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Mattel’s showing this week was going to be huge, no matter what. Â With the company’s recent horrible financial fortunes, we have to wonder just what the future holds for these low-print run, low-profit margin fan-pandering lines like DC universe or Masters of the Universe Classics. Â And we know that MOTUC is nearing the natural end of its lifespan, and the next two years have been redesigned to give it a grand finale (even if it survives past 2015, the idea is to wrap up all the vintage heavy-hitters by then). Â So their showing this year is hugely important, and I’ll spend more time on it than DC. Â But let’s talk Mattel at the Con…
I am utterly surprised that Club Infinite Earths is continuing. Â Good for them! Â The figure lineup seems to be good, especially with the two Doomsdays, but I can’t really say much more than that. Â Someone else will have to enlighten me if there are any majorly-demanded figures coming up, please. Â But overall, the quality looks fine.
Masters of the Universe Classics
And here’s the biggie. Â This year and next year are make-or-break conventions for He-Man. Â Last year was apparently the first time that they really feared not making the sub quota, and this year looks rough, too. Â So, of the reveals…
Two-Bad – Great idea, excellent execution. Â This guy is one of the few real biggies left in the line, as even peopel who missed MOTU when they were kids remember his crazy, crazy toy! Â Glad to see it, and glad to see that his arms are normal.
Horde Troopers – I can’t say I’m surprised to see them (everybody knew it), but they look fine. Â A lot like the vintage toys, not so much like their cartoon counterparts, and I can kind of hear the oncoming firestorm already. Â But people will buy them.
Geldor – Also not a surprise, Geldor does nothing to me, but apparently a lot of people love this Mr. T knockoff, so he’s good news.
Sky Sled – Holy wow, just as Mattel has been saying “No more vehicles” because the Windraider flopped… WHAM! Â And with the last box concept guy, too. Â If Â this succeeds, then we might get at the rest of the Battle Ram someday, too!
Sea Hawk – Not a surprise at all, but looks decent. Â I think he’s too bulked up, but it can’t be helped.
StrongOr/Strong-Arm -Â Rounding out the Filmation sub is somebody else I do not recognize, but he seems to have a lot of nostalgia value. Â That’s a great thing, and the response is positive, if not terribly loud.
Glimmer – The Great Rebellion lacks members at the moment, and after the Star Sisters, you’d be forgiven for assuming that they were done. Â But now we’re getting Castaspella AND Glimmer! Â And Glimmer is one of the most important She-Ra characters, so this is another huge plus.
HydronÂ – Speaking of important characters, Hydron is another faction leader we’ve needed. Â Even if you don’t like the New Adventures of He-Man, it’s good to have him here. Â I wonder if we’ll ever get Flogg or NA Skeletor.
Nephthu – This Egyptian guy looks kind of bland and turned people off, but his episode was awesome, and he’s got nostalgia value (he was even featured on X-Entertainment a while back). Â I predict that people will warm to him eventually, just not right now.
Lord Dactys -Â Aside from a few spare heads and that lion dude, MOTUC has stayed pretty far away from the Millennium cartoon. Â Making this guy is a pretty big leap on their part, but you know what? Â he’s been highly-demanded, and I think he cam eout looking cool. Â Hopefully he won’t be forgettable filler because of his source and lack of nostalgia factor.
The Unnamed One – I have nothing to say until we see this guy, but I assume that the hype for his appearance will be huge, like with Horde prime’s head. Â Hopefully he won’t be painted flat red, though!
Modulok – Now, this is amazing. Â Mattel has said time and time again that they couldn’t make this guy because of cost and logistical issues, but here he is. Â Maybe he’ll end up fragile and have QC problems, and maybe not, but wow. Â They had the guts to make Modulok!
Standor – Standor is a one-off joke character meant for Stan Lee’s personal convention. Â I think he’s hilarious, but there is a metric ton of hate for him right now. Â So this might not bode well.
Goat-Man – The travelling Con exclusive is a character who isn’t core, but people have wanted. And he looks a lot more badass than Strobo, too – honestly, this is another good move!
Scorpia – Not 100% confirmed, but come on, who else’s tail is that? Â Scorpia isn’t just heavily-requested, I think that there will be riots when she goes up for sale. Â Very good move, Mattel. Â Well-played.
Plundor – Sweet Holy Moses. Â Seriously. Â I… I can’t… this… not the best…just… wow. Â Let’s move on.
Castle Grayskull -Â Perhaps no part of the MOTUC line has caused more controversy, more fights, more broken friendships, and more attempted lawsuits than Castle Grayskull. Â Ever since the budget cuts started, it’s been hell. Â And now that we’re seeing an ALMOST-final version… well, I’m amazed at the positivity. Â Sure, it looks awesome and better than the previous versions, but I didn’t expect the internet to change its mind and like this playset now. Â Maybe it won’t be a complete bust. Â Maybe.
So, there you have it! Â My thoughts on Mattel’s crucial, earth-shattering performance this week – they had a few missteps (PLUNDOR?!?!?!?!!), but overall it seems that they understood how much they needed to bring their A-Game, and so they did. Â Only time will tell if these figures live up to their prototypes, but they’ve gotten to a good start this year. Â If they can keep it up, then MOTUC will survive long enough to “finish” the important figures.