Mattel’s MOTU & DC Reveals
2013 Toy Fair Armchair Coverage

Masters of the Universe Classics

2013 Club Filmation:

  • Jul: Batros
  • Aug: Icer
  • Sep: Shokoti
  • Oct: ?????
  • Nov: ?????
  • Dec: ?????

While the new Castle Grayskull is in the spotlight, the big news out of Toy Fair should be Mattel willing to take a gamble on Filmation figures by giving them their own subscription. It shouldn’t be too much of a risk, more folks should want these than they did the new figures in the 30th Anniversary line, but the Classics line overall seems to be running into some heavy attrition lately. The first crop is a nice mix: Batros, Shokoti, & Icer, but I’m not sure I’m sold on these yet. I have until March 4th when the subscription window closes* to decide. In the end, I’ll likely subscribe and take a gamble that Strongarm is in there somewhere. My real question is – if this mini-sub sells well, will Mattel ask MOTU Collectors to do two full subscriptions next year? Eek.

* – Mattel does say that subscriptions should combine after the first month (starting with Icer) if ordered on the same account, but I want to add that you need to choose the same shipping method. I made that mistake in 2012 and ended up paying double shipping on all of our 30th Anniversary figures all year.

2013 Club Eternia:

  • Mar: Fang Man
  • Mar: Protective Packaging
  • Apr: Snakeface
  • Apr: Fighting Foe Men 3pk
  • May: Karrati
  • Jun: Octavia
  • Jul: Clamp Champ
  • Jul: NA He-Man
  • Aug: Castaspella
  • Sep: No Figure
  • Oct: Mantenna
  • Oct: Sep Figure
  • Nov: Stackable Stands

With Icer, Batros, & Shokoti forming their own subscription, that left 2013 Club Eternia with just two-and-a-half reveals: Mantenna, Castaspella, & some new bits for New Adventures He-Man. I’m still not sure if NA He-Man will either feature two heads or a helmet (via AFI), but the two armors are a great touch on that figure. I love the techno-vest that debuted at Toy Fair and I imagine I’ll be using that one in my display even if it’s not the “iconic” version of NA He-Man. Castaspella will feature clip-on energy, I love that. Finally, Mantenna looks every crazier the more pics I see of him! Four fully-articulated legs, four interchangeable eyes (via AFI), and his crossbow for good measure. I’ve been lukewarm on the character in the past, but I’m excited to get this figure.

Mattel also had some other tidbit to share. March will see the release of some protective clamshell packaging for MOC figures. November will see the release of the stackable, tiered stands (via AFI) we’ve been asking for, Rattlor’s armor is confirmed for the next weapons pack (via AFI), and finally an extra accessory – a starfield mask from the looks of it (via AFI) – appeared next to Clamp Champ in the case. It’s nearness to Clamp Champ apparently means nothing and Cornboy himself said that it was unguessable. I have no idea what it’s for, do you?

Oh yeah, and then there’s that big, giant Castle! If you’ve been poking around the Castle news, then you’ve listened to the people that have seen it in person (OMG! It’s Huge! Wow!) or, some of, the people looking at the pics online (it’s smaller! what gives?). As a person only seeing pics, I’m still pretty impressed by the size. It doesn’t look smaller to me since most of the images are looking downward at the Castle making it impossible to determine much of anything. There might be some issues with how high the floor sits off the ground (via AFI) reducing some height on the first level (close-up here via ToyArk). I’m hoping they figure out a better way to do the floor between now and the final version that will make a little more room on the interior of the castle.

It’s sad because the Castle look frikkin’ awesome and yet I have this desire to netpick it (can you tell I haven’t seen it in person??). The aforementioned floors. The ledge (I love it, but I think it’s messing with the scale and shrinking the Castle’s outward appearance (via AFI)). For the most part, I’m good to go though. I’ll bite my lip. But I am crushed about the unarticulated armor/robot. That stinks! Toy Guru pointed out that cut items – like the dungeon crate shown at MTVGeek! – can come out later, that the Castle is essentially a dollhouse and furniture could be sold separately. I so wish that was true for the robot/armor. I would’ve much rather paid for a fully-articulated figure down the road then get this giant immobile prop now.

Okay, okay, I got it out of my system. The Castle does indeed look awesome. It’s like a piece of art. I love the wood floors, the crossed power swords, that Scareglow’s key will fit in the back door. The new accessories (a mace & pistol) look sharp (via AFI). It’s going to be a great Christmas present to myself in 2013. Pre-orders have reopened on the Castle (now $275) at Mattycollector.

For the latest on Castle Grayskull, check out CastleGrayskull.Info!

36 thoughts on “Mattel’s MOTU & DC Reveals
2013 Toy Fair Armchair Coverage

  1. I’m glad that there’s a Damian Wayne being made, but I really hope the final version isn’t so buff. That was a weirdly muscular figure for such a stringy little kid.

    1. They’re using the same body they used for the first DCUC Robin and Kid Flash, and the complaint at the time was that they were too buff and too short. At least with Damien, the height’s not a problem.

      1. Robin didn’t use the “male teen buck” that was first used for Kid Flash (and later Beast Boy), did he? I thought Robin had a unique torso tool due to his vest logo and …latches/bars/???

  2. I say bring on a full 12 figure Filmation subscription for next year! There is a ton of material to cover, and I order at least 2 subs anyway to ease the shipping cost so at least now I’ll get two different figures per month instead of doubles.

    It’s sort of sad to see we still have to pay double shipping the first month of the Filmation sub. They couldn’t figure that out by now? Give me no hope early access is ever going to combine with sub orders.

  3. The Adam West Bat Stuff is very exciting. While the Castle has a beautiful sculpt… it looks Tiny with the MOTUC figures. I know that the castle is big (almost as tall as a vanity) but it looks small for the figures. Having He-Man almost scraping his head with the Castle’s teeth doesn’t help either. Looks like I’ll have to get off my butt and actually finish my Perennial WIP of a custom MOTUC Grayskull facade…
    not too excited about the filmation sub since it’s mostly one-shot guys… (most of the Filmations one-shot guys sucked!) I expect to see poopy Nepthu and Plundor…

  4. I’m right there with you on the castle. I asked TG the question of whether we could at least get a robot shell that He-Man could fit into, or better yet, if they could make it like the Snake Armor, but alas, no. I find this very disappointing. And the head clearance is especially troublesome in the images with Fisto.

  5. I suspect the ’66 Batman figures will never see the light of day on pegs, as the scalpers will be all OVER that stuff. It will be a feeding frenzy not seen since the Cabbage Patch Kids heyday. I had hopes of grabbing that Batmobile but…

    Is it just me or does taking a DCU buck and trying to modify it to look more Adam West-ish turn out…odd?

    OTOH, I am glad these are coming out. Needs Batgirl.

    I do wish there was some actual thought and plan to this line, some long term desire to go beyond what seems a gimmick release (shhh, rumor has it it’s SUPPOSED to tie with the release of the DVDs. you didn’t hear that from me), maybe make all the second (and beyond) tier villains online exclusives so we could also get ‘Dick and Bruce’ figures, Gordon, et al.

    And a Batcave. Oh yes indeed there must be a Batcave.

    Oh, and the MOTU modular stand is brilliant. Might have been nice had they thought of that from day one, but that’s me being bitchy I suppose. 🙂

    1. Most figure lines these days aren’t designed with much longevity in mind. It’s all about the main characters. With a novelty line based off a 40 year old TV show, I can’t say I blame anyone for not planning for more than half a dozen figures (rumor has it hat the two as-yet-unrevealed figures are Catwoman and Batgirl).

      This is not, unfortunately, the early 2000s, with the heyday of lines like the Simpsons and Muppets guaranteeing that you can hold back A-list characters until the fifth wave. Can you imagine if the Muppets line came out today? They’d cost $18 a piece (not $6), and the line might die before we got Gonzo.

    2. I’m also pretty excited about the stackable stands. They look pretty great. But I thought I remembered from an Ask Matty a couple months ago that they would be showing new flight stands at toy fair too.

  6. Enjoy it all. Agree about Damian he is a scrawny kid and needs shown that way. Mantenna is awesome and will holdbthe Miz’s head when get him. The filmation figs look great to me and wonder who will come next. Castaspella is nice and welcomed (still want Glimmer though)

    The 60s Batman looks great (yes I am easily pleased) and look forward to these.

    Maybe they are redoing Red Hood to the more requested version.

  7. The things that really bothered me about the Castle were:

    – The Sorceress on the throne. So they’re telling us she CAN’T sit on the throne unless you cut her wings off? Lame.

    – Why the hell does the jaw bridge need a TONGUE? All it does is add height to it, shrinking the doorway.

    – I agree with what others have said: the Castle may appear smaller because they displayed it with a ton of figures hanging all over it.

    Despite it all, I’m glad I got in my pre-order the first time around. My doubts will likely fade away once I see that big-ass box waiting for me at home.

    1. Apparently, Neitlich will insist on a little slot on the throne to slide the Sorceress back piece on it. He said it on the video walkthrough with Pixel Dan… I know this because I laughed like an immature idiot when Neitlich said: “We’re gonna try and get a little slot there!”

  8. I’m pretty giddy at everything. I can’t help it, companies are making want I want to see out of the toys I love. Sure, I could nitpick this, or nitpick that, but ultimately, I’m a happy camper.

  9. Overall, I’m pretty happy with everything. I’ll probably pass on the ’66 Batman except for the Batmobile. I agree that the Batman Unlimited lineup is looking a lot better than DC Unlimited, even if there is a lot of Bat-variants (fingers crossed for Rainbow and Zebra Batman).

    Does anybody know if the wings on Batman Beyond or Vampire Batman will be on ball joints? I have a feeling that at least the beyond wings will just clip into the back.

  10. I can’t wait to get (surprisingly affordable) Batmobile so Constantine can ctuise around and pick up chicks. I may buy a Pengquin too if only to float a little cash towards the estate of Burgess Merideth.

    1. That was the first thing I thought when I saw the finished pics. The “fins” coming up from underneath her chin DO give her a strange “jowly” look.

  11. I, too, must add my name to the “Worried about the size of the castle” list.

    Having said that, every single MOTUC thing shown has me excited and not wanting to wait for them.

  12. Me personally I don’t have a problem with the size of Castle Grayskull. I already pre-ordered 2 of them when the B sheet was 1st showed but the main thing I’m happy for is the new Filmation Sub. What took Mattel so damn long to finally do this. I love new figures that were getting mainly Mantenna W O W! I hope we get a Filmation sub in 2014 & beyond. I know I got my money’s worth now!

  13. Fantastic reveals from Mattel!

    I’m definetly getting the Batman series – I love how unashamedly retro and classic they are. I LOVE that Surfing Batman and Batmobile!

    Also really pleased about the Filmation cartoon sub – definetly getting one. Mantenna and Castaspella are great additions to the line. Castle Grayskull looks awesome – if a tiny bit on the small side. Hopefully the production piece comes out as nice as this.

    Good job Mattel!

  14. I’m not sure I’m understanding why both Huntress and Fire are scheduled for July, even though Scott has insisted that DCIE schedule is correct?

  15. not a fan of your “let’s split duos across two years/supscriptions” idea. I would hope the Johnny Thunder/T-bolt would be a 2pk, if anything. I’m not holding my breath for a Jakeem to make it a 3pk, anymore, or even a Don Hall/Dove I to complete that trio (Kestrel I already repainted from Hawk myself.)

    to be honest, the fact DR refuses to switch my card and the lackluster line-up has me not caring if the DCIE sub continues, outside of a few pieces. I can only hope they pulled Red Hood to give him the jacket buck, not the single-arc “caped” look they showed us previously.

    1. Yeah, I can just see Mattel deciding to split duos across two years and then canceling the second year’s subscription, leaving a bunch of unfinished two-member teams.

      1. I would hope in that case that Scott will make the same promise when he showed the potential figures for the 2013 sub at SDCC– that the figures they’d already developed would still be made available somehow online anyway…

  16. I’m pretty happy with Mattel at NYCC. I agree that my logical mind as of February says that I should not pick up the Batman ’66 stuff, but I will most likely fall apart like a house of cards once I see them. The sculpts look great. The Batmobile is absolutely great and definitely would help tip me into buying these.

    I’m very happy with the Club Infinite Earths figures. I think Fire looks great. I agree that a “flame on” version would be great, but I’ll be so happy to get her and Ice together.

    A great NYCC all in all.

  17. That Batman Beyond looks awesome, but I wouldn’t fully expect it have a matte finish at retail.

    It’s a prototype. The prototype for the initial Batman Beyond release had a matte finish as well.

  18. Hey you’re not the only one that wants them to do a Bloodwynd figure. He’s been on my list for years. Now I think I’m the only one that wants a 90s Guy Gardner with yellow power ring. An easy repaint and just need to retool the head to include the scar on his face.

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