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12:15 PM on 03.17.2015

Matty unveils final figure (Prahvus) in Club 200x, sub closes 3/23

Matty Collect today unveiled the prototype for Prahvus, the final figure in Club 200x. Club 200x is slated to close at 23:59 on 3/23. Have you subscribed? Compared to the other figures (such as King Chooblah), Prahvus looks a...

Scarecroodle

4:00 PM on 03.16.2015

Not so abominable! Matty unveils King Chooblah

Have you signed up for Club 200x yet? Matty Collector has unveiled a prototype for the FIFTH figure in the limited 6-figure club, King Chooblah. Despite having never seen the 2002 Masters of the Universe, I've found many of t...

Scarecroodle



Matty unveils MOTUC Queen Grayskull photo
Matty unveils MOTUC Queen Grayskull
by Scarecroodle

Matty Collector has unveiled its Masters of the Universe Classics Queen Grayskull, the fourth figure shown thus far for the 6-figure "Club 200x" subscription.

Queen Grayskull is the wife of King Greyskull and was apparently the first Sorceress in the 2002 series (which makes her a character from the very distant past). I'm a little surprised at the way the figure was handled, as the torso joint lines up so nicely between the armored and body portions. A lot of the sculpting/deco looks surprisingly good as well, despite recycling a piece here and there. I'm not entirely fond of the wings but I assume it's accurate to the cartoon (which I have yet to see).

All things considered, the selection for this mini-club is starting to look cooler than some full-year clubs.

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Alleged image of MOTU movie Battle Cat making its rounds on internet photo
Alleged image of MOTU movie Battle Cat making its rounds on internet
by Scarecroodle

The new Masters of the Universe film (title pending) is going to come out at some point (maybe!), but in the mean-time we may or may not have a concept image of the new Battle Cat. Apparently somebody connected to the film has tweeted out an image of what seems to be Battle Cat and a MOTU-starved universe has begun gobbling it up.

While I'm still doubtful that the new film will develop, things are a bit more promising in this Golden Age of Geekdom where live-action toy-based movies like the Transformers and G.I. films can (somehow!) succeed at the box office. (Then, of course, there's always the inevitable weirdness of having toylines based on movies based on toylines, which is exactly like a snake chomping down on its own tail... although, in the case of He-Man, it's more like a toyline based on a movie based on a toyline inspired by a movie that Mattel wasn't able to get a licensing deal for.)

If this is a concept image, it's certainly not bad. It's a sleeker design than the monstrous thing Battle Cat is usually depicted as wearing but it seems to capture the essentials.

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8:00 AM on 03.02.2015

Mattel and WWE show off at Super Toy Con

Mattel and the WWE went to Las Vegas this weekend for Super Toy Con 2015 and, thanks to the fine folks at Ringside Collectibles, we get a great look at the future faces of the WWE and Mattel.

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MOTU Club 200x officially opens photo
MOTU Club 200x officially opens
by Scarecroodle

Matty Collector recently announced plans (and showed off the first figures) for its Club 200x. The company has since revealed the remaining selection in its six figure line-up as well as opening subscriptions.

While the prototypes aren't available, we now know that the remaining three figures will QUEEN Grayskull (aka Veena, the "original"/prequel Sorceress), King Chooblah (a yeti), and Prahvus (big scary demon guy). All things considered, it seems like a pretty decent line-up... then again, I've never actually seen this version and am judging purely on aesthetics.

Subscriptions are open right now. If you buy a sub, the six figures will run you US$26 each. (vs US$28 for people buying day of the sale) AND you can bundle them 3 months at a time for shipping. On the downside, you're also paying US$26 for an exclusive accessory pack (featuring alternate 200x-inspired heads for previously released characters; this is the additional membership fee) so at least some of those potential savings are killed. 

Personally, it's a bit of a toss-up. I really like the designs on Callix and Ceratus then suspect that I'll also like at least two of the other three figures (since all three character designs are cool). Since I don't care about the heads (and don't expect many people will, which reduces any aftermarket value they might have had) and I can live without Evil Seed, that's US$52 of unnecessary cost (or technically US$42, since it's saving US$2 on each of the remaining five figures) measured against the somewhat unknown potential shipping savings (although it could be in the ballpark of US$30) if I did like & buy the remaining five individually.

Decisions!

For those interested in the whole club, it'll run you US$182 before shipping and taxes. Enrollment is open until March 23rd.

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2:15 PM on 01.27.2015

Mattel CEO Bryan Stockton parts ways with company

Various news sources have reported that Mattel's CEO, Bryan Stockton, has resigned following another disappointing holiday season. While much of the news focuses around Barbie sales (with the usual references to feminist rant...

Scarecroodle

7:00 AM on 01.10.2015

Get ready for Wrestlemania 31 with WWE figure pre-orders

With the beginning of the new year, the WWE likes to start the "Road to Wrestlemania", traditionally considered their best time of the year creatively as they build towards their biggest event, Wrestlemania. This year's big e...

Soul Tsukino



Matty Collector's
Matty Collector's "Digital NYCC" unveils several new MotUCs
by Scarecroodle

Matty Collector may not have been able to find time in its busy schedule to attend NYCC, but the company has unveiled its newest figures anyway through a video series entitled "Not at New York Comic Con Video Con". Matty has also posted photos of these same figures.

While I haven't finished watching the videos (after getting distracted by Scott Neitlich's AFI interview), I can tell you that the reveals include Sssqueeze, Angella (pronounced Angel-la), Multi-Bot, Blast Attack, and a ghostly glow-in-the-dark Spirit of King Grayskull. Also shown were the Mini MOTUs, whom I believe were previously revealed.

Out of this selection, I'll admit being most impressed by Sssqueeze. Back when the 2014 Club Eternia sub was announced, I had hoped that Tung Lashor would come first (in case the line was canceled and also because, well, Tung Lashor) and figured that I wouldn't care about Sssqueeze in the least. He wasn't a figure I had as a kid, I didn't like his gimmick, and so... but, now that I've seen him, I think he looks incredible. It's something of a testament to fine work of the Horsemen. The figure will have bendy arms, which is also a pretty neat plus. Sssqueeze will be the monthly figure for June.

As for the others, Angella will feature the same type of wings as used for the DCUC Hawkgirl (who I still need to pick up), Multi-Bot uses the same gimmick as Modulok (and can apparently combine with Modulok!), and that really cool glow-in-the-dark Spirit of King Grayskull will be a randomly appearing "chase rare" (starting in the second quarter) just like the previous Spirit of Hordak figure.

All in all, 2015 is shaping up pretty nicely and this is before we've even seen Mara. Be sure to check out all of the images in the gallery.

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2:30 PM on 10.19.2014

Matty's Scott Neitlich leaves Matty

Scott "Toy Guru" Neitlich, the de facto face of Matty Collector (not to be confused with the mascot), has announced his resignation from Mattel in a lengthy interview with AFI. Neitlich is announced as leaving his dream job a...

Scarecroodle



SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition photo
SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition
by Scarecroodle

SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short.

See many of my favorites after the jump.

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8:00 AM on 09.08.2014

LEGO reigns as number one toy maker on the planet in sales

Can you believe it? LEGO started 2013 as the number three toy maker in the world before easily overtaking Hasbro's number two spot by the middle of the year. And then a year later LEGO did what seemed impossible and knocked M...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker