Oh, baby, do you feel that? The first full day of Comic-Con is exactly one week away, and anticipation is starting to run high around the forums. What will be in store for all of our favorite lines? What will Marvel Legends, DC Club Infinite Earths, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and all the rest bring to the table? Just about everyone is starting to speculate, and with every discussion of every line, lots of character names are coming up with their chances ranging from “not in a million years” to “sure bet.” Well, over the next couple of days we will take a look at some of these lines and discuss some of the top character wants by Fwooshers themselves. First up is Masters of the Universe Classics, one of the hottest lines going at the moment. Who is in the running for a debut? Who do the fans demand? Well, a quick inspection of the Masters of the Universe forum has turned up three names that have risen to the top of the pack. Do you think you know who they are? Well, make your guess and then come on in to find out.
Now, this is not a wish list by me personally or by the staff. If it was, you would see a lot more General Sunder, FILMation, and Jitsu on here. It is also not a super-official count of who has some kind of voting numbers. These are just the three characters we have noticed that have separated themselves from the rest of the pack in terms of recent discussion on the boards. Whose time has come? How many years have we been waiting for these guys? Are they way past due? Hmm… Well, I am all about this line going as far into the future as possible, so we have to spread the heavier-hitters around. Please remember: this is not a wish list nor are these predictions. These are the top three that the fans are demanding. I think we stand a pretty good chance to see at least one of these guys, maybe two. If all three were debuted, well, that would be crazy. Do you agree with these names? Disagree? Please sound off in the comments section below or in the forum. Anyhow, here goes:
3. Horde Troopers
We have had two pretty amazing army-builder packs released thus far in the line in the Palace Guards and Snakemen, but the Horde Troopers are the granddaddies of all MOTU army-builders. The only soldier figure to be released in the vintage line, these guys have been demanded since day one. I suppose it is just assumption on the fans’ part about the figure being released in a two-pack (or maybe even a three-pack) since the original figure was single carded, but if you are working with the original MOTU army-builder, you might as well get a multi-pack. Since the Guards and Snakes got the royal treatment in terms of accessories and armor and swappable heads, the possibilities are pretty awesome for this set. Might we see battle damage parts? Toy and FILMation weapons? General Sunder pieces (hint, hint, nudge, nudge)? The Horsemen could run wild. We do know that 2013 subscription sales need a super shot in the arm to ensure we continue on and on for MOTU, and in terms of a large pack as bait, there is not one better than the Horde Troopers.
Classics is pulling from all eras and incarnations of MOTU, and Princess of Power is probably the most crucial piece of MOTU history after the vintage line itself. So far in 2012 we have seen the Great Rebellion’s numbers swell with the Star Sisters and hotly-anticipated Ice Queen Frosta, but the GREAT Rebellion doesn’t quite have the numbers to live up to the name just yet. It seems like even some of the most stalwart PoP deniers are starting to come around to support this mostly feminine faction, and with so many vintage MOTU figures now in the can, the time for PoP and NA is upon us. Here’s the thing, though: Glimmer is so far overdue at this point, it is getting to the point where eyebrows are starting to raise. I mean, She-Ra, Bow, and Glimmer are to PoP as He-Man, Man-at-Arms, and Teela are to MotU — they are the “big three.” Glimmer is crucial. She lead the Rebellion in its formative days, she is the princess of the last free kingdom of Etheria, and it is time for her to come to MOTUC. The fans are demanding it.
1. Ram Man
Was there any doubt here? Rammy has been the carrot at the end of the stick of this line pretty much since it hit its stride. He is a fan favorite, he is an A-list Master, and now that Mekaneck has been revealed for October of this year, he is the last big holdout of the Heroic Warriors. I know he has been held over our heads as a 100% uniquely tooled (and thus, really expensive) figure, and that may be true, but now that FILMation is game, he becomes more of an investment figure too. Guys like General Tataran, King Ahgo, Grox, Tuskador, and a possible few others can utilize pieces of the Ram Man base body. I have to be honest, and this might be slightly crazy, but of all three of these characters, I think Ram Man stands the best chance for a reveal next Friday. He is PRIME sub-bait and even the most discriminating of cherry pickers cannot resist the Rammy.
So what do you think? Is this pretty spot-on or way off? I want give honorable mentions to Two Bad, Hydron, Jitsu (poor Ron), Castaspella, Mantenna, Rattlor, Clamp Champ, Lizard Man, and Sea Hawk — they have all been hot topics as well, and I can see some of them showing up next week, too. Like I said, please sound off and we will be back in a couple of weeks to follow up this article with what will then be reality. Thanks for reading and get set — we will be bringing you Con coverage as usual all next week!