At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
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...
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...
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.
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.
For those interested in the whole club, it'll run you US$182 before shipping and taxes. Enrollment is open until March 23rd.
The Masters of the Universe Classics line is dead, long live the Masters of the Universe Classics line! With the upcoming retirement of Club Eternia (and the failed roll-out of the MOTU Minis club), many wondered what may be next for Masters. The answer seems to be mini-clubs.
Matty Collector announced plans to run a 6-figure club based on the 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (aka that show that sitting was my NFI queue for like a year until it went off streaming) entitled "Club 200x." Fans may recall that the 2002 series, unlike earlier incarnations, made some attempt at continuity.
While I haven't seen the 2002 series, I like the look of these figures. The dinosaur-like Ceratus is my favorite of the bunch although the stony Calix looks almost as cool. The plant-like EvilSeed is probably my least favorite, but it's still a neat design. Hopefully the rest of the line-up looks as least as good as EvilSeed. Subscriptions for the new club will open on February 23rd and the figures start shipping in July.
Fans may recall that this isn't the first time that 2002 (or 200x) characters made it into the MotUC line. Other entries include Chief Carnivus (which I own), Dactys (which I almost picked up), Battle Lion (which I liked, but skipped), and the Snake Armor He-Man vs Battle Armor King Hsss pack (currently on sale).
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...
A thousand and one ARRRRGGGHHS! Matty Collector's 7 Days of Cyber Monday Sale opened to the general public (ie, us plebs who didn't buy a sub) at noon today and, despite remembering it all morning prior to the sale, I wound up not checking it until around 12:40. The result? I missed out out on some incredible figures at amazing prices.
The still on-going sale features steep discounts to last year's Club Infinite Earths figures (we're talking DC Universe figures at US$6 apiece!!!) and the Watchmen figures (US$15, down from US$25) as well as a modest 20% discount to the older MOTUCs (bringing them down to non-inflated prices). Oh, plus the new over-sized Doomsday Unleashed is on sale for US$40. His companion, the containment suit version (previously on sale at SDCC), apparently sold out during Early Access.
So, what was sold out by the time I got there? Larfleeze. Ras Al Ghul. Elasti-Girl. LEAD! John Constantine (By the way, have you seen the show Constantine yet? It's pretty awesome, like Doctor Who x Supernatural). Red Hood. All of which were available for US$6 (except the oversized Elasti-Girl and Lead who were US$9 which is still an incredible deal).
Sure, I still managed to grab the Doomsday Unleashed and a bunch of the discounted DCUs as well as a few choice MOTUCs (at long last my He-Man collection will finally include a He-Man), but I hate missing out on those US$9 over-sized DCUs because that's a mind-bogglingly low price for two of the coolest over-sized selections (no disrespect to Bane and Darkseid). Plus Larfleeze? I can't believe I missed out on McGreedy.
Of course, the more recent items weren't on sale at all. I wound up just buying Intergalactic Skeletor because, with the FREE SHIPPING (on orders of over US$99), it beat having to keep looking on the aftermarket for a great deal (although I fully expect that I would have had an opportunity to get him cheaper by this time next year). And, of course, Castle Grayskull wasn't marked down at all. Perhaps I should be grateful for that? After all, I might not be able to resist the gigantic playset if it was on sale for less than US$200.
Matty Collector's November sale started Monday and several items are sold out. This sale is a little different since, for the first time in about a year, I actually ordered product directly from Matty Collector instead of getting it cheaper on the secondary market.
More after the jump, where I'll also gripe about Matty Collector's poor outreach efforts.
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.
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...
Matty Collector's Scott Neitlich has released a video showing off (mostly finished versions of) the final figures in this year's Club Eternia and Etheria subs, including Tung Lashor, New Adventures She-Ra, Mermista, and more.
Regular readers will recall that I have something of a love/hate relationship with Matty Collector: I love their product and hate their prices (including shipping and weird Canadian tax or tariffs or whatever). Matty Collector's relationship with me is a bit simpler in that the company mostly ignores me (maybe they'd pay attention to me if I had "pixel" in my name...). That said, it's a pretty awesome ending line-up... with even more to dislike about the prices since, as Nitelich explains, a few of the closing figures will be even more expensive than usual due to additional paint apps, etc. (So I'll be even more likely to skip those ones.)
My favorite part of this update is obviously the closer look at Tung Lashor, which I've been eagerly anticipating since it was first announced that the final two Snakemen would appear in the line and was only more excited after first seeing him at SDCC (along with NA She-Ra, etc). The video shows off both of Tung Lashor's heads (replicating his tongue lashing gimmick) and, rather surprisingly, made Mermista look even cooler by demonstrating that highly articulated tail.
In news that shouldn't shock or surprise anybody, Matty Collector has reached its subscription goal for the 2015 Club Eternia. The company had previously cast doubt on the club's continuation in the annual "Fear Drive" (I'm actually getting a little weepy-eyed knowing that this was the last time Matty will be pulling this stunt), but apparently fans' wallets came through the club.
The company goes on to thank its fans as well as several fan sites although it once again conveniently overlooks poor Tomopop (C'mon, Matty, don't all the things we've done for and to you over the years count for anything?). Sour grapes aside, the important thing is that Club Eternia will have a proper send-off and, more importantly, I'll be able to pick up a Mara figure.