Yesterday was Mattel’s Mattypalooza panel, in which they revealed their upcoming projects and products from the back half of 2014 and the first part of next year. We missed the event, but that’s kind of a shame– while went in to this knowing 2015 would mark the end of the Masters of the Universe Classics line, Mattel is moving forward with a lot of MOTU items between now and December 2015.
The good news is, some of what we’re getting is awesome! There will be a Snake Armor He-Man vs King Hsss two-pack that totally fires up a 200x lover like me. New figures like Tongue Lashor and Gwildor all looked amazing (I totally wouldn’t have even imagined part sharing between Gwildor and the Unnamed One, but it totally works!).
The downside is, even with Club Eternia’s end in sight, Mattel is still committed to releasing a bunch of filler when it should, quite frankly, be all killer from here on out. Bow’s horse (who has a name I am too disinterested to Google search, sorry) will waste a deluxe spot in the end of 2014, when he should really have been relegated to Club Etheria where he could be appreciated by Princess of Power fans. And while figures like Huntara and Oo-Larr are nice designs that make for cool looking toys, I’m surprised to see such tangential characters in the lineup which promised to deliver on all the remaining vintage IP characters before it goes out.
Here’s the full rundown on MOTU Classics releases for the rest of 2014, and the first quarter of next year… There’s some other surprises Matty has in store for us– the MOTU Minis will continue as a subscription in 2015, and they are aping the success of Gentle Giant’s jumbo Star Wars with a line up large scale reproductions of vintage MOTU figures:
And Skeletor’s Hover Robots will be the 2015 Traveling Convention exclusive. This set features a three pack of Skeletor’s drones, each with stands, interchangeable heads and stickers to customize them for battle damage.
Aside from Masters of the Universe, I was also surprised to hear that Mattel is bringing back Ghostbusters once more! There will be two 30th Anniversary two-packs with new version of all four ‘Busters, with removable Proton Packs, stands and proton streams, and 2015 will see the release of a new animated Real Ghostbusters toy line. That could be awesome!
The DC stuff was more of a bummer, in that nothing new was shown… Mattel did remind us that the DC Universe Classics would finally sunset completely after the final few Signature Series figures, Doomsday and the grossly overpriced Super Powers collection, which will be split into two waves of three figures each in October and November.
It’s clear Mattel doesn’t know what to do with the DC property right now; they’ve had some success with the smaller scale Multiverse collection, and they seem keen to move forward with Total Heroes at both retail and on Matty Collector. But I wouldn’t be surprised if we see an all new format by the time they prep to release Batman vs Superman toys.
Overall, it was a solid showing for Mattel. Even with a subscription lineup not quite as strong as I would have hoped, I’m certainly in for one last go-around with Club Eternia. There’s enough cool stuff in the MOTU universe to justify the purchase… and quite honestly, this is the first year where I feel committed to signing up right off the bat.
Check out some updated photos from Mattel’s booth, including lots of new figures:
Source: Action Figure Insider