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  1. Is it ever a good idea to have "revenge" in the title?
  2. I skipped the first movie leader class Prime because leader class Megatron was a piece of crap (one of the few TFs I've ever returned) and it would be kinda stupid to have a giant Prime next to a half-sized Megatron. I never got movie Megs because of the same reason He was a peice of crap Hes okay, but not exactly a masterpiece.... I REALLY can't wait to see what ROTF Megs looks like with his new Cybertronian Tank mode. Same here, I like the new Megatron concept art. At least Hasbro won't have to deal with big wings this time...
  3. No problem. Someone posted it on He-Man.org, and I was shocked that someone already has Faker. I, like some others have said, never cared much for Stratos (didn't dislike him, but didn't think he was very cool, either), but I think he looks as good as anyone in MOTUC so far. And Faker looks pretty cool, too. Bold confession, gojira, but I don't think you'll be stoned for it. I played with the 8-back figures the least other than He-Man and Beast Man. Even my Terror Claws Skeletor got more use than regular Skeletor. Teela, Man-At-Arms, Zodac, Mer-Man, and Stratos never got much love at all (I don't know if I ever played with Teela or Zodac even one time). My He-Man prefered to hit on She-Ra's friends over at my girlfriend's house. Teela was sort of the "Ugly Betty" of the toy box, I'm sad to say. I didn't like the uniform look, bad accessories, or simple spring-powered gimmicks of those first figures. Give me Battle Armor Skeletor, Man-E-Faces, or any of the Evil Horde over those guys any day! Though I did always have to have a standard "Original" He-Man around for show...
  4. I imagine that everyone had a favorite year from the past three or four toylines and cartoons (if you count She-Ra @hmmm@ )-- what was yours? If you were too young to catch He-Man the first time around, when did you start collecting? Though I got my first He-Man in '82 and Castle Grayskull for Christmas the following year (and Snake Mountain the year after that... what a spoiled little kid, huh?), my favorite year was probably 1985. Hordak was even cooler than Skeletor and Thunder Punch He-Man combined daring-do with the crack and smell of gun fire. At last, the Most Powerful Man in the Universe could literally "pop a cap in yo' ass", too! @loll@
  5. I have to make a confession... I was never that crazy about the original "8-Back" figures. Sure, I had most of them, since they were all prominent on the TV show and MOTU was my one true childhood devotion. But the later figures were all so much better, even the later, less-iconic versions of He-Man and Skeletor. I still haven't ever purchased a Mer-Man! But... Every MOTUC figure shown so far has been the very quintessence of Awesomeness! Even Stratos, whose original figure still leaves ripples of disappointment throughout my childhood memories. How could figures so faithful to the old be so much better now even when there is no, at least for me, nostalgia to prop them up? If these were simpler times, surely the Four Horsemen would be tried for obvious witchcraft and sentenced to some terrible ordeal.
  6. Things that stand out: Looks like the rubber tires are back, as well as the articulated fingers and light-up windshield. Transform is different-- I'm really impressed that they're giving us such a new Prime rather than just tweaking the old one, and hope the back end of the truck is more faithful this time. Different weapon mechanism, whatever "snap-out" means, which appears to be less obtrusive. Can't tell how they're handling the chrome parts, whether they're painted like the premium version or cast in silver plastic. If the latter, I hope that they don't use as dark a grey as the first Leader-class Movie Prime toy. I like the tannish silver used recently on the Target-exclusive Voyager Prime that came with a sorely out-matched Deluxe Bonecrusher. I'd love an actual vac-metalized Prime like the Old Days, but only if the QC is good and he isn't standing on his bumper as part of his transform. Box advertises both conversion sounds (please be classic G1 sound over the "Challenge of the Superfriends" noise!), racing and engine revving sounds, and a speaking voice-- hopefully Peter Cullen rather than a generic robot voice. I'm enough of a kid to really appreciate electronic gimmicks if they're handled well and still lovingly remember my G1 Galvatron-- what a great Christmas! No co-sells or any mention of combining ability. I really like my $40 Leader-Class Prime, but I'd like to see more of this one, especially pics of the actually figure. This image seems really heavily photoshopped, to the point where the windshield doesn't even look transparent. I'd like to know if the eyes glow blue this time and the extent of his hip articulation. I'd also like to see that head at other angles, since it doen't look quite like either of the Leader-Class Prime heads we've seen. I could always keep him in Truck mode and display the two together...
  7. This is the 25th Aniversary line that I'm most excited about. First Iron Hide gets some long-overdue-justice, and now Brawn! I simply can not wait for Cosmos.
  8. Man-At-Arms does seem to be rather careless with his old technology-- maybe that's how the Widgets got to be a nuclear power! Also pointed out over at the 'Org, I like how Faker has taken He-Man's place on the back of the card... and none of the other 'co-sell' figures seem to notice! @loll@
  9. I sent mine back, too. I put it in the mail the Monday before Christmas, and even though I paid for Priority Class, it still took a week to get to Mattel, but then the whole Returns dept. went on an extended holiday vacation and won't be back till this Monday. Customer Service told me 6-8 weeks as well in an email, but when I called, the rep said that it probably won't take that long. Hey, Rherk-- I'll race ya! @loll@ I just got my King Grayskulls that I ordered months ago (parents brought them for Christmas), and one has two right legs. So, I called Mattel customer service and they said I can exchange it, but I don't know if I want to wait for as long as it will undoubtedly take. I might just buy an extra He-Man and swap the legs. Alright it's official-- Eric, you win! Though I believe that I got the worst MOTUC He-Man, nothing, nothing beats two right legs! @loll@ Imagine my surprise when the very first King Grayskull figure I open, after waiting five months to get it, has two right legs. It was immediately noticeable, too, because the way it's mounted in the package, the leg looked like it was hyper-extended at first glance. Thankfully for KG, it wasn't anything that serious or painful. I'm a bit of a customizer, so I could have touched up a bad paint job or adjusted the hair if it wasn't right or even fixed the leg if it was broken, but there's pretty much nothing to be done with two right legs. Well... you could have him ride into battle on top of a three-legged Battle Cat! Other than that, my mind sure draws a blank.
  10. I sent mine back, too. I put it in the mail the Monday before Christmas, and even though I paid for Priority Class, it still took a week to get to Mattel, but then the whole Returns dept. went on an extended holiday vacation and won't be back till this Monday. Customer Service told me 6-8 weeks as well in an email, but when I called, the rep said that it probably won't take that long. Hey, Rherk-- I'll race ya! @loll@ I just got my King Grayskulls that I ordered months ago (parents brought them for Christmas), and one has two right legs. So, I called Mattel customer service and they said I can exchange it, but I don't know if I want to wait for as long as it will undoubtedly take. I might just buy an extra He-Man and swap the legs. Alright it's official-- Eric, you win! Though I believe that I got the worst MOTUC He-Man, nothing, nothing beats two right legs! @loll@
  11. The perfect counterpart to all those old catalogue pages-- Thanks! Though it is further photographic evidence of how terrible a toy Orko was... Really, could they have made him look even more like a suppository?!
  12. I sent mine back, too. I put it in the mail the Monday before Christmas, and even though I paid for Priority Class, it still took a week to get to Mattel, but then the whole Returns dept. went on an extended holiday vacation and won't be back till this Monday. Customer Service told me 6-8 weeks as well in an email, but when I called, the rep said that it probably won't take that long. Hey, Rherk-- I'll race ya! @loll@
  13. The back of the card, with bio, from MattyCollector.com-- still no reason why he's blue! Maybe because Keldor was blue before he lost his face to acid... Is blue the color of betrayal or something?! Suddenly Papa Smurf seems a little more sinister. @hmmm@
  14. The only thing about MOTUC that I have mixed feelings about is the lack of action features, at least for some characters. I'm probably in the minority with that, though, but some of the classic characters like Mekanek and Stinkor were defined by their special feature. Of course "super-posability", as Toy Biz once called it, can be a marketable action feature every bit as those old spring-loaded waists. I think that people need to look back at the 200x line and remember that some of the best figures had the least amount of updating to them, like Ram-Man, Teela, Man-E-Faces and Two-Bad. Trap Jaw was pretty faithful as well with only some added details on his body and a suped-up weapon arm, the same kind of subtle improvements we've seen on MOTUC He-Man and Beast-Man (gear and fur detail) and upcoming Mer-Man (better weapons). Really, though usually it sometimes yeilded awesome results like the completely re-imagined Buzz-Off, there were other times early in the line where the updates felt unneccessary. Did Battle Cat need new armor that offered less protection... and missiles? What about Man-At-Arm's huge shoulder pad or that crazy wind-mane attached to Sy-Klone (poor guy looks like he had to wear that for medical reasons and the other kids in school laughed at him...)? I hope that the Hoursemen have learned to only fix what was broken and focus those creative changes on the less iconic second-tier warriors that need it the most. We've already seen one new 200X design in MOTUC with King Grayskull, and I'm sure their will be more down the line, especially since Toyguru has said that they can't use Filmation designs. A MYP Randor would be soooo much more awesome than that lousy one with the recycled Mechanek armor we got from the tail-end of the first MOTU line...
  15. All three packs were at my local WM in Washington State yesterday. That was the first time I ever saw the fifth set at retail-- the other two made a brief appearance at my Target a couple weeks before Christmas, but they've been completely sold out since then. Which of your local stores sells out and re-stocks the fastest?
  16. These pics have been up for awhile on "Matty Mattel"'s Facebook page, even before He-Man.org-- if you're already on Facebook you should befriend Matty AKA Toyguru AKA Scott Neitlich of Mattel. People have commented over there that the hair now looks much darker. I kinda prefer this to the Ronald McDonald-Red of the past two Fakers. No confirmation yet if the robotic chest detail is a tampo or a sticker like with the original, but his half sword will unite with He-Man's or Prince Adam's when and if they get around to making one.
  17. I'll let you know when I get my replacement-- in "about four to six weeks"! I still recommended the line to a friend just last night. I've never read a case of another He-Man with peeling paint like mine, or stuck joints like some of the DCUC figures that have made it to retail. Most people seem to be pretty happy with their purchase.
  18. Releases are to be on the 15th of every month, so Skeletor should be available January 15th. He-Man and Beast-Man had each been delayed, and my guess is that they were available earlier in the month to make it easier for folks to buy them as Christmas presents.
  19. I think that one of the reasons that the 200X line gave us so many needless He-Man and Skeletor variations was to recoop the cost of so many darn new sculpts. Re-use of tooling is just a general law of the toy business-- I think it's up to the designers to make each figure as unique and fresh-looking as possible with paint and new heads and accessories. Sometimes they can be very successful at this, and the results are a legendary and long-running toy line. I think examples of great lines that re-used parts include TMNT, Transformers (Classic and Modern), JLU, Power Rangers, G.I. Joe (figures and vehicles, sometimes with new tooling, sometimes not), Marvel Legends, and DC Universe Classics. I think we need to give MOTUC some time to see how inventive they are at re-using tooling for other characters down the line. He-Man and Beast-man are very different from each other, but then again all they share in common are the furry shorts. Skeletor has a lot of new parts, too. When they get to guys like Zodac, I think the pressure will be on to keep each figure looking distinctive and interesting, and hopefully we'll start to see more new tooling with the odd-balls like Man-E-Faces and Ram-Man.
  20. Thunder Punch He-Man came with a sword: it was a sweet yellow/gold one. I remember it well when I nearly lost it on my lawn one glorious Easter morning when I was putting caps in the back of Thunder Punch He-Man. Flying Fists may have have had a sword, as I never got him or Terror Claws Skeletor. I meant that Flying Fists didn't have a sword, just that shield and weird mace-- his build was a little different than the other He-Men, too, with all new parts (though they were meant to resemble the old ones). He'd have been better with a true sword-- but no He-Man was ever, ever cooler than Thunder Punch. I'd definitely buy a MOTUC Thunder Punch He-Man, though it would be interesting to see what kind of "snap-on" accessory could represent his glorious cap-popping sonic boom powers-- maybe a translucent energy effect to place over his hands like in Dragon Ball Z? That would work for me!
  21. Your mom sounds really cool! That's really much better than just saying "No swords" and then doing nothing. Most likely, my wife won't let our son have any toy guns (they creep her out in the hands of kids-- I can't even have a re-issue Megatron in the house) so it'll be interesting to see what he uses to improvise. Looking at these pages, it's amazing how much of this stuff I'd gotten and then forgotten about-- man, I must have been a spoiled brat! @loll@
  22. Check out the whole line of He-Man merch available in Montgomery Ward's 1984 catalogue!
  23. Someone help us with this one...I'm sure someone out there knows the answer and I'm kinda curious. I pretty much grew up with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and those mini-comics were some of the first things I remember ever reading, but I still went over to the He-Man.org archives to check my facts. As far as I can tell, Zodac started out as a bad guy. True, the original co-sell title on the back of the cards was "Cosmic Enforcer", becoming "Evil Cosmic Enforcer" the following year, but the epithets "Heroic" and "Evil" weren't applied to any of the warriors on the original '8-back' card. Merman was just "Ocean Warlord" and Teela was only "Warrior Goddess"-- the moral classifiers weren't applied until the following year. My guess is that Zodac was first considered bad because he shared so many parts with Skeletor and Mer-Man. Of course, Beast-Man would share most of his parts with Stratos (and He-Man all of his with Faker)-- but really, what hero would have freaky lizard toes and arm fins like that? He is an "enforcer" though, but what kind exactly (the mob has enforcers, too)? Before Filmation, we have the comics to work from, but Zodac's appearances are pretty rare there, too. He was featured as some kind of anti-Watcher in the short bonus comic (a preview of the Mini-Series) called "Fate is the Killer" where he fought against He-Man for the benefit of Skeletor, though he wasn't allied with either. He had his own reasons, but they were enough to try to kill He-Man. Zodac never appeared in the mini-comics... technically, but was intended to be the villain in the 1984 mini-comic "Slave City". According to then-editor Lee Nordling, Zodac's name was changed to Lodar after a Mattel toy person told the comics people that the drawings didn't look like the toy. Lodar was a total scumbag, though. I faintly remember being surpised at how beneficent Zodac was portrayed in the cartoon, since he was sold as a villain. In "The Search for He-Man"-- where the He-Man is mind-wiped by Skeletor and banished to another world despoiled by an evil Buggs Bunny-- Zodac pops up to give advice, but doesn't envolve himself directly in the rescue mission. Again his reasons are pretty mysterious and he remains mostly neutral. Zodac became "Zodak" (with a K) in the 2002 relaunch of the Masters of the Universe, where he's the cool looking black guy with the blue war-paint.
  24. I think that this is a good thread for me to share my situation... I ordered a Classics He-Man with the basic shipping option and it showed up last Monday. I try not to be too picky about these things, but the paint was clearly pealing off He-Man's harness in multiple places. Maybe the plastic warped a little after it was painted, I don't know. Anyways, my wife called customer service for me and the person on the other line was very nice and helpful. She set up a return and exchange, placing another He-Man on hold for me, and emailing a file with the return address label. I did have to pay for shipping, but the good news is that even with the large box it came in, it wouldn't have cost $8 to return the item parcel post, only $6. I chipped in for Priority Mail handling (so that it will get there the day after Christmas) and insurance, and it still cost me less than $10. The Mattel return policy gives you a month to send something back, so I'm covered there. The customer service rep said that they would send out my new He-Man as soon as someone at Mattel gets the old one, but I don't know which shipping method they'll use. The email I received from them claimed that it could take up to four weeks to receive my replacement. I hope this information is helpful for anyone else intending to make a return.
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