- This year’s MOTU-related April Fool’s gags had a distinct theme. He-Man.org provides a rundown of the history of the vintage Mighty Spector;Â Pixel Dan previews the upcoming MOTUC Mighty Spector; and even Mattel itself gets in on the joke by announcing a Mighty Spector and the Time AgentsÂ toyline and animated series: “Neitlich further added: ‘I really want to thank the fans. If not for them posting so much about The Mighty Spector online, management would have never been alerted to his popularity!'”
- ThinkGeek also had its usual run of fake products we all want them to make real. There seem to have been a dozen of them, but the best were the inflatable Star Trek captain’s chair (which I guarantee you will not only be made, but appear on an episode of The Big Bang TheoryÂ next season) and the Star Wars Admiral Ackbar Singing Bass.
- I can’t remember if I already posted this or not, but Mattel posted packaging pics and bios of Slush Head and Mighty Spector. Did we already know Slush Head’s tentacles weren’t bendies? That’s pretty disappointing, although I’m not sure his vintage figure had bendy tentacles either.
- Backyard Legends, the people behind the Prince of Crystal, have created a sculpted version of that weird monster pit sticker from the bottom of the original Castle Grayskull playset. It was available for sale at the Emerald City Comic Con this past weekend and will be sold online soon. One thing to note, it’s sold unpainted, at least so far. I have my usual reservations about items based on existing copyrighted products, but if you’re looking for something to display your MOTUC with – and have some painting skills (at least until they offer painted versions), this might be for you.
ThinkGeek is famous for its awesome April Fool’s pranks, which typically feature awesome but non-existent products. (They’re a geek-oriented novelty product store, so it makes sense.) Often, if the fake product proves popular enough, they’ll actually produce it. The best known is probably the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag, but in April 2010 they had a product page for an “action figure” of the iconic black monolith from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Given the incredible ease of producing a big block of black plastic, they went ahead and made it anyway.