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SDCC15: Super7 Exclusives and Releases

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Super7 will be attending San Diego Comic Con 2015 over at Booth #4945. They'll be bringing a number of exclusives, which can be seen in the image above.

Also, they (along with the Mattel Booth #3029) will have a free Skeletoken. You can pick one up and then take this coin to 701 8th Avenue (during specific hours) and show it to gain entry into the Skeletor’s Lair Pop-Up Shop.

You'll see the release of The Universal Monsters Haunted Crypt SDCC Exclusive “Spirit Glow”, a ReAction line release (with Funko) that includes a Mausoleum, Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Mummy, and Wolfman.

There will be the release of Super7's answer to the M.U.S.C.L.E. figure craze - M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. With six Heroic Warriors and six Evil Warriors making up the initial line-up, the Masters of the Universe mini figures will be available at three locations: Pink at the Super7 Booth #4945 and at the Skeletor’s Lair Pop-Up Shop; Black at Skeletor’s Lair; Purple at the Mattel booth.

 

You can pick up The Masters of the Universe Stage 01 Prototype Action Figure Collection - a set of 4 unpainted figures (He-Man, Skeletor, Mer-Man, and Beastman).

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MOTUC Giant Man-At-Arms

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Today (June 15th 2015) at Noon ET, MattyCollector.com will be releasing their June lineup of figures...and one of them will be the Giant Man-At-Arms figure from the Masters of the Universe Classics line. The 12-inch tall figure has a twist waist power punch, “rubber band” legs, and his cosmic blaster. It comes packaged on an oversized vintage-style blister card and will be available to purchase for $75.00 each.

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RETRO REVIEW: Computer Warriors

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The 1980’s were the heyday of transforming toys. Once the Transformers and Go-Bots hit it big, it felt like a dozen other transformable toy lines showed up on the shelves of your favorite toyshop.

Back in 1989, Mattel produced the Computer Warriors toy line. The series consisted of eight different transformable sets, from a small (plastic) soccer ball to a calculator to the splendid Pespi can shown above.

The storyline behind it goes something like: there was an accident with a secret government computer that created a wave of evil Virus troops that were able to hide in everyday objects. To combat the evil, the computer then generated the heroes – the Computer Warriors. And that’s how you get little guys covered in what appear to be circuits living inside of a can of cola.

The Pepsi can includes a little figure named Gridd. He’s a “Heroic Mechanic Specialist”. Well, a heroic mechanic and an electrical engineer. “Cloned from a quantum mechanics program, he understands everything there is to know about the mechanics of any object.” Wait a second! This is just the reverse plot of the original Tron movie. The programs are invading the real world.

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Gridd comes with a “hyper hoverjet” that features guns and bombs. The wings fold up so that it can be concealed in his Earthly home – that can of Pepsi. The sides on the plastic can come down when you press on the top tab. This lets you gander at the inner working of a can of “Pepsi. A Generation Ahead”. (That was the 1989 slogan…they went back to “The Choice of a New Generation the next year)

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2014 Club Masters Of The Universe Giants Subscription

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MattyCollector has opened up their 2014 Club Masters Of The Universe Giants Subscription. It will be available through September 25th 2014 at 11:59PM PT. The figures are faithful recreations of the vintage MOTU figures in 12-inch scale. Each one has a twist waist power punch, “rubber band” legs, and vintage-style accessories. And they come on an oversized vintage-style blister card featuring watercolor cross-sell art from 1982.

There will be four figures included in the subscription: Giant He-Man (September), Giant Skeletor (October), Giant Stratos (November), and Giant Beast Man (December). Each figure will run $70.00, not including any applicable shipping, taxes, and fees. Oh...and there's no canceling the sub.

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Why I’m Done With Club Eternia

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After supporting MattyCollector.com's Masters of the Universe Classics line for the last five years, I've decided not to renew my Club Eternia subscription. I couldn't pinpoint one specific thing that has led me to this decision, but I can give you a pretty convincing list.

1. Prices have jumped. In 2010, it ran $30.92 (shipping and tax inclusive) to purchase one figure. In 2013, that amount has skyrocketed to $37.26. That a 20.5% increase in price over three years.

2. Their shipping is atrocious. With the $9.90 you pay towards shipping and handling, Matty has chosen USPS Parcel Select. This means that East Coast collectors will likely have to wait in excess of 10 days from they are charged until the package arrives on their doorstep.

3. They're scraping the bottom of the barrel, character-wise. Out of a 12-month cycle,  you're likely to get 5 or 6 figures that you might actually want. Mattel is notorious for including She-Ra characters you've never heard of or slight variants of MOTUC figures you already probably have in their Club Eternia subs.

4. Club Eternia scare tactics. It seems that every year, MattyCollector is threatening to shut down their Masters of the Universe Classics line. Either they get a set number of subs or no one will get their toys and the line will cease to exist.

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Back To The Future Hoverboard Prop Replica – Again

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Apparently, Matty Collector will be making that infamous Back To The Future Hoverboard Prop Replica available to order (if you didn't order one back in the spring of 2012). I call it infamous, because it has garnered a lot of attention over on the Matt Collector forums. A number of folks feel duped by changes that Mattel made to the final product...making the board look more like a toy than a true prop replica. Either way, it will run you $130.00 plus shipping once it's released.

MOTUC Castle Grayskull

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Mattel has opened the pre-order window for the Masters of the Universe Classics Castle Grayskull playset. The pre-order runs through January 3rd 2013 at 11:59PM PT...only if they reach the minimum production goal by November 10th 2012 at 11:59PM PT.

There are plans to release this as a 25" tall piece, based off of the original prototype. It will run you $250.00...and Mattel is saying that the shipping charges might be significant (it will weigh around 20 pounds).

MOTUC Club Eternia – Buy or Bye

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So...apparently, Mattel hasn't been getting the subscription response that they want for their 2013 Masters of the Universe Classics Club Eternia. It appears that not only the sub, but the entire line is currently in jeopardy (if you believe what MattyCollector is selling). The Four Horsemen, who do all of the killer sculpting work on the MOTUC line, has even taken to Facebook to implore fans to purchase a Club Eternia sub.

I've attached their post below, but here are my thoughts on this. I've had a Club Eternia sub for the past 3 years. It's fairly expensive - this year, the sub will run you $505 over the course of 12 months. But that doesn't include shipping costs, which are outrageous...and outrageously slow (it takes over a week to get to the East Coast). With tax and shipping charges, you're paying $30.64 for a $20.00 toy. Ridiculous? That's over 50% of the toy price. And they're upping the price of each figure to $25.00 for 2013.

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Then, you have no idea what characters they're going to release (The Star Sisters? Really?). It wouldn't be an issue if they actually released "Classic" MOTU characters, but there are so many new or ancillary figures that you'll probably get only 3 or 4 figures that you really want. So I am guessing that a lot of people are going to simply cherry pick the characters they want and not be locked into a subscription (oh yeah...there's no way to unsubscribe). Makes sense.

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