Your Home for Toy News and Action Figure Discussion!

Children Affected by AIDS Foundation Dream Halloween 2008

mattel.gifDream Halloween is right around the corner. This is a fantastic event where Mattel teams created one-of-a-kind collector items to auction off for Children Affected by Aids. This year, among the spectacular toys are two items we showed off first at San Diego Comic Con, the one-of-a-kind Darth Mater and the second and last publically available “Spirit of Grayskull” figures. Both are fantastic collector items with all proceeds from the auction going to a very noble cause.

If you are interested in attending the event or would like more information about bidding from home please go to .

Darth Mater:

It’s Halloween in Radiator Springs and Mater from Disney/Pixar’s CARS has decided to make his own Darth Vader costume!  Using found objects from the local junkyard, he has transformed himself into the not-so-terrifying villain Darth Mater!

Created exclusively for CAAF’s 2008 Dream Halloween auction, Darth Mater is a one-of-a-kind 1:9.5 scale model created by the design team at Mattel in close cooperation with John Lasseter and George Lucas.  Armed with a light-up red lightsaber that pivots from his right front wheel both clockwise and counterclockwise, Darth Mater makes lightsaber and Darth Vader breathing sounds, plays the classic Star Wars “Imperial March” theme, and utters dialogue recorded by Larry the Cable Guy especially for the occasion with funny quotes such as “Luke, I’m your manufacturer!”

Darth Mater comes on a custom-built 21.75” wide by 18.75” deep by 4.75” high base decorated like the floor of the Death Star with flashing LED lights synchronized with the sounds.  The base includes two clear acrylic plaques, one with the Lucasfilm logo signed by Mr. Lucas and the other with the Disney/Pixar logo signed by Mr. Lasseter.  Finally, the model is protected by a 21.75” wide by 18.75” deep by 14.25” high clear acrylic case.

Spirit of Grayskull:

King Grayskull is the first new Masters of the Universe Classic figure from Mattel featuring the first ever highly detailed fully articulated versions of classic Masters of the Universe characters from the world of He-Man and She-Ra. King Grayskull is the ancestor of the heroic warrior He-Man and defended the ancient land of Eternia from the evil forces of King Hssss and Hordak!

To help celebrate the return of Masters of the Universe toys to collector’s shelves, Mattel has created a special variant of their San Diego Comic Con exclusive King Grayskull action figure as a "Spirt" which will forever live in the walls of his castle. Only two editions of this all-clear version of King Grayskull will be made for the public. One was raffled off at SDCC 2008, the second will be auctioned for charity at the Dream Halloween event.

King Grayskull comes complete in a diorama pop out package which folds out to create a mini Castle Grayskull playset featuring flashing energy and the sound of King Grayskull declaring "I have Power!" when the jaw bridge is opened. He includes his shield, battle axe and Power Sword.



Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Priestley, Doris Roberts, Melina Kanakaredes and Marlee Matlin Also Participate in the Halloween Festivities

LOS ANGELES, October 1, 2008 – Honorary event chairs Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith join Host Jamie Lee Curtis to support children affected by AIDS at the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation’s 15th Annual Dream Halloween® Los Angeles.  Celebrities and families will join Joe Cristina, Founder and Board Chair of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (, in Holly-Weird, Mali-Boo, 9021-Uh-Oh and Bel-Scare Estates for a “The LA Scene”-themed Halloween celebration dedicated to children in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean who are affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Priestley, Melina Kanakaredes, Marlee Matlin and Doris Roberts will serve as honorary vice co-chairs for the event. 

This year’s Dream Halloween® Los Angeles takes place at the Barker Hangar in the Santa Monica Air Center from 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm on Saturday, October 25, 2008.  One-of-a-kind dolls created in the likeness of Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith will be presented to them by Bob Eckert,  Chairman and CEO, Mattel, Inc. and Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc.  A one-of-a-kind Hot Wheels® will be made with actor Wilmer Valderrama and presented by Tim Kilpin, Mattel General Manager and Senior Vice President Boys/Entertainment and Jason Priestley, last year’s recipient.  All three celebrities have agreed to auction these unique items during the event with the proceeds benefiting the foundation.

In addition, Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc.  will receive the foundation’s Ribbon of Dreams ® Award in the Children’s Advocate Award Category and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP will be honored in the Industry Award Category for their work in helping the organization achieve its mission.

“World-wide there are more than two million children living with HIV and an additional 15 million who have been orphaned due to AIDS.  Events like Dream Halloween® Los Angeles allow us to raise critical funds to support these children in need,” said Cristina.  “Our gracious sponsors, event attendees, performers and volunteers have helped us to raise more than $30 million since our inception in 1993.”

The LA Scene-themed Los Angeles landmark towns will feature trick-or-treating for toys, costume characters, games, arts and crafts and delicious food from Blue Velvet, Chaya, Citrus at Social, Dessert Alert, Drago Ristorante, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Roy’s of Woodland Hills, Global Cuisine by Gary Arabia, Law Firm of Keesal, Young & Logan, Lucky Strike Lanes, New Zealand Natural Premium Ice Cream, Pastries by Edie, Roy’s Woodland Hills, Sashi Sushi & Sake Lounge, Tanino Ristorante and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Mattel, Inc. and Toys“R”Us, Inc. are Founding and Presenting sponsors of Dream Halloween® Los Angeles. Other event sponsors include American Airlines, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Besser Design Group, Jill and Tom Barad, Freeman Companies, and Latham & Watkins. American Baby and Parenting Magazines are Media partners..  These generous businesses provide the underwriting, travel, décor, toys and other children’s activities that make Dream Halloween® an incredible success each year. 

How to Attend
For tickets and information, call (310) 201-5033.

About CAAF
Worldwide there are more than 33 million people infected with HIV and more than 15 million children orphaned by AIDS.  The number of children affected by AIDS in the U.S. alone is currently estimated at nearly 125,000. 

The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation was founded in Los Angeles in 1993 by Joe Cristina, a Mattel, Inc. executive whose desire to help children was inspired by the outpouring of support he received when he disclosed his own HIV-positive status. It is the only organization devoted to providing social, educational, recreational and other critical support for children impacted by HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and other countries.  CAAF accomplishes its mission domestically and abroad through four programs including domestic grant making, domestic initiatives, international grant making and international initiatives.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *