So, do you want a Castle Grayskull to go with your new Masters of the Universe Classics figures?
I'm guessing that you said "yes".
Now, do you want to spend $250 for it?
Hmmm. Not so easy to answer, huh?
How about shipping? Tax? Ready to pay almost $300 for it when all is said and done?
If you're an international buyer, are you ready to pay $200 in shipping, plus the $250 for the playset, plus probably another $50 in customs fees?
Wow. This isn't looking so good...
Well, here's the deal, Mattel is asking you to commit your money to this playset based only on what is called a "B-Sheet", or blueprint sheet. But, if you really look at this sheet-- and you trust the Four Horsemen (sculptors of the Masters of the Universe line)-- then you'll see how probable it is that this thing will stand above and beyond any other playset made in history. (Okay, the GI Joe Defiant or USS Flagg could be valid arguments.)
Looking at the blueprints, it's clear to see that it will have tons of amazing features. And look at those dimensions-- 25"X26"X28"! This thing is gonna be huuuuuuuge.
But here's the catch, we gotta make this thing happen.
This set is not green lit. Not a single inch of it has even been sculpted. It falls to us-- the MOTU fans-- to make this happen by committing our $250 right now for this set to be produced and in our hands by Dec 2013 at the latest.
Luckily, you won't actually be charged until this thing is ready to ship. But again, you are buying this thing sight-unseen, and based on faith in Mattel, the Four Horsemen and a drawing.
I think I'm ready to commit.
I stopped my subscription two years ago because I only want the original character, and half my committed funds were going towards characters that I didn't care about. So, it became cheaper to buy what I wanted on the aftermarket. But this is different.
Here you commit your funds and you know exactly what you're getting-- Castle Grayskull, sculpted by the Four Hoursmen and the perfect jewel in the crown of your collection-- MOTU or otherwise. Let's face it, this thing will kick some serious ass.
If you want to take the plunge, you can go and place your pre-order at the Matty site here-- http://www.mattycollector.com/store/matty/en_US/DisplayProductDetailsPage/productID.258165100
There you can read all the specs on it if you're interested. I won't repost them here.
Mattel says that they need just as many people to order this as order the subscription for 2013-- which almost didn't happen. Not to mention that probably 1/2 to 1/3 of the total Subs purchased each year are from re-sellers and a 20lb, $250 playset is not a profitable re-sell-able item. So what does that mean?
It means that there's a really good chance that this playset will never see life beyond this drawing. That would could have been will never be and that many, many fans will have missed out on what could have potentially been one of the most amazing and beautiful playsets ever.
If you want this thing to be made-- you must go an order it now. Don't wait for other people to do it first. Don't wait for the minimum order to be met to see if it will be made. You have to commit to this playset now. If everyone just waited to see how this played out, it wouldn't play out at all.
Let's make this thing happen.