Happy Birthday!

Party_MaskToday 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!

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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.

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M.A.S.K. is Back! (Maybe)

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.

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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!

“Prepare to feel the anger of Bulldog!”

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…

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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!

“There he goes again Matt, not making any sense!”

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!

Hot off the presses!

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.

Film1Boulder-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.

ig15genmayhemWEBIn 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!

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.