Pop Mhan is the talented penciller behind DC's ongoing He-Man and the Masters of the Universe comic books series. In this exclusive He-Man.Org interview, Pop sat down with me to discuss his thoughts on He-Man, She-Ra, and the new comic book.
This week's awesome fan art comes from He-Man.org member Skeletortilla.
"...This is my portrait of the great Frank Langella in his unforgettable role as Skeletor! This painting offered a unique challenge, because Langella's face is almost completely hidden by makeup, so his likeness is conveyed by his eyes alone. Also, it was a challenge to bring a lot of color to the almost stark white face using only the lighting. Hope you all enjoy!"
This exciting painting appeared on the cover of Shadowland Magazine #4, for their classic Masters of the Universe movie retrospective.
You can see more exciting artwork by Skeletortilla by clicking HERE!
This week's cool custom action figure comes from He-Man.Org member Xepherus3.
"...This figure was made with a Catra figure, weapons, and head, with Evil-Lyn boots, and sculpted elements using Green Stuff. Dry brushing was added to simulate armor wear. Vintage card pack included. This figure is primed, painted, and sealed using Citadel, Tamiya, Testors, and Plaid products."
You can check out more cool customs by Xepherus3 by clicking HERE!
For those of you who have Club Eternia subscriptions, don't forget that the Spirit of Hordak chase figure, Stinkor and Slush Head will be on sale at Matty Collector, Tuesday, May 14th 8am PDT (GMT -7) / 11am EDT (GMT -4) If needed, please click here for a Time Zone Converter. Special note about Spirit of Hordak: There will be a small amount available during Early Access. He’s subject to sellout during Early Access (purchase limit has been reduced to four per subscriber) and won’t be available to the public on May 15th. BUT, watch for his logo in the MattyCollector shop as he will appear unannounced throughout the year – you never know when he’ll sneak back in.
Here are the Masters of the Universe comics coming out in August!
HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #5 Written by KEITH GIFFEN Art by POP MHAN Cover by ED BENES On sale AUGUST 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Despara’s origin revealed! Plus, Hordak tells a shocking story that will change her world forever!
Not only do we get He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #5, we also have...
DC UNIVERSE VS. THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 Written by KEITH GIFFEN Art by DEXTER SOY Covers by ED BENES On sale AUGUST 28 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED T After narrowly escaping his last battle with He-Man, Skeletor has fled to the most unexpected realm to recover: EARTH! Once there, he sets a plan in motion to siphon off Earth’s core magic. Forging an unlikely hunting party, He-Man and company go in search of Skeletor. Finding themselves at odds with the heroes of the DC Universe, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe must find a way to stop Skeletor and his mysterious new master! This debut issue features two covers by Ed Benes, both available for ordering: one featuring the heroes of the DC Universe, and the other featuring The Masters of the Universe!
See what the fans have to say about He-Man Ongoing#5 HERE!
In even more MOTU comic news this week, our friends over at MTV Geek have put up a preview of the second exciting issue of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Ongoing #2! The preview picks up right where we left off from issue#1 --He-Man and Teela face to face with Horde bad girl Despara!
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #2 goes on sale this coming Wednesday, on the 15th!
Written by Masters of the Universe author Keith Giffen and illustrated by Dexter Soy, the crossover starts this August. BuzzFeed spoke exclusively with Giffen via email to get the inside scoop on what to expect when Eternia clashes with Earth.
This week's awesome fan art is by He-Man.Org member Trap_Jaw_888.
"...This is my MOTU life-sized 1:1 Trap Jaw bust. He is latex rubber skinned with solid but lightweight polyurethane foam inside. I have not completely stuck to any one version, but Trap Jaw is most like the classics line; especially with the jaw remains inside his mouth. He's always been my favourite."
You can check out more cool busts by Trap_Jaw_888 by clicking HERE!
Mattel surprises fans with a secret, unannounced figure! Read on...
Congratulations! By magic or by luck, you’ve found a secret figure!
This all-clear figure features painted red eyes, chest emblem and removable armband, and comes with a fan-demanded Hordak® cross bow in vintage white. Trust us, this visitor from the dark dimension is up to no good… but you’ll have to get the figure to see his complete bio. Straight from the 2013 mini-comic, “The Secret Origin of Skeletor,” this highly collectable figure is not available with Club Eternia® subscriptions or even during regular monthly sales, so make sure you check back often to try to catch him the next time he decides to project onto this page!
As the message says, this figure will return to Mattycollector.com at random. Be on the constant lookout and good luck getting him, He-Fans!
This week's cool custom action figure comes from He-Man.Org member e-man.
"A Skelcon is a character from the Ladybird books. There is a whole army of Skelcons and they are all Skeletor's minions. This custom is made using the original Skeletor's arms and legs, Grizzlor's body, Dragoon (from the Galaxy Warrior's line) head and a lot of Aves Apoxie Sculpt. Weapon is custom."
It's the fourth issue and He-Man is getting a new costume to battle Despara and the Evil Horde Invasion of Eternia! And this new costume has pants (Okay, the last time He-Man wore pants was in New Adventures)!
But what does this new armored and modernized outfit do? Is it mere protection? Is it a powerup like Thunder Punch or Flying Fists? Or could it be a new 52 version of the Battle Armor He-Man? Where did it come from?
An article about He-Man's newest look on the DCcomics.com blog gives us a few hints to tide fans over until issue #4 hits shelves! You can read the article HERE!
Masters of the Universe® ClassicsMini He-Man® & Skeletor® Figures
Great things come in small packages! At long last, the fan demanded mini versions of He-Man® and Skeletor®… in a foldout mini Castle Grayskull® diorama package! Each figure has six points of articulation at the arms, legs, waist and neck, and comes with snap-on accessories such as a power sword, shield and havoc staff. He-Man® features a shield with traditional j-hook, allowing it to be held out in front instead of clipped onto his arm!
This product will be available for pre-order at MattyCollector.com on June 4, 2013, to be picked up at San Diego Comic-Con (details to come). It will also be available for purchase at the show, then at MattyCollector.com on August 5, 2013.
This week's awesome fan art comes from He-Man.Org member Orko's Magic Hat.
"Skeletor in the Mountains was a piece I did in Photoshop which took me about 3 weekends to complete. I chose to do it straight onto a tablet and I wanted to produce something quite rough and not particularly perfect. I took inspiration from the Skeletor Alcala head as I wanted him to have a creepy, almost hateful look on his face. The William George boxart from the 80s inspired the mountains and background, as they always looked desolate and otherworldly. The background took the longest to do, but I think the dull browns compliment the bright colour pallet of Skeletor and worked out well in the end."
You can check out more cool artwork by Orko's Magic HatHERE!
This week's cool custom action figure comes from He-Man.Org member Replikor.
"...Of all the "Bootleg" He-Man action figures released in the 80s and 90s, the best in my opinion were the "Fuerza-T" action figures. Their random matching of familiar MOTU parts, along with their unique color mixtures, made the figures something special to look at. When I made Platino for MOTUC, I decided to give him a strong but unique look. The original figure used He-Man's head, with a green goatee painted on him. I didn't want him to look like a He-Man clone, and the minute I received my Count Marzo in the mail, I knew I had found Platino's face. I put He-Man's hair on Marzo's head, and painted his hair and goatee neon green. The boots, chest and abs are taken from from a Mekaneck figure. Both of Platino's arms and his massive fist come from Fisto. The left forearm and battle-axe come from He-Man. The lower body used a Faker loincloth with the fur repainted black, and the black legs came from The Faceless One."
Keep your papers safe from Eternian winds with the Icon Heroes Masters of the Universe He-Man Mini Bust Paperweight! Based on the 1980's Filmation television series, He-Man wields his power sword atop a Castle Grayskull tower base defying evil.
Designed and sculpted by Joe Amaro and the Four Horsemen, this complete piece comes with sheath and Master of the Universe logo. Cast in high quality polystone, the He-Man Mini Bust Paperweight stands approximately 12 inches tall from the bottom of the base to the tip of the Power Sword. This makes a great addition to any desktop or Masters of the Universe collection. Available September 2013. Check out the images below!
Mattel has once again provided answers to your questions. Thanks again to them for taking the time to answer these! Check out their answers to your Round 99 questions!
This round of questions were selected by The All American. Thanks to that fan for their help!
1. Man-E-Beers: If Mattel deems Castle Grayskull a success, and more playsets are given a go, has there been any discussion on making the other two walls for a complete 4-sided castle? It would be a good way to include all the extra sculpted and requested additions that were left out of Castle Grayskull.
At this time we really aren't in a position to discuss any additional playsets or additions to the Castle. The current 2013 Castle is so much work as is, that looking past it isn't something we are in a place to do. But all are great ideas and you never know what the future will bring!
2. The All American: Will all the figures that need to be released in 2014 and 2015 to finish the vintage lines be sold via subscription only?
That remains to be seen. At this point we can not even confirm a 2014 line until we know we hit the min number of sub holders when it is put on sale at SDCC.
3. King Tamusk: Will a new Traveling Convention Exclusive for 2014 be shown at your SDCC Mattypalooza presentation this summer?
4. Loo-Kee: Castaspella will be the last Vintage POP character to be released for 2013 (or is she?). I know this next question might be a little in advance, but knowing you reworked the 2014 sub, how many Vintage POP characters are slotted for the 2014 sub? Thank you!
If 2014 moves forward it will have more POP figures than any previous year.
5. Super He-Man: Characters like the Widgets and Twiggets are larger than Orko and Kowl, but still smaller than the average figure. I certainly wouldn't want to pay full price per widget, but if you did them with limited articulation, would it bring the cost down enough to get a 2 or 3 pack for the usual single-figure price?
It is possible to execute these characters this way and we'd love to do these characters eventually. Time will tell how and when they are released!
Now, they want to find out your top 2 choices for the next wave of plush MOTUC toys! Also, they want to find out if you'd like to see a plush version of Skeletor's Havoc Staff!
Adam Tyner whipped up a poll which allows you to write-in your top 2 character choices, and to vote for or against the Havoc Staff. We're basing the character selection on the list of characters MattyCollector provided for the previous Castle Grayskull box art vote. The list is below, which was compiled by user Arvulis and an additional set of thumbnail sheets showing imgaes of each known character is also below, put together by user MISSILE-TOE. Click on each image below to enlarge, then the "plus sign" in the lower right to see the maximum size. Thanks to all of them for their help!
If you're not sure which characters you prefer, please check out the list and images below. Then, please click here to vote! The polls will close on Friday, May 17th. Comic Images thanks you for your input.
Adora Air Centurion Alcon Andros Angella Arrow Artilla (Weaponstronic) Azdar Baddrah Batros Battle Armor Faker Battle Armor He-Man Battle Armor Skeletor Battle Blade Skeletor Battle Lion Battle Punching He-Man Battle Sound He-Man & Skeletor Battle Unicorn Battlecat Beast Lord Beast Man Belzar Bionotops Blade Blast Attack Bow Bow Bubble Power She-Ra Butthead Buzz Off Buzz Saw Hordak Calix Captain Miro Captain Zang Castaspella Castle Grayskull Space Suit Castle Grayskullman Catra Caz Ceratus Chadzar Chief Carnivus Chooblah the Kulatak King Clamp Champ Clawdeen Clawful Comtech Consul Ari Council of Elders Count Marzo Critta Crystal Moonbeam Crystal Sundancer Dare (He-Ro II) Darius Dekker Delora Demo-Man Disks of Doom Skeletor Dittstroyer Dogotor Double Trouble Draego Man Dragon Blaster Skeletor Dragstor Dree Elee Drissi Dylamug Eldor Entrapta Evil Robot Evil-Lyn Evilseed Extendar Faceless One Faker Fang Man Fang-or Fearless Photog Fighting Foe Men Fire Armor Skeletor Fisto Flipshot (Icarius) Flogg (Brakk) Flutterina Flying Fists He-Man Frosta Garn Geldor General Nifel General Sundar Gepple Gladiator Gleep Glimmer Glory Bird Goat Man Golden Rod Granita Granymyr Great Black Wizard Green Goddess Grizzlor Gross Gwildor Harmash Hawk He-Man He-Man (NA look) He-Ro Hook'em Flogg Hoove Hordak Horde Mummy Horde Prime Horde Trooper Horde Wizards Huntara Hurricane Hordak Hydron Ice Armor He-Man Ice Armor Skeletor Icer Illumina Imp Jester Jewellstar Jitsu Josh Julie Jungle Attack He-Man Karg Kayo (Tatarus) Keldor Kevin King Grayskull King He-Man King Hiss King Hssss' Slave Girl King Randor Kittrina Kobra Khan Kowl Kronis Lady Snake Laser Light Skeletor Laser Power He-Man Leech Leon Lighthope Lizard Man Lizorr LooKee Lord Dactus Lord Masque Lt Adara Lubic Madame Razz Malik Man At Arms Man-E-Faces Mantenna Manticor Mara Maran Martial Arts He-Man Master Sebrian Mecha He-Man & Skeletor Mega Punch He-Man Megator Mekaneck Meldoc Mer Man Mermista Meteorbs (all) Mighty Spector Missle Armour Flipshot Modulok Mo-Larr Mosquitor Moss Man Multi Bot Netossa Nightstalker Ninjor Nocturna Octavia Oediphus Oo-Lar Optikk Oracle Orko Panthor Peekablue Peekablue Perfuma Plundor Prahvus President Pell Prince Adam Prince Adam (NA look) Prince Darkon Princess Rana Procrustus Psy-Chop Quakke (Earthquake) Queen Andreeno Queen Marlena Queen of trhe Kex Queen Teela Ram Man Rattlor Red Beast Red Shadow Rio Blast Roboto Rokkon Rotar Sagitar Samuari Skeletor Samurai He-Man Saurod Scare Glow Scorpia Scratchin' Sound Catra Screech Scrollos Sea Hawk Sersei Sgt. Krone Shadow Weaver Shadowbeasts Shakoti Shaman She-Ra She-Ra (NA look) Shield Maiden Sherilyn Shield Strike (Stealth Armor) He-Man Shower Power Catra Silverstorm Sir Laser-Lot Skeleteen Skeleton Warriors Skeletor Skeletor (NA look) Skeletor's Robot Knight(s) Sky High Slime Monsters Slime Pit He-Man Slush Head (Kalamarr) Smash Blade He-Man Snake Armor He-Man Snake Armor Skeletor Snake Crush Skeletor Snake Face Snake Hunter He-Man Snout Spout Snow Thief Songster Sorceress (NA look) Sorceress (Toy look) Sortech Spikor Spin Blad Skeletor Spin Fist Hydron Spin Wiz Spinnerella Spinwit (Tornado) Spirit of Grayskull Sssqueeze Staghorn Starburst She-Ra Starla Stingrad Stinkor Stonedar Stratos Stridor Strobo Strongarm Sultra Sweet Bee Swiftwind Sy-Klone Tallstar Taurius Teela Teela (NA look) Terror Claws Skeletor The Seer The Unnamed One Thunder Punch He-Man Too-Tall Hoove Torgul Train-or Trap-Jaw Tri-Klops Tung Lashor TurboDactyl Tuskador (Insyzor) Tuvar Twistoid Two-Bad Tyrantsaurus Tytus Uncle Mordok Veena Vikor Vizar Vormus Vultak Vykron Webstor Werban Whiplash Willan Wizardess Wolf Armor He-Man Wun-Dar Zeelahr Zoar Zodac Zodak
Toyguru popped in on the forums with more info on Rokkon and Stonedar, MOTUC's 2013 SDCC exclusive two-pack! He answers a few raised fan concerns, most notably price, availability and why Granita (the female Comet Warrior that the Filmation cartoon featured alongside Rokkon and Stonedar) was missing.
I have been waiting SO long to get to these guys!
Rokkon was by far not only my favorite MOTU fig, but he was just one of my favorite toys in general as a kid. Stonedar was cool too, but Rokkon was my fav. And now we get him at last. So cool. They have been sitting way out on the roadmap for so long, I often wondered if I would even still be on the line and around by the time we got to this set in 2013. But man, here we are. SDCC 2013. Oh man, the Rock Warriors at last!
Honestly had my doubts back in 2009 if we would make it this far, but man, no fans like He-Fans to keep a line going! So glad to finally have my favorite MOTU figure in Classics!
I haven't read through this whole thread, but it looks like overall folks are pleased with this one. Really glad for that@ To blast through some common questions:
The set is 60.00. You are basically getting two 30.00 (Ram Man size) figures. With all the extra rock parts (especially the add on bottom part) there is way more per figure vs. what we could do with a monthly 25.00 slot. This is also one reason we didn't want to include Granita. A 90.00 set with three 30.00 figs felt too high and we can always find a way to get to her down the road. Just because we aren't doing her now doesn't take her off the table.
But yeah, while I am a Granita fan, Rokkon and Stonedar are the Comet Warriors. They were the vintage toys and I have to be in that camp on this issue in the end.
And yes, also the cross sell does show some legs bands that we couldn't tool. The final figures are the lose figs and the packaged figs in the shots. Often (well, always) the cross sell shots are done off of the prototypes and some things do change along the way. In this case it came down to tooling and we really maxed out. It was leg bands or laser gun accessories and we went with the accessories. Never an easy choice, but that was the mind behind the madness on this choice in what to include (we obviously didn't want to lose the rock armor and both figs have 100% unique rock armor each).
All and all a fantastic set. The armor pieces clip onto the existing joint indents on the elbows and knees. The leg armor also can snap together in the back. There is a "tail" piece in the back that is articulated up or down on a hinge to help with posing and the transformation. They can transform pretty quick and the armor stays on very tight (although if you do full armor it clearly will limit the articulation as you lose elbow and knee movement (like the vintage figs).
There will be no difference between the one at the show and online. Sub holders will get early access to all of the SDCC items when they go on sale in Aug (isn). But first shot is at the show!
And no, this set is not in the subscription as noted at sign up.
That's it for now. And if you are in the South Bay area, stop by the Comic Bug this Sat for Free Comic Book day and see Rokkon and Stonedar in person. (after that they go back on my desk, Spector needs his crime fighting partner Rokkon --in my own non MOTUC bios person cannon that is! Go Spectormobile Go! Right on Rokkon! I kill me.)