Tuesday, 16 September 2014

#MASKday - Open Letter to Hasbro

When I first discussed the idea of a joint "M.A.S.K. Day" with fellow M.A.S.K. sites I had no idea how much support - if any - we would receive.  After starting the #assembleMASK campaign and the Bring Back M.A.S.K. Change.org Petition, I was looking for a way of boosting these campaigns.

Although the comics were my route into M.A.S.K., the World of Illusion, when Jason from Agents of M.A.S.K. suggested that we make the 16th of September #MASKday - the air date of the first cartoon episode - we all agreed.  

Perhaps, from my perspective, that was fate.  In September 2009, I started the very first steps of writing my script which has then led me on this incredible five year journey.  I've met some great people along the way via my blog and Facebook Page - set up after I eventually finished off my script a couple of years ago.

I guess I was maybe somewhat naive in thinking that if I wrote a script it would be made into a movie.  Perhaps the imagination to write a script gave me the hope to believe.

It was only after I finished the script that I found out all of the Trademarks for M.A.S.K. had not been renewed and cancelled by default.  My dreams shattered, I wasn't going to let that phase me.

My imagination ran wild again; this time working on ideas to protect the characters, vehicles and masks we have come to love - to allow Hasbro to bring back this great franchise.

I have tried the direct approach with Hasbro - this has failed.  When you contact a company with ideas they see this as "Soliciting".  This doesn't go down too well.

Therefore, I'm going for the subtle approach with an Open Letter to Hasbro - which I would like all of you to share for me.

All I'm asking for is the chance to share my ideas with Hasbro - with the aim or bringing back M.A.S.K.  We all know that the original toys were made by Kenner, however Kenner was bought over by Tonka which in turn was sold to Hasbro.

I assume that at the time all of the designs for the toys were passed over - it was just the Trademarks that were lost.

I believe that Hasbro are keen to have M.A.S.K. as part of their lineup.  They have Trademarked the term "M.A.S.K. - Mobile Armored Strike Kommand".

There have been various sightings of M.A.S.K. characters cropping up such as the G. I. Joe Anniversary and the mention of the M.A.S.K. division in the Transformers cartoon.

I'd heard a rumour of a comic release by IDW, for a convention I believe, that featured M.A.S.K. as a specialist Police Task Force.  Up until today, when Darren Gregson shared some images with me, I had never seen any proof of this.

The picture to the right is taken from the front cover an you'll see another well-known Hasbro toy featured below - Jem and The Holograms.

Some of you may be aware that Jem and The Holograms are currently getting the Live Action Treatment from Hasbro Films.

Isn't it time that M.A.S.K. made a comeback?

Transformers; G.I Joe; Battleship; and more great movies on the way from Hasbro Films based on our favourite toys.

All we are missing is the best one of them all M.A.S.K. - Mobile Armored Strike Kommand!

Do I think this could be as bit a success as Transformers?  Perhaps not.  But I do believe that it could do better than G. I. Joe - which had mixed reviews from fans.

That is why five years ago this month I started my script.  Unknown to me on the other side of the Atlantic Jason and Wyatt had a similar idea.

Unfortunately, neither my script nor Wyatt and Jason's are likely to be made into a movie if Hasbro don't have the means to protect their interests.

That is why I'm asking Hasbro to allow me to discuss my ideas with them.  There is a good chance that my ideas may not work.  However, I have quite an analytical mind - combined with a great imagination and I feel that I have come up with great solutions to challenges faced by Hasbro.

I'm sure that anyone reading my blog will agree that M.A.S.K. is long overdue a return.

Hasbro, please let the fans of M.A.S.K. help you bring back this great franchise, if you are indeed entitled to the Trademarks.

Thank you.

And many more....

Remember to sign the Bring Back M.A.S.K. Petition at Change.org

When I post this I'll be live on Facebook until 11:30pm (BST/GMT+1) for chat and comments and remember the great M.A.S.K. Book I'm giving away - for your chance to win you need to -

  • Like my post on Facebook
  • Share my post on Facebook
  • Make a comment on my post that must contain - #assembleMASK #Hasbro #MASKday #MASKComics
Thank you for your continued Support!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

#MASKday Giveaways

Darren Gregson of Back to the Old Drawing Board is giving away a superb hand drawn picture of Thunderhawk in honour of #MASKday.

Matt-Trakker.com is giving away one of his brilliant T-Shirts for #MASKday.

When I first came up with the idea of a day to promote M.A.S.K., I thought it would be a good idea to do a giveaway!  But, unlike the sites above, apart from my Script, I haven't any other creative talents!

So, I thought that I'd giveaway a copy of "The Deathstone" novelisation.

The copy that I'm giving away is second hand and in Fair Condition.

These are actual images of the book being given away.

On the 16th of September I will be logging into my M.A.S.K. Comics Facebook Page to host an event for all M.A.S.K. fans.  I'll be available from 8.30pm BST (British Summer Time - GMT+1) for approx 3 hours.

I'll make a post on my site and all you have to do is like & share the post and make a comment that must include "#assembleMASK #Hasbro #MASKday #MASKComics".  Ideally, as I'm going to be online, it would be good to have some questions and have a chat going on with as many M.A.S.K. fans as possible.

It would be great chance for us to all interact.

For those of you not available for the three hours when I'm live, you'll have 24 hours to leave your comments on my page to be eligible to enter the competition.

Myself and the rest of the M.A.S.K. Community are looking to promote the "hashtags" in an attempt to get them trending.  As well as this, it would be great if you could all sign the petition to Bring Back M.A.S.K.

I will then enter all of the names of everyone commenting into a Macro which will randomly select a winner - this will be done the weekend following the 16th of September.

Matt-Trakker.com are asking everyone change their profile picture in the run up to #MASKday and below there are two variations - depending on your Countries Date Format - please use one most applicable to you.

Let's make sure that the first #MASKday is a success and watch out for news of other events happening on other M.A.S.K. fan sites.

If you have a M.A.S.K. fan site or any other site and would like to get involved and be promoted - please feel free to E-mail Me Here!

Thank you for your support - and lets Bring it back!!

#assembleMASK #Hasbro #MASKComics

G.I. Joe's Taurus - M.A.S.K.'s Alex Sector

Coming from the UK, I never grew up with G.I. Joe.  Palitoy made the 12" Action Man, which was our version of Joe, which was then called Action Force when the smaller Figures were introduced.

Then in the mid-80's, G.I. Joe replaced Action Force.  I never watched the cartoons but did collect the comics.

A while back, I bought a copy of the G.I. Joe - The Movie cartoon for £1.  I put it on for my son and whilst watching it, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between the Joe's Taurus and M.A.S.K.'s Alex Sector - 

Anyone else agree?

Whilst on the subject of Alex Sector, I came across this great image over at Deviant Art -

From what I can tell, some dude commissioned the work - I guess with his beard and bald head, he must've had come comments about looking like Alex Sector and decided to go for it...

The boys over at Agents of M.A.S.K. are looking to Recast a movie - so if you have any suggestions for who could play Alex Sector in a movie - head over there now!

Remember the Bring back M.A.S.K. Campaign is still going strong - feel free to make your way over to Change.org and sign the petition.

#MASKday is coming on the 16th of September - keep that day free and keep up-to-date with all of your favourite M.A.S.K. sites - including the M.A.S.K. Comics Facebook Page!

#assembleMASK #MASKComics #Hasbro