Joe Amaro Brings The Manta Raider to Power-Con

You may recall Joe Amaro teaming up with vintage He-Man packaging artist Rudy Obrero to create a MOTU-themed vehicle called the Manta Raider. Well, Joe’s got some good news for those who wished they could get their own:

At the Power Party I finally got a chance to sit down and talk to Rudy Obrero face to face.

At the party Rudy told me that he wants to make the Manta Raider available to the fans!!! I need to figure out the logistics and price but it will be a very very limited run, definitely under 100. We talked about having it in some type of packaging so we can use Rudy’s awesome painting!

The plan right now is to have it ready for Power Con in September. Rudy will have a table there with some prints for sale. Best of all you can have all the items signed by Rudy!

Note: This is just a fan project and not associated, licensed or in any way affiliated with Mattel or Masters of the Universe.

Poe’s Point > To save the sub, Mattel needs to address Digital River concerns

First off, I’ll admit my site poll is anything but scientific. But I do think it, along with plenty of anecdotal evidence, suggests that one of the main, if not the main, reason many former Club Eternia subscribers are not re-subscribing next year is due to Mattycollector’s customer service. Continue reading “Poe’s Point > To save the sub, Mattel needs to address Digital River concerns”

Sightings > R.C. Short Circuit #5 Robot

Though never produced, Matchbox showed off a remote control Johnny Five from the film Short Circuit in their 1988 catalog.

The fact that there have never been any Short Circuit action figures makes me sad (aside from some unlicensed, high-cost pieces a few years back). If NECA can give us a Claptrap from Borderlands, why not a Johnny Five? NECA seems like the perfect company to do it – they’ve already shown a penchant for producing toys based on 1980s sci-fi properties (Gremlins, E.T., Predator, Aliens), and they’re willing to produce lines that only have a handful of figures in them (Evil Dead II, half of the Player Select licenses, etc.).

Pic via ParryGamePreserve.

Toy Aisle Trolls > Leechhead

Toy Aisle Trolls is a feature highlighting acts of vandalism to in-store toy items. If you find a ruined package, a stolen figure, a swapped-out figure, or any other such acts, take a photo (cell phone photos are fine if they’re not blurry) and email them to

Submitted by: T16SkyHopp

Found this at my local TRU. The troll swapped out the red ninja and replaced it with an old Beachhead. I know that it seems like everyone is a ninja, but this is taking it a bit far. Correct one is on top, swapped is the bottom.

Sightings > S.H.MonsterArts Burning Godzilla

S.H.MonsterArts Burning Godzilla
Due 11/12 for 7,140 yen (U.S. price to be determined)

This figure, based on the Big G’s appearance in Godzilla vs. Destroyah, features an entirely a mostly brand-new sculpt and translucent orange parts (corrected because a few small parts like the claws may be re-used).


Interview > Diamond Select’s Zach Oat on Battle Beasts

One of the most talked-about toy lines of this year is Diamond Select’s Battle Beasts. There’s been a lot of speculation about this line, how it came to be and where it’s going, but the buzz is growing: a new comic book from IDW based on the property is already in stores.

I got in touch with Zach Oat, Marketing Supervisor at Diamond Select Toys, to find out more about what the future holds for Battle Beasts.

1.) Let’s start with the obvious: what led Diamond Select to pick up the Battle Beasts trademark, and were you concerned about the fact that you would not have the rights to the original toy designs?

We were brainstorming new concepts for toy lines, and we started thinking about similar toy lines that had experienced success in the past. Battle Beasts came up, so we did a little research and saw that the trademark was actually available. It’s such a great name, and it went well with our Minimates mini-figures, so we acquired it. The name was what we thought had the most value; we already had a lot of ideas for what we could do with the fighting animals concept, and the original toy line was known more for its gimmicks than for its characters and storylines, so we weren’t too worried about not having the rights to them. Continue reading “Interview > Diamond Select’s Zach Oat on Battle Beasts”

The LoEB > Leonardo Forever

Leonardo Forever

I took this shot while working on a review of the Leonardo Classic Collection & Nickelodeon TV figures, but the main reason for taking it was to participate in this week’s assignment for CoolandCollected’s League of Extraordinary Bloggers.

You can see C&C’s own entry here, as well as a list of links to other entries in the comments for that post.

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BBTS has MOTUC 2013 Pre-orders, Ted plush, Enterbay Dark Knight, & Lou Ferrigno Hulk

So, BigBadToyStore has put up their 2013 MOTUC pre-orders. Some of them, like Jitsu, are already sold out, and that’s a good sign. The more pre-orders they sell, the more subscriptions BBTS may buy before the August 6 deadline and the more likely the subscription is to hit its target. If BBTS can, say, sell enough Ram Men at a higher cost, it can offset the extra Netossas and possibly Fighting Foe Men they’ll be sitting on (though I think the FFM will prove to be more popular than people expect).

So if you’re a cherry-picker and you want any of these characters – or a subscriber who doesn’t want two subs, but might want, say, two Fang Men – I recommend pre-ordering them ASAP.

  • Netossa
  • Fang Man
  • Ram Man (He actually hasn’t been offered for pre-order yet; that “Sold out” is just a placeholder. Also, that price could go up, and probably will. But keep an eye on this link for when they do offer the pre-order.)

BBTS also sent along a few other updates:

  • I didn’t see Ted, but I’ve heard it was pretty funny. There’s a 16″ plush talking Ted up for pre-order, so if you’ve always wanted your kid’s Build-A-Bear to sound like Brian from Family Guy, today is your day.
  • If you’ve ever looked around your house and thought to yourself, “You know, this place is pretty great, but what it really needs is a 1½-foot, incredibly realistically sculpted Dark Knight Batman with an alternate Christian Bale head,” then man, does BBTS have some good news for you! The nice thing is you can berate your miniature Bale whenever it wanders into your shot.
  • There’s a distinct dearth of Lou Ferrigno Hulk merchandise (Hot Toys, I’m looking at you) but now, fans of Bill Bixby’s rather obvious stunt double can order this 22″ maquette of the jolly green giant. It comes in two flavors – one signed by Mr. Ferrigno himself, the other with a “Gamma Glow” with a brighter, more show-accurate color scheme. If you want them, order them ASAP; after the initial pre-order period the price goes up $75.