Attack of the Show to Queen Marlena: Drop dead.

Is the post title uncalled for? I don’t think so. Poor Queen Marlena.

It looks like AFOS wins the contest, since he guessed Marlena and Stay Puft. A few other people got one right, but not two. AFOS, shoot me an email to poe AT and I’ll set you up with the gift certificate. has some good screencaps of the video. Mattycollector/Facebook will presumably offer better pics later today.

More info from ToyGuru and my own thoughts on the reveals after the jump.

ToyGuru posted an update on the lack of a MOTUC SDCC reveal on Attack of the Show last night:

We filmed them but AOTS clearly did not air them.

The SDCC MOTUC item will be Queen Marlena. She will come with a sword, staff, Cringer (articulated at the head and tail) as well as an alternate head, space tunic with bubble helmet, rifle, gun belt and pistol to transform her from the Queen back into Captain Glen (or the other way around!)

She will be packed out as Queen Marlena at SDCC and as Captain Glenn on after the show. Both versions will have all the parts for both figures but each will have a bio unique to the pack out.

I’m sorry to hear AOTS did not show the footage we shot for this figure, but we’ll have more details posted tomorrow (as well as images and a video changing the figure from Queen to Space explorer) posted tomorrow!

He also had some info on Swamp Thing:

It’s actually not rubber. It is an entirely new process we patented. The closest thing I can think of is the old Art Asylum Star Trek Enterprise 6″ figures (but not the same). It isn’t rubber like Clayface. Bill Benecke and the Horsemen really pulled off an amazing innovative toy!

My thoughts on the various reveals:

Marlena & Cringer: To me, the most interesting thing about this is that the astronaut outfit seems to confirm that Marlena will be from Earth. I’ve always liked that idea myself. The two different outfits is neat, though one wonders if Marlena will look a bit zaftig when the dress is on. The unique bios are an interesting touch that doesn’t risk pissing fans off.

The Cringer looks very Filmation. I know some fans are bummed he’s under-articulated, but I’m not that disappointed. I want my Battle Cat to be well-articulated, but I don’t need Cringer to be.

Swamp Thing: Swampy just returned to the DCU in comics, and here’s his DCUC figure. Frankly I never understood the whole DCU/Vertigo split or why characters from one “universe” (or more accurately, imprint) couldn’t exist, as an “alternate” version or whatever, in another (seems like editorial pedanticism is the only real answer).

But I digress. Remember how I’ve been saying the only DCUC figures I buy now are Bat-family-related? Yeah. This will be an exception. I love Swamp Thing–primarily for Alan Moore’s run on it, but I’m also a fan of the first movie and the 1990 cartoon series and associated toy line by Kenner. Also, I’ll need to get the SDCC version, because I must have those UnMen (so they can hang out with Weed Killer).

The whole not-rubber-super-plastic thing intrigues me. I know a lot of people have said their Clayface figure deteriorated over time, but somehow that hasn’t happened to mine. Still, it sounds like they’ve at least tried to solve that problem. Really interested to see/own/love this figure.

I like the “mask” packaging too, and the biodegradable aspect is a cute touch (kinda wish all the toys’ packaging was biodegradable, but that’s me).

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man: I own the NECA one, and yes, that thing is bigger. It also doesn’t appear to have that stucco-like texture the NECA version had, which Michael Crawford liked but I think makes the figure seem less convincing. I’m unclear on what this new figure is made of–it’s squishy, so is it plush? Or like an actual dog chew toy or something?–but anyway: I want it. I haven’t the slightest idea where I’m going to put it…but I want it. And that packaging is insane. Funny that his arm pops off in the video.

Kilowog: It says “first available at Comic-Con,” suggesting we’ll see this at retail eventually–possibly as a BAF? This may be old news for all I know. Anyway, I’m not really into the GL movie stuff, but the figure looks cool. Interesting note: Green Lantern will have been out for a month by SDCC. Will it have been a huge success, a moderate success, or a box office bomb? I suspect the reviews will be mixed and the film will be a moderate but not epic success. If I had to bet on a movie being huge this summer, it would be Thor.

Polly Pocket She-Ra trio: Don’t really have anything on this aside from the half-second pics but (sigh) I’ll get it. Hey, it’s MOTU.

Voltron: Dr. Mrs. Ghostal actually saw this segment on AOTS before I did (I was at a night class), and she said she thought the Voltron looked a little cheap, and I kind of agree. That might be due to it being based on the vintage cartoon style. I’ve just never been into Voltron, not in the slightest bit, so I’ll be passing on this one.

Young Justice 6″ Superboy: This appears to be Superboy in his Project Cadmus clone prototype outfit. Right?

Barbie Carol Ferris: I…guess that’s cool?

Blue-haired Bratz-looking doll: I have no idea what that is.

Frankenberry: I can only assume we’re getting super-articulated General Mills Monsters action figures. Or at least, we’d better. (Kidding. Word is this is some sort of Hot Wheels thing.)

30 thoughts on “Attack of the Show to Queen Marlena: Drop dead.”

  1. I'm excited about Swamp Thing. The thing I kept thinking (and ToyGuru confirmed) about the articulation is that it might be an updated version of the Art Asylum figures (though I was thinking of the Dark Angel figures I had). That was a cool feature, so I can't wait to see it in person.

    The Bratz type doll is from the Monster High line. It looks like one they've already made, Ghoulia Yelps (the zombie girl), but I guess there's something new.

  2. I guess the higher-ups on AotS were like: "Nobody's gonna give a $**t about some scuba diver with a green dress – We've got SWAMPTHING!!

  3. I have to agree, I think AOTS likely cut the MOTU stuff because it's not exactly what most people think of when you say He-Man. I mean, it's Lady Buck Rogers and Polly Pockets.

    Marlena/Cringer is a let down as a SDCC item to me. I'd just assume get a regular Marlena in the line and a BattleCat with a new head, but whatever.

    I'm on the fence about Stay Puft. He's huge, which is great and I love Stay Puft… But $70? He's not THAT huge. I guess we'll see if I sway over time. I'm kind of content with my Diamond one.

    There are much better Voltrons out there. This one is a nice cheap version though.

    I think Lantern will do better than Thor, but I expect both to be mild hits at best. Sort of like Incredible Hulk. I think Pirates and Captain America will be the "hits" of the year.

  4. Stay Puf is the figure I want most (I passed on neca’s) but not for $70. And I’m not going to ComicCon SOOOOO not for $100

    Swamp thing is cool…not sure about exoskeleton articulation

  5. Swamp Thing and Stay-Puft are two figures I want badly- but NOT at those prices! Even if money were no object (which, sadly, it is) I wouldn't buy 'em. It's time to send Mattel a message about their prices, and since money is the only thing they pay attention to, I'll let them know that way. I encourage others out there to do the same.

    A shame, as I REALLY want those guys…

  6. I don’t have G4 (heck, I don’t have cable) so I’m sure like a lot of you guys I was relying on people to get the video and images posted. Other than yesterdays thread, I haven’t really been following along with the rumors or anything so Queen Marlena comes as a big surprise. I happened to find myself on the forums while looking for images and (no surprise) there seemed to be a lot of negativity, but that’s nothing new.

    Space Suit Glenn looks decent, I don’t know if it’s because of the association with green but it definitely gave me a Green Lantern vibe. Also at first she reminded me of Abe from Hellboy. I’ve always liked the Earth connection with Eternia. The “Ted Beastman” factor not so much, but I think its cool having her from Earth. It’s kind of neat how she’ll be both the Astronaut and the Queen. It’s sorta like getting the best of both worlds. More than likely though I’ll be displaying her in her royal gown, but it does add value to her display factor, perhaps her suit isn’t just a bio suit, maybe it gives her increased strength or something (or at least it will in my ‘verse.).

    From the small glimpse of him we got, Cringer looks pretty much like what I envisioned him being. I don’t need a super articulated Cringer… I figured he was just going to be solid PVC like a Smurf, so the fact that he has head and tail articulation goes above and beyond my expectations.

    I will be without a doubt passing on Polly Pocket She-Ra.

    Swamp Thing looks absolutely fantastic, and is definitely on my short list.

    I was a little underwhelmed by Voltron. I was never even a big fan of the show to begin with (I barely even remember having watched it) so its not really on my “want” list.

    Stay Puft Marshmallow Man looks amazing. This is a nice treat. I’m on the fence about him though. The $70 price tag really turns me off, but I guess it could have been a lot worse. I don’t have the NECA version which I’m not such a fan of. I do have the recent coin bank version, so I guess I have to decide how much I really need the Mattel version. I had thoughts about getting the Starscream/Cobra Commander set from Hasbro, but it would have to be either-or, not both.

  7. With you on the biodegradable packaging, they should do that all the time.

    I'm looking forwards to wearing my mask for five mins, then feeding it to the tomatoes in the garden.

  8. I dig Voltron, and I like the figure. I'm thinking that this Voltron will come to retail at some point though, without the second special sword or something. Man, do I ever want a Stay Puft. I should be able to afford him and everything, but I don't have anywhere to put it. It's so massive and would look so great posed with that backdrop and the Ghostbusters figures… but I think I'll have to make due with that Diamond vinyl bank. Swamp Thing is my highest priority.

  9. I'm glad that it sounds like they're learning to not make the Con version of an item so desireable you alienate <del>some fans</del> the entire collecting community with the practice. I'm not as excited for Marlena as I was for He-Ro, but I'm still definitely picking her up and she looks good to me. A good choice character-wise, a desireable but not absolutely necessary figure. Kudos to all involved.

  10. I see the Scalpers have started early on e-bay. Are these related to the toy aisle trolls? $39 for Marlena anyone?

  11. I have wanted a Swamp Thing for a long, long time. The price does seem ridiculous, though. And I'd be concerned about the rubbery skin cracking. Of course, if the rubbery skin does not split open, I suppose it might contain the broken joints and hold the figure together. So… there's that…

  12. I never got the whole pre-order thing. Its one thing to scalp them, but to do it MONTHS before its even available? Makes no sense.

    A few years back I bid on a full set of the Disney exclusive Star Wars Potato Heads, which I won at a very reasonable price, but the woman didn't actually have them in hand. Apparently Disney was tapped and hadn't had any new stock in for a while. 30 days went by, no Potato Heads, poor communication, and me no happy.

  13. @ Plippy Ploppy Cheesenose:

    if it's not criminal, it should be, eh? i really have to say too, from my personal point of view, boo and hiss to anyone who partakes in these auctions before the damned event. i will never understand this behavior in people, especially when matty collector so easily puts things up for sale on their site… hell, i wouldn't want in on the pre-sales for at-con items because who's to say the seller doesn't rip you off? since they can't mail you stuff till after con anyways, what's keeping them from buying a site swamp thing and selling that to you? you paid MONTHS ago, so they got theirs… maybe i'm just too suspicious, but i don't trust re-sellers doing pre-sales.

  14. Young Justice Superboy?? Did I miss something??

    …I like that pic of Warduke commanding you to make a comment 😀


  15. Thanks Poe. I'm happy about winning but I think it was only because fans have become disenchanted with Mattel's Ghostbusters and weren't expecting an exclusive they genuinely wanted.

    I like the texture of NECA's Stay Puft but I was put off by its blue paint wash and angry facial expression. Mattel's Stay Puft looks amazing but I don't think I'll be able to pay $70 for it.

    I can't blame too much AOTS for editing out Marlena. The mother of He-Man probably doesn't have a lot of mainstream appeal. The pulpy space suit was a surprise. I was expecting her to be wearing the Filmation inspired NASA suit or the space suit from the vintage Castle Greyskull artwork.

  16. @ dayraven:

    and you should see the cost with the shipping to the UK! I am really not looking forward to trying to buy her off Matty collector with the eternal refreshing screen of despair…

    and inevitable disappointment.

  17. I only have four MOTUC figures: He-Man, Skeletor, Battle Cat, and Panthor. And I WANT that Marlena figure! Cringer alone is appealing, but the space suit is amazing!

    Also, about how big is that Swamp Thing? he looks HUGE.

    Those will be the two for me. Stay Puft is incredible, but I don't have space for a figure that big, and $100 is a lot of scratch. Maybe I should start saving…

  18. I'm really hoping things aren't too hard to get.. I have a friend who's going to try to pick some of them up for me. I really want Swamp Thing.. he's one of my favorites, and I love the unmen… so I really want him

    Marlena looks good, I'd get her just to be a completist and to get cringer (on twitter, the horsemen said that while thing one isn't articulated, they might aren't prohibited to do a fully articulated one later…) I just want one who can lay down and cover his eyes

    I have the NECA stay puft, so I'm on the fence about the new one.. I like it, but between size and price, it probably won't happen for me

    I really like the voltron.. a 6" scale articulated figure was pretty much all I wanted, making this a one and done for me and the property

    I want kilowog, it looks cool and he's a favorite of mine

    no polly pockets/barbies/monster high/or frankenberry for me, I'm curious about the BTTF hot wheels (train maybe?)

    again, aside from swampy, nothing here seems like and instant sell out, but I could be wrong..

  19. Yeah, I think "Attack of the Show to Queen Marlena: Drop dead" is a bit overkill (no pun intended). It makes it sound like the show has something personal against a piece of plastic in a green dress.

  20. @ Scott:

    you didn't hear? olivia munn gave randor herpes, and marlena called the network and threatened a huge lawsuit… that's why AotS is now munn-less… no doubt, they resent the dickish move on the queen's part.

  21. I don't think its surprising or insulting that they overlooked Marlena. They obviously couldn't keep them all in, and Marlena, the Polly Pockets, and the Barbie are the obvious choices to edit out. Cool alien Lantern? Awesome Swamp Thing? Superarticulated Voltron robot? Giant Stay Puft? All these seem to have more obvious appeal. Hell, I'm somewhat into MOTU and I couldn't care less about her figure.

  22. I'm very happy about Marlena. Finally after two plus decades she gets a figure. I love that she has two differet outfits. I prefer the Queen gown version.

    It's cool for me. She's Randor's wife, and He-Man and She-Ra' mother. I have more use for her than I do the ever growing collection of dead Preternia characters.

    She will look stunning posed with the Randor, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Adam, and Orko. She can also make a good hostage for Skeletor and Beastman to be posed with.

    She's also Skeletor's sister-in-law. That's interesting right there. Skeletor stole her daughter from her, so you know if anybody has a reason to hate Skeletor she does.

    I'm disappointed in the lack of articuluation for Cringer if this is meant to be the only classic version of him. He looks great though.

    Hopefully we can get an adult version of him fully articulated, but smaller than Battle Cat. That buck could also be used for Catra's cat form.

  23. Will buy Swamp Thing, might get Kilo and Voltron, could care less about AstroQueen – good job because the only way to get this crap over here is through Evilbay so it's a case of less has to be more.

    "Easily available on Matty…." oh Dayraven you do make me chuckle…..

  24. Liked the presentation.!!

    I think the girl was sweet…

    and, together, they ran thru the figures coming our way. Swamp Thing should be great…(even without Alan.)

  25. So I'm the only one here who thinks the Polly Pockets look awesome, aren't I?

    Probably best I'm not attending Comic Con: I'd pick up almost everything. Ironically, I'd skip the Staypuff: he's incredibly cool, but my apartment is overflowing as it is, and he's not exactly small.

  26. I usually pre-order my SDCC stuff since I'm from the Philippines. Nothing interests me on Mattel's line-up. Intrigued with Voltron but not that much… Guess another pass!

    BTW, recently found the GL-movie figures and sadly they are a definite pass! So that Kilowog doesn't do anything for me. My DCUC Kilowog is tons better than that one!

  27. Nothing there interests me…not even the Voltron, hopefully the new Voltron Force toys are good.

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