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Title: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 10, 2003, 03:02 PM
Please forgive me if there is already a thread for Modern MOTU figures, I looked through the pages here and didn't see one, but if I'm wrong, feel free to merge or get rid of this one :).  Personally, I don't collect this line (yet), but I have been very interested in it from the start.  I just thought I would start a thread where the collectors, or those interested, can discuss this line.  From what I have read on other sites, other than case pack problems, there is nothing but positive vibes about this line.  I would like to start collecting these, but not sure if I could afford it, or if the wife would appreciate me starting another "toy" collection (on top of vintage SW, modern SW, and a few Marvel Legends).  I thought about picking up the regular He-Man just to see what they are like out of package, can he still be found on pegs now?  Anyways, I'd enjoy to hear any of your opinions on the line overall, your favorite figures and why, or anything else relating to this line.  I saw recently that some of the "Snake Men" are coming up in the near future as well (I believe American Dream Comics had some pictures).  Anyways...feel free to discuss!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediMAC on July 10, 2003, 03:10 PM
Please forgive me if there is already a thread for Modern MOTU figures, I looked through the pages here and didn't see one, but if I'm wrong, feel free to merge or get rid of this one :).

I found an old one here (http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?board=28;action=display;threadid=372;start=msg2919#msg2919), but it was mostly just reconsgt asking some questions about the vintage MOTU line, so fire away with the modern MOTU discussion right here folks!  I know we've got some collectors of this line roaming these parts...   ;)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 10, 2003, 03:25 PM
Thanks JediMAC, that's the one I noticed too, but wasn't sure if it was an "official" one or not...I left that up to you mods :).  Thanks again for checking it out though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Morgbug on July 10, 2003, 11:47 PM
Just in case anyone missed it I have an Orko that needs a home.  
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: MetalJedi on July 11, 2003, 11:20 AM
I love this line and I only recently got into due to the Star Wars drought.

They are sculpted awesome and they just keep getting better with each figure they make. Trapjaw, Whiplash and Orko are my favorites right now.

And the Snake Men are finally be released. I can't wait to get my hands on Kobra Khan as he was my favorite Vintage MOTU figure.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on July 11, 2003, 11:31 AM
I also really think this line is one of the coolest around.  The updates to the looks of all the MAsters is just awesome!  I buy only the core characters and none of the lamoid He-Man and Skeletor variants.

I got my Moss-Man last week in the mail, one of my all time favorite figure re-made, He is awesome!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 13, 2003, 11:15 AM
Thanks for the replies everyone, I'm really on the fence whether or not to collect these, I've heard nothing but positive things about them though.  Just not sure if the wallet can handle it or not.  Anyone have pictures of their collection they'd like to share, or which figures are their absolute favorites...and why?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 14, 2003, 03:54 PM
I was just curious....a question for you experts out there.  I was looking over some of the pics from Toy Fair earlier this year, and I wasn't sure exactly what this figure was supposed to be?

http://207.44.182.109/photo/1/data/532/1DSCN2354.JPG?9656

It looks somewhat like a skeleton or something, you'll have to forgive me, I haven't seen all of the episodes of the new Masters show :).  Anyone have an idea?

***Edit:  Nevermind, after looking through the rest of the pictures, it looks like it is part of the playset that is pictured next to it.  You can view the rest of the pictures here
 http://207.44.182.109/photo/1/showgallery.php?cat=532&password=

if you want to, there is also Roboto and Zodac preview pics here.  Although it is old news, I thought I'd post it here just in case there are other new collectors that haven't seen it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on July 14, 2003, 04:13 PM
Yeah that is a Slime Pit Bone Mutant or something like that, one of the eBay sellers that sells a lot of early SW stuff always has a prototype or two for sale

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=45449&item=3138240606

www.he-man.org

Has a great Q&A from Jeremy at Mattel from yesterday, sounds like The Horde is coming.  They have redone the case assortments to be 1:1:1:1:1:1 which means no shortpacking and goodness all around, no more He-Men up the wazoo!

Looking forward to what is in store this week for this line especially, Comic Con and Toy Fair are two of the biggest weeks of the year behind the the week from Christmas to my Birthday!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 15, 2003, 04:02 PM
One other question about this line (sorry).  Is this a difficult line to collect overall?  As far as finding figures, or maybe there being too many releases or too expensive to keep up?  I think I will only collect the ones I like if I decide to start buying them...plus, even if I were to be a "completist", it would only be with the regular release characters, not the exclusives or "smash blade, super armor, etc" He-Mans and Skeletors.  And most likely, no vehicles or playsets either.  Have there been certain figures that have been a problem to find?  I do realize it will probably be a little more difficult for me if I decide to do this, since I am coming into the game later on.  Thanks again for all the advice and info everyone.  I hope people continue to discuss the line here, when there is anything new popping up :).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Mikey D on July 16, 2003, 08:36 AM
mosnab, I don't collect this line but do look at them in the stores.  The only fig I never saw on the shelves (not counting new waves such as Whiplash, Two Bad and later) is Merman.   Every other fig was readily available, including Beastman and Stratos, whom from what I've gathered were somewhat hard to find.  

You're probably going to have to resort to ebay if your interested in any of the older figs, as they have pretty much dried up.  Most likely the latest wave available in the stores would be Prince Adam and Sy-clone, with Whiplash, Two Badd, Man-E-Faces and Buzz-off showing up shortly (if not out already).  Walmart does have some of the older figs (TrapJaw, Orko, Teela, Triklops) availabe with a video.  I believe the figs are the same exact ones as their single card counterparts, so it might be worth a look.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Mikey D on July 17, 2003, 08:21 AM
New MOTU figures (http://afigures.com/g/?mode=album&album=2003SDCC%2FMattel%2FMOTU&hn=1)

Man talk about beating a dead horse.  Why so many different versions of main characters.  I don't collect this line, but you guys that do must be pissed.  Does any body actually buy all these ridiculous versions of the main characters?

The Fisto and Snake Men figs look good though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on July 17, 2003, 09:18 AM
Sweet Fisto!

(http://afigures.com/g/generated/2003SDCC/Mattel/MOTU/IMG_5804__scaled_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 17, 2003, 04:45 PM
Fisto was always one of my favorites when I was a kid, I really like how they have updated his look for this new line.  The Four Horsemen continue to do an amazing job with this line, I really want to start collecting it :).  I remember also having a figure named "Jitsu" from the vintage line that often fought against Fisto.  This is a great week for toy collectors, with all the new images coming in.  So many lines are done so well these days.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 18, 2003, 12:40 PM
So what does everyone think of the rest of the MOTU figures that were shown so far this week?  I think Fisto will definitely be a favorite, as well as other figures that we have seen before (Zodac, Roboto..not sure if he was shown this time).  What are your opinions of the new versions of other characters, and the "Snake-armor" versions?  I'm usually not big on variations like that, but some don't look too bad.  I actually kind of like the Stratos they have shown, and the one He-Man with the new armor (not the one with the arms sticking out everywhere).  The Snake Men themselves are pretty cool too, I always remember Kobra Khan being a favorite of many kids when I was younger.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on July 21, 2003, 09:50 AM
I hate variants...they are useless to adult collectors IMO...it all goes back to the age old question of who is buying this stuff, kids or adults.  The quantity of variants I already see warming the pegs lends me to believe that it is the adults.

Fisto and Zodak look awesome as do the Snake Men

I eventually want to see: Sorceress, Jitsu, Webstor and Stinkor

Stinkor is probably my all time favorite figure...the dude smelled what an awesome idea

There are very few of the original first couple of Masters left to do (pre-Horde) which is awesome and about I'll collect since that was all I bought as a kid as well
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 21, 2003, 01:08 PM
Well, while out shopping this weekend I looked around for a regular He-Man and/or Skeletor to purchase to start off the collection (and see if I want to continue), but I wasn't able to find any.  I see that KBToys.com has the He-Man for sale, do you think that would be the best/cheapest route if I can't find one in stores anymore?  I really want to start collecting this line, but still not sure if I can afford it (and I know I don't have the space right now).  If I do, I would be like some of you...strictly ones from the old days.  I wouldn't be buying any variants, or any new characters, just the redos of the ones from when I was a kid.  I wanted to get He-Man first, and then take it from there.  I'm really looking forward to the Zodac figure (does anyone know when this is supposed to be released?), and I'm keeping my eyes peeled for any other figures around here.  So far, the only ones I've seen (since I've started looking that is), were Tri-Klops, Mekanek, Smash Blade He-Man, Spin Blade Skeletor, and an Orko.  I'll probably end up getting some of those eventually, but just wanted to have a figure, in-hand first to see if I like them enough.  Thanks for all the comments and/or pics any of you post...I appreciate the help in learning more about the line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: roguestormtrooper on July 22, 2003, 07:01 PM
I've started to collect the new MOTU line and so far I like what I'm seeing.  SW is still my main line,  so I am slowly adding to my MOTU collection.   I do agree with one thing,  all the versions of He-Man and Skeletor are a bit redundant.  

BTW,  does anyone know of a good web site featuring the new MOTU product?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on July 28, 2003, 11:05 AM
Try either

www.americandreamcomics.com

Or

www.he-man.org

Check the he-man.org forums, the place on the net to talk MOTU!  They also have most of the various pictures from around the net on the forums somewhere, trouble is usually finding them
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: roguestormtrooper on July 28, 2003, 10:42 PM
Thanks OCB! ;D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Dimetrodon on July 29, 2003, 12:32 AM
yeah, those Snakemen rule.

i especially want Rattlor.
he was my favorite figure back in the day.

and when i sold the old ones a few years ago he was the only one i kept.

i hope the new one rattles too.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 29, 2003, 01:59 AM
I suggest going to .org's forums and taking a look at what's being shipped with Evil-Lyn in the new villain cases. I won't link, because the horrors are too great for eyes so young. :-X

Goodbye, MOTU.
So much potential, so little anything else.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on July 29, 2003, 09:47 AM
Here is what HMI is talking about...horrible

(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/heman.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Mikey D on July 29, 2003, 09:56 AM
You know, that Merman isn't all that bad.  What color was his chest protector originally? (the lime green part) It might make a good alternate for people who couldn't find him before or are getting into this line late.

The Skeletor is blasphemy all around.

Tri-Klops would be ok if it weren't for the neon green highlights.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 29, 2003, 10:29 AM
Yeah, when I first heard of the rereleases, I thought...this might be a great way for me to catch up since I'm getting into the line late....but these are terrible IMO.  Like Mikey D said, the Merman isn't that bad, but I'm not a fan of the other two.  Are they offering repaints of all the original figures now?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on July 29, 2003, 10:34 AM
So far it is just Skeletor, Mer-Man, Tri-Klops and Ram-Man

Man at Arms is also

Ram-Man doesn't look too bad either with some gold details

I was going to order a few cases from AFX to try and pick up Zodak, Roboto, Man-E-Faces, Buzz Off, Evil Lyn and such but I am seriosuly contemplating retiring too from the line...Mattel is worse than Hasbro and Toy Biz put together and that is saying something
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 29, 2003, 12:56 PM
Eventually, Mattel's going to run out of coffin nails. I think this line's living on borrowed time as it is without crap like this.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Dimetrodon on July 29, 2003, 03:30 PM
in an interview with some mattel director on figures.com
he said he thinks the line has the power to run to 2050...

i think he's beyond insane..

we are still getting new figures, and not just repaints and variants, so i'm happy with that so far.
its sad that Keldor will only have been an exclusive though, i'd love to have gotten one.
oh well, we can only hope its made to be an exclusive at another time.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 30, 2003, 04:59 PM
Well, I finally picked up my first figure of this line, the one that started it all, He-Man himself.  This figure is incredibly old news to most (if not all) of you, but I wanted to start somewhere, and I figured, what better place than He-Man?  I really like the looks of these figures, and I hope I am able to continue collecting them.  I know it will be difficult getting into the line so late, so I'm not sure how it will work out.  I'm just going to chip away a little bit at a time (my collecting budget is mainly devoted to Star Wars stuff, so I can only do a figure here and there).  How difficult do you think it will be to catch up on the regular characters (no variants, exclusives, etc.)?  What would be the cheapest route to take?  We are headed out shopping this weekend I think, so I might see what's available after I check out the SW section.  I am hoping to maybe find the original Battle Cat as well, but we will see.  And of course, I'd really like to find some of the newer waves (Buzz-Off, Man-E, Prince Adam, Whiplash, Sy-Klone, etc.), but it doesn't sound like they are showing up real regularly yet from what I have read?  Anyways, thanks for continuing to discuss the line...and hopefully this repaint mess, as well as the past case packing problems won't ruin it for everyone.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 31, 2003, 01:37 AM
If you're looking for older stuff (funny term, the line's barely a year old) try KB. A local one here still has Jungle Attack He-Man and other pegwarmers. Also try out-of-the-way Wal-Marts, like those found in smaller towns. I've had insane luck there, and they often have figures like Beast Man, Stratos, and Man-At-Arms.

Also, keep checking every other Wal-Mart you can find, because I found MEF and Buzz-Off with Free Video #3 attached to them today, along with rage-inducing He-Man variants. ::)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: MetalJedi on August 4, 2003, 11:12 AM
Eh, the Mer-man isn't bad. I'll be getting it since I never found the first one.

So what store is this wave being found at first?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on August 4, 2003, 11:20 AM
These were shipped from AFX.com...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 5, 2003, 09:22 AM
Just curious, does anyone know when figures like Roboto and Zodac are expected to be hitting stores?  I've got plenty of other figures to look for, but these were a couple of my favorite figures when I was a kid (especially Roboto), and I was just curious when they might be showing up.  Also, went through a new Target nearest to us this past weekend, and I saw Prince Adam, Sy-Klone, Whiplash (as well as some variants of the big two).  I didn't pick any up, but might be going back this weekend....which would be the best one to pick up...going by "if you don't get it now, it might be gone"?  I was leaning towards Sy-Klone simply because I had the vintage version, but I hear Whiplash is a great figure as well.

Update--on part of my question, I was looking through the he-man.org forums, and see that they list the Roboto wave (Wave 6 Heroes - Roboto, Zodak, Shield Strike He-Man, and Sky Strike Stratos) as showing up in August...so maybe in a month or so people will start seeing them?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on August 5, 2003, 01:25 PM
I preordered 3 cases from AFX.com because I am officially sick of Mattel and I do this with SW anyway so...

The Roboto wave according to them is supposed to ship in 3-5 weeks
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: MetalJedi on August 6, 2003, 02:56 AM
Well I just found Evil-Lyn and the repaint brothers tonight at Wally World. Im super stoked! We never get the newer figures up here when everyone else does.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 6, 2003, 12:00 PM
I really like the looks of the figures from this line (although I only have He-Man thus far).  I've been wanting to collect it, without variants, and just a little bit at a time.  Although I'm not a member at he-man.org, I do look through their forums quite a bit, and it seems like there is a lot of fear that the line is coming to an end (possibly soon)?  I don't know if that is true or not, and within another year or so they would probably have made most of the figures that I want, but I was curious if any of you knew if the line was in big trouble or not.  I'd like to collect some, but if some stores are going to stop carrying them, or figures aren't going to be shipped very often, it might make it more difficult.  I do understand that getting into the game later like this will make it difficult anyways for me, but I don't really want to be looking all over, shopping online, paying exorbant prices, etc. for this line (I already do enough of that with Star Wars right now, and SW figures are my first priority).  Anyways, do you think the line is in trouble...is it a bad time to start collecting these?  Thanks again for any advice, and sorry for all of the questions.  I know I have been back and forth on this a lot, but I'm not sure how much income I have to dedicate to this line and my wife's not too crazy about me collecting another line :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: MetalJedi on August 6, 2003, 09:04 PM
Don't let all this hearsay about the line dying scare you off. It's all first-second year rumors.

Im sure alot of people said the same thing when Star Wars came out the second time.

The line probably won't go as long as SW but it'll be around.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: roguestormtrooper on August 6, 2003, 10:35 PM
Well,  it will be a sad day if they pull the plug on the line so soon.   Although I don't hunt for He-Man figures as much as Star Wars,   I am collecting the figures.  My question is this,  why are they making so many versions of He-Man and Skeletor?  Shouldn't they try to concentrate on main characters that haven't been made first and not the 11th version of He-Man.  Kinda sounds like Mattel has "Hasbroitis" ...  (Hasbro with 15 different Darth Mauls etc.)  How 'bout a King Randor figure?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 7, 2003, 01:16 AM
Mattel seems to think kids want a lot of He-Men. I can understand having He-Man and Skeletor around at all times, but this line isn't huge enough yet to warrant packing He-Man and Skeletor so heavily in each case.

Add to it collectors like me only wanting the 'secondary' characters, and you've got trouble. But judging by what I sawa t Target today, the line should be alright for a few years provided Mattel doesn't blow it with the Snake Men.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on September 4, 2003, 11:18 AM
I'm officially giving up on this line.  I love the figures, think htey are really well done but my love of toy collecting is waning and these are the first to go.  Plus seeing the latest case assortments

http://www.shopafx.com/actionfigurexpress/masofun2.html

Means this line is going to die...it won't make it past Christmas next year.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on September 4, 2003, 11:49 AM
Sorry to hear that OCB...but I can see where you are coming from.  It seems a lot of lines are getting difficult to collect, and unfortunately, I don't see MOTU lasting a whole lot longer either.  I am barely into this line (just He-man and Sy-Klone so far), but I am hoping to stay with it for a little while.  I am only collecting them slowly, and the figures I want have a limit to them.  Its not like Star Wars, where I end up wanting most if not all of the basic figures released....with MOTU, I basically want to work at going back and getting the characters that have been released so far, then add in a few of the upcoming figures (especially Roboto..as well as Zodac and Fisto), and wait and see if they release figures like new-style Mossman, Clawful and Stinkor.  Much further than that, I think I'd be pretty much done with what I wanted anyways.  Hopefully the line can last another year, but it does seem like it is limited.  Thanks for your past insights on the line though OCB...it was many of your comments on this line from forums that got me interested in the first place :).  Best of luck to you in whatever you decide to collect/not to collect.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 4, 2003, 12:23 PM
This company just doesn't learn. Formulaic screwheads.

Oh well. Looks like I get to save money, because this isn't going to last much longer.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 6, 2003, 08:12 PM
I have a trade list in the Trading section with my collection up for grabs.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on September 10, 2003, 11:01 PM
Sorry to hear that you are giving up collecting as well HMI...but I did drop you an e-mail about your figs.  Although I don't have the funds right now, I'd like to talk to you in the future about hopefully taking a few off of your hands.  Anyways...I hope some people are sticking with this line....but it does seem to be fairly frustrating.  I did see over at the He-Man.org forums that Roboto has shown up (ebay only I think), and someone over there has received one and has some loose pics.  This is the figure I have been looking forward to the most, hopefully people will be able to find them in stores.  I see there are a few on ebay now as well going for anywhere from $40 to $80 I think.  I can't believe how high these figures go for initially...worse than Star Wars new releases, especially considering these are not "exclusives"...although with the case packs, it seems like some of them pretty much are ;).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 11, 2003, 01:18 AM
Don't worry, mosnab, by the time you have the available scrib, I might still have the figures. I posted the list over at He-Man.org, and for a bunch of folks who complain about not being able to find these things, they didn't go for 'em, even though I added some Star Wars and LOTR stuff I needed to the list. They wouldn't even buy 'em. So I think the the .org is just full of a bunch of hot air.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on September 19, 2003, 04:47 PM
Ugh....Fisto's been renamed...

Fisto Renamed (http://www.toynewsi.com/index.php?itemid=1867)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 19, 2003, 10:57 PM
Oh, I bet the .org is even a more vile place to be right now.

I found Roboto tonight. Too bad it didn't happen three weeks ago, when I might have cared about this find. I left it, something I've never done with a MOTU figure.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: MetalJedi on September 20, 2003, 04:33 AM
If anyone finds Roboto again or at all and you dont want him I'll take him.

The only place that carries He-man around here anymore is Walmart and they're stuck with numerous Orkos and Mekanecks.

Im stubborn and Im not giving up on this line just yet.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on September 20, 2003, 10:53 AM
I agree, I'm not sure how much of this line I will be able to collect ($ and room), but Roboto was always my favorite character, and if anyone has one they don't want, I'll take one too :).  Its a shame this line is handled the way it is, doesn't seem like it has a whole lot of life left in it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 21, 2003, 05:07 PM
I was shocked I left it too, because Roboto was one of my fave toys in my youth. But, I can't keep sending money to a company like Mattel, especially with their attitude.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on September 22, 2003, 03:00 PM
Well I lied, I decided to finish out what I had as a kid if they ever make them...

(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/vintyheman.jpg)


That means I still need to buy

Evil Lyn
Roboto
Kobra Kahn
Fisto
Zodac
Clawful
Webstor
Stinkor
Spikor
Jitsu

I'll pass on Snake Men Rock Men and perhaps the Horde for now.  Which means I may be short just Spikor and Jitsu if the line makes it that long and rumored figures do come true
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on September 22, 2003, 03:10 PM
I'm having a hard time forgetting about this line as well.  I have kind of been trying to since many others were quitting, I don't have a lot of extra spending money right now, and my wife isn't too crazy about me picking up another collection besides Star Wars.  I told myself I was only going to get Roboto (and maybe Skeletor) and not worry about the others, but when I see some of the other figures online, take a look at my (or others') vintage figures, or happen to catch the show, I sort of want to look into them again.  For now, I'll be happy with a Roboto though...he was my all-time fave :).  Nice collection by the way OCB.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 23, 2003, 01:00 AM
Oh man, vintage MOTU. Most of mine don't even stand up, because  I played with them for hours on end. Of course, I never bothered to get the Slime out of the figure's leg areas, so that might have corroded the rubber bands over time.

I think with the money I've recieved for my modern stuff, I'm going to buy the Commemorative Series exclusive 5- and 10-packs. After that, since my LOTR collection is almost finished, I'm going headfirst into vintage MOTU, all the way.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 24, 2003, 01:59 PM
Hm. I'm kinda starting to feel a bit of regret in regards to my modern MOTU stuff that is no longer mine. Eh. I'll see where the Snake Men takes the line and decide what to do from there, I guess.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 3, 2003, 01:33 PM
There's been a few casepacks reported at the .org for the Snake Men waves. Thankfully, most cases are weighed more towards the secondaries, but there will be solid cases of He-Man and Skeletor.

I guess if you don't own Roboto or Evil-Lyn yet, you're up the creek now.
 >:( Grr. Arrgh. KILL!!!! >:(
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 3, 2003, 02:18 PM
I sure hope that Roboto won't be impossible to find.  He was by far my favorite character as a kid, and I really like the design of the new figure/character as well.  I haven't bought any MOTU figures for awhile now, due to actually finding Star Wars in the stores and having a few preorders ship (as well as buying my first two LOTR figures)...so money has been tight, but I really hope the line continues.  I'd like to be able to pick up the figs from my childhood eventually, specifically Mr. Roboto :).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 8, 2003, 10:11 AM
From what I have read this morning at he-man.org, it sounds like the first signs of the Snake Men figures are showing up on ebay.  Zodac, He-Man, Skeletor, Mekanek, etc.  I never had Zodac as a child, but the character is pretty cool, and I like have they have updated him for the series/toyline.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on October 8, 2003, 12:26 PM
Got a Roboto from an e-tailer, I way overpaid I think it was $25 after shipping but I have one and I am happy about it.  They also have Fisto Mister Fistington and Zodac up for preorder if you are interested

www.killertoys.com
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 8, 2003, 12:33 PM
Thanks for the link OCB.  I didn't see Roboto on that site, but maybe I missed it or it is sold out already.  I really want to get this figure, and I'm trying to hold out overpaying for it too much.  I suppose I could justify it by saying that he's my favorite character, and it could be the only one I buy...so I could spend more..but I'm sure once I get one here and there like that, I'll eventually want all of the original characters.  Isn't that how it always goes? :) I hope it will show up in decent numbers at retail eventually, but I guess that isn't exactly the motto for MOTU :).  How do you like the figure...have any pics?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on October 8, 2003, 12:45 PM
No pics yet but I was planning on getting some new ones shot of all my figs, stay tuned ;)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 10, 2003, 10:04 PM
If you're looking for MOTU figs, I suggest looking at your local Gordman's store. I found Battle Glove Man-At-Arms, Mega Punch He-Man, redecoed Tri-Klops and Skeletor, smack addict Mer-Man, and EVIL-LYN!!!!! Finally!!
They also had that silly 4-pack of mimi-figures, the one with Ram-Man. The supposed TRU exclusive 2-pack of Wolf Armor He-Man and Snake Armor Skeletor was there as well, at a cheaper price than TRU.

Be cautioned, Gordman's wants $9.99 for their MOTU figures.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 13, 2003, 04:15 PM
Ummm....check this out, not sure what to think of this one personally:

Snake Teela Exclusive (http://store.yahoo.com/wizarduniverse/subwzus12te-so.html)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 14, 2003, 11:42 AM
Ick. Mattel's done a fair job on exclusives, but this is...ugly. Maybe on purpose, I don't know. Sure as hell doesn't entice me to get a magazine subscription I don't want.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 17, 2003, 10:43 AM
I see according to some posts on He-Man.org that figures such as Fisto, er um...Battle Fist, King Hiss, etc. are showing up on ebay now.  I still haven't seen any signs of anything past Sy-Klone and Prince Adam around here, but if I'm going to collect these I'd need to do a lot of catching up anyways.  Now if I could only find Roboto somewhere for less than $30  :P.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on November 11, 2003, 01:23 AM
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/collection/DSC01865.JPG)

For mosnab :-*
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on November 11, 2003, 01:25 AM
That chest plating IS removable to show the gears underneath and his misc weapons fit on his back.  Great figure hope it gets a wider release than what it has gotten so far
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on November 11, 2003, 09:55 AM
Thanks for the pic OCB, I think that figure looks really great.  We never have any new MOTU around here (that's pretty much the story everywhere though, isn't it?)  I'm just looking to find this figure for $20-$25, and I might be done with MOTU unless the retail situation picks up.  Pretty much done before I started I guess, but its too hard to catch up right now.  Gots to have me a Roboto though!  Thanks again for the pic! :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on November 13, 2003, 02:21 PM
Damn...that Snake Teela is the most craptastic figure I've ever seen. And that includes Inhumanoids.  ::)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 17, 2003, 12:45 AM
Apparently Aldi's stores are getting the Snake Men line. I know what I'm doing tomorrow morning, and it's not sleeping or working...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on November 17, 2003, 11:55 AM
I got Fisto and Zodak from Killertoys on Friday, nice figures and glad to have them :-*

Guy in MN found a bunch of Snakemen at Aldi's...along with a damn scalper.  He got what he needed though

Good luck fellas, I'm done with the exception of Kobra Kahn and just keeping the faith that Clawful, Webstor and Stinkor are eventually made (fat chance)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 17, 2003, 12:02 PM
Got what I wanted from the Snakemen line at Aldi's this morning. I got one each of Zodak, Fisto, Rattlor, and King Hsss. Some other guy who hunts for his kid bought every other figure there. Talk about greed. He was disappointed he didn't get two Zodaks. Tough ****, greedy little man. It's crap like that that makes this line very frustrating to collect and enjoy.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 22, 2003, 10:44 PM
Wave 2 of the Snakes is apparently showing at Albertson's stores. I don't have any of these around me, but at least the love is spreading.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 29, 2003, 10:34 PM
http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/attachment.php?s=&postid=878747 (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/attachment.php?s=&postid=878747)

Too bad Mattel doesn't care to stock stores like this.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 1, 2003, 01:33 PM
Greatest news for this line yet:

http://www.he-man.org (http://www.he-man.org)

A He-Store. Hopefully they recieve enough secondary characters to make everyone's collections complete.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on December 1, 2003, 03:34 PM
Wow that is cool...hopefully some good prices and like you said Ben, a plethora of secondary characters (non-variant ones at that)

Now if they can somehow produce a Clawful, Webstor and Stinkor ::)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 5, 2003, 02:17 PM
The He-Store is now open. They're selling the swag by-the-case, but after the holidays, they're going to sell them individually.

There's a blurb on the .org's main page that's quite interesting, especially if you're looking forward to owning Clawful and his oft-mentioned ilk.

All in all, good news on the MOTU front for once.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 10, 2003, 01:21 PM
Looky at that. The newest article on the .org states that '...Mattel isn't moving as quickly as we liked..."

Leave it to that company to screw up a good thing.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on December 10, 2003, 01:25 PM
Mattel needs to go to hell ::)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 12, 2003, 10:22 PM
And now direct from he-man.org's main page:

 "Mattel has still not shipped the Snake Men wave, which made up the bulk of our orders from fans and collectors. If any of you were hoping we might be able to ship orders before the holidays, we doubt that will happen unless Mattel works a holiday miracle. The He-Store, for this first few rounds of orders, will ultimately use the 4 week window specified in the Shipping Policy. Our apologies!"

Surprise, surprise. Guess I won't be getting my Roboto case for Christmas after all.

Well, guess I'm gonna cancel that order and sink the money into those IKON Buffy exclusives now.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 3, 2004, 09:27 PM
Well, I'm one figure closer to being done with this line. BBTS has Khan in stock, so I ordered one and a Buffy figure.

Just need to find Roboto again and that'll be it. This line cannot possibly continue now that Target and Wal-Mart don't carry it anymore.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on January 5, 2004, 11:35 AM
Still waiting to pull the trigger on a Khan.  It doesn't look good though for MOTU with the resets at Target and Wal Mart happening and no space for MOTU on the shelves.   A MN guy at .org who works at Target says the Snakemen are in the computers...we'll see I guess
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on January 5, 2004, 11:43 AM
Yeah, I noticed this past weekend as well that there was no space at Target for MOTU.  The one we frequent also had gone through its resets, and had a lot of spaces for other new stuff (ML5 was there, Spidey 2 figs, a few Ultra figs but now Wampa :(, and others.  The MOTU figures they did previously have are now in the clearance aisle.  I'm still just mainly keeping my eyes open for a Roboto, otherwise I have really cooled off on this line.  Plus, I really don't have the space for it anyways....so I think its just going to be Roboto (hopefully), and I'm done with it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on January 8, 2004, 10:46 AM
Doesn't sound good, I think I read the cartoon wasn't picked up, the He-Store isn't getting their orders filled, no shelf space at Target or Wal Mart...so long He-Man, it was a good run.  Stoopid Mattel
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 9, 2004, 12:36 AM
This sucks. They sold every Commerative figure they made--wouldn't it have made sense to sell to that very same market rather than kids who obviously never liked it? I'm willing to bet this becomes an example in high school level business classes about how NOT to run a multinational. Ignore fans, market to the wrong demographic(and never fix it), and ignore the wants and needs of the retailers, which is obviously the worst thing you can do.

I have a brief thread at the .org about maybe Mattel allowing NECA to do the action figures, and JVS3 (you know, Mr. Honcho and author of the MOTU comic) said that Mattel wouldn't do it, simply because it will look bad to the stockholders and retailers.  So, because of Mattel's pride, fans suffer more. Grab your ankles and have courage, MOTU fans, because the worst part is yet to come, I'm sure.

Rant over.  >:(
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 10, 2004, 10:42 PM
Wow, amazing how a rant will kill a thread, huh?

Anyway, with all these clearances, I've been able to pick up custom fodder. So far, I've bought an Orko, Trapjaw, and regular He-Man, and made some really awesome customs. I made an Evil Orko, based on a fan-fic I wrote where Orko became Skeletor's familiar.  I blackwashed the Trapjaw and added some painted-on blood to his hook and claw. It's neat. it's my favorite work too.
And the He-Man- I made a battle-worn version, with a lot of black mud and soot, and scrapes and cuts on his body. I also painted on blood to his sword and axe, to a chilling effect. It's certainly my most ambitious custom, but I'd have to post pics so you can see what I'm talking about. How do I go aobut that? I've got them on my computer, but I don't have the first clue about posting them here.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on January 10, 2004, 10:49 PM
If you have pics email them to me and I'll host them here ;)

spearson@jedidefender.com
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 10, 2004, 11:42 PM
They're pretty big. Proving that I'm a complete dumbass when it comes to this glowing box, I can't figure out how to resize 'em. Should I send anyway?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on January 11, 2004, 12:04 AM
sure, I have a cable modem...unless you don't :-*
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 11, 2004, 01:40 AM
Yeah, I got cable. Away they go. Thank you. :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 16, 2004, 03:06 AM
Were they too big, or just that terrible? :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on January 16, 2004, 07:47 AM
 ??? Never got them...try again, our e-mail here can be flighty to say the least
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 16, 2004, 01:23 PM
Alright. I'll go again.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on January 16, 2004, 02:44 PM
Still Nada :-\
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 17, 2004, 01:31 AM
I haven't sent them yet. I'm having some hellish IE problems here, but I got 'em cleared up, I think.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 18, 2004, 01:04 AM
Still didn't work? Screw it, never mind. Thanks for the offer anyway. :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on January 22, 2004, 03:36 PM
Sorry Ben :-[
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 23, 2004, 03:18 AM
It's cool. They actually kinda sucked anyways.

You might want to hit your local KB's if you still have 'em. The last of the red cards are being blown out. No Snakes.

And there's a mean thread at the .org finally confirming the worst fears of MOTU collectors. It's completely dropped at the retail level. (Like it wasn't obvious from the complete lack of peg space at major retailers.)

So, unless Mattel kisses a lot of ass at Toy Fair, it's over.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 30, 2004, 01:24 AM
I'm trying to close a deal for Roboto, but apparently paying $15 plus shipping isn't good enough for some people.

Oh well. Whatever. Previews has some solicitations for MOTU swag in their newest issue, but some from the .org are shooting it down, saying 'most stuff in Previews is never released.' OK.

There's also a link to a petition to save MOTU from its bitter end on the http://www.he-man.org (http://www.he-man.org) main page. You have to wonder if even casepacks and He-Men that weren't in every wave could have averted these events.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 31, 2004, 08:53 PM
Woo hoo, I get my Roboto next Sunday!!

God, I'm so high right now. Pleasure overload....
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 31, 2004, 09:58 PM
And, if you want to see pics of my customs, visit my thread in the Collections section. Yeah, baby.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: jjks on February 25, 2004, 09:48 PM
Hey guys, I mentioned this on another forum, but thought I'd bring it up here. If anyone has access to a Snake Men Two Bad or Kobra Kahn I'd be happy to take them off your hands. I have an extra Snake Men General to offer up for part of the trade.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 27, 2004, 02:09 AM
Here's a linky for the Two Bad repaint:

http://littleplasticmen.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=62_84&products_id=203 (http://littleplasticmen.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=62_84&products_id=203)

I've never ordered from them, so take it as you will.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: jjks on February 27, 2004, 09:08 PM
Thanks for the link, I gave them a shot since they had a Clone Wars Yoda that I needed also. Now a just need the Kobra Khan figure...anyone?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: jjks on March 5, 2004, 07:11 PM
Got my package from littleplasticmen.com  today in perfect shape so they earn a big thumbs up from me.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on March 9, 2004, 12:09 AM
I got my Khan from BBTS, might keep checking them out to see if they have more

Sounds like She-Ra is coming as the Con Exclusive and Mattel sent out a bunch of mixed messages!

http://www.he-man.org
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 9, 2004, 01:38 AM
We're sad to report that Masters is no longer at US mass retailers. It's definitely not due to Mattel's lack of interest, but because of lackluster sales that led to no support in Spring 2004.

The new line of Snake Men are currently being distributed through websites, magazines, and specialty retail stores. This will continue to be the case in the future for US sales.

The future of the cartoon will be determined at a later date. Ratings were average in the US. However the show continues to do extremely well internationally.

We are still working through the details on DVDs. Whatever cartoons are released via DVD would be packaged as sets in the US. That's all we can say at the moment. International fans should not be discouraged by this.

There is still full support for the international market. It is unfortunate how Masters has performed in the US. But as long as international sales continue as they are, we will continue the line internationally. We are even getting ready to shoot commercials for Spitbull and the Mecha Crunch Action figures.

Toys that have only been released internationally will probably not make it to the US. But you never know what can be imported by various retailers.

And there is still hope for US fans. We have a number of figures sculpted that have never seen the shelves. Snake Armor He-man is one example. If the interest continues to grow, we may be able to ship them to US specialty retailers interested in carrying the line. There are a number of figures from the Four Horsemen that have never been seen that we would love to see produced and in the hands of fans across the globe."


So, they have the nerve to blame us, THE FANS, for its retail death. Kiss my ass. Keep your stupid con exclusives, since the hurt the line about as much as your casepacks.


G_
****
Y__RS_LF

Would you like to buy a vowel, Mattel?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 9, 2004, 01:39 AM
OK, that above post would have been a lot funnier had it not been for JD's zealous profanity filter. I'm sure you get the idea, and still don't find it funny anyway. ;)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on March 9, 2004, 10:09 AM
Although it isn't the best news, I guess it is finally good to see some "definitive" answers on the line.  I gave up on it before I even started, because (1) I was so far behind and (2) I couldn't find anything around here anyways.  I will say though, the figures themselves were great...and I thought that the toyline (aside from all of the variants and HTF figures) was pretty cool.  I'd still like to have a Roboto, may have to try to pick one up on ebay...I think the prices are down closer to $15 now, but we'll see.  I would have liked to have seen Clawful and Stinkor make it into the line too, maybe they will if it continues internationally.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on March 22, 2004, 12:27 AM
I'm about to dump my stuff on eBay...before I do I took some pictures to remember it by...so long He-Man, screw you Mattel.  I'll post more later...enjoy He-Man for now

(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/hemansm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/heman.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/teelasm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/teela.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/manatarmssm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/manatarms.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/stratossm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/stratos.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/manefacessm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/manefaces.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/mekanecksm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/mekaneck.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/princeadamsm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/princeadam.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/robotosm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/roboto.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/zodaksm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/zodak.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/rammansm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/ramman.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/battlefistsm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/battlefist.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/buzzoffsm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/buzzoff.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/syklonesm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/syklone.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/orkosm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/orko.jpg)

(Click for a larger pics)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on March 22, 2004, 12:38 AM
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/skeletorsm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/skeletor.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/evillynsm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/evillyn.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/beastmansm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/beastman.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/triklopssm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/triklops.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/trapjawsm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/trapjaw.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/mermansm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/merman.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/whiplashsm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/whiplash.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/kobrakhansm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/kobrakhan.jpg)(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/fakersm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/faker.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/motu/small/twobaddsm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/motu/motumed/motu/twobadd.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on March 22, 2004, 12:46 AM
And if someone wants to buy these I'd sell the lot for 24 x $7 - Discount = $150 plus shipping...I might budge on certain individual pieces as well (jjks still need a Kobra Khan?  mosnab interested in Roboto?)  

LMK soon!  Otherwise you'll have to take your chances on the big old world of ebay :-*
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 22, 2004, 03:12 AM
Wow man, I'm MOTU's biggest hater, and I still want your Roboto and Faker, just to complete my collection to my satisfaction.



I suck.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 2, 2004, 11:52 PM
If anyone's looking to dump any MOTU figures, LMK. I've recently got some inspiriation to do some customs of these.

Looking for the following:
Skeletor, Spin Blade version OK
Man-E-Faces
Beast Man
Evil-Lyn
Whiplash
Two-Bad
Man-At-Arms
Roboto
He-Man, Smash Blade version OK too
Battle Fist
Ram Man

And, if you have any spare parts like heads, arms, etc. I'll buy them too.

benjamin_kral@mchsi.com

Thanks.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on April 2, 2004, 11:58 PM
****...a week too late my friend.  They are all on eBay right now or were sold last week.  I got about $7 a figure last week some higher (Teela Fisto and Zodak) and some lower (Sy Klone and Orko)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 3, 2004, 04:41 PM
Yeah, I figured yours already went to ebay. It's cool, though.

There are others dumping collections. No worries. There's no rush to pick these up; it's not like the line is going to get any bigger. :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: jjks on April 6, 2004, 11:12 PM
dang, just saw your post about the Kobra Khan figure OCB, I definitely would have taken it off your hands. As it stands, I ended up picking up one off eBay last week. Oh well, at least my MOTU collection is as complete as I would want it to be.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 7, 2004, 01:01 AM
Hey, OCB, I'm going to pinch your He-Man image for a sig at TNI. Is that cool?

Just thought I'd ask.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on April 7, 2004, 10:43 AM
Go ahead :-*
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on April 8, 2004, 10:58 AM
If anyone cares, it appears that KBToys.com is blowing out all of their MOTU stuff.  Not too much there for figures, but what they do have are all $3, as well as Castle Greyskull for $10.  They also have some other miscellaneous items, you can check them out right here:

MOTU Sale Items (http://www.kbtoys.com/Results.html?textSearch=1&previous_keywords=&D=masters+of+the+universe&place=ajnv&formInfo=T%7CD%7C0%7C255&formMap=&_e=40756&_v=40756804AUAQa476256C292F)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on April 10, 2004, 06:45 PM
I just wish Mattel would have come through with the Collector's Fan CLub, at least we would be able to get new figures that way.  :-[
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on May 14, 2004, 02:28 PM
For those who are interested, TNI has a hi-res shot up of the convention exclusive She-Ra figure HERE (http://www.toynewsi.com/index.php?catid=13&itemid=3209)

They also have a picture of an upcoming exclusive bust of Hordak.  There will be a non convention exclusive released next year I believe too...looks kind of cool:  Hordak Bust (http://www.toynewsi.com/index.php?catid=13&itemid=3206)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on May 14, 2004, 02:33 PM
So sad...I don't miss my figures in the least either though.  

That bust looks awesome.  One of the toy purchases from my youth I can still clearly remember is going to Ben Franklin and picking out a Hordak from the rest of the figures.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 14, 2004, 02:34 PM
I really want She-Ra and have hope for the Collector's club to get new figures.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on July 22, 2004, 12:28 AM
new Motu! (http://afigures.com/g/?mode=album&album=2004_SDCC%2FMattel%2FMOTU)

Stinkor!
Clawful!
Hordak!

I sold my figures!

I will be getting a Stinkor though
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 22, 2004, 12:23 PM
These new figures rock. I really hope they release them here in the US or make them availoable some way.

Anyone else think that the rooted hair She-Ra is the exclusive and they will release the sculpted hair as the regular release.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 22, 2004, 01:25 PM
I saw these this morning, but wish I hadn't ;).  Just when I had pretty much gotten MOTU out of my head (I had a He-Man, Scott helped me with a Roboto), they had to show more figures.  If they decide to release these state-side somehow, I'm going to be awfully tempted.  I wish the show/toys would have been more of a success here in the US, to be able to keep the line going.  I'm with you Scott, I wouldn't mind having a Stinkor...he was my favorite baddy as a kid, and my vintage one still has a smell to him ;).  I remember him stinking up the whole toy box (or Snake Mountain) when I was little.  Good times.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 22, 2004, 04:50 PM
Those bastards had better release those in the US.

Of course, I'm still screwed on She-Ra and Snake Armor He-Man, but who isn't?

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on July 23, 2004, 12:05 AM
Looks like EE is carrying the latest Snake Cases...they may be able to get these too
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 23, 2004, 03:21 PM
Here's hoping someone will carry them.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Morgbug on July 23, 2004, 04:16 PM
The snake men wave came and mostly has gone from TRU up here.  They sold quite well.  Is this something I should have mentioned earlier????  They were just dumped in a basket and gone within a week or so. :-[
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 23, 2004, 08:42 PM
Well, if it was Talon Attack Stratos and Snake Armor He-Man, it would have been newsworthy. The early Snakemen waves really weren't anything to write about, since people were only interested in owning four figures from two waves. (Fisto, Zodak, Rattlor, and King Hsss.)

Oh, did you all know that Mattel gave away Keldors with a $25 purchase to German MOTU fans through TRU? Kinda bull****, eh?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 23, 2004, 08:43 PM
Forgot to say...BBTS has some Snake stuff back in stock, including Kobra Khan for $10.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Keldor on July 25, 2004, 10:19 PM
I HOPE that MOTU is not dead, I wrote to mattel back when this bad news hit and I', thinking about doing it again to see what's up with those figures.  I saw that Hordak figure, i hope they make him, Hordak is one of my favorite Chracters and would love to have a new figure of Him So Please MAtttle make this a reality!!! ;D ;D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 26, 2004, 06:09 PM
Well I have hope that this stuff will come up, we just need to show Mattel. Calling them would not hurt, over at the Org they are trying to get another call Mattel day.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 26, 2004, 09:06 PM
Why another Call Mattel day?

Mattel isn't going to take it seriously.

I like some people at the .org, but they tend to have their heads up their asses in regards to the reality of their favorite toy line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 28, 2004, 09:56 AM
Why another Call Mattel day?

Mattel isn't going to take it seriously.

I like some people at the .org, but they tend to have their heads up their asses in regards to the reality of their favorite toy line.

You know what, honestly your not helping the situation. It s aphone call. Its not going to kill you to give it a shot. If it doesnt work oh well, at least we tried.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 28, 2004, 07:03 PM
I wasn't going to call Mattel anyway. It already died one painful death; Mattel's just going to **** it up within a year if they start over again.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on July 29, 2004, 01:11 AM
Here are my vinty figs ;)

Masters of the Universe

(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/collection/motu72804sm.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?/spearson/collection/motu72804.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 9, 2004, 04:56 PM
So, Mattel just took the comic away from MVC, and now, this.....
(From he-man.org's main page)

We have some troubling news to share with fans of He-Man.org.
It's come to our attention that Mattel may absorb He-Man.org.
Click here to see what other fans have to say about this.
It's actually something that Mattel has been pushing for over a year now, but they have never really acted on it.
Lately, we fear the worst.
One would think this wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.
It's also possible that it could be in Mattel's right to own He-Man.org, as the name He-Man is a federally owned trademark of Mattel's.
We're not sure where we stand legally since we've had this site in operation for many a year, prior to Mattel's refiling for the name and the relaunch of the brand. But it's not Mattel owning the domain name that troubles us.
What worries us is if Mattel owned He-Man.org, they might slowly tighten their grip on the site content itself until it's become part of their company and devoid of fan control/input.
Mattel claims this won't happen, but given everything we've seen over the past two years, we are very weary.
We've all fought very hard for MOTU.
This site was one of the biggest catalysts for the rebirth of MOTU.
It's the largest site for information and news on MOTU.
And we feel the only reason Mattel probably hasn't come in and forced it away from us is because they are scared of how fans will react.
We've stood by Mattel through a lot of things we don't necessarily agree with.
But please remember, there are a lot of good people at Mattel who fight for the fans and He-Man.org.
So cursing the company as a whole is wrong, because we blame everyone in the process... even those who are fighting the good fight. Still, it's the few people there that make the less-than-popular decisions that worry us. And it's only a few, but that's all it takes.
If it comes down to it, we'd rather move He-Man.org to a new domain rather than have a bunch of suits come in and take away what is an important part of many of our lives.
This is not only a MOTU resource, but a strong community where we all feel at home regardless of how long you've come here or how passionate of a fan you may be.
It sickens us to think of abandoning the name He-Man.org.
It's a recognizable name across the globe, even branded on shirts that many of you wear (and we thank you all for making those shirts a reality)
But if worse came to worst, we won't let Mattel take over this site.
We've seen Mattel ignore He-Man.org input (fans, creators, etc) in favor of some bad internal ideas... ideas that the company did eventually ended up using, but too late in the game.
We 've watched horrible case ratios clog the pegs.
We 've endured choices on less-than-spectacular non-Four Horsemen toy designs.
We 've witnessed bad time slots and presentation for the cartoon.
Some of which could be stopped, some of which was uncontrolable.
And now, we're fighting to keep the comic alive for the fans despite regulations that have made it almost impossible to maintain sales in a competitive comic industry.
(What is happening with the comic? It may disappear, even though MV wants to continue producing it. Please click here to read more about what is happening)
And despite it all, like many of you, we still fight for this brand.
We don't want it to end, even though we've been holding onto the crap end of a stick for longer than we would for anything else in this world.
If you want to share your opinion with Mattel, click here to e-mail them.
More importantly, we encourage every fan who attends Wizard World Chicago to stop by Mattel's booth and TELL them how you feel..
About how they've handled the toys...
About what you've seen with the cartoon...
About what you want to see done with the comic...
And how you feel about He-Man.org...
Be it good, bad, or a mixture, tell them how you feel....please...
Thanks everyone, for your time and understanding. This site wouldn't exist without you. Please help to keep it and Masters alive for years to come.


Jesus, what next?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 10, 2004, 09:42 AM
That sure is strange.  Seems to be a lot of "strange goings on" with the MOTU line lately, well, there always did seem to be some problems here and there with it.  Mattel just doesn't seem to know what they are doing, period, I guess.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on August 10, 2004, 04:12 PM
I really don't get Mattel. It just isn't right and it doesnt even make sense.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 10, 2004, 04:45 PM
I've been thinking about it a while, and maybe they're trying to relaunch the property again, what with yanking the comic from a small company and trying to take over the .org.

I think Mattel just wants the name. He-Man is a registered trademark.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on August 19, 2004, 05:33 PM
Moss Man $25 at the He-Store (http://mvcreations.safeshopper.com/37/136.htm?685)

Pretty good deal
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 19, 2004, 10:04 PM
Dang. I kinda blew all the disposable scrib on a PJ ticket.

Ah well. Easy come, easy go.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on September 20, 2004, 02:44 PM
He-Store has She Ra (http://mvcreations.safeshopper.com/37/cat37.htm?755)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 20, 2004, 06:09 PM
Still holding to my promise of never again buying a Mattel product. $28 for a character I care nothing about- screw it, the DVDs come out tomorrow and the VOTC Jedi wave has arrived. No time for love, She-Ra.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 18, 2004, 10:08 PM
Excuse the Fox News link, but:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,135752,00.html

Hah hah. I hope you choke, Mattel.
(You too, Toybiz.)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on November 22, 2004, 03:08 PM
Sounds like a ray of hope for MOTU fans, and it is kind of cool that it is happening:
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
FOUR HORSEMEN AND NECA OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR A 6-INCH SCALE COLD-CAST MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE¹ FIGURES LINE

The MotU legions have spoken and, as we´ve always tried our best to do in the past, we´ve listened to you and here¹s our response. You wanted them - you´ve got them.

Whether the Masters of the Universe action figure line is actually dead or not, for months now MotU fans have been without any new figures to finish out their collections. Being fans of MotU ourselves, we know exactly what you¹re all going through. We¹ve heard your cries of anguish and we now heed your call.

Four Horsemen Studios and NECA would like to officially and proudly announce their upcoming line of collectable 6-inch scale cold-cast figures!

Masters of the Universe fans have been suggesting this solution to their current dilemma time and again through letters, posts on message-boards and e-mails, and we think it¹s a fantastic idea.

The 6-inch scale cold-cast figures will be fully painted, non-articulated micro-statues that will come with all of their originally intended accessories, and a base - the color of which will designate the faction of that character (purple for Skeletor¹s minions, red for Hordak´s horde, green for King Hsss¹s troops, etc., etc.).

We´re going to attempt to use some sort of clam-shell or blister-card/box type of packaging so those wishing to display them alongside their unopened MotU action figures will be able to do so.

Here´s the deal. You won´t be seeing tons of strange variants of the two main characters. You won¹t be seeing day-glow orange & fluorescent green versions of your favorite characters unless they were originally intended to have those colors. You won´t be seeing sculptures in which what is supposed to be a ten-foot tall monstrosity is somehow towered-over by a six-foot tall hero.

What you will see, in at least the first two waves, are characters that you´ve been waiting to see since the new Masters of the Universe action figure line launched back in 2001. All with paint schemes and accessories that you want to see, and in scales that are proportionate to each character!

The first wave of 6-inch scale cold-cast figures will consist of only two characters in order to get the first wave out quickly. Our plan is to then have three figures in each consecutive wave thereafter. We already have the first two cold-cast figures finished and are now working on the second wave.

We´re not going to reveal who the characters in the first two waves are just yet, but we will tell you that none of those five characters have been seen in 6-inch figure form since waaaay back in the eighties!

News identifying the characters, images and the release of this first wave is going to come fast and furious, so get ready. We expect to release the names and images of most of the first two waves near the beginning of the year, with the first wave of MotU 6-inch scale cold-cast figures to ship very soon thereafter.

We know what you´re probably thinking, "Great, a fully painted, 6-inch scale, cold-cast MotU figure line, with the bases? How much am I going to have to shell out for these? 50 or 75 bucks a pop?" Not even close.

Believe it or not, we´re trying our darndest to get the price at or below $20.00 each. We´re still working out all of the logistics, so depending on how the packaging/shipping issues go, it could be slightly more than that, but rest assured that we are trying. How is this possible? We have no idea, but the guys over at NECA are crunching the numbers, and things are looking good.

From the minds of MotU fans and onto the shelves of collectors world-wide. None of this would be at all possible without the support that all of you MotU fans have given us. Don´t give up all hope just yet. You never know what the future may holds we´re still listening.
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Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on November 22, 2004, 03:10 PM
Stinkor!  I'll buy ole Stinkor in a heartbeat.  This is a great idea and a big finger to Mattel as well
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on November 22, 2004, 05:22 PM
I am not crazy about the idea.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 23, 2004, 12:57 AM
I'd still love some action figures.

But, if this is the way MOTU is gonna be, screw it. I'm not paying $20 when they could be doing figures for less than half the price.

But I may buckle if they look like those one-of-a-kind statues auctioned off a couple years ago to help that ex-Mattel employee. Those were amazing. Or if this is the only way to get Hordak and the Sorceress, I'd go for those too.

Maybe if these are a resounding success, the action figures will make some sort of return.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on November 25, 2004, 01:07 AM
I'd rather have more figures.  If Hordak looks good, though, I might pick him up.  Stupid Mattel.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 6, 2004, 03:11 AM
As much as I dislike the .org, I at least have to pass along this link (http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQgotopageZ1QQsassZheQ2dmanorgQQsorecordsperpageZ50QQsosortorderZ1QQsosortpropertyZ1) to their desperation auctions, mostly stuff from MVC's studio and Val Staples' personal collection.

Looks like MOTU is really dead now. Never believed it till now.

I remember seeing this poster in 2001 and being giddy about new MOTU figures.

(http://www.thetoyroom.com/ebay/kenkelly.jpg)

How times have changed.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on December 6, 2004, 08:18 AM
As much as I dislike the .org,
(http://www.thetoyroom.com/ebay/kenkelly.jpg)


Why do you dislike the .org?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on December 6, 2004, 08:52 AM
Yeah, it is really too bad this line didn't live up to the potential it had.  The non-variant figures that we saw really were well done, but the property was just mishandled.  It is amazing to see what a fan base He-Man must have though, every one of those auctions in the link above has at least 1 bid, and most have many more.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on January 13, 2005, 01:21 PM
I sorta paid attention to the cash grab .Org was trying to do to save their ass from Bankruptcy.  I haven't seen an update and don't care to do a lot of digging either, what's their current status?

I feel bad they are in such dire straits.  I also think its strange that they are relying on people donating stuff so they can get out of their own bad business decisions.  Something doesn't seem right about that
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 13, 2005, 01:51 PM
I haven't been to .org for two months now, so I couldn't tell you. I guess they owe artists a lot of money and are trying to pay those guys.

Anyway, those NECA statues everyone wants to see but nobody will buy:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v449/QuestionGuy2/HORDAK.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v449/QuestionGuy2/CLAWFUL.jpg)


Those would have made really great action figures.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on January 13, 2005, 01:56 PM
As I said earlier, they make a Stinkor, I'll buy one.  And they look nice, but it still sucks Mattel has no clue how to run action figure lines
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on January 13, 2005, 07:56 PM
They will be making Stinkor. They look good, but i just wish they were action fiugres.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on January 14, 2005, 11:54 AM
That Hordak looks amazing as well.  What's the pricepoint on these?  And who's going to sell them?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on January 14, 2005, 02:48 PM
They are supposed to be around 20.00 each, made by NECA, and I guess sold online, and alot of NECA stuff is sold at suncoast so maybe there. Not really sure about the last part though.  ;D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on June 6, 2005, 10:39 AM
What is the latest on these Statue thingies?  I haven't been to .org for a long time so I was just curious
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 6, 2005, 11:36 AM
Well the first wave has not come out yet. They just announced that King Randor will be the SDCC exclsuive.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on June 6, 2005, 04:18 PM
Randor is a good choice, I sometimes regret dumping all of my stuff but I usually don't miss any of it :P
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 6, 2005, 05:39 PM
Well the 4HM just updated the org and have said that the statues are being on the way, no more delays. They should be on the way by sea, they mentioned. A pick of Randor should be up in the next few days.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on June 13, 2005, 01:59 PM
I see that He-Man.org has some pics up of the upcoming Clamp Champ statue (http://www.he-man.org/), which is the third statue/figure of Wave 2 (along with Grizzlor and Stinkor).  Although I would have rather seen figures of all of these characters, these do look pretty neat.  I sometimes wish this line (and the show) would have had better success.  MOTU really is a cool property, and the "new" line, aside from availability and case packs, was pretty neat from a character design aspect.  I still sometimes wish I would have picked up more of these, but it was probably for the best that I didn't.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 13, 2005, 03:09 PM
Clamp Champ is alright, i would have preferred someone else. He is a bit of a boring character.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on June 14, 2005, 04:42 AM
(http://img292.echo.cx/img292/6759/shortpacked4ub.gif)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on June 17, 2005, 10:34 PM
He-man.org has packaged pics of the stactions up on their site for the curious.

They look tempting, but since I can't afford them, meh.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 19, 2005, 09:32 AM
After seeing them all packaged up, i am sold. I think they look amazing and will be buying them.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on June 26, 2005, 12:00 AM
The Snakemen are showing up at Burlington Coat Factory and at Fred's.  I found a Fisto and a Zodak at a Burlington store for $4.99 each.  Apparently some lucky people have found the Snake Armor He-Man.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on June 26, 2005, 03:05 AM
If there's one MOTU figure that I'd love to own, it's Snake Armor He-Man.

Oh well. If it isn't meant to happen, it won't.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ook on July 1, 2005, 11:21 AM
Anyone checking out Mastering The Universe: He-man And The Rise And Fall Of A Billion-dollar Idea this month? Sounds like a good read to me. ;D

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1578602238/qid=1107299257/sr=1-24/ref=sr_1_24/104-1574417-2661519?v=glance&s=books]http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1578602238/qid=1107299257/sr=1-24/ref=sr_1_24/102-5410308-3596166?v=glance&s=books

http://he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=113901&highlight=mastering+universe
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 12, 2005, 07:03 PM
Did anyone else pick up the 10 Best DVD today?

I bought it at Best Buy for $12.99. Well, they tried to knock me for two more bucks, but I set them right.

I watched the first two episodes, "Evilseed" and "Quest for He-Man". The picture and sound are beautiful, and they still have those moral tags at the end of the episodes.

If you're a fan of the old MOTU, I definetely recommend picking this up.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 12, 2005, 08:37 PM
Yeah i was thinking about picking it up but i think i am just going to wait for the season sets.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 13, 2005, 08:46 AM
I plan on picking up the "Best of" set as well.  I checked at Wal-Mart yesterday, and they had it, but it was around $18 so I thought I would wait and check Target/Best Buy for a better price.  Sometimes the season sets can become a little pricey, so I thought I'd pick this up for sure just to have some of the episodes on DVD.  Glad to hear that the quality is good, and they still have those moral tags...fun stuff.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 16, 2005, 12:15 AM
I found the stactions today at Suncoast. Beautful sculpt. Flawless paint (which is rare for a NECA product), and a base. It's too bad there's no articulation, since these would have made great action figures. I know they wouldn't have looked as nice as action figures, but even with some of Mattel's color choices, these guys would have been good, solid toys.

I guess I'm just disappointed that 6" Batman is going back to retail and MOTU is languishing like this.

I saw some of the upcoming stactions at TNI (Mantenna!!) that I'd really love to buy, but at $20 a piece, I just can't do it. I had enough money to cover the entire first wave today, but I just couldn't spend the cash.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 16, 2005, 12:23 PM
Mantenna does look awesome. I have the first wave but am very undecided as to what to do now. If i cannot get my hands on a Randor, i will probably stop buying these and sell of the 3 i have. I dont want to collect soemthing i cannot have a complete set of.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 16, 2005, 02:33 PM
Yeah, that Randor was a reason I didn't buy the first wave. If these are going to follow the same path the Mattel stuff did, I don't want anything to do with them.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 17, 2005, 11:32 AM
Its just ridiculous how this playing out. I think the 4HM are great guys and appreciate everything they have done, but i wish NECA woul dbe more cooperative now. It seems that they too are falling intot he same trap that Mattel was.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 22, 2005, 09:34 PM
I received today what may be the last modern MOTU figure I ever buy. BBTS has She-Ra in stock for about $18, so I went ahead and bought one.

It's too bad Mattel didn't take the same care to the regular line as they did to the exclusives, since this is a really nice figure, and I'm not that big of fan of She-Ra (after all, her cartoon killed MOTU back in the day.)

If Keldor or Faker come down in price, I might eventually get them, but I'm sure there will be a snowball fight in Hell before that happens.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 23, 2005, 12:27 AM
Thats cool man, I enjoyed She-Ra. I am trying to get my hands on a Randor. No luck though.  :-[
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 23, 2005, 04:33 PM
If I knew that Randor would be available at retail or online somewhere for $20, I'd be buying the stactions. If they'd come out and say "Randor will be available in wave 4" I'd pick up the first wave while I can.
But I don't want ANOTHER MOTU line I have no hope of completing.

Anyway, the cover art for Season 1 Vol. 1 of the original MOTU cartoon. (http://www.he-man.org/news_images/BCI/S1V1_FRONT.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 29, 2005, 11:34 PM
Well, like a sucker, I bought the first wave of stactions. I figured I really wasn't interested in owning Randor.

And it looks like someone's figured out how to make the stactions into proper action figures:

Hordak (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=123328)

Clawful (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=123331)

Snout Spout (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=123329)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 30, 2005, 11:50 AM
I still need a Randor. I saw those customs as well. He did a great job onm them.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 16, 2005, 05:33 PM
I finally bought a Snake Armor He-Man from a seller in the Phillipines. It cost $14 plus $9 shipping. It should be here in a couple weeks.

Now I hope it doesn't break on me or anything.  ::) :)  This seller also had a bunch of the goofy repaints that I'll probably end up buying. For some reason, I like that Ice Armor Skeletor and Trap & Smash Orko.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 21, 2005, 02:51 PM
I finally received that Snake Armor He-Man today. I'm tempted to buy another to do that paintwash trick I love so much, since this figure has a lot of detail that needs to be brought out.

That pretty much does it for my MOTU figure collection. There's a bunch of variants I don't have, but I'm not going to spend $20 each and wait a  month for international shipping.

Guess I'll put that money into the stactions now.  :-\
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on September 22, 2005, 01:32 PM
I was pretty sad to see the line go, and being in Canada I'll never see the stactions (Hordak looks awesome).  The one figure I was pretty sad to not get was Zodac - he was one of my first motu figures back in the day.  I've thought about going the ebay route now that the prices have come down a bit, but with the line being dead the enthusiasm just isn't there.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Spectre on November 13, 2005, 01:14 AM
If anyone needs the last waves of this line, check your local National Wholesale Liquidators stores!

They are receiving the Snake Men waves priced at $4.99 each :D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 24, 2005, 12:20 PM
Saw the second series of stactions at Sam Goody last night.

Man, Stinkor would have been the coolest action figure in the line, with Grizzlor in the top ten.

******* Mattel.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 16, 2006, 01:49 AM
Great. More con exclusives.

The .org's front page (http://www.he-man.org) declares that an Evil-Lyn in classic colors will be the staction exclusive, while a wave of mini-busts will also be available.

I think the Evil-Lyn is a little lame, but I sure wouldn't turn down the opportunity to purchase one.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on April 16, 2006, 10:32 AM
I like the Evil-Lyn but i still can't get a Randor so i dont expect to get this one. I still need Stinkor as well. Have been unable to find him.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on April 17, 2006, 03:10 PM
Is there a reason why Mattel never did Hordak?

He was my favorite figure from back in the day and would've made sense in the Snake Men sub line....


Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 17, 2006, 10:54 PM
Mostly, the line didn't last long enough. He showed up in one of the last episodes of the cartoon and had a staction figure and a bust, but no action figure.

I have the staction thing, and it's great. He'd have been an even better toy, possibly one of the best in the line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JesseVader08 on April 17, 2006, 11:31 PM
Is there a reason why Mattel never did Hordak?

He was my favorite figure from back in the day and would've made sense in the Snake Men sub line....

I always like Hordak too.  He was one of the coolest looking bad guys.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 18, 2006, 02:06 AM
(http://he-man.org/news_images/6inchstatues/staction_wave4_leech01.jpg)

(http://he-man.org/news_images/6inchstatues/staction_wave4_webstor01.jpg)




 :o
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on April 18, 2006, 09:55 PM
Webstor is looking awesome, I was expecting something different for Leech.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 21, 2006, 01:50 AM
More new MOTU stuff from SDCC. (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=139313)

I just realized something- this staction line has almost outlasted Mattel's half-assed action figure line. And they haven't put out a single He-Man or Skeletor.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 21, 2006, 04:18 PM
The new stuff is looking good. Hope i get an Evil Lyn from SDCC sometime soon.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 26, 2006, 03:00 AM
I found EL on sale at littleplasticmen for about $50. It's damn tempting, but I think I'll wait till after WWC or until the regular-release in modern colors is released. They're on ebay now for around $50-70, which has to go down as time passes.

Plus, who knows what might happen after Wizard World?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 27, 2007, 03:10 PM
Just saw a couple new pics at Wizard of the next batch of MOUT statues/figures coming from the Four Horsemen.  You can see protos HERE (http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/toyfare/003559948.cfm) of King Randor and Jitsu.  Its kind of neat seeing Jitsu get the treatment as well, I actually had his action figure as a kid - a number of face offs between Fisto and Jitsu :P.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: pakledjim on February 27, 2007, 03:46 PM
This is a great line, I just wish more places sold them. I haven't bought any since wave 2.

                             jiM
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 28, 2007, 12:51 AM
Me neither. I want to get them, but when I think about it, it's hard to spend $60 on a set of these things that were supposed to be action figures and aren't.

It's pretty sad that NECA can make an expensive line of statues last longer than the action figure line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 22, 2007, 10:51 AM
NECA announced that the SDCC exclusive will be a classic colors He-Man. It looks pretty cool.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 25, 2007, 01:09 AM
Agreed.

(http://www.he-man.org/news_images/6inchstatues/staction_2007exclusive_he-man1.jpg)

I want one. I'll be wasting SO much bank on con exclusives this year, it's not even funny. But this piece looks worth the money.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on May 31, 2007, 11:02 AM
I was looking through our DVDs for something to watch while I'm running on the treadmill here at home, and pulled out the "Best of" He-Man DVD that came out awhile back (it has the "Top 10" as voted on from the fans).  Man, watching those old toons really brought back some memories.  Sure, it can be a little silly - but it also has a simplicity and fun that not many toons these days have it seems.  It really is too bad Mattel screwed up the modern line so badly.  I was going through this thread today, and looking at the pics that Scott posted of his figures before he sold them, they sure were nice looking figures.  Heck, even though they used pretty much the same body for all the vintage figures, I still enjoyed the heck out of those as well.  I kind of wish I would have been collecting/paying closer attention when they did those commemorative series figures (vintage re-releases) back in the day.  Who knows, maybe we'll see something again if the rumored movie gets to theaters.  I still have most of my vintage figures, but after going through my brother as well, they are for the most part "less than complete".  Its made me want to look into picking up a few loose complete vintage figures, but I guess I have enough other things to spend money on right now :P.  Anyways, just had to post after watching those old toons - the 80s were a good time for those toon/toys combo - He-Man, G.I. Joe, Transformers, etc.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 31, 2007, 12:57 PM
Yeah, I really like that cartoon. I have the entire MOTU series on DVD, including the Best Of, and its willingness to be nothing more than it is makes it wonderful. Sure, it was preachy in its morals and was clearly intended to sell toys, but it never aspired for more than that.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on May 31, 2007, 01:08 PM
Exactly right Ben.  I was telling my wife about the little "life lessons" they have at the end of the episodes, and she made a good point - maybe kids these days could use some of those, the way we got them when we were kids.  I've often thought of picking up the DVD season sets as well, or at least one or two of them, but didn't have the money when they came out.  Hopefully eventually I can do that.  I really regret skipping the Joe (and Transformer) sets when they came out - and now they cost an arm and a leg.

I was looking at some He-Man stuff this morning, and remember the comm. series re-releases being out - how much did they cost at retail back then?  Just curious.  I kind of wish I would have picked some of those up then, but at that time the thought of affording anything beyond Star Wars figures was a dream (finishing college, getting married, buying a house all within three months time :P).  Anyways, again, good points - for as much as they make fun of these old toons on shows like I Love the 80s, maybe more toons today could stand to be simpler and teach a good lesson :).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 31, 2007, 10:59 PM
I only found the Commemoratives at KB, WM and TRU. WM wanted $10-11, and TRU and KB were around $12-13. Online retailers were just getting started back then, so if you actually found a site that had them for sale, they were about $20 each just for them being so limited. These things disappeared fast. Only one or two cases ever showed at any store, and you had to be there right away to get them. Some employee at KB almost refused to sell me some of them because he wanted them for himself. It's any wonder they're broke.

I have a complete single carded set of both series, as well as the Battle Cat and Panthor packs which ran about $20 at WM. Never did get the TRU or JCPenney exclusives, and I regret it now, since those are the most valuable pieces in the line (read: ones I can't afford.)

If I had to part with my collection for any reason, these would be the only things I kept.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Madcow on June 1, 2007, 09:24 AM
The only Comm figures I picked up (and still have) are the He-man/Battle Cat and Skeletor/Panthor 2-packs. While I wanted the rest I really didn't have the space or $ at the time. And what I could never figure out is why the 2-packs were only $20 while the individual figures were $12. It just seemed weird but I wasn't complaining.  ;D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on June 7, 2007, 11:23 PM
Series 6 stactions

(http://www.audrics.com/heman/Mosquitor-full.jpg)

Mosquitor

(http://www.audrics.com/heman/Jitsu-full.jpg)

Jitsu

(http://www.audrics.com/heman/BattleHeMan-full.jpg)

Battle Armor He-Man

For once, I actually like the He-Man variant better than the individual characters. I think this He-Man variant is the only one that ever made any sense.

And here's wave 5, just in case you hadn't seen them yet.

(http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/images/products/out/large/NEC10398.jpg)

Ssssqueeze (seriously), Evil-Lyn, and Rio Blast.

Man, I have to say it again- these would have been awesome toys.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 8, 2007, 02:52 PM
I am liking 6 much more than 5. Very awesome!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on June 10, 2007, 03:20 PM
More pics of wave 6 (http://i.toynewsi.com/g/index.php?mode=album&album=NECA%2FMOTU%2FWave_6%2F&dispsize=600&start=0)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 27, 2007, 11:29 AM
Ok, does anyone know what this is? (http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/slayalive/Pictures154.jpg)  Looks pretty cool, regardless.  From what I've read no one knows so far, and it isn't labeled at SDCC (although it sounds like it is in Mattel's booth).  There is some speculation that it could be part of an anniversary type line, along the lines of the Joes, Transformers Classics, etc.  Its all just guesses now, but that would be pretty cool.  I also see in this thread at ActionFigureInsider (http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8323&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0) shows that there is a nice vintage display of MOTU at SDCC as well.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 27, 2007, 12:44 PM
Oh my gentle jesus. Maybe Mattel has something up their sleeve after all.

A few weeks ago, they announced they'd have this big panel at SDCC, and I doubted that it was for the 200x series DVD release.

Hopefully they show more this weekend.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 27, 2007, 01:32 PM
I hope it turns out to be soemthing good. At this point though, i am not sure i can support another line anymore especially with Indiana Jones coming out.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 30, 2007, 09:53 AM
From what I read this weekend, it sounds like nothing more was said about the He-Man that was shown at Comic Con.  There are rumors that it might be possible to see a new line in 2008 though.  If they were done in that style, I think I'd have to pick up at least a few.  There's just too much good stuff on the way these days, its hard to know where to spend the money ;).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 1, 2007, 11:25 PM
I'm kind of disappointed that Mattel hasn't said anything about that He-Man prototype. Leave it to them to build up a buzz and not go anywhere with it.

As much as I'd like to see MOTU back on the shelves, I'm really not up for all the drama that came with the last attempt. It appears from the DCSH line they STILL haven't figured it out yet. If it was a limited anniversary line, I'd be up for it, but an ongoing line? I'd have to think about that one.

I suppose we'll hear more at either Wizard World Chicago soon or Toy Fair next year.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 2, 2007, 09:02 AM
You're exactly right Ben - I'm surprised that Mattel created all this buzz by showing the He-Man figure, and then not mention it again.  Hopefully we'll hear something more about it soon.  I'm with you in almost hoping that its just a limited "anniversary" type of line.  I can't afford to go too nuts with another line, but if it were a handful of figures in the style of the He-Man, I'd be in for it.  I was actually kind of hoping for it. :)  Just as well, like there isn't enough to spend money on already.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 25, 2007, 03:45 PM
Robot Chicken and He-Man = bliss. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDKlrO-WblE)


 :D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on September 28, 2007, 01:11 PM
Faker and Kobra Khan (http://www.cooltoyreview.com/story/front/NECA_Two_Villains_From_The_World_Of_Eternia_109124.asp) mini statues are on the way, exclusive two pack from Shop AFX available later next month.  Kind of cool, and it really is too bad that the modern Masters line didn't do so well (or wasn't marketed/packed so well).  They really did have a neat style.  As much as I don't need another line to collect, I kind of hope that He-Man figure shown at Comic Con leads to a new line in the future - an anniversary-style line. :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on September 28, 2007, 02:19 PM
I will be ordering those!  ;D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 28, 2007, 02:34 PM
Man, that Faker is sweet. And I love Kobra Khan, so I think I'll get this set.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 22, 2007, 03:24 PM
I saw this question posted in the latest Mattel Q and A, maybe some encouraging news to the future of MOTU:
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Figures: There's no denying fans want more Masters of the Universe. What would it take for Mattel to bring the toy line back?

Mattel: We ask that fans for just a little bit more patience as we finalize the details. Typically, it takes 12-18 months for toys to go from concept to toy shelf. As for MOTU, we are absolutely working on it.
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I'm kind of hoping that we're getting a new "commemorative" line in the style of the He-Man that was glimpsed at Comic Con.  I think I'd probably be in for at least some of that, depending on price/availability and all of that.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on December 17, 2007, 06:50 AM
The exclusive Kobra Khan and Faker set is up for preorder over at AFX. I placed my order.  ;D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 5, 2008, 02:59 PM
This article (http://www.toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=13&itemid=12445) possibly lends more to the rumors of MOTU returning eventually.  I kind of hope we see some sort of commemorative line (rumored when that He-Man figure was shown at CC) eventually, but I do hope that it waits a bit.  It seems like 2008 is going to be expensive enough with Star Wars alone, and I know I'll be interested in a MOTU resurgence.  I always regretted getting into the last line late in the game.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: CHEWIE on February 6, 2008, 11:30 AM
I was really surprised at how fast this line ended.  It seemed to be doing great in my neck of the woods, and I couldn't help but buy them.  If they do come back, my wife is going to kill me.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 5, 2008, 01:16 AM
MOTU toy news?! (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=157952)

Mattel will be attending the New York Comic Con from April 18th to the 20th.
And they have a special panel planned for Saturday, the 19th!

It will have some of the same material from last summer's panel at San Diego Comic Con along with new information.

Mattel isn't saying more than what we see in the announcement below, so keep those fingers crossed for something big!

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Saturday: 2:00-3:00 – Masters of the Universe DVD release! At long last the popular 2002 MOTU animated series is out on DVD! Come help celebrate this release with a special screening of episode 35 –The Power of Grayskull and learn the secret origin of the most Powerful Man in the Universe- HE-MAN!

PLUS- the world premier of brand new MOTU toy news- revealed here for the very first time! Q&A with Mattel toy designers to follow.


 :o
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on March 5, 2008, 09:05 AM
Thanks for posting that info Ben, that's interesting to hear.  I have to say that ever since we saw that He-Man figure at Comic Con, I've kind of been hoping for some sort of "anniversary/commemorative" series, so hopefully we'll get some news on a new line.  I'm looking forward to hear what's up.  That said, I kind of hope it holds off until next year, because there is just too much stuff out there as it is this year (Star Wars, Indy, Marvel, DC, Joe, etc.).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on March 5, 2008, 09:24 AM
I am going to NYCC, so i am going to try into the presentation.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on March 25, 2008, 09:19 PM
I had a fanboy geekout moment just a few minutes ago.  I was thinking about this possible new MOTU line, and started thinking how freakin' fantastic it would be if Mattel did Build-A-Figures with this series.  There aren't a lot of large-scale characters, but it could easily be done with a Mantisaur or Modulok...something along those lines.  Anyone with me?

(fingers crossed)  :)

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 26, 2008, 01:28 AM
I want this new attempt to go well. But right now, I'm just waiting until Mattel shows what they have up their sleeve. Hopeully, they actually show something at the con instead of just having 'news.'

Tytus and Megator BAFs would totally rock the house. Could you imagine and endlessly modular Multi-Bot? A line like MOTU could again redefine the toy biz if given a chance.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on March 26, 2008, 08:30 AM
At this point it is the only thing that would get me to buy into MOTU again. I would love Megator and Tytus BAF.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on April 17, 2008, 03:27 PM
I noticed this portion of a press release (regarding the Four Horsemen) that was posted at AFI:

Quote
Finally, before returning to their own area of the New York Comic Con, the Four Horsemen will be attending another panel with Mattel from 2:00pm to 3:00pm which will reveal future plans for all things Masters of the Universe related! If you thought He-Man and the gang were dead and gone, think again! It’s a new direction for Masters of the Universe, and you’ve got to be there to get the first insiders’ look!

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the MOTU line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: iFett on April 17, 2008, 03:38 PM
I noticed this portion of a press release (regarding the Four Horsemen) that was posted at AFI:

Quote
Finally, before returning to their own area of the New York Comic Con, the Four Horsemen will be attending another panel with Mattel from 2:00pm to 3:00pm which will reveal future plans for all things Masters of the Universe related! If you thought He-Man and the gang were dead and gone, think again! It’s a new direction for Masters of the Universe, and you’ve got to be there to get the first insiders’ look!

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the MOTU line.

Could it be an animated line that's "all the rage" this year?   :-X   :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on April 17, 2008, 05:38 PM
Anybody want some Chase He-Man figures?  I bought these a while back, but would like to get rid of them for a fair price/trade:

- Chase Mechaneck
- Chase Orko (WM Exlcusive with Videotape strapped to front)
- Chase teela (WM Exlcusive with Videotape strapped to front)
 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 18, 2008, 12:12 AM
I noticed this portion of a press release (regarding the Four Horsemen) that was posted at AFI:

Quote
Finally, before returning to their own area of the New York Comic Con, the Four Horsemen will be attending another panel with Mattel from 2:00pm to 3:00pm which will reveal future plans for all things Masters of the Universe related! If you thought He-Man and the gang were dead and gone, think again! It’s a new direction for Masters of the Universe, and you’ve got to be there to get the first insiders’ look!

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the MOTU line.

Could it be an animated line that's "all the rage" this year?   :-X   :)

I think Mattel can only ape what Hasbro is doing, and since they're a year or two behind the big H, my guess is they'll do an anniversary/tribute line much like TF Classics or GI Joe 25th.

An anniversary line is the only way I see them going. They tried to capture the youth market earlier this decade and failed miserably.
I'll just have to wait for pics, I guess.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on April 18, 2008, 10:14 AM
Quote
I think Mattel can only ape what Hasbro is doing, and since they're a year or two behind the big H, my guess is they'll do an anniversary/tribute line much like TF Classics or GI Joe 25th.

An anniversary line is the only way I see them going. They tried to capture the youth market earlier this decade and failed miserably.
I'll just have to wait for pics, I guess.

I think you're right.  Like you said, they're kind of a year or two behind Hasbro's ideas it seems (see the DCUC line as an example there), and He-Man/MOTU really is there Joe or Transformer "franchise" on the boys' side of things.

I think it might be some sort of anniversary line, maybe complete with vintage-styled cardbacks even, and that He-Man we saw at CC last year was probably a bit of a preview of what they will be like.  I think a line like this would be kind of cool, and I'd definitely be interested in picking up at least some of them.  I almost would hope it would wait until next year though at this point, or at least late this year, because SW alone is going to have me pretty tapped out budget-wise.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: iFett on April 18, 2008, 10:43 AM
Um...Didn't TRU already have a commemorative He-Man series back in 01-02  ???   
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 18, 2008, 12:22 PM
Those were rereleases of the vintage toys with a few changes (a lip around the feet, new head sculpt for He-Man) and were drastically overpriced. I found mine at KB and WM, so they weren't TRU exclusives, though TRU did have a couple exclusive 5-packs with Prince Adam in the first and Moss Man in the second.

Somebody at the .org who claims to be at NYCC setting up says this new line is called MOTU Classics (nice and original, I see) and thinks it's going to be a very, very expensive line. He does have a photo of Mattel's display being set up, so I don't discount what he says. Clicky. (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=159204)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: iFett on April 18, 2008, 01:00 PM
Those were rereleases of the vintage toys with a few changes (a lip around the feet, new head sculpt for He-Man) and were drastically overpriced. I found mine at KB and WM, so they weren't TRU exclusives, though TRU did have a couple exclusive 5-packs with Prince Adam in the first and Moss Man in the second.

Thanks for the clarification Ben   ;)   I never collected He-Man stuff, but I remember seeing some at TRU back in the day.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on April 18, 2008, 03:01 PM
I told myself i wasnt goingt o goet into this again, but i have not even seen pictures yet and feel sucked in.  ::)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on April 18, 2008, 05:13 PM
Still no image? 

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Jeff on April 18, 2008, 05:22 PM
There is one pic up at ActionFigureInsider.com (http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/), but it's not much.

They are saying there will be more after the MotU/Mattel Panels tomorrow...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on April 19, 2008, 04:48 PM
I just got back from NYCC and went to the presentation. It was pretty cool. I didnt get to read all the posts but figured i would post some things that stood out to me.

Not only is there the SDCC exclusive King Grayskull but there will be a variant exclusive statue version of King Grayskull.

They mentioned to no filmation charatcers only deal, but mentioned Val by name and said those characters from the comics could be made. They also had a picture of the Green Goddess in the slide show as a possibility, as with She-Ra.

Duringt he Q&A I asked about the possibility of getting build-a-figures of Tytus and Megator. Cornboy just looked at me and held his hands up with his figures crossed and said he hopes so, which was pretty cool. They mentioned it is something they will look into depending on sales.

If anyone has any questions, i will do my best to answer

Here is a pic of the regular and variant exclusives. (http://www.shreddersdojo.com/webposts/con-001.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on May 29, 2008, 04:00 PM
I was just reading through the Q and A (from NYCC) about the upcoming MOTU line over at He-Man.org again, and I have to say I'm excited to see what is on the way from this line.  I never really got too deep into the 2002 line (although I thought the cartoon was pretty nice - and the toys), and always sort of regretted it.  Although the timing couldn't be worse with all the higher priced Star Wars toys this year (plus the Marvel/DC/Joe/Indy stuff), I hope to be able to at least pick a few of these up - depending on price.  I'd at least like to get the big guns from the lineup, and the ones I had as a kid.  We'll see though.  Is anyone planning on trying to get the King Grayskull SDCC exclusive?  I hadn't planned on it since I'm not going, and it might be difficult to grab.  Sounds like it could be a nice line though, in the DCUC style.  Is anyone else here thinking about getting into this line?  I suppose its a wait and see what we'll see at SDCC and beyond.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 29, 2008, 11:52 PM
If this line is done right this time, I'll drop everything else I collect to buy this one. MOTU was my favorite toyline/cartoon as a kid.
Mattel is talking a good game with this line, so hopefully they follow through. Hope springs eternal, after all.

I'm going to try to get both the regular and variant King Grayskull figures. I don't think Mattel will make him too hard to acquire, since this figure kicks off the new line, plus you can still find the She-Ra exclusive for $20-30 if you look hard enough, and that one was made in 2004. I bet the bronze statue variant will be a little tough to track down, but as long as I get the regular one without too much hassle, I'd be content.

My greatest hope for this line is that Mattel releases the mini-statue line as action figures. I've been dying for Hordak and the Horde action figures since the 2002 line debuted.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on May 30, 2008, 11:48 AM
I picked up Volume Two of the 2002 MOTU series at Target this week, and noticed that inside there is an insert advertising the new line/King Grayskull figure.  Its basically just a picture (small one on front, with details and larger one on the back) of the figure, with the info we already know, but I thought it was kind of neat that they tossed it in there.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 30, 2008, 09:37 PM
I just picked up that set too, and saw that little insert. That's the kind of publicity this line could use.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 31, 2008, 12:55 AM
(http://www.figures.com/databases/redirect1.cgi?dom=fig&sys=news&action-exp&sponsor=turnbuckle__04_25_2008_354x475&si ze=90&url=www.figures.com/sponsors/images2/turnbuckle__04_25_2008_354x475.jpg)

The chase bronze version of King Grayskull. I think it looks fantastic.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on June 3, 2008, 09:37 AM
That does look pretty spiffy.  I see via the Mattel Q and A at TNI that the exclusive Grayskull figure is going to be priced at $30.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 3, 2008, 12:14 PM
Thats a little more than i was hoping they would be. I wonder if i get a case, if that will garuntee me a statue variant.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on June 3, 2008, 12:18 PM
I'm wondering what the pricing for the "normal" line will be (or has it been revealed?).  Hopefully its not any higher than the $10-ish pricepoint of DCUC, but you never know.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on June 4, 2008, 02:04 AM
That does look pretty spiffy.  I see via the Mattel Q and A at TNI that the exclusive Grayskull figure is going to be priced at $30.

Whoa. That's a lot more than I thought it was going to be. I'll probably just have to stick with the regular version if they're going to be that much at SDCC.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 3, 2008, 11:56 AM
I was just reading through the Mattel Press Release regarding their presence at Comic Con (over at Action-Figure.com (http://www.action-figure.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23379)), and found this bit of news interesting:

"Starting the Monday after Comic Con, because you demanded it, Mattel will be launching a brand new Collector Website with the latest news, updates, previews and – the big one – EXCLUSIVE action figures from your favorite Mattel toy lines like CARS, DCU and more! Wait – you want more? – this new site will also be the EXCLUSIVE home of Masters of the Universe Classic action figures with a new character available EACH MONTH starting this fall!"

So does that mean that the MOTU Classics line will be online exclusive (to their store?), or is it just where the line is debuting (pictures, info-wise)?  I guess I wouldn't mind them being online only, as long as they aren't sold out after five minutes every time.  One a month could be a nice pace too.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on July 3, 2008, 12:15 PM
I was a huge MOTU fan as a kid, and when the line re-launched (in 2002?) I was really excited to collect it.  Even though distribution was spotty I managed to get all the retail figures from the first few waves.  Starting with the buzz-off wave I missed a bunch, but wasn't too upset because I was getting burnt out from hunting.

Now that the DVD sets have been coming out, I've been watching with my 4 year old.  We've dug up all my figures and he's been playing with them.  It's reminded me how well done these figures were, and how sad it is that the line died prematurely.

With this announcement I'm really curious to see what Mattel does with this website.  It could be awesome, or just another source of increasing frustration with Mattel.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 3, 2008, 03:07 PM
If it is exclusive online i hope you just have to sign up once and just get the monthly figure.

I would prefer if the basic waves were sold in stores and the monthly figure was an exclusive / variant like Wonder Bread He-Man or Green Goddess.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 3, 2008, 03:53 PM
Yeah, that would be quite a different experience if it was just a "sign up" type of subscription service.  I wonder how that would go over with a collecting community?  With Mattel's history of distribution problems, it might be welcome - but I suppose there are drawbacks as well.  I guess we don't know pricing info and all of that yet, but with all the nice stuff out there to get this year - I'd be ok with only one figure a month with this line.  Twelve figures a year (plus maybe an exclusive here and there I'm guessing) wouldn't be too terribly difficult to keep up with.  If the figures look good, I'm likely in for some of them at least.  Unless we're looking at $30 "collector" figures, then I couldn't afford that most likely.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 24, 2008, 01:09 PM
Just as a heads up, but Mattel's Online Site/Store (http://www.mattycollector.com/store/matty/DisplayComingSoonCountdownPage#) is up now...sort of.  Its just a countdown page right now (with some graphics/etc.), but it might be a place to bookmark as the store is supposed to go live on Monday from what I understand.  You can also sign up for their newsletter.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 24, 2008, 01:47 PM
Beastman looks pretty cool!

Beast Man and He-Man (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?p=1955028#post1955028)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 24, 2008, 02:10 PM
$20 a fig?

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 24, 2008, 02:40 PM
Those figures look pretty spiffy.  It does look like $20 a figure, which was sort of the cut off point for me.  I figured, up to $20, I might be interested still - so we'll see.  The fact that its only one a month helps a lot, and I have a feeling since this is a "collector line", they'll be spiffin up the packaging pretty nice too.  I look forward to seeing more from this line, and hopefully learning more about it at the MOTU panel (Friday?).  So far, looks pretty good though, as long as you can get them through their website without any problems.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 25, 2008, 12:21 AM
Damn, $20 a fig is why I didn't buy the stactions. But these are action figures that come once a month, so bring 'em on.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 26, 2008, 03:03 PM
I see someone at the He-Man.org forums (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=161664) has some details on the upcoming MOTU Classics line.  It sounds like it starts in October (31st) with He-Man, then on the 15th every month after that.  After He-Man, it goes like this:

Beast Man (November)
Skeletor (December)
Stratos (January)
Merman (February)
Zodac (2009)

There's also a few pics up at TNI (http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=13&itemid=13275).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 28, 2008, 12:37 AM
The panel was cool. The room, myself included cheered at the idea of a subscription and were against random variants. We voted for 2 figures that month if a variant was planned.

It took my buying Grayskull 5 times but i finally got the Statue variant. I would have loved to have won the spirit figure but sadly i didn't.

I will post some pics when i get back home on saturday.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 28, 2008, 11:27 AM
So, after getting a look at this line and some details on how it will be handled this weekend, is anyone buying in?  After seeing the pics of He-Man, Beastman, Merman, and Zodac online, they look pretty good to me.  The fact that they are $20 each kind of stinks, but at one per month, I think I can handle that.  I'll be picking up a few at least, or if the budget tightens up, at least He-Man and Skeletor.  Looks like a nice line, as long as the supply is there through their new website.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 28, 2008, 02:05 PM
Any word on when King Greyskull will show up for sale online?

Edit:  He's available now.

Link (http://www.mattycollector.com/servlet/ControllerServlet?Action=DisplayCategoryProductListPage&Locale=en_US&SiteID=matty&categoryID=12422000)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on July 28, 2008, 04:41 PM
I just ordered 2 of the King Greyskull figures.  I hope I get 1 of each version.  Apparently they are sent in a sealed box and you may get the statue version.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 29, 2008, 02:06 AM
I guess in a strange way, I'm glad King Grayskull is sold out already. I really don't need a $20-a-piece line to collect, even if it only is once a month.

I was hoping for a TRU-exclusive line, but if it's going to take months to build a decent line, I'm not all that interested in it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on July 29, 2008, 12:27 PM
I'm somewhat interested.  My main concern is obviously cost.  $20 a fig once a month doesn't seem too bad - until you add shipping into the mix.  Then I think you're looking at closer to $30 a month for a single figure.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 1, 2008, 09:40 AM
TNI (http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=13&itemid=13305) has a gallery up of the upcoming MOTU Classics He-Man and Beastman, and you can also read Part 1 of an interview with Mattel brand manager ToyGuru over at The Fwoosh (http://www.thefwoosh.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1076&Itemid=93), where the line is discussed as well.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on August 3, 2008, 09:18 AM
Spirit of Grayskull. It would have been nice to win.

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0091.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 7, 2008, 09:54 PM
(http://www.midtowncomics.com/images/PRODUCT/FUL/976636_ful.jpg)

Skeletor!

OK, I'm in now. The original Skeletor was my very first action figure, so I gotta have this one.
BTW, anyone have an extra regular King Grayskull to sell or trade?  :) Please?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 8, 2008, 09:46 AM
Thanks for posting that Ben.  Skeletor looks great.  Despite the higher price per figure, I'm really excited for this line as well.  The fact that its just one a month, and I can get it online (hopefully without much trouble), makes it a little more appealing too.  The "hunt" for figures is fun and all, but anymore it seems that almost all of these lines (Star Wars, GI Joe, Marvel, DC, etc.) are so "blink and you miss them" that it becomes a lot of work chasing after several lines.

Anyways, the figures so far have looked great, and I'm looking forward to grabbing them.  If something changes budget-wise or whatever, I'll at least get He-Man and Skeletor.  If I'm remembering correctly, this is the rough schedule for the MOTU Classics line, right?

10/31 - He-Man
11/15 - Beastman
12/15 - Skeletor
1/15 - Stratos
2/15 - Mer-Man
TBA 2009 - Zodac
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on August 8, 2008, 03:23 PM
I actually don't like it at all. Its the first one i don't like. The head / hood just looks all wrong. I hope this one comes with an alternate head.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on August 11, 2008, 02:36 AM
I received the King Greyskull figures on Friday.  Unfortunately, both were the regular version.  Maybe that's not so bad though because I'm definitely going to keep one of these in the package.  I had no idea that the thing had sound and lights in the box.  The packaging is very well done.  I'm also going to open one up soon but that may take a while because I don't want to wreck the package.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on August 11, 2008, 06:07 PM
(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0275.jpg)

I love this version. I hope they don't do more variants, it was hell getting this one.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on September 10, 2008, 12:01 PM
For anyone interested, ToyGuru mentioned in a post over at AFI that MOTU Classics Stratos will debut at He-Man.org on September 15th.  I'm kind of on the fence with this line.  I'd like to collect a lot of them, at least the ones I remember from when I was a kid, but the $20 price (before shipping) might have to keep me away.  I'll at least get He-Man and Skeletor, but I'm unsure about the rest at this point.  I really need to cut the budget down, and $20 figures won't really help that unless I can cut other areas out.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on September 18, 2008, 12:33 PM
I noticed the He-Man.org has pics up of the upcoming Stratos figure from the MOTU Classics line.  They also have pics of both versions of Mer-Man (alternate heads), and further down on their front page they have a look at Skeletor that premiered in ToyFare.  Its also mentioned that the first figures in this line (He-Man and Beastman) are being pushed back to December now due to issues with the "removable armor".  Anyways, pics and details at He-Man.org (http://www.he-man.org/).
Title: Faker!
Post by: Ben on October 31, 2008, 01:09 AM
Faker exclusive! (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=164624)

Neat. I don't know why I'm so excited, since I failed to obtain a KG, but anything from this line just makes me happy. Can't wait for December so I can buy He-Man and Beast Man.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 31, 2008, 08:58 AM
Wow, that is pretty cool.  Hopefully he'll be fairly available for those who can't go to NYCC.  I'm back and forth on this line.  I'll definitely try to get He-Man and Skeletor, and part of me would like to get all of them (at least all of the characters I remember from childhood) - but they are a bit on the pricey side and I'm trying to cut back on things overall.  Its hard to say at this point, but I can already tell the line is going to be tempting with as nice as the figures look so far.  I guess I'm winding down on Joe and done with Indy, so that might help too, we'll see.  Thanks for passing along the Faker news, that's nifty.

I think this is what has been announced so far, right?

He-Man (Shipping Dec)
Beast Man (Shipping Dec)
Skeletor (Shipping Jan)
Stratos (Shipping Feb)
Mer-Man (Shipping Mar)
Faker (NYCC Exclusive/Shipping Mar)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 3, 2008, 11:12 PM
MOTUC packaging (http://www.mattycollector.com/store/matty/ContentTheme/pbPage.News)

I'm really not all that impressed. I was hoping they'd be packaged in boxes so these felt like a real collectible, but then again, I open everything, so it's secondary.

He-Man and Beast Man go on sale Dec. 1st. Mer-Man is now the figure for April 2009, since Faker is apparently the March figure. They better have enough to go around.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 11, 2008, 12:59 AM
He-Man and Beast Man review (http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/blog/spymagician/masters-of-the-univers-classics-review-he-man-beastman/)

Man, I can't wait for these toys.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on November 11, 2008, 11:06 AM
I think they look pretty bad. I am less and less interested. Whats with the glassy face and red cheeks?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on November 12, 2008, 09:14 AM
I like the looks of these figures so far too.  The only thing that really bothers me from those review pics is the glossy face on He-Man.  Like I said before, I'd like to go all out with this line - but at $20 a figure, I'm not sure I'll be able to.  I'll definitely try to grab He-Man and Skeletor, and I'd like to get a number of the other original figures, but we'll have to see what the budget will allow.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on November 24, 2008, 09:44 AM
The Fwoosh (http://www.thefwoosh.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1177&Itemid=96) has a nice review (w/pics) up of the upcoming MOTU Classics He-Man figure.  I can still see the issue with the eyes/face, but otherwise it looks like a pretty nice figure overall.  I especially like the comparison pic they have up of the original, the 2002, and this new version - where you can really see this is a modern interpretation of the original figure.  I'm hoping to grab one on Dec 1st, I wonder how quickly these will sell.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on December 1, 2008, 11:59 AM
For anyone interested, it looks like He-Man and Beastman are both up for order at MattyCollector.com.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on December 1, 2008, 06:49 PM
Thanks for the post about the new figures.  I almost forgot to keep checking on these.  Looks like they made a lot because they are limiting orders to 10 of each figure.  I ordered 1 Beast Man and 1 He-Man.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 2, 2008, 01:47 AM
I'm broke, so I haven't ordered them, and I don't know if I'll be able to this Friday, since the Dark Knight DVD comes out next Tuesday.

Man, the $20 price point is a little too much for me to commit. It's why I don't buy Star Wars vehicles or Evolutions sets. I suppose I'll order He-Man, and if I like it, I'll try to get a Beast Man later. I imagine if it was He-Man and Skeletor at the same time, I'd throw the cash together.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on December 2, 2008, 09:38 AM
They should cover shipping with those prices. . .they're selling direct to consumer so you know the profit margin is there!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 4, 2008, 01:19 AM
And they're reusing parts over and over like in the old line. Seriously, the only unique thing about these toys are the heads and occasionally the armor.

I was pretty stoked about this line until I learned of the price and the online-only thing. I guess it's better than getting Mattel'd at retail again, and having to piss away all that time and gas hunting them.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on December 4, 2008, 09:45 AM
Yeah, the price on these things really does sting - especially, as you mentioned Ben, since there is a lot of re-use just like the old days.  I wanted He-Man and Skeletor, and I went ahead and ordered BeastMan when I ordered He-Man just so the shipping didn't sting quite as badly.  But, at $20 each (closer to $30 with shipping), its going to be tough to justify keeping up.  Heck, even with the higher prices on the SW line, I could still get roughly four figures at retail for the price of one MOTU Classics figure.  I understand its a bit higher since its "online only collectors line", but even $15 wouldn't be quite as bad.  It looks like both He-Man and BeastMan are still in stock, so either they made plenty or they aren't quite hot sellers.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on December 10, 2008, 03:48 PM
Just as a heads up for anyone interested in this line, but He-Man and Beast Man arrived on my doorstep today.  I haven't gotten a chance to open them yet, but they did look pretty nice in the package.  Also, the He-Man I received didn't seem to have nearly the problem with the "shiny face" that some of the early reviews noted.  I still think its overpriced by at least $5 a figure, but it looks like a pretty nice line so far.  Not sure how far I'll be able to go with it, but I'm definitely looking forward to picking up Skeletor at least in January.  It would be an easy line to keep up with if it was all you collected, $20 a month, 1 figure, and done ;).  I know its the wrong forum, but Hasbro could have done something similar to this with the remaining Indy figures.  I think they would be surprised how many of us would bite on that last Raiders wave.  If for some reason the retail situation really dried up for Star Wars in the future too, I wouldn't mind coming back each month for "collectors" figures in that line - probably more than one per month, but at least you would know when they'd be released, order it, and be done.  Anyways...back on topic.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on December 12, 2008, 12:43 PM
Packaged pics (http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=1675) of Skeletor at AFI (and ToyArk).  Also, it looks like the latest ToyFare(s) have ads for the first three figures, and you can check them out on the He-Man.org (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=164882&page=2) forums.

Is anyone here really buying into this line?  The prices are plenty steep, and it seems like there is a lot less chatter this time around than there was with the 200X line.  Like I've mentioned before, I hope to at least grab Skeletor and then we'll have to see after that.  So far, I'd like to continue with the whole collection (at least the ones I know, like I did with the Joes), but with the $20 plus shipping, I doubt I'd be able to keep up (unless this was all I collected).  Even if the price came down $5 it would help, although I think these could be at retail for $10-$12.  Heck, most of these types of lines (Legends, DCU Classics, etc.) are almost exclusively bought by collectors anyways - I don't know how this would be a whole lot different (although maybe it would have to be TRU exclusive or something).

From some comments I've been reading from ToyGuru at various forums, it sounds like these are heading to be sold out in about a month's time (which is what they were planning/expecting).  It sounds like they've been happy with sales so far, and if things continue they may look at some larger items in the future.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on December 12, 2008, 01:03 PM
For $20, these figures should be arriving in dead mint condition.  My packaging was all banged up.  I might hang around for awhile but the prices are really pushing it.

Like I said before, shipping should be included. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on December 12, 2008, 02:48 PM
For $20, these figures should be arriving in dead mint condition.  My packaging was all banged up.  I might hang around for awhile but the prices are really pushing it.

Like I said before, shipping should be included. 

I was going to mention that too, if you're someone who wants to keep these MOC you may be out of luck.  Mine arrived all banged up as well.  I don't care too much since I'll be opening them anyways, but like ruiner mentioned, for that price they should be arriving in perfect condition.  I agree, if shipping was included in the price, these would be a much better deal.  Also of note for those who may want to keep these MOC, there is not "peg hanger" or whatever you want to call it, so I don't know how they could be hung on a wall or anything like that.  Still though, all that aside, the figures do look nice (still haven't gotten a chance to open them up).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on December 12, 2008, 05:40 PM
I received He-Man and Beast Man today.  I was going to open these up right away but I really like how they look in the small window box type package.  These will look cool stacked on a shelf for display or maybe I'll open them; still unsure.  My Beast Man has a small corner bend but otherwise both came in great condition.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 12, 2008, 09:10 PM
I suppose there's no point in getting a set to keep MOC if they're all arriving banged up. I think I'll order a set of these soon, especially if they'll be sold out in a month.

You'd think that with all the smoke Mattel has blown about this being a collector's line, they wouldn't have blown the game in the ninth by allowing these to show up in terrible condition. But this is Mattel.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on December 12, 2008, 11:21 PM
If purchased as singles, shipping pushes these to almost $30ea for me.  I'm still thinking of getting a few, but I'll have to wait and see if he-man is still available when skeletor comes out.  If so I'll likely get the two of them together, as shipping for two is almost the same as shipping for one.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 19, 2008, 01:20 AM
A photo gallery of Skeletor from he-man.org (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/album.php?albumid=105)

This figure looks great.  :o
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on December 19, 2008, 06:53 AM
 :-[ These figures look so boring and dated next to the 200X sculpts.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: CHEWIE on December 20, 2008, 03:34 PM
I saw a few of the new He-Man and Beast Man at a collector show on Sunday last week.  They were $40.00 each, yikes. 

Looked really cool, but not worth more than $10 to me... plus the dealer was a bit rude.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on December 23, 2008, 09:50 PM
not modern...but still pretty cool. Picked it up recently.

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0406a.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 6, 2009, 11:21 PM
Received the MOTUC He-Man and Beast Man today, my Christmas gift to myself.

Greatest toys evar. Not quite worth $20 a whack, but when one considers that you have to buy anything of interest from Mattel online anyway due to crappy distribution, I'd rather have it this way than be at the mercy of retail. I got lucky with mine- no loose joints or wrong pieces, and they arrived in pretty good condition.

He-Man might be one of the best action figures ever made. It's great to have MOTU figures that can actually move. This line could be huge if it was an exclusive to TRU and not marketed squarely at adults.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on January 13, 2009, 02:41 PM
I was just over at MattyCollector, and it looks like He-Man and BeastMan are no longer available - conveniently a couple days before Skeletor goes on sale.  That stinks for those who were hoping to save on shipping by ordering all three on Thursday.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 13, 2009, 10:44 PM
So they'd wait six weeks to save $8? It's very hard to have any sympathy for anyone who did that. Besides, they only had a 'few hundred' so they wouldn't have gone very far anyway.

I've been reading around the toy boards, particularly over at Fwoosh, and a lot of them are talking that they're dropping the line when none of them has any figures from it.  ::) Mattel will never be able to catch a break, I think. I'd think people would be happy these are selling out, since that means there's an actual future to this line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on January 14, 2009, 09:28 AM
Man, that does suck.  Count me as one of the people who was planning on waiting till tomorrow to get he-man.  Part of it was saving on shipping, and another part was getting he-man and skeletor as a set.  It's my own fault - but I don't see myself ordering skeletor any more if I can no longer get he-man.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on January 14, 2009, 11:08 AM
So they'd wait six weeks to save $8? It's very hard to have any sympathy for anyone who did that. Besides, they only had a 'few hundred' so they wouldn't have gone very far anyway.

I've been reading around the toy boards, particularly over at Fwoosh, and a lot of them are talking that they're dropping the line when none of them has any figures from it.  ::) Mattel will never be able to catch a break, I think. I'd think people would be happy these are selling out, since that means there's an actual future to this line.

Yeah, its too bad.  I've got He-Man and Beast Man so far, and I think they're great figures.  They may be a little bit overpriced, but they do seem to be quality figures.  I can't wait to get Skeletor, and the others on the way (Mer Man in particular) look pretty nicely done as well.  Mattel has made more than their fair share of mistakes, and still have problems with distribution in particular, but between DCUC and MOTUC (not to mention the character selection in their other DC lines), they really aren't doing such a bad job lately.  If you could just find the darn things.  That's where the online only thing works out ok, even if we have to pay $20 (plus shipping) for the figures.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on January 14, 2009, 11:58 AM
Maybe they should have put a lower limit than 20 on He-Man Beast Man.  Hopefully, they have a lower limit with Skeletor because I imagine a lot more people will buy multiples in order to capitalize on them selling out.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on January 15, 2009, 11:18 AM
Any idea what time they are supposed to be available?  I've decided to get Skeletor anyhow.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on January 15, 2009, 11:28 AM
Skeletor goes up at noon eastern time.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on January 15, 2009, 12:28 PM
Awesome - Skeletor has been ordered.
Now due to my previously noted slowness with He-man, I'll have to ask if anyone either has an extra, or just wants to get rid of thiers (loose is fine).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on January 15, 2009, 03:23 PM
not modern...but still pretty cool. Picked it up recently.

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0406a.jpg)

I loved that figure as a kid, he reminded me of BravStarr's Horse. But looking at that picture....makes me uneasy. Man have times changed.

I just picked up He-Man & Beastman for $32 shipped form a guy on Hisstank, I am glad I did, they are really well done,m I am sorry I ditched my King Grayskull. It does seem phishy that they sold when as of yesterday they wer in stock. A guy at Hisstank said that they pulled the stock to sell at NYCC. That does make some sense since Faker is the big draw card.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 22, 2009, 10:51 PM
Received my Skeletor from Matty Collector today. Either I won the packing lottery, or Digital River is learning how to properly secure these figures for shipment.

The figure is great. I got the drybrushed 'variant', I guess, if it can be called a variant. It really brings out the detail in Skeletor's face, so that's a plus to me.

Great figure. Still not really worth $28.70, but I'm glad to have it.  :) Bring on Hordak!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on January 25, 2009, 12:54 AM
My new Skeletor arrived today.  It was well packed with foam around the package and a filler to keep it from moving around in the small box.  Luckily the shipping box didn't get crushed.  I received the yellow and green face version/dry brushed.  I'm still hesitant to open these up because they look cool in the package and stack well on the shelf.  Maybe I'll have an opening party someday.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on January 26, 2009, 09:32 AM
Received my Skeletor from Matty Collector today. Either I won the packing lottery, or Digital River is learning how to properly secure these figures for shipment.

The figure is great. I got the drybrushed 'variant', I guess, if it can be called a variant. It really brings out the detail in Skeletor's face, so that's a plus to me.

Great figure. Still not really worth $28.70, but I'm glad to have it.  :) Bring on Hordak!

I received Skeletor last Friday, and I have agree - its an amazing figure.  I haven't opened my MOTU figures yet, as I'm reworking/rearranging things to find the space, but just in package I think that these have been pretty great so far.  Like you mentioned Ben, probably not worth the $20-$30, but I'm happy to have it.  This is a line I hope to continue with though, its just really well done.  Too bad they aren't $5-$10 cheaper.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 26, 2009, 10:54 PM
Matty let people know through Facebook (yeah, I friended Matty on Facebook-dork!) that Skeletor is almost sold out, and that now would be a good time to buy one.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 7, 2009, 03:27 PM
Mattel's slideshow (http://i.toynewsi.com/g/index.php?mode=album&album=09_NYCC%2FMattel%2FMOTUC_Panel&dispsize=600&start=0) at NYCC has revealed more about the lineup for MOTUC:

Feb - Stratos
Mar - Faker
Apr - MerMan
May - Zodac
June - Hordak
July - Man-At-Arms
Aug - Tri-Klops

Also, a few other things mentioned:

-multiple heads/accessories for Mer-Man, Zodac, Hordak, Man-At-Arms
-selling well, looking at expanding the line
-Battle Cat in 2010 (woo!)
-Mossman will have "*******" like vintage version
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 7, 2009, 05:01 PM
Hell yeah, Hordak in June! Awesomesauce.  ;D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: iFett on February 7, 2009, 08:54 PM
I loved the toon as a kid, but hated the figs (I burned mine in a huge fire) - sorry.  But, I am intrigued - are these all vintage mold re-releases or all new molds like the Cartoon Network stuff from a few years back?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on February 7, 2009, 09:26 PM
They are new Four Horsemen sculpted figures (who did the 2002ish stuff) which are stylized heavily like the vintage ones.  They are basically the old figures with more articulation and a few updated tweaks to the look

(http://www.toplessrobot.com/039__scaled_600.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 7, 2009, 10:12 PM
It looks like in the gallery at TNI (http://i.toynewsi.com/g/index.php?mode=album&album=09_NYCC%2FMattel%2FDay_2_MOTUC_Booth%2F&dispsize=600&start=0) that a prototype of Teela was shown as well (and it was mentioned in their write up that there will be an alternate "more 200X" head sculpt as well).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on February 8, 2009, 08:38 AM
Some pictures i took

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0448.jpg)

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0446.jpg)

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0438.jpg)

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0435.jpg)

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0434.jpg)

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0430.jpg)

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 8, 2009, 09:38 AM
It's hard to stay away from this line. . .
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on February 9, 2009, 08:19 PM
Sigh.  I'm really kicking myself for not ordering He-man/Beast-man when they launched.  I'm one of presumably many who planned to get he-man with Skeletor.  And it's tough to want to get all of them when I'm missing the main character.  Has anyone heard if there are any plans to re-release - perhaps with new packaging?  I'm sure the demand is there for another run.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 10, 2009, 08:53 AM
I think some of the Q and A's from NYCC mentioned that certain figures (He-Man and Skeletor were ones mentioned) could be re-released later on again, but there would be differences so that the first versions would still be unique (whether it is packaging, paint differences, or something else).  It did sound fairly likely that the "big two" would at least see the light of day again.  I'd have to look back over them again, so I'm not sure if it is confirmed or not.

I think this line continues to look great from what we're seeing.  The price still stings - very much so - but they're still pulling me in.  I didn't get the King Grayskull exclusive from last year (which I'm ok with), but I've bought the others so far, and hope to continue to - at least as long as they are memorable/recognizable to me from my youth.  What we've seen so far seem to fit that bill.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 17, 2009, 12:04 PM
For those interested, Stratos is now up for sale at MattyCollector.com.  I wouldn't think he'd be a super fast seller, like Skeletor apparently was.  I noticed that some of these (He-Man/Skeletor in particular) are starting to hit pretty high prices on ebay - so I wonder if more people/scalpers will start buying multiples.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 17, 2009, 10:46 PM
This is the only one so far that I'm not sure I'm going to buy. The 200x version looks much better IMO, plus I'd save $30.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 20, 2009, 12:54 PM
I ordered it anyway. Matty was on Facebook and said that Stratos is almost sold out, already. I figure I can skip figures when they get to the POP stuff, so I got Stratos.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on February 22, 2009, 01:15 AM
Stratos has sold out.  I missed out because I was undecided on this figure.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 22, 2009, 11:20 PM
I wonder if they'll put Stratos back into production. Three days is awfully fast to sell out, especially for one that most people weren't sure they wanted (me included.)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 23, 2009, 08:50 AM
I'm kind of surprised to see the sell-out on Stratos, particularly that fast.  Like you mentioned, it seemed like a figure quite a few people were on the fence about, and it sold faster than Skeletor or He-Man?  Either the production run was lower, or the line is gaining a little bit of heat right now (or both).  I ordered one right away, and it will hopefully be here this week, but like Ben mentioned - I wonder if this one won't be ramped up into production again.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 23, 2009, 09:13 AM
Scalpers are playing a big role in the quick sellouts.  I think the limit is 10 per customer.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 23, 2009, 09:17 AM
Scalpers are playing a big role in the quick sellouts.  I think the limit is 10 per customer.

That's sort of what I was wondering as well.  I see that prices on ebay for these figures (He-Man/Skeletor in particular) have been fairly high lately - at least last time I looked.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on February 23, 2009, 09:28 AM
I picked up Stratos mainly because I figured this would happen.  I missed out on he-man and beastman, and was unsure if I really wanted Stratos.  But given how quickly they've sold, and how expensive they are on the secondary market, I didn't want to risk missing it. 
I figure it's mainly scalpers that have caused them to sell out so quickly.  You would think that if they are selling that quickly though, Mattel may want to rethink the size of the production run.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on February 23, 2009, 10:13 AM
I wouldn't worry so much about Stratos, perfect figure to re-release with blue wings.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 23, 2009, 01:19 PM
I really think that Mattel should lower the limit to 3 or 4 of each, especially for a figure like Faker, since half the run of that figure has been sold already.

10 of each is a little much, but I don't think Mattel has much of a reason to change that since even a character like Stratos can sell that quickly, and they like to see that.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 23, 2009, 05:33 PM
I really think that Mattel should lower the limit to 3 or 4 of each, especially for a figure like Faker, since half the run of that figure has been sold already.

10 of each is a little much, but I don't think Mattel has much of a reason to change that since even a character like Stratos can sell that quickly, and they like to see that.

Yeah, I could see a lower limit as well.  I mean, really, unless you're re-selling them - why would you ever need 10 Stratos figures?  Unless you've got a huge family with kids that all want MOTU figures of their own (doubtful these days especially), it doesn't seem like there would be a lot of need for orders that large.  But, like you said, if they're selling out I doubt Mattel is going to want to change.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 24, 2009, 02:00 AM
I can understand 10 per order for international orders, since that helps overseas fans avoid a customs charge, but I just can't see it for US buyers. I guess I'll just have to order Faker ASAP to avoid the inevitable quick sellout. If they'd change the limit for just that figure, they should be OK.

I can only imagine the bloodbath that will be Mer-Man and Hordak, since those figures seem to be pretty awesome, especially if the production #'s on Hordak aren't upped a little bit.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 24, 2009, 09:08 AM
Three should be the limit.  One to keep carded, one to play with, and one to give to your friend.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on February 24, 2009, 11:08 AM
As a collector, I agree that Mattel should lower the 10 figure limit.  From thier perspective though, they don't care - they just want to sell the figures and not get stuck holding stock.  But if they are selling out this fast, then it would seem foolish not to increase the numbers somewhat.  They don't get anything from the secondary market, so any people who can't get the figures due to sellout are lost sales/revenue.
Because it's a new line, and somewhat of an unknown commodity for demand, I think it'll take them a few figures to get it right.  But hopefully very soon they will find a balance so that he figures remain available for about a month, and then sell out right around the time the new ones hit.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 27, 2009, 12:54 PM
Received my Stratos from Mattycollector today. I'm glad I picked him up now. He's actually pretty neat.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 27, 2009, 08:56 PM
Limit on Faker figures set to 4 (http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=168526)

This is good. I just traded for a Faker, but for those who didn't, this is really good news.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: EpicGon on March 6, 2009, 12:00 AM
Masters of the Universe line has evolved a lot since the 80´s, remember how short were the action figures limbs.

they evolved from naif to realistic.

But seems they still have rubber head (I´ve never collected any motu)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on March 10, 2009, 12:14 PM
I ordered Stratos the day he went up, but haven't seen him yet.  Is anyone else still waiting for him?  I'm wondering if I should be contacting Mattel/MattyCollector?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on March 10, 2009, 12:20 PM
I ordered Stratos the day he went up, but haven't seen him yet.  Is anyone else still waiting for him?  I'm wondering if I should be contacting Mattel/MattyCollector?

It seems like shipping times really vary from what I've read from various places online.  I ordered the day he went up as well, and he arrived about a week to ten days later I think.  With the next release on the way next week, I would maybe contact them to see where he's at.  Did you get a shipping notice?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 10, 2009, 02:14 PM
I ordered Stratos the day he went up, but haven't seen him yet.  Is anyone else still waiting for him?  I'm wondering if I should be contacting Mattel/MattyCollector?

Did you use UPS or Economy Postal for shipping? If you used the latter, you'll be lucky to see the figure before Faker goes up for sale, and I don't think you get a shipping notification with Economy Postal.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on March 11, 2009, 12:29 PM
I have yet to recieve mine either, but I used Economy Postal and also live in Canda so judging by the last two figures, it takes roughly 16-18 buisness days for me, I'm hoping I'll recieve it before the end of the week. You do get a shipping notice for economy shipping, no tracking number though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on March 11, 2009, 04:34 PM
Actually I'm also in Canada, but my Skeletor arrived a lot sooner then this so I was starting to get concerned.  I'm not 100% sure, but I believe I did get a shipping notice a few days after it was ordered.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 16, 2009, 01:07 PM
Faker is up for sale now. Just ordered mine a couple minutes ago.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on March 16, 2009, 01:26 PM
Thanks for the reminder, I totally blanked on that today until I saw your post.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on March 16, 2009, 03:26 PM
I was ready to go right at noon for the Faker figure.  I ended up ordering 2 instead of the usual 1 of each.  I'm thinking,  I may need that second one to trade for a Stratos that I missed out on.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on March 16, 2009, 04:02 PM
Stratos still hasn't showed, but I ordered Faker this morning.  Thought of ordering two, but with the current economy one will have to do.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on March 16, 2009, 05:42 PM
Faker is already sold out.  According to the he-man.org forum they only lasted about 3 hours. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 16, 2009, 11:21 PM
Oh man, Mer-Man is going to be a bloodbath if they can sell half a run of Faker in three hours.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on March 17, 2009, 09:29 AM
Yeah, granted Faker was a little more "limited" figure - but between this and the faster Stratos sell out, this line seems to be picking up steam among collectors.  It is still overpriced, but I've really enjoyed what they have released so far.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on March 17, 2009, 09:55 AM
I too am really loving this line, Masters of the Universe was the first toyline I really got into as a kid, so this is like a huge nostalgia trip for me. I just hope I can keep up with all the new releases, so far I've been able to order just as soon as they go on sale, but who knows how long I can keep that up....hopefully Mattel can increase the production runs according to demand.

And drewlam, my Stratos finally showed up last night, so perhaps yours will be arriving shortly as well.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on March 17, 2009, 10:03 AM
MOTU holds a lot of nostalgia for me as well, and is a lot of the reason why I'm so interested in this line.  I never fully got into the 2002 line (although I really did like it), and sort of regretted it at the time.  I thought I'd start in on the ground floor this time around.  MOTU seemed to be what my parents/family would give me as gifts more so than any other toyline at the time, so I was fortunate to have a fairly good roster of figures, as well as Grayskull and Snake Mountain.  Although I was just as interested (or more so) in things like Star Wars, Joes, and Secret Wars/Super Powers, I seemed to get He-Man stuff more than anything else as gifts.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 17, 2009, 01:41 PM
I'm like you guys- MOTU was my main thing as a kid. From 1984-87, it was the only thing I really cared about. Star Wars and TFs were side interests, and it wasn't until the later 80s that I really got into GI Joe, but that was because MOTU had effectively ended then.

I like these MOTUC figures because they remind of how I felt when I got these as a kid.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on March 17, 2009, 06:20 PM
MOTU was THE toy line for me when I was a kid.  I was also big into Super Powers, but that was later.  I think I had pretty much everything from the first few waves.  I was getting out of it by the time Hordak showed up, but I always thought he was an awesome character.  When the re-releases were done a few years back I managed to get most of them (until the last wave or so), and I was sad they never got around to Hordak.
Looking forward to finally getting him in the new line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 24, 2009, 02:00 AM
Hordak carded images (http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=13&itemid=14249)

Pretty neat bio on the back there, and I see King Grayskull is on the back of the card again. I hope that means he'll be rereleased around the time Hordak is available.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on March 27, 2009, 11:59 AM
Received my Fakers on Monday.  Awesome.

I finally caved on Stratos and bought one on eBay.  I missed out on it last month and after seeing more pictures of him in collection pictures I had to get it.  It cost me $35 shipped.

Watched a few episodes of He-Man on joost.com to really get into the Masters of the Universe spirit.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on March 30, 2009, 10:30 AM
Action Figure Insider (http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/toy-archive/default-category/mattels-masters-of-the-universe-classics-mer-man/) has a preview up of the upcoming Mer-Man figure.  It really looks nice to me, looking forward to picking it up.  I received my Faker figure last week as well, another nicely done figure.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Sprry75 on March 30, 2009, 06:45 PM
What's the story with the alternate head?  I don't remember him looking anything like that?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 30, 2009, 11:16 PM
One is how the original figure looked, and the other is to represent how he looked on the 80s packaging, which one of the Four Horsemen said it bothered him that the toy never looked like that.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on March 31, 2009, 09:50 AM
Thankfully they went that way. I never liked the original head.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on April 1, 2009, 09:54 AM
TNI (http://i.toynewsi.com/g/index.php?mode=album&album=Mattel%2FMOTU%2FTri-Klops%2F&dispsize=600&start=0) has a bunch of images up of upcoming MOTUC figures, including Man at Arms, Mer Man, Hordak, Tri Clops, and Zodac.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on April 1, 2009, 01:31 PM
Cool video review of Mer-Man. 

Review (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeCRu75WVL4)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Matt R. on April 1, 2009, 08:13 PM
Cooltoyreview.com has revealed pics the next SDCC exclusive for MOTU which is HE-RO.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 2, 2009, 12:54 AM
Clicky. (http://www.cooltoyreview.com/story/front/Mattel_SDCC_2009_Exclusives_Revealed_122149.asp)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on April 2, 2009, 12:41 PM
I love that we are finally getting He-Ro and the cosmic power sword is really nice. I hope we get Eldor soon.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on April 13, 2009, 10:55 AM
This is slightly off topic, but we were placing an order for a couple books from Amazon over the weekend and I was checking out some things to get things over the "free shipping" $25 level.  Anyways, I noticed that Amazon currently has the old He-Man and the Masters of the Universe DVD - Season 1, Part 1 set on sale for $9.99.  I didn't think that was a bad price if anyone was interested in picking it up.  Just thought I'd pass it along.

I also read this morning that Matty updated his Facebook page with shipping updates, and stated that MerMan will likely sell out on day 1 (4/15), but they are supposed to have another batch on the way on 4/23.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on April 15, 2009, 12:58 PM
It looks like Mer-Man (http://www.mattycollector.com/store/matty/en_US/DisplayProductDetailsPage/productID.108986700) is now up for sale, for those interested.  I would expect this figure to go pretty quickly, but we'll see.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 15, 2009, 01:28 PM
Jesus, it's taken like 10 minutes to make this order. I think we finally broke the site, team. I'm at the last step, and I've been on that screen for five minutes.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on April 15, 2009, 01:44 PM
I'm stuck on an infinite loop myself. I add it to the cart, login and then it says my cart is empty. I've been doing this for like 30 minutes now. I guess it's happening to a lot of people.....at least Mer Man is going on sale a second time if I manage to miss him this time.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 15, 2009, 01:53 PM
Ah, there it goes. It took three attempts and half an hour, but it finally went. I also received my order confirmation, so I guess I'm good. Not really a big deal, since they'd have more for sale next week, but I'm still glad I got one.

I really hope I don't have to deal with this for Hordak.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on April 15, 2009, 02:03 PM
Awwwh nuts. Mer Man is now listed as "Coming Soon" I wonder if he's sold out or if Matty suspended the orders to try to fix the problem....either way, that sucks...I was on there the second it went on sale and tried for an hour to get one and couldn't. Hopefully the second sale won't be this bad......
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on April 15, 2009, 02:05 PM
Yep, he sold out....darn it all!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on April 15, 2009, 02:17 PM
I logged in a few minutes before noon and Mer-Man was available.  I put 2 in my cart and got to the submit part by about noon and it just hung there processing order.  I then went into order history and it said order unsubmitted.  Then when I tried to access my cart the site had tons of server errors.  Luckily, after trying to log back in with 3 different browsers I was able to finally resubmit the cart contents at about 12:30.   This time it worked and the order is set and I received the email.  I really hope they start a subscription system. 

I can't imagine how much the server is going to get hammered when He-Ro goes on sale after the SDCC.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 15, 2009, 02:28 PM
So I ended up with three order confirmations. Hopefully, I canceled two of them before any charges show up. Stupid site.  ::)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on April 15, 2009, 03:24 PM
I had no problem ordering mine.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on April 15, 2009, 05:33 PM
Seems like there were problems for all of the international customers, some kind of bug in the system prevented anyone from ordering. I sure hope they have a lot more for the second batch. Selling out in just under an hour is crazy.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on April 15, 2009, 06:50 PM
I got mine (after a few tries).  But what is this about a second batch?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on April 15, 2009, 06:53 PM
I guess I was one of the luckier ones.  Although it was a little slow in the final step, my first order went through as well.  It seems like these figures are selling out a little quicker with each new release.  The $30 pricetag (with shipping) does sting a bit, but I do really like the figures so far.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on April 15, 2009, 08:41 PM
They've increased the production run starting with Merman, but only got part of their shipment since they increased the production a little too late I guess? So they're supposed to be getting the rest of the shipment from overseas next week sometime. (website says the 23rd.) They're also supposed to have the full increased shipment for Zodak all at once so hopefully the 1-2 hour sell outs will be a thing of the past. Mattel has said that that they're hoping for these things to stay in stock at least 2 weeks at a time.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on April 16, 2009, 08:40 AM
If I can't manage to get one on the 23rd (hard to say with how yesterday went) I'd be willing to buy one off of anyone here who got stuck with a second order, at cost plus shipping. I hate to miss out on Mer-Man, next to Skeletor he was the one I was most looking forward too, and I really don't wanna feed the scalpers on ebay if I can help it. Hopefully they'll have this problem fixed by then though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on April 16, 2009, 05:18 PM
Mattel has finally addressed the issue with the Mer-Man orders and say they have fixed the problem. This was posted on Facebook ..

"Hey MOTU fans,

Well looks like Mer-Man swam away way faster than we expected!

I wanted to let fans know we are WELL aware of some major technical problems yesterday with Mer-Man's sale. A lot of this was caused by the sheet amount of overwhelming fan support for the line with so many fans logging on to buy one at once.

We have immediately taken corrective measure so that this never happens again and I personally apologize to any fan who had trouble ordering the Ocean Warlord. It was unfair for you not to be able to get a figure do to a huge spike in hits on the site. We have a new Castle Grayskull sized super server dedicated to the site and are now better prepared for larger traffic on sale days.

We have also corrected the problem with international orders and they should not have trouble ordering when Mer-Man goes back on sale in a week or two.

Honestly, we had the same number of units yesterday for sale as we did for Beastman, and it took 41 days for Beastman to sell out. It is always a careful game we play to produce just enough for fan demand without overproducing which would kill the line. (to paraphrase fans from a few years ago...)

As announced we do have more Mer-Man figures coming before the end of April. By the time we increased production, we had to send Mer-Man in two separate shipments. It is the same run, they all just didn't make the same boat.

Going forward, we have increased production on Zodac and Hordak as well, but the full production of both of these figures should be available on the same day. If the second shipment of Mer-Man also sells out as quickly we will look at increasing overall production yet again until we get the number just right so the figure is online for at least a week or so! We do WANT to get these to fans after all.

As for concerns about quantities, we have looked at the numbers and honestly there are so very few fans ordering anything more than 3 units. By far, 1, 2 and 3 per person are the OVERWHELMING most common orders. We will keep up to ten available for international fans who want to save on shipping.

I will update everyone ASAP once we confirm the second on sale date for Mer-Man. We will continue to work with all of our fans to improve shipping, customer service options and buying options to make this as smooth a process as possible. You have my Mattel word!

Thanks for hanging in there!

-Matty "

Well thats good, looks like I and anyone else who missed out due to this error will have a fair shot at him the next time!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 17, 2009, 03:21 AM
Just received my shipping confirmation for Mer-Man, and luckily, it was just the one, not three.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on April 23, 2009, 11:13 AM
I received Mer-Man yesterday, and boy it is a nice figure.  It is cool that they included the extra head, and I think the figure might be one of my favorite of the line so far.  He always seemed like one of the "cooler" looking villains in the He-Man universe.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 24, 2009, 09:02 PM
Yay, I won my battle with UPS and got my Mer-Man today. So much more worth the scrib than Faker was. Can't wait for Hordak now, since Mattel is really proving what they can do with this line now.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on April 29, 2009, 02:54 PM
I managed to get my order through on the second shipment today but it took a good 10-15 minutes due to all the traffic. Once again, Mer-Man sold out ridiculously fast, somthing like 4 minutes longer than the last order I beleive? I hope Matty increases the production runs on the upcoming figures a little more....otherwise I think Hordak is gonna be a bloodbath.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on May 9, 2009, 02:28 PM
I have not picked up any of the releases yet, but I will take a shot at Hordak.  If I get one, I will be happy.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on May 13, 2009, 11:59 AM
Septembers figure has been revealed to be Webstor in the latest issue of Toyfare. Pretty cool looking guy, the even gave him 4 extra arms on his backpack to make him more spidery!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 13, 2009, 02:19 PM
Glad that it has the more 200X look.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 13, 2009, 02:24 PM
Haven't seen the pic yet, but I'm just glad to hear the news. Webstor was one of my faves from back in the day, so I'm glad to hear he's on the way this year.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on May 13, 2009, 03:13 PM
It doesn't really look more 200X per se, but incorperates some design elements from that version (the extra spider arms on the backpack, more eyes.) He uses the Skeletor body like the original figure did, so he lacks the spidery proportions of the 200X design. Either way though he looks pretty cool, a nice blending of design elements from both worlds.

In other news, for those not in the know, Mattel is offering a subscription service, which goes on sale near the end of May for the September-December figures, so anyone worried about not getting thier figure will be able to rest easy on the 15th of every month. Theres more details over at Matty Collector.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on May 14, 2009, 12:30 AM
Septembers figure has been revealed to be Webstor in the latest issue of Toyfare. Pretty cool looking guy, the even gave him 4 extra arms on his backpack to make him more spidery!
Have July and August been announced?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 14, 2009, 02:29 AM
I believe July is Tri-Klops, and August is Man-At-Arms.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on May 14, 2009, 09:13 AM
So is anyone here going to bite on the subscription service?  Although I've had good luck getting each of the figures so far, it is tempting to not have to "worry" about it each month.  Plus, they seem to be selling out quicker each time anymore.  I'm considering it, and probably wouldn't even think twice if we knew for sure what each month held for the rest of the year.  I'm reasonably sure I'd want them all, but it all depends on the characters.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on May 14, 2009, 10:09 AM
I believe July is Tri-Klops, and August is Man-At-Arms.  :)

Other way around, Man at Arms is July and Tri Clops is August.


I'm gonna be biting the subscription, I've gotten all of them so far, I might as well finish off the year and theres only two left to be revealed so I think the odds are good that it'll be good ones. I'm tired of the hassle of trying to score against thousands of other rabid fans, ehehe.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 14, 2009, 11:28 PM
Oh, my bad. That's good that MAA is earlier; I like that figure more.  :)

Can't wait to see how it unfolds for Zodac tomorrow. He can't be as popular as Mer-Man, but then again, Stratos sold pretty fast too.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on May 15, 2009, 01:09 PM
Just got an order in for Zodac, but it was by far the most trouble I had.  Lots of refreshes to get through that process.  Oh well, in the end, the order apparently went through.  It does make me want to get in on that subscription service to avoid the hassle from now on though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 15, 2009, 01:10 PM
Yup, I'm going with the subscription service for the rest of the year. Screw this.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on May 15, 2009, 01:19 PM
I see they have a little more information up at MattyCollector about the subscription service, and it looks like it only covers the figures released from September through December this year (with the 2010 service coming later in the year as well).  I guess we'll have more ordering adventures if we're interested in Hordak, Man-at-Arms, or Tri Klops.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 15, 2009, 04:29 PM
Ordered my Zodac earlier today. I could see him sitting for a while before it sells out.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on May 15, 2009, 07:02 PM
Ordered mine smoothly for the first time in a while. It's nice to see a figure actually be in stock for a while for a change.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on May 15, 2009, 08:50 PM
I just ordered Zodac about 8 hours after it went on sale.  I completely forgot to buy this figure this morning and luckily it didn't sell out.  I though for sure it would be gone when I remembered.  I'm going to have to put post-its all over the place on June 15th so I don't forget Hordak.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 16, 2009, 09:51 PM
I ordered mine yesterday, and I'm surprised he's still in stock. It has everything to do with the character, I'm sure. I was really on the fence about this guy, but I figure that Zodac won't ever be making a return appearance if he does sell out.

I was disappointed to see that the subscription service does not include the June through August releases. I mean, what's the point of offering it then? I was going to get a subscription so I didn't have to go through the same stuff I went through for Mer-Man when it came time to buy Hordak.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on May 16, 2009, 10:40 PM
i think Zodak not seling out may be due to a number of factors, one being the character choice himself. Second, there was an increased shipment for Zodac which wasn't split in two like it was for Mer-man so the demand didn't seem as frenzied and many people got more Merman's than they'd wanted due to the site bugs giving people duplicate orders. Some people got as many as 30 when they'd only wanted 6-10.....plus it has been speculated that the resellers got burned with Mer-Man, thinking there was more fan demand than there actually was due to the fast sell-out the first time due to the site glitches. Theres still a ton of these on ebay just sitting there. It's my hope that maybe the shipping increase coupled with the site glitch being fixed will mean there's enough Hordak to go around.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on May 21, 2009, 03:07 PM
Webstor pics are up! I'm excited for this one, looks pretty cool!

http://www.poeghostal.com/2009/05/new-motuc-webstor-pics.html#more-5043
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on May 27, 2009, 06:40 PM
I got my Zodaks yesterday, he is pretty cool for a hairy lame character. I hope they do a wonder Bread He-Man now that they have the armor to do so. That would be a really cool repaint!

Hordak is going to be a bitch to order. I was ready 15 minutes prior to Zodak going on sale before all the lag kicked in. I thought they fixed that. This line is a real pain to order.

I passed on the subscription, I rather take my chances when they actually go up on sale before I commit.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 27, 2009, 11:32 PM
I hear you on the subscription thing. If they'd have told us who the Oct-Dec figures are, I'd have been more inclined. That or if the service included Hordak, MAA, and Tri-Klops. Not really looking forward to June 15th.

I got my Zodac today. He's actually a pretty neat figure, for a lame-o. I had him as a kid, and never had much use for him. It's great to get a character in this line that doesn't wield a sword too.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on May 28, 2009, 10:47 AM
With all of Mattel's screw ups of this line and others  I could never trust them on the subscription service. I use to be a designer there so I can attest to the incompetence.

I agree with you, had they laid out who's who's and included Hordak I may have bitten. I will have my Firfox and explorer Windows open ready to order Hordak at 11am Chicago time when he goes on sale. I will get him one way or the other. After market prices have seem to cool off on this line for the exception of He-Man and King Greyskull so it's not as bad as before to get these if you missed them. The key is to wait. Look at Faker he was a an expensive figure then 2 months after his release you can get him for $36 shipped. Considering it's $27 shipped for a basic MOTUC figure that's rally not a bad price to pay. I do expect Hordak and Hero to be popular but in time Hordak will at least level out. Hero iis going to be a bitch to get.

I am working on some ways to get him as we speak for a normal price.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on May 28, 2009, 12:17 PM
I went ahead and signed up for the subscription sevice...knowing at least 2 of the 4 figures is ok by me, I don't mind getting a couple surprise ones, that and I know I'm gonna be away on the sale date in November so I figure what the heck....not sure if I'll renew the subscription by next year though, I'll wait and see how seelouts go once the Sept-Dec stuff goes on sale, maybe they'll have hit the right production number so it's less of a hassle to get them by then.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on June 3, 2009, 09:51 AM
Check out one of the accessories included (http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=13&itemid=14549) with the upcoming MOTUC Tri-Klops figure, the Warrior's Ring.  I think this is kind of spiffy, as I remember those from when I was a kid.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on June 3, 2009, 11:12 AM
Yeah, I saw that.  Wasn't it only the very first run of (original) Tri-Klops figures that included the ring?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on June 3, 2009, 02:12 PM
He and Trap Jaw had the warrior rings, and like you said, only for their first run. I wonder if this ring is sized for adult fingers...

Also, Man-At-Arms includes a 200x-styled Power Sword as his secret accessory.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on June 3, 2009, 02:29 PM
I hope you're not planning on actually wearing the ring, Ben.    :P

And what's the big deal with the Power Sword?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on June 3, 2009, 10:21 PM
Well, I wouldn't wear it in public... But it seems daft to make it child-sized when it's not kids who are buying these.

And it seems weird that they'd offer the Power Sword without trying to sell a 200x He-Man with it. I guess it's great to get more accessories with these since they do cost quite a bit.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on June 6, 2009, 09:31 PM
Kinda of an off topic item here, but has anyone who has purchased MOTU figures through MattyCollector been hit with credit card fraud recently?  I just got a call today that there's been a bunch of unauthorized activity against my account.  I don't use my card much, so I've been going through my last few months worth of statements to see where it's been used.  One of the (few) places I've used it is for purchasing the MOTU figures.
I'm not suggesting that this is the source - it could be anything.  But I figured I would check to see if anyone else who has bought the figures has ran into any issues.

Please let me know if you have.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on June 7, 2009, 06:07 PM
I don't think I've had any such problems...if I have I have yet to notice....you might want to head over to the He-man.org forums and post this question, you might have slightly better luck getting an answer there.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 12, 2009, 01:41 PM
Good pics of He-Ro packaged are up, he looks pretty cool in a she-Ra type way.

http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=13&itemid=14581
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on June 12, 2009, 01:43 PM
Not very excited about this figure.  Probably because he was never in my childhood collection.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 12, 2009, 02:13 PM
Not very excited about this figure.  Probably because he was never in my childhood collection.

He was on the box art of the Greyskull Dinosaurs so he sorta was there and they made a proto. I remeber wondering as a kid when he would come out, they had some infor on him on the box too. I was so into that.

I would like to see a modern era Wonder Bread He-Man variant, that's a figure I can get excited about even if he is a repaint. They got the armor now so hopefully this will come to fruition.

In regards to He-Ro he is going to be a bitch to get.....like every other figure in this line. I am not looking forward to the Monday panic for Hordak. Even that loser Zodak had a bog down on the site when he went up for sale. I expect Hordak to be very popular, he looks really nice.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on June 12, 2009, 03:16 PM
Zodak had a bog down initially but he managed to last 4 days before selling out completely. Now while I don't have terribly high hopes that Hordak won't sell out quickly(probably in no small part due to scalpers knowing this guy is gonna be popular) I'm hoping he'll last longer than the usual 2 hours, since he has the same production run as Zodak and the shipment isn't split in 2 like Mer Man was.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on June 15, 2009, 01:22 PM
I was fortunate enough to apparently get an order in for Hordak.  I wonder how quickly this one will sell through.  I see their site is having troubles again, although the automatic refresh helps I guess.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on June 15, 2009, 01:28 PM
It took me 25 minutes to get one, but after I was logged in it went pretty quick.

I still think Matty and DR are a bushleague organization, though. They only have traffic on their site one day a month, and can't handle it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on June 15, 2009, 02:07 PM
So I never got past the 3 second countdown page, and now the site is saying that Hordak is sold out.
I have signed up for the sept-dec figures, but if I'm going to miss out on Hordak, then I'm not sure I really have any desire to have them all any more.
I don't suppose anyone has ordered multiples and is willing to part with one?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on June 15, 2009, 02:07 PM
I ordered 2 Hordak figures at noon central time.  My lunch wasn't until an hour after they went up for sale and I thought I would miss out.  This is such a cool looking character and one of my favorite MOTU figures of all time.  Can't wait to start the Horde collection with even more characters down the road.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on June 15, 2009, 02:10 PM
So I never got past the 3 second countdown page, and now the site is saying that Hordak is sold out.
I have signed up for the sept-dec figures, but if I'm going to miss out on Hordak, then I'm not sure I really have any desire to have them all any more.
I don't suppose anyone has ordered multiples and is willing to part with one?

Those sure went fast.  I thought I was cutting it close 1 hour after they went up.  I ordered 2 so I can keep one in the package and open one.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on June 15, 2009, 02:22 PM
They can't be completely sold out.  I'm sure he'll show up again later today or this week.

Pretty sure the re-sellers are buying ten at a time.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on June 15, 2009, 03:05 PM
From Matty:

Hordak is now sold out. We will bring him back in the future (much like other sold out figures starting with He-Man in October) but for now, the Ruthless Leader of the Evil Horde is off the market.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 15, 2009, 05:36 PM
From Matty:

Hordak is now sold out. We will bring him back in the future (much like other sold out figures starting with He-Man in October) but for now, the Ruthless Leader of the Evil Horde is off the market.

I got my four Hordaks (2 fo' me and 2 for my Bro), but I was ready at 1:50 central time with all of my info filled out yet it took me 23 minutes to get the order through. I saw he was sold out at 12:07 (Central time). I knew he was going to be popular.

Those sure went fast.  I thought I was cutting it close 1 hour after they went up.  I ordered 2 so I can keep one in the package and open one.

You cut it real close.

Interesting that they finally confirmed the re-release of past figures. Seeing how everyone has "Currently unavailable" I figured it was only a matter of time. Hopefully there will be noticeable difference or gear. I do want an extra He-Man to open.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on June 15, 2009, 06:11 PM
They're going down a slippery slope by re-releasing figures.  Collectibility (and consequently the collector base) will diminish once they go down that road.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on June 15, 2009, 07:09 PM
My understanding from the QnA's is that they won't be exact re releases of the original figures, but might come with different accessories or decos or packaging changes. We'll see soon enough I guess.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 16, 2009, 01:09 PM
Hardest figure to get so far. Luckily i got through, most wanted figure for me so far.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 17, 2009, 04:54 PM
My understanding from the QnA's is that they won't be exact re releases of the original figures, but might come with different accessories or decos or packaging changes. We'll see soon enough I guess.

I'm sure they will lay out the details at SDCC. I hope they do vary in that way, maybe it will he will sport Battle Armor, Wonder Bread colors etc.

On another note I just read the Man-at-Arms bio:
For two centuries, the Eternian weapons master and combat instructor to the royal family has been called the “Man-At-Arms®.” Trained by the renowned tactician Dekker™ and a veteran of the Great Unrest, Duncan™ was asked by King Randor™ to step into this position and fortify his guard with an elite strike force, which he named The Masters of the Universe®. In addition to his skills in combat, Duncan™ is also a great inventor and helped construct an electronic version of the Power Sword® for Adam to use until he could unite both halves of the sword of King Grayskull™. Man-At-Arms® and his adopted daughter Teela® often scout the borders of Eternia® for signs of lurking evil.

I love the redundant use of TM's and R's. Whoever is writing these bios sucks Battle Cat balls and is disregarding the existing lore. Who gives a **** about 'real names" for Mer-Man and Hordak. Leave it at Hordak and Mer-Man, that's their real names!


I am loving these figures despite how much work it is to collect them.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on June 17, 2009, 06:37 PM
Yeah, there's really no reason why they should change the 'story' - 99% of these figures are going to adult collectors who already know the story.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on June 20, 2009, 02:26 PM
New pics of Teela:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39634619@N07/?saved=1
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: efranks on June 22, 2009, 12:12 AM
Teela is a pretty good looking figure.  I was looking at it in the case on Friday.  Didn't take any photos though.

   E...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 14, 2009, 12:32 PM
I realize this might be a lot to ask, but I was wondering if anyone here could order an extra Man-at-Arms for me tomorrow (if you are placing an order).  We are going to be out of town/away from a computer, and I'd really like to get this figure - and with the sell through time I figured it wouldn't be there anymore by the time we got back later in the afternoon.  Anyways, just thought I'd ask to see if I could work something out with anyone.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 14, 2009, 01:39 PM
Sent ya a PM.

On a related note, have you guys seen this?

http://www.mattycollector.com/store/matty/ContentTheme/pbPage.News#MOTU_ArtBook
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 15, 2009, 01:04 PM
WHEEEE RED SCREEN OF DEATH

You think with the $20 they charge for these things, they'd have enough money to buy a bigger server. If it takes me half an hour to buy MAn-At-Arms, oh boy.

Edit- well, I guess that wasn't bad at all. 11:07 AM central and I'm done.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on July 15, 2009, 01:42 PM
Currently trying to order, without success.  It says it's available, but then gives a message at the top saying "We're sorry but a product in your shopping cart is currently out of stock and cannot be purchased. We apologize for any inconvenience."

But the item is still listed as available.  I want to get this line, but this is turning into more of an exercise in frustration then anything.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 15, 2009, 02:11 PM
Yeah, I want the $50 book but I'm not willing to spend $150+ on ebay.

Edit:  Officially sold out.

 :-\
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on July 15, 2009, 02:46 PM
This one sold out around the 40 minute mark, the fastest yet I think. I managed to get mine within the first few minutes thankfully. Fortunatley the next one, Tri Clops will have yet another increased production run, so hopefully there will be enough for everyone this time.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on July 16, 2009, 05:46 PM
I order four (Me & my Bro) around 11:18 so I almost missed out as I forgot it was the 15th. I owe a Hisstank FYI a big thank you!
Cannot wait to the stash to arrive.

I found a good deal on guaranteed He-Ro at $34 a pop, I bit for 3 (Me & my Bro). I rather pay a reasonable premium than pay a ridiculous one. I wish I could get a book but I am already writing that one off as the run is a pathetic 1k. What's up with that?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 21, 2009, 06:28 PM
Looks like Matty has posted some info regarding SDCC, as well as the subscription program for 2010 (Eternia Fan Club):

Quote
To put any minds at rest, we will have all items on Wednesday night preview night including the MOTU Art book. Also, sales on Wednesday will be limited to fans only. Vendors, exhibitors and professionals will not be permitted to buy anything on Wednesday night. You must have a Four Day (preview night) badge to purchase on Wednesday. Sales on Thursday will be open to everyone at the convention starting when the doors open. No one will be permitted to line up until the convention hall opens.

Also, the MOTU 2010 Subscription, or the Eternia Fan Club(tm) will go on sale on MattyCollector.com at 4:00 pm on Wednesday night. It will run for 3 weeks. The 2010 subscription will include the Jan. through Dec. 2010 figures. You will be charged each month and figures will ship each month. There will not be a "ship them all in Dec." option anymore. (due to very limited interest in this option in 2009). The subscription will not include bonus figures, reissues, or large scale beasts (like Battle Cat) as these items do not have a set schedule and will range in price.

In addition, this year there is a $20.00 sign up fee. For this fee you will receive a few goodies including an exclusive carded figure which will ship by March of 2010. This figure will not be sold any other way and is only available if you sign up for the Eternia Fan Club. You may buy as many subscriptions as you want and each subscription will include the bonus figure and other goodies.

We will reveal more details at our panel (including the bonus figure) on Friday at 1:00 in room 2, but if you want to purchase a subscription live at our booth, we will have Mattycollector.com computers set up. (or you can log in from home at that time).

See you at the show!

Matty

The removal of the "combined shipping" option kind of stinks, as you can't really save on the shipping now.  I'm on the fence with this one.  Although I've bought all of the figures so far (aside from the exclusive King Grayskull and possibly this week's He-Ro), I don't know that I always will.  I always planned on getting the characters I remembered from my childhood, but to be honest I was sort of getting out of He-Man by the time ones like Grizzlor came around if I remember right.  Then again, with the hassle and quick sell outs these last few figures have been, it might be worth it to just sign up and throw any figures I may not want on ebay.  That being said, I'm looking forward to seeing some new figures from this line at SDCC - I'm still really enjoying the line, aside from the high prices.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on July 21, 2009, 07:15 PM
I'm on the fence too, partly because I'm not sure how completist I'm willing to go, and partly because Matty still hasn't specified whether or not you can change the shipping address of the subscription service, since I move in July. You'd think they'd be able to.....but they can be somewhat behind the times when it comes to things like this....
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 21, 2009, 11:25 PM
I think I might go for the subscription this time. I wasn't able to for the rest of this year, since I moved in June, but I figure I could easily sell the ones I don't want next year, if it's too heavy on PoP. I'm kind of curious about the exclusive figure offered with it, especially if it turns out to be King Grayskull.

I received my MAA today. The collection is really getting good now, but I do wish these weren't such a pain to get. I'll be on a plane back from Phoenix when Tri-Klops goes on sale, so I don't know what to do there. Odds are he'll be sold out by the time I get home.  :P
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on July 22, 2009, 10:18 PM
Battlecat looks sweet. Nothing like a Man and his *****!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 22, 2009, 10:34 PM
(http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/6269/thumb200907221840081.jpg)

Looks just like the original.

I would love to see him ship in a closed box with retro graphics/art.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on July 22, 2009, 11:15 PM
Holy crap! I want one of those things hardcore! I had the original Battlecat as a kid and this one is just freaking amazing. i don't care how much it costs, I'm going to buy it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 23, 2009, 01:10 PM
I can't wait for that Battle Cat.  That was one of my favorite toys as a kid (still have it actually), and I really hope I'm able to get this new version.  Since Matty said that things "like Battle Cat" aren't included in their subscription dealy, who knows how tough this will be to get.  That being said, it looks very nicely done.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 23, 2009, 06:19 PM
Some pics i took yesterday

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0516.jpg)

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0525.jpg)

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(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0522.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 23, 2009, 06:21 PM
2 more, ill get some new stuff after their panel tomorrow.

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0485.jpg)

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0486.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 24, 2009, 07:44 PM
today's reveals

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0584.jpg)


(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0585.jpg)


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(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0598.jpg)

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0597.jpg)

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0601.jpg)

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l59/evenflow666/HPIM0609.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 24, 2009, 08:13 PM
Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.

Scare Glow is freaking awesome. TRAP JAW! Battle Armor He-Man! I'm going to be one happy nerd when these go on sale.  ;D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on July 24, 2009, 09:27 PM
Well I think they just sold me on the subscription service, I don't want to miss any of these, all freakin spectacular! Also, for anyone interested, Orko has been confirmed for a 2010 release as well! Wooo! Orko!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 24, 2009, 09:31 PM
Eh, some of these are just plain stupid.  Black Zodak, Adora, Wun-Dar, Green Goddess?!

I could care less about these characters. 

BA He-Man is cool but his armor doesn't flip like the original.

Great pics evenflow. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 24, 2009, 09:41 PM
Adora might be the first one I skip. Either her or Green Goddess, whichever comes out first. Zodak is a bonus figure apparently, not a regular monthly release (by what I gather on he-man.org.) Wun-Dar is the exclusive figure you get with the subscription.

I'm really surprised they're doing Adora before She-Ra. Not that I'd buy either, but you know.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 24, 2009, 10:30 PM
Overall, a really nice batch of figures.  Some of the bonus and/or POP figures I could probably care less about - but Teela, Battle Cat, Moss Man, Trap Jaw, Scareglow, and BA He-Man look great.  Can't wait to get some of these figures.  Here's the release schedule, according to He-Man.org:

Tri-Klops (Aug)
Webstor (Sept)
Teela (Oct)
200X Zodak (Oct Bonus)
Scareglow (Nov)
King Randor (Dec)
Green Goddess (Dec Bonus)
Adora (Jan)
Battle Armor He-Man (Jan Bonus)
Trap Jaw (Feb)
Battle Cat (Feb Bonus)
Moss Man (March)
Wun-Dar, Wonderbread He-Man (March Bonus)

Not sure about the subscription now.  It would be nice not to worry about getting Teela, Moss Man, Scareglow, Trap Jaw, etc. - but not so sure I necessarily want figures like Adora if that continues.  I guess they might be easy enough to get rid of though too.  A lot of the "bonus" figures look nice too, hopefully they won't be a pain to get (Battle Cat in particular).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on July 24, 2009, 10:56 PM
The Wonderbread He-man figure is the bonus figure you get if you sign up for the subscription also. He won't be available in any other way.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 25, 2009, 03:59 AM
Man, why does BA He-Man have to be the bonus figure? Ah well, the Red Screen of Death will await me every month anyway, so I just as well get used to it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 25, 2009, 11:29 AM
Eh, some of these are just plain stupid.  Black Zodak, Adora, Wun-Dar, Green Goddess?!

I could care less about these characters. 

BA He-Man is cool but his armor doesn't flip like the original.

Great pics evenflow. 


 ??? Those are the ones i am most exicted for. 3I guess we all have different taste.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Darby on July 25, 2009, 01:20 PM
Yeah, I kind of dig they are doing those too.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 25, 2009, 01:22 PM
Man, I'm old school.  Only want the figures I know / had when I was a kid!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 27, 2009, 04:14 PM
Does anyone know if the MOTU presentation can be found online?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on July 27, 2009, 07:31 PM
Does anyone know if the MOTU presentation can be found online?

http://he-man.org/news_article.php?id=968
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on August 3, 2009, 01:07 PM
Managed to buy He-Ro and Egon Spengler on MattyCollector.com this morning.  This time the red screen wasn't too bad and refreshed to each screen after about a minute on each page.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on August 3, 2009, 01:11 PM
I got those same two, no red screen at all for me. I'm utterly shocked how easy that was this time around.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: knashdx on August 3, 2009, 01:14 PM
I got those same two, no red screen at all for me. I'm utterly shocked how easy that was this time around.


I am stuck in the red screen - all I want is a Egon and Cars set - damn.


UPDATE - After having the Red screen refresh at me for 30 minutes I went looking to see if I could find a discount code for them to save on shipping - no such luck but I was able to find a way into the site that got me pass the red screen and placed my order.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 3, 2009, 07:10 PM
It looks like the only one of the Matty exclusives that has sold out so far is He-Ro, sort of surprising to me.

I went ahead and sprung for the 2010 subscription plan today.  I debated on it and waited, but figured it would be easier and I didn't want to forget about before the Aug 7th deadline.  I really like what is on the way for the line this year, and next, and I'm glad that I actually got in on the "ground floor" for once with one of these lines.  Now I just have to worry about getting Tri-Klops on the 17th, and then see how the "bonus figures" go this/next year.  I really don't want to miss out on Battle Cat.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 4, 2009, 01:47 AM
I took a pass on He-Ro. I'm really starting to reevaluate my interest in this line, especially since there will be bonus figures next year, and I can barely afford one of these a month as it is.
That and MAA really doesn't feel like he's worth $30 to me, and Tri-Klops looks like a bigger offender on that front.

I was wondering how long it would take me to make a post like this.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 4, 2009, 01:08 PM
I took a pass on He-Ro. I'm really starting to reevaluate my interest in this line, especially since there will be bonus figures next year, and I can barely afford one of these a month as it is.
That and MAA really doesn't feel like he's worth $30 to me, and Tri-Klops looks like a bigger offender on that front.

I was wondering how long it would take me to make a post like this.

I took a pass on He-Ro as well.  I've been spending way too much lately the way it is, and to be honest - aside from his name - I can't say I'm overly familiar with the character anyways.  With this line, I've always wanted to stick to the characters I know/remember from childhood - which is why I'll be passing on bonus figures like "Green Goddess" as well.  I hear ya though Ben, this line is pricey.  One figure a month isn't so bad (although spendy), but if it gets to two it could start adding up.  I'm wondering how much they are going to charge for that Battle Cat (which I must have :P) - I'm guessing at least $30.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 4, 2009, 01:24 PM
Pretty sure it's been confirmed at $30.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Mikey D on August 4, 2009, 03:17 PM
Pretty sure it's been confirmed at $30.

It has and $30 is a steal for Battle Cat when they're charging $20 per figure.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 5, 2009, 09:25 AM
Matty's Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=125097518400) has updated with news/pics that He-Man and Skeletor will be re-released in December.  It looks like the packaging is just slightly different (with a "the original" burst on the bubble), but they seem to be the same otherwise.  Good to know that those who got in late will have another chance at the two big guns.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on August 5, 2009, 04:53 PM
YAY!!!
Hopefully the production run is large enough that I actually get them.  I was able to get 5 months worth of figures without problem, but have missed the last two (although I have been online when they are made available).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on August 7, 2009, 12:33 AM
I caved today and bought the 2010 MOTU subscription.  I was going to just buy them individually so I could combine shipping with the bonus figures like Battlecat but then something may have went wrong.  This line is getting expensive this month.  $30 plus for He-Ro, $20 Subscription +++(charged $50 plus to sign-up) and then in 10 days Tri-Clops. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 10, 2009, 04:48 PM
I caved and bought multiple subscriptions for me and my bro, it's the only way to get certain figures which is BS but I understand their point for doing so. It appears they removed some makeup on He-Man's face compared the first release. I whored my second He-Man on eBay for $85 knowing he was coming out again. I do not feel bad as he will help pay for the next few figures.

Now that I have seriously reduced my Joe collecting to just 80's style & Resolute I can focus on this line as my moonlight toy brand. from Legacy I am actually glad about the ROC movie coming out, it is giving me a major break from buying Joes. I will still pick up any classic character they release as well as the occasional one that looks cool but I am not collecting that movie garbage.

I am very glad I stuck with MOTU Classics this is shaping up to be a great line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 17, 2009, 01:00 PM
Tri-Klops is now up for sale at MattyCollector.  I don't know if I just caught it at the right time, but that is the first time ever that I had an order go straight through without any stalls or problems (no red Matty refresh screen).  Relieved to have this one ordered, as the subscription should take care of things from now on (aside from any "bonus" figures I might want).  Looking forward to this one, Tri-Klops was one of my favorite baddies as a kid.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on August 17, 2009, 01:02 PM
Just ordered Tri-Klops.  I logged in on Mattycollector at 10:55 am and refreshed a few times.  Then when it said add to cart it went fast and I was able to finish by 10:58 am.  Right after that the site is slow.  This may be the trick to order right away because they make the order process active about 3 to 5 minutes early.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on August 17, 2009, 01:10 PM
Just got mine ordered.  This is actually the first I've ordered, so I didn't know what to expect.  Thankfully I got through the checkout process with ease - it probably took 20-30 seconds once I hit the submit button to get a confirmation.

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 17, 2009, 02:44 PM
Still in stock, I'm surprised with as fast as these have been selling through lately.  Everyone must still be recovering from all the SDCC exclusives ;).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on August 17, 2009, 05:17 PM
No red screen for me either. Tri-Klops was the first figure to have the second upped production, so maybe Mattel has finally hit thier magic number?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 18, 2009, 12:17 PM
They must have improved the numbers or something, because surprisingly, he is still up for sale today (at least as of 10 AM CST today).  I figured Tri-Klops would be a fairly in demand figure, so maybe they are getting the numbers a little more in line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 18, 2009, 03:44 PM
Tri-Klops was the easiest figure by far to order nest to He-Man & Beastman. I do think some of the foaming at the mouth for this line has died a bit with the SDCC showings/revelations of older figures being rereleased. I like the one and done approach but I do not think they should rerelease anyone again outside of He-Man and Skeletor. I like having this line be harder to get. While yes it's a pain in the ass I like that it makes it more collectible.

OK, feel free to throw stones at me for saying that........
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 18, 2009, 03:47 PM
FYI - He is still available as of 1:46 Central Time........

I have to say I am very surprised even with increased production. I think a nice portion forgot he date as some pointed out SDCC just took place and that a lot of people ordered HE-Ro on the site. That may have gave the impression that he was the figure of the month. I could be wrong.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 19, 2009, 01:18 PM
I like the one and done approach but I do not think they should rerelease anyone again outside of He-Man and Skeletor. I like having this line be harder to get. While yes it's a pain in the ass I like that it makes it more collectible.


Nope, I'm with ya:

They're going down a slippery slope by re-releasing figures.  Collectibility (and consequently the collector base) will diminish once they go down that road.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 20, 2009, 03:52 AM
Shoot. Looks like Tri-Klops just sold out. I was in Phoenix until Tuesday, and I forgot about this one for a couple of days. Oh well. I've seen them on the bay for $25 plus shipping, so I'm guessing the speculators are moving on to whatever else.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 28, 2009, 11:48 AM
New pics of Teela, Scarglow & 200x Zodak redeco (including the continuation of the really stupid names and bios for the talentless hack designer at Mattel who completely hates Val Staples Superior writing)
The figures look great, I might actually will buy the 200x Zodac, he looks pretty good. I was going to pass but I am leaning 75% towards getting him after seeing the pics.

http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=13&itemid=14882

I wonder if that ass (I know who writes this garbage) will give a "real" name to Battle-Cat. I will take a guess it will be along the lines of ***** Da-Cat-Tor.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 28, 2009, 12:26 PM
Yeah, I have to admit that I'm sort of tempted by that 200x version of Zodak as well.  I originally planned on passing on him, but I did like the character in the animated series and the figure looks pretty nice.  I guess we'll see for now.  It won't be the end of the world if I miss it and it sells out too quickly, but I may try to get it if it isn't too much trouble.  The other figures look great as well.  It will really make for a nice display as this line gets expanded over the coming months.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on August 28, 2009, 11:22 PM
I kind of wish I hadn't waited so long on this line.  Tri-Klops was my first and I absolutely love it.  I signed up for the subscription and am looking forward to expanding on the collection in the next 18 months.  I do hope it has some legs and continues, though I can't see it going for more than a couple of years total.

Buzz-Off and Man-E-Faces are two must-haves for me. 

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on September 15, 2009, 01:22 PM
Either the line's losing steam or Mattel has vastly improved their server capacity.  I got on at 11:03 CST and had my order confirmed in less than a minute with no issues.  Also ordered the Starfire/Adam Strange set, which I've been procrastinating on for some time.  If anyone wants the Adam Strange, drop me a PM and we can work something out.

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on September 15, 2009, 01:42 PM
I think the line is losing the scalper/2nd market steam. Look at eBay completed auctions, most of the figures can be had for a small $5-$7 premium. This line is a really nice size now and getting into more obscure characters. Tri-Clops, Zodak & Webstor are not the must haves. Hordak is still pretty popular and I expect Teela to see out since she is the first chick in the line. I can also see Battle Cat selling out quicker. It really depends on the character but I would have to say the line cooled off a bit.

I was there waiting but this is the second time in a row I had no lag time. I think a tell tale sign will be how quickly he sells out. I think Webstor will be more popular than Tri-Clops but we shall see.....
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on September 15, 2009, 02:59 PM
It does seem like the figures are hanging around a bit longer, not that it is a bad thing.  Part of it might be too that the 2009 subscription starts this month, so for people who ordered that, they don't have to hit the site for the monthly figures (non-bonus figures anyways) for the rest of the year.  Regardless of how much it is scalped or going for on ebay, I'm still really enjoying this line - glad to see it continuing strong into next year.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on September 15, 2009, 03:36 PM
Regardless of how much it is scalped or going for on ebay, I'm still really enjoying this line - glad to see it continuing strong into next year.

WORD! This line is great!
I am glad I am pretty much done with Joe sane the occasional Classic/Resolute figure. SW's Legacy & MOTUC is all I really collect now.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on September 28, 2009, 01:20 PM
Got Webstor the other day, he is cool but I hate how he looks in the package without his armor. It looks like they had the room so I do not get it. He looks unfinished in pack but he is still cool.

I am really looking forward to Teela and BC plus the reissue of He-Man. Triclops and Webstor back to back was not exactly the best choices in my opinion. While I really like them they should have put Teela between those two. (Insert jokes here. That's another joke in itself.)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on September 30, 2009, 03:53 PM
I believe the packing of the armor was a nod to the vintage version.

(http://www.toyarchive.com/STAForSale/NEW2001+/MOTU/Toys/MOSC/WebstorAFA801a.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on October 12, 2009, 04:44 PM
Interesting, I never knew it was packed out like that. That's a really obscure nod. I still would have prefferred the armor on but I am happy they are making these. I am really looking forward to Teela in a few days and I have even decided to pick up 1 Zodak as he was actually one of the stronger 200x characters.

I think Teela will sell out fast like the earlier figures given that she is the first chic in the new line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 16, 2009, 02:26 PM
Just ordered Teela today. I'm surprised that this figure is still in stock. Looks like Mattel has hit that sweet spot for production numbers.

Now to go back and pick up Tri-Klops and Webstor, who I had to pass on...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on October 16, 2009, 02:59 PM
Are they supposed to re-offer every figure eventually?  I see they are going to reissue He-Man and Skelly. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 16, 2009, 10:22 PM
I think they're going to try to reissue everyone through Hordak or MAA. Though all they've really committed to is He-Man and Skeletor. I'm still waiting for KG to show up again.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on October 17, 2009, 12:17 AM
I broke down and ordered two Teela's today.  Was trying to avoid this, but it's too nice of a figure.  It was no additional shipping for the second, so I figured I'd get a second and see if I can find someone to split the cost with me.   :P
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on October 17, 2009, 09:34 PM
Her and Zodak are still in stock, I am surprised Teela still is but I think this line cooled a bit as the Scalper market dried up. That's a good thing.

I cannot wait until March for the Wun-Dar figure!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on October 19, 2009, 07:33 PM
Still no shipping confirmation on my subscription figure teela, but Zodak shipped.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 20, 2009, 12:11 AM
That's kinda crappy. I got my shipment confirmation for the Teela I ordered on Friday earlier this afternoon. You'd think subscriber's figures would be the first ones out of the gate.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on October 20, 2009, 10:24 AM
According to a recent  Mattel Facebook newsletter, the sub figures have shipped but they've been late getting the confirmations out and to expect them in the next few days, but speculation is that they screwed up somehow and they're just trying to stall for time. I'm not sure whats going on either, apparently none of the subscribers on the He-Man.org boards have gotten shipping confirmations yet.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 20, 2009, 01:44 PM
Yeah, I haven't gotten a subscription confirmation e-mail for Teela either, so I guess I'm in that same group.  Hopefully there won't be any problems.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on October 20, 2009, 06:43 PM
Some of the posters at He-man.org are throwing temper tantrums.  They are going to blow a gasket and probably for no good reason other than hysteria.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on October 20, 2009, 07:31 PM
What's the difference for subscribers vs. non subscribers?  I ordered two just the other day and got my shipping notice already.  :-X
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on October 20, 2009, 08:20 PM
People are being whiny little bitches on Facebook as well.  Understandable to an extent to have a little frustration, but people are going overboard.

For the record my stuff is getting delivered Thursday and I'm a non-subscriber.  :)

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on October 21, 2009, 01:51 PM
I saw a bunch of cats over at Hisstank having the same problem on subscriptions. I order the second subscription that starts in January. I only signed up for the Wun-Dar otherwise I would have never joined. I hope they work out the kinks by then. I am on the hook for three subscriptions for me and my bro.

FYI - I got my notice right a way on Teela and Zodak.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on October 21, 2009, 07:46 PM
Its just that Mattel tends to screw up. I feel bad for Toyguru because he is a nice guy and the stuff that goes wrong is probably out of his hands.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 22, 2009, 01:24 AM
I read on Facebook that the subscriber's Teelas went out first, they just didn't send a shipment confirmation. Probably a glitch, but this is SUCH the wrong fanbase for that to happen to. I was reading that thread at the .org, and had flashbacks to 2003 involving Evil-Lyn and Roboto.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on October 22, 2009, 02:07 PM
I'm one of the subscribers who chose to get all 4 sent out at the end of the year.  Fingers are crossed that I'll actually get them, and not find out that they didn't hold them for me.  At the moment it wouldn't surprise me though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on October 23, 2009, 12:22 AM
My Teela and Ray showed up today.  They both look good.  I am going to keep buying both lines as long as I can afford them.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on October 23, 2009, 01:46 AM
They shipped my subscription Teela out earlier this evening.  I'll have it next Wednesday.  Over at He-Man.org all of the subscription Teelas didn't ship out until today.  One week after they went on sale.  They did not ship out first like it said on Facebook.

I also ordered Zodak and Ray today after the good news about Teela finally shipping.

Hopefully, they get Scare Glow all ready to ship out right away for subscribers.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on October 23, 2009, 10:11 AM
I really don't care when I receive my figures but subscribers should get their figures first.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 23, 2009, 12:01 PM
I got a shipment confirmation e-mail last night as well, so it should be here in a week or so.  I don't necessarily care when I get the monthly figure either (within reason), as long as I get it.  Unless it was a month later than everyone else or something, I doubt I'd notice too much.  Kind of nice to just know that you can get the figure each month, delivered to your door.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 23, 2009, 11:22 PM
That's BS that the subscribers' figures didn't ship till now. I got my Teela today, and I dawdled around.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on November 4, 2009, 09:39 PM
I finally got around to doing reviews on Teela and Zodak.

(http://www.figureportal.com/img/reviewpics/130.jpg)
TEELA (http://www.figureportal.com/2009/11/04/review-masters-of-the-universe-classics-teela)


(http://www.figureportal.com/img/reviewpics/131.jpg)
ZODAK (http://www.figureportal.com/2009/11/04/review-masters-of-the-universe-classics-zodak)


I had some really, REALLY ****** luck with my Zodak paint.  Didn't even occur to me until I'd opened it that part of his armor paint was completely misaligned.  :(  I'm hoping I can get an exchange but I don't know how good MattyCollector's customer service is.  Guess we'll see.  It's too bad, because otherwise Zodak is a great looking figure.  And Teela is fantastic...possibly my favorite of the bunch so far.

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: efranks on November 5, 2009, 01:07 AM
That's too bad about the Zodak figure, John.  It does look like an excellent figure otherwise.  I also agree on Teela, ton of accessories and the sculpt looks great.  While more articulation is usually better, I think Teela looks probably better without all the torso articulation, especially with that outfit and the way it's sculpted.

   E...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on November 5, 2009, 12:19 PM
Hey, nice review on Teela.  I think you were a little harsh on the articulation, but I don’t have any other MOTU figures to compare back to.  Compared to the Legends and DC figs I collect, I thought it was up to par with most.

Just one note that I didn’t see in your review or photos – the Snake Headdress separates from the head to give you a third “helmeted head” option.  Kind of a cool addition, especially for customizers given the well sculpted face and an easy add for any kind of hair style. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 16, 2009, 12:43 PM
Nice and easy ordering on Scare Glow this morning. I logged on at 11:40 and was done by 11:42.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on November 16, 2009, 02:24 PM
I'm not sure yet if I successfully ordered my he-man (missed him first time around).  I placed the order, and it seemed to hang.  I ended up getting a confirmation screen with an error message on it.

I did get the confirmation email though.  But when I try to pull up the order info on the website using the order number, I get an error message.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on November 16, 2009, 07:03 PM
The He-Man re-release has sold out.  I decided not to buy this because I have the first release.  Was tempted to buy another but passed.  Maybe someday they'll have another in a 2-pack.  I would have been more likely to buy this if I could include bonus figures iwith my subscription order to save the double shipping charge.

I did get a order confirmation for my sub. Scareglow last night so that should be coming soon. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on November 16, 2009, 09:29 PM
Got Scareglow and He-Man ordered within seconds this afternoon.  Smoothest yet!

Then I found DCUC 10 in full on my lunch break.  :)

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on November 17, 2009, 12:04 PM
The He-Man re-release has sold out.  I decided not to buy this because I have the first release.  Was tempted to buy another but passed.  Maybe someday they'll have another in a 2-pack.  I would have been more likely to buy this if I could include bonus figures iwith my subscription order to save the double shipping charge.

I did get a order confirmation for my sub. Scareglow last night so that should be coming soon. 

I was half tempted to get another He-Man (just for the desk or something), but held off for the same reasons.  If I could have included it with my subscription order to save the shipping, I might have done it.  That is the one problem with the "bonus" figures each month, unless there is a way around it that I am not aware of.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on November 17, 2009, 04:22 PM
Ordered both yesterday.  I went online a few minutes after they were put on sale and had the red screen o death for about a minute at a time, but otherwise, everything went through.  Got my first e-mail but the shipping one hasn't come yet.  Crazy that both are already gone.  Hopefully Matty will offer HM and Skelly on a periodic basis because those are the two that will most likely always sell.  I missed Hordak the first time and I hope he will be offered again. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on November 20, 2009, 03:38 PM
OK, it took me 20 seconds to order the figures, and yet five days later they haven't even shipped yet?  :|  Anyone getting their Scareglow & He-Man yet?

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on November 20, 2009, 08:48 PM
They shipped the subscriptions first this time.  I received Scareglow today and they shipped it out on Monday.  Last month they shipped the subs 1 week later.  Maybe the 1 week later scenario is what they're doing for non-sub orders this time.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 20, 2009, 09:42 PM
I still don't have a shipment confirm from Matty, however I checked by reference # at the UPS site and mine shipped on Wednesday, and will be here Tuesday. I'd recommend doing that to see if it's shipped yet.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on November 22, 2009, 02:34 PM
My Scareglow and HM should be here Tuesday.  Hopefully Scareglow has his key.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 25, 2009, 11:25 AM
Received my Scare Glow yesterday. Luckily, he was complete, having the key inside the reliquary. This figure is great. It was the first figure I had-to-have since Hordak, and he doesn't disappoint.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Packbar on December 3, 2009, 09:57 PM
I adore the MOTU Classics figures, they are some of the best looking figures ever.  However I despise Digital River who does the CS for the mattycollector.com site. I had problems ordering some of the early figures (despite the fact that I placed orders right when they went on sale) so I ended up having to go to ebay to get those. So to avoid future problems I purchased a subscription that worked ok for the first two figures but then for Scareglow there was a problem that after talking to twelve people and finally getting a supervisor that could do something, was explained as being a problem with their system which had cancelled my subscription so she helped me order one over the phone.  Great! But that wasn't it.  Then checking my bank account I see two charges and find out that they had duplicated my order so now I was getting two. So I called them back to get an RMA and wanted them to pick up the charges for having to ship it back since it wasn't my fault.  They wouldn't do that but they would do a refund without return meaning I can keep the figure and not pay for it. Great! But not really since they only refunded the 20$ for the figure not the charge to ship it to me.  I guess overall getting an additional figure for 9$ is ok but he's not a figure that I want two of. . . .   I hope to all that is holy that next year's subscription works ok because dealing with Digital River CS is the biggest nightmare I have ever had dealing with any company.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on December 3, 2009, 10:32 PM
Yeah, theres dozens of horror stories dealing with those guys. Every sale date I go lurk around the He-Man.org forums  and theres always at least one person posting about digital rivers incompetence, and it's always for the simplest of things.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on December 4, 2009, 10:30 AM
The pics of Battle Cat are on Matty.  I will have to try and pick one up. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 14, 2009, 11:14 PM
Evil-Lyn revealed! (http://www.lilformers.com/index.php/2009/12/11/motu-classics-evil-lyn/)

Glad to see they went with the yellow-skinned Lyn instead of the 200x pale version. Though I'm sure that will be a bonus figure in a few months anyway.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on December 15, 2009, 09:47 AM
Don't like her at all, was really hoping for a pale version.

At least i get to buy Goddess today, I have been waiting for that one for a long time.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on December 15, 2009, 11:59 AM
I am getting a white screen of death. I thought these crashes were a thing of the past.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on December 15, 2009, 12:03 PM
Yeah, the site seems to have completely crashed.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on December 15, 2009, 12:09 PM
I'm now past the white screen, but I'm stuck at the billing screen.  Whenever I try to process it errors out.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on December 15, 2009, 12:17 PM
I'm now past the white screen, but I'm stuck at the billing screen.  Whenever I try to process it errors out.

I AM IN THE SAME BOAT!!!! WTF!!!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on December 15, 2009, 12:23 PM
Be careful, as I was waiting to try again I checked my email and an order got through even though I never got the screen on the website. What Bulls hit. As a former employee of Mattel I can say from experience that they are incompetent. Unbelievable that they still have not resolved the traffic issue yet.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on December 15, 2009, 01:16 PM
I got in about three minutes before the sale was supposed to start and the order page was up.  I ordered Randor and Skeletor.  Had the error screen come up twice during the process, but everything went through.  The e-mail came minutes later.  Skeletor is already gone after 45 minutes or so.  Next month with Adora, Beastman and BA HM could be ugly. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on December 15, 2009, 04:19 PM
I agree. I have the 2010 Subscription but I will have to buy Beastman and BA He-Man separately as they are bonus. I really hate the fact that I have to pay shipping twice, I really hope that they do not continue with the while 3 figure thing a month. I like one a month with the occasional bonus. If they keep this up it will get too expensive. Ah, Mattel, they never cease to disappoint.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on December 15, 2009, 05:23 PM
Ah, Mattel, they never cease to disappoint.

At least they're consistent  ;)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on December 15, 2009, 05:58 PM
I just received my King Randor subscription order notification.  I passed on Green Goddess and Skeletor bonus figures.  I have the first Skeletor so I passed on this one.  I also passed on Green Goddess because I didn't want to pay for expensive shipping again.  Definitely sucks that they won't ship bonus figures with subscriptions. 

Next month my 2010 subscription starts and the whole decision about bonus figures starts again.  Not sure if I'll buy Battle Armor He-Man.  I'm going to pass on Beastman because I have the first one.  Then in February Battle Cat is a definite buy. 

Once Wonder Bread He-Man ships in Feb/March I'm going to try to cancel my subscription somehow.  That way I can buy bonus figures with the monthly figures.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on December 16, 2009, 05:08 PM
Nice that they will offer more Skeletor figures early next year.  That'll make some people happy.  Matty's Facebook page became a hive of scum and villainy yesterday.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on December 16, 2009, 05:42 PM
I almost thought about ordering another Skeletor yesterday, but the non-combined shipping kept me away.  I didn't necessarily need a 2nd anyway.  It sounds like Matty hasn't gotten any better with these ordering days (MOTU ones in particular).  I really hope they get things straightened out.  I haven't really wanted any of the "bonus" figures so far, but I'd really like to get Battle Cat - as I'm sure everyone else does.  I'm not looking forward to trying to order one that day though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 17, 2009, 01:36 AM
I hear you on the not-looking-forward-to-Febuary thing. Both Trap Jaw and Battle Cat go on sale that day, so who knows how bad it will be. Hopefully they don't have so much other stuff on sale at the same time.

I gotta say, it's better to get these online than try to hunt them in stores, but it's amazing that the largest toy company in the world can take a simple concept such as an online store and completely screw it up in every way.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on December 17, 2009, 12:12 PM
Hopefully, the Battle Cat sale doesn't get bogged down even more with the release of the extra Skeletor figures.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on December 17, 2009, 12:52 PM
They need some solid I.T. people to figure out their problems.  The ones they have now would have blown the world up if they were in charge of the Y2K conversions.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on December 21, 2009, 08:18 PM
Received my subscription Randor figure today.  Sounds like I'm lucky to have one shipped because a lot of subscribers are still stuck in the in process stage.  I don't think Digital River will ever get things figured out.  I'm surprised they don't ship out the subscriber figures a day earlier in order to alleviate some of the problems they have with so many orders on one day. 

Sounds like they are screwing up the end of the year 2009 subscriptions too.  They were suppose to ship all Sept-Dec figures to the subscribers at once to save on shipping but instead they are sending those figures separately in 4 different boxes.

I sure hope DR ships out the Wonder Bread figure without any troubles. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on December 21, 2009, 09:33 PM
I can't believe we can't consolidate monthly figures with the bonus figures.  We shouldn't have to pay 2X the shipping costs because we signed up for the subscription.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on December 22, 2009, 12:55 PM
Is anyone in Canada still waiting for thier he-man (nov shipment)?  I have found that it's pretty common to wait a month for my figures to show up, but it's now been 6 weeks.  I figure I need to contact Mattel, but thought I would see if anyone else has ran into this.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on December 22, 2009, 10:29 PM
I'm in Canada. didn't order He-Man, but I am still waiting on my sub Scareglow, and from the looks of the Canadian shipment thread on the He-man.org forums, so are a lot of other Canadians. I wouldn't worry about it just yet, the postal service is slower than usual due to all the Christmas stuff and bad weather. You're not alone though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on December 22, 2009, 10:36 PM
Can anyone tell me how the subscription works?  Do you get figures only available via subscription or are you pre-paying for all of them?  Are you just guaranteed certain figures, but not others?  What else do you get with the subscription?  Seems like a subscription ought to offer you one of everything...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on December 22, 2009, 11:31 PM
Can anyone tell me how the subscription works?  Do you get figures only available via subscription or are you pre-paying for all of them?  Are you just guaranteed certain figures, but not others?  What else do you get with the subscription?  Seems like a subscription ought to offer you one of everything...

2009 Subscription (http://www.mattycollector.com/store/matty/en_US/pd/productID.128074000)

2010 Subscription (http://www.mattycollector.com/store/matty/en_US/pd/productID.144031400)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on December 28, 2009, 03:41 PM
Thanks, I needed the reminder as I bought 3 memberships. I am really excited about this line it keeps getting better despite the "Mattel" factor.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on December 28, 2009, 04:33 PM
The Green Goddess sold out.  I'm glad it sold out because that helps make up mind to not buy it.  I was contemplating it and hoping it would last until BA He-Man in January so I could order them together.  Now I'll probably pass on BA HM also.  At least by passing a few figures I can have something to buy off ebay years down the road if I want.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on December 28, 2009, 09:51 PM
Can anyone tell me how the subscription works?  Do you get figures only available via subscription or are you pre-paying for all of them?  Are you just guaranteed certain figures, but not others?  What else do you get with the subscription?  Seems like a subscription ought to offer you one of everything...

2009 Subscription (http://www.mattycollector.com/store/matty/en_US/pd/productID.128074000)

2010 Subscription (http://www.mattycollector.com/store/matty/en_US/pd/productID.144031400)

Thanks!  Wow, $260 for 12 figs seems a bit pricey, but I guess you have everything locked up that way. 

Anyone not want their Audora?  I'm looking for at least one...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on December 30, 2009, 10:12 AM
I will attempt to buy Beast Man since I missed out last time and BA HM.  I may or may not buy Adora.  The only POP figure I intend to ever buy is She Ra.  I most likely will not buy any of the NA figures either.  I'm only in it for MOTU figures, creatures and vehicles if they make them.  POP or NA offerings will have to be damn good for me to want them. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on December 30, 2009, 07:15 PM
I also plan on trying for Beast man and BA he-man.  I'm losing faith in Matty Collector though.  My Nov shipment still has not surfaced, and numerous call to customer service so far have resulted in nothing.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on December 30, 2009, 10:07 PM
Thanks!  Wow, $260 for 12 figs seems a bit pricey, but I guess you have everything locked up that way.  

Very expensive indeed.  Almost $31 for one figure shipped.  So 12 X $31 plus $20 for Wun-Dar/Poster.  So $260 for 13 2010 Subscription figures including Wun-Dar and over $132 for shipping/tax.  

This is why the additional shipping for the bonus figures sucks.  
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on January 6, 2010, 11:52 AM
Moss Man looks great - love the flock.

(http://www.he-man.org/assets/images/home_news/22474_237575669843_57309659843_3087108_3006928_n_full.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on January 6, 2010, 12:26 PM
He looks good like that.  I like the Beast Man head.  My God, the way some of the whiners at He-Man.org and over on Matty's FB page are going on about the 200x head having flocked ears, you would think someone killed their pet. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on January 8, 2010, 05:04 PM
He looks good like that.  I like the Beast Man head.  My God, the way some of the whiners at He-Man.org and over on Matty's FB page are going on about the 200x head having flocked ears, you would think someone killed their pet. 

Seriously. They should be happy he is friggin flocked, he almost was not.

While I think both heads look great I like the Beastman Head better. He looks like my Uncle Mike. I am really excited about BA He-Man, a Beastman to open, Adora and Battle Cat. Hell I am also excited about Trap Jaw! I cannot wait to see Evil Lyn.

I am hoping to see Clamp Champ, Two-Bad and Whiplash this year.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on January 9, 2010, 01:14 PM
Action Figure Insider (http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/new-motuc-gallery1988#more-5821) has a few pics up of a MOTU Classics display case that was shown at an event called "Gallery1988" including the upcoming Evil Lyn and a new character, Optikk.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on January 9, 2010, 02:01 PM
And it looks like She-Ra, Thunder Punch He-Man, and Keldor are coming sometime in the future (based upon some accessories that were shown).

(http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/wp-content/uploads/postie_files/thumb.20100109-005510-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 9, 2010, 04:14 PM
If I was going to pick one NA character to get the MOTUC treatment, it would be Optikk. Glad to see that figure is on the way.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on January 11, 2010, 05:14 PM
The thing I like most about Optikk is that it looks like most of him could be used on Man E Faces. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on January 15, 2010, 10:12 AM
Here we go again.   It's always an interesting day when Matty puts stuff on sale.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on January 15, 2010, 12:00 PM
I'm trying to complete an order for the Battle Armor He-Man right now (even though I'll have to pay shipping twice), and I can't believe that after over a year of this line they still can't get the servers/upgrades/etc. to keep up with the orders.  I've had pretty good luck personally, but I dread any time I'm going to have to place an order that isn't a subscription figure.  Battle Cat could be ugly next month.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 15, 2010, 12:05 PM
I had the RSOD for a couple minutes, but I just completed my order for BA He-Man. I agree, it's going to be a bloodbath next month with all that stuff going on sale. You'd think they'd just get better servers, but no.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on January 15, 2010, 12:14 PM
Really, they should put some money into that.  Month after month, it's still the same old crap.  I had the RSOD for about ten minutes before my order went through. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on January 15, 2010, 12:36 PM
I'm sick of paying 2X shipping every month.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on January 15, 2010, 01:44 PM
I'm sick of paying 2X shipping every month.

Yeah, this is the first month I've ordered the bonus figure I think, but that really does sting...and just seems stupid.  You would think they could work out a way to combine these orders for subscribers.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on January 15, 2010, 03:52 PM
I have had really good luck so far, but thought my luck had run out.  It opened up at 10:58, I got my three pieces added to the shopping cart, went to check out...then spent 13 minutes waiting for the final checkout screen.  That's a lot of automatic refreshes.  I was afraid I'd miss something, but it was all still available when I finalized (which is good, because Adora is now sold out).

It's mind-boggling that this is still an issue.  They've got a pretty good thing going here.  They make it clear where and when it's available, there's a pretty decent production run for the products, everyone knows that it'll be the 15th each month...to me it's perfect from a collector's standpoint.  But they're certainly not taking the steps to avoid further frustation by fixing what is a major problem for many.

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on January 15, 2010, 04:44 PM
I wasn't going to buy BA HM today but when I just saw the almost sold out post on he-man.org I caved.  Hopefully, they don't screw up the subscription order.  Battle Cat is going to go quick unless they made a lot of them. 

I think they need to have a limit of 2 on these on the first day so they don't sell out so quickly.  A lot of people say a limit of 10 is fair because they are buying them for other people and saving money on shipping.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on January 15, 2010, 05:54 PM
Like ruiner I am sick of paying shipping twice so I hooked up with a Buddy of mine. I have a special technique for ordering off their atrocious site so far it has worked but man I had to put off a meeting for 10 minutes to get this through. I think they need to up the figure production by another 3000k each at least. They could have easily sold another 5k of Adora. But I have a feeling they will reissue her in 6 months.

I love this line so I accept the Mattel bull**** as part of the deal to collect them. I worked their for 5 years they never improve anything so all of those hoping Mattel gets their **** together will be waiting a long time....
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on January 15, 2010, 05:56 PM
I also agree that Battle Cat is going to be tough to order.

I hope March is a light month, this line is starting to get too heavy each month.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on January 20, 2010, 01:15 AM
Hi-res pics of Evil-Lyn and Screeech (http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=13&itemid=15327)

Looks pretty good. Not my favorite figure or character, but an essential one, IMO.

Also, I got my shipment confirmation from Matty about my BA He-Man that will be here on Friday. At least there wasn't any trouble with that this time.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on January 20, 2010, 10:54 AM
Skeletor is going to be back on the 27th at the usual time 12 Eastern.  I'll try to grab two.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on January 20, 2010, 11:42 AM
Saw that yesterday.  It's great that he's back on the market, but I find it kind of odd. 

1) Why weren't these made available in Decmeber when he was first reissued? 

2) Why not do it on the 15th so that people can order along with other items and save on shipping? 

The last thing I want to do is jump on the Mattel bashing bandwagon, but they sure make some questionable decisions sometimes.

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on January 20, 2010, 11:36 PM
Did anyone end up with a spare Adora they don't need?   :-\
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on January 21, 2010, 09:37 AM
Did anyone end up with a spare Adora they don't need?   :-\

PM on the way.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on January 21, 2010, 11:10 AM
Saw that yesterday.  It's great that he's back on the market, but I find it kind of odd. 

1) Why weren't these made available in Decmeber when he was first reissued? 

2) Why not do it on the 15th so that people can order along with other items and save on shipping? 

The last thing I want to do is jump on the Mattel bashing bandwagon, but they sure make some questionable decisions sometimes.

John

I think it's actually a smart move to hold off on reissuing Skelly till after the 15th. With Trap Jaw, battle Cat and the reissue Man At Arms on sale that day already, I think the server will be bogged down enough.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on January 21, 2010, 03:04 PM
Did anyone end up with a spare Adora they don't need?   :-\

PM on the way.  :)

You've got a deal.  Thanks John!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on January 21, 2010, 04:45 PM
Yeah, we don't need them to reissue Skelly in Feb when the site is probably going to explode already with people trying to grab BC, MAA and TJ. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on January 21, 2010, 08:22 PM
Yeah, we don't need them to reissue Skelly in Feb when the site is probably going to explode already with people trying to grab BC, MAA and TJ. 
Except that will cost $8.00 or more for separate shipping.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on January 21, 2010, 09:36 PM
Yeah, we don't need them to reissue Skelly in Feb when the site is probably going to explode already with people trying to grab BC, MAA and TJ. 
Except that will cost $8.00 or more for separate shipping.

Exactly - that's what bugs me about it.  I do understand the point, how it's already going to be bogged down on the 15th, but damn...

Got my sub Adora today and did a full-on review of it.  Hope you enjoy.

http://www.figureportal.com/reviews/review-masters-of-the-universe-classics-adora

(http://www.figureportal.com/img/reviewpics/191.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on January 27, 2010, 01:40 PM
Ordered a couple Skeletor figures today.  It went smoothly. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on January 27, 2010, 02:48 PM
Wow, after my complaining I completely forgot that today was Skeletor day  :)  Thankfully they still have some, so I got one ordered (along with a Gotham Thug Joker, which I passed on before).

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: efranks on January 28, 2010, 11:20 AM
Yeah, we don't need them to reissue Skelly in Feb when the site is probably going to explode already with people trying to grab BC, MAA and TJ. 
Except that will cost $8.00 or more for separate shipping.

Exactly - that's what bugs me about it.  I do understand the point, how it's already going to be bogged down on the 15th, but damn...

Got my sub Adora today and did a full-on review of it.  Hope you enjoy.

http://www.figureportal.com/reviews/review-masters-of-the-universe-classics-adora

(http://www.figureportal.com/img/reviewpics/191.jpg)

I think I agree with your review, John.  Over all, that's kind of a plain figure, but they nailed the paint and the sculpt works for the character.  And I have to say, she has one of the prettiest face sculpts I've seen.  DCUC has had some great looking female sculpts also. 

   E...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on February 4, 2010, 01:33 PM
So the sale is now Feb 16 rather than the 15th and subscribers get $8.00 off BC?  They should offer a half year subscription at this point.  I'd do it just to avoid the RSOD which will probably only get worse now that people know Mattel has idiots running the MOTUC toyline.  Apparently they can't figure out that increasing production on a hot item will make them more money, which is the goal of a company not run by morons.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 4, 2010, 03:07 PM
After Battle Cat arrives, I'm going to have to rethink keeping my figures in the package.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on February 5, 2010, 12:16 AM
After Battle Cat arrives, I'm going to have to rethink keeping my figures in the package.

Yeah, I picked up a second He-man and Skeletor.  I'm hoping/expecting that with Battle Cat coming, Panthor can't be far behind.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 9, 2010, 01:52 PM
Quick rant:

- Back when I ordered my x3 2010 subscriptions I ordered a HE-RO to boot.
- After a few problems of him not shipping he eventually did after calling.
- (The time lapse of the 2010 sub is what threw it off because they did niot kick in until Jan. Understandable.)
- In that time since I ordered the 2010 subscription I moved to a new address from my in-laws.
- I have since November updated my account address and received orders with no issues.

Now comes the debacle as the first 2010 Subscription kicks in:

- So my first subscription order was sent to my my old address. Luckily it's my in laws close by.
- They sent and charged me for another HE-RO in that order

When I called to straighten the issues out (My first issue ever BTW beside Website Lag time) the customer service was pretty unprofessional. While the woman I spoke to was nice the people she worked with were not. It sounded like there was a party going on in the background. As I stayed on the phone to straighten the mess out the loud and vulgar comments coming from office partiers in the back ground gave me a clear audible explanation of why all the poor collectors who ordered from Matty had so many terrible issues with them. While they are trying to straighten out the issues I had it did not send a good message (to me anyway) or give me confidence in this 2nd party service who controls these orders. I thought I would share and see if anyone else has a sim9iliar experience going forward.

They are really lucky these figures are so awesome because most people would not put up with this crap. It also helps that you can only get them in one place so it's an unfortunate reality of collecting them.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 10, 2010, 09:41 AM
Yeah, it's horrible.  I called to revise my credit card (as it is near impossible to find the link on the site) and some guy from India asked for my password to my account and the new credit card number. 

I asked him if I could do this online and he said yes but that it was 'very hard.'  I told him I could figure it out if he gave me the address - so he did and I was on my way.

So yeah, this coupled with the 2X shipping charge for EVERY bonus figure I buy (my subscription figure ships every month at the same time as the bonus) is a complete load of ****.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 10, 2010, 10:40 AM
I hadn't ever heard of this (http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17298), but apparently TRU will be getting some MOTUC vs DCUC 2 packs.  I guess this happened in the comics back in the 80s (there is a pic of one of the comics in the linked forums), and at least one of the packs will be He-Man vs. Superman.  Seems like one of the strangest exclusives yet, but it would be kind of neat to see these MOTU figures at retail.  I may even pick it up to have an extra He-Man to go with Battle Cat, depending on price.  Apparently these will be revealed at Toy Fair (and were also shown in Toy Fare (http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/2368/motudc.jpg).  It sounds like the second pack will be Batman/Skeletor.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 10, 2010, 12:23 PM
Ridiculous.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on February 10, 2010, 01:24 PM
Depending on the price point those may or may not be some of the worst shelf warmers of all time.  If they're cheap enough those that missed out on He-Man and Skeletor will no doubt snatch them up.  But I doubt anyone will buy them simply for Batman or Superman.

Regardless...what a dumb idea.

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 10, 2010, 02:58 PM
Talk about whoring out the line. It cheapens the MOTU Classics line down by doing this. They should have made these 2pks online only despite an even higher premium.

I worked at Mattel for 5 years, I know how they think. This is an experiment for testing the waters to get them into the mass market. If this performs well enough it will give a story to retailers to take the regular line. They originally tried to sell this line into mass but with no TV or cartoon they passed and went the online only route. With strong sales they see the money with googly eyes sitting on the table and will attempt to backdoor into mass via Superman. While I hate the idea it's pretty smart from a marketing perspective. Having x3 subscriptions this kind of urks me. I like the limited premium feel of this line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on February 10, 2010, 09:50 PM
This is a pretty lame exclusive. I've seen the pic, they didn't even bother to scale Supes properly, it would have been a simple enough kitbash to use a MOTUC buck and a Hero cape to makes Supes but they're just recycling a DCUC Supes. I have a feeling this product will probably tank. Matters little to me though, as I'm fine with online purchasing anyway. Saves me the trouble of looking for these.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 10, 2010, 11:31 PM
They're going to kill any chance they had of listing MOTU figures in the future by selling this tripe.

Nobody is going to bite because the deco is horrible and the packs make no sense whatsoever - I don't care that there was a comic - it's lame and hurts any collectiblity these figures had.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 11, 2010, 02:24 AM
Mattel, as usual, steals a good idea and cocks up the execution.
I'm curious to see where this goes. I'm not sure how many comics were ever written/created in the US, but it can't be that many, for the vintage line anyway.

Though if they all look as awful as that He-Man, this line won't last long, so the point is moot. I won't be touching them, since I'm fairly certain these will be $30 at TRU, and I'm already in for one figure a month at that price on the website.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on February 11, 2010, 09:46 AM
Are these new DC and MOTU figures or just repacks?  Seems gimmicky, but I might buy one or two if they're the right figs and the price isn't too crazy.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on February 11, 2010, 10:43 AM
They are repacks.  The price is supposed to be $29.99.  DC Comics Presents was a solid title back in the day.  The HM/Supes pack makes sense but I don't recall Batman meeting Skeletor ever. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on February 11, 2010, 02:45 PM
Well, I won't be buying either of those.  If they had something like Teela and Wonderwoman, I might be more inclined to get it, though no need now if they are straight repacks. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 11, 2010, 11:03 PM
Battlecat is going to be a complete 'you know what' next week. . .
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 12, 2010, 01:44 AM
Yep. Tuesday Bloody Tuesday.

See, if Mattel was smart, they'd just offer a Battle Cat/HM pack to TRU for an exclusive and MOTU's return to retail, but that's if they were smart.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 12, 2010, 12:48 PM
Well, I won't be buying either of those.  If they had something like Teela and Wonderwoman, I might be more inclined to get it, though no need now if they are straight repacks. 


HE-MAN  has a yellow power sword. Most likely the one at the LA art show show a few weeks ago. I can also see them going the Comic Pack Route and making them brightly colored ala Marvel Comic packs. Mattel is a very slow learner so I can see this happening to make them different so "Fans" do not get mad at them. Even though it's complete BS Batman and Skeletor will look good together.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on February 14, 2010, 05:00 PM
A whole bunch of new stuff has been revealed!

Whiplash
She-Ra
Keldor
Count Marzo
Gygor
Tytus

Damn, this is going to be expensive.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 14, 2010, 06:09 PM
I have no idea who half of those characters are. . .and what's up with that stupid Mo-Lar figure?!

He has no business being made into a figure. . .
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on February 14, 2010, 06:23 PM
Mo-Lar is one of 2 SDCC exclusives for this year. A cross promotion with the Robot Chicken guys, kind of a gag figure. I think it's kinda funny actually, and would pick one up if I didn't get stuck with the Skeletor with a missing tooth.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 14, 2010, 10:30 PM
I like this stuff. I could pretty easily pass on Mo-Larr, but I'll have to wait and see. Tytus is neat, as are She-Ra and Whiplash. I was hoping for a half-melty head for Keldor like the 200x figure, but alas, it is not to be.

I love how at the start of this line, Mattel was all "no 200x for u lol" and now they're doing Count Marzo.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 15, 2010, 11:44 AM
I'm pretty happy with what has been shown at Toy Fair as well.  Whiplash is a welcome addition, as is She Ra and Marzo.  The larger scale figures (which I guess will be quarterly, starting with Battle Cat) are neat too, although I'll admit I'm not really familiar with the other two shown (unless I'm just forgetting).  I was pretty big into MOTU as a kid, but I think I must have slowed down before some of these turned up.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on February 15, 2010, 12:29 PM
I think the giant Tytus was only released overseas near the very end of the line, and the gorilla Gy-Gor only made it to the prototype stage before the line ended.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 15, 2010, 01:17 PM
There's a reason why some things don't get produced. . .
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on February 15, 2010, 11:52 PM
Here's my Battle Cat Coupon Code that I'm not going to use.  If Battle Cat makes a second release I may buy it then.  I'm cutting back on my buying. 

Enter this coupon code at checkout and receive $8 off your total order when you purchase Battle Cat®, Fighting Tiger of Eternia®!

CODE: 9pxf76fyr
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Pete_Fett on February 16, 2010, 12:35 AM
I don't collect this line, but I think it's pretty funny that they're making Mo-Larr. I especially like the fact that they have all of the accessories they show him with at the end of the Robot Chicken sketch.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 16, 2010, 12:01 PM
Ok, attempting to order Battle Cat...not much luck so far.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 16, 2010, 12:05 PM
Good lord- $10.55 shipping for Battle Cat? I hope that when I add Trap Jaw to my cart the shipping doesn't go up any.

Edit- not too shabby. Shipping for both TJ and BC was $11.75. I had to pass on the stands for now, though. I'll find a lower-priced alternative somewhere.

Only took fourteen minutes, so I might be one of the lucky ones.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 16, 2010, 12:13 PM
Yeah, I'm glad that I had the promo code, since that made it a little better.  I still don't like having to have my subscription figure and bonus figures ship seperately.  Glad I got an order to go through for Battle Cat though, the vintage version was one of my favorite toys as a kid.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on February 16, 2010, 12:14 PM
I managed to snag mine as well. Shipping was only 2.55 for international after using my sub discount code. Not too shabby, though it's always quite an intense experience on ol Matty Collector.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 16, 2010, 12:22 PM
Over on the .org (which appears to have just as much traffic right now as Matty) they're saying Trap Jaw is sold out already. Damn, that's fast.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 16, 2010, 12:30 PM
Ugh, my first order didn't go through so I placed a second.  After the second went through, I got an email saying my first order was good. . .

What a complete mess.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on February 16, 2010, 12:35 PM
OK, today was my first bad experience.  Got all the way through with Man At Arms, Battle Cat and The Joker and it told me I couldn't proceed because "something" was no longer available...but didn't tell me what.  I went back to the offer page and it said everything was still available.  The short of it - after several tries, lots of waiting for the server and trial and error I finally got Battle Cat and The Joker.  But that was after sitting on the final screen for over 20 minutes.

Even better - I decided to go back to the main page and saw that Man At Arms was still available.  :|  I thought what the hell, I'll try to order it again.  Sure enough it went through.  So even with the discount code I ended up paying a total of $12.85 shipping for all three items.  >:|

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on February 16, 2010, 12:53 PM
Wow, that stinks.  That's where I Would draw the line and call customer service about fixing the costs for your order.  They should be making this stuff easier for collectors to get - not harder!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on February 16, 2010, 12:56 PM
OK, today was my first bad experience.  Got all the way through with Man At Arms, Battle Cat and The Joker and it told me I couldn't proceed because "something" was no longer available...but didn't tell me what.  I went back to the offer page and it said everything was still available.  The short of it - after several tries, lots of waiting for the server and trial and error I finally got Battle Cat and The Joker.  But that was after sitting on the final screen for over 20 minutes.

Even better - I decided to go back to the main page and saw that Man At Arms was still available.  :|  I thought what the hell, I'll try to order it again.  Sure enough it went through.  So even with the discount code I ended up paying a total of $12.85 shipping for all three items.  >:|

John

Man At Arms was the culprit most likely.  He was the figure giving me the same problem you described.  I also had to place two orders to get my stuff.  I ended up with 2 BC, 2TJ, 2MAA and an order of stands.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on February 16, 2010, 01:23 PM
With Battle Cat and Trap Jaw sold out now, you guys would probably have little trouble pawning you're extras off to someone. From the looks of the boards there's a lot of people pissed off about missing them.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on February 16, 2010, 04:05 PM
Did anyone use my promo code and if so did work? 

I'm really feel relieved that I skipped buying anything today.  Digital River and Mattycollector need to sell on ebay, amazon or something.  Those sites can take the beating.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on February 16, 2010, 04:23 PM
I used the code and it worked fine.  Only paid $4.15 for shipping on The Joker and Battle Cat.  Unfortunately that was negated by the Man At Arms incident.

J
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 16, 2010, 05:31 PM
Holy Big Hairy Battle Cat Balls of white screen pre-sold out Man-At arms mess!!!

What a disaster today. This by far was the worse it's ever been.and I actually said that not too long ago. This debacle today, with out a doubt, takes the cake. Amazingly, I was able to get my order through a big ordeal. It only took 37 minutes, never received a website order confirmation after the checkout, all the while being stuck in a white screen limbo not knowing what happened & then was logged out in the process! My stomach dropped many times and somehow after all of that, I ended up with more BA's plus got a nice surprise on shipping. I feel l earned it after this experience.

Quick back ground:
- I have 3 subscriptions which this is part of (2 for my Brother and one for me. )
- I usually buy a double for me unless I am not into the character, 1 to open and 1 to keep packaged.
- I have a good system for ordering where I am logged in before hand with several windows opened with quantity filled in of what I want.
- I recently starting ordering for my friend to split shipping expenses three ways.
- That same friend is on standby via phone on his computer with his checkout ready to rock in case I have trouble as a fail safe. (Pretty sad when you think about this is the extent one has to go to order toys, expensive ones at that!)

So today we are both ready at 10:50 central time to order this crap. It took a few minutes but I went down the ordering row of: BA, TJ, Stands and then MAA. No dice on MAAs, when I got to him I had the same issue of being told that he was sold out. I surmised you can get him for a fair $25 price on eBay so I opted to move on and not lose the new more in demand stuff. When I get to the checkout page I entered my promo code, it worked fine. Then I went to click the checkout......I get an error message! Yeah, they changed my CC to an old one, changed my shipping address to my old one (Which for those who read my recent post I supposedly straightened this out last week!). I then was logged out during a new White screen of Death. Somehow I was able to get back in re-enter my info twice, my cart was preloaded and I hit check out with it taking so long I never got my Matty website order confirmation and was booted off again! Luckily as that crap was going down I checked my PayPal account and it showed my order did indeed go through but at a much higher price. I checked my email and I got a confirmation email so I knew I was clear. But…...

here is the kicker, NOT counting my x3 2010 subscriptions  my total extra order need for the day was:
- 5 Battle Cats
- 2 TJ
- 3 Stand packs
- 1MAA

What I ended up with was:
- 7 BATTLE CATS
- 2 TJ
- 3 Stand packs


Somehow my shipping cost for all of that $8.60!!! So after all of that crap I made out pretty good as those extra BC's will help pay for my stuff. here is my order receipt:

(http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w298/jackoftradze/ORDERTICKET.jpg)


It astounds even me, a former Mattel employee who knows first hand how slow they are to react, how after all this time this website is such a mess. The mental pain it causes their customers and the lost sales to the company is a formula for immediate improvement yet we see none. But just like Star Wars Collecting, we come back like the addicted abused spouse for more punishment every month!

The Matty Facebook page should be interesting to see the fall out from this.
   
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on February 16, 2010, 05:48 PM
You ordered 7 Battle Catz?!   ???
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 16, 2010, 05:51 PM
You ordered 7 Battle Catz?!   ???

JJ my man, if you read the post I only wanted 5. (I split between 3 peeps.)
Read the post, explains everything including the uber low shipping.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on February 16, 2010, 05:53 PM
You ordered 7 Battle Catz?!   ???

JJ my man, if you read the post I only wanted 5. (I split between 3 peeps.)
Read the post, explains everything including the uber low shipping.

I read your post and get that 2 were for others.  That still leaves you with 5, which I don't get.  I'm a fellow one-carded, one-to-open collector - are the other three just trade bait?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 16, 2010, 05:59 PM
I read your post and get that 2 were for others.  That still leaves you with 5, which I don't get.  I'm a fellow one-carded, one-to-open collector - are the other three just trade bait?

Quick back ground:
- I have 3 subscriptions which this is part of (2 for my Brother and one for me. )
- I recently starting ordering for my friend to split shipping expenses three ways.

Split with 3 people: 2 for me, 2 for my bro and 1 for my friend. That's where the 5 comes in. Does that clear that up?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on February 16, 2010, 07:21 PM
Split with 3 people: 2 for me, 2 for my bro and 1 for my friend. That's where the 5 comes in. Does that clear that up?

Not really...

What I ended up with was:
- 7 BATTLE CATS

You ordered 7, so still two unaccounted for.   ;) 

It's not a big deal to me regardless - don't mean to quiz you on it or anything.  I was just initially curious why you would need/want that many BCs. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on February 16, 2010, 07:49 PM
I believe the final 2 Cats of 7 were mistakenly added to his invoice.  Something happened and Digital River blessed him with 7 instead of 5.  At least I think that's what happened.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 16, 2010, 09:58 PM
I believe the final 2 Cats of 7 were mistakenly added to his invoice.  Something happened and Digital River blessed him with 7 instead of 5.  At least I think that's what happened.

Correct!

spiderpumpkin wins the Battle Cat Math challenge! ;) (Sorry there is no prize but you have my sincere appreciation)

Here is why I ordered 5:
Me -  2 Battle Cats (1 to open, 1 to keep packaged)
My Brother - 2 Battle Cats (1 to open, 1 to keep packaged)
My friend - 1 Battle Cat to open
-----------------------------------------------------------
5 Battle Cats.

Matty added two more to my order which I did not ask for and charged me A VERY LOW SHIPPING PRICE. That's how I ended up with 7 which is cool because BA is going for $75+. So I can pay off half of the order with them, I am very ok with paying 50% of the price. Today's offering were too much (TJ, BA, MAA and stands). I liked this line better with 1 figure a month with the occasional bonus figure thrown in as well as reissues. I pay for my brothers figures so this gets very expensive for me. I do this by choice so this little windfall is welcome.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on February 16, 2010, 10:00 PM
Well i got my Battlecat and stands order in. Took forever to get the order in.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on February 16, 2010, 10:48 PM
"Ah, I see" said the blind man to the deaf dog.   ;)  Congrats on getting your spares at such a low cost then!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 17, 2010, 09:30 AM
"Ah, I see" said the blind man to the deaf dog.   ;)  Congrats on getting your spares at such a low cost then!

BARF!
all good my friend, sorry if I did not write that clear enough.

Anyway that website is a disgrace. At least next month should be smoother as it's just Mossman and Stratos reissue. I can care less about ears being flocked. I cannot see the ordering being as bad as this month. But when you are dealing with Mattel you never know.....

I cannot wait to get Battle Cat in hand, he looks amazing! This figures are really worthy the aggravation. It should not be this hard but they are very well done.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 17, 2010, 09:53 AM
I have an order confirmation email but after asking CS if they could apply my $8 coupon (it didn't work during the chaos), they said they had no record of my order.

So really, I have no idea if I got a Battle Cat or not.

I am not surprised.

Nice way to treat a subscription member.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 17, 2010, 10:22 AM
I saw this morning that Matty announced that both Trap Jaw and Battle Cat are going back into production, to be available again (not sure when).  Good news for those who weren't able to get an order in during the chaos yesterday.  Again, you would really think after this happening every month, they could upgrade their hardware and get this to be an easier process for everyone.

I didn't order any of those stands, but I was tempted to.  They do look kind of spiffy.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on February 17, 2010, 11:16 AM
Bottom line is, they don't care about fixing their problems.  They are too cheap.  The RSOD/WSOD should be fixable with a server upgrade.  But, the site works all but one day out of the month.  The shopping cart problem should likewise be an easy fix for a decent IT person.  They still sell out of new product each month in record time.  They will not change anything until it all blows up in their face, which it will eventually.  Then they have the balls to say they are focusing more on subs.  Great.  How does that help those of us who missed out on that short window last year?  Why don't they offer a six month sub for July to December if they are so horny for subs?  I know I would do it just to avoid the issues on the 15th.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 17, 2010, 12:12 PM
Offer a sub that includes all figures and combines shipping.

That would solve a lot of problems.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on February 17, 2010, 12:30 PM
It's looking like they plan on offering an all inclusive sub next year, but that still doesn't help the current problems. According to a statement made today they will be increasing production levels again, but it won't actually come into effect until June's figure.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 17, 2010, 05:18 PM
I been with this line from the beginning and have bout doubles for most to have 1:1. (Not sure why at this point.)
I signed up for 3 2010 Subs to get Wun-Dar and I have ordered at least one of the Bonus figures. I reluctantly bought a Goddesss and a 200x Zodak. Seeing what's coming on the horizon I am not at all jazzed about Optikk, but I am stuck with getting him. I am passing on the Mol-Ar & DC packs. Depending on what the other SDCC exclusive is I may pass on that too. So now my whole aspect of open/package is kind of out the window.

With the 2011 looking like it will include bonus figures I will definitely not be buying 3 subscriptions. I will just buy 2 with one being my brothers. What really sucks about this is there should be an option where you can add stuff to you sub before hand. Subscription members should have more privileges like first dibs. After all we are committed to buying this crap. While this can be a slight improvement to include bonus figures what happens when you want more than one pack of stands, you will still wind up paying too much for shipping.

I really like the story behind the Ape figure Gygor. The new rendition is very true to the mythos.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on February 17, 2010, 11:31 PM
I've cut way back on MOTUC.  I was a completest until December when I skipped Green Goddess. 

Then in January I received the subscription Adora and bought Battle Armor He-Man.  However, before I received Adora and BA HM I read reviews and started to regret buying those two.  Once I received them I didn't even open the mailer to see what they looked like and instead promptly sold them on Ebay with my Zodak bonus figure.  I didn't break even but was glad to get rid of those three. 

Then this month I blocked Matty from charging my February Trap Jaw sub figure so hopefully they cancelled my subscription.  This probably means I won't get Wun-Dar and be out $20 but I feel relieved that I may be out of the 2010 subscription.  I was actually hoping that Wundar would ship in February before blocking Matty from charging me.

Next up I'm going to sell Randor and He-Ro and keep everything else from 2009.  I'll probably pick up Trap Jaw and Battle Cat later because those two are very cool.  I can live without Wun-Dar but would have liked to get one to sell to recoup some of the subscription/bonus extra shipping. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 18, 2010, 10:29 AM
Yeah, as much as I am still enjoying the line, I've started cutting some out too after having pretty much all of them starting out.  I think the only "bonus" figure I've bought so far was the BA He-Man (and now Battle Cat), and I don't know if I'll buy too many going forward or not.  I've got the subscription through this year, but I'm not sure if I'll be doing that next year or not.  I guess it depends who is all left, the budget, etc.

I still think the line looks great (although still a tad overpriced), and the problems with Matty's website are really getting old.  I'd like to continue on and get all the characters I either had as a kid or was at least familiar with from the various shows/comics - but if I haven't really heard of them until now, I pass (like Green Goddess and these new larger figures coming later this year).  That being said, we basically know the lineup through fall, and there are still a lot more that I'd like to see.  Aside from the seperate shipping when you order a bonus figure, the subscription takes a lot of the headache out of ordering days.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 19, 2010, 02:23 PM
spiderpumpkin , you should have held out for Wun-Dar crazy Masters fans are paying $100+ for him alone. It's crazy, why not just buy the damn sub if you are willing to pay that much? BA and Adora were actually some of the best figures in the line. Zodak 200x and Green Goddess are very easy passes. I may start thinning like you but not yo that degree yet. I do not regret the subs I almost went for 4. It's insane, but my brother and I grew up with this line and we played with this more than we ever did with SWs. It really is an emotional nostalgia for us to collect this line. However Mol-Lar, DC 2pks, Optikk, Count Marzo even Keldor to a small degree (I

Please keep us posted on what Mattel does with you blocking them. I am curious if they would go after your credit report or something crazy like that. While nothing was signed who knows what is in that legal mumbo jumbo.
Like Brian I'm not sure if I will commit to the 2011 Sub. I will be cutting back going forward.

Love the line but SW comes first!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on February 19, 2010, 03:01 PM
There's no way I'm doing a sub in 2011.  There are still plenty of good characters to be made but seeing some of the upcoming offerings (Mo-Lar, Optikk, Marzo) I have concerns about what I'll be comitting myself to next year.   Paying double shipping is ridiculous and if the sub-only figure next year is as lame as Wun-Dar I'll again have no interest in it.  I was thinking about just selling Wun-Dar but I might end up using it as a giveaway on my site. 

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 19, 2010, 04:46 PM
There's no way I'm doing a sub in 2011.  There are still plenty of good characters to be made but seeing some of the upcoming offerings (Mo-Lar, Optikk, Marzo) I have concerns about what I'll be comitting myself to next year.   Paying double shipping is ridiculous and if the sub-only figure next year is as lame as Wun-Dar I'll again have no interest in it.  I was thinking about just selling Wun-Dar but I might end up using it as a giveaway on my site. 

John

Wun-Dar is awesome! He the only reason I went for the sub. He is the only figure missing in my brothers collection. C',on he comes witha loaf of bread!

I am with you otherwise about the 2011 sub. They jumped the shark more than once this year. I am already pissed about being committed to Optikk, I hope they do not have more lame B-Characters on tap. Marzo is ok but reminds me of Castlevaina too much.

Oh, I also want to note that those damn bios continue to make me angry. The guy writing them is just making **** up on the fly and ignoring the already established storie lines of the characters .On top of that he is giving the them the crappiest names that the mind can imagine. Optikk blinks his name??? How utterly stupid. After all of the great names like Squidish Rex and Hek-Tor I was expecting Ira Ballberg for Optikk's "Real Name". At least they threw me off this time.

We should have a monthly contest here for upcoming characters to "Guess their crappy real name". I am not sure if Moss-Man's bio has been released yet but I will take a guess at his name. Moss Man :Real Name - Smellikia Pinewin

(I am still quite happy with just calling them Moss-Man, Mer-Man and Hordak etc.)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 19, 2010, 05:32 PM
Wun-Dar completely sucks, bro!

You do know he was never officially produced, right?

But I am with you on the names - there's no need for it.  And what's up with that HORRIBLE logo on the Optikk package?  The design is completely contrary to the MOTU look and feel.

The marketing folks are getting too cocky (and lazy) with this line.  You have to treat it with the utmost respect, otherwise it will blow up in your face like the 200X line did. 

(http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs366.snc3/23609_314814639843_57309659843_3372970_1650869_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Mikey D on February 20, 2010, 07:12 AM
How's he blink his name with no eyelids?

This line has tempted me on more than one occasion and that's just from seeing the figures online.  I haven't actually seen one figure in person yet.  I'm glad I've been able to resist.  I wouldn't have been a completist and just would have gotten the characters from the original line, but 8 minute sell outs on characters like Trap Jaw makes it an easy decision.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Paul on February 21, 2010, 09:15 AM
If anybody missed the Trap-Jaw figure, drop me a PM, Mattel gave us one at their Media Coverage party and I don't collect MOTU, so I thought I would pass it on to the guys in our forums.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 24, 2010, 12:14 PM
Wun-Dar completely sucks, bro!
You do know he was never officially produced, right?

I love this figure, I will not argue on Wun-Dar's awesomeness ;) as he is not your cup of tea. But he was actually made back in the day. He is real and occasionally pops up on eBay. He usually goes for $200-$300. There has been a rash of customs coming up now but they are marked as such. The Wonder Bread He-Man is the rarest piece in the Vintage line and is more sought after than the Giants.

On another note I just got my Trap-Jaw sub figures. Trap Jaw is awesome! Those you ordered him will not be disappointed, the mangled jaw is a really nice touch. I should have BC and the stands soon, I am really looking forward to BC!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 25, 2010, 08:24 PM
I received both Trap Jaw and Battle Cat over the past couple of days, and both are top notch figures I think.  Battle Cat in particular is one of my favorite toys in my collection, and I'm very happy I was able to pick one up.  Battle Cat was one of my favorite toys as a kid, and they transitioned it perfectly into the modern line.  I don't even feel that the price (of $30) was that bad now that I have it in hand, it is a pretty good sized toy.  I'm glad that more of these are going to be available later in the year, as I hope everyone who wants one is able to get one.  Looking forward to Panthor down the road as well.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Jesse James on February 25, 2010, 08:46 PM
I, like Paul, have a Trapjaw figure I have absolutely no need for...  Anyone interested is welcome to it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 26, 2010, 12:17 AM
Goddamn it, I hate UPS. Their website shows my Trapjaw and Battle Cat package was delivered, and of course, it's nowhere to be found. So I'm trying to file a claim for it, and I can't do that because 'scan activity occured within the last 24 hours.'

It's a big enough pain in the ass to buy these things; it's borderline insulting when the shipping gets messed up. About every three packages I get from UPS I have an issue with.

At least Matty keeps some stuff back in case things like this happen, but I SO wish there was the USPS option again. Anyway, thanks for letting me vent- this stuff just sucks sometimes.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on February 26, 2010, 11:26 AM
My BC and TJ showed up yesterday when I got home from work.  Both are awesome.  It's a shame a bunch of people missed out on these because of the Man At Arms glitch.  I saw that some people found the DC/MOTU 2 packs at TRU already in Illinois.  There are posts about it at he-man.org.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Darby on February 26, 2010, 11:05 PM
That sucks, Ben.   :(  Hope it works out for you.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 26, 2010, 11:19 PM
It worked itself out this morning. I went out to start my car before work, and my neighbor flags me down, asking if this huge box with my name on it was mine. I say yes, thank him for bringing it to me a 7:30 AM, and take it inside and pop open the box. Plastic nirvana.

Apparently, the numbers on houses here in CF aren't big enough for UPS drivers to read. The package was delivered to my neighbor, and not me.

Anyway, I finally just got these open about half an hour ago (long day) and they're fantastic. Trap Jaw is probably my favorite in the line already, and I just opened the figure. Battle Cat is amazing, and I'm surprised they managed to sell it for only $30 when figures are $20.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Darby on February 26, 2010, 11:31 PM
Success!!!

 ;D

That's great.  Usually it's the other way around...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 27, 2010, 09:37 AM
You're lucky I'm not your neighbor, Ben! 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Darby on February 27, 2010, 12:12 PM
For real.   ;)

I'm lucky I don't collect these.  These are really cool, but really expensive.  Kind of like the DCU stuff.  I love to look at it, would love to have it, but I just don't have the money/space.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on February 27, 2010, 01:11 PM
Hit up TRU yesterday looking for the 2-packs, no dice though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on February 27, 2010, 01:43 PM
Hit up TRU yesterday looking for the 2-packs, no dice though.

I hit the local TRU this morning and saw no sign of them.  Just 50 Batman DCU figures from the Super Powers line.   ::)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on March 1, 2010, 10:16 AM
It's crazy those 2pks are already selling for up to $90 on eBay. some people have no patience. Anyway here are some pics I took of BC and TJ in action. enjoy!

(http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w298/jackoftradze/bc6.jpg)

(http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w298/jackoftradze/bc7.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on March 1, 2010, 12:42 PM
Such violence.   ;D

That's ridiculous about the 2-packs going for so much.  I was hoping to see them at TRU today just to see what the big deal would be, but they had nothing.  They moved the DC stuff two aisles down from the rest of the comic stuff (well, Marvel stuff at this point), and only had a few Classics and some clearance Dark Knight and Infinite Heroes stuff.  Nothing new.

BTW, if anyone's interested -I'm giving away a Battle Cat on my site. 

http://www.figureportal.com/2010/03/01/fp-contest-1-win-a-free-motu-classics-battle-cat

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on March 1, 2010, 02:25 PM
He-Man carries a Battle Axe & rides a giant armored ferocious Tiger. Someone is going to get hurt. (Realistically in a fantasy way that is.)

I just came back from a TRU run and no dice. I basically found the same aisle change as you. These may be tough to track down but no matter what they are not worth $90 to me.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: CHEWIE on March 5, 2010, 02:37 PM
Saw two each of He-Man vs. Superman and Skeletor vs. Lex on Wednesday at TRU... if they didn't mix in Superman stuff with these, I would have bought them. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on March 5, 2010, 08:10 PM
Wish i could find them, wen tto a couple of TRU today and no luck.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on March 9, 2010, 03:34 PM
They are supposed to be on an endcap eventually.  More will trickle out.  They aren't worth $90 and now TRU is saying the Canadian stores will get them.  I can wait.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on March 9, 2010, 07:44 PM
Sounds like they already started to charge some people for Moss Man subscriptions. 
Saw the She-Ra MOC picture on Matty's FB page and it looks like a pass. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on March 10, 2010, 09:32 AM
Sounds like they already started to charge some people for Moss Man subscriptions. 
Saw the She-Ra MOC picture on Matty's FB page and it looks like a pass. 


I thought the same thing until I saw the second head in the package shot. That head looks great and does not have the removable mask crap.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on March 10, 2010, 10:51 AM
I will buy She-Ra.  I would have liked them to give us a head without a hole in it, but I can just pop Adora's head on there if need be.  I will guess they will probably find a way to give us a different She-Ra head eventually.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on March 11, 2010, 02:31 PM
Found the TRU sets yesterday, not worth the 30.00 retail but i bought them anyway.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on March 11, 2010, 03:12 PM
How does the 2-pack He-Man differ from the ones they've offered on Mattycollector?  I never got the standard release or the reissue, so if I can find the 2-pack at retail it might be worth it for me.  I just want to make sure it's the same figure and includes the same accessories.

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on March 11, 2010, 05:06 PM
Different paint job and i dont see the sword in the He-Man pack.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on March 11, 2010, 09:46 PM
Skeletor has a all yellow face which looks nicer than the green/yellow versions.  I'm tempted to buy the 2-Pack just for the new Skeletor head but not at $30 plus.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on March 15, 2010, 11:14 AM
Thank the maker I won't have to mess with Matty's website today - Mossman is the only figure I want and he's coming via my subscription.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on March 15, 2010, 12:48 PM
It's 10:45 CST and I'm already getting the "High traffic" message.  Great.  :)

EDIT:  Well I'll be damned - in and out in 45 seconds.  At first the flocked Moss Man disappeared from the 3/15 product page, but then it showed back up.  Got it and Stratos added, got checked out...all before 11:00 according to my computer's clock.  :D

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on March 15, 2010, 01:04 PM
Unbelievable.  I actually tried to order a flocked version for ***** and giggles. . .no dice.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on March 15, 2010, 01:09 PM
Apparently both Mossmen are sold out already.....holy crap. This seems a little bit odd to me, he sold out quicker than Trap Jaw?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on March 15, 2010, 01:14 PM
They were gone in under five minutes.  This probably would have happened with BC TJ and Adora if no RSOD/WSOD would have been slowing things down.  I was able to grab one of each Moss Man and a Stratos.  I was in at 10:58 and done a minute later.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on March 15, 2010, 01:19 PM
It's really a shame how mismanaged this line is. The figures themselves are great, but that doesn't really matter when non subscribers can't get them. I certainly hope the production increase is substantial enough to meet demand because they're losing customers with these incredibly fast sell outs.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on March 15, 2010, 04:27 PM
I totally forgot today was a MOTU Classics order day. Luckily I have 3 subscriptions but I missed out on a unflocked version DUE TO THEIR SLOW WEBSITE!  I guess I will wait until prices drop to grab him. I find it strange that he sold out faster than TJ. didn't they up the forecast?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Packbar on March 15, 2010, 08:53 PM
Not having to worry about the sell outs is the only upside to having my subscription because it has caused me numerous headaches! I am fretting though that when they do Keldor as the bonus figure in a few months that it is going to be a hot one and I am afraid that one might cause me some issues. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on March 15, 2010, 09:35 PM
Anyone get an extra flocked Moss man they want to sell or trade?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on March 16, 2010, 05:03 PM
I slimmed my MOTUC collection down.  I'm only going to keep He-Man, Beast Man, Skeletor, Scareglow, Tri-Klops, Teela, Man at Arms and Hordak.  Someday I'll pick up Trap-Jaw, Moss Man, Battle Cat and select others.

I sold off Zodac, Mer-Man, Zodak, Faker, He-Ro, Stratos, Adora, King Randor, BA He-Man and Webstor.  I'm so glad I'm don't want everything.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on March 17, 2010, 01:22 PM
The weasels at Mattel obviously want to make people buy a sub, so I am going to buy a sub for next year if they do an all in one.  This line is too hard to collect otherwise.  I've been able to get what I want so far, but I know that run can end.  Stuff that i don't want, like NA and POP, can be sold off.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on March 20, 2010, 12:13 AM
Moss Man arrived today.  I'm going to do a review tomorrow, but I have two things I have to say.

1) The "evergreen" doesn't smell like evergreen...it smells like Vicks Vaporub.

2) When you have a paper cut on your finger, the prickly flocked skin ******* HURTS.  :|

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on March 20, 2010, 05:57 PM
My review if anyone's interested - http://www.figureportal.com/reviews/review-masters-of-the-universe-classics-moss-man

(http://www.figureportal.com/wp-content/gallery/review-motucmossman/moss-man-01.jpg)

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: efranks on March 20, 2010, 06:50 PM
At $20 the Moss Man is a great deal.  That's a lot of flock on that figure, plus to include a second head?  Nice.

   E...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on March 23, 2010, 03:08 PM
I received Moss Man yesterday as well, and I think it is a great figure.  The alternate heads is nice once again, and although the "Beast Man" one is more vintage-accurate, I think I like the other version a little better.  I was surprised by the "pine smell" when I opened him up, it was like a punch in the face.  The ******* is well done as well, and really reminiscent of the vintage figure.  This line continues to impress, if they could just get their ordering process down.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on March 23, 2010, 04:55 PM
I like that they're giving nods to the 200x cartoon series like they did with the alternate Moss Man head and the Zodak repaint.  Personally I prefer that series and hate that it was cut so short.  I'd even be up for an Evil Lyn repaint later down the road.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on March 23, 2010, 09:30 PM
I like that they're giving nods to the 200x cartoon series like they did with the alternate Moss Man head and the Zodak repaint.  Personally I prefer that series and hate that it was cut so short.  I'd even be up for an Evil Lyn repaint later down the road.

I'm a big fan of that series as well (and own the DVDs).  I think its one of the few examples of a reimagining of an older (80s) cartoon that is actually superior and more fun than the original.  Nothing against the old school He-Man series, I loved that as a kid and can still watch it today, but that 200X series was pretty sweet - and Moss Man was one of my favorites, so I'm glad that they included that alternate head as well.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: shmashwitdaclub on March 24, 2010, 10:45 AM
I don't collect this line, but man oh man does that Moss Man look bad ass!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on March 24, 2010, 10:51 AM
Not only is he bad ass, but he smells like one too.

Evil-Lynn next month. 

Thank the maker I have a subscription - I won't have to fight everyone online as I have no desire to manually order that lame weapons pack.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on March 24, 2010, 10:53 AM
I was curious...does he smell pine fresh?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on March 24, 2010, 11:59 AM
He smells more like Vick Vapo Rub to me.  There is a hint of pine.  It's kind of weird.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JohnH on March 25, 2010, 12:31 AM
He smells more like Vick Vapo Rub to me.  There is a hint of pine.  It's kind of weird.

Ditto.  My wife says Pine Sol, but it really smells like Vicks to me.  Thankfully the smell has weakened over the last four days.  It was really strong the first couple of days.

John
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on March 30, 2010, 06:56 PM
So who's on board with Tytus?

I think he's kind of cool just because he was so hard to find back in the day.  I wish the packaging was a little cooler. . .like the original.

(http://www.toyarchive.com/He-Man/TytusFigureMIB1a.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on March 30, 2010, 08:19 PM
I'm going to try to get one, he seems cool and it's always nice to have larger figures on the shelf, but if I miss out I won't be too disappointed.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 31, 2010, 12:26 AM
It's probably going to be a pain to buy Tytus, but I'd like to pick it up just because the original never made it out here. It depends on how I feel in May, I guess.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on March 31, 2010, 01:49 AM
Well I have the vintage Megator but neve got a Tytus so i am very exicted to finally get this one.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on March 31, 2010, 11:53 AM
I'm going to try for Tytus and DCU wave 5 that day.  I will also buy the reissue Mer Man.  Not worried about him, though, he'll be around for a few days.  Hopefully Digital River fixes the cart system for April.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on March 31, 2010, 04:53 PM
Hopefully Digital River fixes the cart system for April.

YOUR HOPES ARE TOO HIGH. ;)

I am down with a Tytus. I prefer him over friggin Optikk, Marzo and Mol-Ar!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on April 12, 2010, 09:11 PM
(http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/attachment.php?attachmentid=53104&stc=1&d=1271116301)

Translusent Orko and Adam for SDCC  (got the pic from the .org, to credit to the poster over there)

I am loving it!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on April 12, 2010, 11:53 PM
(http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m266/jimmefurcs/Photo0138.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 13, 2010, 01:06 AM
Oh hell yeah.  ;D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on April 13, 2010, 11:30 AM
Yeah, that's pretty spiffy.  It looks like the SDCC exclusives could get pretty pricey this year for me between Mattel and Hasbro.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on April 13, 2010, 01:22 PM
It's comical that Adam is the accessory and packed at the bottom of the card.  I will try to buy a set when it goes up on Matty's site.  I like the non translucent one more than the exclusive. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 14, 2010, 04:07 AM
Yeah, I am glad that the non-translucent Orko will be the regular version. Though I may try to get a translucent one- that is a pretty neat gimmick, in a line that was supposed to be gimmick-free. All depends on ebay's prices, I guess.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on April 19, 2010, 01:14 PM
EL SOLD OUT IN 4 MINUTES?????????????????????
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on April 19, 2010, 01:18 PM
Got my Evil Lyn and weapons pack.  Looks like they did not fix the cart issue.  Glad I didn't hold my breath over that one.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on April 19, 2010, 01:29 PM
I missed out on my extra EL and weapons pack. I was logged on before 11 and was at my cart at 11:02 and no dice on EL. This is the first time i had an order not go through. This is complete BS, there is no way EL sold out in 2-4 minutes without having E-Tailers buying more than the 10 limit. There is just no way it can sell out otherwise.

Will BBTS really buy 10 and make a measly profit of $100? Give me a break, they are buying 100+.

I look forward to hearing Matty's excuse this time. It's very apparent they are purposly trying to get the buzz back on this line because even characters like Adora and even Battle Cat lasted longer than Moss Man and Evil Lynn. MOTU Classics prices have generally dropped and not they are going back up. Quite fishy.

Tytus should be fun. Glad I have a subscription but I am really getting fed up with this site. I have to fight to buy a figure? Too many let downs, can you imagine the leftover SDCC Orko/Adam.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 19, 2010, 01:41 PM
After I get Orko and Adam, I'll be happy to walk away from this line. I'll just pick up whatever else I want that I missed whenever this line finally reaches its breaking point. I agree Jack, the prices of MOTUC on the secondary market really have fallen. I just scored a King Randor for $20 with $8 shipping, exactly what it would cost from Mattel in the first place.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on April 19, 2010, 02:21 PM
The subscription won't help you with Tytus next month Jack. . . :-*
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on April 19, 2010, 03:20 PM
The subscription won't help you with Tytus next month Jack. . . :-*

I know, that's why we will execute "Plan 5".
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on April 19, 2010, 08:57 PM
After I get Orko and Adam, I'll be happy to walk away from this line. I'll just pick up whatever else I want that I missed whenever this line finally reaches its breaking point. I agree Jack, the prices of MOTUC on the secondary market really have fallen. I just scored a King Randor for $20 with $8 shipping, exactly what it would cost from Mattel in the first place.

I'm thinking of going that way as well.  I've got a subscription through this year, so I haven't had to worry about much outside of Battle Cat, but I don't know that I'll be renewing next year.  I really like the line, and think the figures are great - but they are pricey and quite a headache if you don't have the sub.  Like Ben, after Orko/Prince Adam, I could see winding down a bit.  There are still a few favorites I'd want (Man E Faces, Roboto, and Stinkor), and I'd probably be tempted by any other figures from my childhood - but we'll see.  Honestly, as cool as they look, I know nothing about Optikk, Tytus, etc.  I will say I'm glad I went with the subscription, because I totally forgot about the order date today until I saw posts here.  If Evil Lyn sold out in 4 minutes, that is insane.  You would think they could get this figured out after a year plus of this line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on April 19, 2010, 11:10 PM
I will say I'm glad I went with the subscription, because I totally forgot about the order date today until I saw posts here.  If Evil Lyn sold out in 4 minutes, that is insane.  You would think they could get this figured out after a year plus of this line.

Seriously, without the subscription I would have been screwed on Moss Man. I forgot that day as well I wanted an extra but missed out then heard about the disaster stories. Up until Battle Cat I have not had the major problems with ordering like so many others. Today I really got the first hand experience at the anger others have felt. I was ready prior and hit my checkout at 11:01. At 11:03 it told me to remove EL from the cart. It's really absurd, if you happen to take a piss at get to your computer and 5 after you have no shot to buy anything. Something was just not right, it's just too quick even for this line. 45 minutes for BC and Adora to sell out. 3 minutes for Evil Lynn and 2 minutes for Mossman, yeah I find that a bit strange. Not surprised by the sell out but the time it took. Even Hordak lasted 45 minutes the first time around. 2nd market prices have dropped and this is their clever way to inflate the price/interest in my opinion.

After a year of complaints you would think they would get it. I worked at Mattel, they are selling these to etailers in bulk. I am working on some confirmation from old coworkers on this. I am very disheartened by the service, especially having to pay twice for shipping on orders. For all of the money I have dropped and committing to 3 subscriptions (With many figures like Optikk I do not care for) this should not be. I personally feel all subscription members should get front of line service and first dibs on SDCC exclusives for putting the money upfront on this stuff. Each month they should send a optional order from for Sub members to add to their order.

Good luck trying to get that Orko from their site. I wonder if the 2011 will include exclusives like these. For as expensive as this line is and how hard it is to order even I am having second thoughts for a subscription next year. I bought the extra off eBay for $35 more than I would have paid plus one less Weapons pack to boot. I am interested aftert his fall out what the excuse will be......
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 20, 2010, 12:06 AM
Mattel seems awfully quiet on facebook which is where most of their damage control is done.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on April 20, 2010, 12:36 AM
I am very worried about Tytus, Keldor, and Gygor.  Luckily i got the weapon pack, literally as it sold out. I can't wait for the all-in so i dont have to deal with the site anymore.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on April 20, 2010, 02:26 AM
Mattel seems awfully quiet on facebook which is where most of their damage control is done.

I noticed that too. I also noticed lots of angry fans and rightfully so, the majority people had the same 4 minute sell out experience. Hordak is still in stock, I think so many people got fed up they decided not to buy him.
BTW - BBTS had 42 Weapons pack preorders up yesterday to add salt to the wounds. Not sure how many ELs they had.

Tytus will be fun next month.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on April 20, 2010, 03:57 PM
Backdoor factory run. . .

http://cgi.ebay.com/MASTERS-UNIVERSE-CLASSICS-TYTUS-MOTU-HE-MAN-12-/320520453743?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa081fe6f
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on April 21, 2010, 11:13 AM
That's actually no too bad of a price you are only paying $9 more in shipping.

Lol!
I am going to take back all of my negative ranting about Mattel/Digital River. When I look back on my experiences I have been making out pretty good with their incompetence! When I ordered Battle Cat I got really low shipping and extra BC's added to my order. I received a Free Hero and Adora because of order screw ups as well. Now I just got my Subscription of x3 Evil Lynns for free plus free shipping on that entire order that also includes my x3 Wun-Dars/Maps.

I changed my address a few months ago but for some reason earlier this month I received an email from Digital River to call and confirm it. When I did they had to run a temp charge of $74.97 to my account that would be refunded in a couple of days (I was not too keen on that but had no choice). This was just to confirm my CC was good and was for my sub order. During that call I was skeptical with the DR person as I explained their service was not the best and that I had many problems before. So as expected it was actually returned to my Paypal account CC and they would be charging when my sub charge when actually came in/shipped.

I received my shipping notice two days ago and was never charged for this months order. I rechecked the previous hold and it was indeed refunded My account was not charged this months order. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

So I want thank you Mattel/Digital River for your utter incompetence! The $75 I saved with your screw up went to the the x1 Evil Lynn ($40) and x1 Weapons Pack ($25) I had to dish out on on FeeBay. With shipping my order was a complete wash this month so I only missed out on 1 Weapons Pak for myself. So I can  buy another Weapons Pak at double the price and not feel too hosed. As always I will confirm once I get my package to make sure all is in order. As it stands now it's looking pretty damn good!

THANK YOU DIGITAL RIVER, KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT SERVICE!!!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on April 21, 2010, 01:55 PM
What I have been doing, and I don't know why more people don't, is to log into the findmyorder site before the sale and order off their page as opposed to going directly to the Matty site.  I have not had any RS/WSOD or any trouble getting what I want.  I'm sticking with it until I get in for next year's sub.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on April 22, 2010, 04:59 PM
(http://www.poeghostal.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/moss_spice.jpg)

(http://frathousesports.com/wp-content/uploads/Isaiah-Mustafa-Old-Spice-Horse-Backwards.jpg)

Saw this over at he-man.org.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on May 14, 2010, 10:56 AM
Not buying Optikk or Tytus on Monday.  Just going with a Mer Man and Walter Peck.  Next month will be crazy.  I may not buy anything in July since I have no interest in Marzo.  I'll have to see what the reissue is.  The post SDCC sale in early August will take my money though and I will sign up for the sub.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 14, 2010, 02:42 PM
Haha! Old Moss! nice


tytus for me on Monday. I found the Movie Masters Two-Face at TRu the other day.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: iFett on May 14, 2010, 02:51 PM
Just going with a Mer Man and Walter Peck.  Next month will be crazy.

Is Walter Peck a He-Man figure?  Seems like a odd name for one.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 14, 2010, 02:57 PM
Just going with a Mer Man and Walter Peck.  Next month will be crazy.

Is Walter Peck a He-Man figure?  Seems like a odd name for one.

Ghostbusters
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on May 14, 2010, 03:33 PM
Not looking forward to another fiasco on Monday. . .
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 15, 2010, 12:20 PM
Luckily, I found Two-Face at my local TRU, so I'll just wait until Optikk hits ebay and pick him up then. Tytus is still whatever.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on May 15, 2010, 08:30 PM
After much debate I've decided to pass on Tytus, he just seems overpriced for a hollow, less articulated version of a regular MOTUC, plus he's not that visually interesting to me. I'll just be going after Peck and Two-Face, and I imagine they'll last longer than the initial 5 minute rush at least.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on May 17, 2010, 12:07 PM
Wow, Tytus is still in stock.

Maybe things have changed at Mattel.

Edit:  Nevermind, he sold out at 12:07.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on May 17, 2010, 12:20 PM
Luckily I had a back up plan because by the time I was able to check out he was gone. I got my Tytus so I am happy. after last months debacle I am no longer collecting doubles. Nest month is going to be a nightmare.

BTW - Optikk has completely disappeared from the site. There is no page for him so they have some mega glitch going.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 18, 2010, 12:30 PM
Luckily got my Tytus yesterday. These sell outs are out of hand.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on May 18, 2010, 09:44 PM
Luckily got my Tytus yesterday. These sell outs are out of hand.

They really are out of hand and it's getting worse.

I have to log on with a friend who is at another location to get another chance at ordering for each other if at all. Whoever gets to the check out screen first places the order. Thanks to him I got Tytus, I would have missed him. The real ball kicker comes in when you see BBTS with 94 Wun-Dars in stock. There is obviously some out of control etailer invasion that is eating up the stock to keep these in demand. Their plan is working so I do not expect an end to this. I remember they use to last at least 45 minutes. Now if they make it past 4 minutes it's a miracle. I am surprised Tytus lasted as long as he did, 7 minutes is not bad. Next month is going to be a nightmare: She-Ra, Keldor and a Faker resisue in one shot. (Plus Peter Venkman for those GB fans that need to complete the team)

After being fed up I have decided to dump my carded collection this week and cash them in while they are hot. (Just sold King Grayskull for $140! I can wait for the rerelease of him.) I love this line but 1 set to open is enough, not sure why I bought doubles but it was a good investment as I sold alot and hooked up some friends that missed some at cost. It's very apparent they last awhile on the second run as Mer-Man is still available as was Hordak. I am tired of fighting to get stuff beyond my subscription. Not that they care but they lost some business with me. I was buying 4 sets a month on average (2 for me and 2 for my brother).

Still the figures are so awesome that I will put up with their bull**** until the all inclusive Subscription next year. They are really great figures but I have to admit I am not sure I want everything. If they keep on making oddballs like Optikk, Marzo and such committing will be a little hard. It's miss out on them vs. Matty Whitescreen of frustration.

BTW - Wun-Dar is so awesome!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on May 19, 2010, 12:00 PM
I am surprised Tytus lasted as long as he did, 7 minutes is not bad.

Wow, you know it's bad when we're happy with seven minute sellouts!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on May 28, 2010, 12:08 PM
Got this months figures,niot bad. while Optikk is still lame he was done pretty well and accurate to the old toy. Tytus is really cool, I am just a little disappointed by the lack of articulation. I understand why some was more limted but the arms should have been SA. Glad I got him and still love this line.

I am looking forward to She-Ra and Keldor next month. Keldor will be a pain to get......
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: efranks on May 28, 2010, 03:38 PM
The Masters of the Universe toy line is being inducted into ToyFare's 2010 Hall of Fame at the Phill Comic Con in two weeks.  Scott Neitlich will be there to represent Mattel.  There will also be a Big Toy Industry Panel before the HoF awards and Neitlich is scheduled to be there.  It's a Q&A panel so it might be a chance to get something answered.

   E...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on May 28, 2010, 04:33 PM
It's a Q&A panel so it might be a chance to get something answered.

- Why does ordering on Matty.com suck so bad?
- How come figures sell out in 3 minutes yet etailers have more than enough in stock at inflated prices?
- Is it really that impossible to combine shipping with subs and bonus figures?
- Matty the snot nosed mascot is really annoying looking. When you combine him with your horrible service after missing out on figures you could not buy it feeds into the hatred felt towards him. He exudes, like your company an air of arrogance. Will you fire him please?
- When are we going to see Clamp Champ?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on June 1, 2010, 11:14 AM
LOLZ.  Your last question just put it over the top.  Solid!  ;D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: efranks on June 11, 2010, 05:07 PM
I think that Mattel billed this as a first look but I'm not positive.   The September MOTU figure is Chief Carnivus. 

Photo:  Chief Carnivus (http://twitpic.com/1vx32h)

Also check out my Twitter feed for other Philly Comic Con photos and upates: twitter.com/ImpHolocron

   E...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on June 11, 2010, 05:31 PM
I'll be saving some money on MOTU in September.  Not getting Carnivus or Gygor.  I'll just spend more on Star Wars.   ;D
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on June 12, 2010, 01:05 AM
I was very meh when I heard about Carnivus likely being in the final four for this year, and pretty much expected him to be the reveal today. That said after actually seeing him I'm completely turned around, I love how it turned out and am looking forward to adding him. it'll be nice to have another non human in the ranks of the good side. So far the good guys are rather plain compared to Skeletors group of wierdos.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on June 12, 2010, 01:31 AM
I know this guy is 200x, but I can't for the life of me remember him. This line has pretty much lost me anyway, so whatever. I'm still wondering where Roboto and Man-E-Faces are.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on June 14, 2010, 05:50 PM
Oh, you won't see them until the very end.

No interest in the Lion King and not looking forward to tomorrow's bloodbath of Faker, She-Ra, and Keldor.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 14, 2010, 06:22 PM
I cant wait for Carnivous, looks awesome.  Keldor is going to suck tomorrow.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on June 14, 2010, 08:28 PM
Yeah, I'm still sort of debating on whether or not to go after Keldor tomorrow or not.  I'm also not sure what to do about the subscription for next year and all that.  I still really like this line (just recently re-arranged them on a shelf), and think it is of good quality, but the price does still sting a bit and we're getting more and more characters I'm not necessarily sure I need or want.  Like Ben mentioned, I really want Roboto and Man-E-Faces as well, but I'm guessing those won't be any time this year or soon.  There's a few others as well (Stinkor, Two Bad, Panthor), but otherwise I don't know that I "gotta have them all".  All that being said, after setting these up recently, it really is a well done line and I think that Battle Cat is one of my favorite things in the collection.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on June 15, 2010, 08:05 AM
It looks like the findmyorder trick has been done away with.  Just found out from a guy on Facebook.  You go in through that site and it now tells you that you need to go to Matty's site to complete your order.  Any stuff you add to the cart on findmyorder doesn't stay there.  Jackasses.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 15, 2010, 12:16 PM
Well got the coming soon screen way past noon, Keldor kept disappearing, but my order for him finally went through.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 15, 2010, 12:22 PM
My buddy got my Keldor order through. It took forever just to get to checkout. I tried ordering and it froze, kicked the stuff out of my cart and will not let me reload. This site gets worse every month!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 15, 2010, 12:23 PM
Well got the coming soon screen way past noon, Keldor kept disappearing, but my order for him finally went through.

He does not even come up on the site search. The same thing happened to Optikk last month.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on June 15, 2010, 12:37 PM
I was able to get in to MattyCollector with almost no issues this morning and order my She-Ra figure.  Not sure if this is new, but it looks like you get placed in a que about 15 minutes before ordering.  I had the site open about an hour beforehand, but at 10:45 it went to a new screen stating the site was busy and that it would refresh every 3 seconds.  It says not to refresh or you lose your place in the que.  So, I was patient, and sure enough I got in about 11:04.  I couldn’t remember my login, so I supplied a new one after ordering my figure.  The screen went back to the “you’re in the que” screen for a few minutes, then let me put in payment.  Processing took another minute or two, but I was all set by 11:10.  Definitely not as easy as ordering from most other sites, but not nearly as bad as I thought it would be given some of the posts on here.

Now the only problem I have is that I didn’t get a confirmation email.  Checked my spam box, but nothing in there either.  I did make sure I printed out the order # and confirmation from the page as back-up though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on June 15, 2010, 01:58 PM
I logged in today to order my Peter Venkman and briefly considered getting Keldor as I've been on the fence about him for a while, but ultimately I decided against it. It's getting harder and harder for me to drop 25-30$ a pop on what is essentially Skeletor with a new head and cape.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 15, 2010, 02:14 PM
It's getting harder and harder for me to drop 25-30$ a pop on what is essentially Skeletor with a new head and cape.

And feet!
(Plus, for the first time ever both sides of the power sword are purple with a nifty new vile!)
C'mon be thorough
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on June 15, 2010, 03:12 PM
Tried for She Ra, Faker, Venkman.  Ended up with Faker and Venkman.   Tons of WSOD and error issues today.  Ugh. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on June 15, 2010, 03:43 PM
This was the worst day for ordering on Matty by far.

I ended up with the one figure I wanted, wasn't easy, but I got it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on June 16, 2010, 09:46 AM
At one time or another, I considered picking up Keldor, the DCUC wave set, or the JLU Lobo....but in the end I decided it just wasn't worth the trouble.  I didn't need Keldor or Lobo, and honestly I just want the Riddler (which a new one is rumored to be on the way) and the Atom from the DCUC wave.  Like it was mentioned, the $20 price (or $30 with shipping) for the MOTUC figures stings even more on figures like Keldor where it is sort of just a new head.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on June 24, 2010, 12:42 PM
You know, we were just talking about interest waning (at least interest in spending $30 a figure on these, along with the ordering trouble) in this line - but I received She-Ra last weekend and got a chance to open it up this week, and it really is another nice figure.  That's one thing I'll say, I have the majority of the MOTUC line so far, and I don't have a single complaint figure-wise.  They look very nice, and seem to be solid toys.  Our daughter added She-Ra to her rotation of favorite toys instantly, and it has been fun seeing her play with her.  I still don't know about the subscription for next year, as I don't necessarily need to be guaranteed to spend $30 each month on this line - but there are a few things left that I'd really like to get, and with the luck everyone seems to have ordering "day of/without subscription", I don't know how much I'd look forward to that.  If I got Panthor, Man-E-Faces, Roboto, Stinkor, and maybe a couple others, I think I'd be happy to wrap things up here.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 8, 2010, 11:19 PM
Seriously?  Swiftwind?

Can't we get something cool from the MOTU line like a mini vehicle or another manly beast instead of Barbie's horse?

http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=193294
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 9, 2010, 02:12 PM
I prefer Swift Wind over a vehicle.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on July 10, 2010, 04:13 AM
Swift Wind will make the decision to not sign-up for the 2011 sub very easy.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on July 12, 2010, 12:10 PM
The fact they include New Adventures and the 2000's stuff is enough to keep me from buying a sub.  All I really want is basic MOTU figures.  I guess I will continue to fight the WSOD for now.  If I miss a figure, I know they'll offer it again. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 13, 2010, 10:18 AM
Seriously?  Swiftwind?

Can't we get something cool from the MOTU line like a mini vehicle or another manly beast instead of Barbie's horse?

http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=193294

I have to admit, I have no interest in Swift Wind either - except for the fact that our daughter would love it (she has the She-Ra I got via the subscription).  Otherwise, I agree with others, I don't really have an interest in some of this other stuff - but I do understand why they do it.  If they want this line - and interest in it - to continue, they have to save some of the good stuff for later.  I sort of doubt that I'll go for the sub again next year.  I guess there hasn't been a lot of stuff that I got that I didn't really want, but honestly I could get a handful of figures and feel pretty complete with this line.  If it was all I collected, I'd probably stay all-in.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 14, 2010, 03:07 PM
Got my preorder in for Orko (Plastic Man and Starro too). Should make SDCC slightly easier. Now i only have to fight through the Hasbro line and if i am feeling insane attempt the White Lantern Sinestro.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on July 15, 2010, 04:35 PM
Anybody buy Marzo today?  No shock he lasted for about an hour.  Carnivus will probably last three hours.  Not buiying him or Gygor.  Aug 2 and 15 will probably be ugly.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 15, 2010, 11:45 PM
Obviously no one cared enough about Marzo to post anything!  That's because he sucks*.  But Whiplash does not. 


*Swiftwind sucks too.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on July 15, 2010, 11:57 PM
I had Marzo with my sub so I kind of forgot he was today. I disagree on Marzo sucking. I'm looking forward to him showing up. The design is pretty cool. I also find it kind of funny, reading some of the other boards. People are talking like Marzo is a failure and a peg warmer because he took a whole 50 minutes to sell out. Kind of a ridiculous attitude.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on July 18, 2010, 10:32 AM
It's kind of like when they upped production for the first time on Tri Klops I think.  That made figures last longer for a few months.  Then January rolled around and things exploded.  I might go for the sub now that they are also doing one for Ghostbusters and the shipping will be combined for everything.  I'll have to see what the exclusive figures for both lines are.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 20, 2010, 10:36 AM
Ok...with this Orko/Prince Adam set that will be released at Comic Con this weekend...from what I understood initially the Orko is a "phasing/changing" variant that is exclusive to the show, right?  Is there a regular version being released as well?  I noticed on the review at AFI that they mentioned it goes on sale August 2nd at MattyCollector.com, so that must mean it isn't part of the subscription.  I guess I just thought it was a regular monthly figure, but now it isn't really sounding like that.  I guess I'll have to join the fray for the first time in a long time when it goes up for sale, as I'd really like to add these to the shelf.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on July 20, 2010, 02:20 PM
Matty is putting up the non color changing version on Aug 2 along with it's other convention stuff.  Plastic Man from DCU will not have the case the SDCC version has and the Starro spores will only be available at the con.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 21, 2010, 12:18 PM
Can't wait to see some new figures!  I'm all in with the 2011 subscription!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on July 22, 2010, 01:07 PM
Toynewsi had a picture showing the upcoming lineup and now listed at he-man.org. 

http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?t=194084 

October: Roboto
November: Grizzlor
December: Buzz-Off
January: Bow
February: Vikor
March: King Hsss
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 22, 2010, 01:15 PM
Psyched to see Roboto and Buzz Off included, a couple of my favorites.  I was holding out hope for Man-E-Faces, but oh well.  Grizzlor (who we've seen somewhat) is cool too, although sort of at the tail end of my interest in MOTU as a kid.  I can't say I know who the others are (aside from King Hiss), without seeing them.  I'm really on the fence about a sub for next year.  I should just skip it and save the money, but I don't want the stress of trying to get some of my remaining "wants" should they come up for sale (Man-E, Stinkor, Panthor, etc.)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 22, 2010, 03:09 PM
Brian - just sign up and sell the ones you don't want.  If you list them the day of the release date, you'll easily get your money back.  Plus you'll get the club exclusive figure which can be sold for $100.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 23, 2010, 06:21 PM
Good idea, I may have to do that.

I see that AFI (http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/) has some (blurry) pics up from the MOTUC presentation.  Roboto, Shadow Beast, New King Grayskull, Buzz Off, and Palace Guard 2 packs.  Pretty nice....and tougher to pass on a sub now.

Update: Booth pics (http://i.toynewsi.com/g/index.php?mode=album&album=2010_SDCC%2FMattel%2FMOTU&dispsize=600&start=0) up at TNI, it all looks pretty spiffy.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on July 23, 2010, 07:51 PM
Pretty neat reveals, but I'm still leaning toward not getting a sub. If it was just the 12 monthly figs  again I'd have no problem signing up , but I'm not sure I'm gonna want to fork over all that extra for stuff like Battle Armor Skelly and the larger beasts. I might just try to fight it out every 15th, and hey, even if you miss one, they re release everything now eventually, so it's no big deal. Now onto the reveals, I think they're all pretty neat, but the standout for me is Vikor i think. he just looks friggin cool in a Conan kind of way. Wasn't expecting much from him but he stole the show for me.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 23, 2010, 10:05 PM
Really liking the new stuff. I'll try to get Roboto, Buzz Off, BA Skeletor, and KG for sure. Bow, Shadow Beast, and the Palace Guards are 'meh' to me.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 23, 2010, 10:48 PM
http://i.toynewsi.com/g/index.php?mode=album&album=2010_SDCC%2FMattel%2FMOTU&start=0

High quality images linked above.

Some winners and some losers - if they're not careful, they're going to repeat history. . .

Not happy with the disguise He-Man subscription figure - not really a good choice if you're trying to lure folks into buying the subscription.

Oops, I see Brian beat me by three hours!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 25, 2010, 03:22 PM
Battle Ram! (http://i.toynewsi.com/g/index.php?mode=view&album=2010_SDCC%2FMattel%2FMOTUC_Vehicle&pic=IMG_8764.jpg&dispsize=600&start=0)

I think it looks great. I can only imagine how much this bad boy will cost, though.  :P
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on July 25, 2010, 04:42 PM
Eeowch, probably gonna be a pricey item if/when it happens. I think I'm gonna avoid these, they're gonna take up a lot of space if the size of the actual figures i any indication.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on July 26, 2010, 05:05 PM
Nice!  I figured they'd make the sky sled at least, but the tank part is awesome!  It'll cost, I'm sure, but it will sell out quickly.  I liked most of the figure reveals except for the exclusive.  That Little Red Riding Hood HM is going on ebay when I get him along with the map. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 1, 2010, 05:37 PM
Orko and Mo-Larr tomorrow! Hopefully, I actually get to order Orko.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on August 1, 2010, 06:33 PM
I already have the con version, but i am trying for the regular Orko tomorrow.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on August 1, 2010, 07:01 PM
I'm gonna try to get Orko tomorrow, but I don't think I'll be too unhappy if I miss him, they'll put him out again eventually. Honestly, I'd be happy if I could just buy Orko, I have little interest in Adam, never cared much for the concept of the character myself, just way too Superman for my tastes. If I could just buy the little guy for like 8-10$ or somthin, that'd be cool.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 2, 2010, 12:01 PM
I'm attempting to pick up Orko and Plastic Man this morning, but we'll see how it goes.  So far, just the "thank you for your interest" screen for me.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 2, 2010, 12:07 PM
Same here...12:07....
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 2, 2010, 12:09 PM
Just wait til King Grayskull and the army builder pack. . .
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 2, 2010, 12:12 PM
I really hate this.
I'm sure he is gone by now. I am simultaneously talking to two other people and we all have the same screen of death...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 2, 2010, 12:14 PM
I've been sitting on the billing screen for a couple of minutes now. Not a good thing. I love how they threw up the 'products not guaranteed until order completed' disclaimer.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 2, 2010, 12:16 PM
Might as well check ebay in a few weeks when everything has cooled off.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 2, 2010, 12:17 PM
Yeah. I got some weird 'deadlock' error. I have no idea what that is or means, but I really don't think it's a good idea to try another order, so screw this.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Jeff on August 2, 2010, 12:19 PM
I am mired in the same MattyCollector hell as you guys, only I'm trying to get that SDCC DC Starro set.  ::)

If this is how it usually is for the MotU stuff, I have a new appreciation for your suffering if you have to do this each month. :(
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 2, 2010, 12:20 PM
My buddy got me one. That was close...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on August 2, 2010, 12:23 PM
Crazy stuff on that site today.   I was able to snag Orko, Plas and the Venkman somehow.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 2, 2010, 12:31 PM
Well, I just got an order to go through, so unless I hear differently from Matty, I guess I should be ok.  I will admit though, even though I seem to have gotten an order in, this has definitely made me reconsider getting a subscription for 2011 if I want to continue with this line at all.  I couldn't imagine sitting through this every month.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 2, 2010, 12:47 PM
I've tried three times to get an order through. . .
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on August 2, 2010, 12:50 PM
Managed to get mine through after a while. The site seems especially buggy today, lots of weird things happening like the site auto refreshing as you're scrolling down to press the complete order button. I guess a lot of people are still seeing the SDCC items as coming soon after the WSOD.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 2, 2010, 12:54 PM
I've managed to get to the billing screen again, but now it's trying to give me two Orkos. I can't believe it's still available.

Edit- my order for one Orko just went through. Amazing.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 2, 2010, 12:56 PM
OK, so I just ordered one.

My luck I'll get the other six I ordered too.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 2, 2010, 01:00 PM
I just got my order confirmation for the second attempt, so I'm pretty sure the earlier one didn't go through since I never got an order # or anything.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on August 2, 2010, 05:39 PM
Orko was a mess this morning.  After 50 min of freshing i finally got one.  I am so happy for the all in subscription. Although it technically isnt, it makes my need to deal with Matty much less. Sucks we have a few more times this year to deal with it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on August 2, 2010, 09:38 PM
Mattycollector needs to sell these on ebay or something.  Ebay never seems to slow down or get hammered.  They could list their figures as buy it now and when all done check out.  Maybe on Amazon.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 3, 2010, 10:32 PM
Anyone buy the Mo-Lar two pack?  It's still in stock and lame as hell.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on August 4, 2010, 02:14 AM
I think it's funny, but I didn't buy it. 40$ is just too much for me right now and I don't want the extra Skeletor anyway. if Mo-Larr had come single carded I'd be all over it though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 4, 2010, 02:20 AM
No Mo-Larr here. I appreciate the effort (and love the skit on Robot Chicken), but I'm trying to keep my MOTUC collection to what was in the original line. Though I have to admit I might break that for Gygor.

Like Greedo, I might have considered it if it was a single figure. And it seems like it might lose a lot of luster if you open the box, which is... I don't know, stupid.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 4, 2010, 10:26 AM
Yeah, I was tempted for a bit with the Mo-Larr set as well, but decided against it as well.  Like Ben, I love the skit of Robot Chicken and all...but I'm trying to stick with the "line I remember" as a kid.  I've been going back and forth on the 2011 subscription, so I decided to look through the vintage line and write down the figures I'd really like "Classics" versions of (that haven't already been released or will be this year), and it is about a dozen so the sub might be worth it.  I'd really like the following:

Man-E-Faces
Ram Man
Fisto
Clawful
Panthor
Mekaneck
Kobra Khan
Stinkor
Sy-Klone
Two Bad
Sorceress

Pretty much anything else (aside from the other Snake Men maybe) I'd probably try to sell.  Although some look cool, I don't necessarily have a lot of interest in the PoP stuff, or the newer stuff.  If they start getting into making vehicles (as it looks like might happen), I'm not sure what I'll do beyond that.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 4, 2010, 11:04 AM
I like any character from the original masters line. 

Not a big fan of the PoP, 200X, or NA stuff but I was pleasantly surprised with how well Optikk turned out.  Kind of like Keldor too.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on August 4, 2010, 06:42 PM
I collect this line mostly cuz I dig the techno fantasy theme, and cuz I like the designs. i don't necessarily need to know a character to enjoy them (Optikk for example, is pretty fun, even though I know nothing of the character), thus far there hasn't been much that hasn't piqued my interest, though as they get more and more obscure that may change. I don't mind a little POP and NA, the cooler looking ones like the Mutants and Horde dudes are great in my book, and a few of the heroic characters like Bow (who turned out awesome). On that note, I'm pretty much down for any and all of the villains, they're so much cooler visually than the heroes when you compare the two factions.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 9, 2010, 10:28 PM
Got my Orko today. I have never seen so much wasted packaging in my life.  :o But other than that, I'm glad to have it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 10, 2010, 10:44 AM
I got Orko/Adam (and Plastic Man) yesterday as well.  Really glad they included the Adam here, as paying $30 for just this Orko definitely would have stung.  Both figures, as always, look pretty great I think - and I was surprised that Adam came with an extra head, I didn't know that.  I've said it before, but prices and difficulty getting these aside, it really is a spiffy line.  If someone only collected MOTU, you could probably put together quite a display.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 10, 2010, 04:01 PM
Wow, I can't believe you received yours already Ben.  Mine won't arrive until tomorrow.  Should have had it shipped to your house!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 11, 2010, 12:29 AM
Wow, that's weird. Maybe UPS is trying to make up for my last package from Matty, which got delivered next door.  :)

As it is, I'm kind of disappointed with the set, but only because Adam has really, really, really loose ankles. I'll have to hit Hobby Lobby this weekend to find a doll stand or something, because this guy just cannot stand up. Maybe I'll got one for my MAA too, since he has the same problem.

Orko, however, is great. He's one of my favorite characters, and it's fantastic that he's in this line now.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 11, 2010, 09:59 AM
The ankle issue seems to be something that is hit or miss with this line.  I didn't have a problem with my Adam, but some of the others I've gotten (Moss Man, Man at Arms) have had that problem.  It is annoying.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 12, 2010, 10:31 PM
Man, the quality on these two is the worst yet.  Adam can't even stand and I can see through the orange paint on Orko's hat.

I'm returning these to Matty.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on August 13, 2010, 09:57 PM
How sad is it that nearly 2 years into the line, digital river still can't handle something as simple as an address change? Bozos sent my monthly figure to my old pre move address despite my changing it a month in advance and receiving an email confirmation that the changes had been made in their system.. Sigh.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on August 16, 2010, 12:32 PM
Got my Whiplash and it only took 30 minutes.  Great website, Matty!   ::)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 17, 2010, 10:33 PM
Aw man, I forgot all about Whiplash. Too bad these only last for minutes instead of days.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 18, 2010, 09:53 AM
Aw man, I forgot all about Whiplash. Too bad these only last for minutes instead of days.

Yeah, that's what is sort of messed up with this line.  It really has to be the top priority in your life (at least once a month) to have any chance of keeping up.  I have the sub, so I'm usually all set (aside from the bonus figures - which I haven't usually been all that interested in), but it stinks for those who miss out.  If you just forget, even for a couple hours, that something is up for sale - you're out of luck (and sometimes even if you do remember, you're out of luck).  It is really too bad Mattel won't do something to remedy this, aside from offering the figures again months later.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on August 18, 2010, 02:16 PM
Mattel continues to say screw you to us by eliminating the possibility of 200X heads.  I dont get why if it is an adult collector line they cannot listen to the fans. Not everyone wants 200X like i do but at tleast the option was their for both kinds of fans.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on August 18, 2010, 04:19 PM
They asked fans what they wanted, heads or comics.  Heads was the choice and now Matty is going back on that.  It does suck.  The extra Grizzlor face would have been nice.  Buzz Off and Roboto could have come with extra heads.  Fisto would look great with his Celtic looking headband from 200x.  I hope they will make all as bonus figures.  I also want to see Fisto come with his 200x sword we were never given.  The people above Toyguru must be the same morons who ran the 200x line into the ground. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 19, 2010, 02:35 AM
With as much as these things cost, losing the extra heads is crap. Toyguru blamed it on upper management, so I'm going to assume it's the same bunch of clowns that ruined the 200x line.

But maybe, without worrying about manufacturing second heads, they can turn their attention to the ankle articulation issue and make these things actually be able to stand.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 19, 2010, 11:04 PM
I'll take standing figures over a second head any day.  Hell, I'm still waiting for someone to contact me over my defective Adam.  Three emails and one phone call later. . .still nothing.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: spiderpumpkin on September 11, 2010, 03:03 AM
I haven't been following MOTUC lately.  I've been eyeing a few but still am passing.  Right now all I have left is Hordak.  Trap-Jaw will be mine someday and maybe Roboto.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on September 15, 2010, 12:18 PM
Wow, got my order in for Gygor and it's only 11:16!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on September 16, 2010, 10:54 AM
Trying to get gygor was a complete mess yesterday. I was getting the WSOD death for almost an hour before finally getting him.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on September 17, 2010, 12:29 PM
I had WSOD for about an hour, then I said "Screw this."  I went back to work.  I did go on after work and picked up Egon and Chief Carnivus.  Man, the next three months will be brutal.  I even had five seconds of WSOD when I went to Matty's site on Thursday.  That site is an absolute joke.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on September 17, 2010, 05:34 PM
Army builders and King Grayskull are going to be mind-numbing ordering experiences.

Are they the same month?  If so, multiply the above x 10.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on September 17, 2010, 11:57 PM
Yeah november will be bad.  :(
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on October 8, 2010, 05:55 PM
New reveal:

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs382.ash2/66006_447939234843_57309659843_5137225_5735030_n.jpg)

No *******. . . :'(
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 9, 2010, 03:58 PM
Damn, that still looks good even without the *******.  :o
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 11, 2010, 12:20 PM
Yeah, the lack of ******* kind of stinks, but it still looks great.  One of the figures I was most looking forward to (along with Man-E-Faces and Roboto), and I'm glad it is on the way next year.  Always liked the cats from the vintage line as well.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on October 11, 2010, 01:11 PM
I would have preferred if he were flocked.  I also think he should have gotten a new head sculpt. A more sleeker look.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on October 12, 2010, 12:39 PM
WOW! I do not even miss the ******* here. This is killer...for a repaint. The eyes are dead on and the helmet is a nice touch. It's figures like these that remind me why I collect these dealing with Matty.com.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on October 15, 2010, 12:43 PM
WOW! I do not even miss the ******* here.

I'll pretend like I didn't hear that.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on October 21, 2010, 09:48 AM
I love how the word ******* got flagged. Hilarious, this website thinks dirty!

I received my Roboto yesterday and he is really sweet!  I love how they gave him his action feature and a red hand. One of the best figures in the line thus far. The while shoulder issue doe not bother me at all.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: EpicGon on October 24, 2010, 11:17 PM
Looks like Skeletor needs his bracelets to be painted, if Mattel does that, it would be a perfect figure.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 28, 2010, 10:39 PM
Received a Roboto from ebay today. I like it, a lot.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on November 15, 2010, 12:06 PM
SWEET...White screen of death....
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on November 15, 2010, 12:19 PM
Let's see, twenty minutes now?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on November 15, 2010, 12:22 PM
Well, I got to the order screen and hit the check out button....should be another 1/2hr...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on November 15, 2010, 12:25 PM
Order complete! It only took 25 minutes!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on November 15, 2010, 01:14 PM
It's almost easier to just wait an hour after the sale starts.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on November 15, 2010, 10:50 PM
Got my items this morning, took at least 20 min. though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on November 16, 2010, 03:49 PM
KG lasted longer than I though he would, I could have actually ordered later but you just never know. I am looking forward to him more than Grizzlor. Who is next months figure? I do not even know.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on November 16, 2010, 03:52 PM
Buzz-off i believe

Also looks like Vikor and Bow have switched months.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on November 29, 2010, 12:16 PM
Buzz-off i believe

Also looks like Vikor and Bow have switched months.

Thanks, you are correct! Sweet, I do not have to log on next month!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on December 2, 2010, 11:20 PM
Sy-Clone is the April figure.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on December 3, 2010, 12:52 AM
Sy-Clone is the April figure.

 ;D

I like.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on December 8, 2010, 04:47 PM
I am neutral to this one, not bad but I am not excited either. I would have been more excited to see more Snake Men or someone from the evil Horde. Currently it's the evil Duo.

I have to say I am very glad I got it on this line from the start, it really has gotten better. It would be great to say the same for Matty.com but it's just not humanly possible.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on December 8, 2010, 05:15 PM
True it does take longer to order BUT the increase in production numbers has helped with regards to sellout times.

Love the figures, hate the ordering process.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on December 12, 2010, 10:24 AM
Not crazy about him but happy they included the 200x back ring.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on December 13, 2010, 10:13 AM
Not crazy about him but happy they included the 200x back ring.

(http://i.toynewsi.com/g/generated/Mattel/MOTU/Sy-Klone/03__scaled_600.jpg)

Now by no means do I hate Cyclone but man he is a real goofy looking C-lister.....I would have prefferred a monstery bad guy.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on December 15, 2010, 03:15 PM
I forgot today was a white screen of death day. I already got my shipment notice but I decided to check to see if he was sold out, he is not. He does not even have the almost gone notice. Interesting.

On another note, Vikor is amazingly sweet!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on January 15, 2011, 10:14 AM
I am loving Catra . I always liked the female horde characters as a kid. I hope one day I finally get shadow weaver and scorpia.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on January 21, 2011, 03:49 PM
Did anyone experience a wonky order on Tuesday? When I was ordering they removed the stands I had in my carts saying they were sold out and removed 2 sets of guards. I see the are still in stock. ???

Moving forward I actually like Catra too. I like choices like that instead of stupid Thundercat rejects like Carnivorous.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on January 21, 2011, 08:08 PM
Info about what happened (http://www.he-man.org/news_article.php?id=1731)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on January 24, 2011, 04:23 PM
Info about what happened (http://www.he-man.org/news_article.php?id=1731)

Damn I just saw this. Thanks for the info, glad I was not crazy.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on February 13, 2011, 07:36 PM
So unhappy with how Clawful turned out.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 13, 2011, 08:10 PM
Pretty lousy showing, if you ask me. The only thing I'd buy out of that was Man-E-Faces and maybe Clawful. What in the blue **** is a Battle Ground Teela anyway?

I've kind of taken a sabbatical from this line, anyway. I'm forced to get them on ebay since I'm at work  when they go on sale and they sell out before I'm done, so I've broken the monthly habit.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 13, 2011, 08:53 PM
Just looking through the pics now, some nice stuff on the way - and some stuff I could care less about.  It looks like they should cover a lot of the figures I really still wanted this year, so that's good.  Man-E-Faces is one of my all time favorites, so I'm glad he's coming this year.  Along with Clawful, Sy-Klone, and Panthor, it knocks off a few more of the ones I was hoping for.  I'm in on the sub for the rest of 2011, but I don't know if I'll do it again next year.  Aside from Stinkor and maybe a handful of others, they've covered a lot of my favorites from my childhood, and it gets pricey keeping up with this line when you are collecting others as well.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 14, 2011, 11:15 AM
Pretty lousy showing, if you ask me. The only thing I'd buy out of that was Man-E-Faces and maybe Clawful. What in the blue **** is a Battle Ground Teela anyway?

I've kind of taken a sabbatical from this line, anyway. I'm forced to get them on ebay since I'm at work  when they go on sale and they sell out before I'm done, so I've broken the monthly habit.

Agreed.  I love this line but it feels like something is lacking. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on February 16, 2011, 08:28 PM
Being a big fan of MOTU & GN'R i totally had to order this. So awesome!!!

Appetite for Eternia (http://www.teefury.com/)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on February 17, 2011, 11:34 PM
Cool shirt, too bad it's gone already.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on March 15, 2011, 03:26 PM
Today was my first time ordering in many months, and I HAD NO ISSUES?!?!?!  Bizarre.  They must have really cleaned some things up.  Either that, or no one other then me wanted King Hisss (I loved that guy as a kid).
I hope it goes as easy next month.  I must get Panthor.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on March 16, 2011, 03:48 PM
I have to order the weapons rack next month, not looking forward to it but I am glad it seems easier to order. I love this line and I am excited about the mini comic battle Ground Teela. I am a sucker for Barbarians, she will look great with Vikor!
The only upcoming figure that i am on the fence is the Faceless One.  I have no choice to buy him as I am a subscriber.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on March 16, 2011, 03:58 PM
Do you have to be a subscriber to get BG Teela? I'd like to get 1 or 2...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on March 16, 2011, 05:40 PM
Nope, just a lot of patience.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on April 1, 2011, 04:25 PM
New reveals:

Leech in Sept. and Hurricane Hordak in ???

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/198538_10150147177629844_57309659843_6491097_3409442_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 18, 2011, 01:06 AM
Not really digging this take on Leech, but I'm sure I'll buy him anyway.

Just picked up Sy-Klone and Moss Man. Completely forgot about them going on sale on Friday. I missed Panthor, though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on April 19, 2011, 02:19 PM
I've read some theories that they're releasing Castle Greyskull piece by piece, starting with the weapons rack.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on April 29, 2011, 10:48 AM
This year's SDCC (and then Matty) exclusive: Queen Marlena with Cringer (http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=241&itemid=17187).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on April 29, 2011, 01:41 PM
Not super impressed. I was hoping for the space suit from castle grayskull. Cringer is not articulated either.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on April 29, 2011, 03:20 PM
Yawn.

Everyone was hoping for something unique, like Modulok.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 30, 2011, 05:52 PM
I kind of like this exclusive. I'm really surprised they're even doing a Cringer, even if it's not articulated.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on May 9, 2011, 01:16 PM
Just got my Moss Man and Panthor.  Panthor looks great on the shelf beside battle cat.  Question - where does the helmet come from?  This line has stayed true to the classic line while adding nods to the more recent one.  But I don't recall Panthor ever having a helmet.  Mind you, I never had him as a kid.  Does anyow know where the helmet is from?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 9, 2011, 07:56 PM
Just a helmet that the 4HM created. I like it, wish they could have more freedom.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on May 25, 2011, 02:51 PM
I was pleasantly surprised with Catra, I liked her more than I thought I would. My question is whats ups with the uber rubbery parts. He hand is really soft, so soft it feels like the wrist peg will snap. Also the weapons rack halberd(Long axe from Scareglow) has the same kind of super soft plastic. I hope this does no become the new norm.

I am really looking forward to the Battlefield Teela next month. The Faceless one is kind of meh to me but the more I look at him a Skeletor head will look great on that body.....
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 25, 2011, 11:47 PM
Mattel's excuse for the hands is safety standards.  :-X
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: McMetal on May 26, 2011, 09:09 AM
I dug out an old box of original MOTU stuff and was disappointed to find out there is almost no secondary market value in these things at all.

Why is all the stuff from the 80's so worthless? Just too much of it around?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on May 26, 2011, 01:37 PM
I dug out an old box of original MOTU stuff and was disappointed to find out there is almost no secondary market value in these things at all.

Why is all the stuff from the 80's so worthless? Just too much of it around?

Because most of the guys who are interested in that stuff are SW collectors and they are all out of space.  Even the Joe and Transformer guys are probably out of room at this point.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on May 26, 2011, 02:49 PM
Mattel's excuse for the hands is safety standards.  :-X

Did they actually say that?

As an ex-Designer at Mattel (I worked there for 5 years) that's total BS. The softer plastic is actually more of a safety risk because the wrist post can break easier and be swallowed with no problem. I can be swallowed fairly easy either way. Also how do they explain the other hand and SW figures heads. I understand they want to meet safety standards but this is a bit much. I get the halberd axe but the hand I am not buying that line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 26, 2011, 10:22 PM
They said something about the design of the hand, since it is "scratching" it would have been too sharp with the standard plastic.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on May 27, 2011, 02:31 PM
Not necessarily toy related - but I've recently been re-watching the 200X MOTU series while doing the treadmill, and still really enjoy it.  I think it is one of the few examples of where I like the modern version more than the one I watched as a kid.  Really an underrated series, it is too bad it never caught on.  Also, if anyone was ever interested in seeing it, I noticed that Amazon has the complete series for $7.99 right now, a pretty nice deal.

As for the toys, I was just reorganizing the MOTU Classics shelf this week to make room for Panthor, Sy-Klone, and a couple others - and it was nice to get the chance to look closer at these figures again.  I've said it before, but it really is a nice looking line overall.  It is my own fault for collecting so many lines, but it could really make for a nice display of MOTU characters if you had the proper space and setup.  I'm leaning towards skipping the subscription for next year when that comes around again, but mainly because of budget.  Plus, I've been trying to think of which characters I'd really like to see at this point, and unless I'm forgetting a bunch, there is only a handful left that aren't already announced (Ram Man, Mekaneck, Stinkor, Two Bad come to mind right now).  As nice as the figures are, I honestly could care less about Catra, Bow, Vikor, etc.  But, at the same time, I can see why they want to space out the bigger names a bit.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on May 27, 2011, 07:15 PM
Wow, they haven't done Ram-Man yet?  Launch figure and one of the main dudes in the original series...weird.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 28, 2011, 12:58 AM
I am sure it is a combination of too much to tool him and holding off to get people to buy the subscription.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: McMetal on June 3, 2011, 10:28 AM
I saw some DC/MOTU crossover 2 packs yesterday at TRU...WTF? Are these things new? I have never seen any MOTU stuff on the toy shelves anywhere. They had Merman/Aquaman and some other pack with Stratos.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on June 3, 2011, 11:10 AM
I saw some DC/MOTU crossover 2 packs yesterday at TRU...WTF? Are these things new? I have never seen any MOTU stuff on the toy shelves anywhere. They had Merman/Aquaman and some other pack with Stratos.

Those are the most recent round, but they've previously had He-Man/Superman and Skeletor/Lex Luthor I believe.  Many of the figures, particularly the MOTU ones, have been repainted from the Matty releases.  I thought I read at one point that a Supergirl/She-Ra one is on the way later this year.  Although I wasn't aware of it before, I guess the He-Man/Superman one at least had a basis in an old comic, but I'm not sure about the rest.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 3, 2011, 06:40 PM
I have only seen the first wave, got the Blue Merman through a trade. Apaarently there is a Green Lantern and Zodac set too.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on June 16, 2011, 05:11 PM
Damn - I totally forgot about the figs going on yesterday.  I wanted Whiplash and Grizzlor, but now that I've remembered Whiplash is sold out.  And I'm not sure if I want to pay the shipping just for Grizzlor.   :-\
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on June 17, 2011, 12:52 AM
Crap, I forgot about Whiplash and Grizzlor too. Hopefully, I'll remember when Man-E-Faces goes on sale, which I think is August.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on June 19, 2011, 04:26 PM
Damn - I totally forgot about the figs going on yesterday.  I wanted Whiplash and Grizzlor, but now that I've remembered Whiplash is sold out.  And I'm not sure if I want to pay the shipping just for Grizzlor.   :-\

Try Ebay if you still need them.  I managed to score a BG Teela for under $30 shipped.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 6, 2011, 02:00 PM
SDCC TRU / EE.com exclusive:

(http://www.sandtroopers.com/sandwatch/hasbro/20110701a/images/bizarro_vs_faker.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on July 6, 2011, 03:45 PM
Pass.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 6, 2011, 05:18 PM
I would have preferred a magenta armored Faker.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Mikey D on July 7, 2011, 07:57 AM
If anyone wants to split the set let me know.  I still need a Bizzarro but don't collect MOTUC.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 8, 2011, 07:15 PM
If anyone wants to split the set let me know.  I still need a Bizzarro but don't collect MOTUC.

I only want Faker so i am down for a split.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on July 9, 2011, 09:22 AM
For those who forgot about last months MOTU releases (like me), here's a reminder that Clawful and Buzz-off go on sale this friday.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 15, 2011, 12:29 PM
Just a heads up for anyone interested in this line, or maybe didn't get in at the beginning, but MattyCollector.com is having an "all star" sale for the next month (while supplies last) and are putting some of the older figures up for sale again (like He-Man, Skeletor, Battle Cat, Trap Jaw, etc.).  Good chance for someone to at least get the main characters, or if you just want a He-Man/Battle Cat vs. Skeletor/Panthor display for your desk or something.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 15, 2011, 11:07 PM
Tried picking up Clawful, Buzz-Off, Evil-Lyn, and Panthor today. Well, I got Buzz-Off and Evil-Lyn. The site shows Clawful as almost gone even now, yet after ten attempts to add him to my cart, nada. And Panthor was already sold out, so there's that. At least I got the two I got, which was expensive enough.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 16, 2011, 10:50 AM
For those of you who were a fan of the DC 2-packs, Mattel announced that the Faker set will be the last.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 17, 2011, 04:29 PM
Tried picking up Clawful, Buzz-Off, Evil-Lyn, and Panthor today. Well, I got Buzz-Off and Evil-Lyn. The site shows Clawful as almost gone even now, yet after ten attempts to add him to my cart, nada. And Panthor was already sold out, so there's that. At least I got the two I got, which was expensive enough.

I was slightly surprised that many of the "all star" MOTUC stuff was still in stock as of today.  It looks like - as you mentioned - that Panthor was gone quickly, but it looks like the rest of them are still available.  I know many (all?) have had two go rounds already, but it is nice to see things like He-Man, Skeletor, Battle Cat, and Trap Jaw still available.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on July 18, 2011, 10:26 AM
I'm not sure if they actually had Panthor.  If so, the stock was extremely limited.  I was able to get in as soon as they opened up the stock, I grabbed Clawful, Buzz-off, Hordak and Panthor.  Then when I went to pay it told me that Panthor was out of stock and I needed to remove him from my cart.  It was 11:03 at that time (CST).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 20, 2011, 09:31 AM
***SPOILERS AHEAD*****
2012 FIGURES LISTED BELOW!!












January = Sorceress
February = Fisto
March = Kobra Kahn

$60 Multipack = POP Star Sisters 3 pack

Club Subscription Figure = Shadow Weaver



Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 20, 2011, 11:29 AM
Wow. 2012 is going to freaking rock for this line. Which it should since it's the 30th anniversary.


Shadow Weaver must mean Mattel finally got the Filmation rights after all. Can't wait for Friday and the rest of the 2011 figures to be announced.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 20, 2011, 12:03 PM
I like the choices outside of the Star Sisters.  That's f'n lame.

(http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs40/f/2009/014/e/c/POP_Star_Sisters_by_Killersha.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 20, 2011, 12:15 PM
Yeah, I had to go look up what the Star Sisters were, and they were unreleased toys from the She-Ra line. I'd probably go for the sub this year, but that three-pack and the inability to resell it is why I'm not considering the sub.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on July 20, 2011, 12:20 PM
lol, they're just messing with the collectors!

The lineup has changed:

http://www.mattycollector.com/store/matty/en_US/pd/productID.233184100
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 20, 2011, 01:21 PM
Interesting. But I doubt they'd make the Sorceress, one of the most-requested figures, a sub exclusive. Shadow Weaver is also very much in-demand, but not as much as the Sorceress, at least IMO.

I really hope this new lineup is a disinformation campaign and everything gets set right on Friday. But I'd be willing to get sub if Granamyr and not the Star Sisters was part of it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 21, 2011, 01:58 AM
(http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg735/scaled.php?tn=0&server=735&filename=ahrvl.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640)


 :o
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on July 21, 2011, 08:02 AM
I would buy the Sorceress and the Star Sisters.  The female figures in this line are just incredible.  That Man-at-Arms pilot looks pretty amazing as well - wish this stuff was a little cheaper and more readily available.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: McMetal on July 21, 2011, 09:46 AM
Ok, I'll ask the Stupid Question as a clueless fan of the vintage stuff.

Why DON'T they sell these in stores? I would really love to hear the backstory behind this radically unorthodox sales approach.

I mean, there's a good chance I would buy all of these if I could just walk into TRU and pick them up off the shelf.

I've never understood that, their business model seems so counter-intuitive.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on July 21, 2011, 10:26 AM
Why DON'T they sell these in stores? I would really love to hear the backstory behind this radically unorthodox sales approach.

I've never understood that, their business model seems so counter-intuitive.

Well, there are a lot of costs involved with distributing to retail.  Lots of admin costs for people to sell the product in, negotiate pricing, sign contracts.  Then you need a distribution system to get cases of product to numerous retailers.  You'd likely have expanded marketing needs, operations, a promotions department, HR, and admin people as well.  While they'd likely sell more volume, they would also have a lot more cost to offset.  Since the current system has been around for a while now, I'm not sure its fair to criticize their business model - it is obviously driving profit for them or they wouldn't have stayed around this long.  Sideshow follows a similar path for getting product out and they seem to be doing pretty well too.

I'd love to be able to buy product in stores, but I can see the advantages to this alternate approach. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on July 21, 2011, 10:43 AM
Not to mention this stuff would probably bomb without media support to draw in the kiddies and with Mattel likely packing He-Man and Skeletor in every case 3-4 times over with 1 each of every other character.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: McMetal on July 21, 2011, 10:44 AM
Thanks, that makes some sense. It still seems odd for a company like Mattel that already has a large retail presence though.

And I really wasn't trying to sound critical, it's just honest curiosity. Most toy marketing is driven by the whole saturation paradigm - get as much product out to as wide an audience as possible to increase profits. These guys are obviously headed in a different direction, but if it works for them that is great.

I also find it fascinating that the new toys are so much more valuable compared to the vintage ones. It's the complete opposite of SW. I probably couldn't get $5 for my old Castle Greyskull on eBay right now.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 22, 2011, 05:40 PM
Just reading through the info coming out of the Matty panel today:

Sept - Leech, Hurricane Hordak
Oct - Icarius, Wind Raider
Nov - Snout Spout, Battleground Evil Lyn, Swiftwind, Bubble Power She-Ra
Dec - Demon Man
Jan - Sorceress, Star Sisters 3 Pack
Feb - Fisto
Mar - Kobra Kahn, Thunder Punch He-Man
2012 Sub - Shadow Weaver

I'm kind of torn on things.  I've had the sub each year so far, and I'm happy with the figures I have - but there are a lot I don't need, or I've just left in the boxes because of lack of space/interest.  I had planned on skipping the sub from here on out, but there is a lot of cool stuff coming in 2012.  I would definitely like to get Fisto, Kobra Kahn, and the Sorceress and don't like my odds without the sub.  Not sure it is worth it just for that.  I could care less about the Star Sisters (especially for $60!).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 22, 2011, 08:29 PM
Demo Man looks awesome and amazing to finally get Shadow Weaver.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on July 22, 2011, 10:29 PM
I'm also torn. I like the looks of a lot of the basic figures, but i have no need for the Star Sisters 3 pack, or any other more expensive items. I do like that Shadow Weaver though. It's a tough call, and once again could be resolved if mattel would just offer a sub-lite option of just the monthly basic figures only. I'd be down for that.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scockery on July 22, 2011, 10:44 PM
I don't collect these, but am amazed that Fearless Photog is finally being made. Is the person who created him as a kid still alive? Does he get his free one...he should.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 28, 2011, 11:38 PM
Quite a showing from Mattel, as always. I doubt I'll do the sub this year, because I really don't want to get stuck with the Star Sisters or whatever else Mattel has next year that's lame. I can live without Shadow Weaver, so it's no biggie.

Queen Marlena goes up for sale on Monday, right? Hopefully it's easier to get than many of Hasbro's exclusives.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Mikey D on July 29, 2011, 02:53 PM
Is anyone grabbing Marlena Monday from mattycollector.com?

If so, can someone grab me a DCUC Swamp Thing?  I'll be traveling all day on Monday and will be away from a computer all day and don't want to miss him.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 29, 2011, 06:30 PM
I don't collect these, but am amazed that Fearless Photog is finally being made. Is the person who created him as a kid still alive? Does he get his free one...he should.

Yeah Bitner is stll alive and Mattel contacted him about the figure. He had to sign waivers and all that, they are giving him a case of figures.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 1, 2011, 12:45 PM
Nice and easy ordering on Marlena just now. Completely different from the HTS fiasco last week.

But I really got my head ripped off for shipping. How can it cost $10.55 to ship one item, and yet take more than a week to arrive?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 11, 2011, 12:45 PM
Finally received Marlena. It's great. It's great to finally get Cringer too.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on August 15, 2011, 12:56 PM
Good thing these are sticking around a bit longer.  I realized almost 40 mins after the figs went up that I had forgotten about Man-E-Faces.  6 months ago that would have meant I missed him, but I was still able to get one.
So either production numbers are up, or interest in the line has waned.  Either way, I've got him so I'm happy.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 15, 2011, 04:08 PM
Almost forgot about Man-E-Faces. He's showing as almost gone now, 4 hours later.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 15, 2011, 05:31 PM
Almost forgot about Man-E-Faces. He's showing as almost gone now, 4 hours later.

I've got the sub (at least until the end of this year), so I don't have to worry about Man-E, but it is surprising to see that he's still up there at this point.  A pretty popular character I always thought (one of my favorites at least), and with as quickly as sell through usually is you would think he'd be gone already.  I wonder if they have finally gotten things figured out over there and have more supply, or if interest is waning to some extent.  I hope it is a sign of things to come, because there are some nice figures coming next year that I'd like (Fisto, Kobra Khan, etc.), but I don't think I'm opting for the sub again.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 15, 2011, 11:26 PM
Mattel had a q&a with the .org where they basically stated the runs will be smaller and there won't be any reissues anymore, so I think that we might go back to four minute sellouts that plagued this line when it started.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 24, 2011, 12:59 AM
Received my Man-E-Faces today. The secret accessory is freaking awesome. This is already one of my favorite figures in the line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 24, 2011, 10:48 AM
Received my Man-E-Faces today. The secret accessory is freaking awesome. This is already one of my favorite figures in the line.

I received Man-E-Faces this week as well, and it is one of my favorite figures of the line as well.  Agreed about the secret accessory - quite sweet.  I decided to skip the subscription for next year.  I had gotten it so far, but there's really only a handful of figures I really want and I'm getting more of a pile of figures I don't necessarily care about.  They are all well done, but I just don't have the space for everything and only have the nostalgia for the ones I had as a kiddo.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 24, 2011, 10:59 AM
Very cool figure, but it sounds like the line is starting to die.  The number of subscriptions purchased for next year is the lowest yet.

Scott (who runs the line) said the offerings will start to slim down.

IMO, he got too cocky with some of the upcoming releases like the Star Sisters 3 pack.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 24, 2011, 11:36 AM
Yeah, the trouble here is there's too much stuff. I really can't afford a $100 hit every month on luxury items like these, and I know I'm not the only one, so they'll need to slim the line down some.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on August 24, 2011, 09:53 PM
There really is way too much. I miss the old days of the basic monthly figs subscription. This all or nothing mentality is coming back to bite them it seems. That and the secondary market seems to have tanked on these, I see tons of etailers and ebay sellers with 10+ of several of these things, some at less than the original price and they still barely move. It was bound to happen eventually, that's the problem with creating false demand with low supply. They're talking about lowering production now, probably hoping to go back to the super fast sellouts so the resellers jump back on board.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on August 24, 2011, 10:29 PM
I just don't get locking consumers into every figure made.  That is bound to turn off all but the most die hard collector.  I'm sure even among the die hards there are a few figures you could do without.  Rather than penalize people who don't want a certain figure, why not reward frequent purchases like sideshow or Ebay does?  Every time you order something you get discount points/dollars on a future purchase.  People come back because they feel they're getting a deal and are obligated to use their "free" money.  Or how about doing a pre-order on all items to ensure that you aren't stuck with lots of excess product?  There are lots of other profitable models that seem like they could work for Matty.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on August 24, 2011, 11:24 PM
It's inevitable that Mattel will screw up Masters again. . .heck, it's already happening.  It's a cursed brand.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 25, 2011, 01:36 AM
Mattel's problem is it needs to be huge or else. A business model like Sideshow is what this brand needs, and it needs to be a little more focused. I understand She-ra and NA fans might want some love, but when you're making the Star Sisters and Ram Man and Spikor aren't even planned, you're doing it wrong.

Though maybe, with Man-E-Faces taking the better part of a week to sell out, they found a good number. If future figures last at least a day, lesser numbers might work out.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 4, 2011, 01:56 AM
(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f49/scififan81/nonesuch051.jpg)

Anybody else picking these up? I've seen them at WM and K-Mart, and they're kind of fun. $4.50 a whack, but it's nice to get something MOTU at retail. I have these four so far, out of eight.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on September 16, 2011, 06:59 PM
Subscriptions are open again, just did my 30th anniversary add on. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Mikey D on September 26, 2011, 11:34 AM
http://thefwoosh.com/2011/09/power-con-mattel-booth#more-18747

New reveals at Power-Con

-Stinkor
-The Mighty Spector (30th anniversary figure by ToyGuru)
-Gryffin (Beast-man's mount)
-Slush Head
-Thunder Punch He-man
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on September 26, 2011, 12:11 PM
They have pics up of the Sorceress variant and the Star Sistahs as well.  I was actually intersted int he 3pack, but not after seeing the figures.  They all look pretty terrible.  The All White Sorceress looks great, but as a con variant, she's probably going to be too pricey for my tastes.  I only had Stinkor and Kobra Kahn as a kid, so I'm tempted to get the new Stinkor.  I wonder if they added stinky smells like the original?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on September 26, 2011, 03:46 PM
Yes, he will stink.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on September 26, 2011, 10:55 PM
the griffen and Slush Head are awesome.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scott on September 30, 2011, 09:15 PM
Stinkor was by far my favorite Master...I may have to get him.  My vintage one still stinks :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 30, 2011, 10:59 PM
I really like Stinkor and Slush Head. What's with the Spector dude?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on October 1, 2011, 07:58 PM
Spector is one of the 30th Anniversary figures in the subline. It was created by Toyguru as a kid for the original create-a-character contest that brought us Fearless Photog. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on October 5, 2011, 04:51 PM
He's a spy / time-traveler - he has a little cosmic key on his wrist band.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on October 7, 2011, 03:42 PM
I just opened my man-e-faces.  I had no idea he came with the extra head - so that was a nice surprise.  I've only got a few of the MOTU classics figures open.  But the ones I have I'm really happy with.  Very well done figures.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 15, 2011, 01:39 PM
Just ordered Snout Spout. I'm really surprised Mattel offered this character, and it's one of my favorite vintage figures. Can't wait till it gets here.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on November 15, 2011, 09:46 PM
Got Bubble Power She-Ra ordered today, nice that she was available when i got out of work.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 18, 2011, 06:30 PM
(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f49/scififan81/stuph004.jpg)

Picked up the rest of the Hot Wheels, and found this four-pack at TRU. Complete set!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on December 22, 2011, 01:45 AM
Was out finishing Xmas shopping and picked up the Zodac TRU set.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on December 22, 2011, 03:57 AM
Still have to hunt that one down.  I saw that they intend to keep some figures always up for sale starting next year.  H-M, skelly, Battle Cat and Panthor for starters.  Probably will get some casual buyers hooked on the line.  They should have been doing this all along IMO.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: shmashwitdaclub on December 23, 2011, 08:23 PM
http://geek-news.mtv.com/2011/12/23/masters-of-the-universe-celebrates-30-years-in-a-new-style/

If I am reading this right there are going to be figures in this new styling?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on December 24, 2011, 06:04 AM
The new styling is for other products like T Shirts, lunchboxes etc.  They are doing a line of 30th Anniversary figures that they offered a sub for, but they are all new characters.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on December 26, 2011, 02:23 PM
The new styling is for other products like T Shirts, lunchboxes etc.  They are doing a line of 30th Anniversary figures that they offered a sub for, but they are all new characters.

I took it that the newly styled art would be used in some new packaging as well, but I didn't see anything in there about the actual figures looking any different...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Mikey D on February 14, 2012, 03:33 PM
New figures shown at Toy Fair:

Spikor
Frosta
generic Snakemen 2 pack
Sir Lazer Lot (Geoff Johns character for the 30th anniversary line)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on February 14, 2012, 11:13 PM
Not a great showing, only the Snake Men look good in my opinion.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on February 15, 2012, 11:31 AM
I haven't seen all the pics yet, but from what I've seen the Snake characters look great, as does Spikor.  I tend to pick and choose with this line, but I've been really happy with all the figures I've received so far.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 15, 2012, 12:10 PM
I just thought I'd try my luck at picking up Fisto today (first time without a subscription), and surprisingly I got right through the whole process without a single "red screen" or any other delays.  I even decided to order a Sorceress too, since everything was working fine.  Surprising, I didn't really expect to get through at all.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on February 18, 2012, 05:11 PM
Fisto is the best they've done yet on a figure IMO. He has everything he should come with. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 28, 2012, 02:49 PM
Fisto truly is one of best figures made, I only wish they went the the longer King Greyskull loincloth. I heard he went pretty quick, I wanted to pick up another one and Photog since I only have the standard sub but I forgot the sale date. I will pick Photog up at a show or when I see a deal. and one Fisto is enough I decided how to display him.

Sir Laserlot is one step above Spector which is not saying much. He looks/reminds me of those cheap REMCO He-Man knock offs that you could only find at Woolworth's. What horrible vanity pet projects they turned out to be. Toyguru consistently shows himself to be the typical Mattel Marketing d-bag (I worked there for 5yrs, they mass produce them....) who shows how little he knows of MOTU. He is on record saying Flying Fist HM cam before Thunder Punch HM and does not know what appeals to the core fanbase. I hope Spector rots like no tomorrow. Photog made nostalgic sense and the Horsemen designed something that looked like it belonged to MOTU with Draego-Man. (I will surly get him!) the rest are nothing more than wasted tooling. I would have rather seen the tooling go to new Stratos monkey feet or a Alcala styled Power Sword.

I do like the snake-Men 2pk and everything else shown. I can live without the Griffon but it's not as painful as buying the Star Sisters. After Frosta there is not a single POP character I want, they went way to heavy on POP.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scockery on March 9, 2012, 05:46 PM
Sir Laserlot is one step above Spector which is not saying much. He looks/reminds me of those cheap REMCO He-Man knock offs that you could only find at Woolworth's.

I bought my first Remco Warrior Beast knock-off at a K-Mart (awesome crow-headed monster in black and yellow (http://figure-archive.net/item.aspx?itemID=3953)). I remember seeing them a few places. Laserlot does sort of look like one of the Galaxy Fighters, another knock-off series.

I liked the knock-offs, they added generic good and bad characters since MOTU had no "army builders" until Horde Trooper.  The snake and reptile characters the knock-off lines always later made nice Snake-Men additions. 

The Remco Warrior Beasts had no armor, but you could give them accessory pack armor or the armor from the jet sled and stilt stalkers.
The sucky thing was Warrior Beasts/Warlord figure had plastic ball socket hips instead of rubber bands...sound better on paper, but they could break off.

I don't collect the modern MOTU. Just felt nostalgic there for a second.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on April 6, 2012, 05:48 PM
Not exactly figures, but it sounds like a new (mini) series is on the way this July from DC Comics:

http://geek-news.mtv.com/2012/04/06/dc-comics-he-man-masters-of-the-universe-comic/?xrs=share_twitter (http://geek-news.mtv.com/2012/04/06/dc-comics-he-man-masters-of-the-universe-comic/?xrs=share_twitter)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on April 7, 2012, 02:52 PM
Awesome. Can't wait to read it.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on April 16, 2012, 12:06 PM
Just placed this months order - and I was happy to nab an Orko.  I got one when they first came out after SDCC, but that one is staying carded.
I hope they re-release Man-at-arms again soon, as he is one of the core figures that I missed during the first go-around.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on April 17, 2012, 12:27 AM
Mattel released a preview of Mosquitor over at Pixel Dan's site.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 15, 2012, 12:06 PM
Easy ordering of Stinkor and Slush Head over at Matty just now. I remember that being such a pain, so either there's a ton of subs or nobody cares anymore. I didn't even get stuck with a WSOD.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on May 15, 2012, 02:18 PM
Yeah, I had no problems ordering.  I got stinkor, and finally got man-at-arms after missing out the first 2 times.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on May 21, 2012, 02:28 PM
Sounds like Mekaneck is coming in October:

http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=1&itemid=18704 (http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=1&itemid=18704)

I dropped my Classics sub this year, so I haven't been keeping up as well as I used to, but Mekaneck (and Ram Man, when he is released) is one that I'd really like to get to round out the collection.  Looks great, as usual.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 22, 2012, 03:39 AM
Nice. Glad they're finally getting around to him, since no MOTU display is complete without Mekaneck.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 25, 2012, 01:12 AM
Finally got my Stinkor and Slush Head, after Cornerstone Logistics spent eight days messing around with the package:

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f49/scififan81/motucmay12.jpg)

I'm glad Stinkor has his smell, though it's not overpowering like the vintage figure. And Slush Head is just sublime. Something about an anthropomorphic frog in a fishbowl just works.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Darby on May 25, 2012, 11:04 AM
That's pretty cool.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 7, 2012, 01:34 AM
Latest reveal.

(http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/rodpowley/images_Skelotor_Email_05.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on June 7, 2012, 11:27 PM
Nice. I expected to see one of the NA Skeletors before this one, but it's great nonetheless.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 12, 2012, 12:46 AM
http://www.actionfigurepics.com/2012/07/sdcc-2012-mattel-masters-of-the-universe-classics-insta-preview-night (http://www.actionfigurepics.com/2012/07/sdcc-2012-mattel-masters-of-the-universe-classics-insta-preview-night)

A few early pics. Granamyr! No other new figures, besides Mekaneck and Dragon Blaster Skeletor. I do like that Mattel's display looks like one of the old posters.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on July 13, 2012, 06:02 PM
Ram Man is on for January!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 13, 2012, 08:06 PM
Sweet. And here I figured he'd be the last figure in the line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 13, 2012, 08:54 PM
That's the one that I've really been waiting for, hopefully I'll be able to pick him up.  One of my favorites as a kid, and the new version looks really nice as well.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scockery on July 14, 2012, 12:09 AM
Vote for the power mask demon.

I have no idea who half the announced characters are. Castle Grayskullman?  :o

Scissorhands guy? Not my pick.

Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 15, 2012, 08:34 AM
I voted for Illumina, really hope she wins.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 21, 2012, 12:28 AM
If any of you are on the fence about buying a sub, i encourage you to please do so. Seems like the line needs the help this year.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 21, 2012, 02:35 PM
I can see why the line's in trouble- most of the offerings for next year suck. This is one year where it's not even a question of buying a sub. There's no way I'd give anyone a dime for Cy-Chop or Castle Grayskullman.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 22, 2012, 08:14 PM
I can see why the line's in trouble- most of the offerings for next year suck. This is one year where it's not even a question of buying a sub. There's no way I'd give anyone a dime for Cy-Chop or Castle Grayskullman.

Those are part of this years 30th Anniversary subscription, nothing to do with next year.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 24, 2012, 03:19 AM
Ah. I was under the impression they were next year's figures. I'd consider it, but stuff like Netossa and the Fighting Foe Men are a little too hard to swallow. I really don't have the ability to throw $90 at the FFM 3-pack, especially when I doubt I'd be able to sell it. I'm a vintage MOTU cherry-picker, with occasional NA dudes thrown in.

It does sound like the line's in serious trouble. It was stated that Mattel only has 46% of what it needs to make it worthwhile. Guess all those resellers abandoning the line has revealed what the market really is. I doubt they'd avoid going forward with their plans if they didn't get all the subs they needed; they'd just go in a scaled-back capacity.

I received Spikor today:

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f49/scififan81/spikor001.jpg)

It's a great figure. Give me Ram Man, Two Bad, Mantenna, and (hopefully) Gwildor, and I'd see it as a terrific run. I can't believe Mattel managed to do so many figures in a collector-focused internet-only line in a crappy economy, and I'd like to keep buying them, but I have my limits.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 26, 2012, 02:32 PM
I was just reading about some of this stuff today, and it looks like Mattel (and the Horsemen) are sort of begging people to sign up now to keep the line going.  I feel bad, because I do think the line has been top quality throughout, but the reason I dropped the sub this year (and can't justify it next year) is just that so many of the figures are ones I don't care about, or don't even know.  I can understand that they were trying to spread out the big guns a bit, and there are a lot of MOTU fans out there that probably love all of this stuff, but really my focus is more on the "basic" MOTU line or stuff that was in the original cartoon as well.  That's what I have the nostalgia for.  I didn't have the sub this year, but I did last year, and I have a stack of figures in the basement that are still unopened that I don't especially care about...and that don't seem to garner much interest on the forums either.

It has come to the point where I just feel like I'm spending too much on toys.  My primary focus has been Star Wars and Marvel, and the combination of higher costs, smaller budgets, and very little display space has caused me to get very "pick and choosy" with what I collect.  I still really like the MOTUC stuff I have, and would really like a Ram Man, but I just can't afford/justify a sub unless it was the only line I collected.  Same thing for the DCU one.  I collected the majority of the DCU Classics line, but had to cut back there as well, and once it went online had to pass on most of them there.  It stinks that the line(s) could possibly die off, but both have had a good run regardless, and I just can't pay for a whole year to basically just get Ram Man or possibly Two Bad.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on July 26, 2012, 11:09 PM
I find it hard to believe they'd just call it quits, though. Maybe scale everything back a bit and try that first. An all-or-nothing approach will just turn more people off.

If the Fighting Foe Men were dropped, I'd subscribe, especially now. The Star Sisters were the reason I didn't subscribe for this year. The money I saved by not buying them more than covered the aftermarket markup on figures I missed day-of this year. (Except Sorceress. Can't find a cheap one of those.) Had that been a three-pack of Horde Troopers, Mattel would have all the subs they needed the first day.

It really sucks that all those resellers made a quick buck and dropped all their subs, and guys like me who cherry-pick the line are the ones who get vilified. (Not here, but elsewhere.)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on July 27, 2012, 12:15 PM
I think the subscription concept is all wrong.  Trying to force people to buy things they don't really want doesn't usually sit well with customers.  It might work for a while, but people are still going to resent it to some extent.  I think they should produce quality product and market it well.  If they get that right and there is consumer demand, the sales will come.  If not, then they should probably close up shop or focus on something else.  They have no business making things like the Star Sisters if too few people really want them.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on July 27, 2012, 04:08 PM
I get the idea of the subscriptions.  They want to ensure they have a baseline in sales so that they don't take a loss on product that they can't move.  But I agree that the implementation is wrong. 

Not everyone wants every figure, so having to commit to 12 figures (especially when you don't know what all 12 are up front) is difficult for many.  I've got the DC sub again for next year, but I'm long time DC fan who knows most of the obscure characters, so I'm ok with it.  I think it would be better if they could let people know about all 12 up front, or have subs for 4 or 6 figures at a time instead of 12. 

MOTU is my first toy line that I collected as a kid.  My older brothers had SW, so I had a bunch of those.  But MOTU was the first line that I bought myself.  I loved the 20XX line when it came out and hunted most of them down, and I have the bulk (60-70%) of the MOTUC line.  But I don't want it all.  I got the first sub they did (4 months or so), but didn't get the sub last year, and I don't plan on it this year.  I like most of the figures I've seen, and think that Greyskullman is actually pretty cool.  Hopefully the line continues, but I just can't justify the commitment up front.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on July 31, 2012, 04:19 PM
IMO it's all scare tactics, the clowns are too cheap to do real advertising and are trying to get everyone all whipped up.  "Mattel R killin teh lein"
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on August 1, 2012, 10:10 AM
I get the idea of the subscriptions.  They want to ensure they have a baseline in sales so that they don't take a loss on product that they can't move.  But I agree that the implementation is wrong. 

I think everyone gets the concept, but that doesn't make it right.  I'm sure Target would like to guarantee that they ordering the right amount of toilet paper or the local grocery would love to know just how many fresh tomatoes they should buy, but none of those places are forcing you to "subscribe" in advance to ensure that they have the right quantities.  Then you add in the element of not even knowing which figures will be available - it's pretty ridiculous.  I can't think of any other example in life where someone is asking you to pay a year in advance for mystery items that you know next to nothing about. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 2, 2012, 12:52 AM
It is pretty ridiculous, and again, I've decided against it. I doubt Mattel will let the line die- I'm sure the only reason it got the greenlight in the first place is to build awareness for a movie, which they seem to be getting serious about (finally). I'll be damned if I'll let a toy company dictate to me what figures I'm going to buy, and that's that.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 3, 2012, 12:44 PM
I read a nice editorial at AFI this week about the sub, which covers a lot of the reasons I'm out as well.

http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/blog/jjjason/mattycollector-2013-subscriptions-why-im-out/ (http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/blog/jjjason/mattycollector-2013-subscriptions-why-im-out/)

I've been going through everything this week (I like to try and do that every so often), and have a pile of unopened MOTUC figures that I didn't necessarily want but can't really unload either.  That's when I realized it was time for me to drop the sub.  Like I said, I think the line is very well done (ordering, not so much), and I am happy to have the figures I do, but dedicating to an entire year of figures that you either don't want or don't know about just to get the few that you do just seems ridiculous.  Plus, now it sounds as if the only way you can get MOTU figures is if you subscribe, which makes things that much worse.  I'd gladly pay a little more to get my Ram Man on the day of sale (if I could get through the ordering process), and not have to have the sub.

Honestly, I think Ram Man is my main "want" from this line yet (and I really hope I'm able to get him somehow), so why would I buy the sub for one figure?  I read in that article above that 45% of the figures released so far in the MOTUC lines were never in the vintage line.  Cool for some maybe that they are expanding beyond that, but my main source of nostalgia comes from the vintage line of figures (and to some extent the cartoon).  I wonder if they'll actually pull the plug on the line or not.  I hope they find some way to release Ram Man, he was one of my favorites as a kid.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 4, 2012, 03:25 AM
I love that AFI link, especially in the comments. This Lucinda character is saying people who didn't buy a 2013 sub aren't "true fans." I have to ask, what exactly makes a true fan? My first action figure ever was Skeletor that I got for my third birthday in 1984, and I've loved MOTU ever since. I'll gamble I'm a truer fan than most of the people buying this new line, if we're going to make it into a pissing match. I've seen the original line die, I've seen NA and 200X die; this isn't anything new and it's Mattel themselves that's really to blame here, not people forking over incredible amounts of cash for things they never needed in the first place.

Just had to rant on that point, because this Lucinda dork isn't the only troll I've seen break out that qualifier. And another point- if we're getting washed-up actors from the 1987 MOTU movie begging people to subscribe now, it makes me wonder how embarrassing things will be next year at this time when the 2014 sub is in deep ****.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on August 4, 2012, 01:51 PM
I dont know, I think if 2013 happen, 2014 will be fine if they stick to the restructured year to get out the remaining main characters.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scockery on August 6, 2012, 09:09 PM
I don't collect modern MOTU, but never go for that "true fans support the line" stuff.  If a "true fan" unconditionally buys whatever junk they put out for whatever price, I'd be happy not to be a true fan of anything.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on August 9, 2012, 05:19 PM
I wish I could say I am shocked by what they have said the last couple of days.  Toy Guru said several weeks ago something to the effect of how if 2013 makes it, he would make sure the remaining vintage would be included in 2014, now he is backing off that statement and saying 2014 might only be 6 figures.  Why should we believe anything they tell us ever?  People were most likely buying subs based off of what he originally said about 2014 then after they get their 2013 quota, they change things up, asses.  You know they will be doing nothing but issuing threats about how the line is dying until they get their damn 2014 quotas.   ::)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on August 17, 2012, 01:58 PM
Guess I'll just ride it through to the end. Mattel did kind of screw themselves- the figures left from the vintage MOTU line have a lot of unique tooling. They really should have spread them out a little more. I guess they could sell more POP figures to offset then cost.

People must have forgotten about or didn't care to own Sir Laser-Lot. I just grabbed him and Grizzlor from Matty, two days after the sale started. Maybe these fan-created characters weren't such a hot idea after all.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on August 17, 2012, 08:35 PM
Well if they hold true, there should be 2 more fully tooled figure reveals for 2013. As for 2014, I hope we at least get 12 figures and an oversize.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on September 10, 2012, 08:55 PM
I'm trying to remember with all of the will they/won't they with the subscription for next year, but are Ram Man, etc. only available to subscribers, or is there an outside shot you can order one day of (if you are fortunate enough to get an order through).

For some reason, after getting out my childhood MOTU stuff, I've really been in a He-Man mood lately.  I've started trying to complete some of the vintage lineup that I was familiar with as a kid, or at least watching some things on ebay, etc.  I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Ram Man in Classics as well, and hope I'm able to get a hold of one.  I was looking back through this thread, and saw some of the pics Scott posted of his vintage lineup, and I wouldn't mind working toward something like that some day - at least the first two to three series of figures or something.  I still have all my figures from when I was a kid, but some are missing a few things after going through both my brother and I.  I was sort of looking for a more complete He-Man on ebay, and he seems to be one of the more pricey ones for some reason (or I just haven't searched very well yet).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on September 11, 2012, 11:30 AM
Ram Man will have day of stock, supposedly more than most since they know how in demand he is.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on September 19, 2012, 06:56 PM
Still in love with this line!  Nice package coming this week - Mekaneck, Dragon Blaster Skeletor, and Snake Men 2 Pack.  Woot!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: ruiner on September 19, 2012, 06:58 PM
Oh check this out - deluxe DVD package coming out in Dec., $99 SRP:

(http://he-man.org/assets/images/home_news/motu_30th_dvd_sell_sheet-2_full.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 20, 2012, 01:26 AM
I already have all that on DVD already, but might bite on that for Grayskull thingie and the soundtrack CD.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on September 21, 2012, 12:08 AM
I just really want the gold power sword but already have all the DVDs
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 22, 2012, 10:54 PM
So, Castle Grayskull.

http://www.he-man.org/news_article.php?id=2910 (http://www.he-man.org/news_article.php?id=2910)

Also, Snake Face, Karatti, and Octavia were revealed at Power-Con.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on September 23, 2012, 10:17 AM
They are doing the Castle the smartest and fairest way, at least we have a shot at this thing.  I wish they would do this for more vehicles too.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on September 23, 2012, 08:58 PM
Wow, Castle Grayskull, not sure what I'll do about this one.  It will be super expensive I'm sure, so that might price me out of it - but it really would be nice to have one.  I thought that after Ram Man was released, I may be done/content with this line - but that would be hard to pass up.  I do still have the vintage Grayskull from my childhood (although it could probably use a couple replacement parts), so I guess I could always use that as a display as well.  Either way, cool that they're doing this.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on September 23, 2012, 11:58 PM
It's pretty expensive, but I'm seriously considering it, about as seriously as Mattel would, for what it's worth.

I would rather buy something like a MOTUC Battle Ram or Land Shark or Slime Pit, but I get why the want to get this out the door before the line ends. It's far more iconic.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 11, 2012, 09:08 PM
I'm sure most people that hit this thread already have them, but for anyone who missed out or was waiting for a good deal, I see that Mattel is offering a He-Man/Battle Cat "Party Pack" tomorrow in honor of the 30th Anniversary.  Both figures for $30 total, not a bad deal.  Kind of like getting He-Man for free I guess (plus shipping I assume).
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 12, 2012, 03:36 AM
That's a good deal, but I'll be spending plenty there on Monday, what with Rattlor, the Ultimate Battleground Weapons Pak, and the King Grayskull reissue all being for sale that day.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on October 12, 2012, 09:20 AM
I want to pick up a set or 2 for some customs but Monday is already expensive with the subs plus trying to get the weapons pack and a few reissues.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 13, 2012, 03:39 PM
http://toynewsi.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=2012_NYCC%2FMattel%2FMOTUC_Booth&pic=IMG_2033.jpg&dispsize=600&start=0&sl=19321 (http://toynewsi.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=2012_NYCC%2FMattel%2FMOTUC_Booth&pic=IMG_2033.jpg&dispsize=600&start=0&sl=19321)

Wow, Castle Grayskull is gonna be huge.

Also, Clamp Champ and NA He-Man were revealed at NYCC today.

http://toynewsi.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=2012_NYCC%2FMattel%2FMOTUC_Booth&dispsize=600&start=0&sl=19321 (http://toynewsi.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=2012_NYCC%2FMattel%2FMOTUC_Booth&dispsize=600&start=0&sl=19321)

Glad to see NA He-Man, and hope all three versions of NA Skeletor make it out before the line ends.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on October 14, 2012, 10:36 AM
I am pumped for NA He-Man and tat they included the pony tail, can deal without the full chest armor, but really hope that they give us an alt helmet head.

Clamp Champ was a boring character when i was a kid and still is. Never cared if they made him, Ninjor, or RioBlast.

I woul dlike to see better pictures of the castle blue prints. Still dont intend to buy one but i wouldnt mind being enticed.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 14, 2012, 01:55 PM
I think I'm going to go ahead and preorder Grayskull. The original was probably my favorite toy of all time, and this one looks just as cool even to my (supposedly) adult sensibilities.

I can see why people have a hard time with it. It'll probably be $300 after shipping. But maybe it'll be the shot in the arm the line needs to make it to 2016.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on October 14, 2012, 09:49 PM
I'm so torn on this one.  It looks awesome, and there's a ton of time to save for it.  But, as noted it will likely be around $300.  And adding customs charged to bring it into Canada will probably push it to $350.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 15, 2012, 12:18 PM
I'm torn as well, but I really would like to get one.  Even though we're going off blueprints, I have confidence that it will likely be pretty cool and nicely done.  Ordering/pricing problems aside, I can't say that any of the products have been crappy and my MOTU Classics are some of my favorite collectibles.  Honestly, if I preorder this thing, I'd really have to cut back or drop off other things I've been collecting to save up the money.  $300 is a lot for me to set aside for collecting these days, with Star Wars, Marvel, and now the Hobbit already on my radar.  I guess it looks like I've got until the end of the year to decide, so we'll see.  I've said it before, but if MOTUC was all you collected, you could really have a nice looking setup - and now Grayskull would be the perfect centerpiece.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 15, 2012, 12:39 PM
Rattlor was already sold out by the time I got there this morning, but still got King Grayskull, the Weapons Pak, and Panthor.

I'd hate to collect the DC stuff- looks like most all of them are gone already.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on October 15, 2012, 02:10 PM
Not sure how fast Rattlor went, but I managed to snag one.  I was happy to also finally get a King Greyskull.  Now I just need to figure out what to do about the castle. ???
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: CHEWIE on October 15, 2012, 02:25 PM
I think it's very cool that they're wanting to make this... if it goes over well, I wonder what the chances are for a Snake Mountain? 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on October 15, 2012, 02:33 PM
I still want to see Battle ram.  I loved the old one, and saw prototype pics of a new one show up a few years ago that looked fantastic.  Most of the vehicles I wouldn't care about, but I would love to see that one.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on October 17, 2012, 09:18 AM
I've never been a vehicle guy, now or as a kid, but I loved the castles as a kid. Part of me really wants to order it now but I really have no idea where to put it if it actually happens. I so want snake mountain though...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on October 19, 2012, 11:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9GpAEhXAmDs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9GpAEhXAmDs)

Size comparison
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on October 25, 2012, 04:48 PM
That is nuts. Can't wait for it.

I got my preorder in. $19.65 for shipping, which is OK since the thing weighs like twenty pounds. Noticed the release date is 12/11/2013. It's going to be a long wait, if it happens.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on October 25, 2012, 08:53 PM
I'm still on the fence and trying to decide before the deadline.  On the one hand, I could just set aside a little bit each month and it wouldn't be such a hit come Dec. of next year.  I'm a bit wary because of the cryptic comment from Adam at GH a week or two back about "start saving for next year, trust me", unless that was relating to the Angry Birds nonsense.  I don't think I'll be buying quite as much SW, if the early waves are an indication of how much similar stuff we'll be getting (and with my increased focus on OT mostly), so we'll see.

Grayskull holds a special place for me since I had (have) the vintage version as a kid.  I didn't have much for larger stuff from the lines I followed (a couple of SW ships, both hand me downs and just the WHALE from Joes as far as bigger stuff), but for some reason my parents must have really took to buying the He-Man stuff as I had both Grayskull and Snake Mountain.  Had a lot of fun playing with that stuff, and being able to pick up this new (huge) version would be a nice capper to the modern line for me.  I think, once Ram Man is released, I'd be pretty happy with the collection (aside from maybe Two Bad and one or two others), and I'd probably be finished up for the most part.  Nice way to go out.  We'll see.  What we've seen so far (even foam models) look pretty great.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on November 13, 2012, 11:17 PM
Looks like Mattel got all their needed preorders for CG, so game on. The preorder's been extended through January 4th if you want order one.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: drewlam on November 15, 2012, 01:06 PM
Man, I got on an hour late today and Castle Greyskullman is already sold out!!!  I wonder if they had less stock than usual?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: iFett on November 15, 2012, 01:27 PM
Um can we please have a Death Star now Hasbro ?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on November 15, 2012, 05:47 PM
Had to order a CG, hopefully it leads to more goodies like the Talon Fighter/Point Dread, Snake Mountain, the Fright Zone and maybe some DC stuff like a Hall Of Justice or even a Ghostbusters firehouse
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 8, 2013, 12:00 PM
TNI has a few looks at upcoming MOTU Classics stuff, including some proto pics of Grayskull.  I'm sure there will be better looks this weekend at Toy Fair, but it gives some idea:

http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=336&itemid=19921 (http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=336&itemid=19921)

I really wanted to order one of these, and sort of wish I had, but I really need to cut back a bit and not sure I could really afford it (or at least justify it unless I gave up all other collecting).  That said, it is awesome that they are making it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 9, 2013, 03:32 AM
Wow. Lookit Grayskull. The 10 month wait is gonna kill me. BTW, I think Matty opens preorders again after the TF reveal, so hey, after a $300 commitment, Grayskull can be yours too.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 10, 2013, 04:24 PM
Grayskull Revealed:

http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/mattel-toy-fair-motuc-castle-grayskull-revealed (http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/mattel-toy-fair-motuc-castle-grayskull-revealed)

Wow.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on February 11, 2013, 05:20 PM
Grayskull Revealed:

http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/mattel-toy-fair-motuc-castle-grayskull-revealed (http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/mattel-toy-fair-motuc-castle-grayskull-revealed)

Wow.

Can someone explain to me how this beauty gets made, but Hasbro insists they could not turn a profit on a component Death Star playset?  Amazing.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 11, 2013, 11:03 PM
I think Castle Grayskull is more on the level of the Millennium Falcon, which Hasbro already did an incredible job with. It's not the play set thing, it's that CG is the centerpiece of any MOTU collection, the same way the BMF is the crown jewel of the Star Wars line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: McMetal on February 15, 2013, 09:19 AM
Anyone jumping on this Club Filmation thing?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 15, 2013, 12:09 PM
I was so stressed about being able to get a Ram Man, but I just had probably the smoothest (non subscriber) ordering process I've ever had at Matty Collector.  I brought the site up at eleven, clicked order, and was done in about thirty seconds.  That was nice.  I should have probably ordered Jitsu too, but I was so concerned about getting a Ram Man order in, I didn't think about it.  Barring an influx of money for a Castle Greyskull, I think this might be my last modern He-Man order.  Aside from maybe Two Bad, I can't think of anyone else I'd really want unless I'm blanking on characters.  If they do more vehicles, that would maybe be more tempting, although I've still yet to get a Wind Raider.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 15, 2013, 12:24 PM
Missed Ram Man (like I knew I would) but I did get Jitsu. It was a very smooth order process, probably due to the fact that shipping on a $27 action figure is now $9.90.

This line is just too expensive anymore. I'll have to pay a king's ransom for Ram Man on ebay, but I figure that and Clamp Champ will be it until Grayskull drops.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on February 15, 2013, 05:59 PM
Totally forgot today was a sale day. Wanted to pick up a Ram-Man for a He-ro son of He-man custom.  :-\
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on February 16, 2013, 10:50 AM
Brian, Mantenna is coming later this year and he looks awesome.  So glad I have a sub, also it is funny(or maybe it isn't) how they just announced that Fang Man will not be put up for sale and then lo and behold, the Filmation sub is offered, gee I wonder if they are trying to use the usual scare tactics to get people to buy some subs lol? 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on February 16, 2013, 05:46 PM
They did warn everyone that some figures would not be available day of so I don't really see it as a scare tactic. Whatever it is, i hope the line continues.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on February 17, 2013, 02:37 PM
$82 for a Ram Man just now.  :P Oh well, them's the breaks. It was by far the cheapest one on ebay.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on March 15, 2013, 01:27 PM
Ram Man has dropped a bit lately, you should be able to snag him for around $60.  Good luck if you want Strobo now, though.  People are going ape poop ove the fast sellout.  If they show some patience, he will be back online in a few months most likely.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 15, 2013, 02:30 PM
That was the opposite of what I thought would happen for Ram Man. Oh well. I paid the money, and I enjoy my figure.  :) I would have figured he'd just get more expensive like Fisto and the Sorceress.

I'm not sure about that Strobo guy. I know he's an exclusive, but I just can't figure out how or why people would go nuts for that figure. I didn't want one in the first place, so that's OK with me.

I find it odd that now there's this Filmation sub, and Fang Man is in the regular sub. Had he been left out and the NA He-Man put in his place, I might have considered getting a sub for 2013. Those Filmation characters (other than Prince Adam and Orko) hold no interest for me. More power to those who do. I'm glad the vintage picks are light this year since the $27 price and $10 shipping is making me question if it's really worth it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on March 16, 2013, 07:18 AM
I think with Strobo it's two things, the bonus Zodak head and the fact that it sold out so quickly, leading to panic, a scalper's dream.  There is no doubt in my mind they just put a few online to see how it would do because really, this character is pretty lame and minor.  But people need to have it now so they will pay.  A fool and his money and all that.  He will be online again, most likely they will have tons of him around Black Friday. 
I will not be shocked if this is the last year for the MOTUC line.  It gets more expensive every year, there are not too many characters people want and people just seem to get more and more upset by how the line is handled.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on March 16, 2013, 11:47 AM
I would guess the Zodak head is a big part of it and the fact it is a never before released figure that I think was at some point considered in the vintage line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 23, 2013, 12:15 AM
Anyone have an extra Whiplash for sale? I missed him when he hit Matty, and prices are ridiculous on ebay ($100 and more) so I thought I'd ask here.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on March 24, 2013, 10:04 AM
Damn Whiplash is that much now?  I used to have some extras, I bought three.  I think I sold two though.  I will take a look and see if I have more than one.  Does $25+ shipping sound okay? 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on March 25, 2013, 11:31 AM
Sorry, just found one Whiplash  :(
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on March 26, 2013, 12:13 AM
Hey, that's OK. Thanks for looking, though.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on March 26, 2013, 08:48 PM
finally got my Strobo in the mail. Actually really like it even if it is a simple repaint with a new cape. I wish he came with that gun though, heres hoping it is in the next weapons pack.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on April 30, 2013, 12:19 PM
Rock Warriors are SDCC exclusive.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 1, 2013, 11:29 PM
Sweet. Expected it to be either Two Bad or Modulok, but I'll take those guys.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 2, 2013, 11:53 PM
I was hoping for something more obscure. Hope SDCC reveals some cool stuff.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 9, 2013, 11:44 PM
Hate to do back to back posts but for those interested and haven't seen, MAttel is randomly listing a Spirit of Hordak figure over at Matty. I missed the first round, been checking feverishly since.  ::)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Ben on May 11, 2013, 10:57 AM
Boy, Mattel sure can find new ways to infuriate people. I'm really not interested in this figure (especially at $40) but this is insane. I thought the reason they built the Matty site was so that people knew when exactly something would be on sale.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 11, 2013, 11:09 AM
Yeah, I love the idea of getting extra figures but having then randomly pop up in the middle of a work day sucks.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scockery on May 11, 2013, 12:30 PM
That's ridiculous, but it's also the only way to ensure a limited appeal figure like that sells through...or am I giving Mattel too much credit? The whole MOTUC line seems sustained by company-induced rarity and stringing along fans with promises of getting to every vintage character or at least the desired ones eventully.

I think if MOTUC were a mass release line it might have lasted 2 years.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 14, 2013, 10:01 PM
Got my SOH this morning with early access. Seems like it was a fiasco for many though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: McMetal on May 20, 2013, 10:22 AM
Has anyone gotten their May offerings in the mail yet?

Still waiting on mine...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on May 22, 2013, 12:02 AM
Got them last week and Hordak today.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on May 23, 2013, 08:50 AM
Glad to hear about someone actually get a Spirit of Hordak lol.  I tried to log in but it told me my membership was not valid or some other tripe.  Amazing that Digital River still has such goofy problems after so many years of dealing with this line.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 19, 2013, 04:37 AM
For those interested who didn't notice, the subs are open for order without reveals.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Resurrection Bob on July 21, 2013, 11:20 PM
So Big Lots stores across the country are getting a variety of MOTUC figures right now.  The exact figures vary, but it seems most if not all are getting the Mo-Larr and Skeletor pack and Orko (with Prince Adam).  Everything is $10.  The stores around me in Western Washington are largely cleared out (except Mo-Larr in Tacoma and Kent and Megator in Tacoma).  There are also Ghostbusters 12" 2-packs of Egon and Ray that don't seem to be in as much demand for $30.

I had no luck finding an Orko anywhere, so if anybody goes hunting for these, if you find an extra Orko could you shoot me a message and we can work out a deal?  With all the stores getting cleared out, I'm sure there will be a lot of Orkos on eBay, but I don't really want to reward the folks that couldn't be nice and leave some for the next collector.

And regardless of whether anybody can help me or not, happy hunting, everyone!
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: CHEWIE on July 24, 2013, 03:05 PM
I checked three different Big Lots stores in my area this week - no sign of any MOTU.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: McMetal on July 24, 2013, 03:24 PM
I checked three different Big Lots stores in my area this week - no sign of any MOTU.

Same here, no luck at all. :(
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on July 27, 2013, 09:01 PM
The few 2014 figures they revealed are nice, but they have not shown the exclusive.  I will sign up for the sub around the 15th if it looks like it will go through.  Nice to see the scare tactics start already on the message boards lol.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: JediJman on July 28, 2013, 12:56 AM
No sign of MOTU @sign Big Lots in Mpls.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Scockery on July 28, 2013, 09:35 AM
Nada here. Big Lots here suck for getting anything interesting, never even got the Class 1 Star Wars stuff (that wasn't that cheap anyway). Big Lots sucks for most things, other than clearance food.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: CHEWIE on July 28, 2013, 03:47 PM
Ok... so nobody else is able to find any MOTU at Big Lots... wondering if that means that this distribution isn't all that widespread?
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Resurrection Bob on July 28, 2013, 09:56 PM
Looking around various collecting sites, it seems the distribution is actually quite widespread, but so are individuals clearing out entire stores.  Stores in my area that I visited or called had often been cleared out earlier that day or in the last few days by a single person.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: CHEWIE on July 31, 2013, 10:35 AM
Ok, thanks... I went ahead and hit the same three Big Lots stores again.  No sign yet, but they all now had Smurfs displays and also one store had 4 sets of the Ghostbusters 2-pks. 

I usually don't do this, but I went ahead and spoke with the manager at the store that had the Ghostbusters.  She said they haven't received any He-Man toys and was not sure if they would or not.  So then I showed her a pic on my phone - she laughed and said they definitely haven't received "anything like that."  Guess I'll try again in a few more days.  I'd really like to grab a couple things for my son.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on August 7, 2013, 06:45 PM
Really hope the subs go through. Really want the Scorpia figure they teased to be released.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: CHEWIE on August 9, 2013, 12:09 PM
Ok, thanks... I went ahead and hit the same three Big Lots stores again.  No sign yet, but they all now had Smurfs displays and also one store had 4 sets of the Ghostbusters 2-pks. 

I usually don't do this, but I went ahead and spoke with the manager at the store that had the Ghostbusters.  She said they haven't received any He-Man toys and was not sure if they would or not.  So then I showed her a pic on my phone - she laughed and said they definitely haven't received "anything like that."  Guess I'll try again in a few more days.  I'd really like to grab a couple things for my son.

I give up.  Wasted way too many toy runs on Big Lots only to be told by another manager that they haven't gotten these in and these things are often regional.  I'm done.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Resurrection Bob on August 10, 2013, 03:06 AM
Yeah, I ended up finding a few things in my area, but there was a lot of driving involved, as I don't live terribly close to my nearest Big Lots.  I've ended up doing a little trading, and I gave in and grabbed a couple things on eBay - the sheer quantity of figures that showed up at retail has pushed prices down quite a bit.  Considering the cost of gas for a toy run, it ended up looking like a good option to me.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: CHEWIE on August 11, 2013, 08:57 PM
I took my kids camping over the weekend, and there happened to be a Big Lots way out in the boonies.. we stopped so we could see if they had these... low and behold, they had 5 different figures.  Got my son two of them - Grizzlor and Clawful.  He is very happy so now I can quit going to these stores trying to find them.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on August 12, 2013, 09:46 PM
Mattel just announced additional accessories with the 2014 figures. They showed a filmation powersword. Hopefully enough incentive for people to sub.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 16, 2013, 09:19 PM
I posted something similar in the DC thread, but it looks like Mattel has announced that Two Bad has become a subscription-only figure now (no day of sale).  Likely to boost the subscription numbers.  I won't be getting the sub next year (and didn't this year), but that was one of the few left from the ones I wanted from the vintage line.  I don't mind their subcription system at all, but there was just getting to be too many figures I didn't care about or even necessarily want for me to buy in for $30 or more a month.  Looks like another close finish to see if they reach their goal numbers, but they usually make a big surge right at the end, we'll see.  The DC one seems to be in more trouble.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on August 20, 2013, 08:43 PM
Sounds like Club Eternia lives at least one more year, as Matty has posted the numbers and said they reached 115% of their goal.  I can't really afford to subscribe anymore, and really only want a couple more characters, but I'm happy to see the line live on a bit longer.  Doesn't sound like DC or Ecto made the cut though.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on August 22, 2013, 09:45 PM
Since the lack of interest in 3 3/4 Star Wars figures MOTUC classics became my main line, very happy to see we get another year. Just hope we get to Scorpia this April or so since she was teased. After that I will be happy with whatever we get. Will continue to subscribe as long as the option is there but wont be as heart broken if I can finally have a Shadow Weaver and Scorpia in the line, main figures I always wanted as a kid.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: CHEWIE on August 23, 2013, 07:14 PM
Isn't there a MOTU film in the works?  If so, that's a whole new line of toys coming... I hope they go both 3.75" and 6" scale...  :)
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: McMetal on August 27, 2013, 09:44 PM
I found a couple of Orkos today at my local Big Lots for $10 a pop. That was the only figure they appeared to have...
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on October 13, 2013, 12:39 PM
Love the Flogg reveal at NYCC. Pink hilt Battleground Teela sword was shown today.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on November 3, 2013, 07:10 PM
NA Skeletor, Flutterina, and Broom reveals this weekend. NA Skeletor looks awesome. Pumped about Broom (Lookee was also shown) and assuming the eventual MAdame Razz.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: John C on March 7, 2014, 05:55 PM
Anybody buying that She Ra subscription?  I picked one up.  The Light Hope figure is awesome. 
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on March 8, 2014, 02:32 PM
I ordered one. Light Hope is awesome.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on June 10, 2014, 11:02 PM
I've been going through some Rubbermaids of stuff lately to see what I could maybe downsize, and got to thinking about this line again.  Did anyone here end up getting the Castle Grayskull? I would like to, but just can't afford it, and was just curious how it turned out in person.  Otherwise, I'm pretty complete with what I want from this line, although I have some figures still u opened from when I used to subscribe that I'd like to unload.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on June 15, 2014, 10:37 PM
I dropped my pre-order when they gave us the option. Just didn't seem worth the price after I thought about it.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 25, 2014, 10:32 PM
I just posted in the Joe thread about Gentle Giant doing the "Jumbo" treatment to the vintage Joe line, and now it looks like Mattel is doing the same thing with MOTU.  Sounds like this line will be kicking off later this year with He-Man and Skeletor (complete with vintage packaging) with Stratos and Beastman to follow I believe.  While it might be cool to have a couple, I wonder how this large scale stuff will catch on.  Its neat and all, but display space (or storage) isn't exactly something a lot of collectors have a ton of anyways.  The 12" stuff eats that up pretty quickly.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on July 29, 2014, 12:09 PM
The head sculpts seem off and the packaging is not collector friendly or an exact replica of the originals.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on February 18, 2016, 07:30 PM
Is anyone here picking up the new "Filmation" line of MOTU figures? I had hoped to get the He-Man at least, but missed it when it went on sale Monday. I kind of dig the figures, but can't really do the whole subscription thing anymore.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: evenflow on February 22, 2016, 04:23 PM
I didn't do the Filmation subscription. I am ready to be done with MOTUC and rehashes of less detailed figures wasn't for me.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: Brian on July 23, 2016, 02:56 PM
I haven't had a chance to read all the details yet, but it sounds like MattyCollector is getting shut down at the end of the year, with the MOTU figures shifting to Super7. The Thundercats line appears to be cancelled, although the four or so planned out for 2016 will come out. Big changes in store for those lines. Honestly I haven't bought any He-Man figures recently, and was pretty happy with my collection. I sort of wanted the Filmation He-Man, but missed out so I just moved on.
Title: Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
Post by: McMetal on July 24, 2016, 05:52 PM
Yeah, nice that it is continuing in some form for those that are interested. But I think it bodes ill for people like me that were really into what Super7 was doing before, namely ReAction figures. MOTU was literally all they wanted to talk about in San Diego.

And man, that He-man cartoon they cooked up was just painful.