As in years past, Mattel is offering a “Traveling” convention exclusive Masters of the Universe figure in 2013– cosmic enforcer Strobo. However, they tried something new this year, offering a (very) limited number of Strobo figures to Early Access Club Eternia subscribers… months before he makes his Con debut. His lightning-fast sellout has caused an uproar over the past few weeks, but is he worth getting up in arms about? Let’s examine closer.
A staple of the classic animated series, Fang man has finally been captured in plastic as one of the March releases for Masters of the Universe. While considered part of the general line, he offers promise for the upcoming Club Filmation collection… although he, himself inadvertently became an exclusive.
Masters of the Universe Classics had a very unique month. All entries had some level of exclusivity attached to them. Originally the sole Club Eternia Exclusive was King He-Man, this year’s subscription incentive figure. Past years have delivered gems like Shadow Weaver, so how does the new (old?) He-Man compare?
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Jitsu accompanies Ram Man as the second MOTUC offering for February, and like Netossa and Ram Man, there were design choices that I wish the fans were made aware of sooner so we could give that constructive feedback, which leave Jitsu an excellent figure instead of one of the best in the line.
Bandai America continues to thrive on their annual installments of Power Rangers and Ben 10. As we say good bye to Thundercats, Pac-Man throws his hat in the animation ring for Disney XD, and Bandai is there to support the first-ever animated series for 3D TVs. Each series is an evolution of the last, but the play aspect that has become Bandai’s signature is ever present in each property offered.
In Skylanders: SWAP Force, the third installment of the wildly popular series,16 characters will feature swappable upper and lower halves, creating a hybrid Skylander that has multiple attributes. This game will grab a hold of your child’s imagination the way it never has before.
WWE had a banner year as the number one boys brand in the United States. At Toy Fair, we saw a great mix of old faithfuls, toy debuts, and awesome throwbacks of wrestling’s golden age, promising another exciting year for collectors young and old.
Matty Collector showed off a few new pieces of their reconstructed DC Unlimited and DC Infinite brands during the Collector’s Night event at Toy Fair, although the showing– and their new strategy– seem quite limiting.
2013 may be the year Matty goes on the decline as they begin to wrap up the Masters of the Universe Classics, but they’re not leaving without some powerful swings, and hats off to Scott and company for a valiant effort.
With all the exciting films coming out, there are a lot of Marvel toys geared towards the younger audience, but that does not mean there are nothing for collectors. Check out the Hasbro Marvel report inside.