Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Because illusion is STILL the ultimate weapon!!

It looks like I'm getting something off my San Diego Wishlist after all!!!...I just didn't get it at San Diego. That's okay, beggars can't be choosers, right? It turns out that yesterday, on their 2nd quarter financial call, Hasbro revealed a few new properties that they'll be unveiling. The thing is, some of them weren't NEW new, just new to today's audience. There was Action Man, Micronauts (don't worry, I promise you I'm gonna get to them!), and very surprisingly..MASK.
-I know some of you are saying "Wait, Jimmy. I have NO clue what MASK is." That's OK. The 80's were a crowded place, and so was syndication. Depending on where you lived, you might never have had the chance to watch MASK. And, depending on where you went in the toy aisle, you might never have seen MASK toys. The concept, in a nutshell, was kinda like GI Joe and Transformers had a baby. And they had wicked cool masks that could do awesome things. MASK stood for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand. A GI Joe-like group of good guy;s who fought against the evil forces of VENOM. They each had their own specialty and they each had their own individual masks that did different things. Everything from lifting impossibly heavy stuff to send out super strong waves of sound. As if this wasn't cool enough, they each had vehicles that transformed in different vehicles! Like a motorcycle that changed into a helicopter, a jeep that changed into a high-speed boat, and much more! Seriously, this franchise had everything a boy thought was cool. Even an R2-D2 like robot that talked and changed into a scooter!!
-Rumors of a MASK comeback have been floating around for awhile now, and have actually recently heated-up, with Hasbro reps dropping hints, Hasbro renewing their trademark on the brand, and some other clues have dropped here and there. If you look at it, it makes sense. Some of the most popular figures for Hasbro right now are their 2.5 inch action figures:

-And these would be the PERFECT size for new MASK figures and Vehicles. The price point wouldn't be super expensive, and parents wouldn't freak out about buying a 6 inch toy and a 12-15 inch vehicle to put it in. So yeah, I can totally see this being the new size for a MASK line.

-In addition to toys, I really hope we get a new comic. IDW is doing an AMAZING job with their current Hasbro comics; Transformers, GI Joe, Jem & The Holograms, and I really think a MASK comic would be a pretty solid home run for them, both creatively and sales-wise. I'd also love to see a new cartoon, but I don't have much hope for that. Unless you have a network like FX or Fox or on a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu, you don't have much of a chance. Cartoon Network is so erratic, their ADD has ADD. It's impossible to follow a show on that Network without the use of a DVR, and that ultimately leads to quick and absolute failure. Hasbro does have it's own streaming service on Roku and Apple TV and other TV watching devices. The least they could do would be to put up old episodes on that, because the MASK theme song is just too good to not be heard!!!

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