MattyCollector.com is currently taking orders for their 2016 Thundercats Club Third Earth (through February 26th 2016). Club Third Earth celebrates the hit animated series with four new figures, plus a subscription exclusive. The sub runs $30.00 up front, with a total commitment of $150.00 plus taxes and shipping. The following figures are included in the subscription: Lion–O (09/16); Jackalman (10/16); Pumyra (11/16); Panthro (12/16); Club Exclusive: Mumm–Ra (11/16).
Super7 and Mattel have announced the By the Power of Grayscale Edition of their Masters of the Universe 3.75″ Action Figures. The retro 3.75-inch inspired figures will feature five points of articulation and come packaged on a classic-styled blister card with an accessory. Characters will include He-Man, Skeleton, Beast Man, and Mer-Man. They'll be available exclusively from Super7 at New York Comic Con 2015, via Booth #174 for $15.00 each.
MattyCollector.com is accepting subscription sign ups for their 2016 Collector’s Choice Subscription for their Masters of the Universe Classics line (It's funny...but the only mention of Masters of the Universe is way down at the bottom of the order page in the fine print. Mattel...you guys might want to lead off with that.) Signing up for a subscription is only available until August 10th 2015 at 11:59PM PT.
There are a total of nine figures included in the sub. That includes the Subscription-Only Despara (who pretty much looks like Hordak dressed as a woman). You're locking into a membership fee of $239.00 plus however much shipping is. There are two shipping plans - Bi-Monthly (6 shipments) or Triple Ship (3 shipments). I guess it all depends on how much you want to spend on shipping versus how quickly you want your toys.
Check out the above video so you can get a glimpse of some of the figures that will be released - as well as names of all nine characters.
Super7 has announced another batch of 2015 San Diego Comic Con exclusive releases. These consist of several Masters of the Universe figures - a pair of resin figures reimagined by Amanda Visell, mixed color 12-inch figures, and a Moss Man Chia Pet.
They'll also have a few other pieces, including a ReAction haunted house, a pair of pumpkin ornaments from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and a pair of collabs with Secret-Base.
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).
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.
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.
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)
I was fairly impressed with whatever glue Mattel used for all of the stickers. Over 26 years old and they stuck to the plastic like they hadn’t been sitting in some dude’s garage for the past two decades. I’m pretty sure that’s where they were.
The figure line has held up pretty well. Over the last few years, transforming toys have become en vogue again. You have figures that have no real reason for being able to turn into something else – I’m talking about you, you creepy TMNT Mutations. Heck, there are even plush toys that now transform.
And while this specific transformable Pepsi can might not look like it could fool many people...I'm guessing that some kids probably used it to play a trick or two on their unsuspecting grandparents. These kids and their new generation...
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.
Matty Collector is releasing the Baby Skeletor figure. This is the second Masters of the Universe figure released based on a Robot Chicken skit. The 12" tall articulated baby comes with his own royal potty. You'll be able to purchase one on June 16th 2014 at Noon ET for $35.00 each.
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.
So how could MattyCollector.com win me back? They'd have to start by revealing every figure that will be included in the yearly Club Eternia sub before I subscribe. While purchasing blindly might not be bad for one $10 toy, investing $500+ a year on a blind series is tough. Secondly, either get my package to me sooner or lower the shipping rate. And thirdly, listen to your customers. Rather than alienating folks who have supported you for years, give them some input as to the future of the line and the figures that should be produced.