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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by fuzzcat on Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:00 am

Artistix wrote: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.

I need to track down a Snake Mountain myself - have Grayskull and Point Dread, and the Fright Zone (but need to find a Slime Pit). Had a 100% complete Blaster Hawk arrive yesterday - that thing is a lot bigger than i thought it would be!!

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Artistix on Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:38 am












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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Artistix on Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:02 am

CASTLE GRAYSKULL

Hereís what Grayskull will include:

Main Pieces:

2 wall facades (each with secret door)

3 base plates (snap together)

2 floor plates

2 dungeon walls

1 elevator platform

2 elevator walls

1 turret addition (point dread)

1 carrying handle (removeable)

Dungeon door (opens)

Throne

Trap door (opens with candle stand)

Candel stand

Gun turret

Jaw bridge (opens)

Weapons rack (small)

Extra weapons:

Vikor axe

He-Man shield

Weapons pack rifle

Demo-Man mace

New assault rifle

Wrist cuffs (attach to figures and wall)

Door on top of Grayskull head (holds orb)

Combat trainer (2 pieces, and spins)

Armored figure (mostly resuse parts, b-sheet to follow)

Spirit of Castle Grayskull SLUGG (clear)

Pawn crown top (removeable)




Wind Raider stand


Video's 4th or 5th post down:
http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?235807-Official-Toy-Fair-2013-Discussion/page18

My thoughts
Happy overall. Love the green colourings with the thatched roof.

Did they rip of Sorcerress' wings to sit in the throne??

If I have 1 issue it is the rooftop display area having a much smaller wall than I would have thought.


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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Sam on Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:52 am

It does look amazing doesn't it! was enthusiastically browsing all the sites checking out this awesome playset!

Wonder why they have a windraider stand there though?

Kinda a little disappointed that it seems smaller than I thought it would be. The blue prints made it look a lot bigger compared to the scaled he-man figure. Still, that doesn't detract from how well it has been made!

I read somewhere that the candlestick holder triggers the trapdoor, but wheres the candlestick holder?

GREAT WORK HORSEYMEN! =-)

Oh and whats the point dread attachement thing that I read about, I cant see what thats referring to on the castle? ( i know point dredd etc but wondering how its incorporated on the new castle...)


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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Sam on Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:54 am

also gotta laugh at how the sorceress is just dangling off the edge. Must be a bugger to sit on that seat to begin with! Dont fall asleep is all I say!!! lol

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Mahzian on Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:58 am

Looks awesome, it is a bit smaller than I was expecting, I thought it would be about 7 inches bigger in each direction, maybe in a few years they will release an even bigger version like Hasbro did with the BMF Smile

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by TheGoodDr on Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:17 pm

I'm seriously considering cancelling my order for the castle. Gven at how 'small' this one appears to be in comparison to the preliminary drawings shown to entice collectors to pre-order it. I'm thinking my vintage one will more than suffice.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Sam on Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:38 pm

I'm not prepared to cancel, its just too amazing IMO and my vintage unit doesn't have any accessories, this is a must have. However I do wish it was just a bit bigger.

Admittedly after watching the video of Scott talking about it, it seems bigger when a human is beside it, no two ways about it, its still freakin huge, but just would be better to be a bit huge-er hehe

still stupid to park the wind raider in the living room though. Sheesh, getting oil all over the rugs and dungeon floor, its a disaster waiting to happen I say!!

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Xenaphobia on Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:17 pm

^^^^

They're just lucky that the Sorceress will be too busy trying to figure out how to sit down on her own throne to notice that they've parked the Wind Raider within the castle, instead of outside where it belongs (with Battle Cat).

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Shocka on Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:16 pm

I'm seriously considering cancelling my order for the castle. Gven at how 'small' this one appears to be in comparison to the preliminary drawings shown to entice collectors to pre-order it. I'm thinking my vintage one will more than suffice.

Quoted for truth. Every picture I see I think "Is that it?!" That's what we're paying over $300 for? It looks tiny, it lacks anything that makes it stand out. I have the 200X Castle Greyskull which was only $50 or so, and that thing is absolutely awesome, features out the wazoo. This thing, the figures are struggling to stay on it due to the size. Just as Droothr pointed out, they were selling this to us as a massive display piece, that He-Man could ride into on Battle Cat, and it's not at all what they claimed it would be. Matty'd again.

OAFE on Twitter was pointing out how awesomely huge Metroplex was - basically double the size with a ton more features at less than half the price. With nostalgia for both properties I think I'd prefer to put my money towards the Metroplex and just use my original Greyskull for display..

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Jor-El on Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:59 am

Some of the pictures don't do it justice. This video makes it appear more impressive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IEevNKRenic

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Artistix on Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:59 am

Pics from the Org:














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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by The Dr Of Style on Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:34 pm

I think it's great they have 3d versions of the space suit/computers etc.....The texture/coluring on the walls and gate etc look great but some airbrushing on the inside of the walls would be nice.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Xenaphobia on Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:23 pm

^^^^

They've said that the inside walls weren't "final", but I don't think anyone has clarified what will be changed (i.e. whether they will simply be a negative of the outside wall, whether they will have unique sculpted details or something else).

I still find it amusing that the trap door drops evil doers NEXT to the dugeon instead of into the dungeon!

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Jor-El on Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:22 am

Video comparing the vintage and 200x castles to the MOTUC version:
http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=13&itemid=20062

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Jor-El on Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:38 am

Making of video: http://www.mtv.com/videos/interview/878849/castle-grayskull-playset-reveal.jhtml#id=1701614

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Sam on Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:26 pm

I hope that they have the negative side of the outside at least rather than just flat, I would prefer texture for sure!

lol at myself i thought the 2nd vid was a vid of the making of the first vid! I was pleasantly surprised, thanks for sharing =-)

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Jor-El on Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:32 pm

Here's a Q&A with Toy Guru about the Castle (http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=13&itemid=20071). It's basically just "No. No. No. No. No...." Razz

1. Will the jawbridge hinge be lowered further and/or the entrance way increased in height to allow for a longer jawbridge and more clearance for figures (or even better, clearance for He-Man on Battle Cat)?

We are actually looking into this. At this point it is too early to confirm anything but Mattel design and the Four Horsemen are exploring ways of getting the Jaw Bridge to lower into the base a bit more to allow for more clearance. We are actively looking into this to see if it is possible.

2. Can the Windraider socket be moved to the top somehow and/or the lower base be removed and something else be done in its place, such as the addition of other highly requested features or items (like the 3D dungeon) not currently offered with Grayskull?

The WR socket was always planned and announced as being inside of the Castle. The idea of "replacing it" does not really work. The socket is a hole in the floor of the castle for the existing stand included with the released WR toy. Replacing this "socket hole" with a newly sculpted item with lots of deco (like the dungeon you suggest) is not a 1:1 cost ratio. A new item with deco is way more expensive vs. including a socket in the floor. But if you don't want to use the Windraider socket or even the entire floor section you do not have to. This optional floor section with the WR socket plug is an accessory for the Castle and not needed to hold the playset together the way the walls do. If you don't care for this feature you do not need to display it. It is optional.

3. Will the inside walls of Grayskull be sculpted to add detail and features rather than being smooth as we saw in the prototype?

The interior walls will be the inverse sculpt of the exterior walls. They were smooth at Toy Fair in the Four Horsemen sculpt. But was noted at the show as being a temp item to hold the prototype together. The final plastic castle will have one sculpted wall for the outside and inside.

4. Will the throne be adjusted to allow for the Sorceress and/or a caped figure to sit in?

Yes, we are exploring adding a slit in the back of the throne for the Sorceress's tail feather to slide into letting her sit properly.

5. Will you adjust the trapdoor so it drops directly onto the dungeon or into the prison?

No, there will not be changes to the trapdoor position.

6. Will you go back and make Grayskull larger like in the foam mockup? And if not, why was it scaled down in size?

No. This is the largest we can make the Castle at the current price point. The foam model and the sell in sheet was noted as a work in progress and all dimensions given were noted as estimates that would likely change. And they did slightly.

7. Can head clearance inside the castle be improved for the figures placed inside on the different floors?

No, we won't be able to adjust the spacing of the floors, but there is more than enough space for MOTUC figures on each section.

8. Will the missing accessories from the original playset and other items like the 3D dungeon and Mark Taylor concept accessories be offered separately in the future if we cannot get the with this Grayskull playset?

We don't have plans for any additional accessories to the actual Castle (in fact there is a good chance some of the items shown at NYTF may need to be cut before the final product is shown at SDCC as costs continue to come in). It is always possible we could look into an add on "furniture" or "accessory" pack for the Castle one day, but nothing is planned right now.

9. Will there be pegs on the ledges to keep the figures from falling, or will you make the ledges wider so pegs aren't needed?

No. We won't be adding pegs to the ledge. There is more than enough space for two MOTUC figures to fit. Eric confirmed this on Roast Gooble dinner last week. (note from JVS3: I hope to have the episode up this coming weekend)

10. Will a cap be provided to cover the Wind Raider stand socket when it's not used, plus can something done with texture and sculpting to help make the floor look better?

No, we won't be adding a cap to the WR socket. It is an option piece and you can choose to not display it with your Castle if you do not care for it.

11. Is Grayskull designed for the potential future additions like Point Dread, castle playset extensions and/or dioramas?

Yes, the Horsemen did sculpt it with this in mind, but no plans right now for any additional items like you describe.

12. Will the spacesuit armor ever be offered as an articulated figure, or a snap-on piece that will cover an existing figure?

It is always possible but we don't have any plans right now for this.

13. Will fans be polled for what features, accessories and items they'd prefer on Grayskull?

No. The only poll we are running is for preorder customers to choose which 10 figures will be on the box art.

14. Can we get more features or additions (like a portal) that are nods to Filmation Grayskull?

No, we won't be adding any additional accessories and there is a very good chance that some of the accessories shown at NYTF may not make it to the final product as costs continue to come in. We'll have the final toy to show at SDCC.

15. Will you change the prison's size and bars so you can fit more inside and so you can see more of the figure through the bars?

No, we won't be able to make this change.

16. Will all the materials used, especially on joints and hinges, be stable and of the highest quality to insure durability, with the possibility of replacement parts and a lengthier warrantee?

We are using the best material we can!

17. Will Scareglow's key work on Grayskull?

Yes, there will be a slot added to the back door that will fit his key.

18. Will the hinge allow for the two halves to be taken apart after the initial assembly?

Assembly is not final at this time so we don't have a final answer to this.

19. Will a book, comic or unannounced accessory come with Grayskull?

No.

20. Will this Grayskull ever be used for another incarnation of MOTU, such as 3 and ĺ figures?

There are no plans to re-release the Castle beyond the current sale.

21. Will the two halves open up completely so they are perfectly side-by-side and will sit flush against a flat surface?

Assembly is not final at this time so we don't have a final answer to this.

22. Will you make the left parapet taller?

No, we won't be able to make this change.

23. Will the walls of the castle remain thick?

No, the sculpt at NYTF had much thicker walls to hold the prototype together. In the final plastic product the walls will be the inverse of the exterior sculpt detail.

24. Will any of the interior show when Grayskull is closed (like the top of the elevator rails) and if so, can it be fixed to conceal anything inside when closed?

It will be very similar to the vintage Castle. You will likely see some section of the elevator but we are not far enough along to make a definitive call.

25. Can the green on the castle be made darker?

Deco is not final but it is pretty close. We'll pass this along but likely we are past the point of making this change.

26. Will extensive testing be done to make sure paint will adhere and not easily scrape off Grayskull?

All of our products have this.

27. Will the sword keyhole be disguised in any way to make it less visible when not used?

It will look like a vertical crack in the front stone by the Jaw Bridge.

28. Are the shields, sword holder and tapestries removable?

The swords and shields can be removed, but the wall mounted holder is one time assembly. You can interchange which swords and shields are on the wall to your heartís content.

29. Can the flags be made out of a sturdy fabric?

The flags are made of plastic.

30. If any paint aps are cut, will stickers be included to make up for any lost paint?

That would be one option, but we are pretty set on the paint ops at this point!

31. Will there be a lock on the orb chamber that you can open with the Sword of Power or Sword of Protection?

No.

32. Will the laser canon swivel left to right as well as up and down?

It moves up and down on the stand, but it is also not in a fixed spot so you can move it wherever you want.

33. Will you add a plug-in to attach Castle Grayskullman in some way?

You can put him anywhere you want, but there is no attachment for him.

34. Will the elevator have more paint aps?

No, we are not adding additional paint aps. But it has a lot.

35. Will you make a set of thrones to sell separately to use with the King and Queen?

It is always possible but we don't have any plans right now for this.

36. Do Castle Grayskullman's swords fit into the sword wall mount?

The wall mounted sword holder will fit most MOTUC swords/weapons.

37. Will the flags turn on the poll, or will the poll be able to rotate to show different sides of the flag?

The flag is fixed and made of plastic. The poll is a self standing element that can be moved or positioned anyway you want on the top, inside, next to the ground or even in your refrigerator if that if your thing.

38. Will it come with an Orb for the Orb Room?

No. The orb came with King Grayskull in late 2011.

39. Will we get He-Ro's grave?

No, we won't be including a grave stone accessory. Only what was shown at NYTF and possibly not even all of those items as costs continue to come in. A final toy will be shown at SDCC.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Mahzian on Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:35 am

AHhh Matty / TG holding strong to their somewhat infuriating business practices! Seriously we are paying $250+ for this and they are still threatening about cutting features... they either need to make a killer profit margin or their overheads are way too high

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by DroothR on Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:06 am

Just sent the message through Digital River's customer help system to cancel my preorder.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Shocka on Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:30 am

What clinched it for you, dude?

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Post by DroothR on Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:50 am

Shocka wrote:What clinched it for you, dude?
I wanted Grayskull for one thing only: the facade.

To replicate He-Man standing in the doorway of the epic castle.

I don't care about secret doors, and accessories, and all of the other stuff.

At this point, even if they get the extra 1/2 inch height in the doorway, it's still not worth $350+ to me.

Maybe when the line has truly wound down to a finish, they'll consider making a facade backdrop display in proper scale...

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by fuzzcat on Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:13 pm

Just cancelled one of my orders (ordered 2 to make sure the pre-order period was a success - was planning to onsell one). I'm happy enough with the Castle so far - just don't want 2.

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Post by DroothR on Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:11 pm

I got the email today.

My CG preorder is officially cancelled.

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Re: Castle Grayskull

Post by Shocka on Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:04 pm

Does anyone know if the "Secret Orb Room" will require the stand that came with the white Sorceress, or if it will already have a pedestal?

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