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.
As many of you know, last year the M.A.S.K. community got the date of M.A.S.K.’s anniversary wrong. This year Howard Cosell is here to help set the record straight. Alright, not really, but he is on the cover of the Sep. 28 – Oct. 4 issue of TV Guide that first lists M.A.S.K. The description, while not wrong, does not give a very complete picture of what the show really is. So, with the date finally settled let’s get down to the fun stuff!
Alright, now on to the real update!
The first addition is a copy of Kenner’s Action Toy Guide from 1988. The Action Toy Guides were basically miniature catalogs promoting upcoming releases. The 1988 edition included promos for M.A.S.K., SilverHawks, The Real Ghostbusters and others. All of the M.A.S.K. vehicles in this catalog are from the final series of toys, Split Seconds. Probably the most interesting thing about this particular edition is that it includes an image and write-up for Thunderball, one of the two unproduced toys (the other being Ramp-Up). Thunderball would have been a water tower that housed a missile launcher controlled by Cliff Dagger. Some prototypes of Thunderball did make it out to the world, and if they appear on the market tend to command a very high price. If you would like to scroll through the M.A.S.K. portion of the guide it can now be found in the Magazines area.
Just like last year, I am trying to cover as many areas of the site as possible with my anniversary post. That being said let’s move on to the next addition. The Toy section Boulder-Hill.net has gained two new boxes. The first is the box for Ali Bombay’s Bullet. Unfortunately, the original owner cut out the UPC code on the back, but otherwise the box is still in great shape and shows off the art perfectly. The second box belongs to Dusty’s Billboard Blast. The European box has been visible on the site for some time and now the U.S. release joins it. Both vehicles were from the third series of toys or the Racing Series and can be found there.
Moving right along. Some visitors might be familiar with the name Ralph Baer. He was an inventor and video game creator. Sadly, Baer passed away at the end of 2014. A number of years ago Baer was filmed discussing and showcasing some of the games and toys he worked on. One of these was the technology for M.A.S.K.’s Laser Command, which can be seen in the video. If you would like to watch the clip it is located in the Video page of Boulder-Hill.net.
This brings us to the other part of the Media area, Audio. In an effort to make Boulder-Hill.net your one stop shop for everything M.A.S.K. the original theme song has been added. Originally only the extended version was available. This was an oversight, now both versions are easily found here.
Swinging back around to toys, it’s time to add another figure to the site. Boris ‘The Czar’ Bushkin and his mask Comrade are now up on the site. Boris drove Bulldog, which was added to Boulder-Hill.net a few months back, Bulldog and Boris were part of the Racing Series and only appeared in the second season of the show. As a character from the ’80s both his name and his mask are obvious stereotypes. The Comrade mask fired red stars that caused confusion to his enemies. You can take a look at Boris in the M.A.S.K. Agents section.
If you are looking to add some new M.A.S.K. swag to your collection then you are in luck. The Boulder-Hill.net Redbubble store now has two new stickers available for purchase. The first is none other than the sites namesake, Boulder Hill itself. And the second is M.A.S.K.’s mobile command vehicle, Rhino! Both stickers are priced as affordably as possible, at less than $3.00, hopefully anyone who wants one can get one. As always, if there is something in particular you would like made available on the store just send an email.
Next up, let’s mix some new merchandise with some old. As anyone who follows the site knows, M.A.S.K. had more than its fair share of silly merchandise and today we have a prime example of that. Boulder-Hill.net proudly presents the… M.A.S.K. Windsock! Wait, what? That’s right folks, a M.A.S.K. Windsock. Produced by Spectra Star Kites in 1985, there is very little to say about this product. Except that the manufacturer would like you to know that this windsock requires ‘NO ASSEMBLY’. How would you assemble a windsock? I would love to be able to say this is an amazing piece of M.A.S.K. history, but that would be a lie. This was another item with the sole job of separating parents from their money. If you’d like to see larger photos of the windsock they can be found in the Merchandise area.
The last part of today’s M.A.S.K. extravaganza is to announce a new section for the site. Every M.A.S.K. vehicle came with an insert explaining how to apply the stickers, transform it and how to put the mask on the figure (this part seems a little unnecessary). Our new Instructions area is an effort to digitize as many instruction sheets as possible in high quality for everyone to enjoy. Our launch begins with five sheets already up, they are:
- Boulder Hill
- The Collector
This is just a start, visitors can expect more sheets to be added as time goes on. In fact, the instruction sheets for Piranha and Switchblade are in the works.
With that, the Boulder-Hill.net 30th Anniversary update is going to draw to a close. But! If you want more M.A.S.K. excitement don’t forget to check out Wyatt and Jason at Agents of M.A.S.K. and Bill from Matt-Trakker.com. Both sites also have their own anniversary stuff going on, including live podcasts and giveaway contests.