is not an ordinary weapon and that it is magical. He-Ro then holds his dagger aloft and says, “By the Power of the Ancient Masters! I am He-Ro!!!” He is then imbued with great power. He isn’t as strong as He-Man, but he is quite powerful and resourceful in his own right. During the series, he sometimes has to call on his father for help. Meanwhile, Skeletor senses the power surge when He-Man contacts his son and manages to contact Skeleteen as well. Like He-Ro, Skeleteen can contact his dad when he needs help.

This is where things get really wild. The sequences featuring He-Man and Skeletor communicating with their teenaged sons were going to be done in LIVE-ACTION! They were going to communicate with their sons via View Screen and these scenes would be filmed in live action. However, whenever He-Ro or Skeleteen needed direct assistance from their fathers, their famous dads would transform into cartoon characters “by the power of animation” and arrive in person to help out.

GOOD GUYS

Other characters include a furry creature/sidekick for He-Ro who resembles something one might have seen in Filmation’s Ghostbusters. There is a savage teenaged girl/love interest for He-Ro. Her name is Me-log (no relation to the POP cartoon character) and. she quite resembles the female archer on the Megator box art who many fans speculate was supposed to have been Sharella. There is another character from the academy who helps He-Ro as well, though I can’t recall much about him. I believe the series bible says he is tall and intimidating. My memory is a bit fuzzy regarding this character. There are also four cartoony wizards who appear to be early versions of the accursed NA Scientists. In addition, many of the familiar New Masters, or Galactic Guardians as they later came to be known, are depicted here. Icarius, Hydron, and Nocturna appear. Two concepts for Nocturna are seen. One depicts him as a male and the other depicts Nocturna as a female character. The design for Detector, who later evolved into Vizar, appears here as well. Note: the early designs for the toy characters were surely provided by Mattel and given to Filmation for use in the development of the series bible. Characters such as Hydron were created by Mattel. However, as was the case in the classic series, Filmation created some of their own supporting characters as well.

BAD GUYS

Skeleteen assembles a group of evil mutants who, of course, are the ones we know from New Adventures. The design for Crystoll, who later became Karatti, appears here but he has a completely different name. Sadly, I do not remember what it is. Other character profiles include Lizorr, Optikk, Slush Head, and others. The design for Brakk (Flogg) looks quite different from the Flogg we know, though there are elements which made it through to his final design (helmet, weapon, etc).

The pitch refers quite often to the humor in the show and explains that while action and adventure would be plentiful, the emphasis on humor would be stronger than it was in the original series. For example, Skeleteen would have some bumbling moments.
That’s most of what I remember. There are details I’m forgetting, but I think this will give fans the overall gist of the pitch. Surely, there were several pitches written during the early production of New Adventures. This is but one of them. As I mentioned earlier, Filmation & Scheimer Production revisited both NA and, later, SOH in 1989’s He-Man and the Masters of Space and in 1996’s He-Ro Son of He-Man, respectively. Ultimately Son of He-Man never saw the light of day (until MOTUC) and NA was taken over by Jetlag/DIC once Filmation closed its doors. It is fascinating to imagine what other undiscovered series pitches might exist out there. For example, there was supposed to have been a full-on Live-Action television series at one point, but that’s another story.

I would very much like to thank Scott for allowing us to have a peek at this fascinating piece of Masters of the Universe history. I sincerely appreciate it. Also, thanks to TheShadow for remembering a couple of the cool details I had forgotten.

Discuss the news HERE.

 

SDCC 2014: The Reveals! July 26, 2014 12:07 am by MegaGearMax

Thanks to our friends at Toyark.com for the pictures!

It's that time again!??

The Art Of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe artbook is coming from Dark Horse Comics! It explores all of the different eras of MOTU. Written by Tim Seeley, it's on pre-order at Amazon.com HERE.

Light Hope (Club Etheria), Sweet Bee (Club Etheria), Eldor and the Battle Ram - October 2014. Remember October of last year, where Classics fans had so many figures coming their way? History repeats itself. Battle Ram has swappable snake and griffin heads.

Tung Lashor - November 2014. Tung comes with two heads -- one with tongue extended and one with mouth closed.??Arrow, Bow's horse - November 2014 Quarterly Item. Arrow is Filmation styled and has the option of adding wings.

Gwildor - November 2014 Holiday Item. He comes with his staff, as well as the Prototype and Final versions of the Cosmic Key.??Galactic Protector She-Ra - November 2014 Club Etheria. Comes with translucent sword and shield.

Mermista - December 2014. Regular Club Eternia. She comes with swappable torso to alternate between woman and mermaid looks.

Spinerella - December 2014 Club Etheria. Spin is the $30 enhanced figure due to all of the extra deco involved. Hair is three different pieces that fans can remove and customize.

Lizard Man - January 2015. The Filmation fan favorite come with Skeletor's sword and the Diamond Ray of Disappearance!

Ninjor - February 2015. Ninjor comes with a new armored look and rope belt. He comes with nunchuku, ninja-to, bow, quiver and unmasked alternate head.

Huntara - March 2015. Fan choice winner. The female bounty huntress comes with two laser swords and an axe!

Oo-Larr - March 2015 Club Eternia Exclusive. First Appearance He-Man from the Alcala mini-comics comes with spear and two alternate He-Man heads, one of them similar to the original He-Man figure head. Oo-Larr comes with "Homecoming" mini-comic as well as the Blueprint to Castle Grayskull map!

Snake Armor He-Man vs Battle Armor King Hsss - Q1 2015. 200X themed two pack. Snake Armor He-Man is the popular variant featured in MOTU vs the Snake Men cartoon, while Battle Armor King Hsss is the MYP version of King Hsss complete with the more fearsome looking fan demanded Earl Norem snake form.??

Skeletor's Hover Robots - Travelling Exclusive 3 pack! These iconic robots come with interchangable hands, stands and stickers for battle damage!

See what the fans have to say HERE!

He-Man.Org Chatroom July 24, 2014 3:57 pm by TheShadow

Did you know that there is a chatroom integrated in the He-Man.org forums? With the San Diego Comic Con reveals just a day away, the chatroom is the perfect place to gather with your fellow fans LIVE! Share your thoughts, praises, and grievances - the chat is available 24/7, you can create your own rooms, and invite other users to join.

We've created a tour video of how to use the chatroom, which has many features above just chatting. Watch our chatroom tour by clicking here.

The ENTIRE Battle Ram with A New Man-At-Arms Figure for $110 July 24, 2014 12:26 am by MegaGearMax

Matty just revealed a big ticket item for Christmas -- namely the ENTIRE Battle Ram with a Filmation inspired Man-At-Arms that is sporting his 200X unhelmeted head!

The all-new fan-demanded MOTUC vehicle has arrived! The front half is a detachable Jet Sled™ with a snake design, which can be interchanged with the 2013 Griffin design Jet Sled™ that came with Sky-High. The new Battle Ram™ features real rolling wheels, a projectile launcher, and includes an all-new version of Man-At-Arms® with a helmetless head that shows off his awesome ponytail. The figure has double arm armor and “leather” boots, and arrives with mace, a pistol, and a sword that snap into his armor. This special year-end holiday item is not part of the Club Eternia® sub, and will be offered to everyone in our regular sale on 12/15.

See what the fans have to say HERE!

Tung Lashor, Sweet Bee and NA She-Ra Leaked July 23, 2014 5:07 pm by MegaGearMax

Pictures of upcoming MOTU Classics figures hit the internet, whetting fan appetites for the reveals on Friday! Fans were treated to their first glimpses of Tung Lashor, Sweet Bee and NA She-Ra!

Tung Lashor showing up in 2014 means that Sssqueeze will be the 2015 Snake Man and the last character to finish out that particular Vintage sub-roster.

Sweet Bee sports her redheaded Filmation design and a new "Waspinator"-like gun (It's a Beast Wars character) as well as the standard POP Shield.

"NA She-Ra", as we are calling her right now is the first new She-Ra variant in almost three decades. Toyguru had said that there will be at least as many New Adventures in 2015 as there were in 2014, so Mara will have at least two more fellow NA characters joining her on her way to NA collectors.

See what the fans have to say HERE!

Roast Gooble Dinner - Episode 123 Discussion July 22, 2014 4:16 pm by JVS3

Are you hungry for Episode 123 of He-Man.org's Roast Gooble Dinner?

Val Staples, Danielle Gelehrter and Nate Baertsch are back to discuss He-Man and She-Ra.

In this episode they are joined by Scott Neitlich to answer your questions about
Scott's thesis,
movie talk,
Magoo,
Showtime's Penny Dreadful,
SDCC Matty panel, Friday, room 25abc, 11am,
2015 Subscription,
new stuff put out Wed & Thurs before the panel,
SKUs and 2015,
budgets and prices,
items inside and outside the sub,
subs required to make 2015 happen,
what happens if 2015 isn't sold-in,
Scott's favorite SDCC reveal,
Buzz-Saw Hordak,
timeline of character production,
price and the future,
Castle Grayskull,
Meteorbs,
new mini-comics,
mini-figures,
blinds bags and variants,
MOTUC, a movie and retail,
no vote at SDCC,
shoulders, paint apps, and not getting every figure perfect,
and much more!


Intro/Outro info:
None

Another fan contribution are episode wallpapers and backgrounds, created by Matt Tyree also know as Tyree on the forums. Matt is commercial illustrator who you can find out more about at www.tyreeonline.com

Also, don't forget the Roast Gooble Dinner iPhone App, which is great for organizing and downloading current and past episodes. Click here to get yours today!

And if you have a comment or a question, please call us at (310) 933-5993 or at our Skype account "roastgooble" and leave a voicemail (in Skype, please go to Call Phones and enter roastgooble as the phone number and dial in. Please do not add roastgooble to your contact list as we won't accept the request. Sorry!) We'll try to work your voicemail into the show, so please call! Otherwise, you can e-mail us at gooble (at) he-man (dot) org. One or more of the hosts will read your e-mail on the show. Please keep e-mails short and sweet!

So pull up your chair and fill up your plate! It's time to chow down on a tasty serving of fandom here on He-Man.org's Roast Gooble Dinner!

Recorded on June 19, 2014
Runtime: 1 hour, 14 minutes, 37 seconds

Direct link for Episode 123

Discussion thread on the forums

Subscription options:

Link to subscribe with iTunes
or
Direct link to RSS feed

Roast Gooble Dinner - Episode 122 Discussion July 22, 2014 3:25 am by JVS3

Are you hungry for Episode 122 of He-Man.org's Roast Gooble Dinner?

Val Staples, Danielle Gelehrter and Nate Baertsch are back to discuss He-Man and She-Ra.

In this episode they are joined by Eric Treadaway to answer your questions about
Toy Fair 2014 reveals,
Kowl and Lookee,
Rio Blast,
Club Etheria,
Double Mischief (Double Trouble),
Madame Razz & Broome,
insert molding & ankles,
reveals and changes,
Snake Mountain boxart,
Mythic Legions,
Entrapta,
Light Hope,
the bet,
Sweet Bee (helmet),
Mini-Masters,
and much more!


Intro/Outro info:
None

Another fan contribution are episode wallpapers and backgrounds, created by Matt Tyree also know as Tyree on the forums. Matt is commercial illustrator who you can find out more about at www.tyreeonline.com

Also, don't forget the Roast Gooble Dinner iPhone App, which is great for organizing and downloading current and past episodes. Click here to get yours today!

And if you have a comment or a question, please call us at (310) 933-5993 or at our Skype account "roastgooble" and leave a voicemail (in Skype, please go to Call Phones and enter roastgooble as the phone number and dial in. Please do not add roastgooble to your contact list as we won't accept the request. Sorry!) We'll try to work your voicemail into the show, so please call! Otherwise, you can e-mail us at gooble (at) he-man (dot) org. One or more of the hosts will read your e-mail on the show. Please keep e-mails short and sweet!

So pull up your chair and fill up your plate! It's time to chow down on a tasty serving of fandom here on He-Man.org's Roast Gooble Dinner!

Recorded on March 6, 2014
Runtime: 1 hour, 55 minutes, 27 seconds

Direct link for Episode 122

Discussion thread on the forums

Subscription options:

Link to subscribe with iTunes
or
Direct link to RSS feed

From Pop Culture Shock:

"Here is a first look at the upcoming He-Man Lifesize Bust PCS Exclusive Edition we will be showing at San Diego Comic Con this week. Pics of the PCS Exclusive with acrylic eyes are below.

PCS EXCLUSIVE VERSION
SRP : $679.99 (up to 20% discount if ordered direct from us)
Limited to 125 pieces worldwide
PCS Exclusive version features moveable acrylic eyes
Size: 29 x 23 x 14
Est Ship: Summer 2015
Customers that have Skeletor Lifesize Bust on pre-order with us get an extra $20 discount for pre-ordering the He-Man Lifesize Bust.  (Order must come from the same Paypal account the Skeletor was ordered from)

REGULAR VERSION
SRP : $679.99 (up to 20% if ordered direct from us)
Limited to 300 pieces worldwide
Features painted non-moveable eyes
Size: 29 x 23 x 14
Est Ship: Summer 2015"

See what fans have to say on the Org forums!

Join Pixel Dan for a look at the incredible Pop Culture Shock exclusive He-Man with Orko 1:4 scale polystone statue!

Special thanks to Pop Culture Shock for the review sample.

James "Busta Toons" Eatock on the 2015 MOTUC Subscription July 22, 2014 2:11 am by Penny Dreadful

The one and only James "Busta Toons" Eatock of cereal:geek Magazine, the He-Man and She-Ra Blog, The Power & Honor Foundation, and the He-Man Official Youtube Channel (among other things!) has something to say about the Masters of the Universe Classics Subscription, which is available until August 18th at MattyCollector.Com. Watch the video below...

 

Joe Amato's Trivia: Vintage Movie Entry Form July 15, 2014 5:37 pm by Joe Amato

Those growing up in the 80's remember getting this entry form at their local toy stores. Filling it out and sending it in gave you a chance at a lot of prizes, with the Grand Prize being chosen to appear in the 1987 Live Action Masters of the Universe Movie. Well the winner was Richard Szyponder, who had the role of Pigboy. Check out the image below.

Click here to check out my other He-Man and She-Ra trivia articles.

Club Eternia Sub at 42% July 15, 2014 4:13 pm by motuportugal

The Kowlometer was just updated!
We are at 42% of the subs needed and about one month for the sub sales end!!

We can make history and have the ultimate Masters of the Universe collection after this last year of MOTUC!!

Lets do this He-fans and She-ravers!! 

Dean Stefan - MYP's Head Writer on the 2015 MOTUC subscription July 15, 2014 12:38 am by Penny Dreadful

Dean Stefan was the head writer on the 200X MYP He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon, and he's very excited about the 2015 Masters of the Universe Classics subscription which is available until August 18th at www.mattycollector.com. Watch the video below!

Scrolls of Eternia video - MOTU Origins: Mekaneck July 14, 2014 7:40 am by Jukka

New video for Masters of the Universe Origins!

Click here to view the Video

This time taking a look at Mekaneck - Heroic Human Periscope and all the different origins that the character had!


See here what the fans have to say!

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Power-Con 2014 has been canceled July 12, 2014 1:11 pm by JVS3

From the Power-Con website:

We appreciate all the kind words and messages of support everyone has shared on behalf of Power-Con. Unfortunately, our goal for advanced sales was not reached which has resulted in cancellation of our 2014 event.

Refunds for tickets, vendor tables, and Goat Man preorders will begin to be issued this weekend and will be completed within 60 days of this announcement. You do not need to contact us to request your refund, it will be automatically processed within the 60 days. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the actual refund process, please contact us via our website.

We’re sorry we were not able to offer Goat Man at Power-Con. MattyCollector will be offering Goat Man at San Diego Comic-Con and later this year via their online store. Much like in previous years with the travelling exclusive, we suspect Goat Man will be fairly easy to obtain online.

The He-Man and She-Ra fan base is a passionate one. It has an amazing online community and we hope it will live on for decades to come. With each new year comes new opportunities for the MOTU and POP brands as well as for the fans. If a new form of entertainment arises for He-Man and She-Ra, such as a movie or cartoon, Power-Con will return and again strive to create the experience that was enjoyed by so many of you at Power-Con in the three previous years.

Please subscribe to our Newsletter so you won’t miss out on important updates, including any news about a possible future convention. Click here to sign up today!

Thank you to all the attendees, vendors, exhibitors, press, volunteers, and talent that have supported Power-Con for the last three years and we wish you a good journey!

See what other fans have to say on the Org forums.

Council of the First Ones - Episode 82 July 9, 2014 7:11 pm by EuroCoin

Council of the First Ones is a podcast done by people from The Great Rebellion - Collector's Club.

In Episode 82 topic is: 
* Power-Con and the problems it's facing at the moment

Council members present in this episode are Kelly Edmonds, Rene Chavez, N. Ahmed Crespo and Joni Koivisto.

Direct download: Episode 82 [mp3]

Duration: 59 min

See what the fans have to say

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Debuted over at The Mary Sue!
Check out the image below, illustrated by Stjepan Sejic. And see what other fans have to say on the Org forums.

He-Man & She-Ra, aka Jack & Leslie Wadsworth from The Power Tour, encourage fans to support the 2015 MOTUC subscription which is available at Matty Collector until Aug. 18th.

He-Man and She-Ra Fans,

For the past three years Power-Con was hosted in the Los Angeles area with an abundance of guests, enthusiastic attendees, and many happy vendors. But for the people organizing and running Power-Con, the show is a labor of love that has always operated with the goal of breaking even on expenses, even with the entire staff working on a volunteer and unpaid basis. So when the LA show peaked in attendance, we knew we had to look at other possible venues to continue the event. Countless fans asked every year for Power-Con to come to New York. Therefore, in an effort to help the show continue and give fans what they asked for, the decision was made to take this year's show to the city that never sleeps. Unfortunately, the staff at Power-Con is coming to you today with a heavy heart to announce that the number of advanced tickets sold are 28% of the total needed to pay for the current convention expenses.

The vast majority of He-Man and She-Ra creative talent live in and around the Los Angeles area. Getting talent to New York adds additional high cost factors that were not present in the LA location, which is why we forewarned fans that doing a travelling show would result in Power-Con having a smaller guest list, akin to other brand-specific traveling conventions. Our current guest list for the show is final: Brian Dobson, the voice of the 200X Skeletor; Dave Bullock, Mike Young He-Man storyboard artist; Djordje Djokovic, sculptor and graphic designer who has worked on various He-Man projects; the Four Horsemen toy design group; Paul Kupperberg, original DC Comics He-Man writer; and Earl Norem, famed He-Man artist. We also have a number of great vendors already committed to the show.

If you want to come and experience an intimate gathering with fellow fans of He-Man and She-Ra, and interact with some of the talent who helped bring these brands to life, please purchase your advanced tickets by Friday, July 11, 2014.

The bottom line:

  • If we reach 100% of the number of advanced ticket sales needed by Friday, July 11, 2014 (one week from today), we will be able to proceed with the payment that is required by our host hotel. Power-Con, like many conventions, requires expensive up-front costs including hotel room fees, meeting room rentals, audio/visual equipment rentals, and other related expenses. New York is especially expensive.
  • If we do not reach 100%, the convention will be canceled and we will absorb the financial loss already dedicated to the project. Pre-ordered tickets, Goat Man orders, and vendor table sales will then be refunded over a 60 day period following the July 11th deadline. We are not able to refund other related travel expenses and deeply apologize.

We hope a cancellation does not occur. We want Power-Con to reach its goal and go on as planned in New York. Please spread the word to any fans you may know, especially those who live in and around the New York City area. We at Power-Con still hope to put on a great show in New York that mirrors the fun of the previous three years in Los Angeles!

On a positive note, if we meet our goal by Friday, July 11th:
• We will begin looking at the possibility of adding additional guests to the convention. The more tickets sold past 100%, the more guests we can pursue.
• All advanced ticket holders will receive a free art print illustrated by Chris Faccone.

Please click here to pre-order your tickets today!
Deadline: Friday, July 11, 2014


Power-Con is slated to take place on September 13 & 14, 2014 at the New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott. Advance 2-day tickets (weekend passes) are $65.00 each. Day passes for Saturday or Sunday are $40.00 each. For complete information, visit the Power-Con website at: http://www.thepower-con.com/
And click here to discuss it on the Org forums.
Thank you for your support!

Results to the June 2014 Questionnaire July 4, 2014 3:44 am by JVS3

Here are the results to the June 2014 Questionnaire. 1114 fans participated.
Discuss the results with other fans on the Org forums.

 Operating under the assumption that Buzz-Saw Hordak is the same Hordak previously released but with a chest modification for his buzz-saw, does the inclusion of Buzz-Saw Hordak affect your 2015 MOTUC Subscription purchase plans?
58% - No. I plan to order the same number of subscriptions regardless.
18% - I am not subscribing so this doesn't affect me.
12% - Yes. I do not want him and will buy fewer subscriptions than in previous years because of this figure.
7% - Yes. I was going to subscribe but am no longer planning to subscribe because of this figure.
5% - Yes. I want him and I will buy more subscriptions because he is in the sub.

If Buzz-Saw Hordak has a refreshed look that results in his visuals being more than the addition of only his chest buzz-saw, and/or if he comes with extra accessories (such as a 2nd head, or a new weapon or artifact), would that alter your previous vote?
73% - No. Regardless of the changes/additions, my plans would remain the same.
27% - Yes. If I like the plans for changes/additions, I would now subscribe or I would increase my previous planned number of subscriptions.

Some fans wanted to see a new head sculpt for the upcoming Filmation Hordak instead of a repaint. Are you satisfied with the Filmation Hordak exclusive head repaint for SDCC?
70% - No, I am not satisfied.
30% - Yes, I am satisfied.

On a scale of 1 through 5, how do you rate the Baby Skeletor toy? 1 being that you love it, and 5 being that you hate it.
44% - 5 Hate it
24% - 3
20% - 4
6% - 1 Love it
6% - 2

On a scale of 1 through 5, how severe (visually negative and something you can't stand) do you feel the chest armor is on the upcoming Intergalactic Skeletor (New Adventures Skeletor)? 1 being very severe, and 5 being not severe at all.
27% - 3
27% - 5 Not severe at all (doesn't bother me)
16% - 4
15% - 2
15% - 1 Very severe (visually negative & can't stand it)

On a scale of 1 through 5, how severe (visually negative and something you can't stand) do you feel the reversed shoulders are on the upcoming Intergalactic Skeletor (New Adventures Skeletor)? 1 being very severe, and 5 being not severe at all.
25% - 3
24% - 1 Very severe (visually negative & can't stand it)
20% - 5 Not severe at all (doesn't bother me)
18% - 2
13% - 4

On a scale of 1 through 5, how severe (visually negative and something you can't stand) do you feel the reversed shoulder issue is in general on past figures like King Hiss, Roboto, etc? 1 being very severe, and 5 being not severe at all.
29% - 1 Very severe (visually negative & can't stand it)
23% - 3
22% - 2
14% - 5 Not severe at all (doesn't bother me)
12% - 4

How important to you are more New Adventures of He-Man toys in Masters of the Universe Classics?
27% - Very important
25% - Very unimportant
21% - Somewhat important
16% - Neither important or unimportant
11% - Somewhat unimportant

How important to you are more 1987 movie character toys in Masters of the Universe Classics? (characters beyond Gwildor, Saurod, and Blade)
30% - Very important
24% - Somewhat important
20% - Very unimportant
16% - Neither important or unimportant
10% - Somewhat unimportant

On a scale of 1 through 5, how do you rate Scott Neitlich (Toyguru)'s performance on the MOTUC brand? 1 being that you feel he has done an amazing job, and 5 being that you feel he has done a horrible job.
29% - 2
27% - 1 Done an amazing job
27% - 3
9% - 4
8% - 5 Done a horrible job

On a scale of 1 through 5, how do you rate the Four Horsemen's performance on the MOTUC brand? 1 being that you feel they have done an amazing job, and 5 being that you feel they have done a horrible job.
81% - 1 Done an amazing job
16% - 2
1% - 3
1% - 4
1% - 5 Done a horrible job

On a scale of 1 through 5, how do you rate Digital River's performance on the MOTUC brand? 1 being that you feel they have done an amazing job, and 5 being that you feel they have done a horrible job.
34% - 5 Done a horrible job
28% - 4
24% - 3
10% - 2
4% - 1 Done an amazing job

Which do you feel describes the current overall attitude of the MOTU and POP fan base towards Mattel and their handling of the MOTUC line?
35% - Equally apologetic and negative
26% - Somewhat negative
23% - Too negative
10% - Somewhat apologetic
6% - Too apologetic

Knowing that a price increase may be coming, and that 2015 will complete nearly all of the vintage MOTU and POP toys in the MOTUC line, will you be subscribing to MOTUC in 2015?
58% - Yes
20% - No, but I will be purchasing select toys outside of the subscription
18% - Maybe. It depends on how much of a price increase
4% - No, I will not subscribe and am done with MOTUC

Answers to WTFWTK 2.126 July 4, 2014 2:09 am by JVS3

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 126 questions!

This round of questions were selected by Jubilation.
Thanks to that fan for their help!

1. Bamf1980: In the old Son of He-Man pitch, there was a character description that stated Kay-La is "...the niece of Man-At-Arms. Whether she is specifically a blood relative to either Duncan or Teela is unclear." Since the MOTUC bio canon has a different take on Duncan and Teela, as well as the SoH timeline, would it be safe to assume that Kay-La would now be the daughter of Clamp Champ and Flutterina?

The MOTUC bios for Teela actually is the traditional take on Duncan and Teela putting her square into the "adoptive daughter" category and using the existing "clone of the sorceress" story from the original mini comic. So this isn't new or a "different take". As for Kay-La, you'll need to keep reading the bios and the mini comics for more!

2. Swifty: It was stated long ago on an episode of Roast Gooble Dinner that Crystal Moon Beam and Crystal Sun Dancer, arguably the most obscure of the POP vintage horses, were in the original roadmap. Does this mean all vintage horses were in the original road map? And if so, wouldn't you have had to release at least one horse per year starting in 2014 to finish them all by 2020?

In the original roadmap through 2020 ish, yes we did include all of the vintage horses. How many, if any at all, will show up in the 2014-2015 roadmap is yet to be seen!

3. Jubilation: Catra is an A-List POP character and was the lead villain in the POP toyline. It seems odd she doesn't have at least one of her two beasts to ride into battle against She-Ra on. Might we get either Clawdeen or Storm before the MOTUC line ends?

Clawdeen and Storm are definitely "more" possible since both are partially tool'd beasts (vs a full tool like Turbodactyl). Whether or not they will make it into the 2014-2015 roadmap is yet to be seen!

4. King Tamusk: Does Mattel still have access to all of the master copies for the 80s MOTU and POP commercials, and the 90's New Adventures commercials? If so, is it possible to assemble them together on a DVD for collectors? I think that would be a very fun and nostalgic item to offer, which many collectors would be interested in buying.

No, we do not have copies of all the vintage commercials for all Mattel’s 80's lines.

5. facet: Is Hans Hammer holder a title given to someone who wields the Hans Hammer, much like Protectors of the Sword of Power were called He-Man? That's assuming it's a legendary weapon of Trolla, sort of like the Sword of Power. If not, does the hammer have its own name and any special abilities?

It is more of a nick name than a title. He is a guy who favors a hammer as his weapon and his name is Hans. His nickname flowed from that. It is not a magical hammer if that is what you are asking. He just likes to smash people and has the strength to carry a huge mallet.

Check out what fans have to say about the answers to the WTFWTK 2.126, as well as find links to all the previous WTFWTK sessions!

Christina Pickles Interview - Power-Con 2013 July 3, 2014 6:40 pm by masque

The Sorceress herself talks about the 1987 Masters of the Universe film and her time at Power-Con!

Club Eternia 2015: Kowl-O-Meter is 1/3rd Full Already! July 2, 2014 6:59 pm by MegaGearMax

Club Eternia hasn't been on sale a week yet, and the Kowl-O-Meter is already a third filled!

The Kowl-O-Meter helps the fans keep track as Club Eternia 2015 moves toward it's subscriber goal. Mattel updates the Kowl-O-Meter twice a week! The .org, of course, will post updates!

Click here to order the 2015 Club Eternia Subscription Monthly Shipment Option
and, Click here to order the 2015 Club Eternia Subscription Quarterly Shipment Option
And see what the fans have to say HERE!

It'll be on sale at the Action Figure Xpress Booth #3345

Here's the press release!

Wield the power of a princess in your hands with the Masters of the Universe She-Ra Power Sword Letter Opener by Icon Heroes. Complete with gem, this sword of protection approximately measures 7”H x 1.4”W x .3”D and weighs 3 oz. Made of sturdy zinc alloy metal, this Masters of the Universe She-Ra Power Sword Letter Opener is great addition for any She-Ra fan. Fully compatible with the He-Man and other Masters of the Universe line of power sword letter openers.
• Limited to just 1,000 pieces worldwide.
• Based on the Filmation television series.

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