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!
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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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.
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!
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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). Read the rest of this entry »
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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!
- Boulder Hill √
- Condor √
- Firecracker √
- Gator √
- Jackhammer √
- Piranha √
- Rhino √
- Switchblade √
- Thunderhawk √
- 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?!
If 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.
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Ever 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.
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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.
The real transformation for Ratfang came when interacting with Hornet. When Hornet fires its ‘lasers’ – which made appropriate laser sounds – Ratfang takes combat damage. The first blast causes the hood and engine block to pop off. The second takes out the front passenger door. And the third and final attack makes Ratfang’s front wheels to fly off. These cynical comments aside, the Laser Command set was a very exciting toy for any kid growing up in the ’80s. The ability to blow up VENOM with lasers was an easy selling point. Hornet and Ratfang never made it onto the animated series. It is entirely possible that Kenner never intended to bring them to the series at all – just using the laser feature as a cash cow. Either way, one of the last produced toys from M.A.S.K. ended up being one of their best.
Of this set, only Matt with his Lasertron mask has already made it onto boulder-hill.net, previously. This installment brings both Hornet, Ratfang along with Miles Mayhem with Raynet mask. Hornet and Ratfang will join our Toys page while Miles will be found along with his other uniforms on the Figures page.
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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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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.
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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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.
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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Just 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:
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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