Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show - He-Man

This Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show Has The Power!

Since 1945 Mattel Toys has been bringing an amazing amount of happiness to children. For those of who grew up in the 80s however it was a very recognizable name. It is no surprise why Gallery 1988 decide to host a Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show!

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Image courtesy of Leilani Joy.

Now while in fact Barbie made her debut back in 1959, I think the doll had a heavy presence in the 80s too. If you take into account the many careers she was offered during that time. From fitness instructor to ice cream parlor owner as well as song writer and performer in fact. At least if we are to judge this TV commercial compilation that is!

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While I think it is safe to say that the Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show will feature more than a few pieces of art focusing on Barbie. It will in addition be featuring a lion’s share of artwork focusing on Masters of the Universe!

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Image courtesy of Cuyler Smith.


Image courtesy of Dan Mumford.

While I have more than a few fond as well as epic memories of my time with He-Man and the other Masters of the Universe toys. I likewise spent many Summers with my cousins playing Barbie. While they may have thought I was Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken. I was in fact playing as Barney Hiller, the 7 million dollar rogue cyborg from The Six Million Dollar Man!


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As has been abundantly noted the Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show will feature both Barbie and He-Man. However some of these artists with the show will also shine a spotlight on toys like the Magic 8 Ball!

Image courtesy of Cuddly Rigor Mortis.

Because of this I am hoping that we get some Cap’n Crunch insired artwork too.

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The Mattel Toys Tribute Art Show begins on June 23rd.


For further information of course you should visit the Gallery 1988 official site. A big thanks to Germain Lussier of io9 for the heads up on this new exhibit. As well as providing the illustrations you see above!

In addition to this offering from the talented artists of Gallery 1988. You might wish to check out Clark Orr’s “Pop Culture Postage” artwork!

Voltron 84

Netflix Unleashes Voltron 84 – 12 Handpicked Episodes!

Here is some exciting news that will certainly get your day started right. Netflix has just unleashed Voltron 84 on their streaming service. 12 classic handpicked episodes from some of those responsible for the hit Voltron: Legendary Defender by Dreamworks.
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Furthermore, each of these episodes is introduced by one of those creative forces. As well as explaining why the choice of that particular episode, why it stayed with them through the years. In addition to how Voltron 84 helped them usher the property to a brand new generation of fans, a mere 32 years later.

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Of course you might be interested in just what episodes have been picked for the Voltron 84 ‘special’:

  • Joaquim Dos Santos (Executive Producer)
    “The Stolen Lion”
  • Lauren Montgomery (Co-Executive Producer)
    “The Sleeping Princess”
  • Tim Hedrick (Story Editor)
    “Doom Boycotts the Space Olympics”
  • Mitch Iverson (Writer)
    “Space Explorers Captured”
  • Josh Keaton (voice of Shiro)
    “Escape to Another Planet“
  • Steve Ahn (Director)
    “The Missing Key”
  • Christine Bian (Design Supervisor)
    “The Right Arm of Voltron”
  • Kimberly Brooks (voice of Allura)
    “The Lion Has New Claws”
  • Benjamin Kaltenecker (Line Producer)
    “Secret of the White Lion”
  • Jeff Adams (Supervising Picture Editor)
    “The Witch Gets A Facelift”
  • Chris Palmer (Director)
    “Give me Your Princess”
  • Josh Hamilton (Story Editor)
    “The Treasure of Planet Tyrus”

I think that you fans of Voltron will agree that is a nice selction of episodes. In addition if you would like to read a bit more about why Voltron 84 came about – you can in fact read this interview over on io9.
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Now that you know of Voltron 84, watch the intro to the original series!

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Are You Ready For The LEGO Iron Giant Set?

You are? Great! Now it is up to you to make this The Iron Giant set a reality. Because Bricksmith extraordinaire Brian Cuviello needs your support. If 10,000 fans of Warner Bros. 1999 animated masterpiece follow the link to LEGO Ideas and click support. LEGO will then take a serious look at bringing an official The Iron Giant set to us fans!

[Via] Warner Bros.

It should go without saying that if we all can accomplish this. We will in fact not just be helping an awesome idea see fruition. But moving to a very special place, moreover a spot only known to a select few. You know what I’m talking about, right?

Now treat yourself and check out the hard work that Brian Cuviello put into his LEGO creation.
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All images courtesy of Brett Cuviello.

All images courtesy of Brett Cuviello.


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The proposed The Iron Giant LEGO set also includes Hogarth Hughes, including a bolt from The Iron Giant.
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Annie Hughes.
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Dean McCoppin.
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And Kent Mansley of course.
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Chris offered this on the LEGI Ideas page:
“For this project, I propose that a set be made based on the 1999 Warner Brothers hit animated film The Iron Giant. Known for its beautiful storytelling and masterful animation, this movie is beloved by fans old and young all over the world. I believe that a LEGO product based in this film would not just be popular with consumers, but rather be an enormous success.

Within this project, there would be 5 main characters: The Iron Giant with changeable eyes and weaponry to depict his evil state from the movie, Hogarth Hughes with the alien bolt he finds at the end of the film, Annie Hughes and a coffee pot, Kent Mansley and a fedora, and Dean McCoppin with a coffee cup. The entire build consists of approximately 2,023 pieces, including the Giant, minifigures, and accessories. The Giant’s head rotates and tilts, and his arms, legs, wrists, hips, and ankles are all articulated to both accommodate his size and weight, and allow him to replicate classic poses from the movie.”

So now it’s all up to you, remember all you have to do is click the “support” button. I also want to give a huge thanks to Andrew Liszewski of io9 for the heads up on this.

Still need some more The Iron Giant goodness? Check out Adam Savage’s One Day Build: Iron Giant Bolt

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This Transformers Snow Sculpture Will Make Your Day Better!

Image courtesy of io9.Com

Image courtesy of io9.Com


I know that Connecticut last week received the brunt of Winter Storm Nemo with an estimated 35 inches of snow affecting the state but I’m thinking now that they need to take a page from the Japanese City of Asahikawa and use that snow to build their very own Transformers Sculpture.

Image courtesy of io9

Image courtesy of io9

The sculpture entitled “More Than Meets The Eye” is 65 feet tall, over 426 feet across and 131 feet deep. 250 workers using a frame to support the sculpture spent a month using snow cleared from roads and ended up being 6,000 truckloads worth of snow.

I’m pretty sure that if I was able to gaze up at Optimus Prime opening up the Matrix of Leadership every morning on the way to work I would be a much happier Vic Sage.

A huge thanks to io9 for the heads up on the story as well as the images you see above.

Masters Of The Universe…Songster?!

Do you recall the majesty of rock that was the Masters of the Universe Power Tour? Well, in 1986 for 19 consecutive sold out performances at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City before touring in 1987 some fans of He-man were treated to an…interesting musical take on our favorite heroes and villains of Eternia.

[Via] Robatsea2009’s YouTube Channel

Were they playing the music from Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future in that TV ad?

The Power Tour was a 3 Million dollar 90 minute production that apparently had black lights, a roller derby, acrobats, and explosions. It also had two new characters that had been specially made for the show, the General and…Songster. A heroic Bard with a magical guitar.

[Via] Sifugus’s YouTube Channel

You can watch the whole Power Tour thanks to Sifugus! Doesn’t He-Man sound like John Erwin from the original animated series?

A big thanks to i09 for the heads up on all of this and make sure to check out the Masters of the Universe Powertour Blog for even more videos and photos like you see up top.