Support our agents!

April 19th, 2014
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Today is the first release of some of our new merchandise. Many thanks go out to Jason, from Agents of M.A.S.K. who provided the original image of Thunderhawk. You can now purchase this great shirt in our RedBubble store.

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Along with this new shirt, two other pieces of are now available. Both of them stickers, the first is of Thunderhawk in jet mode and the second is Brad Turner’s Condor in helicopter mode. In addition, there are still a bunch of instruction sheets to process and turn into awesome shirts and merchandise. However, Thunderhawk seemed far too important to not prioritize.

On another note, to keep the social media train chugging there is now a boulder-hill.net Facebook page. Show your love and support by liking us today! It is also a great way to stay up to date on new posts and updates to the site. A Facebook button will also take its place in the sidebar for convenience.

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A social gathering

April 18th, 2014
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Just a quick update for readers. Today the sidebar received a small facelift (it was looking a bit dusty and crowded). Links to the boulder-hill.net email, twitter and RSS all have spiffy new buttons. And, on a more exciting note, there is now a link to the brand new boulder-hill.net Instagram! This will be a place to find odd, funny, or funky images of your favorite M.A.S.K. toys and merchandise that do not quite fit anywhere else on the site.

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One final quick note. James, from Cereal:Geek, just sent out an email letting people know that issues 13 and 14 are very close to reaching their pre-order goals. Please support the best 80s cartoon publication out there and order – if you haven’t already done so.

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And now, a word from our sponsors…

April 8th, 2014
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MASKastJust a quick update -

Apparently, Jason – over at Agents of M.A.S.K. - has already found some time to help out with our next load of t-shirts. He has provided six high resolution scans of instructions sheets, which will be used to make new items available in the boulder-hill.net RedBubble online store.

Jason was able to pull together images for each of the following:

  • Firecracker
  • Hurricane
  • Manta
  • Rhino
  • Thunderhawk
  • Vampire

As the store inventory has expanded the sales have started to pick up as well. If anyone who has purchased through our store is reading this: thank you! It is a great feeling to know there are others out their with a true love for this 80s classic. RedBubble had also expanded some of the options on their site, adding some new print/poster options – and we will be taking advantage of them.

On another great note, I already mentioned that I sat down with the guys from M.A.S.K. Movie Blog, I mean Agents of M.A.S.K., to record a new episode of MASKast. Well, they must have been burning the midnight oil, because the episode is already up! It clocks in at just over an hour and a half, so set aside some time to listen. The podcast can be found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio – as well as a few other places. It can also be found on the media page of boulder-hill.net.

We will be back soon with new shirts and (hopefully) comics, until then!

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Agents of M.A.S.K.

April 6th, 2014
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AOM LOGOAs (finally) promised, I had the chance last night to sit down and record the next episode of MASKast with Jason and Wyatt of Agents of M.A.S.K. (previously known as M.A.S.K. Movie Blog). Our lives and schedules did not sync up for a good long while, unfortunately. But after all these months the three of us were able to sit down and chat about the DC Comics original four issue mini-series. The exact release date for the podcast is in the hands of Jason and Wyatt, as they need to edit and publish the final product, but they assured me that it would be a priority job. Speaking of Jason and Wyatt – they have recently relaunched their M.A.S.K. work as Agents of M.A.S.K., here are some excerpts from their launch article:

 

After over three years of promoting ourselves as “M.A.S.K. the Movie”, we felt is was time for a fresh start…

…So, instead of focusing mainly on bringing M.A.S.K. to the big screen, we want our script to be an equal part in the new “Agents of M.A.S.K.” brand…

…In summary, we want to promote M.A.S.K. in multiple ways and at the same time, work toward bringing the community of fans together.

ComicPageMASK_#002_016I wish them the best of luck and as always will be happy to support them just as they support boulder-hill.net. The link on the sidebar has been updated to reflect their new site (the old site automatically redirects to their new location). Jason has also volunteered to provide scans of more instruction manuals. These scans will allow our shirt library on RedBubble to grow – keep an eye out for Thunderhawk and Switchblade!

While recording with the guys I mentioned that I have been sitting on a rare M.A.S.K. item for some time now – and that because it ties so directly into the topic of the podcast I would finally get around to adding it to the site. The item in question is actually an original page from the M.A.S.K. comic series. To be specific, it is page 16, from issue #2. I was fortunate enough to purchase this great work directly from the inker of the comics himself, Joe Del Beato.

On the left is the colored printed version and on the right is the original artwork. A full sized image has been added to the Merchandise portion of boulder-hill.net.

Hopefully, Jason finds time too get those images and our next update can showcase a variety of new t-shirts, see you then!

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Long overdue…

March 21st, 2014
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If a website could blush, boulder-hill.net would be bright red. This, the first post of 2014, comes much later than was hoped or planned. We are going to try to make up for it in force and update our visitors on what has been happening in the world of M.A.S.K.

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In local news – local being the world of M.A.S.K. fandom – Wyatt and Jason are in the middle of a big revamp to their M.A.S.K. Movie site. It sounds like there are some substantial changes, and soon, if they hit their timeline goal. Here is what they had to say:

Website Update: Wyatt and I are getting closer to launching our new M.A.S.K. website! Our target is April 1, but in the meantime, you should be noticing some changes to our social media outlets. We’ll reveal more details including our new logo soon, but for now we can tell you that our name will be changing from “M.A.S.K. the Movie” to “Agents of M.A.S.K.”!! We will still be promoting our live action M.A.S.K. movie script, but will also focus on bringing fans together from all over the world.

- Jason

Plans to record another podcast with them are still in the works. But like most things, there are hiccups and complications. Needless to say we are all eager to get back on the mic and satisfy the craving for M.A.S.K. talk.

vlcsnap-2014-03-20-21h38m57s160Fans of M.A.S.K. do not have a lot of opportunities to see M.A.S.K. in current media (a very unfortunate situation) but this past week decided to break that trend in a big way. Travel Channel’s Toy Hunter follows toy dealer Jordan Hembrough as he travels around looking for vintage toys. M.A.S.K. had a nice showcase in the original pilot episode but then went essentially unseen. Now, in the third season, one of the most iconic M.A.S.K. toys ever released has been given the spotlight for a portion of the show. Digging through one of the many back rooms Jordan visits he found a complete-in-box Boulder Hill playset! The box has seen better days, but the set was in great condition. Jordan and the guys spent some time pulling the pieces out and setting it all up. It is great that this show remembers that these are toys that are meant to be played with!

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vlcsnap-2014-03-20-21h42m58s1It was awesome to see M.A.S.K. make an appearance on Toy Hunter, especially after not so much as a peep in season two! Jordan struck a deal for the set relatively quickly – of course that could have just been editing for tv. Either way, the price he paid and the price he expected to resell the set for were a bit surprising. The Toy Hunter brokered the sale for $300.00 and said he expected to resell it for $500.00. I am sure that Jordan has a lot more experience buying and selling toys that most people, but based on going prices on eBay it sure looks like he bought high and plans to sell even higher. This goes double when you consider that his box is not in the best of shape. At the time of this article, you can purchase a complete and beautiful set for under $320.00 plus shipping. Completely complete! Gas pump hoses included! Even adding in an outrageous shipping charge you should be able to beat Jordan’s selling price by at least a hundred bucks. Selling retail versus selling online certainly is a different world but $180.00 is a big difference!

boulder-hill.net will be be back soon with another update, promise! On the horizon is our next batch of pictures from the M.A.S.K. sticker set and a look at the newest issues of Cereal:Geek.

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Moving Forward, Looking Back

December 30th, 2013
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With the end of 2013 comes a reflection on boulder-hill.net. The site was launched in late 2009, which means we are working on our fifth year as a part of the M.A.S.K. fan world. The site has definitely evolved from the initial concept (which, admittedly, was somewhat vague). But the site was never intended to be rigid, changes and new ideas were expected.

Far and away the best part of carving out our little corner of the internet has been the chance to connect with other M.A.S.K. fans around the world. Guesting on MASKast has been one of the most exciting –  Jason and Wyatt are two of the greatest guys, and chatting with them has been one of the most enjoyable parts of running boulder-hill.net. Corresponding with Scott, of the M.A.S.K. Comics Blog has also been a blast, and I would like to wish him all the luck with his future M.A.S.K. projects. Last but not least, comments left by visitors on the site are a great source of pleasure. Trust that every comment left on the site is greatly appreciated (minus the spam bots trying to use the comments section as free advertising). I  hope to have even more interactions in 2014. So anyone reading this, feel free to write, post, email, anything!

MTrakkerShirtIn more recent new, a few days ago, boulder-hill.net hit a small milestone event – we sold our first shirt on RedBubble. Someone with (clearly) amazing taste purchased the Matt Trakker shirt available in the boulder-hill.net store. If our #1 customer is reading this, thank you very much! For anyone who has somehow avoided checking out the store till now, please take a moment and do so. If you see something you like, buy it – if you do not see something you like, send an email or comment with your ideas. RedBubble allows the creation of all sorts of things, not just clothing. Readers can also expect to see more shirts and merchandise to be added in the coming year, so it is worth keeping an eye out.

On occasion we have given thanks out to friends who have helped boulder-hill.net be the best M.A.S.K. site it can be. Now it is time to take moment to formally acknowledge those contributions. First, we would like to thank our pal, Ollie, in the UK. Ollie has provided the site with tons of high quality scans of the M.A.S.K. comics that, unfortunately, only saw a release in the United Kingdom. Without his help those comics would never have made it to the pages of boulder-hill.net. Four of those are currently up in our Comics area and we have plenty more coming.

Second, our warm thanks to Mr. James Eatock of Cereal:Geek. James has always been a friend to the site, providing exclusive images and previews for our readers. The next two issues of Cereal:Geek (#11 and 12) should be getting to us soon, and trust that we will be very excited to share them with you! If you have yet to order an issue of Cereal:Geek you should seriously consider doing so.

And finally, a huge thank you to the mysterious software wizard, known only as ‘btx’. He is the man responsible for making everything on boulder-hill.net work. This includes setting up the audio and video players for the Media page. Making it possible to group the pages of our comics together. Installing working anti-spam measures – the site was getting around 75 spam comments a day – so this was a big deal! And generally updating and maintaining all the tricky coding that is necessary to keep a website alive and kicking. Thanks guys, your help and contributions have been enormous and greatly appreciated.

Sticker_Pack_ThumbBefore the year ends we wanted to squeeze in one last dose of M.A.S.K. fun. A piece of classic merchandise from the 1980s. One of the first pieces of merchandise to appear on boulder-hill.net was an image of the M.A.S.K. sticker set pack. It is now time to reveal the contents of those packs. Sticker sets were common merchandising opportunities in the 80s, Diamond Distribution released this set in 1987 (Panini also released a series of M.A.S.K. stickers in 1986). The Diamond release was a large set, including over 200 stickers. Some of the stickers could be put together to create larger images, while others used special glasses to appear in 3D. Todays update presents the first 24 stickers from the set and can be viewed in the Merchandise area. We will continue to add more of the stickers to boulder-hill.net throughout 2014, so stay tuned for more of these vintage collectibles.

That wraps things up for this post – and this year. Once again, thank you to everyone who has been a part of keeping the M.A.S.K. world alive!

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Happy Holidays!

December 25th, 2013
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HolidaysUnfortunately, between holiday madness and the colds and flus that pop up every winter we have had to push back the recording of MASKast until the new year. But do not worry, this will just give us more time to make things even better!

Boulder-hill.net also wants to send out a very happy holiday wish to all of our readers and their families. We will return in the new year with renewed energy and information to share with all of you!

We would also like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to all the readers who have left comments on the site. It is always great to hear back from those of you visiting our corner of the M.A.S.K. world.

As a holiday treat, there is a new story available in the comics section. Do not be fooled by seeing the same cover twice. This story also originally began appearing in the same issue as ‘Meet M.A.S.K. and VENOM’.

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This story is titled ‘Mystery Cloud’, and ran across two issues of Eagle and M.A.S.K., the British comic magazine. It is a fun, seven page story that we hope you enjoy. Of course, we would like to again thank our friend Ollie, for providing the original images for these stories! To check out the story point your browser over to our Comics area.

Have a wonderful holiday and we can’t wait to see you all in 2014!

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Winter is setting in…

December 17th, 2013
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TBob_SnowIt has been quiet here recently, apologies for that. No matter how it may appear, the site is always gathering news, images and media relating to the M.A.S.K. world. Our first quick bit of news is from our favorite magazine, Cereal:Geek – both issues #11 and #12 are very close to going to the printers. The creator, James Eatock, just needs a few more pre-orders so he can send the issues off to the printer. You can track the pre-order progress of those (and other) issues on the Cereal:Geek Pre-Order page.

On another note, James has been working on a new project featuring another 80s cartoon icon, the most powerful man in the universe, He-Man. If you are already tied into his mailing list you should have already seen this announcement, for those who did not, here it is!

For those of you that like the adventures of the “most powerful man in the universe”, I think it worth mentioning that I am now working alongside Classic Media in order to bring the fans new exclusive content for their OFFICIAL He-Man and the Masters of the Universe YouTube channel - Alongside the episodes themselves, there will be clips shows, trivia, top ten videos, never-before-seen footage, all-new episode commentaries, encyclopedic A-Z videos, animatics, slideshows featuring episode development artwork…and even the chance that content may extend beyond the cartoon itself – Plus the channel will be encouraging interactivity! :)

See the TRAILER I created here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eazv_es0tO0

And SUBSCRIBE here - http://www.youtube.com/user/HeMan

We wish James and Classic Media lots of luck with this new endeavor; with James’ passion and dedication to 80s cartoons it is sure to be a great success.

On another note, the M.A.S.K. community is also excited to welcome a new agent-in-training to our world. Jason, over at M.A.S.K. Movie Blog is now the proud father of a baby girl. Congratulations to Jason and his entire family. We are sure her first words will be ‘Spectrum On’, or possibly ‘Assemble the M.A.S.K. team’. The new addition to Jason’s family is also the reason for the slight delay in their podcast schedule. But do not worry, they will be back at it soon – they have assured me!

As always, check back soon to see what is new in the M.A.S.K. world!

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Bumper Car-toons!

October 2nd, 2013
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The update for today is headed to our Media area. While not common anymore, during M.A.S.K.s heyday television programs frequently had bumpers to lead the audience into and back from a commercial break – M.A.S.K. was no exception. These little clips usually featured generic animation and a voice over from a character explaining that the show would be right back, or in the case of the return, that the show would now resume. At boulder-hill.net we have been fortunate enough to find six of these bumpers and bring them to our readers. The six bumpers are:

  • Alex Sector in Rhino
  • Matt Trakker using Spectrum Hangglider
  • Matt Trakker in Thunderhawk
  • Miles Mayhem in Switchblade
  • Scott and T-Bob
  • Sly Rax and VENOM

Look below to check out a couple snapshots of these great M.A.S.K. bumpers.

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While the animation is pretty simple – basically just small animation clips – the audio is top notch and a fun treat for M.A.S.K. fans.

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Comic Mayhem!

September 25th, 2013
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Jason and Wyatt, from the M.A.S.K. Movie Blog, have extended another invitation to appear on their podcast, MASKast. This time, to review the original four issue comic series released in the United States by DC Comics. It sounds like a great idea and it is a great motivation to get issues two, three and four up on boulder-hill.net for people to read! We will be recording soon and then the episode will be available after Jason and Wyatt have a chance to edit and add all the great sound effects and music.

If you have not made it over to the Comics section before you will also find the original mini comics that were included with M.A.S.K. toys as well as some stories from the British publication, Eagle. Below are the covers to the three issues that have been recently added. As you can see from the covers the books have some pretty fantastic artwork. Hopefully you will have a chance to read the issues before the next episode of MASKast is released so you can really follow along and enjoy the show!

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