Happy M.A.S.K.iversary!

maskdayHappy anniversary to our favorite cartoon! M.A.S.K. – Mobile Armored Strike Kommand – is celebrating the 29th anniversary of the original release of the show. If you follow the site you know that there has been a TON of work going on to get ready for this day. This article will take you through all the different things that have been happening, both here and on other M.A.S.K. sites. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

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One more for the road

There is a lot happening behind the scenes to get ready for M.A.S.K.’s 29th birthday, however, that does not mean we can’t show off some things before then.

Our good and talented friend Darren, of Back To The Old Drawing Board, has done it again. This time with one of the staples of the M.A.S.K. team – Firecracker. As always, Darren’s keen eye and hand have rendered this vehicle in a great action pose, and with incredible detail as well. Continue reading

“Antimatter sure comes in handy”

Some great stuff for you today, so let’s not waste anymore time. Last week Darren Gregson sent two amazing pieces of original M.A.S.K. artwork. This week Darren sent another two pieces!

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The first piece is of my personal favorite, Brad Turner, riding his motorcycle Condor, which converts into a helicopter. The second piece features Floyd Malloy aboard Vampire – another flying motorcycle! In the background you can see Stinger (which was featured previously in it’s own piece). Just like his first two illustrations, Darren’s work is spectacular. All of his work shows a skilled hand and great attention to detail. boulder-hill.net wants to thank Darren again for sharing with us.

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Back to the old drawing board

Those of you who follow other M.A.S.K. sites and news have probably already seen Darren Gregson’s work by now. Darren is an incredibly talented artist, who has recently turned his skills to M.A.S.K. vehicles. Today, boulder-hill.net has the privilege of adding two original drawings Darren sent us.
Both of these fantastic images are of VENOM vehicles. The first being Cliff Dagger’s Jackhammer and the second being Bruno ‘Mad Dog’ Sheppard’s Stinger. Both of these renderings were done by hand with pen and then later edited in Photoshop.

Jackhammer DGStinger DG
 

You can see both images in their high resolution versions on the Artwork page. Hopefully, M.A.S.K. continues to hold Darren’s interest and he produces more of these mind blowing illustrations.

While this is a shorter update than usual, it comes with the promise of exciting news. Check back on August 16th to find out what!

If you’re buying, we’re selling

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This morning, our friend Paul – of PaulPants.com –  sent over an email to let us know that his completely original Spectrum and Viper posters are going back into production. For those who have never seen them, the first run was printed at 18″ x 24″. This second run will be at a slightly reduced size of 12″ x 16″. The plus side is that Paul is able to price them to fly off the virtual shelf – only twenty dollars! The original run was beautiful and glossy on heavy poster paper and Paul says these will look just as good. Fair warning, the posters have not been printed yet. This is a pre-order, the printed posters will begin shipping on August 18th (roughly one month from now). Continue reading

Look how far we’ve come…

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Even though there is not always a new post on the site things are constantly being examined and tinkered with. Today, while checking things over, there was a startling revelation: boulder-hill.net contains images for all toys from series one and two!

Series One

  • Boulder Hill √
  • Condor √
  • Firecracker √
  • Gator √
  • Jackhammer √
  • Piranha √
  • Rhino √
  • Switchblade √
  • Thunderhawk √

Series Two

  • Firefly √
  • Hurricane √
  • Outlaw √
  • Raven √
  • Slingshot √
  • Stinger √
  • Vampire √
  • Volcano √

boulder-hill.net was started almost five years ago, in November of 2009. The site first launched with a handful images, sound clips and links. Progress has not always been consistent, but it has never halted. Now visitors to the site can find tons of pictures, fan art, videos, an online store and more. Not too bad for a fan site?!

ToyCollectorIconIf you are looking for a great way to catalog your M.A.S.K. collection (or almost any toy line). Make sure you take a look at Toy Collector for iOS. Zack has done an amazing job updating and maintaining his database. Unfortunately the app is not available for Android at this point, but perhaps down the line. If you would really like to see the app brought to Android you can tell Zack over on his Twitter feed too. Maybe if Zack sees a large demand for it he will be motivated to start developing his app for other platforms.

Time for an upgrade

vlcsnap-2014-06-30-23h57m11s148Ever since boulder-hill.net launched the layout for the image galleries has never been wholly satisfactory. The images felt cluttered and the space was very messy. This update is to announce that an upgrade has been implemented that will finally allow the site to remedy that issue. Thanks to our software ninja, we now have the ability to add mini galleries to each section. These mini galleries allow a much cleaner and more fluid experience all across the site.

The new mini galleries take time to set up the change will be done in stages. The first area to undergo changes is the toys section. Rather than go in to a lengthy explanation about the new galleries, please just point your screen to the toy page and check it out yourself. The rest of the site will continue to be retrofitted in the days to come.

Two, for the price of one

One of the stranger toys to come out of the M.A.S.K. production line was definitely the Laser Command set. The set included two ‘vehicles’ that interacted using infrared rays. The M.A.S.K. vehicle was Hornet, but to label it a vehicle is a bit generous. Before transforming, Hornet starts as a crate – not exactly ‘Mobile’. Hornet did convert into a mini-jet, piloted by none other than the leader of the M.A.S.K. team, Matt Trakker.

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VENOMs contribution to this set is Ratfang, a blue station wagon that transforms into… a blue station wagon with “flash cannons”. After looking at Ratfang for a few moments it will probably begin to give people a sense of déjà vu. This is because most of Ratfang is actually just Firecracker. To be precise, the entire front half is exactly the same, just blue. The back half is also fairly similar. The pickup truck bed has been replaced with a full back – this provides a place for wiring, electronics and the very important 9V battery. To face off against Matt Trakker – Ratfang was controlled by Miles Mayhem himself.

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Girls just wanna have fun!

We recently had a request for some more female friendly merchandise and we would hate to disappoint. As always, our merchandise can be found in our RedBubble store. There are three different items featuring Manta. The first is our classic instruction manual style shirt. Available in both purple and heathered grey. Second, we have a great die-cut sticker of Manta in attack mode. And finally, we have our first print available! A vintage style piece that can be purchased in a ton of sizes and ways – to see them all just go to the item page!

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