SDCC 2012 has wrapped! It’s Monday morning, the SDCC attendees are heading home while the rest of us are already back at work, but, let’s face it, productivity isn’t on the agenda today. This year’s IAT SDCC Armchair Coverage features over 300 links from more than a dozen SDCC-attending sites!
As you’ve over the last few days, instead of focusing all the Armchair Coverage into one article in constant need of editing, we moved the action over to the IAT Forums and kept track of the reveals by company or by toy line. I know it was a little different than what everyone’s been used to the last three years, but it seems to have worked out tremendously well. It was a lot easier for Vault and I and we were shocked by the forum turnout! So, a quick thank you to all of you guys for sticking with us and embracing the format change! We appreciate you guys – you’re why we’re up at night posting the links after we find ’em.
For today, I’m going to dip into some details and commentary for MOTU Classics and DC Classics in this article, but if you want to skip right to those links or are looking for news on some other lines you can go directly to the forum coverage!
As has been the case with the past few comic-cons, I find myself looking forward to the Masters of the Universe Classics reveals more than most. I love toys for toy’s sake and MOTU is one of those lines where I can unwind from the media (which I do enjoy) and just take the toys as they come.
I’ve been enjoying the line this year, but I was kinda in-between on the recent figures like Horde Prime & Slushhead and what was already revealed as being in the pike. The SDCC took that slight funk I’ve been in and tossed it on its ear. Right out of the gate we saw the beautifully done Granamyr (Dec) and the best Weapon’s Pak (Oct) yet featuring newly tooled weapons as well as weapons that had to be cut from recently released figures to stay under budget (and they tossed in a few repaints as well). At $18, it’s priced higher than previous packs, but looks well worth the price.
At the panel, the best reveal was surely the one the collective online community had been waiting for: Ram Man (Jan)! The big guys look as fantastic as I’d hoped. He’s wider than the average figure, includes his trusty axe and an alternate unhelmeted head. Ram Man will be priced at $30 as one of the four extra quarterly offerings. While Ram Man will kick off 2013 alongside Netossa (Jan), there were plenty of 2012 reveals too: the Snake Man Rattlor (Oct), Terry Higuchi’s Cy-Chop (Oct), MAA’s mentor Dekker (Nov), King Randor in Filmation Palace Garb (Nov), Mosquitor (Dec), and the 12″ Procrustus (Dec).
For the 2012 reveals, I was happiest to see the giant four-armed Procrustus, Dekker with his alt young head and MO2K mace, Mosquitor, while Cy-Chop and his giant scissor-hands are slowly growing on me after reading his bio. I’m not too thrilled about the Filmation Randor (I’d rather see Marlena armored up to match toy Randor) and I don’t like much about Rattlor at first glance. I’m not sure if’s the pics and lighting from SDCC, so we’ll see how I feel when he’s in-hand. The bio leaves open the possibility of a Horde/General version, so I may cling to the idea of picking that one up sometime down the road. And, how could I forget what might’ve been the most fun reveal for MOTU: Castle Grayskull Man (Nov)! CGM was inadvertently revealed by a slip-up at Digital River that posted his pic early (they gotta screw up one thing per comic-con it seems) and I was awestruck right away. I love the idea and the design, not to mention the dual swords from the Castle Grayskull flag (something we’ve been requesting here at IAT). In the display case, CGM featured more washed out/grayish hair (which I’m cool with), but the stony shoulders had been replaced by smooth ones. I think that takes away from his design a bit, so hopefully Mattel will keep the stony ones in place.
The reveals continued into 2013 with the aforementioned Netossa & Ram Man, followed by Jitsu (Feb), Fang Man (Mar), the subscription exclusive King He-Man, the travelling convention exclusive (non-SDCC) Strobo, and the second quarter oversized item, the Fighting Foe Men. Jitsu, King He-Man (with his awesome battle-damaged power sword), and the Fighting Foe Men 3pk were the key reveals for me signing up (face it, we all knew I was going to…). The FFM 3pk featured the previously unnamed vehicle drivers from the 80s MOTU Monogram Model Kits (another IAT requested set of figures… we ask for a lot of stuff!) updated a bit for the Classics line. Most notably, the Attak Trak driver has been given a welcome sex change. The Fighting Foe Men feature accessories derived from the original vehicles they once piloted and have interchangeable insignia and switch allegiance to/from the Horde. Pretty cool if you ask me.
The prices will be going up for 2013, to $25 for subscribers and $27 day of. I don’t mind as much if we see more stuff like Fang Man who features the Sword of the Ancients and the Wheel of Time in addition to his regular accessory or Strobo who features an extra unhelmeted head for Zodak or the piece of Dark Star fragment (and stand) used by Skeletor in his one appearance, but right now Netossa appears to only have one accessory, her standard shield, and that’s doesn’t seem right for the $25 price. Hopefully we’ll see more for here before she’s released early next year. Also for 2013, Snake Face’s shield was placed in the booth on the last day as a teaser for upcoming reveals.
Finally, all subscribers will get to vote for one of the late 2013 figures in the form of a fan poll. Subscribers will be allowed to choose from Crash Landing Glenn (white repaint of existing Glenn), Cloak and Dagger Lyn (cloak and hood), Geldor (German fan choice), Mini Comic Trap Jaw, Illumina, Songster, Camo Khan, or the “Mask of Power” Demon. It’s a tough vote for Vault and I, as we really want Camo Khan and MC Trap Jaw respectively, but we both feel that this is the best chance for another figure we both would like to have, Illumina. The early favorite appears to be her or Geldor anyway.
In all, the MOTU part of the Mattypalooza presentation was easily my favorite part of the convention. And as you should be able to guess from all the thumbnails here, the MOTUClassics.Com Visual Checklist is updated and ready to go with all the SDCC reveals. To check out all the pics and coverage head to this thread on the forum.