M.A.S.K. is Relevant Despite Being Overlooked by Toy and Production Companies.
29 years have passed, we have seen a revival of Transformers, He-Man, GI Joe, Thundercats, Voltron and a few other popular 80’s cartoons. One thing these cartoons have in common was their great action figures and toys to go along with the cartoon.
When I accidently found my Matt Trakker figure while cleaning one day back in 2001, it sparked my memory of M.A.S.K. and just how much I loved that show and toy line when I was a kid. I can remember when I received these toys as gifts. I’m sure my brother and I spent a good amount of time with these, most likely throwing them at each other and calling it “playing”.
As I started to re-collect M.A.S.K. items, I started small. I didn’t have a lot of space to display so I started with the figures. I eventually completed my figure set while also completing my vehicle set a few years after. These toys still hold up today, they still spark the imagination of anyone who looks upon them, wishing that their car could fly.
When Hasbro released a Matt Trakker figure in their GI Joe line, it created a nice buzz in the M.A.S.K. community. We all had hopes that more would follow with some sort of rebirth. We are still hoping.
My niece, Isalina and my nephew, Mark visit us from time to time. They like to go into Uncle Bill’s toy room (my office) to look upon everything. They never once asked me why we can’t play with these toys though. They realize that these toys were mine when I was a kid and that they are somewhat of an investment. That doesn’t mean they don’t get their own toys to play with when they visit though, they are well taken care of. In fact, Mark has a few M.A.S.K. toys of his own.
Hasbro, Isalina and Mark watched M.A.S.K. for the first time recently and really enjoyed it. Because they enjoyed it so much, I wanted to let them experience what I have on display in my office to see what a definitive 80’s icon looks like up close. For your enjoyment, here is a brief five minute video of two kids who are relatively new to M.A.S.K. but found a way to have fun. Imagine what would happen if there was a new wave of action figures or a new cartoon.
To follow up that great video, we have people who have movie scripts written for M.A.S.K. Our friends at Agents of M.A.S.K. have been a key contributor to the M.A.S.K. community and we hope that one day, someone who has a keen eye for projects with great potential will help them create a great piece of art.
My fellow M.A.S.K. site owners and fans alike want to pass on the memories of M.A.S.K. to younger generations and also share in some new ones someday. With our M.A.S.K. Day campaign, we hope that you see that the fans of this cartoon / toy line are still here and ready for you to start paying the electric bill at Boulder Hill once again to start generating some ideas to bring back this 80’s icon. We eagerly await your response.
Thank you for your time,