Live!

Just a quick update.

Tonight, I’ll be joining Jason and Wyatt of Agents of M.A.S.K. and Bill of Matt-Trakker.com for a live recording of MASKast. Starting at 9pm, eastern time.

You’ll have a chance to hear us talk about Series 2 toys, as well as some of the rumors surrounding the future of M.A.S.K. It should be a lot of fun! The link below will let you tune in:

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Rust in the gears…

The first post of 2015, and in January, barely. There has been a lot of chatter in the M.A.S.K. world lately. Most of you have have probably heard some of it, but for anyone who has not we will do a little run down.

AOM LOGOFirst off, Jason and Wyatt over at Agents of M.A.S.K. have been in the studio and turning out new episodes like they are possessed! The shows are better than ever. This includes an interview with Doug Stone, the man behind the voice of Matt Trakker, Bruce Sato and a bunch of other characters from M.A.S.K. characters. They have also revamped the intro for the show to give 2015 a fresh start, make sure to check out their new codenames and vehicles! As always, if you are a M.A.S.K. fan MASKast is a must-listen-to.

The other big news in the M.A.S.K. community is the speculation of a return or revival of M.A.S.K. in 2015. As many people know, 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of M.A.S.K. – this had already started the thought in many peoples heads that M.A.S.K. might return. With the revivals of lots of other ’80s properties; such as G.I. Joe, Transformers, My Little Pony, Jem and even Rainbow Brite, M.A.S.K. making a return does not seem so far fetched. Add to that that Hasbro (Kenner was purchased by Tonka who was in turn purchased by Hasbro) had applied for a new trademark on M.A.S.K. and it appeared that it was not only fans who were showing an interest in the franchise.

NTF2015And then, a few days ago, word came from a representative at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2015 that indeed, M.A.S.K. was coming back in the near future! The mention of M.A.S.K. was as brief as it could be – check the link (thanks to Brian for sending it out). Just enough to set the imagination of fans on fire and set us all speculating. Will it be a reissue of the original line? If new designs, will they use the same characters? The same scale? It could be anything! The general reaction from the fan community has been positive. After so long with almost zero new M.A.S.K. property (excepting the 2008 release of Agent Trakker from G.I. Joe) fans seem eager for anything.

In other news, Bill over on Matt-Trakker.com has decided to archive his forums. But do not fear, he is not closing down. Bill stated that he thought there was a better way to facilitate communication among the M.A.S.K. fans of the world. And to that end he has launched an open Facebook group. The old forums will remain for browsing and informational purposes, so do not worry about losing anything on that end.

And last, but certainly not least, what has been happening at Boulder-Hill.net. Obviously, there have not been a lot of updates recently. It happens, unfortunately, but it always gets back up and running. A little while back, a new piece came into the collection, or more accurately, pieces. Two Bulldogs have made their way to Boulder-Hill.net. Neither was in perfect condition, but with a little bit of elbow grease and a good set of screw drivers two sad Bulldogs have combined to form one fantastic Bulldog (for our friends in Europe, Bulldog is better known to them as Bulldoze).

Below are some images of the stages to go from trash to treasue.

That is going to wrap things up for this update. Next time the completed photos of Bulldog will be ready for your viewing pleasure!

Odds ‘n’ Ends

The backlog in the ‘M.A.S.K. Museum’ has started to get a little overwhelming, so it is time to make a tiny dent. As is always the case when things back up, other aspects of life have taken the front seat. But never fear, Boulder-Hill.net will always steer itself back on course!

For today, we have a few pieces that have trickled in over the past days, weeks, and yes, even months. First up is an original vintage M.A.S.K. enamel pin. The back does not have a date, but you can tell it is old. The front features, simply, the M.A.S.K. logo. For a close up view, head over to the Merchandise page of the site.

Second, M.A.S.K. was for kids, and what kid doesn’t love to color?! The Boulder-Hill.net archive is now the proud owner of three original M.A.S.K. coloring books. They are titled: Blackout, Highway to Danger and The Book of Power. Any fan of M.A.S.K. will notice these titles are lifted from episodes from the show (although in the show it was called Highway to Terror). And it should come as no surprise that the interiors feature stories based on these same episodes. Full sized images of the books can also be found on the Merchandise page.

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The third, and final piece of today’s update is to let readers in on the other project that has been consuming much of the little spare time I have. Along with my brothers, we have launched the Cartoon Express Podcast. The show is dedicated to watching and reviewing cartoons we enjoyed as kids (and maybe a little older). In our most recent episode we covered M.A.S.K., episode 11, The Magma Mole. If you want to listen to three brothers dish it out and debate cartoons then you should definitely check it out. The website is http://cartoonexpress.net and you can find the podcast directly on iTunes as well.

That is going to wrap things up for today. Hopefully the post-holiday lull will create more free time, which translates into more Boulder-Hill.net time!

Don’t touch that dial!

Here at Boulder-Hill.net we are always scouring the world and the web for great bits of M.A.S.K. to bring to our visitors. One of our efforts recently paid off.

vlcsnap-2014-11-16-01h46m22s28A while back a message was sent to a YouTube user named RichTigerpaw28, he had uploaded an original M.A.S.K. toy commercial. Hoping to get a copy of the original file, and inquire if he had any others, the message was sent and the waiting began. This was over six months ago. But patience is a virtue, and recently RichTigerpaw28 replied that he still had the original video file and in fact had another. He was kind enough to share the original copies and so now you will be able to find them here.

The first commercial is actually the same one that we already have: Thunderhawk, Switchblade and Rhino. However, our original version was dark and a little blurry. Now we can proudly offer our readers a crisp, bright copy!

The second commercial is brand new to the site. This video features three vehicles from the Racing Series: Bulldog (Bulldoze for our European visitors), Iguana, and Bullet (known as Bandit in some areas).

Both of the commercials are great pieces of vintage M.A.S.K. and perfectly evoke the fun of kids toys in the 1980s. But don’t take our word for it, visit our Video page instead and see for yourself.

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Just a quick word:

If you have not made it over to the Boulder-Hill.net Instagram page you really should. It is frequently updated with new pictures of M.A.S.K. toys, merchandise and other goodies.

The Boulder-Hill.net Instagram has almost reached 100 followers! Thanks to everyone for that.

Here is a look at some recent pictures!

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As promised, new stuff!

Trying to keep up with everything coming in right now is definitely proving to be a challenge. So instead of saving it all and trying to get it done at once it is going to be spread out across a few updates.

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The most notable addition today is photos of the box for Firecracker, the Series 1 orange pickup truck. Firecracker originally came with Hondo MacLean in his Blaster outfit. The truck and figure have been on the site for some time now, but the box can now be seen on the Toys, Series 1 page.

The other part of this post is to let readers know that a photo for the box for Raven from the European release has been added to the site. The European box was a slightly different shape than the US one, being longer. The box art is also slightly changed – note the missiles being fired in the US version but absent in the European one. It is fun to speculate as to why the change – perhaps regulations about violence in Europe? As some readers might know, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in the UK, this may have been a similar type of change.

That is all the time we have to day, but the packages keep arriving, the camera keeps clicking, and the site keeps chugging!

Getting closer

Before you get excited, no, the boxes of stuff are not up on the site yet. But! Most of it has been photographed finally. Which means it will be posted soon, very very soon. Thanks for your patience!

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The picture above is the workhorse that has been in use for several years now. Thanks for the great product Canon!

Old art, meet new art!

Now that M.A.S.K. Day is over and the craziness has died down things can go back to their regular, calm pace. Today’s post is to put up a new piece of art by the the master draftsman, Darren Gregson. A fan favorite for sure, his newest work is of the M.A.S.K. big rig – Rhino.

RhinoThis new work of Darren’s will be joining his others on the Artwork page, where you can also see it in full size!

MASK_Pencils_001The other addition today comes to us from back in the 1980s, when M.A.S.K. was first in production. This is an original pencil drawing from the production of the second season of M.A.S.K., commonly known as the Racing Series. The image shows Matt Trakker in his Goliath uniform and Boris ‘The Czar’ Bushkin in his only outfit, for Bulldog (or Bulldoze for those in Europe). This pencil drawing is from the original animation process, this is not a reproduction! The full size image has been added to the Merchandise of Boulder-Hill.net.

That is going to do it for today. As always there is more to add than can be done in a single post. So come back soon and see what’s new!

 

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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