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.
First 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.
And 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!