Stuff I Consider Bullshit : Power-Con Pandhandling

Within the last week, I’ve seen several blogs pleading for people to support Power-Con. I’m all for conventions and celebrations of Fandom but it seems like every time He-Man is attached to something in the realm of any media, someone is begging and pleading for something. I’m also all for drumming up support for a worthy cause but it seems like this may be the end of the line for He-Man. It’s had a good run over the last decade or more with the 200X revival, the Four Horsemen Studios, NECA, the Classics line, and successful years of Power-Con. That’s all stuff to be proud of especially those involved at the top, but as the image says “all toy lines must end”.

I love supporting Fandoms, even when they are things that aren’t my interest. I give away My Little Pony figures, give away tickets to conventions to people who’d enjoy it more than I would, and I cover a wide range of toys and collectibles on my website. I liked He-Man when I was growing up, I did like Thundercats better but everyone seems to have better memories of He-Man for some reason. In the passing years the fans have been wanting a new He-Man cartoon and figure line but when it comes time to support it, they get fickle about pulling out their wallets. But it’s a great struggle, Mattel pulls support from their lines due to lack of support from the fans and fans pull their support due to lack of product released by Mattel. It’s a vicious cycle but in the end it boils down to best business practices in favor of Mattel. Granted, Mattel has shown their ass on a couple of instances with the He-Man lines so maybe the fans wavering support is warranted.

(remember this bullshit?)

Those in charge of Power-Con have not wowed me over the last few years. There’s been a lot of in-fighting between different groups, the openly trashing of Emiliano Santalucia, the main people in charge of the website heman.org treating the Fandom like their own personal sandbox (which is fine by my account but many people haven’t felt like it’s fair), and the constant asking for monetary support to keep things afloat. You’re not good enough to be one of us but do you have some money to spare to help us keep this place up and running is a paradox worthy of a thousand face-palms. I’ve enjoyed my visits but after they trashed Emiliano, things took a turn for the worse. Power-Con has had the feeling of a private party you’re begrudgingly invited to.

(but to be clear, this guy is still a dumb ass)

Conventions aren’t that hard to put together, the hardest part is securing and paying celebrity talent to show up. I won’t go into long details but even a complete moron can run a show and break even in the end, even if that means putting your own money into the show and paying yourself back from the receipts. If you’re any good at what you do with conventions you can make a decent living off of them. With the poor planning by moving the convention across the country to New York from California and not opting for having TMNT be a part of the convention (in a movie year no less) are two of the many reason I’d point my finger to if the convention fails.

(I just like this photo, all credit to the artist.)

In the end, He-Man is a fringe interest. It’s a strong fringe interest but still not strong enough to carry itself like Star Wars or one of the major comic book stories out there. I don’t like seeing things fail that bring people happiness and generate a buzz for anything to do with toys or anything 80s or 90s. But in the end it won’t be the fan’s fault if Power-Con goes broke, it’ll be those who made the bad decisions in the first place.

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Batman Unlimited: The Dark Knight Returns Batman by Mattel

 

Batman Unlimited has been an interesting line from the seemingly flailing Mattel DC Universe series. Admittedly the DC Universe 6 inch figures were doing very well from what I could tell. Figures were flying off the shelves and seemed like they were out with a new series every few months. The beginning of the end was the Matty Collector DC Club Infinite Earths subscription. Same price per figure in the store plus shipping and no build-a-figure piece. Granted the line did produce a Metron with his chair and Monsieur Mallah with the Brain but we also got a weak Golden Age Flash and pathetic Poison Ivy. Anyways, with DC Universe being a thing of the past and Club Infinite Earths on the verge of being shut down, Mattel produced the Batman Unlimited series to keep fans involved till the ’66 Batman classics line hits shelves later this summer.

 

Through the Batman Unlimited line we’ve gotten some stellar figures. A pretty good line up of Injustice: God’s Among Us video game based figures, “Kenner Super Powers” influenced Penguin, Planet X Batman and Earth 43 Batman (Crimson Mist Vampire). But the stand out figure from the line is by far the Dark Knight Returns Batman. I’ll be the first to admit I love the sculpting on most of the DC Direct figures but sometimes the play value suffers from the lack of articulation. The newer Batman: Arkham City figures from DC Direct and some of the larger “Deluxe” figures are sporting more impressive articulation though so don’t count them out yet. The Dark Knight Returns Batman though was a figure people were speculating on for a while now, especially with the fact DC and Masters of the Universe are shared brands of Mattel. The over-muscular body of the He-Man figures lends itself very well to the aging Bruce Wayne from my favorite Frank Miller Batman book.

 

The Mattel Dark Knight Rises Batman sports your average Masters of the Universe Classics articulation (swivel/pivot at the neck, shoulders and hips. swivel at the waist, wrists and top of the bicep and pivot at the ankles, knees and elbows.) The sculpt is from none other than Mattel’s go to guys for epic toys, the Four Horsemen. It’s apparent all over the figure from the detail on the utility belt, folds in the costume’s gloves, the top scallop of the boots and Batman’s grim and grissled expression. The figure comes packaged with a lonely batarang but for a series that’s usually devoid of accessories it’s an OK throw in.

 

There’s only a few complaints in my mind. The cape is made of a softer plastic / vinyl but it has such a stiff look to it. The cape does not retain any poses, it looks like Alfred over starched when doing the laundry. The batarang is just this thin sliver of bat-shaped plastic that is just kind of lost in Batman’s giant hands. Not sure what could have been done to make it better but it just feels like the figure could have done without the batarang altogether. My last complaint is with the bat symbol on his chest. I know it costs more to put additional sculpting on a figure but I was hoping for the bat symbol to be raised or have some kind of relief to it. My complaints are small and damn near unnoticeable, all in all I give the figure a solid 4 1/2 stars. Don’t hesitate grabbing this figure, it’s available for decent prices on Amazon and Big Bad Toy Store (roughly $18 and that’s not bad considering it’s $15 at
retail).

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