Posts Tagged ‘Masters of the Universe’
Tentative, subject to change:
Vikor - January
Palace Guards 2-pack - January
The Goddess (reissue) – January
Bow - February
Shadow Beast (oversized) - February
Preternia Disguise He-Man (Club Eternia only) - February
Map of Etheria (Club Eternia only) - February
Keldor (reissue) – February
Tytus (reissue) – February
King Hssss - March
Battle Armor Skeletor (quarterly) - March
Princess Adora (reissue) – March
Count Marzo (reissue) – March
Evil-Lyn (reissue) – March
Syklone - April
Panthor (oversized) - April
Weapons Rack – April
Moss Man (reissue) – April
Catra - May
Faceless One - June
Battle Ground Teela (quarterly) - June
Clawful - July
Man-E-Faces - August
Megator (oversized) - August
Leech - September
Hurricane Hordak – September
Mattel has issued a statement admitting that the shoulders are reversed on the Masters of the Universe Classics Roboto figure that was sold on MattyCollector.com on Friday. This kind of thing infuriates me. Not that Mattel made a mistake. It’s that the mistake itself is so small, only nerds, who never stop examining every single detail of every property they consider themselves “fans” of under a colossal microscope of their own design, would ever notice this.
It’s actually debatable whether or not Mattel even made a “mistake” here. The only problem is that the sculpted pattern on the shoulders is reversed from the original toy from the 80′s. Mattel overlooked it, and has now apologized for it. But seriously, who would ever notice it? I would not have. If you noticed it and/or are concerned about this, you have too much time on your hands. You will never be happy with anything, and deserve to be miserable. Get a life, or go waste your time somewhere else.
I sincerely hope this is not a problem for 99% of the other collectors out there. Mattel is only doing this line for collectors anyway. If they did not care about the collectors, this line would not exist. So either buy the toys or don’t.
P.S. Roboto sold out in under 3 hours, by my count. So it doesn’t look like it bothered too many of us.
A couple of notes here. We are finally getting the Palace Guards in January. Is the Evil Lyn a straight reissue, or a paint variant? Obviously, there are still quite a few blanks here, which can only be filled in time.
Bow (2011 sub figure)
Shadow Beast (2011 sub quarterly beast/multipack)
Palace Guards (2010 item delated slightly)
Castle Grayskull stands (reissue)
Evil Lyn (reissue)
Vikor (2011 sub figure)
Other reissues to be announced
(and ideally Preternia He-Man will ship with the map)
King Hssss (sub figure)
Battle Armor Skeletor (sub quarterly variant)
Other reissues to be announced
New Male Masters of the Universe member (to be announced soon)
Panthor (quarterly subscription beast)
Weapons Rak ($15.00) (not part of subscription)
The sale starts Monday, November 29th at 9 AM Pacific (Noon Eastern) and ends on Sunday December 5th at 11:59 PM Pacific (2:59 AM Eastern). There are 21 products. Here are the first 3.
MOTUC Battle Cat®
The rest will be revealed in the next 5 weeks. Here is the schedule.
October 14th – 3 more products revealed
October 21st – 3 more products revealed
October 28th – 4 more products revealed
November 4th – 4 more products revealed
November 11th – final 4 products revealed
A special discount is available. On Monday, November 29th ONLY from 9 AM Pacific (Noon Eastern) till 11:59 PM Pacific (2:59 AM Eastern), we’ll give you 10% off the total price of any order over $100.
Mattel posted product release dates through November 2010 for Masters of the Universe Classics last week. It mostly matches up with what they said at Comic Con, except with no mention of the Eternia Palace Guards 2 pack. I’m guessing since they don’t mention the 2 pack here, it will be pushed back to another month. Here is the schedule they posted.
Masters of the Universe® Classics Chief Carnivus™ (Club Eternia™ monthly figure)
Masters of the Universe® Classics Gygor™
Masters of the Universe® Classics Roboto® (Club Eternia™ monthly figure)
Masters of the Universe® Classics Zodac®
Masters of the Universe® Classics Grizzlor® (Club Eternia™ monthly figure)
Masters of the Universe® Classics Grayskull™ (with Orb)
Masters of the Universe® Classics Weapons Pak Great Wars Assortment
Mattel also announced a Cyber Monday sale set for November 29th, the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday, but offered no other details at this time. Here is the quote.
We’re working on plans for a serious Cyber Monday sale on November 29th at 9 a.m. PT/Noon ET and it’s gonna be BIG!
Here is a round-up of information from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con for Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line.
- September will see the release of the Chief Carnivus figure along with the oversized figure, Gygor.
- In October, we will see the release of Roboto.
- In November, we will see a release of the second weapons pak (Great Wars).
- Also in November, look to see the Horde henchman Grizzlor released, Eternia Palace Guards 2 pack ($40) and King Greyskull redeco figure released.
- In December, we will see the release of Buzz-Off.
- Starting things off for 2011 in January, She-Ra fans will get another nod with the release of Bow.
- The first over-sized figure for 2011 will be of Shadowbeast.
- In February we will see the release of Vikor, He-Man of the North.
- Also in February will see the release of the next quarterly figure which will be of Battle Armor Skeletor.
- King Hiss will get his Classics debut in in March.
- The 2011 Club Eternia figure will be Preternia Disguise He-Man.
- Greyskull stands will be offered again in Q1.
- Reissued figures almost every month.
- Small diorama pieces in Q2 like a Castle Greyskull weapons rack.
- $25 SDCC exclusive item in Q3.
- First vehicle in Q4 like a Battle Ram.
Here’s how you get that number.
12 monthly figures x $20 = $240
4 quarterly figures x $20 = $80
3 oversized figures x $30 = $90
1 oversized figure x $40 = $40
Subscription cost = $20
Total = $470
Mattel charges me shipping of $8.70 on each figure. So at least you are looking at $8.70 per month in shipping but probably more. We’ll go with the minimum for this example.
$8.70 x 12 = $104.40
Total = $574.40
Mattel also charges sales tax. By my calculations, they are charging tax on the sale and the shipping cost at 9.23%.
9.23% x $547.40 = $53.00
Total = $627.40
These numbers are coming from Mattel’s MOTU panel this week at Comic Con. The numbers from my post a month ago were right on. If you divide this up by 12, it doesn’t seem that bad at $52.28 a month. You may want to start saving now. I will be taking my chances on trying to get only the figures I actually want.
P.S. This total doesn’t include the non subscription items announced at Comic Con for 2011, including more Grayskull stands, reissued figures (almost one a month), SDCC exclusive, weapons pak, dioramas and a vehicle.
According to Toy Guru on the Mattycollector forums, Masters of the Universe Classics She-Ra and JLU Lobo will be sold at Comic Con in very limited numbers. So scalpers, you now have more chances to buy these figures. You’re welcome.
Speaking of Masters of the Universe Classics edition sizes, I had forgotten that She-Ra was the first monthly figure with an increased edition size since Adora first sold out very quickly at the beginning of the year. Now that She-Ra has sold out within minutes, will Mattel up the production numbers again?
Here is a thread on the Mattycolletor forums where Toyguru commented on this issue.
We are constantly adjusting production numbers but for a variety of reasons we are unable to share specifics with the public.
We may find out something at Comic Con or even before then, but it looks like right now, Mattel isn’t telling us, as they have in the past.
See the official pics of Gygor from Mattel, in and out of package with size comparison.
Gygor will be the third oversized beast in the 2010 line and will go on sale September 15th. He will not be part of the subscription (but the beasts will be added to the subs in 2011 per fan demand!)
Also, Mattel gives info on the fan panel at SDCC where they will reveal the first army builder 2 pack.
The final oversized beast/pack for 2010 will be an army builder two pack shown off at our fan panel at SDCC on Friday July 23 at 1:00 in room 29ABC. See you all at Mattypalooza 2010~!
Let’s be honest here. Most of the die hard Masters of the Universe Classics collectors did not know who Chief Carnivus is before this announcement. I would say that Chief C. is a mistake by Mattel and that this figure will be the first one this year not to immediately sell out. But, those in the subscription program are already sold, so that leaves any overrun on this figure left. Now, Mattel may know that he will not be popular and make less, making a sell out still likely. On the other hand, this is still MOTU Classics, so it could sell out anyway. Who knows.
Here are the official pics, I think of the painted 2-up prototype, from Mattel.
Last weekend at Wizard World Philly, Mattel announced details of their Masters of the Universe Classics 2011 Club Eternia subscription program. More on that in a minute, but first let’s look at the 2010 Club Eternia subscription. If you signed up for the Club Eternia 2010 subscription program, you got 13 figures, 1 figure a month plus the exclusive bonus figure. Since the club costs $20 to join, you pay $20 for every figure, plus $8 in shipping and handling, separate from anything else you buy in the store at the time the figures go on sale by the way.
So let’s add up the cost. 13 x $20 = $260. I didn’t order it, so I’m not sure, but it may be the case that the bonus figure shipped together with that month’s figure. So let’s calculate shipping on 12 figures instead of 13 just to be safe. 12 x $8 = $96. The total is $260 + $96 = $356. That’s a lot of cash to be a completist. This also doesn’t count the quarterly bonus figures plus the oversize figures or the weapons pak. And that’s only if you buy one of each, which many buy more than one, and the limit on each figure by Mattel is 10.
Also as a result of this program, every figure this year has been hard to get because the genius’ at Mattel figured everyone that wanted the figures bought a subscription, thus they didn’t produce very many figures outside what they would need to fill the subscription program.
But the bonus figures and the oversize figures have also been hard to get. And Mattel claims that collectors who signed up for the subscription program want a way to get those figures as well. So for 2011, Mattel is including all those figures in their subscription program. Not as a separate option mind you, as part of the new program.
So to recap, in 2011 to ensure that you are able to get the figures you want, the only way to get them is to get one of everything. If you thought $356 was a lot, get ready to pay a lot more. Now, they may ship the figures together every month to save on shipping, but the shipping costs will certainly not go down from $96 for the year. So let’s look at how much it will be exactly.
The subscriptions will include 12 monthly figures, the 4 “A-List” quarterly figures, beasts, army builders and oversized figures that are offered in 20011 (3 at $30 and 1 $40). There will also be a subscription only figure like Wun-Dar. This figure will be from the comics and a new map for this year.
4 bonus figures is $80. Now what Mattel means by “beasts, army builders and oversized figures” isn’t very clear, but they do give us some details, “3 at $30 and 1 $40.” So $90 + $40 = $130. So the total now is up to $566 without adding in any additional shipping cost, which there is sure to be some. Is anyone still interested in joining the 2011 Eternia Club for $566 at a minimum? Note that this still excludes SDCC exclusive figures, stands, weapons packs or re-issues.
My guess is that Mattel will sell a lot less 2011 subscriptions than for 2010, with a cost increase of at least $210 more. The good news is that Mattel will know ahead of time exactly how many subscriptions they sold, so they will have to make enough to fill those orders. Plus, by now they should know or at least be getting close to knowing how many figures they need to make every month for the figures to last for at least a day or 2. So with less subscriptions being sold, more collectors will be in the boat of having to fight on pre-order day to get the figures, but hopefully, Mattel will be able to better ensure that everyone who wants one can get one.
Of course, I could be completely wrong, and Mattel could sell more subscriptions than ever before. Or they could still underestimate sales, and people will still be pissed as hell at them that they can’t get the figures they want. Anyway you look at it, the line is a success. The only way it can fail is if the figures stop selling out month after month. I don’t think Mattel is going to let that happen at this point. A year from now, we may be telling a different story.
Here are some news items that I missed from Masters of the Universe Classics at Wizard World Philly.
- MOTU fans can look forward to a second weapons pack in October called the “Great Wars” set.
- Gygor will be an oversized figure in September.
- The Quarterly figure for November will be King Greyskull (redeco) along with an Army Builder 2-pack.
- For those who have missed out on previously released MOTUC figures, look for a re-issue figure to be sold each month in 2011 on Mattycollector.com.
- The 2011 Club Eternia sign-ups will begin on preview night of the SDCC and last for 2 weeks afterward. There will be a $20 sign up fee. The subscriptions will include 12 monthly figures, the 4 “A-List” quarterly figures, beasts, army builders and oversized figures that are offered in 2011 (3 at $30 and 1 $40). There will also be a subscription only figure like Wun-Dar. This figure will be from the comics and a new map for this year.
- Subscriptions will not include SDCC exclusive figures, stands, weapons packs or re-issues.
- The max order limit will remain at 10 figures.
Whiplash is one of my favorite MOTU figures. I think it is great that they are including both the original and 200X headsculpts. Hopefully, I will be able to order one of these.
Mattel has released carded images for their upcoming Masters of the Universe Classics Whiplash figure which will go on sale at Mattycollector.com on August 15th.
Well, his back was anyway.
We told you on Friday, how Mattel after debuting their September Masters of the Universe Classics figure as Chief Carnivus, they slipped in a teaser for another upcoming figure as being the Horde Henchman Grizzlor.
Huge disappointment. Which is what this line is turning out to be. Mattel needs to get it together here as they are ruining one of the hottest toy lines out there right now. Which should not be a surprise though given Mattel’s history. Amazing that these are selling out in minutes month after month.
I’m really on the fence about Keldor since he wasn’t part of the original show.
For the most part he is made up of the standard muscle man body with the small wrist cuffs, making him very similar to Tri-Klops from neck to waist. He has Skeletor’s upper body armor (with the bones painted gray), his patented Roman-esque loin cloth with his shin guards, but all new feet for his boots (I see these getting a lot of reuse in the future) as well as a new cape cast in a nice, soft plastic.
On one hand, he does have a mullet, goatee and cape. Still hard to choose.
If you are into She-Ra, then this is probably the best version you will ever see.
Let’s start with the top and talk heads – as you know, she comes with two so that you can create three different looks: the classic toy tiara, the classic toy mask and the Filma- er, I mean “modern” head. I think this is great thing that Mattel did for the fans, she is already loaded down with three weapons but they still budgeted so that fans of the old toy or the cartoon will be able to display her how just how they want. For the “toy” head, as you know you can display her with her mask on or with it upside down for the tiara look (how the original toy was packaged).
Photo archive of Count Marzo from AFI on sale at MattyCollector.com in July. Impressive, but not a character I am interested in due to the fact he was not a part of the original show cast.
An in-depth review of Tytus from Poe Ghostal with a bit of background of the toy as well. I would’ve liked to buy one, but alas Mattel could not make that possible.
Spy Monkey Creations has given us an early look at their Shield of Destruction and Shield of Deliverance, which are available starting today. These shields are designed to complement any 6 or 7-inch action figure line, but as you can see from the pics, it is obvious that these shields were inspired by the Masters of the Universe Classics toyline. The colors and deco match certain characters of MOTUC, and the design/look of the shields perfectly blend with the figures.
So Orko is basically the MOTU equivalent of Nibbler from Futurama.
Click through for pictures.
Pics and discussion from the recently released Masters of the Universe Classics Weapons Pak. Nice rundown of MOTU history as well as the history of the original Weapons Pak.
Lots of pictures in and out of package of Tytus, the first 12″ Masters of the Universe figure coming this month on MattyCollector.com.