2008 NYCC - Masters Of The Universe

by James
April 19, 2008
Scott Neitlich, a production manager with Mattel, lead the He-Man panel at the New York Comic Con today. The presentation served a two-fold purpose. First was to showcase the upcoming release of the DVD for volume three of the 2002 Masters of the Universe cartoon that was shown on Cartoon Network.

The first volume of the series is currently available. Volume two is set to be released in May of this year. The third volume featuring the final episodes of the series is due in July, 2008.

Mattel has had discussions about finishing the main story line of that series in some other format, such as a DVD release or perhaps a comic book. The collector fan base of that series is large and loyal, but the cartoon never really found a broad juvenile market so Mattel was not able to continue it.

The upcoming live action He-Man movie is still in the script development stage so there is no announcement about that.

The new MOTU toy line that was announced at SDCC last year will be independent of the movie and any possible new cartoon. The line is called Masters of the Universe Classics. The first wave will be released in the Fall of 2008. No specifics were mentioned as to the character assortment of that first wave. It would be hard to imagine a He-Man line without He-Man, though.

Before that line actually hits retail, there will be a figure available as an exclusive for the San Diego Comic Con this summer. That figure is . . King Grayskull. There will also be a variant of Grayskull as a statue, the form Prince Adam first saw him in.

The entire He-Man universe is open to character selection with a few exceptions. The only figures Mattel can't produce are any that were original and exclusive to the Filmation cartoon. As long as a Filmation created character was also used in some other medium, Mattel has the rights to make a new figure from it. Let Orko fans rejoice.

This new line is aimed at collectors, though it will have wide distribution. There are no action features. There are no plans at this point for vehicles or playsets. Those would depend on fan response. Since there is no movie or TV show support to draw attention to the line, it will be completely fan driven. Where it goes depends on retail sales.

For those who enjoyed the old mini-comics that came with the original figures, Mattel is considering releasing those in trade paperback form.

The new figures are designed by the Four Horsemen and are in scale with the other line they are designing for Mattel, DC Universe Classics.

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thestenchofevil - 2008-05-21 @ 1:28 pm
No Filmation characters that only appeared in the original cartoon was how I understood it.

Correct....

" The entire He-Man universe is open to character selection with a few exceptions. The only figures Mattel can't produce are any that were original and exclusive to the Filmation cartoon. As long as a Filmation created character was also used in some other medium, Mattel has the rights to make a new figure from it. "

nevermore - 2008-05-21 @ 2:45 am

Anyone have an estimate on what the King Grayskull will cost at SDCC?

thestenchofevil - 2008-05-20 @ 3:02 pm
No Filmation characters that only appeared in the original cartoon was how I understood it. Guys like Lizard Man and Fang Man are off limits, but Count Marzo and Evil Seed are doable because they also appeared in the 200X cartoon.

The information that I read....

said that Lizard Man, Count Marzo and Evilseed

were all Created by Mattel? #GvE#

I wish they would be more Specific about the whole thing @bH@

Eric - 2008-05-19 @ 6:40 am
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but to my understanding the deal that has been worked out to produce these toys excluded any characters that were only developed for the original He-Man TV show but opens up toy production to all characters that have been previously made into toys, shown in comics, shown in the mini comics that came with the original figures, or in the old He-Man movie right? I may be totally wrong on this but that's what I've heard so far.

Here is all the info you need....Enjoy @yipee@

"Mattel, accompanied by the Four Horsemen announced officially, that He-Man and The Masters of the Universe would be returning! As promised earlier, this line will be collector oriented. No more cases of 11 He-Mans and 1 Mer-Man folks. This is the real deal. What you have been waiting for for over 25 years. The new figures will blend the old days with the modern He-Man, The line will be 6 inch scale with characters from all areas of the MOTU mythos: The original 80's line, She-Ra, New Adventures, He-Ro (Yes, He-Ro!) and more. Classic characters being talked about for the line are: He-Man, Skeletor, Queen Marlena, She-Ra, Hordak, and more. The only limitation here is that Mattel will be unable to produce any figures created by Filmation for the original cartoon (legal issues... sigh). The power of Greyskull has returned once again. Let's show our support and thanks to Mattel as I believe they have poured their heart and soul into this to make it happen for US, the fans."

No Filmation characters that only appeared in the original cartoon was how I understood it. Guys like Lizard Man and Fang Man are off limits, but Count Marzo and Evil Seed are doable because they also appeared in the 200X cartoon.

shokker - 2008-05-17 @ 9:49 pm

i cleaned my figs and i cant seperate me from them and i was thinking about the new line and i realy dont wanna buy a hordak in a blue costume. the details where bad back in the 80s and static was fantastic for the different sculpts and design of the different figures. i dont realy want that they look all with the same body sculpts. time that san diego comes because i realy wanna see what they do with the villains and other masters.

thestenchofevil - 2008-05-13 @ 12:36 pm
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but to my understanding the deal that has been worked out to produce these toys excluded any characters that were only developed for the original He-Man TV show but opens up toy production to all characters that have been previously made into toys, shown in comics, shown in the mini comics that came with the original figures, or in the old He-Man movie right? I may be totally wrong on this but that's what I've heard so far.

Here is all the info you need....Enjoy @yipee@

"Mattel, accompanied by the Four Horsemen announced officially, that He-Man and The Masters of the Universe would be returning! As promised earlier, this line will be collector oriented. No more cases of 11 He-Mans and 1 Mer-Man folks. This is the real deal. What you have been waiting for for over 25 years. The new figures will blend the old days with the modern He-Man, The line will be 6 inch scale with characters from all areas of the MOTU mythos: The original 80's line, She-Ra, New Adventures, He-Ro (Yes, He-Ro!) and more. Classic characters being talked about for the line are: He-Man, Skeletor, Queen Marlena, She-Ra, Hordak, and more. The only limitation here is that Mattel will be unable to produce any figures created by Filmation for the original cartoon (legal issues... sigh). The power of Greyskull has returned once again. Let's show our support and thanks to Mattel as I believe they have poured their heart and soul into this to make it happen for US, the fans."

jjlecaros - 2008-05-13 @ 1:36 am

still not sure if ill pick this figure up at sdcc

Batman The Dark Knight - 2008-05-12 @ 3:04 pm
So, the King Grayskull looks like he has what the future classics He-Man might come with. Is he from the 2002 toon or just something on his own?

In the 2002 remake of He-Man, it is revealed that Castle Grayskull was once home to King Grayskull, an ancestor of Prince Adam, who died defending his kingdom and Eternia as a whole from Hordak.

Upon his death, King Grayskull transferred his power into the sword which now forms the basis of He-Man's power. His wife became the original Sorceress and his advisers became the council of Elders. He also had an enormous green lion as a steed, clothed in the same armor as Battle Cat, and is presumably where Battle Cat gains his powers.

Masters of the Universe Classics is going to be Incredible

I Can't Wait....

King Greyskull Looks Freakin Awesome....

I'm dying to see He-ro as well....

Finally a MOTU line for the fans @popcorn@

I hope they make Tytus and Megator figures this time around.

And none of that @pun@ build a figure crap either @dunce@....

I agree completely. I love the idea of this line. And honestly I wouldn't mind if the Tytus and Megator were BAF's because I'm going to buy basically all of the figures anyway.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong but to my understanding the deal that has been worked out to produce these toys excluded any characters that were only developed for the original He-Man TV show but opens up toy production to all characters that have been previously made into toys, shown in comics, shown in the mini comics that came with the original figures, or in the old He-Man movie right? I may be totally wrong on this but that's what I've heard so far.

thestenchofevil - 2008-05-12 @ 2:09 pm
So, the King Grayskull looks like he has what the future classics He-Man might come with. Is he from the 2002 toon or just something on his own?

In the 2002 remake of He-Man, it is revealed that Castle Grayskull was once home to King Grayskull, an ancestor of Prince Adam, who died defending his kingdom and Eternia as a whole from Hordak.

Upon his death, King Grayskull transferred his power into the sword which now forms the basis of He-Man's power. His wife became the original Sorceress and his advisers became the council of Elders. He also had an enormous green lion as a steed, clothed in the same armor as Battle Cat, and is presumably where Battle Cat gains his powers.

Masters of the Universe Classics is going to be Incredible

I Can't Wait....

King Greyskull Looks Freakin Awesome....

I'm dying to see He-ro as well....

Finally a MOTU line for the fans @popcorn@

I hope they make Tytus and Megator figures this time around.

And none of that @pun@ build a figure crap either @dunce@....

MarvelBoy1974 - 2008-05-05 @ 3:04 am

What....no love for the Sorceress? She is my favorite character other than He-man. I really want to see her released in her classic white abd blue feathers and the modern egyptian version since all we got is a statue.

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