While Mattel was still playing coy with regards to its plans for its Masters of the Universe Classics Castle Grayskull playset, Mat O’Toole was set on recreating his vintage Castle in the MOTUC scale. When he finished it, requests for him to produce more started flooding in from collectors worldwide, which he did in limited quantities. Over time, his Castle of Power has grown into a sideline endeavor for him – furnishing Masters-themed accessories for your Castle, whether it’s the official Mattel Castle or not.
I was one of the lucky fans who was able to get one of the replica Castles from Mat. And now that the official Castle Grayskull from Mattel has landed at my doorstep, I figured I ought to take some size comparison photos.
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Eric Treadaway’s Desk Jockey feature on the SourceHorsemen website has got a cool series of posts underway right now. Taking a twist on the popular holiday theme, it’s the Twelve Days of Grayskull. TDoG covers the creation of the Masters of the Universe Classics Castle Grayskull prototype, starting with the blank armature. Very cool!
They’ve posted eight days so far (I’ve included a few of the pics from the first three), so if you haven’t seen it, you can start catching up before the big finale.
DESK JOCKEY HOLIDAY EDITION: THE TWELVE DAYS OF GRAYSKULL
Back in January, when I was digging my original Castle Grayskull playset out of the basement, my three year old son saw the castle for the first time and was instantly fascinated. He actually came into the office with me that same morning which was when the digitally output armature first showed up at the studio. At that point it went from fascination to a temporary obsession. When I first saw the size of the armature, knowing the amount of time we had to work on this monster, I knew I was in for some very long days and nights at the office! To keep my son up to date on the castle I decided to take shots of the castle every night when I was wrapping up work. It was really the first time I started using my phone to document projects in progress, and it was actually the beginnings of the idea for the Desk Jockey segment!
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Maybe I’ve been conditioned over the years by quick sell-outs, but it was still somewhat of a shock to check in on the Mattycollector December sale to find that the big three Epic Creations items, the Masters of the Universe Classics Castle Grayskull, and the prop replicas for the Batman Utility Belt and the Ghostbusters Neutrino Wand, are all still in stock. None of the three are even at the point where they’ve got the special tags indicating they’re “Almost Gone.” This is particularly surprising for the Castle – from the point of pre-order through the pre-hype for this sale, Mattel has consistently said that they’d have just a very limited amount of Castles for day-of sales.
If we don’t see this change in the short term, here’s what I’ve reasoned could be behind the slower than expected sales.
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While we’re on the subject of custom action figures, did you happen to catch CustomCon 36 last week, right here at AFP? Without further ado, here’s the complete index for the three day show that featured twenty one entries:
DAY ONE: Tuesday, December 10
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With the holidays right around the corner, Bill has put together another classic comic. His Batman holiday special pits the Dark Knight against the Joker, Harley Quinn, and Toyman – who else, on Christmas? With multiple threats facing Gotham City, Bats gets an assist from Black Lightning.
Be sure to check out more of his comics at Bill’s Comics.
Batman Holiday Special: Christmas Toys!
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The year is 1982 and the world’s imagination has been captivated by the daring cinematic exploits of PERSEUS, CALIBOS, PEGASUS and the deadly KRAKEN!
CLASH OF THE TITANS is a run-away success and toy-maker MATTEL has decided to expand their highly-popular CLASH OF THE TITANS toy line with all-new offerings! Kids of all ages can now relive their favorite moments from this epic fantasy of good versus evil! Collect them all!
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Remembering the classic designs of Steve Ditko DC classics has created the Silver Age Captain Atom to fight three of his most evil enemies! The Fiery Icer and the deadly duo Punch and Jewelee!
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