If you want to know what being a new Dad does to your toy collecting, try this one: I didn’t even realize NYCC was this weekend until yesterday. Oops. To be fair, it’s been a crazy week! I may have some Armchair Coverage up over the weekend… that’ll be up to Sam.
Like me, Mattel is also not at NYCC. To make up for that they’ve been posting “Armchair News” via YouTube. First up, is an update on their 2014 MOTUC offerings:
Things look pretty decent the rest of the year, particularly for the POP faction. Spinnerella
both look pretty awesome and come with plenty of accessories to get their looks right and more accessories than just your standard shield. Tung Lashor
also looks to be a nice addition to the Snakemen. We don’t see it on the video, but I’m more excited for the tongue-in version of the head; glad that’s coming. Galactic Protector She-Ra
, or NA She-Ra looks pretty spiffy. I like the design and the accessories. I think I’m going to like her a ton. She’s got me thinking, along with a featured custom at TNI, that I need an NA Faker! The real surprise for me is Gwildor
. Fans of the vintage figure may be disappointed, because – even though they can make him thanks to his being in the vintage line – Gwildor looks more like he walked out of the movie than he is based on the vintage figure. That’s interesting.
I was feeling a little gloomy about the last few months of offerings, but the video does a good job of highlighting some of the neat stuff coming. It makes me feel better. It could also be because they don’t show Arrow – I’m not all that thrilled about him, but I know some fans love ’em and I will be taking one for the team.
Mattel then posted a video for their 2015 MOTUC offerings:
This video really hit me up side the head. I knew I was more excited for 2015 than 2014, but there is some great stuff packed into the beginning of next year. Lizard Man
looks amazing. I am bummed about the lack of ab crunch ( he stoops, it’s kinda important!) & tail articulation. I’m trying to tell myself those are just budget issues and not annoying thoughtless issues like we’ve seen this year though. That’s particularly true here. The Diamond Ray of Disappearance made of GITD plastic? The translucent webbing on the hands? The new designer, Brandon Sopinsky, looks to have put more thought into 2015’s first figure than all the figures we got this year. Ninjor
is similarly a sweet looking figure, particularly when you get that silly belt off of him and give it to Jitsu! The plethora of accessories look good and my only concern is what to do with that cool unmasked head? I’m ecstatic we got it, but I don’t have a good way to display it.
I don’t have any real thoughts about Huntara one way or the other. She’s there for the folks that want her. Oo-Larr is pretty sweet though and I have to figure out what to do with that vintage toy head. Finally, there’s the cool Snake Armor He-Man vs MO2K King Hsssss. This 2pk continues to impress, even without the MO2K Snake Top (which will come with another figure). SA He-Man looks amazing. I love the MO2K head. King Hssss looks even better. I think my vintage guy just got downgraded to Prince Python. And the torsos will all swap – there was some confusion about that happening (I don’t see why, Mattel wouldn’t tool a new torso when they’ve got one they can use), but it’s settled now and all Hsssss halves will work together.
Finally, Mattel revealed their 2015 MOTUC Chase Figure:
Dude! GITD! This is awesome. It is only tempered by the fact that the chase figure randomly popping up on Mattycollector is NOTHING
like the thrill of the hunt and it sucks. I’m not just saying that because I still don’t have Loo-Kee. I’ll still say it after. I love the idea of extra figures, just not released this way.
And some DC News:
So there’s the Batman helmet/cowl thingy. And an update on the Super Powers figures – stoked for Gold Supes & Brown Kalibak but the real tidbit here is Doomsday! I have no patience to again wade into the headache-inducing discussion that followed this figure’s announcement. I almost didn’t even post the video here, so suffice to say that I’m just glad we’re getting this figure and that I think he’ll look great next to my Containment Suit version. At $40, he’s high, but I want him and I’ll pay it. It is sad though – that “Final Figure” burst on the package? It’s like a figurative tombstone for the line.