Power-Con 2014 tickets on sale now with Goat-Man

Posted on: January 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

2014 Power-Con, the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power convention will take place in September 13th through the 14th at the LaGuardia Marriott.

If you purchase advance tickets now on sale you will be able to purchase the MOTUC traveling convention exclusive Goat-Man.

Purchase tickets now at www.thepowercon.com

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Marvel Universe Live!

Posted on: January 31, 2014

What happens when Thor shatters The Cosmic Cube to prevent it from falling into Marvel villain hands? Find out this summer when the Marvel Universe Live! goes on tour. Touring 85 cities, Marvel Universe Live! starts in Tampa, Fl July 10th, then heads over to East Rutherford, NJ from July 31 to August 3rd at the Izod Center before making its world premiere at New York’s City Barclays Center in Brooklyn on August 13th.

Prices for tickets range by seating location, city, performance date and time but on the average run from $40 to $175.

Check out the official Marvel Universe Live! website http://www.marveluniverselive.com/index.php where you can buy the official Marvel Universe Live! Skull cap, order tickets and more.

MUL

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It’s time for another trip down memory lane with Mr. Nostalgia in “Tauntauns 11” or “The Great Tauntaun Heist”…

Posted on: January 28, 2014

The grass is always greener on the other side the saying goes, and I guess the same can be said for toy collecting.  No matter what the age, whether you’re a child or a grown up, you’re always scoping out your friends collection, comparing it t yours, and maybe even being a little bit envious of what they have and you don’t. The following tale is true. It happened in a quiet little town in New Jersey many years ago. None of this has been changed or exaggerated for the benefit of telling this, and no Tauntauns were hurt in the making of this tale.

When I was younger my parents sent my brother, sister and I to Catholic Grammar School. For me and my sister’s grade, the enrollment was so large that they had to have two kindergarten, first, second, third and fourth grades, which meant for those first five years of school my sister and I were not in the same class. From Kindergarten through third grade my sister was in the same class as my future-friend Rich and was good friends with him.

One day somewhere between 1980 and 1983, the year is only important in terms of when this certain toy came out, Rich invited my sister over to play Star Wars and I came along. We brought our figures and Tauntaun. When we got there we began to play and I remember thinking how cool it was to see figures we didn’t have, or even the split belly Tauntaun which Rich had. We played until my mother came to pick us up, and as my mother talked to his, I suddenly had the idea to switch Tauntauns with his without telling him. It was the perfect crime, they looked alike except for the stomach, and he’d never know it was gone, so, I made the switch.

All worked out and we walked out of the house and to my mom’s car. We were just about to drive away when Rich came running down the front steps smiling saying I took the wrong Tauntaun. I made an apology, said I got confused and took the wrong one and that was that.

My perfect plan was spoiled by an eagled eyed geek.

When I went into the fourth grade Rich was in my class. For the rest of our grammar school days, through high school, college and beyond, Rich and I were friends. We’d spend hours together playing Star Wars, Atari, Nintendo, going to the movies, the mall, conventions, hanging out watching TV or the comedy specials of George Carlin and Louie Anderson. He’d teach me to play chess; I’d get him into The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. We were just two geeks who had a friendship that nothing could destroy.

Rich was always there. He was there in high school to help me pass Spanish class. He was there every day of our senior year to drive me to school and home.  He was the first person I told that I was going to propose to my girlfriend. He was there the night before I got married, watching The Empire Strikes Back, eating the best Chinese food ever, and playing Godzilla on the Nintendo Game Cube all night.  He was there when my wife and I bought our first house, tearing out carpets and painting. He was there too, once my wife and I moved in, every Saturday for dinner. Weekend after weekend, month after month, year after year, Rich was there for homemade pizzas, barbecues, pasta, roasted rosemary chicken and more.

One such dinner years ago my wife, Rich and I were sitting at the table enjoying our meal. I mentioned if he remembered the time I took home his Tauntaun by accident. He said he did. My wife asked what I was talking about so I told her. I then told Rich I meant to take it. Rich laughed. He wasn’t mad. In fact it would become just one more thing he and I would make jokes about.

I write this with having served 30 years of friendship with Rich. Countless movies, trips to the mall, conventions, nights spent hanging out late and talking gave me 30 years of friendship with a friend who was in reality not a friend at all but a brother. Last week, after battling a brain tumor for close to a year, Rich died.

My friend, my brother, my collector-in-arms, the Samwise Gamgee to my Frodo Baggins, the guy I called Smeagol, the Thousandth Man went to Heaven. Words cannot express how much I miss him or how weird my life feels now. A constant companion of 30 years now gone is something I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to. I miss Rich more than anything and wish we had just one more convention to go to, one more day to watch the Lord of the Ring movies, one more time to just sit and talk. There’s not enough split bellied Tauntauns in the world to make this pain go away.

The Thousandth Man – 1975 -2014

Mr. Nostalgia

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Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor

Posted on: January 27, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Whovians BBC just released this image of the 12th Doctor in his official suit (I don’t like to use the term costumes)

 

Now we just need more figures of this guy.

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Matty Collector Fisto Contest

Posted on: January 27, 2014

This morning on Matty Collector’s website, they have announced a contest to win a autographed Masters of the Universe Classics’ FISTO.

 

By Tara Z.

What’s a whole lot better than a knuckle sandwich? How about getting your hands on a highly popular Fisto™ figure! Send us your best shot of your Masters of the Universe® toy collection and you could be one of four lucky winners. Here’s how…

 

Our line is entering its sixth year, and we want to see how impressive your collection has become. Show us how creative you are at displaying your figures. Who has the prime spot front and center? Who’s conspiring in the back? Who’s in your army? (You do have an army, right?) We’re looking for originality, enthusiasm, and that true collector spirit.

This highly popular figure sold out faster than you can say “five fierce fingers” when it was released in February 2012 and has not been available since. But, we convinced our marketing and design departments to part with four figures from their own personal collections, and we’ll award them to the most deserving fans based on the entries we receive. These figures are new, still in the box, and signed by our own Toy Guru Scott Neitlich and the figure’s designer Terence Higuchi.

Make sure you read ALL the rules (click here to get the forms you need) and submit them to us with your photo as a JPG. We’ll select the winners and announce them at the New York Toy Fair and on MattyCollector.com on or before February 17, 2014. The winning photos will be also posted (#FistoContest) for enhanced glory and bragging rights.

IMPORTANT!

  • Please read the rules carefully before submitting your entry!
  • Images must be of your Masters of the Universe® collection ONLY. Images that contain a person or another company’s brands or products are ineligible, and will be excluded from the Contest.
  • You MUST include both the image and the Entry Form saved as a separate file and you MUST check the entry authorization box on the Entry Form.
  • If your Entry Form isn’t completely filled out and submitted properly, your entry is ineligible.

The contest runs from 1/27 at 9 a.m. PT through 2/6 at 11:59 p.m. PT and we’ll post select photos on Facebook and in our Fan Forums throughout the entry period.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. MANY WILL ENTER, 4 WILL WIN. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.), AGE 18 OR OLDER AT TIME OF ENTRY. Enter contest between 1/27/2014 and 2/6/2014. For Official Rules, click here. Void where prohibited.

P.S. This contest is open only to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. All of our fans are extremely important to us, but every country has different rules and regulations regarding contests and it just isn’t possible for us to create and manage them all.

 

Good Luck

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Reveals of Outer Spacemen from the Four Horsemen

Posted on: January 24, 2014

The Four Horsemen have released pictures of new Outer Spacemen figures on their Facebook site.

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We just got new packaged samples of the next waves of Infinity Edition Outer Space Men into the studio a couple days ago and over the next few days we’re going to be showing those to you one at a time, with shots of the backs of the packages and a couple of big group shots to wrap everything up at the end.

Today’s reveal is one of the new characters that was just recently designed by the original creator of the Outer Space Menhimself, Mr. Mel Birnkrant. It’s the evil female counterpart to the ever transforming alien, MetamorphoOHPROMATEM!

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Mattel reveals the fate of Club Infinite Earths

Posted on: January 24, 2014

Mattel’s ToyGuru (Scott Neitlich) revealed the fate of the final figures of Club Infinite Earth, the subscription figure club based on the heroes of the DC Universe.

DC Fans,

2014 is dawning and it’s a great time to be a DC collector on Mattycollector.com!

First, let’s get the Kilowog in the room out of the way. We all know that the 2014 sub did not go through as we only sold about 60% of the minimum quota we needed to move forward. A lot of fans have been asking, “what can we do to keep the sub” or to “still do the larger Doomsday figure.” Let me address this one more time to clear the air before we move forward into the awesomeness that is 2014…

 

In order to run a collector line, specifically 6” highly detailed and articulated figures, we do need (in today’s economy) a minimum commitment from our customer/fan base. This is exactly why we run the sub program (sold in the weeks following San Diego Comic-Con each year). The full year is like a jigsaw puzzle where all the pieces need to fit together and work holistically in order to make the line work.

 

So, for example, the 12 partial tooling figures (with new heads and capes – tooling means the molds to build new parts, BTW) help offset the cost of fully tool’d figures. In order to produce the fully tool’d figures (like Doomsday would have been) we need to bank his cost against the costs of the less expensive (overall) partially tool’d figures. Doomsday alone is very expensive to make. We can’t make him as a stand-alone figure, but rather he was baked into the cost of the full year line, assuming we had hit Tier 2 or, at minimum, Tier 1. The high cost of Doomsday with so many more parts is banked against the relatively lower cost of the 12 partially tool’d monthly figures.

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When we did not even hit the minimum Tier 1 level for the sub, that pretty much put Doomsday off the table. A lot of fans are asking what they can do to still get him, and unfortunately, the time when fans could “do something” has passed. That time was the sub buy-in period.

BUT…just because we can’t get to a full year sub is in no way an indication that DC figures are not alive and well. In fact, the first four figures intended for the sub (well, the first three and what would have become the final fig) have now been reshuffled and will be offered as “quarterly” figures, ideally in the final month of each quarter (March, June, September, December) during our regular monthly sales. And if you have a MOTUC sub (the only sub that went through) these figures will be available to you during Early Access.

 

Speaking of Early Access, I know a lot of DC fans have asked if they can still have Early Access, but unfortunately the answer is no. Without hitting at least 100% of Tier 1, we simply can’t move forward with the DC sub, which would have included the other benefits like Early Access. But these figures will be offered during All Access (as long as they don’t sell out during Early Access) at a lower production quota than they would have been had the sub gone through. For this reason, the price per fig for these four will be $25 each. We should have final samples of all four quarterly figures at New York Toy Fair on February 16 at our press-only collector event from 12pm-3pm PT. (For all the reveals, check our news section on Sunday, February 16 right around noon.)

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In addition to these four quarterly figures, we are also excited to bring the Doomsday prison suit figure out as our SDCC figure. This figure was originally intended as the Tier 1 sub-only figure, but as he was developed already, much like the four quarterly figures, we wanted to find a way to still get him out there.

 

I can confirm that 2014 will most definitely be the final year for 6” Four Horsemen style figures. We were very successful in using Mattycollector.com as a channel to get two and half more years of product to fans after retailers moved away from the 6” form factor to some more retail-friendly product. Unfortunately, with rising costs (something we have very little control over), producing the DC figures, at about 250+ characters, has for the most part eclipsed what some fans are willing to pay.

 

While the quarterly releases and Doomsday Prison suit are the final figures in this line, we are just too in love with this form factor to let toy history fade away. So I can announce officially that there will be a surprise at New York Toy Fair next month to commemorate the end of an era. (No, it is not Unleashed Doomsday; again, he needed the full year at Tier 2 level to move forward and we didn’t even hit Tier 1). What will this surprise be? Let’s just say it is something a lot of fans have been asking for and a great way to give a heroic sendoff to one of the greatest toy lines of all time! More details on February 16 at MattyCollector.com.

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Next up on the docket, we have our very exciting Total Heroes line. This is a brand new line of 6” figures designed specifically to hit a lower price point at retail while maintaining a favorite scale. You will see the big guns of the DC world hitting retail all year, including Batman, Flash and Superman. And only on Mattycollector.com, collectors will be able to complete their new Total Heroes collection with four quarterly releases of Total Heroes Ultra.

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The Ultra figures will be priced at $20 each and will offer plus’d up characters with additional piece count (compared to the retail releases), as well as more collector “friendly” characters. Included in the Year 1 release schedule is a Green Lantern Corps figure (with heads for John Stewart, Tomar Re and Green Man), as well as three sets of hands and three constructs to arm up your Corps! This release will be followed in Quarter 2 with Black Manta with three heads (two unmasked, one masked) and a ton of accessories including a four-pronged spear and hunting knife. Quarter 3 will bring Batman Beyond with a Terry, Old Bruce and a masked Batman head, as well as a Batarang and a mini Micron sidekick figure. The fourth and final Total Heroes Ultra figure will be revealed next month at NYTF!

There is still a ton of great DC product coming your way from Mattycollector.com. As always, we can only make product and collectable figures when there is an audience to support it. So if you want to see more Total Heroes in the future, be sure to let us know and support the 2014 releases!

Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich

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Mr. Nostalgia Interviews the Retropreneur’s of Captain Action Enterprises…

Posted on: January 24, 2014

My first introduction to Captain Action was in December of 2012 when my wife and I were in Toys R Us and as I walked down the boy’s aisle I saw two boxes of Thor costumes for a doll that said on it Captain Action.  The first Thor was beardless, the second a Walt Simonson-era bearded Thor.  “Cool,” I said to myself as I checked them out.  Next to them was a doll of Captain Action himself and suddenly I knew what the costumes of the hero’s were for.  My next introduction wasn’t until this past September when, at a different Toys R Us with my sister, I came across a Captain Action Loki costume for Captain Action’s enemy Dr. Evil.  OK, now I had to find out what this was all about.  I went home that night, and looking up Captain Action, was led to the official site of Captain Action and all was revealed.  As I read through the site I thought to myself that this was something that Toy-Lines should be covering.  It was my responsibility as a toy blogger (because with great power comes that) to see if I could get an interview with Joe Ahearn and Ed Catto regarding the Captain.  I sent them an email and they both were gracious enough to take time out of their daily routine to be interviewed.  I’d like to thank them both in advance for doing so.

TL: Were you always a Captain Action fan growing up? How old were you when you discovered Captain Action and how old were you when you stopped playing with him?  When did you rediscover your interest in him?

EC: Both Joe and I were both fans growing up. For me, Captain Action was part of that “Best Christmas Ever” type memory. As a kid whose head exploded in the throes of 1960’s Bat-mania, Captain Action was a gateway into the wider world of other superheroes and comics.

JA: I was almost 5 when I discovered Captain Action, while visiting an older cousin who already had a large collection. That Christmas it was under my tree!  I played with him on and off till I was about 11, and then rediscovered him in the early 90’s as a collector.

TL: What was it like to work for Playing Mantis and help bring back Captain Action? Did you always want to bring him back to the extent that you did or was that more of something that just happened?

JA: It’s funny…my cousin who introduced me to Captain Action as mentioned above and I used to kid around saying they really should bring him back, but it never really came into focus until I began re-collecting and saw that Hasbro was beginning to reproduce original GI JOE figures and sets, and that got me thinking seriously about Captain Action. To make a long story short, after some trial an error and discovering what Playing Mantis was currently doing by bringing back Johnny Lightning die-cast cars which had a similar experience to Captain Action, I approached them about bringing back Captain Action and after about a year of market research, and several follow ups from me, they decided to take the ball and run with it and hired me as a product consultant to the line.

TL: What did you feel when they offered you the license of ownership?  Did you have any sense of doubt that maybe you wouldn’t know what to do with it or did you feel that it was meant to be and you could go above and beyond what previously had been done with the character? And how does it feel to be the owner of one of your childhood heroes?

EC: When Joe and I assumed the mantle of ownership, we were met with much skepticism. But as long-time toy geeks and passionate comic fans, we knew there was just so much potential with Captain Action. I recently spoke with Stan Weston, the man who created GI JOE and Captain Action, and he seemed happy that the torch was passed and wished us luck – with his blessings. That was a very cool moment. But when we see some kid fascinated by the Captain Action his mom or dad just bought him at a convention, we can’t help but think, maybe that kid will be running this company in 25 years.

JA: I was excited when the license came into our hands because I always felt we could do more with it than what had previously been done.  Ed and I decided early on that we were not going to try to simply remake CA toys, but rather build a Captain Action brand and a Captain Action universe on multiple platforms. And to answer your other question we are pretty proud to be the owner of a toy that meant so much to us as kids.

TL: Did you have to pay an expensive fee for the license or was it more of them looking to get rid of it?

EC: We can’t get into the specifics, but suffice it to say that we’ve worked so very, very hard these last seven years to make the Captain Action rebirth an “overnight success. Quite frankly, Joe and I joke that if we had known how much work it would demand, we probably wouldn’t have done it!

TL: How did you two meet and form Captain Action Enterprises?

EC: Joe and I were both members of a Captain Action collector group. We were working in metro NY and got together one night after work to swap stories.

TL: Do you sell the figures out of other stores?  With toy stores like Child’s World and K.B. Toy Stores now gone, do you sell them at Wal-Mart or Target or just Toys R Us? Is it strictly a Toys R Us exclusive and if so how did that come about?

EC: For our first year, we produced an exclusive version of the line for Toys R Us and we produced a deluxe version for everyone else.  For this next wave of costume sets and figures, we’ll be producing just one version. The good news is this will make the whole so affordable – just $19.99 for costume sets and $19.99 for figures too, if you can believe it.  And the Iron Man and Wolverine costume sets, while not “deluxe sets”, will include the last two costume elements for our Hawkeye “Assemble-an-Avenger” promotion.

TL: What made you start the costume license with Marvel?

EC: We actually had more contacts with WB/DC so we thought it would all start there. But the Marvel folks jumped up to bat quickly and they have been great to work with. And it’s been such a blast to create costume sets for old favorites like Spider-man and Captain America and new sets for characters like Thor, Loki and Hawkeye. And the new Wolverine and Iron Man costume sets are just great.

TL: How does it work getting a license with Marvel for the character and costume? Do you have to go through Disney since they own Marvel or do you deal with Marvel directly?

EC: We work with their licensing folks and they’ve been fantastic.

TL: How has Marvel been to your ideas? Have they ever said no to any or recommended any themselves as to what characters to do next?

EC: The Marvel folks have been encouraging and supportive. They’ve also been incredibly helpful with certain costume elements, and are eager to share and collaborate on ideas in order to make it all work best.

TL: The Marvel characters and costumes are just wonderful, are there any plans for more to come?

EC: Next up we have Iron man and Wolverine, and we’ll be finishing the Hawkeye costume with this wave too.  At NYCC, we’ll be asking fans to vote for the next characters we’ll be tackling, so we’re eager to hear if fans are excited for costume sets of characters like Cyclops from the X-men, Daredevil, Nick Fury (as Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.), or Dr. Doom or others.

TL: I thought the Loki villain suit was just a wonderful idea for Dr. Evil. Are there any more Marvel villains coming like the Green Goblin or Red Skull?

EC: Absolutely. We were really proud of the Loki costume set. Also on our short list is Dr. Doom (as mentioned) and Magneto. We’re big Marvel fans so we’d love to eventually even get to bad guys like Mysterio and Baron Zemo!

TL: Are the Captain America and Spider-man suites still available?

EC: We still have some of the deluxe sets, but they are going fast. We’re totally sold out of the basic versions, and our Cover Classic Captain America – featuring the Golden Age Captain America is totally sold out. In fact, I need to get a couple of extras for my own collection from eBay!

TL: The Avengers Assemble Hawkeye was such a great and clever idea. Whose was it and how did you decide on Hawkeye to be the character to assemble?

EC: As big Marvel fans, we love the Avengers and Hawkeye was one of those characters, before the movie anyways, that we thought the general public would never embrace him. I remember back when I was in college, and Roger Stern was writing the Avengers and living in my town. I got to know him and he was, and is, a great guy. He’s always bringing back Hawkeye back to the team, and he’d always say, “He’s a butthead, but he’s our butthead.” And even today, with this great new series by Matt Fraction and David Aja, Hawkeye’s so much fun.

JA: The idea itself to do the build a character was a collaborative effort between us and Round 2. We wanted to make the line more collectible and give the fans a cool reward for collecting the series, and also be able to offer an extra character who at the time (before the movies) as Ed mentioned was not well known publicly.

TL: Any plans for an Action Boy figure maybe with a young Bucky Barnes costume to go along with Captain Action’s Captain America costume?

EC: We love Action Boy and are eager to re-introduce him to the new line-up, but we’re going to focus on Lady Action next.  Realistically, she gives us a much wider range of possibilities.

TL: Who is Captain Action and what is his origin? What is his mission? Does he have a secret identity?

EC: Captain Action is the super spy mystery man of many identities who’s had origins as a toy, and in a couple of prior comic book series. Small elements of the past have been taken to account while taking Captain Action to a whole new level in our brand new comic book mini-series from Dynamite Comics—Codename: Action.

TL: What is Dr. Evil’s origin? (With that brain of his he reminds me of the Meta-luna Monster.)

EC: Isn’t he great? Dr. Evil shares the same history as Captain Action, but is also reinvented with a whole new twist in Codename: Action! And BTW, if you can’t find a copy in your local shop, it’s available on ComiXology too.

TL: Can you explain to those who are new to Captain Action what his weapons are?

JA: Traditionally, Captain Action’s weapons were his lightning sword and laser ray gun, and he also had his multi-terrain vehicle the Silver Streak, but the greatest weapon of all has always been his master of disguise element—the ability to transform into other people or other heroes.

TL: I enjoyed your history of Captain Action on your site. Can you tell us where you plan on taking the Captain in the future?

JA: Where aren’t we going to take him! We plan to continue building the Captain Action brand in as many diverse directions as we can. We’ve gotten off to a pretty good start with collectibles, toys, comics and apparel and are currently working on marketing an animated series.

TL: How is the cartoon coming along? Did you cast your voice talent yet?

JA: The Animated Series is in the marketing and development stage.  We’ve pulled together a short promo just recently and for that we went to veteran Voice Actor, Captain Action fan and all around great guy Wally Wingert to provide the voice of Captain Action.

TL: Will new toys be based off the cartoon that is being made and if so, will you g for the same size as the current Captain Action or will you make them smaller, like 3.75 inches like the current Hobbit toys?

JA: Well, like all other cartoon series, once we get up and running we’d love to do toys and other products based on the show, but what form that will be in is too early to say.

TL: Any plans for a Captain Action live action movie? If so, who would you cast as Captain Action?

JA: Not at present but we would of course LOVE to see that happen at some point as well. If so, who would we cast as Captain Action? Well, there are a lot of great choices out there, but the one person we’ve talked about the most would be Mad Men actor Jon Hamm. He’s got that classic leading man swagger that would be perfect for Captain Action.

TL: How are the comics selling?

JA: Issue 1 of Codename: Action just hit the shelves the first week in September and Dynamite just announced it was a sellout! The book has gotten rave reviews thanks to the great storytelling of Chris Roberson, art by Jonathan Lau and some great cover art by Jae Lee, Francesco Francavilla, Art Baltazar, and Joe Jusko to name a few.

TL: Will there be other Captain Action suites like the Captain Action Polar Suit?

JA: We’ve got a few things on the drawing board like a Scuba outfit, Ninja outfit, Secret Spy Mission outfit and several others. Our new Codename Action Figure coming out in a couple of weeks takes Captain Action’s uniform up a few notches by enhancing the black parts with a pleather material giving it a more structured look.

TL: Will you ever do a Lone Ranger and Tonto or even The Phantom costume like in the original line?

JA: While we do love these characters they both have been done by Ideal and Playing Mantis, but you never know. If it makes sense to do them, we certainly wouldn’t shy away from it. Currently we’re focused on bringing the fans these great Marvel characters and in 2014 we’ll also be doing our first DC characters as well! Our next Wave will include Superman, Batman and The Joker!

TL: Who is Savage Beauty and how does she tie into the Captain Action universe?

EC: Savage Beauty is our take on the classic Jungle Girl comic theme, but with many elements of this genre that needed updating. Savage Beauty is the story of two step-sisters, Livvy and Lacy Rae, who’ve just graduated from UCLA and make an unusual choice for their first job out of school! But we’re glad they did, as they find themselves working for the mysterious Mr. Eden on special assignments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

TL: Who are the Zeroids and how do they tie into the Captain Action universe?

JA: The Zeroids are the original Robots from Space! They were a classic toy of the 60’s and 70’s who like Captain Action we are priming for a reboot. Thus far we put out a 2 issue mini-series with Moonstone Books which gave the Zeroids a whole new origin, but we’ve got a lot more planned.

TL: Have either the Zeroids or Savage Beauty ever had a cross-over with Captain Action?

JA: Not as yet, but we’re sure it’s coming!

TL: I’m really impressed with the amount of items for sale on your website and really like the black t-shirt with the Captain Action logo. Do you have more plans for merchandise like this?

JA: We’re always looking for new ways to expand the brand. Currently we have a number of different apparel choices in our on line shop, as well as a number of other cool products. We’ve also licensed out to Graffiti Designs who sells t-shirts with our classic logo, and more recently to Titan merchandise that’s had great success with selling t-shirts with a distressed Captain Action logo, and they just debuted a hoodie currently on sale with this same design.

TL: How do you work a full time day job and then find time and the energy to run Captain Action Enterprises?

JA: It’s not easy let us tell you but we manage.  We’re poster boys for burning the midnight oil! They say if you love what you’re doing you never work a day in your life and that’s how we feel about Captain Action Enterprises. Although we have our struggles like any other business, we love what we are doing and what we are building.

TL: What is the average day-in-the-life for you at Captain Action Enterprises? When do you start working and when do you finish? Are you ever truly finished or are ideas always brewing in your minds as to what to do next?

JA: Like any other home grown business it’s 24 – 7 to a degree. We are constantly multi-tasking, going from one project to the next and managing several simultaneously, plus at the same time not resting on our laurels but rather always looking for new ways to grow.

TL: How does it feel to see that final product once you see it there on the shelves? From start to finish, I would imagine at times it can be quite stressful, but when finally finished is it a sense of relief or accomplishment that you feel when you walk into a Toys R Us and see him sitting on the shelves?

JA: You hit the nail right on the head.  That’s exactly how it is.  There’s a lot of time and effort and of course occasional frustration that goes into every project, but it’s very rewarding when it all finally comes together and you see it on the shelf and are holding it in your hands.

TL: I’m sure there has to be some frustrating times, but in the end, are you glad you made the decision to create Captain Action Enterprises and could you see yourself not doing this?

JA: Well when we first told people we were doing this a lot of people thought we were crazy. We thought maybe we were too, but once we got the ball rolling we knew we made the right choice, struggles and all.  As for not doing this, well we both enjoy it so much I think it would be hard to imagine not doing it. We look forward to finding new ways to fuel the longevity of the brand.

TL: What has the fan reaction been to bringing the Captain back?

JA: The fan reaction has been extremely positive. Currently the fans are loving the new toy line and as mentioned they are latching on quickly to our new comic book series.  We greatly appreciate all the fan support we’ve gotten over these years and the support of a lot of great professionals as well. It’s been very rewarding to see a lot of new fans who never had a Captain Action toy or read a Captain Action comic jump on board and tell us how much they like what we are doing.

TL: I’d like to thank you both for the time you took to answer these questions and wish you the best of luck with all of your future Captain Action plans.

JA & EC: Thank you so much for speaking with us as well.  It’s been a pleasure. We’re gonna keep the Action coming!

(Ed Catto (left) and Joe Ahearn (right) of Team Action)

 

For those of you who enjoyed this interview and would like to learn more about Captain Action, I urge you to check out their wonderful website that can be found at www.captainaction.com.

Mr. Nostalgia and the Toy-Lines Crew.

 

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Phoenix Rising (Captain Power Reboot) update with Roger Lay Jr.

Posted on: January 24, 2014

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future created by Gary Goddard and Tony Christopher was a popular TV show and toy line (Captain Power and the Soldiers of the future now available on DVD).  The first of its kind to create an interactive live action environment where the person can participate in the show by shooting at villains or heroes using Captain Power’s Jet XT-7 or The Phantom Striker Jet.

 

The show was fun for children but the story of Captain Power had very adult based themes, which helped parents also watch what their children were playing with.  The show dealt with racism, love, communism, war and the human spirit, which proved to audiences that this was not just a commercial to sell a toy.

 

 

Now almost 30 years later those children have grown up and are anticipating the reboot of Captain Power now titled Phoenix Rising.  The story of Captain Jonathan Power continues under the helm of creator Gary Goddard (Skeleton Warriors, Masters of the Universe TMP) and Producer Roger Lay JR. (Toy Masters, Chrysalis).

 

Roger Lay Jr. was kind enough to talk to us about the progress of Phoenix Rising:

Toy-Lines: Can I ask you a couple of questions about Phoenix Rising?

 

Rover Lay Jr.: Yeah. I can’t answer all of them, but you can ask.

 

TL: Sure, yeah. Well, first of all, what can you tell me about it? Is it just a simple reboot?

 

RLJ: Yeah. It’s not a sequel. We did this Twitter party.

 

TL: The video?  (Referring to a Twitter and Facebook Promotion.  Join the Captain Power returns Facebook and Twitter.)

 

RLJ: The video, yeah, this PR agency, Shiny Objects, they streamed the TV movie version of the pilot. And then we were all on Twitter answering questions. And I think I felt after that that a lot of people think that it’s kind of a sequel or like the never-produced second season of Captain Power, because the show kind of ended abruptly and they had scripts for a second year and they had sets ready to go and they had a cast of people, but then Mattel decided to pull out of the action figure, just kind of stop focusing on action figures and more on interactive and they canceled Toyland and the show went away. But it’s not really a sequel, it’s just a reimagining. It’s not even a reimagining. It’s basically, it is a reboot, but we’re starting from the ground up, where the original kind of starts and media rests. And the first episode begins and Jonathan Power is Captain Power and all the heroes are there and Lord Dread is a bad guy and they are just fighting each other, but you kind of don’t really know what this whole idea of the metal wars is and why it happened and now we get to answer all those things. We get to bring you in at a point where not too far from now, there’s this whole idea of singularity now or this thing that in 25 years or so we will be so dependent on machines and computers that perhaps the interface will be a more organic one rather than a peripheral that you control, like a mouse or a keyboard — that we may very well be one with the machine in a way. You saw last week there was an article that the guys behind Google are starting the Singularity University, which is this whole established group for the study of that, of mankind and machine merging. So basically what 26 years ago was just a wacky kind of sci-fi story that some people thought would just help sell toys is closer to becoming reality, and that’s where we’re starting this one, from a point closer to us, the people living now in this century.

 

TL: Is the new show more adult oriented or is it for all ages?

 

RLJ: I think it’s more adult oriented. The original, if you’ve seen it, even though it was billed as a 30-minute kids’ show, was pretty intense. You had some of the lead characters going through horrible things. One of them dies. No one dies in a kids’ show. And there was this whole idea of digitizing, but yeah, it is more adult oriented and it’s more grounded in reality. Where in the original you had digitizing and you had people sucked into the machine, there’s something far more gruesome and real now that is being done in this new one to human beings and it’s something that you could look at where we are now in science and go well shit, if someone went really crazy, they could do that. So yeah, it’s more adult oriented, but not to say that a 12-year-old in the audience wouldn’t get a kick out of seeing it, because in the end it is a group of heroes every week with a very gung-ho kind of attitude of we’re a team and we’re going to do what’s right. Any kid can identify with that. But there’s layers to this story that obviously will probably just fly over the kids’ heads, and it’s just more for people who are really into all these science fiction concepts and what’s happening now out there.

 Roger Lay Jr.

 

TL: Will anyone from the original show be participating?

 

RLJ: Yeah. We have Tim Dunigan, who played Captain Power, is already on board to play Stuart Power, who is Jonathan Power’s dad. So in the original it was an actor, Bruce Craig, who gets killed and then he becomes Mentor, and he comes back. So Tim would fill that role now because we — I mean I, as a fan of the original, really felt we needed some kind of connective tissue to the original since we’re not going to be able to, like maybe people want a sequel to the show, but you can’t just 26 years later pick up the same story and have the network or buyer give you the green light on a show that depends on a previous show. You have to be able to come in clean for a new audience. So we’re going to do the sequel but I felt having Tim on it would at least give that to the fans. And there’s a lot of actors from the original, like Jessica Steen, who wants to come back. We haven’t figured out how to write her into it. The first 13 episodes are laid out already. The pilot script is written and a couple of the first episodes, so we know what we’re doing and where we’re headed. Oh, Tank. We would use Sven. We have a great idea for using him. But yeah, Jessica said she’d love to come back, and eventually we’ll figure that out. So, yeah. It’s not like when Star Trek: The Next Generation went on the air, where they made a real conscious effort to separate that from the original. On this one, we don’t. That’s not the case. If we can find any way to connect at least the people from the original to this one, we’d love to do it.

 

TL: Is Mattel involved in any way?

 

RLJ: Maybe, but we can’t go into that right now.

 

TL: That’s fine.

 

RLJ: But yeah, it’s a possibility. But it wouldn’t be in a manner even close to the original where they financed the show. We have another financing entity involved in this one and if Mattel or any other company that creates product comes on board, it’s just as a licensee and they create product for the franchise but they have no control over the IP, over the intellectual property itself. And we’ve spent a lot of time — Gary Goddard created the original and is the producer on this one with all of us here. We spent a lot of time doing this independently, on our own, through the Goddard Group and finding the individual pieces rather than going to someone and selling them the property and saying okay, make the show and we’re out of the game. This one, we’re driving it completely. It’s fully dependent on us creatively. So it’s not really, he doesn’t have to go through what he went through on the original, where Mattel was kind of driving it and he had to kind of do whatever Mattel wanted and the moment Mattel decided to pull the plug, he really had no control over that.

 

TL: When could we see something from Phoenix Rising?

 

RLJ: We have a lot of stuff. We have design stuff. We have a lot of computer-generated stuff already. We have the power suits designed. All that stuff has been designed. But I think you’ll see that stuff when — we have international in place and we have a Canadian broadcasting company also, but we don’t have the US deal yet. We’re still negotiating that. So I think the moment we make that deal, that’s when we’ll start releasing stuff. Because what we don’t want to do is release a bunch of stuff without saying “and it’s airing on this place and you can see it on this date.” You know what I mean?

 

 

 

TL: Right.

 

RLJ: We want to wait until that’s in place, but that is what we’re working on now. That’s the missing piece right now, who’s going to take it domestically.

 

TL:  Mr. Lay Jr. thank you very much for this interview and I look forward as many other Captain Power fans to see Phoenix Rising on tv.  I don’t know about anyone else    but I’ll still be shooting at the television.

 

Thank you to Roger Lay Jr. for the update.

You can follow Captain Power on his Facebook and Twitter accounts and for more up to date information, keep checking Toy-Lines.com

 

T. Romero

Contributing Editor

 

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Mr. Nostalgia: Marvel vinylmation…

Posted on: January 23, 2014

With the success of the first wave of Marvel vinylmations, Disney is no doubt well on their way with creating the second wave. While there have been no announcements yet, I decided I’d make my list of who I’d like to see.

The first wave was released on October 11, 2013 and featured 12 characters in the case, including the chaser. Pictured below, the characters were:

Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Future Foundation Spider-man, Vision, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Spider-woman, Nick Fury and Ultron as the chaser. These figures were blind boxed, meaning they were wrapped in foil inside the box so you don’t know who you’re getting.

marvel wave 1

Released exclusively to the D Street store in Downtown Disney West Side is Hawkeye:

hawkeye

Sold exclusively to the park was Wasp and Yellowjacket:

wasp

yellowjacket

With the movie Avengers team already “assembeled” (Ultron will be appearing in Avengers 2) my wave features a mix of characters, as well as some villains, which the first wave lacked.

Since Disney released a total of 12 in the first set, plus the 3 exclusive ones, I did the same and would like to see the following:

Wave 2 case:

Gambit
Wolverine
Spider-man (red and blue costume)
Green Goblin
Magneto
Loki
Punisher
Silver Surfer
Daredevil
J Jonah Jameson
Lizard
Rocket Raccoon – chaser

Cyclops and Jean Grey – 2 pack park exclusive
Angel – D Street store in Downtown Disney West Side

Time will tell if any of my picks makes the cut when Disney releases wave 2, but I think Wolverine is a sure bet to be in it, and with Guardians of the Galaxy coming to theatres, I think putting a member from the team (Rocket Raccoon) is a possibility, to get people to know about the book and movie.

Mr. Nostalgia (Ian Westhoff)

Staff Writer

 

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