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MOTUC King Hsss Snake

As promised, MattyCollector has posted a photo of the updated Masters of the Universe Classics King Hsss with the snake body. Skeletor’s Love Child has also provided a bit more info and an explanation of why it’s being released this way:

Hey guys,

We’ve been reading the boards and we understand there is a lot of frustration with our favorite slithery foe, King Hssss. We get it – certain things were expected and then those things changed, which is frustrating. It is also frustrating when statements like the ones that were made regarding the Snake Hssss Torso, are put out to you, the fans, before their feasibility has been confirmed. That’s what unfortunately happened here.

As we tried to rise to the challenge of somehow offering the King Hssss Bendy Snake Torso as an added bonus to an upcoming figure, we came to the conclusion that it was just impossible to make it work financially and still offer a product at the $26 price point for the sub. The Snake Torso itself is the cost of a regular MOTUC figure, so trying to just “throw it in” with Buzz Saw Hordak would have made the retail jump to the price of a two pack, which we didn’t want to do. And let’s be honest, that’s exactly why it wasn’t included with the original King Hsss in the first place (where it would have made a lot more sense).

We still really wanted to offer the Torso, because it turned out absolutely fantastic. So we decided to offer it as its own item – a complete figure – instead of not doing it at all. Soooo we worked closely with the Four Horseman and eventually came up with this offering.

What you’ll get is a Full Snake Form King Hssss figure which includes the new Bendy Snake Upper Torso with a repaint of the Snakemen lower body, and the King Hssss Briefs. You’ll also get a Bonus Transforming King Hssss Head (Snakemen Repaint) that can work with either of your King Hssss figures and some new repaints of the Snake Men Weapons. Overall we feel this is a more complete offering than just a torso in a polybag, and allows for customizable options with the original figure.

We understand it’s not exactly what you were expecting, and that some of you aren’t happy about that. But we hope you see that we are trying to offer you the best product possible, and in order to do that sometimes things have to change.

Check out the photo by reading on.

MOTUC King Hsss 2

Over on the MattyCollector page, an update was posted by Skeletor’s Love Child. There have been some changes to the release of Masters of the Universe Classics King Hsss. In short, they had to make some concessions on the figure to ensure a quality release, but he will not be a required purchase for sub holders. Here is the update in full:

From the desk of Skeletor’s Love Child:

I know you guys have been wondering about King Hssss and now that I have some concrete answers I can share what’s going on.

Yes, the new torso was scheduled to be released with Buzz Saw Hordak. However, when we tried to combine the two we found out that it wouldn’t be possible to do so due to costs. We tried a few different options (alternate packaging, higher price point, etc.), but none of these choices made sense (business or common).

So here’s what we’ve decided to do: King Hssss will still be released in 2015 but he will arrive as a complete figure. Accessories, alternate head, another set of legs…it will all be there. After reviewing all the different factors that went into making this product this was the only thing that made sense as well as the right thing to do. We know that promises were made regarding how you were supposed to receive this figure but ultimately…it just wasn’t possible. It didn’t sit well with any of us to force you to pay a premium for this item so we decided to put the power in your hands.

As a sub holder you will not be locked in to purchasing this figure. King Hssss will be offered during the month of November as an add on item. If you want him, he’ll be available during Early Access; if not, you won’t be obligated to purchase. All remaining stock not purchased will be offered during our November All Access sale.

There will be pictures posted of the bendy headed Snake Men leader at a later date, but I didn’t want to wait any longer to give you a heads up.

Transparently Yours,

Skeletor’s Love Child

When they release the updated photos, we’ll be sure to share them here.

Mattel SDCC 2015 Sales

A few Mattel San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Exclusives are up for sale Right Now! There are a few that have sold out, but some others are still up for grabs. You can buy them Here. Included are:

  • Batman™ v Superman™ Figure Two-Pack ($30) – Sold Out
  • BOOMco.™ HALO® UNSC/Covenant Battle Pack ($30)
  • Ghostbusters™ Courtroom Battle Egon Spengler ($30)
  • Masters of the Universe® Hover Robots™ 3-Pack ($35) – Sold Out
  • Masters of the Universe® Rotar™ vs. Twistoid™ ($55) – Sold Out
  • Mega Bloks® Halo® Icons Character Pack ($20.00) – Sold Out
  • Monster High® Villain 2-Pack ($40.00)
  • Monster High® Vinyl Nefera de Nile™ ($20.00)
  • Thomas & Friends™ Super Friends MINIS ($30)

SDCC2015 MOTU Filmation Skeletor

Over at the MattyCollector Forums, MattyCollector’s own Skeletor’s Love Child posted an update on some questions, comments and concerns stemming from San Diego Comic-Con. Here’s what he had to say:

Hi guys,

We haven’t been ignoring you, it’s more like everyone has been trying to get caught up and back into the regular groove now that Comic Con is over. I’ve seen a few reoccurring questions on the boards so rather than post to the individual threads I thought it would be best to list all the answers here.

Filmation Subscription
The enrollment period for this subscription will begin in October. This sub (like Collector’s Choice) will ship every other month starting in February 2016 and you will be able to receive your products bi-monthly or use the Triple Play option. You can expect lower prices for this line as well. :)

Combining Subscriptions
We are actively working with the team at Digital River to try to make this happen. I’m fully aware of the costly shipping fees, and would like to make things easier for you if possible.

Slides From the Presentation
I will make most of the slides available, some need to be held back for legal purposes.

Power Con Exclusives
Honestly we saw this as a good opportunity to support the He-Man.org crew and Power Con, and help promote the Masters brand to a wider audience. While I know this does not make everyone happy, this is simply one of those times where we will have to “agree to disagree.”

Thundercats
They’re going to be awesome. Period.

The enrollment period for this particular subscription won’t be until early 2016, and the first figure (Lion-O) won’t ship until July 2016. The full lineup will be revealed and yes, you will be pleased. :) There will be a good mix of heroes, villains and allies…seriously I think you’re going to love it.

Snake Mountain
It is gorgeous and magnificent and full of awe and wonder….and going to be resized lol. Seriously, we had no idea it was going to be that huge and while we love everything about it (and we know you do too) we’re going to scale it down between 10-20%. We want you to be able to display this beautiful beast proudly in your homes without having to build a separate room or sell one (or two) of your organs on the black market, and scaling down is the most effective way to make this happen. Oh, and to those of you who were wondering about how the Blue Tooth feature figures into the cost: it was actually cheaper to do the Blue Tooth than the microphone, like a lot cheaper.

Transparency
It was the word of the day at the Mattypalooza panel and it’s still very much alive and well in the office. However let me say this: though we are committed to keeping you guys updated and in the know about what’s going on with the line there are still some things we can’t (and won’t ) divulge due to legal and company policies. Will you know things such as the full lineup of characters in a subscription, cool things coming down the pipeline, or if product will be delayed? Yes. Will you have full access to the inner workings of Mattel and the labyrinth of policies behind making your product, or have answers the exact moment decisions are made? Probably not. Have patience with us; I know it doesn’t seem like it but we have your best interests at heart. :)

Skeletor’s Love Child

MOTUC Despara

MattyCollector has updated with full details on the Masters of the Universe Collector’s Choice Sub Triple Ship and Bi-Monthly Subscriptions. The previously opened up the Bi-Monthly Option, where you will get the figures as they are released. Those that wish to ave on shipping can choose the Triple Shipment Option, which will only ship items at three intervals throughout the sub period. The figures included in the new subscription service are:

  • Lord Masque (1/16)
  • Despara
  • Vultak (3/16)
  • Darius (5/16)
  • Night Stalker (semi-annual figure, 5/16)
  • Despara (subscription-only, 6/16)
  • Crita (7/16)
  • General Sunder (9/16)
  • Horde Wraith (11/16)
  • Tuskador (semi-annual figure, 11/16)

Click the links above for more info on each sub service.

MOTUC Despara

During this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, MattyCollector opened up their Masters of the Universe Classics Collector’s Choice Subscription Service. The sub gives you access to the following subscription figures:

  • Lord Masque (1/16)
  • Despara
  • Vultak (3/16)
  • Darius (5/16)
  • Night Stalker (semi-annual figure, 5/16)
  • Despara (subscription-only, 6/16)
  • Crita (7/16)
  • General Sunder (9/16)
  • Horde Wraith (11/16)
  • Tuskador (semi-annual figure, 11/16)

You can join the sub Here. Read on for more details.

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SDCC 2015 Mattel DC Multiverse 001

Check out these fantastic looking new Mattel DC Comics Multiverse Figures. These 6″ scale figures bring together characters from across DC Comics and CW TV Series into a Collect and Connect assortment. Included are the following figures.

  • The Flash – TV Series
  • Arrow – TV Series
  • Reverse Flash – TV Series
  • Calvin Ellis Superman
  • Zero Year Batman
  • Zero Year Joker
  • Justice Buster (Collect & Connect Figure)

UPDATE:
Team checked back in. This was it folks. Nothing else new there. If you missed our look at the DC Multiverse Batman v Superman, you can check those out Here.

 

SDCC2015 Mattel Concept Mega Bloks Grayskull 009

Mattel set up a Mega Bloks Masters of the Universe Castle Grayskull. This is a concept piece and is not guaranteed for release, and wouldn’t be the final design if and when a release happens. They are looking for fan feedback at the show, to see if something of this nature is desired by fans. You will also see a mini He-Man and Battle Cat with the castle, these are also just concept ideas. Check out some pics after the jump.

SDCC2015 Mattel MOTU Friday Pics 013

Mattel put the first Masters of the Universe 2.0 Figures in their San Diego Comic-Con Display. They also added a few new figures from the panel reveal.

MOTU 2.0

  • He-Man
  • Skeletor
  • Beast Man
  • Evilseed

MOTUC

  • Anti He-Man (Black and Red He-Man)
  • Crita
  • Lord Masque
  • Vultak
  • Darius
  • Despara

UPDATE:
More photos added including Snake Mountain!

UPDATE 2:
A few more Snake Mountain pics added.

SDCC2015 Mattel Thundercats 018

Thundercats Lion-O and Jackalman 6″ Classics figures revealed by Mattel at San Diego comic-Con 2015. These will utilize the style of their Masters of the Universe Classics line to keep a consistent look across brands. These are only the first two figures.

UPDATE:
A few more photos added.