Thirty years ago today, M.A.S.K. made its television today. Flash forward to present day and it seems unlikely that the creators imagined people would still be collecting the toys and watching the show. It seems just as unlikely that this site is six years old. If you visited Boulder-Hill.net last year you probably remember that the M.A.S.K. Day update was a big one, hopefully this year does not disappoint.
There has been a lot more interest in my contest than I ever expected. When I initially started it I was not sure if anyone would bother to enter. That has certainly not been the case!
While I wish I could send everyone a M.A.S.K. gift, that is just not possible. However, I made the decision to add a second place winner to my contest. That person will receive a prize as well! So that means you have two chances to be a winner here!
If you are sitting there scratching your head and saying ‘what contest…’, then you should probably go to the original contest details here.
On a side note, my pals Jason and Wyatt from Agents of M.A.S.K. and Bill of Matt-Trakker.com will be at RetroCon this weekend with none other than the voice of Matt Trakker, Doug Stone! If you are in the Pennsylvania area, consider checking it out.
Last year a bunch of people got together to celebrate the anniversary of M.A.S.K. (we actually got the date wrong though!). There has been a little more research and we are 99% sure we have the right date now. That date, September 30th, will mark the thirtieth anniversary of M.A.S.K. And just like last year there is a lot of preparation and thought going on.
Visitors can be assured that there will be a big update on the site to celebrate M.A.S.K.’s birthday. But this time we are going to try something new. To say thanks to the people who have supported and visited Boulder-Hill.net over the years, I am putting on a giveaway contest. The winner will receive an assortment of M.A.S.K. related items to add to their collection.
There are three ways you can enter. Post a comment on Facebook, comment on the website, or send an email directly. The winner will be announced on M.A.S.K. day (September 30th, if you were not paying attention).
I will be keeping the details of the prize package a secret for now. However, I can guarantee that if you are a M.A.S.K. fan you will enjoy it. Given that this is not a big corporate contest there are no restrictions on who can enter; family, friends, people under 18 (the prize is M.A.S.K. items after all). Good luck to everyone and check back in a few weeks to see if you are the winner!
Today is actually my birthday, so I thought I would give myself a small gift. Another piece of the M.A.S.K. merchandise machine. These cheap paper party masks came in packs of eight and are designed to look like Matt Trakker’s Spectrum visor (you might have to use your imagination to see it, production quality on this item is low). As many will recall, the elastic string used to hold cheap masks on children’s faces was never comfortable, these are no exception. If you would like to see a larger image of these party masks click on over to the Merchandise page.
That is all for this update, but keep your eyes peeled, the 30th anniversary of M.A.S.K. is fast approaching and there is plenty in store!
In the wake of the potential re-development of M.A.S.K., Jason and Wyatt, of Agents of M.A.S.K., invited myself and Bill Farries, of Matt-Trakker.com, to sit down and talk about our reaction to one of the first official acknowledgements of the franchise in twenty-five years. You can see the original video chat on the Agents of M.A.S.K. YouTube channel, or have a listen to the edited audio version on the Boulder-Hill.net Audio page.
If you are active on Facebook then you probably already saw this, but if not then sit yourself down for some very exciting news!
In a recent slideshow press release on the Hasbro website they included a section called ‘New Brands’. What does that have to do with M.A.S.K., a thirty year old franchise, look for yourself.
We don’t know why M.A.S.K. is listed as a new brand, maybe new in development? That’s all that is known so far. If and when any new info comes up you can be sure it will appear here on Boulder-Hill.net!
The last addition to the Boulder-Hill.net toy archive was Outlaw, way back in September of 2013! Not quite so long ago Bulldog was promised to our visitors, and today we deliver!
If you cannot wait, you can go straight to the images in the Toy area. But if you can hold off let’s give Bulldog an inspection…
Similar to Rhino, Bulldog is a truck. Bulldog transforms into a tank when in defense mode. Bulldog, and it’s driver – Boris ‘The Czar’ Bushkin – were part of the third wave of M.A.S.K. toys, commonly known as the Racing Series. As such, Boris and Bulldog did not appear in the cartoon until the ten episode second season. One fun thing to note – Bulldog was renamed Bulldoze for the European market.
Now that the history lesson is finished, let’s take a look at the toy itself.
In a world full of orange and purple, Bulldog stands out for being a pale blue. The vehicle has a fair number of moving parts and features, and as such, is prone to getting stuck or broken. The transforming mechanism can be temperamental, the missile is easily lost, and the saw blade can be broken if not careful. All that being said, Bulldog is a very cool addition to the M.A.S.K. universe.
While it is not as big as Rhino, Bulldog is definitely a robust toy. It offers a lot of changes to really alter its appearance when it converts. And, like most toys of the ’80s, the missile fires really far. Bulldog also has a ton of stickers, lending a lot of extra detail to it. All in all, it is a great vehicle and a shame that it showcased so late in the M.A.S.K. timeline.
Next time Bulldog’s driver, Boris Bushkin will be making his debut on Boulder-Hill.net!
To be perfectly candid, 2015 has not afforded as much time for Boulder-Hill.net and M.A.S.K. so far. With the aim of changing that, let’s take a look at some new stuff that has come across the digital desk.
If you keep up with Agents of M.A.S.K., you know I made an appearance on MASKast, along with Bill – from Matt-Trakker.com. The four of us had a great discussion about the Series 2 toy line. If you subscribe to the MASKast podcast you have undoubtedly heard the show already, but for anyone who does not follow MASKast (you really should!) the episode has now been added to the Boulder-Hill.net Audio archive.
On a more vintage note, if you were a kid in the ’80s you probably had a chance to play with Colorforms. If you don’t know what they are here is a quick crash course from Wikipedia:
Colorforms are paper-thin, die-cut vinyl sheet images and shapes that are meant to be applied to a shiny plastic laminated board, much like placing paper dolls against a paper backdrop. The images stick to the background by adhesion, which takes place when two highly polished surfaces come in contact. The Colorforms vinyl pieces can be repositioned to create new designs and scenarios.
The set that was acquired for Boulder-Hill.net is actually still sealed. While this is great from a collecting standpoint, it means that there won’t be any pictures of the contents at this point. At some point another – opened – wet will become available and Boulder-Hill.net will be sure to snatch it up. If you want to see a large image of the Colorform box point your browser to our Merchandise page.
Check back very soon for another update full of more M.A.S.K. goodness!
We had a mini milestone recently. Boulder-Hill.net passed 200 Likes on Facebook. To that, thank you to everyone who has clicked and reposted and shared, things like that help keep the site growing.
Boulder-Hill.net was contacted a while back by David Guivant. David is, among other things, an independent film maker and a M.A.S.K. fan! And he has been hard at work creating his own M.A.S.K. film and was kind enough to share some information with Boulder-Hill.net. And so, better late than never (sorry David!), here are the words and ideas of David Guivant.
"Post-production on my latest new project : Mobile • Armored • Strike • Kommand (Live action) has begun, inspired by THE 1980s hit cartoon and famous toyline M . A . S . K.
A very ambitious and non-profit project indeed as for those who are not familiar with the M.A.S.K franchise, this adventure is a cross between GIJOE and FAST & FURIOUS. Some other insight on the storyline which will take place many years after the first season of M.A.S.K and Scott is going through college, fans can expect some updated vehicles as well as a new and more compact T-BOB.
Principal photography already ended and the project is slated for a Dec 2016 release.
I also received a mail of praise from Joe Del Beato, original inker on the M.A.S.K comic book from DC Comics and Doug Stone (Original voice for Matt Trakker) also gave it’s blessing and is amazed that M.A.S.K is still popular after so many years."
Good luck David, it looks like you’ve taken on an amazing an ambitious project!
There is never a lack of things to post when it comes to M.A.S.K., despite the show being nearly thirty years old. This time, the new addition will find a home in our Merchandise section. Some time back, a set of M.A.S.K. party accessories made their way onto the site. Now they are joined by the party mask! Although it is M.A.S.K., it is hard to pretend these are anything other than a cheaply made product hoping to earn someone an easy buck. The masks are printed on cardboard and vaguely resemble the eye visor for Matt’s Spectrum mask. Despite the cheapness, it’s still M.A.S.K.! And so it will always find a home Boulder-Hill.net.
In more exciting news, a new G.I. Joe figure was just announced: General Mayhem! And as you can guess, it’s an update to Miles Mayhem. The news was revealed to us by GIJoeCon.com. The figure looks pretty great and will be a perfect pairing for Agent Trakker!
And to the faithful readers of Boulder-Hill.net, sorry about the delay for Bulldog. It’s coming soon, promise!
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: