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 153 questions!
This round of questions were selected by tumalu. Thanks to that fan for their help!
1. facet: Would Mattel commission Axel Gimenez to do sketches for the more obscure Mattel-created characters such as Snarl the snow thief, Goldenrod, Spin Whiz, Stretch Nek, and Vypor, much like the sketches he did for Fangor and Lady Slither?
Possibly. If we ever have a need for those figures to be illustrated, that would be a great way to get them done.
2. DO4M: A number of fans felt the 200x head pack was amazing. Would it be possible to get another head pack to address some of the issues with the existing heads on characters like Point Dread Teela, Frosta, or the first Snout Spout head with the faulty bendy nose?
It would be a great idea, and we think that could be a great way to solve some current issues.
3. tumalu: Digital River's shipping prices appear to be increasing over time. In particular, during the 'Back to 1985' sale, many discounts were nullified by higher-than-normal shipping prices. Is this something that you will look into, as it may negatively impact future sales and subscriptions?
We are currently looking into how we can fix all the issues that you all have been facing with Digital River. We have some new teams looking into how we can streamline the whole shipping process. We are trying!
4. MegaGearMax: Have you thought about an ongoing advertising campaign for the Classics line in the He-Man Eternity War comics, or in any comic from DC Comics with a large circulation?
That is a great idea and something we have been and will keep discussing with the comics team.
5. Thunderpunch1982: Will we see a Classics version of the Slime Pit? Maybe a can of slime too?
Maaaaaybe! Would love to get to that item. But we have to get some other big things out of the way first. But that's definitely a huge favorite over here.
Script: Dan Abnett Art: Pop Mhan Colour: Mark Roberts Cover: Szymon Kudranski Story: Rob David
By the Power of Grayskull, the universe stands on the brink of annihilation! Only He-Man can save us. But to do so, he must first escape the clutches of King Hssss, the serpent Master of Disguise! Can He-Man overcome a monster with the power to become everyone he knows and loves?
"With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I wanted to take the time to share with you what I’m thankful for before our minds are overtaken with thoughts of stuffing and Tofurkey and yams and mashed potatoes - oh yeah, what I’m thankful for!
Thank you so much for all the support you’ve shown to us, and not just for the toys & collectibles, but everything! It’s been an amazing year, and we all have stuff that we were proud to be able to share with. But since I am the toy guy, let’s talk about those for a second.
It’s been just over a year since we officially started offering toys and collectibles, and while this past year has seen us offering some crazy stuff (I never in my life imagined I’d be able to make 1/6 scale TMNT figures!), this upcoming year is going to be even more insane.
For the 1st quarter of 2016, we’ll be shipping The First Hellboy statue, The First Turtle figure, and of course, the Iron Giant deluxe figure. We’ll also be putting up the 1/6 scale Raphael figure pre-order, the Godzilla statue we showed at SDCC, and a few other fun surprises.
In the video blog above, I shared with you a look at a production sample of the First Turtle, as well as the packaging, a quick behind the scenes look at the 1/6 scale Skeletor figure, a bit of the Godzilla statue, and finally a last look at the Iron Giant before he ships.
Not mentioned in the video is the fact that before the end of the year, we’ll have two more items available - one right before Christmas, and the other… VERY soon. Let’s also not forget stuff like Hitchcock, Ramona Flowers, Batman: The Animated Series, MondoBalls (!!!), and so much more!
Single pack Blistercard Editions of 750, plus windowbox 2 packs (also Ed 750). Tons of Accessories, Highly Posable, Super Killer Collectibles! - Final Product may vary.
MORE INFO: These are web exclusive color variants. This is a 40% off presale for when these variants are released on the Loyal Subjects website in Spring 2016. If they don't sell out during this 40% off Black Friday Sale, these same color variants will be available at full price on their website in spring. So this Black Friday sale is a good way to get them for really cheap!
These same sculpts will show up later in mass retail in their blind box series, but will not include these online-only color variations. These color variants are limited to only 750 each, so preorder now at a deep discount!
"By the power of Grayskull… we just turned Cyber Monday into 8 whole days of awesome products at 50% off, free shipping on orders of $100 or more, and Daily Deal specials!
Forget “supersized”… we worked a little of that Grayskull magic on Cyber Monday. That means more discounts and more days to scoop up those goodies you’ve been eying. The sale starts dark and early in the a.m., and you’ll find toys from your favorite brands including Masters of the Universe, DC Universe, Watchmen, Ghostbusters and more – all at 50% off!
Starts Monday, November 23rd at 9:00 am Pacific time to Monday, November 30th at 11:59 pm Pacific time (open to everyone)
Free Shipping! Load up that cart because you can get free shipping* on all orders of $100 or more by selecting the free economy ship option.
What’s Available? We’re getting ready for 2016, so we went deep into the warehouse… and came back with so many treasures we created a new Special Savings Shop to put them in. You’ll find old favorites you might have missed the first time around, recent releases such as prop replicas, and more… and for our 8 Days of Cyber Savings sale we’ve marked everything in the Special Savings Shop a whopping 50% off!
Daily Deals This year we’ll have eight different Daily Deals. That’s one new item each day, available only for that day at a special discount. Check the home page each day to get in on the item of the day!
Special Saving Shop After the Cyber Sale ends, our Special Savings Shop will keep going. You’ll find any remaining treasures, back to savings starting at 25% off.
The Legal Stuff *Free shipping is only good for USPS Ground or International Postal Important Note: Mattel reserves the right to change the sale price at any time and all sales are final. All items are limited to stock on hand. Refunds for defective items only; no replacements. Any discounts offered are not valid on previous purchases.
You are aware the holidays are right around the corner, right?"
After you click on the sale link, any item that you purchase on Amazon during that session will help support He-Man.Org. It doesn't have to be Black Friday Deals. It includes any Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power, or any other item Amazon has available.
Check out this amazing Masters of the Universe diorama from Neon Sunsets that fills an entire room!
Here's what he says about its design: "Together with a friend of mine, I have build and designed a Masters of the Universe Diorama which takes a whole room. It includes all vintage MotU-Figures and is really a dream come true to me."
Written by Dan Abnett Art by Pop Mhan Cover by Szymon Kudranski On sale February 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US After issue #14's shocking conclusion, the victors of the Eternity War rise from the rubble…to rebuild the future! Who has lived? Who has died? What is the future of the Masters of the Universe saga? Find out in this rousing epilogue to the modern day He-Man epic, "The Eternity War"!Retailers: This story was previously scheduled to run in issue #14. Join the discussion on the He-Man.Org forums!
You like the history of vintage Masters of the Universe? Well, check out this new blog from He-Man.Org user Lich Leech that walks through the designs and changes of artwork on the brand! We start off with his first entry about Mer-Man.
"Battle Ram - A He-Man Blog is something I've had rattling around my brain for a while now. I've been collecting Masters of the Universe Classics for years, but there's something about the vintage toy line that is so charming and emotionally satisfying. There's nothing quite like it.
Things crystallized for me when I started collecting vintage boxed items like Castle Grayskull, Wind Raider, Battle Cat and of course the Battle Ram.Â I already had them loose, of course, but gettingÂ the original boxes brought me back to 1982 in an almost tangible way. The artwork on those boxes has so much energy and atmosphere. As a kid I memorized every detail.
At the same time, I was listening audio interviews with artists like Mark Taylor, Ted Mayer and Rudy Obrero. A picture started forming in my head about how these wonderful pieces of pop culture ephemera had come to be. The blog seemed like a natural way to put everything together (concepts, toys, artwork, comics, television, etc.) into a cohesive story.
Along the way, several MOTU experts from the community have reached out to me with corrections and additional facts. Their names are mentioned within the blog wherever they've contributed, and I'm grateful for their assistance."
• Masters of the Universe Classics Clamp Champ* • Masters of the Universe Classics Geldor* • Masters of the Universe Dragstor (Club Eternia monthly figure) • Masters of the Universe Point Dread & Talon Fighter Set (NOT in the subscription) *Subject to Early Access sellout.
Today, Thursday, November 12th from 8am Pacific to Friday, November 13th at 8am Pacific. (subscribers only) Masters of the Universe Classics Clamp Champ Masters of the Universe Classics Geldor Click here to access Early Access!
Artist extraordinaire Jason Edmiston and Super7 are returning to Eternia! Journey to the land of the Masters of the Universe with a brand new set of prints. Now you can have the Power of Castle Grayskull and the sinister Evil of Snake Mountain for your very own!
The set of two 12" x 16" signed and numbered Castle Grayskull and Snake Mountaiin giclees are printed on heavy, textured, acid-free paper using archival inks perfectly matched to the vibrant colors of the original acrylic painting by Jason Edmiston, in an edition of 100 sets. Printed by Dave Correia.
Fall Of Grayskull has another screening this Friday, November 13th, 2015, at 8:00pm at the Tower Theater located at 417 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA. If you are in or around Sacramento, now is your chance to see it in theaters!
Fall of Grayskull is a crowd-funded, short, independent, fan-film based on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Concessions will be available (popcorn, soda, candy, bottled water, beer, and wine) at the show. After the film, there will be a Q&A with Brian Cage (He-Man), and Johnny Bilson (Tri-Klops).
For the show, Joey took 50 of his favorite Movies, Musicians, TV Shows, and Video Games and turned them into the Little Golden Books we all remember from our childhood. Unfortunately they are not full, actual books, but art prints that you can frame and hang on your or your childrens' walls.
Joey has been a lifelong He-Man fan, so he had to include He-Man and Skeletor in the show. Below is my artwork along with a link to see the rest of the artwork I created for the exhibit.The framed prints are sold out, but unframed prints are still available and very limited, only 35 were printed. You can find them here via this links: The Little Master of Grayskull print. The Little Master of Snake Mountain print. All other artwork from the show, including Joey's new book "Alien Next Door" from Titan Books and 20th Century Fox are available here.
The on-going interview series telling the tale of the making of the documentary "Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" is back with a new episode and this time they speak with fan Thomas Romero from Toy Lines Magazine. Check out the episode below.
Is Mike O'Hearn possibly He-Man in a new MastersoftheUniverse film? He posted on his Instagram "My Goal: Take off 30 pounds of lean muscle and get a whole new physique to get ready for the movie #HeMan!!"
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 152 questions!
This round of questions were selected by mjw41. Thanks to that fan for their help!
1. MegaGearMax: Any update to Mattel acquiring the 1987 movie rights?
Nothing to update yet. We wish we had something to report! But a lack of an answer is better than a no.
2. mjw41: Assuming that the new He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe Filmation subscription happens in 2016 and is continued in 2017, would it potentially include characters from the She-Ra cartoon? A number of fans would love an accurate Filmation Hordak.
3. Yogopop: In the new 2016 He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe Filmation subscription, will we continue to see alternate heads packed in as accessories? For example, a Filmation Evil-Lyn with an alternate helmet-less head?
4. No-Ah: A few months ago, He-Man fandom was really enthusiastic about the new management. Since SDCC, a number of perceived missteps appear to have done serious short-term damage to the relationship between fandom and the new management. This includes the King Hiss torso situation, the solicited Early Access for SDCC not occurring, a disappointing Teela reveal, a perceived lack of transparency, etc, and now the hanging question of whether international subscribers will even get the laser light figures. Is this issue taken seriously by MattyCollector and will any steps be taken to win back the trust of fans?
As for the laser light figures, we don't know why it was ever reported that they would have issues shipping internationally because we test all our products to be able to meet international standards. We have received confirmation that they will be available internationally, so rejoice! As for everything else, we don't get a lot of resources for MOTU / MattyCollector compared to other Mattel core brands, so it's hard to always be on top of everything when we don't get the support that we would really like to have. But everything we do for this brand is because we care about it, not because we are forced to work on it. And that includes our relationship with the fans. Management may change but the day to day team still has the same goals which are to make awesome product for the brand that we care about, and to hopefully make you, the fans, happy.
5. zodak74: Due to the very negative fan reaction to the photos shown online of Teela in the Talon Fighter & Point Dread playset, has any thought been given to releasing an improved version of this Teela figure again at a later date for MOTU Classics, or are we stuck with what a number of customers feel is a botched, cheap attempt at a long-awaited Teela 2.0?
There are plans for a Filmation accurate Teela. We have dealt with a LOT of changes to the team especially in Management roles, each with their own view of how to run this line, so things change constantly and this was one of them. But we understand the reaction to the Point Dread Teela figure and it was not meant to be the Teela 2.0 you have been waiting for.
The He-Man and the Masters of the Universe minicomic collection from Dark Horse Comics? is available today, November 3rd, in retail and book stores, and online at Amazon.com in hardcover and Kindle format!
It’s that time of year again! The annual He-man.org Secret Santa Season registration closes today.
Eligible Santa’s have until November 1st to sign up. If you qualify, you must first send Judith a PM with your real name and mailing address (which she will keep private and only share with your Secret Santa).
On November 3rd, another board member’s name will be randomly selected and sent to you in a PM. (Sorry no special requests will be granted.) Be sure to keep that info a secret and not tell the user you are buying them a gift! Otherwise, it won't be Secret Santa!