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Post by Artistix on Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:23 am

Foam Castle to show size
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Post by Mahzian on Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:05 pm

Not knocking your image Art (as I've seen the original) but I really wish TG would get a better camera, that and a tripod, they aren't that expensive!

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Post by Xenaphobia on Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:02 am

^^^^

But what do you want more, a new MOTUC action figure or a better camera? Because according to Toyguru, the cost of a new camera would have to come our of the action figure development budget!

If he hadn't already been released, then I guess a Fearless Photog with a working camera might have been a good compromise. Except for the uproar from parents similar to what happened with the Barbie with in-built working camera that Mattel released.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Mahzian on Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:53 am

Xenaphobia wrote:But what do you want more, a new MOTUC action figure or a better camera? Because according to Toyguru, the cost of a new camera would have to come our of the action figure development budget!

Hahaha he didn't seriously say that did he? It sounds like a joke but sadly some part of me can imagine him saying that.

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Post by Xenaphobia on Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:41 pm

^^^^

Pretty much. If we want him to put some of the MOTUC "budget" towards a new camera, then that will eat away at the MOTUC "budget" for new action figures.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Artistix on Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:41 am

I'm going to put in my order this weekend. 1 with slow shipping & one with the fast.

I still only have $3 on my credit card, but I believe that doesn't matter as the Castle payment is shown as zero dollars till next year.

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Post by Artistix on Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:52 am

Castle Q&A with Scott The Predator Neitlich!

1. When you announced Castle Grayskull you said it would be based on Mark Taylor's prototype and mentioned the elongated mouth. The visuals on the B-sheet however are heavily inspired by the vintage boxart and the license guide. Is that the definitive look now or can we still expect to see the protruding snout and stalactite teeth from the prototype incorporated in the final design?

It is still a work in progress. Ideally we do want to lean more towards the prototype in the actual sculpt.

2. Since the castle is still in development and nothing has been set in stone yet, would you consider throwing in a few Filmation elements to convince some of the undecided Filmation fans to pre order such as snap on teeth to give it a more Filmation look?

That would be an awesome idea and I'm happy to pass it on. Right now we can't commit to anything beyond what is shown on the blueprints but we are hoping the blueprints represent the minimum that will be in the castle, with as many surprises as possible that can be added in!

3. Will the Power Sword unlock the Jawbridge and what is the exact dimension of the main doorway?

The doorway is about 8.4 inches tall and 5.3 inches wide. At this point we don't know if the sword will physically will unlock the door but we hope at least it will fit into a slot next to the door to have fantasy play of using it as a "key".

4. Will the color scheme be in line with the classic toy and Point Dread, or will it be more like the 2002 playset/current MOTUC Grayskull stands?

Our plan is to use the vintage toy and prototype as the basis for the deco.

5. Could we get a better idea/description of the Wind Raider stand/attachment? And could you make it so the Wind Raider attaches to the top of the castle as well?

We can't guarantee a landing pad on top of the castle right now as that is not in the approved blueprint. The way it currently works is there is a triangle wedge piece (seen on the blueprints) that fints between the two sides when opened. There is a notch in this piece that the Windraider stand will plug into. So the WR is parked "inside" the Castle right now. We will certainly explore the possibility of a Point Dread landing zone, but that is not guaranteed to be part of the set (at this time).

6. Will this be sculpted to allow for a possible Point Dread attachment at a later date?

Yes, we are thinking ahead on this, but there is no guarantee we will get to a Point Dread.

7. Could you talk more about the secret passageway out tot he second floor ledge. Will it be accesses by both the little staircase and the secret passage?

The idea is to have a rotating brick wall (like a spooky haunted house bookcase if you will) that leads out onto the ledge that can be opened to enter the second floor. Hope that clarifies!

8. Will you be tooling the throne in a way that it can easily be repurposed later with minor modifications as Zodac's chair? How about it being able to seat the Sorceress due to her wings?

We haven't worked out these exact details but both are being taken into consideration!

9. How is the flag on top going to be produced? Cloth, plastic, or simply a sticker like the original?

Likely plastic but this is not 100% set yet.

10. Was the height of the levels in the cardboard version final?

They were approximate. The foam model is just for scale and does not represent final product.

11. Will the orb chamber be big enough for a figure or two to stand in? And will it have an orb stand included or will we need to use the one that came with TOD Sorceress?

No. The chamber is for the orb to be "hidden in" it is not large enough to be a "war room" if you will. Although I'm hoping you can maybe fit a figure meditating or something in a sitting position!

12. Could you add a chamber to house the Sword of Power and the Sword of Protection?

We are looking into some way to display these. Perhaps wall mounted but nothing locked in yet. Still too early.

13. What happened to the abyss diorama that was surrounding the castle in the vintage prototype? This was one of the arrows during the Power-Con presentation.

It is something we want to try and include but we'd first like to make sure we can get everything else. I suppose you can say this is last priority over things like the throne, the dungeon and the computer etc... We can't guarantee the playmat right now.

14. One of the best things about the original MOTU playsets was that they also functioned as a storage unit for the MOTU action figures. Approximately how many MOTUC action figures will be able to be stored in the new MOTUC Castle Grayskull?

Honestly, I haven't measured and it is hard to do so on the foam model. We'll know more when and if we can move forward with sculpting.

15. Will the box art feature a new painting by Rudy Obrero or another artist? And could that painting also be a cool poster?

Yes, we are hoping Rudy will do the box art!

16. How about including a Check List poster like the vintage? It would be a great way to have a master visual list of everything released thus far and to hang on your wall!

Also a cool idea. Nothing set yet but this would be easier than including Point Dread if you will!

17. Will there be a bio for the castle?

Yes, and it was written at the time of all the other bios! (Snake Mountain too!)

18. Because some fans are afraid of billing and shipping issues that has plagued the line, will the My Sub page go up soon? And will you offer a DHL shipping option for Grayskull?

DHL will not be available but the my sub page should be up in a matter of weeks at this point!

19. In relation to the My Sub page, if our credit cards expire next year, will there be a preorder page or something similar so we can change our credit card information for the Grayskull charge?

Yes, you should have no problem changing your order details if needed. (like your address if you move)

20. Will multiple Grayskull orders by one customer be combined to save on shipping?

Yes we can combine, but we don't know how that will affect cost to ship.

21. The statement on Matty reads "One last thing... because this is a work-in-progress, features may be added or removed from the proposed design, but we can't confirm anything now." However, at NYCC you said that nothing would be cut only added. Is the statement on Matty a legal issue just to cover your bases? Or was your comment made prior to the Matty statement being drafted and we may actually face features being cut?

We want to put as much as we can into the Castle but legally we need to note details like this.

22. When you order a Grayskull and it says NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES, does this also mean there is no way to return a defective or shipping damaged item if you had used a trackable method? If there is a way, what will it entail in terms of cost to the customer?

If you have a defective product you can get it replaced, but you can't exchange it for money or another different toy.


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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Artistix on Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:20 am

Put in my first order. $357.35.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Artistix on Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:38 am

Last day!!

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Jor-El on Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:49 am

Looks like it has about 4 notches to climb. I think it will romp it in, much like the 2013 sub did.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by fuzzcat on Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:11 am

I think we're safe but I can't imagine too much more to be added between now and January.

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Post by Mahzian on Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:04 am

still trying to convince the wife about this, hoping I can do it tonight before the sale ends!

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Artistix on Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:08 am

3hours 50mins left.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Mahzian on Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:14 am

got my order in! going to have to do a lot of housework for this baby...

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Jor-El on Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:22 am

So who else pre-ordered? I ordered 1 (would love to order more if I could afford to... these will go up in price on the secondary market).

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Post by Artistix on Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:02 pm

Ordered 2. One for me & one for my nephew.

I was thinking of ordering a 3rd to put on the Bay & help pay for the others, but not really being sure when it will arrive here in Australia I may violate some eBay rules by listing it early.

I was going to use the fast shipping for one of the orders, but accidentally went slow with both. Not sure how I did that, but...whatever! Laughing

57 mins left. There is a count down at the Org:
http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?231441-Post-here-when-you-ve-successfully-pre-ordered-CG/page61

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Artistix on Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:38 pm

http://www.he-man.org/news_article.php?id=3028





Update from Toyguru:

Hey guys,

Quick update as we head into the final wee hours of the night for the presale.

We re close, but not there yet. So if you are still on the fence or looking to prebuy the castle, I'll hit the ask matty forum tonight for any last min questions that could tip you over! ;-)

Also, we may not know exactly tomorrow AM the results. It looks like a few fans have placed what we would call "bulk" orders for the Castle. Quite a few are from well known existing customers, but a few are folks we don't know. So to ensure our quota is correct, customer service will send out a courtesy email and if needed phone call just to verify some large quota orders. If you do receive a call or email like this, it will help a ton if you can just verify that yes, you did intend to place a large quota order.

It is fantastic to have a few of these as it may mean the difference between going forward and not. But if they are not true, we'd hate for orders like that to push us down into the "can't make it" zone. So please bare with us as we reach out to these customers to ensure these orders are legit and we can know for sure if we are in the "can make it" zone!

We'll have results as soon as we can! I hope we are there, I really do!

Scott

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Post by fuzzcat on Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:51 pm

Wow - just on a whim I ordered a second one. Can't say those of us taking more than one haven't done all we could.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Jor-El on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:15 am

And it's a go

http://www.mattycollector.com/DRHM/store?Action=DisplayProductDetailsPage&SiteID=matty&Locale=en_US&ThemeID=1298800&productID=258165100



UPDATE: You did it! The troops rallied and Castle Grayskull® is saved! A huge, heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who pre-ordered before 11/13. Not only did you hit the goal, you demolished it! Pre-orders are now open through Friday, January 4, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Artistix on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:48 am

HOLY CRAP!! thumbs up 2

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Xenaphobia on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:15 am

Interesting. The 2013 subscription was in danger of not proceeding up until the last minute when suddenly it jumped to 135%.

Similarly, Castle Grayskull was looking uncertain, yet in the final moments, the goal was "demolished".

I'll have to await the outcome of the current cutting spree by the Newman govermnent's razor gang before I can determine whether or not I'll be able to treat myself to Castle Grayskull.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Artistix on Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:48 am

They probably don't update the image for the last couple of days to get more people buying.

Apparently we should see the first sculpted prototype for the castle in February.

It's going to be a big NYTF! Very Happy

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Post by Sam on Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:07 pm

Yeh the thermometer does seem a bit suss, but I dont care, CG is happening and i'm stoked !

I'm keen to see what 'extras' they think up to go with it!


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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by action-figure-resource on Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:26 am

:-)

At the end of the day does it really matter? The main point is the it WILL be made now, and that's got to be good news!

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Artistix on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:34 am

We had Castle Grayskull in the 80's. My brother did anyway. Mum eventually gave all the MOTU stuff to my older sister (a primary school teacher) to put in her classroom for the kids to play with.

Such a waste. Laughing

They were in pretty bad shape anyway.

I have the 2002 castle in the display at the moment. Ordered the 2013 Castle. But I think I might see if I can hunt down a vintage castle too...depending how much they go for these days (in good condition). It would be awesome to have all 3 for comparison.

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