Friday, 15 September 2017

Who will inherit my MOTU Collection when I die?


More often than not, I have collectors over who buys figures from me or even just friends dropping by for a visit. Once they have seen my MOTU collection there are normally some questions.

I thought it would be a good idea to share some of these questions and answers with you on my block.

I was asked the below interesting question by one of my friends. He wanted to know:

Who will inherit my MOTU Collection when I die?

A very relevant question and one that we don’t think off very often.

I can think of four options:

1. The obvious choice for me would be that my son will inherent my MOTU Collection one day. He is 6 years old now and he shows a lot of interest in MOTU. The 1987 MOTU Movie is one of his favourite movies and I always have to explain to him what the origin of each character is and how they relate to each other.

2. The second option will be that my MOTU Collection be sold and the funds raised in the sale will be placed in an Investment Account and this will go towards my son’s tertiary education one day.

3. The third option is that my whole collection go’s to a Toy Museum to be displayed and the rich history of Masters of the Universe be explained to generations to come. I am actually not even sure if there is a Toy Museum in South Africa.

4. The fourth option is that a current MOTU Collector inherits my MOTU Collection. This is not my favourite option and not one that will be explored by me or my family.

The above question really got me thinking and hopefully you guys will also start thinking what you will do with your collection one day.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Toy Collector: Tom Ace

Interview with Toy Collector: Tom Ace

Welcome to my Sixth interview segment, where a collector answers 13 short questions. The same questions will be given to every collector appearing in this segment.

I’m really excited to welcome American Masters of the Universe Collector, Tom Ace onto the blog.
 

MOTU!: Before we start with the magic 13 questions, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Tom: I was born in 1982, and Masters of the Universe toys were the first toys i remember playing with. I had a lot of the figures, some vehicles and of course Castle Grayskull and Snake Mountain. Currently I work in the IT field, and also have a graphics business making signs, decals, logos, wraps and many other things. I have 3 kids and I'm proud to say that they are growing up appreciating MoTu and other fine 80's properties like Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters and SheRa. They also have a fairly good 80's toy collection that they love playing with.

MOTU!: 1. What inspired you to collect?

Tom: I was at my cousin's house several years ago and he was throwing away a few boxes of his old toys. When I saw they were HeMan toys I instantly had a ton of memories come back to me and I told him I'd take them. I got SyKlone, Grizzlor, Hordak, Buzz-Off, Mantenna and Stinkor. None were complete but I didn't care. It was just cool to see those things again!


MOTU!: 2. How long have you been collecting?

Tom: Once I stopped playing with my toys in the 80's and 90's they all got sold at yard sales, or donated to Goodwill. The only things I have from my childhood are my baseball cards. A little over 4 years ago was when I got those 6 incomplete figures from my cousin, and that started it all. I found their weapons to complete each one, then started buying the other figures I had as a kid. Once I had all the figures, vehicles and playsets, I started collecting all of the merchandise, and that's what I mainly look for today. There were so many things made with the MoTu logo on them, that I doubt anyone could ever have every piece that was produced. I still see things that I didn't even know existed, so that keeps the collecting fun and exciting still.

MOTU!: 3. What do you collect?

Tom: I mainly collect MoTu. I used to have fairly large Transformers, Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters and Star Wars collections, but decided that MoTu was always my first love, so I sold off all of that stuff and went all in with MoTu. I love all the figures and toys, but the MoTu merchandise and odd ball pieces are what I love collecting the most.


MOTU!: 4. What’s your grail and favourite piece in your collection?

Tom: That's a tough question! I have a few favorites. HeMan Power Tester, HeMan Telephone (which I use daily at work!) Skeletor on Snake Mountain Toothbrush Holder, and both the of MoTu Big Wheel bikes. 


MOTU!: 5. What collectors inspire you?

Tom: When I first started collecting and joined some Facebook groups, there was this guy who everyone talked about. (Joe Amato) He was/is THE MoTu guy. So I started asking him a million questions about toys or merchandise pieces or anything else MoTu related that I hadn't heard of, or that I was looking for. It seemed like every time I found something unique I would send him a picture, and he would say that he had that piece, and he's had it since childhood. He has a giant collection, and almost all of it was from his childhood. That's pretty cool to hang on to that stuff all those years. There's several other collectors that have inspired me as well and helped me find some rare items. It's fun to see other people's collections because someone always has that one piece that you've been dying to get but haven't found yet. Keeps me motivated to stay on the hunt!

MOTU!: 6. What is your most embarrassing moment as a collector?

Tom: When I first started collecting I found a bunch of vintage (so I thought) cardbacks and boxes. I had just got them all displayed and was feeling pretty good, until someone pointed out that they were all from the commemorative series. I didn't even know there was a commemorative series at that time, so I was totally disappointed. I didn't spend too much money on them though so that was a good thing.


MOTU!: 7. What is your favourite MOTU Filmation or 200x Series Episode or MOTU Mini Comic and why?

Tom: I'm an old school guy. I only like the original stuff. That's what I grew up with, and that's what I have memories of, so that is all I focus on. The New Adventures (which is totally digusting) and 200x have never piqued my interest. As for my favorite filmation epidsode... I would say it would be "The Dragon's Gift." I thought Granamyr was so cool as a kid and always wished they made a toy figure of him back then.

MOTU!: 8. What would you change about the collecting community?

Tom: I'm not sure what I'd change really. I think the collecting community is pretty good. Especially with all of the great Facebook groups. It's nice to meet other collectors and help eachother out whenever possible. Especially meeting people from other countries. There is so much MoTu merchandise that other countries had that USA didn't, so it's nice to have contacts all over the world to help find items you never knew about.

MOTU!: 9. Forums or Facebook groups?

Tom: Facebook groups for sure. Forums are like going back in time. Facebook groups and messages are so much quicker and user friendly. It's nice to ask a question, or share a new item and have instant feedback.


MOTU!: 10. What MOTU character do you most resemble?

Tom: Ha, never thought about that... I guess I most resemble Blade because of the shaved head. 

MOTU!: 11. Is there one thing that collectors may not know about you?

Tom: Most of my Facebook friends know this I think, but I only collect loose items. It kills me to see toys stuck in their packages, or in a sealed acrylic case. If I do find something that is sealed, I open it as soon as I get it. I love seeing these old toys in action. Especially with the merchandise stuff. I love seeing the phonograph in action, or listening to HeMan rhyme about brushing teeth. I always keep the boxes in great shape, but I just can't leave anything sealed! Sometimes it decreases the value, but I don't collect for an investment. I collect because all of this stuff brings back great memories for me. As a kid I never imagined of keeping a toy in it's box, and I'm still like that today. Where's the fun in that?!


MOTU!: 12. I notice that a lot of collectors also collect comics (myself included). What do you think is the common factor that draws some people to both of these hobbies?

Tom: I'm not too sure about that. I've never collected comics myself. I would think that for most people who collect a toyline, it's fun being able to read stories about their favorite figures in action. I have a few MoTu comics and story books that I read to my kids. It's fun seeing them re-create what we just read with their toys. If you really want to appreciate toys or comics or whatever, share them with kids. They don't care what things are worth or how rare something is, they just want to play with them as nature intended.

MOTU!: 13. And finally, what is it about the hobby that has kept you collecting for all of these years?

Tom: What keeps me collecting is the thrill of the hunt. With MoTu merchandise, there is no end. I still see things that I never knew existed so that keeps it exciting. If I see an item online somewhere, or in someone's collection, and I don't have it, then I put that on my list and start searching.


MOTU!: Well thank you so much for joining me today Tom. It has been an immense pleasure and I’m sure my readers will enjoy reading your answers as much as I have!

Tom: Thank you very much for thinking of me to interview!



 


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Super7 Reveals Club Grayskull and Collectors Choice MOTU Classics at SDCC 2017


So as you know by now, the big news from SDCC 2017 was that Super7 revealed their new Masters of the Universe Club Grayskull (Filmation) and Masters of the Universe Collectors Choice Classic Figures.

The following figures were revealed:

Club Grayskull Sorceress
Club Grayskull Tung Lashor
Club Grayskull Mer-Man

Club Grayskull Man-E-Faces (No Figure at SDCC)
Collectors Choice Wrap Trap (AKA Horde Mummy)
Collectors Choice Dylamug
Collectors Choice Karg
Collectors Choice Granita (No Figure at SDCC)

Let's take a look at each Figure:


Club Grayskull Sorceress:



Club Grayskull Tung Lashor:




Tung Lashor Jetpack
Club Grayskull Mer-Man:


Sword

Staff

Collectors Choice Wrap Trap:


Accessories

Collectors Choice Dylamug:





Dylamug Blast

Collectors Choice Karg:







Karg Gun

Vintage Filmation Figures:


Filmation She-Ra
Filmation Hordak
Filmation He-Man

Filmation Skeletor



Pixel Dan takes a look at all the MOTU Reveals from Super7:






Final Thoughts:

This is a fantastic SDCC 2017 for Super7 and Masters of the Universe. Great reveals!!!  Every single figure is a winner and just love them all!!!

My personal favourite is Karg!!!!

I am so glad that we are getting this figure. You can basically say its a 87 MOTU Movie 30th Anniversary Figure!!!

Super7 - Take my money!!!!

Pics from He-Man.Org



Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The MOTU Classics Ultimate Collection

Let’s take a closer look at the Masters of the Universe Ultimate Addition Figures and Card backs.

Art was done by Axel Gimenez and colors was done by Val Staples (Vintage Style) and Jason Moore.

He-Man:



Unboxing Ultimate He-Man:

Check out the great pics that was posted on Die Welt Meister - Magazin FB Page!!! 

Die Welt der Meister - Magazin

Teela:


Ram Man:


Skeletor:


Faker:

 
TheArtalex has posted two videos of the MOTUC Ultimate Edition figures from Super7:

 
 






Collecting MOTU – Mint on Card (MOC) or Not Carded and Loose


So very often, I have collectors over that buys figures from me, or even just friends that visits and normally there are some questions they ask me regarding my MOTU Collection.
I decided it would be a very nice idea to answer some of these questions on my Blog.

One of the questions that is often asked:

Why do I collect and display my MOTU Collection loose and not carded (MOC)?


One of the biggest arguments when it comes to collecting and displaying action figures is whether or not they should be carded, or in their original packaging, or loose and set up in themed displays, complete with accessories such as vehicles, weapons and furnishings.

The first thing is that you as a collector must decide what you want from your collection. Meaning that how, are you as a collector going to get the fullest joy from your collection?

Secondly, no one should dictate to you how a collector should collect.

In my case, I made the decision that I want to display my MOTU Figures loose and the reasons are:

1. I want to be able to touch them and enjoy the wonderful sculpting that went into each figure

2. I want to display them and pose them differently, with different accessories, etc.

3. Remember every time you rearrange, dust or clean your figures, it will be the only time that you will have a chance to, “play” with your figures.

4. Play value and Sentimental value is very important to me.

5. As far as resale value, surprisingly, the value does not depreciate a great deal as long as the item is mint and complete with all the accessories it came with. Some figures loose that had low production runs will always have high value, even if they are loose, but complete. Here I am referring to MOTU Figures like Shadow Weaver, Fisto etc.

6. Displaying my figures loose also enables me to make use of less storage space.

To me collecting MOTU has always been a hobby for me and I love to free the toys from their package. I would not say I play with my toys but I certainly get enjoyment from holding the actual item in my hand and seeing what it can do.

No matter which type of action figures you decide to collect, this is a hobby that is really fun and rewarding. The more figures you add to your collection, the more fun and addicting collecting becomes. The only problem you are going to have is finding enough money to keep adding to your collections, and finding the space to display everything.

Come on, admit it. Deep down inside, you really want to play with your action figures.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Toy Customizer: Joe Amato

Interview with Toy Customizer: Joe Amato
 

Toy customizing has quickly become an ever-increasing hobby thanks to adult-collector toy lines, and the slow pace at which they release new product. There’s nothing stopping you from creating your very own ideal action figure. Today we are talking with a guy who goes by the name of Joe Amato from Joe Amato Custom Creations.

Joe Amato will make you any custom action figure you can think of. Original characters, Masters of the Universe, TMNT, Star Wars, DC, Marvel, or anything else!

MOTU!: Hi Joe and thanks for taking time out to do this interview with me. Ever since I saw your custom work, I became an instant fan. You have made some awesome customs over the years and your work is just getting better and better.

Joe: Thank you for asking me to be part of this interview! And I really appreciate the compliments I have a lot to learn still, and try to improve with each custom I do.

MOTU!: So Joe, how did you get started doing action figure customs?

Joe: I seen a custom on EBAY of a figure that was never released for the vintage 80’s Masters of the Universe line, and I wanted to try and make a figure that I always wanted as well, but never got back then. From there, it just snowballed and I had people ask me to make them figures as well.


Battle Damaged Faker

MOTU!: How long have you been customizing figures?

Joe: I have been customizing for just around 7 years.

Loyal Subjects Anti-Eternia He-Man, Slime Pit He-Man & Battle Damaged Faker

MOTU!: You do a lot of sculpting on your figures, not just the same old repaints seen elsewhere. What materials do you generally use to "make the magic happen"?

Joe: You find some materials work better for different parts, whether it be sculpting a face, hair, armor, etc. But using anything from Green Stuff, Apoxy Sculpt, or even Super Sculpey can get the job done.

Clawdeen

MOTU!: Your paint jobs are very well done. Can you tell us a little on your technique for getting a sweet paintjob that gets past the pesky joint rub problem?

Joe: Thank you! As for the pesky joint rub, alight sanding of that area can usually take care of that problem most of the time.
 
Mini Comic Trap Jaw
MOTU!: Any horror stories of something gone horribly wrong?

Joe: When I first started doing customs and trying to figure how to “secure” figures in the custom packaging, I had a custom break during shipping. Since then I use a new technique to guarantee the figure will stay secure in it’s custom card back without moving.
 
Crossover Custom Thundarr The Barbarian
MOTU!: On the opposite end of blood loss, what has been your favorite custom to date? Not necessarily your favorite character, but one that just turned out exactly, or better, than you planned.

Joe: My favorite custom project was working on a couple that was getting married, and wanted me to make a custom action figure of their significant other. The best part was she did not know I was making a custom action figure of her, and he did not know I was making a custom action figure of him. Then when they were exchanging gifts, they gave each other the surprise of their life!
 
New Adventures of He-Man - PrinceAdam
MOTU!: Do you have upcoming MOTUC customs that you're excited to be working on, or planning out?

Joe: I am working on some Thundercat customs that I cannot wait to finish up, along with customs for the people who pledged for the Power of Grayskull Documentary!

Thunderian Battle Cat-Man
MOTU!: Where can people see more of your work? Also, what is the best way for someone to get in touch with you for commissions?

Joe: You can view my work on my Facebook Page at Joe Amato Custom Creations -
www.facebook.com/Joe-Amato-Custom-Creations

For custom work, you contact me at: mijafre@sbcglobal.net
 
Slime Pit He-Man
MOTU!: Thanks Joe, great talking with you! We look forward to seeing more sweet new customs from you during 2017.

Joe: Thank you for letting me be part of this great Q & A! And 2017 will be a great year!
 
Super-Mario
 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Custom Torak Review

Custom Torak

Heroic Hero of Pre-History
 

I am a very big fan of the Pre-Eternia, Grayskull Era and I am also a big advocate that all the concept figures should be made into the MOTU Classic Line. I am actually not sure why this hasn’t happened yet. Maybe it’s because of some licensing issues or it’s just that there is so many other more important characters that hasn’t be made yet, and they are getting preference, for example The New Adventures Figures.

It’s for this reason that I decided to go the Custom route to get these figures into my MOTU Collection. I already own a Custom Guerr-Or and I now decided it’s time that I get a Custom Torak Figure.

Here is a little history behind Torak.

Torak was the first hero Mark Taylor had created as the protagonist for a male action figure line. He was a Gladiator / Caveman type feel to him, brandishing a short sword and helmet. He could be viewed as the earliest version of He-Man from a drawing, and could be one of the many “He-Men” that existed between King Grayskull and Prince Adam.

 


1979 – Torak (He-Man) & Early Skeletor Concept, by Mark Taylor

Aug 15, 1979 – Category Management Teams Memo

The early He-Men – Art by grimbot on Deviant Art
 
The prototypes in the pic is one of the 3 original prototypes Roger Sweet used to pitch the idea for the MOTU Line to Mattel's Management, more exactly the one based on Mark Taylor's drawing (Torak). The other 2 were all Roger Sweet's design.

 

MOTU 30th Anniversary Art - Torak by
happymonkeyshoes

Original Message from happymonkeyshoes

2012 marks He-man and the Masters of the Universe's 30 years in existence. As many know, I am a huge fan, and wanted to mark it in some way. So Each month I will be celebrating with a character drawn for those who have kept the series going in some form. To start this is a merit of the first drawing before He-Man existed by Mattel creator Mark Taylor and he named this fellow TORAK - Hero of Pre-History. He’ll never see it, but without Torak we may never have had He-Man!

Torak Recipe:

The body that I used was a Vykron body with the Normal He-Man Head. Paintwork and Armor was done and made by the very talented Frikkie Stroebel (Blue Hands Customs).



Weapon: The Sword of Ancients.

I decided that the perfect weapon for Torak will be The Sword of Ancients as it appears in the Mask of Power episode. I think it’s the perfect weapon that fits in the Pre-Eternia Era and Torak will be the perfect hero to wield the Sword of Ancients to defeat the Evil Powers of Skeletor.

 



Even though Torak is a custom figure, I believe that he deserves his rightful place between the Heroic Heroes of Eternia.

 


Together with Guerr-Or, Vikor and Vykron, Torak can now defend the Secrets of Castle Grayskull!!!!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Toy Collector: Daniel Dixon


Interview with Toy Collector: Daniel Dixon

Welcome to my Fifth interview segment, where a collector answers 13 short questions. The same questions will be given to every collector appearing in this segment.

I’m really excited to welcome South African Masters of the Universe Collector, Daniel Dixon onto the blog.


MOTU!: Before we start with the magic 13 questions, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Daniel: Yes, No problem. I’m a South African living on the south coast in a place called George. I am in the automotive industry selling second hand vehicles. I’m married to a awesome wife and I have three kids.

MOTU!: 1. What inspired you to collect?

Daniel: I would say my fascination with fictional characters. Since I can remember I always loved the idea of good versus evil and good always prevailing. Obviously MOTU was my very first experience into these worlds and therefore I enjoy Motu the most.


MOTU!: 2. How long have you been collecting?

Daniel: On and off for about 11 years, but extensively for about 4years now.


MOTU!: 3. What do you collect?

Daniel: As it stands now I collect a lot of Motu stuff, I also recently bought some of the new The Loyal subjects figures which I am still waiting for. I collect Marvel legends, TMNT figures, some DC figures, comics and Hotwheels.


MOTU!: 4. What’s your grail and favorite piece in your collection?

Daniel: I really truly don’t have a grail. My whole collection is my grail. I do own a comic with the 1st appearance of wolverine which if I had to select one item it might be this comic but I love my whole collection.


MOTU!: 5. What collectors inspire you?

Daniel: The type that use their hobby to develop friendships. Ive made so many friends over the years and I enjoy sharing my passion with others who also enjoy it. Jaun Vermaak, Dewald van Tonder and Jeremy Price just to mention a few.


MOTU!: 6. What is your most embarrassing moment as a collector?

Daniel: I cant say that I have one, I’ve taken almost two days thinking about this one and I cant think of anything. I’m really sorry, normally these types of questions create some laughter but I am spoiling the party.
 

MOTU!: 7. What is your favourite MOTU Filmation or 200x Series Episode or MOTU Mini Comic and why?

Daniel: Filmation, diamond ray of disappearance. I love how He-Man breaks that diamond with his bare hands.


MOTU!: 8. What would you change about the collecting community?

Daniel: Not much. I believe each to his own. In any community you will find people getting on well with certain people and with others you just don’t click.


MOTU!: 9. Forums or Facebook groups?

Daniel: I like both, I’ve obtained some nice stuff using both.


MOTU!: 10. What MOTU character do you most resemble?

Daniel: Definitely Adam. He seems to be very incompetent to others and even himself, but within him there lies a greater power that often comes out.


MOTU!: 11. Is there one thing that collectors may not know about you?

Daniel: I’m sure there are a lot of things :P but one thing I can mention is that I sing and play guitar in a church band.


MOTU!: 12. I notice that a lot of collectors also collect comics (myself included). What do you think is the common factor that draws some people to both of these hobbies?

Daniel: comics bring the characters we love to life in a way.


MOTU!: 13. And finally, what is it about the hobby that has kept you collecting for all of these years?

Daniel: the fact that the people behind the scenes just keep making it better and better for the fans.

MOTU!: Well thank you so much for joining me today Daniel. It has been an immense pleasure and I’m sure my readers will enjoy reading your answers as much as I have!

Daniel: Awesome job Cobus. You are definitely doing your part in keeping the collectors together. Thanks to you for allowing me the opportunity to share my side of the story.