Fans were excited to hear filming might start as early as this April, but that rumor was met with scrutiny considering the film hasn't been officially announced as greenlit for production.
Now, Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic Hollywood reports on Twitter: "Little MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE update for y'all that have been asking me. The film is in "soft prep" meaning they're drawing up concept art & banging away at the screenplay. We should know in a few weeks if the film goes forward & gets a greenlight by the power of Eternia!"
We want to give you the latest update about the MOTU Classics Wave 1 and Club Grayskull pre-order figures. We are happy to report that production for these figures is finally completed and they are literally on a boat from our factory in China as you are reading this. The ETA for them to arrive at our Stateside port is the 2nd week of February and we expect to begin shipping orders by February 20th.
As you know this was a made-to-order release and we took extra time to get the figures done correctly and to our quality standards. In case you missed them, here are the previous updates that we shared during the production process.
First off, we shared the details about the ton of tooling and paint revisions that were required before the figures went into production:
Tooling and Paint Update Images
In December, Super7 traveled to our factory in China to oversee the final production of the figures as they were being completed for shipping:
Factory Visit Update Images
Which brings us to right now and the figures are finally on their way to us. Please note that because of the shipping method, some European retail customers will receive their orders before they arrive at the Super7 warehouse in San Francisco. We have asked these customers to wait and release their figures until Super7 begins shipping to the rest of you.
Anyway, we hope you will like the figures as much as we do! In closing here are images of the figures in their packaging.
MOTU CLASSICS ASSORTMENT Each figure and their accessories are packaged on a non-resealable blister cardback with an outer cardboard box.
CLUB GRAYSKULL ASSORTMENT Each figure and their accessories are packaged in a resealable die cut window box with a slipcase and an outer cardboard box. Thank you again for your patience with these figures! Their journey is almost complete. By the Power of Grayskull! Cheers, Team Super"
The Fans of Power podcast, featuring Joe Amato and Tyler Baker, is back with episode 113! They cover MYP's Season 1 Episode "Snake Pit", their favorite interpretations of characters, current movie news, and more. Click here to watch or listen to the episode. NOTICE: the episode might contain some adult language
@mic2002uk2000: Hi Noelle. I am Michael Bell. I run a Facebook group called Descendants of Grayskull. Many of us are very excited about the news of She-Ra being released later this year. Are their any more details regarding images and style of animation that can be revealed yet? @Gingerhazing: Can't reveal anything else just yet. It's going to be different from the original in many ways, but my crew and I love the original She-Ra and take inspiration from it whenever we can. @Gingerhazing: That said, nostalgia is not our only selling point. We want to keep the spirit of the original intact and give kids of today their own She-Ra experience. @mic2002uk2000: I have seen the series bible and can see a lot of the characters are being brought into the show from the Filmation series. I am impressed with the tougher tone to it which was restricted back in the day. I hope the kids of today can take to her as we did in 1984.
@KTonarella: I hope this doesn't count as a spoiler type question, but when designing the characters for the new She-Ra cartoon did you look to the old Filmation series or the toyline or both when coming up for the looks of the new show? @gullshriek: I tended to lean towards inspiration from the filmation series but I've also taken inspiration from toys and other media ie he-man 2002! Its really been dependent on the individual character and what fits their personality the most. @TheRealZentron: What did you try to avoid when designing? @gullshriek: with regard to inspiration or in general? @TheRealZentron: Hmm, in general! @gullshriek: I'd say samey-looking characters. I didn't want them to blend into each other and have just their outfit colors and hairstyles be the biggest differences. Distinct characters are way more fun and interesting
@JoshuaChayne: Some fans may ot like the style, but if this is a success there may be many more iterations of Shera and HeMan in the future. Consider all the different Batman or scooby doo cartoons. Different styles, different levels of seriousness. It's all good. @mickequ: I agree! I would love for this to open the doors to more versions of She-Ra and He-Man down the road. I love to see how different creators interpret classic characters in their own unique way. :)
@unknown: Will Catra be there? [DELETED] @mickequ: You Know it [DELETED]
Albert Ching (Facebook): will Snout Spout be involved Josie Campbell (Facebook): Haha, I'm not allowed to say anything other than what's in the announcement, but i CAN say it'll be awesome, there's a lot of great old and new stuff to love.
COMMENTS FROM CAST AND CREW
@Dihun: so i'm not supposed to say a lot about she-ra but I hope it's okay to say that the voice acting on this show is just, so damn good, it's been such a pleasure and inspiration to board it
@Dihuh: I also hope you guys like She-Ra!! So much love and sweat and tears were poured into the show. The episodes I'm proudest to have boarded on won't be ready for awhile, but keep your eyes peeeeeledddddd
@mickequ: so far i've been impressed with the MOTU fan community, and their response to the idea of the new she-ra. a lot of you really seem to understand that we're making this for a new generation and that doesn't mean hate or disrespect for the old show (i personally love old she-ra) @mickequ: i'm making what i personally want to see from She-Ra. that can't possibly line up with what every other fan wants and I appreciate that y'all seem chill with that so far
@Gingerhazing: grr I'm so excited for people to see our SHOW @Gingerhazing: no offense but it's gonna be good
@mickequ: example of why you can't use the # of script pages to determine the length of a storyboard: i just thumbnailed two sequences and - one, a fight scene, is about 4 pages of script, and will be about 120 shots. - the other, 3 pages, a conversation, will be ............ 30 @Alliandoalice: Totally psyched to see the storyboards! (Btw I’m the one who tweeted the she-ra fanart to you, and that same day during my job interview I mentioned I really wanted to work on the show so they hired me as storyboard revisionist on she-ra :D)
INSIDER INFORMATION / COMMENTS
James Eatock (Facebook): I've posted this elsewhere, I'll post it here, too... Here's what I will say from everything I've read... 1) The writer(s) of the series bible clearly have a LOVE/appreciation of the original Filmation show...or at least have done a LOT of wonderful research and taken some of the best aspects of the original series 2) The story arc is truly EPIC 3) This show thankfully does NOT feature awful smart-ass snarky dialogue 4) The characters are VERY well defined; some FAR stronger than their original Filmation counterparts As someone that LOVES the Filmation show, I am VERY much looking forward to this new series - I honestly believe they're onto a winner!
@rudolf_nine: I've seen some model sheets of the new She-ra animation. The designs looked reeaally cool. (I have no knowledge of the He-man series)
KNOWN ACTORS WHO HAVE TESTED / AUDITIONED FOR SHE-RA OR SHOWN INTEREST (Note: Does not mean they landed a role!)
Merit Leighton (Sofia the First, Alexa & Katie) Commercial Talent Agency posted on Facebook "Congratulations to Merit Leighton for her testing for DreamWorks Animated Series She-Ra!"
Emily Swallow (Castlevania, Supernatural) She said that she was trying to get voice acting work on She-Ra. (Supernatural Convention Panel - November, 2017)
RUMORS (WHAT WE MIGHT SEE)
From Pride.com: "...Stevenson's attachment to this project gives some keys to the tone. Her work, both radical and easy to digest, focuses most often on bonds, sexuality, and above all, strong female characters. The work doesn't get too heavy-handed, existing in that magical spot where adorable characters sneak deep themes right under your nose. She is a perfect match, and promises this adaption will be going some interesting places."
From He-Man.org member MarvelousOne: "I was told you will see Hordak, Shadow Weaver, Scorpia, Catra and Grizzlor. Sure we will see others too!"
Here are the top 20 results from the 2018 oversized item poll, and a link to vote on ROUND 1 of the accessories poll which will have three rounds.
ALSO, there will be one more poll after the Accessories polls. This poll let's you pick which characters released thus far in MOTUC you'd like to see in Super7's upcoming retro-styled 5" action figure line. You won't want to miss that!
When all the voting is done, we'll be announcing random winners from each round who each get a free gift from Super7. So be sure to enter your e-mail address when you vote.
------------------------------------------------- Do YOU want to help shape the future of the MOTU Classics line and what action figures we get? Then voting in this poll is mandatory for you!
The results of this poll will be reviewed and considered by Super7 and the Four Horsemen. It covers nearly all possible, official candidates for 6" figures, over-sized items (beast, vehicles, etc), and accessories.
This poll is open to EVERYONE. You do not need to be logged in or signed up to He-Man.Org to vote. So please spread the world about this poll to every He-Man and She-Ra fan you know who is interested in buying the Classics toy line.
You can also win a free prize from Super7 in each Round just by voting and providing your e-mail address! More info is on the poll.
The Toys That Made Us have started posted scenes online that were cut from their Netflix show. They have just posted one with Josh Van Pelt and Val Staples discussing the mystery of "Wonder Bread" He-Man. Click here to watch. And click here to join the discussion on the He-Man.Org forums!
The Fans of Power podcast, featuring Joe Amato and Tyler Baker, is back with episode 112! They cover The Ultimate Battleground minicomic, Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us, the new She-Ra cartoon, and more. Click here to watch or listen to the episode. NOTICE: the episode might contain some adult language
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Super7 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 3 questions!
This round of questions were selected by Sebastiaan. Thanks to that fan for their help!
1. danielsan52: Does the newly announced She-Ra cartoon on Netflix interfere with Super7 making POP characters?
Nope, no conflicts there! Our projects are separate from the upcoming Netflix program and we can continue full steam ahead on some exciting projects that we can't share quite yet.
2. blackiecats: Will we continue to get additional heads like we did for CC Hawke and CG Sorceress, where the extra head would create a different character? (for example, if you ever made Hunga the Harpy, she could include a generic harpy head)
Yes, we will continue to offer alternate heads, additional accessories and pack-ins as we and the Four Horsemen feel appropriate for each character. These bonus parts and items are part of what has made the MOTU Classics line so much fun and we definitely want to keep it that way.
3. Sebastiaan: With the 2017 MOTUC figures being delayed because of last minute changes, will this affect the delivery schedule for 2018 Wave 1 (aka Super7 Wave 2), or can we still expect them to ship in May 2018?
We have been working very hard behind the scenes here to get the figure scheduling back on track, and we plan to hit the May 2018 ship date. The last two rounds of figures has been a great experience for us in terms of improving our production quality and organization, and the scheduling sacrifice we made to achieve it will ultimately allow everything to move much more smoothly from here on out. We know the wait has been tough and we really appreciate everyone's patience!
4. melkor23: At New York Toy Fair in February 2018, could we expect the official reveal of more 5" inch vintage-style MOTU figures and information on your retail partner, as well as the next CC wave, CG wave, and Power-Con exclusives?
We can't let the cat out of the bag just yet, but we will definitely have some exciting new items and information to reveal at Toy Fair. Stay tuned!
5. allenlindley: If there is a new MOTU film in 2019 and Mattel releases a new line of figures for retail for the film, would this affect Super7's release of Classics or any other MOTU-related products?
Those are a couple big "ifs" as of now, but we see no issues maintaining the Classics line or our other products should a MOTU film come to fruition.