Remember when I said I thought Mattel would shut down Mattycollector after 2015? When I saw Mattypalooza on the schedule for Comic-Con, I started prepping for this: I was wrong. 😀 I’ll write about my conversation with the new team soon, but in the interest of time, here’s what’s coming:
Collector’s Choice – a six figure Masters of the Universe Classics subscription with Lord Masque, Vultak, Darius, Crita, General Sunder, and a Horde Wraith. Despara is the sub exclusive.
Power-Con will have three redeco exclusives – Granamyr in green, Beast Man in red, and Khan in camo
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe – a new A-list sub in Filmation style with Classics articulation – He-Man, Trap Jaw, Skeletor, Beast Man, Evil-Lyn, and Clawful. Evil Seed is the sub exclusive.
Snake Mountain – ’nuff said
Thundercats – a new subscription starting July 2016, with Lion-o and Jackalman revealed. A withered Mumm-Ra will be the sub exclusive.
Today Hasbro added three more figures in their display at San Diego Comic-Con – a classic Captain America, Mockingbird, and an armored Taskmaster. I’m not up on the latest for Tasky, but he looks cool in some armored pieces. Admittedly though, I’m still hoping for an UDON Taskmaster, and this will keep an official one out of my hands for a while more.
In addition, I’ve taken some other Marvel Legends pics that I haven’t posted yet – the Con exclusives and packaged samples of the umpcoming retailer exclusives. Excelsior!
Mattel’s WWE team always puts on a great show at Comic-Con. I was able to attend the standing room only Mattel and WWE: NXT Superstar of Tomorrow panel with William Regal, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Charlotte, and Finn Bàlor. After the panel I stopped by the Mattel booth to check out the figures. Being a fan of classic superstars of Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, and the Ultimate Warrior, it’s tough for an old guy like me to keep track of the younger talent, but I did recognize some of the new figures on their way.
The DC Comics booth at SDCC is dominated by a gallery of their live action costumes. I took some pictures of the Batman v Superman costumes. Previously, we had seen lots of the “regular” Batman suit with Superman and Wonder Woman. This was the first time seeing the armored Batman from his confrontation with Supes.
So far, all the BvS collectibles we’ve come across are based on these four suits – no Aquaman or any of the other characters rumored for the Dawn of Justice movie. Warner Bros. has been keeping a very tight lid on how information is being disseminated for the movie.
The competition for collectors has ramped back up between DC Collectibles and Mattel. For the past couple of years, one degree of competition had been eased up, with Mattel abandoning 6-inch scale by sunsetting DC Universe Classics. But with Mattel’s move back to 6-inch, more overlap will occur. We’ll keep that in mind as we go through the DC Collectibles offerings from SDCC.