Pre-order Starts: October 16, 2012 9 a.m. PT Minimum Production Goal: November 12, 2012 11:59 p.m. PT GOAL HIT! Pre-order Ends: January 4, 2013 9 a.m. PT
UPDATE: You did it! The troops rallied and Castle Grayskull® is saved! A huge, heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who pre-ordered before 11/13. Not only did you hit the goal, you demolished it! Pre-orders are now open through Friday, January 4, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT.
Standing solitary in the desolate lands of Eternia®, the legendary Castle Grayskull® offers sanctuary for He-Man® and those who stand for all that is good. An essential component in the original Masters of the Universe® toy line, this long-awaited icon is finally available for pre-order. Whether you’re a dedicated fan of the original series or new to the Classics line, no collection will truly be complete without Castle Grayskull®!
Our all-new Castle Grayskull® playset is slated for a late 2013 release. Because it’s still in its very earliest stage, the final design is subject (and likely) to change. Why are we offering it for pre-order now and asking you to make a commitment when the design hasn’t been finalized?Because the production cycle for an item like this takes over a year and is extremely costly. Here’s everything we can tell you at this time, but one thing’s for sure… it’s going to be the biggest, most iconic, most detailed, most accessorized piece of Masters of the Universe® real estate ever built!
It’s Castle Grayskull®!
Ideally, the set will include everything shown in the “B sheet” product drawings to the left, but please remember these are working drawings and aren’t final yet. We hope to reveal the final sculpt around New York Toy Fair in February 2013.
If produced, this will be the largest, most ambitious MOTUC item ever made – the dimensions are expected to be somewhere around 25”h x 26”w x 28”d (subject to change) and it’s in scale with most MOTUC figures (your MOTUC He-Man® will fit through the front door). See the video below featuring a foam mockup for an idea of how big this thing really is!
Castle Grayskull will be nestled safely in a closed box featuring all new art by Rudy Obrero, the very same artist who created the original box art (as well as the MOTUC Wind Raider and Granamyr™ box art). As an added bonus, everyone who pre-orders will have the chance to vote on which heroes and villains will appear on the package art.
Every order will also include an exclusive Masters of the Universe® Classics checklist! This full-color illustrative poster will be consistent in size to the Club Eternia® maps and feature every MOTUC figure released at the time of production.
The overall sculpt will be based on the original 1981 prototype, with the addition of an extra battle ledge, elongated jaw/face, a removable minaret on top of the dome and more!
Just like the vintage toy, it will be a two-sided foldout but there will be three levels to show off your MOTUC figures (in scale with most of our 6.5” figures). The vintage set only had two levels, but we’ve added another across the top for maximum display options.
Two secret doors – the first, a traditional door that opens out the back, and the second one, a secret brick wall that exits to the outside ledge.
Trap door leading to the dungeon (of course) that has an opening door, plus “locks” and chains to hold one figure.
Throne fits most MOTUC figures – who will rule your Castle Grayskull®?
Bat wing jet pack and training device were both cut from the vintage prototype and finally get a chance at production!
Working elevator like the ‘81 prototype had, but we’ve added back the red skull on top that was cut. The elevator goes to all three levels, not just two levels like vintage toy.
Real opening Jawbridge – just like you remember, only better!
Have Wind Raider? The playset will include an attachment so you can be ready for air-battle at a moment’s notice (and create a complete diorama).
Secret Orb room is hidden inside the dome.
Removable ladder to the roof leads to a blaster and the flag of Castle Grayskull®.
Carrying handle is optional for easy transport or clean display.
Did we mention… it’s Castle Grayskull®!
Everyone who pre-orders from October 16, 2012, through January 4, 2013 at 9 a.m PT is guaranteed to receive a playset and the exclusive collector cross-sell checklist. Some sets will be available on MattyCollector.com after pre-orders are fulfilled, but the price will be significantly higher and it will not include the cross-sell checklist. They’re highly likely to sell out fast so if you want Castle Grayskull® (and the checklist), a pre-order is the best way to ensure you get it.
When you place your order, the card you used will be “pre-authorized” for a zero dollar amount. This pre-authorization simply verifies that the card is valid. You will NOT be charged until your order ships, at which time you’ll be billed for the product, shipping costs, and any taxes/fees.
Placing pre-orders online via MattyCollector.com is limited to 20 sets per customer. You can still order as many as like, but orders for more than 20 sets need to be placed with our Customer Service team at 1-877-GO-MATTY. Just give them a call and they’ll be glad to help you.
Please note this item will weigh approximately 20 lbs. Because this item is so large, shipping charges will be substantially higher than items we normally sell.
This item is scheduled for late 2013 shipment. We’ll send an email reminder about a month before the product is scheduled to ship. If you need to change your address or credit card information at that time, you’ll have plenty of notice.
One last thing… because this is a work-in-progress, features may be added or removed from the proposed design, but we can’t confirm anything now. We’re as stoked as you are by the prospect of finally having a Castle Grayskull® playset and Mattel will do everything we can to ensure we deliver as much value as possible!