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While I’m At It…

While looking through my backlog, I realized I never added the MASKast Chat – M.A.S.K. #1 Review to the site. It’s over in the Audio section of the site. It’s nice and long, so it should fill a couple of trips to and from work for those of you who like to listen in the car. Granted, if you follow the Agents of M.A.S.K. you have probably heard this quite a while back!

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I’ve also been speaking to Bill of Matt-Trakker.com and Jason and Wyatt of Agents of M.A.S.K. and we are hoping to get together (via the internet) now that the first story arc of the series has concluded to share our thoughts.

The Revolution Continues

If you follow the Boulder-Hill.net Facebook (and you absolutely should), then you know that tonight’s update is about Revolution #2 and #3. Suffice it to say, many M.A.S.K. fans were left wanting with issue #1, which did not actually contain any of the M.A.S.K. agents (excluding the reprinted prelude). Issue #2 more than brings Matt, Miles and the rest of the team into the story.

I will not be providing an in-depth  review of the issues on here. There are too many non-M.A.S.K. elements that I do not follow (ROM, Micronauts, etc.) and would make a comprehensive review pointless. What I will do is quickly breakdown the highlights from a M.A.S.K. standpoint.

First, we are once again treated to a slew of variant covers. Issue #2 in particular, has a bunch of covers that in fact feature M.A.S.K.

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Revolution #3

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To be clear, there are more covers than the six above, however, these are the ones that have at least some element of M.A.S.K. The covers require a lot of analysis. Some are more M.A.S.K. centric than others. I find the Guido Guidi cover from #2 to be the most appealing. The image is dynamic, pays homage to Jack Kirby, and features M.A.S.K. front and center – not much more that a M.A.S.K. fan could ask for.

Now let’s jump to the issues themselves. For people following the series, you may be scratching your head at all the different groups and happenings. That is a symptom of this being the ‘event’ book. Revolution ties a bunch of different properties together, unless you are following every single book that is released you are bound to miss something. All that being said, even if you are only here for M.A.S.K. you should be able to follow the story relatively easily.
rev2spectrumIssue #2 has a lot of great M.A.S.K. action moments. Again, without giving any specifics away, readers are treated to an epic multi-page fight between M.A.S.K. and someone (read the book to find out). As is typical in big crossover events, there is a lot of action and there tends to be a little less subtle story telling. That holds true for issue #2, it is not a flaw, simply a fact to understand.

However! That does not mean that Revolution is all fights and explosions. Quite the contrary, in issue #3 we see some of the early stages of the strife building between Matt and Miles. All of which is handled quite well and creates a strong and natural path towards what we all know will be a disastrous ending for the two.

One other interesting thing, in issue #3 is that the we finally get the profile pages for Matt Trakker and Miles ‘Mayhem’ Manheim. Click on the individual images below to read them for yourself.

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giveawayFinally, as promised, the details of how you can win your very own copy of M.A.S.K. Revolution, signed by Brandon Easton! To enter to win, all you have to do is write in with your favorite memory or experience with M.A.S.K., just send in an email and you will have your chance to win one of two copies, no purchase necessary! Please keep in mind that you will have to provide a mailing address to receive your comic if you are the winner.

That is going to wrap up this update. We are getting close to the release of M.A.S.K. #1 – the ongoing comic from IDW Publishing, for which many of us are holding our breath in anticipation. Please help to support IDW and the creatives behind Revolution and M.A.S.K. – even if you live in a country where purchasing comics is difficult keep in mind that all the issues are easily available for digital purchase. Let’s all do our part to ensure that illusion stays the ultimate weapon.

Inspiration Strikes

The release of Revolution M.A.S.K. #1 has kicked me into high gear. I wanted to share a couple of other fun M.A.S.K. items with visitors.

dougstoneFirst up is a very special item. If you are interested enough to visit a site about M.A.S.K. then you probably recognize the name, Doug Stone. I was lucky enough to have one of my promotional cards signed by Doug Stone last year. For those who are still scratching their heads, Doug Stone is a voice actor from the original cartoon series. Doug provided the voices for Matt Trakker, Bruce Sato, Dusty Hayes and others.

maskast logo chat fullThe second item won’t be new, if you listen to MASKast, from Agents of M.A.S.K. I was invited to participate in a MASKast Chat. In it we reflect on all the exciting news that lead up to the release of Revolution M.A.S.K. #1. They released it in their podcast stream a few days ago, but as always, whenever I am a guest the episode can also be found in the Audio section.

That’s going to wrap it up for today. Until next time, please keep the crusade alive by supporting the new M.A.S.K. comic book series from IDW Publishing.

Mobile Mode

One of the things that has become essential for any website is being compatible with mobile devices. More and more people are using their smart phones as the primary way they view websites and connect to the Internet. When Boulder-Hill.net was first launched this was not necessary. As such, the site has had to play catch up in that aspect.

The site was heavily updated for M.A.S.K. day in 2014, and part of that included a basic mobile mode. Unfortunately, it only included the home page of Boulder-Hill.net, things like the Toys and Figures were not easily accessible. This has always been a bit of a letdown and something I wanted to address.

Recently, I finally had a chance to handle it. With the help of our mysterious technical wizard the site is ready for any mobile visitor. All of the subsections are now accessible, and most have been formatted to run smoothly on a mobile device (the Audio and Video pages still have some work to be done). On top of all that, the site can now be saved in a stand alone app mode on Android and iPhones.

But that’s not all folks! We also have some new goodies. First up is some great photos of the box for the M.A.S.K. RV, Slingshot. That also means that the only toy from Series 2 left without box photos is Volcano, we’re getting closer! While in retrospect a recreational van might not be the coolest toy for a kid, Slingshot was a great vehicle because it had excellent mechanized action and a second vehicle inside.

The other item coming up on the site today is actually kind of rare and interesting. We all know the bright red boxes with beautiful artwork that the toys came packed in. But how did those boxes make it to the toy stores? Kenner had their own shipping boxes, and those boxes were specifically designed for each toy. I recently acquired the shipping box for the Adventure Pack line, and it is now up on the Merchandise section of the site.

With that, this update will wrap up. There is still a stack of toys and merchandise to photograph, so more updates will certainly come.

The Big Reveal

At this point the United States Postal Service assures me that the winners have received their prizes. I didn’t want to put up any photos of the prizes before hand because I wanted it to be a surprise. But that’s not a problem anymore! So now we can take a look at just what was in those packages!

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On the left you have the grand prize, which went to Chris. It includes:

  • M.A.S.K. Lunchbox
  • ‘The Deathstone’ Novelization
  • Best of M.A.S.K. DVD
  • M.A.S.K. Mini Comic #2
  • Condor
  • StickerFixer Condor Label Set
  • Brad Turner
  • Sly Rax
  • Ali Bombay
  • Buddie Hawks
  • Thunderhawk Sticker
  • Sealed M.A.S.K. Sticker pack
  • Original Boulder-Hill.net Cards

Hopefully Chris is enjoying all the loot! He wasn’t the only one to win. Because so many people entered, I decided to create a runner-up prize, which went to Greg. He received:

  • Matt Trakker
  • Miles Mayhem
  • Original Boulder-Hill.net Cards

I have not heard from them, so I can only assume they are busy posing and playing with their new toys. Enjoy them guys – sorry I could not send everyone who entered a prize, I really wish I could.

But wait! We’ve got more! What update would be complete without something new. Fresh from across the Atlantic Ocean Boulder-Hill.net is proud to bring you the European exclusive Matt Trakker with Lava Shot.  This variant features Matt with a black shirt, pink pants and pink Lavashot. You can check out photos of this new figure on the M.A.S.K. Agents page of the site.

That’s all for now. With 2015 winding down hopefully I can squeeze one more update before the new year. Keep checking back for more M.A.S.K. toys and news.

Quick! To The Post Office!

Unfortunately, October was a busy month for my non-M.A.S.K. world. While new stuff came in, nothing new went up. So let’s cover a few things that have been on the to-do list.

First and foremost, to the winners of the giveaway contest, I must apologize. Your prizes are very late! But they are on their way.

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They are now all packed up and ready to go to the post office. Addresses have been blurred to protect everyones secret identity! We wouldn’t want Miles Mayhem or VENOM to find out where people live.

Next up, for some fun stuff, Jason from Agents of M.A.S.K. has created a new video that stars everyones favorite robotic sidekick – T-Bob. The video is a montage of scenes showcasing the moments where T-Bob actually was useful (yes, it happened). The video is up on their YouTube channel. Give it a watch and subscribe to the channel to get notified of future videos.

vlcsnap-2015-11-11-13h32m29s948Finally, we have a bit of a milestone on Boulder-Hill.net today. Thanks to Bill of Matt-Trakker.com I now am able to present photos of the box for everyones favorite mobile command center, Rhino. Rhino was the only Series 1 toy for which Boulder-Hill.net did not have box images. So with these additions I can turn my eye towards acquiring the boxes for the missing Series 2 toys, Slingshot and Volcano.

Sadly, that’s all we have time for today. There’s always more stuff to talk about than time. I promise the end of 2015 will bring more updates and content!

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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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!

InstaM.A.S.K.

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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