Monthly Archives: June 2013

He-Man Mini Comic
Who exactly created He-Man may just be a mystery for the ages. Through the years no less than half a dozen different people have laid claim to being the creator of the mighty Master of the Universe. And now it’s at the center of a lawsuit as a new contender has sought to wrangle Eternia’s greatest hero in the courts. Donald Glut, author of the first few Masters of the Universe mini comics, claims that he is the man responsible for creating He-Man. Glut’s claim have some merit, as he definitely fleshed out some of the early mini comic mythos, that many consider the definitive He-Man.

Of course, Mattel quickly abandoned most of that history in favor of Lou Scheimer’s animated storylines. Currently Mattel’s brand manager Scott Neitlich is rewriting the mythos of He-Man to his own whim. Even if Glut was the sole creator of He-Man (and he most assuredly is not) he likely signed away any rights he ever had by doing “work for hire” in the 1980’s with Mattel. Essentially that means that he was never entitled to the rights to the creative input he had. It was the deal going in and he would have known that.

Glut has made comments in recent years that he deeply regretted ever working for Mattel in that fashion, basically indicating that he felt He-Man was stolen from him. He’s certainly not alone. Roger Sweet vehemently claims he created He-Man. Some within Filmation claim that Carol Lundberg is responsible for He-Man. Mark Taylor also claims to have created He-Man when he was just 11 years old. Then of course there’s plenty of Mattel executives who claim to have been instrumental in the creation. The Toy Masters documentary that may or may not ever see the light of day, was built around the argument between Sweet and Taylor, who most believe share credit in creating the character.

What makes Glut’s most recent lawsuit against Mattel interesting is that it’s taking place now. If Glut truly thought he was owed a stake in He-Man’s monetary reward, he probably should have tried to cash in during the 1980’s… You know, back when He-Man was a license to print money. I’m sure Glut has stewed over this for decades, but letting all that time pass has most assuredly destroyed what little chance he may have had in the first place.

Who’s up for a new MOTUC character named Liti-Gat-Or?

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You may remember that early last week I wrote a piece on the Backyard Legends of Yore action figure line from ToyGiant (Formerly Working Class Villains) and promised some updates when they came along. Well that time is now, as Tony of ToyGiant has sent us some photos and details on the upgrades. The new and improved elbow joints are being created for the Prince of Crystal. What does this mean? Simply put, the long and winding road to having 6 inch Crystar inspired action figures is growing shorter.

The new joint system is something that ToyGiant hopes will be able to revolutionize the “homebrew” toy industry. Tony’s concepts are very vivid and they all start at the drawing board. There he had to re-imagine some simple solutions to complex problems that had been plaguing the production of the Prince of Crystal. Thus far it looks like this solution will be the key that unlocks a much more hasty production without the hiccups that previous attempts have had.

Unfortunately it’s not an easy process. Some of the original parts were lost with previous mold makers. That means remaking molds and making new “master molds” in case any parts break during the process. The entire thing is laborious, but the end result is being able to reproduce a variety of parts to begin production of the figures. The hope is to get all the investors figures shipped soon and have some Prince of Crystal figures to sell at PowerCon in September. Continue reading

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In a summer dominated by superhero series entries, it is refreshing to have a non-sequel, non-adaptation blockbuster to look forward to. Even better if that movie features gigantic monsters being battled with giant mech suits. Like Newton, I am a big fan of Godzilla and Japan’s other great beasts, so the premise of the upcoming Pacific Rim pretty much has me hooked. But despite the divine eye candy highlighted in the trailers, not much is known about the world and characters, outside of the official plot description:

“When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.”

When I saw that a prequel graphic novel was coming out, I knew I would need it to satisfy my curiosity. When I saw it had a sweet cover by Alex Ross, one of my favorite comic artists, I knew I really needed it. Continue reading