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9:00 AM on 02.24.2015

MOTU Club 200x officially opens

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 p...

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Toy Fair 2015: Matty Collector - Masters of the Universe Classics photo
Toy Fair 2015: Matty Collector - Masters of the Universe Classics
by Scarecroodle

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).

Additionally, Matty showed off the prototypes for Peekablue (the She-Ra one, not the fan-named Pokemon one) and fans-choice winner Mara (New Adventures of He-Man). Mara is depicted in a variation of her battle-outfit which, unlike what I remember of the cartoon, features an exposed midriff. The decision (which I really dislike) is apparently based on an unreleased prototype for figure in the original New Adventures toy line. I should note that this WASN'T the depiction of the character chosen for the fans' poll so I'm curious as to what the fan reaction will be.

Regardless, any Mara is better than nothing and there's certainly a lot to look forward to in the new year.

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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...

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Tomopop editor misses start of Matty Collector's amazing 7 Days of Cyber Monday Sale photo
Tomopop editor misses start of Matty Collector's amazing 7 Days of Cyber Monday Sale
by Scarecroodle

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.

Does anything stroke your fancy?

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Matty Collector's November sale still on-going photo
Matty Collector's November sale still on-going
by Scarecroodle

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.

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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...

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Tung Lashor, NA She-Ra, others shown in latest Matty vid photo
Tung Lashor, NA She-Ra, others shown in latest Matty vid
by Scarecroodle

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.

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2015 Club Eternia hits subscription goal photo
2015 Club Eternia hits subscription goal
by Scarecroodle

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.

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Club Eternia subs re-open, will run through Tuesday photo
Club Eternia subs re-open, will run through Tuesday
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Matty Collector has re-opened subscriptions for Club Eternia, claiming to be 10% short of funding for the 2015 subscription.

Of course, my initial reaction was, "Who cares? Tung Lashor is already coming out this November," but then I subsequently remembered that fans-choice winner Mara was going to be included in the 2015 sub. You got me again, Matty!

While I'm sure that nobody wants to see Club Eternia canceled, it's hard to trust Matty Collector since they seem to do this song and dance every year (among other things). Granted, we have seen clubs canceled -- Club Infinite Earths, Club Ecto-1 -- as well as pre-orders called off (including the Young Justice 2-pack which I'm totally not still mad about), but fans have grown a little cynical. It's gotten so bad that when Matty announced that the "Unleashed" Doomsday would be produced after all, quite a few comments accused Matty Collector (specifically the band's front-man, Scott Neitlich) of previously lying about not intending to release it. As such, I'm honestly not sure what the appropriate level of panic is in this situation.

(Ignore the dates on the "House" banners, I just thought this would be a good opportunity to show off the remaining banners)

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Matty Collector to unleash Doomsday after all photo
Matty Collector to unleash Doomsday after all
by Scarecroodle

After repeated insistence from Matty Collector that the company would NOT be releasing an "Unleashed" Doomsday in any way, shape or form because Club Infinite Earths tanked, Matty has announced that it will, in fact, be releasing that Unleashed Doomsday.

No price point has been announced, but he's slated to sell some time this Winter and will come in a window box diorama. Of course, my inner cynic is under the impression that Matty Collector intended to release the "Unleashed" Doomsday but held off on the announcement so the company would have an easier time moving the less-popular containment suit version. However, I'm just happy that we'll have an opportunity to get on our hands on this one.

Check out the gallery for an image of the Unleashed Doomsday as seen at a previous con as well as the previously leaked packaging (which may not necessarily reflect the final product).

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The Matty Sale that Tomopop forgot photo
The Matty Sale that Tomopop forgot
by Scarecroodle

Matty Collector's August sale starts in... well, it started yesterday. However, you didn't miss much since the only item to sell out so far has been Faker and he probably went during Early Access.

The sale consists of two Club Etheria figures (Madame Razz (with Broom) and Flutterina) and one Club Eternia (NA Skeletor) along with a new MOTU Minis set and a lot of older product. Faker was notably featured in the sale because the New Adventures "Intergalactic" Skeletor (who, by the way, is based on the original toy rather than his cartoon counterpart) comes with an alternate head for the He-Man impostor.

The sale notably includes the MOTU Minis bundles, one for the initial three releases and another for the remaining three this year. If you're planning on getting the whole set, this is as good of a deal as you're going to get (well, except maybe for Black Friday/Cyber Monday...). Otherwise you have another chance to pick up the DCU Huntress, DCU Ocean Master, MOTUC Castaspella, and the MOTU Minis Mini Faker vs Mini Man-at-Arms set (meaning the Faker re-release was doubly well-timed).

While I remain a fan of the New Adventures of He-Man continuity, Intergalactic Skeletor is probably one I can skip since, as previously noted, he's based more on the toy hence why he looks evil rather than goofy. Otherwise, the general outfit captures the look of the first NA Skeletor costume... but, you know, the head really completes that look. It's possible that I may still buy one, though. Madame Razz is probably the headliner in this sale, though, as -- if memory serves -- it's the character's first figure and it's a newly tooled body. I'm not a She-Ra: Princess of Power fan but even I'm a little tempted by this one.

At any rate, the sale will run for the usual week or so but there's probably no hurry.

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