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.
Thirty years ago, if you wanted M.A.S.K. toys you couldn’t go on eBay and type in a few key words and have them magically appear in front of you. The options were a lot more limited. Kids could either drag their parents into a toy or department store, or, they could look through one of the big Christmas catalogs that were put out each year. Unfortunately, we can’t still order from them. But as a Christmas treat, I am happy to present the Montgomery Ward Christmas Gifts ’85 catalog M.A.S.K. pages!
Seeing these catalog pages really makes you wish for a time machine. Who wouldn’t want to sleep in their M.A.S.K. sleeping bag, or eat a bowl of cereal wearing M.A.S.K. pajamas. At least we can enjoy these pictures. With that said, merry Christmas and a happy new year, see you in 2016!
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.
Today 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!
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!
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.
Boulder-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.
In 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!
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.
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!
Now that M.A.S.K. Day is over and the craziness has died down things can go back to their regular, calm pace. Today’s post is to put up a new piece of art by the the master draftsman, Darren Gregson. A fan favorite for sure, his newest work is of the M.A.S.K. big rig – Rhino.
This new work of Darren’s will be joining his others on the Artwork page, where you can also see it in full size!
The other addition today comes to us from back in the 1980s, when M.A.S.K. was first in production. This is an original pencil drawing from the production of the second season of M.A.S.K., commonly known as the Racing Series. The image shows Matt Trakker in his Goliath uniform and Boris ‘The Czar’ Bushkin in his only outfit, for Bulldog (or Bulldoze for those in Europe). This pencil drawing is from the original animation process, this is not a reproduction! The full size image has been added to the Merchandise of Boulder-Hill.net.
That is going to do it for today. As always there is more to add than can be done in a single post. So come back soon and see what’s new!
Happy anniversary to our favorite cartoon! M.A.S.K. – Mobile Armored Strike Kommand – is celebrating the 29th anniversary of the original release of the show. If you follow the site you know that there has been a TON of work going on to get ready for this day. This article will take you through all the different things that have been happening, both here and on other M.A.S.K. sites. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
This morning, our friend Paul – of PaulPants.com – sent over an email to let us know that his completely original Spectrum and Viper posters are going back into production. For those who have never seen them, the first run was printed at 18″ x 24″. This second run will be at a slightly reduced size of 12″ x 16″. The plus side is that Paul is able to price them to fly off the virtual shelf – only twenty dollars! The original run was beautiful and glossy on heavy poster paper and Paul says these will look just as good. Fair warning, the posters have not been printed yet. This is a pre-order, the printed posters will begin shipping on August 18th (roughly one month from now). Continue reading