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One more for the road

There is a lot happening behind the scenes to get ready for M.A.S.K.’s 29th birthday, however, that does not mean we can’t show off some things before then.

Our good and talented friend Darren, of Back To The Old Drawing Board, has done it again. This time with one of the staples of the M.A.S.K. team – Firecracker. As always, Darren’s keen eye and hand have rendered this vehicle in a great action pose, and with incredible detail as well. Continue reading

Look how far we’ve come…

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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!

Series One

  • Boulder Hill √
  • Condor √
  • Firecracker √
  • Gator √
  • Jackhammer √
  • Piranha √
  • Rhino √
  • Switchblade √
  • Thunderhawk √

Series Two

  • 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?!

ToyCollectorIconIf 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.

Time for an upgrade

vlcsnap-2014-06-30-23h57m11s148Ever 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.

Support our agents!

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.

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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.

A social gathering

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.

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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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And now, a word from our sponsors…

MASKastJust 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:

  • Firecracker
  • Hurricane
  • Manta
  • Rhino
  • Thunderhawk
  • Vampire

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!

Agents of M.A.S.K.

AOM LOGOAs (finally) promised, I had the chance last night to sit down and record the next episode of MASKast with Jason and Wyatt of Agents of M.A.S.K. (previously known as M.A.S.K. Movie Blog). Our lives and schedules did not sync up for a good long while, unfortunately. But after all these months the three of us were able to sit down and chat about the DC Comics original four issue mini-series. The exact release date for the podcast is in the hands of Jason and Wyatt, as they need to edit and publish the final product, but they assured me that it would be a priority job. Speaking of Jason and Wyatt – they have recently relaunched their M.A.S.K. work as Agents of M.A.S.K., here are some excerpts from their launch article:

 

After over three years of promoting ourselves as “M.A.S.K. the Movie”, we felt is was time for a fresh start…

…So, instead of focusing mainly on bringing M.A.S.K. to the big screen, we want our script to be an equal part in the new “Agents of M.A.S.K.” brand…

…In summary, we want to promote M.A.S.K. in multiple ways and at the same time, work toward bringing the community of fans together.

ComicPageMASK_#002_016I wish them the best of luck and as always will be happy to support them just as they support boulder-hill.net. The link on the sidebar has been updated to reflect their new site (the old site automatically redirects to their new location). Jason has also volunteered to provide scans of more instruction manuals. These scans will allow our shirt library on RedBubble to grow – keep an eye out for Thunderhawk and Switchblade!

While recording with the guys I mentioned that I have been sitting on a rare M.A.S.K. item for some time now – and that because it ties so directly into the topic of the podcast I would finally get around to adding it to the site. The item in question is actually an original page from the M.A.S.K. comic series. To be specific, it is page 16, from issue #2. I was fortunate enough to purchase this great work directly from the inker of the comics himself, Joe Del Beato.

On the left is the colored printed version and on the right is the original artwork. A full sized image has been added to the Merchandise portion of boulder-hill.net.

Hopefully, Jason finds time too get those images and our next update can showcase a variety of new t-shirts, see you then!

Moving Forward, Looking Back

With the end of 2013 comes a reflection on boulder-hill.net. The site was launched in late 2009, which means we are working on our fifth year as a part of the M.A.S.K. fan world. The site has definitely evolved from the initial concept (which, admittedly, was somewhat vague). But the site was never intended to be rigid, changes and new ideas were expected.

Far and away the best part of carving out our little corner of the internet has been the chance to connect with other M.A.S.K. fans around the world. Guesting on MASKast has been one of the most exciting –  Jason and Wyatt are two of the greatest guys, and chatting with them has been one of the most enjoyable parts of running boulder-hill.net. Corresponding with Scott, of the M.A.S.K. Comics Blog has also been a blast, and I would like to wish him all the luck with his future M.A.S.K. projects. Last but not least, comments left by visitors on the site are a great source of pleasure. Trust that every comment left on the site is greatly appreciated (minus the spam bots trying to use the comments section as free advertising). I  hope to have even more interactions in 2014. So anyone reading this, feel free to write, post, email, anything!

MTrakkerShirtIn more recent new, a few days ago, boulder-hill.net hit a small milestone event – we sold our first shirt on RedBubble. Someone with (clearly) amazing taste purchased the Matt Trakker shirt available in the boulder-hill.net store. If our #1 customer is reading this, thank you very much! For anyone who has somehow avoided checking out the store till now, please take a moment and do so. If you see something you like, buy it – if you do not see something you like, send an email or comment with your ideas. RedBubble allows the creation of all sorts of things, not just clothing. Readers can also expect to see more shirts and merchandise to be added in the coming year, so it is worth keeping an eye out.

On occasion we have given thanks out to friends who have helped boulder-hill.net be the best M.A.S.K. site it can be. Now it is time to take moment to formally acknowledge those contributions. First, we would like to thank our pal, Ollie, in the UK. Ollie has provided the site with tons of high quality scans of the M.A.S.K. comics that, unfortunately, only saw a release in the United Kingdom. Without his help those comics would never have made it to the pages of boulder-hill.net. Four of those are currently up in our Comics area and we have plenty more coming.

Second, our warm thanks to Mr. James Eatock of Cereal:Geek. James has always been a friend to the site, providing exclusive images and previews for our readers. The next two issues of Cereal:Geek (#11 and 12) should be getting to us soon, and trust that we will be very excited to share them with you! If you have yet to order an issue of Cereal:Geek you should seriously consider doing so.

And finally, a huge thank you to the mysterious software wizard, known only as ‘btx’. He is the man responsible for making everything on boulder-hill.net work. This includes setting up the audio and video players for the Media page. Making it possible to group the pages of our comics together. Installing working anti-spam measures – the site was getting around 75 spam comments a day – so this was a big deal! And generally updating and maintaining all the tricky coding that is necessary to keep a website alive and kicking. Thanks guys, your help and contributions have been enormous and greatly appreciated.

Sticker_Pack_ThumbBefore the year ends we wanted to squeeze in one last dose of M.A.S.K. fun. A piece of classic merchandise from the 1980s. One of the first pieces of merchandise to appear on boulder-hill.net was an image of the M.A.S.K. sticker set pack. It is now time to reveal the contents of those packs. Sticker sets were common merchandising opportunities in the 80s, Diamond Distribution released this set in 1987 (Panini also released a series of M.A.S.K. stickers in 1986). The Diamond release was a large set, including over 200 stickers. Some of the stickers could be put together to create larger images, while others used special glasses to appear in 3D. Todays update presents the first 24 stickers from the set and can be viewed in the Merchandise area. We will continue to add more of the stickers to boulder-hill.net throughout 2014, so stay tuned for more of these vintage collectibles.

That wraps things up for this post – and this year. Once again, thank you to everyone who has been a part of keeping the M.A.S.K. world alive!

Happy Birthday M.A.S.K.!

Happy Birthday

On September 16th, 1985, children were treated to the very first airing of Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, M.A.S.K. The show has been described as a fusion of G.I. Joe and Transformers – but with its own unique appeal. Today is September 16th, 2013, which means M.A.S.K. is now twenty-eight years old. In that time, fans have been privileged to 75 animated episodes, a myriad of toys, an extensive comic book publication and a variety of other merchandise. To celebrate the birth of M.A.S.K., boulder-hill.net has put together an extensive look at different aspects of M.A.S.K., both past and present. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

 

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“More fun than ropin’ turkeys!”

We are going to cover a wide range of topics today, so try to keep up!

Thumb MASKs OffIf you have been keeping up with boulder-hill.net, you know that we promised a new video player for the Media page. Our wonderful web magician has delivered! A much more user friendly video player has been installed on the site. Not only is it a lot better looking than the previous layout, it should also load faster and be much more reliable – a triple threat!

What is bound to be more exciting for people however, are the two new videos added to our library. Our first addition is the most recent M.A.S.K. sketch from Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken, titled M.A.S.K.s Off, which can now be viewed in the Media area. Of course, we make no claims to Robot Chicken’s content and never will! The other video addition comes to us from back in time, 1984 to be precise. An original M.A.S.K. toy commercial featuring Thunderhawk, Switchblade and Rhino. Trying to describe the sense of nostalgia this commercial evokes is useless, click to the Media page and experience it for yourself!

Next on our agenda is a message that comes from Scott over at his M.A.S.K. Comics blog. He wrote us saying:

I’ve started a campaign to Bring Back M.A.S.K. and to highlight to [Hasbro] that this can be done…

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The link above takes you to a Facebook Post that already has almost 2k views and is growing daily… I’ve also started a Hashtag Campaign so everything can be easily found – #assembleMASK & #Hasbro.

Scott asked for help getting the word out, and of course boulder-hill.net was only too happy to oblige. That link will take you over to Scott’s Facebook campaign, just make sure to click the ‘Like’ button once you get there! Hopefully, the campaign gets attention and wakes up someone over at Hasbro (the current owner of M.A.S.K.). Anything that brings notice to this classic 80s cartoon is a worthy enterprise.

Moving right along, in our last update, we showed you James Eatock’s photo of the newly printed issues 9 and 10 of Cereal:Geek. Now we get to show you our own photos of our personal copies (click the image for a larger version):

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As you can see, the issues look great. The printing on Cereal:Geek is top notch. As always, the magazine is cover-to-cover 1980s animation, not one single advertisement to ruin your reading experience! Our photo above was carefully chosen to assure you that Cereal:Geek once again has fantastic M.A.S.K. content. James also issued an email letting people know that it is not too late to order a copy of issue 9 and 10. Likewise, he wanted to inform folks that issues 11 and 12 are close to having enough orders to go to the printer. Mr. Eatock only needs 45 more pre-orders to get them moving into the print phase. If you have not ordered yet, now is a great time to do so! You can follow this link to pre-order your copies of 11 and 12.

That just about wraps things up, but check back soon. September 16th is M.A.S.K.’s ‘birthday’ – it first aired on September 16th, 1985 – and boulder-hill.net is going to make sure to commemorate the occasion with a big update.