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UPDATED: MOTUC Castle Greyskull up for pre-order

Update: As of November 13th Mattel is reporting that they have received enough pre-orders to go ahead with production on this. Congrats He-Fans and She-Ravers!


I know it is not new news for some but  was curious what readers thought of this On the plus side it's a Four Horsemen designed 3 level playset. On the downside it's not even a protype yet, expensive and paid for site-unseen. If you are a MOTUC collector are you in for this or passing? And why?

Pre-order Starts: October 16, 2012 9 a.m. PT

Minimum Production Goal: November 12, 2012 11:59 p.m. PT

If Goal Reached, Pre-order Ends: January 3, 2013 11:59 p.m. PT

Standing solitary in the desolate lands of Eternia®, the legendary Castle Grayskull® offers sanctuary for He-Man® and those who stand for all that is good. An essential component in the original Masters of the Universe® toy line, this long-awaited icon is finally available for pre-order. Whether you’re a dedicated fan of the original series or new to the Classics line, no collection will truly be complete without Castle Grayskull®!

Our all-new Castle Grayskull® playset is slated for a late 2013 release. Because it’s still in its very earliest stage, the final design is subject (and likely) to change. Why are we offering it for pre-order now and asking you to make a commitment when the design hasn’t been finalized? Because the production cycle for an item like this takes over a year and is extremely costly. If we don’t reach the minimum pre-order goal by November 10th, we can’t go forward.

So, here’s everything we can tell you at this time…

Product Features

  • It’s Castle Grayskull®!
  • Ideally, the set will include everything shown in the “B sheet” product drawings to the left, but please remember these are working drawings and aren’t final yet.
  • If produced, this will be the largest, most ambitious MOTUC item ever made – the dimensions are expected to be somewhere around 25”h x 26”w x 28”d (subject to change).
  • The overall sculpt will be based on the original 1981 prototype, with the addition of an extra battle ledge, elongated jaw/face, a removable minaret on top of the dome and more!
  • Just like the vintage toy, it will be a two-sided foldout but there will be three levels to show off your MOTUC figures (in scale with most of our 6.5” figures). The vintage set only had two levels, but we’ve added another across the top for maximum display options.
  • Two secret doors – the first, a traditional door that opens out the back, and the second one, a secret brick wall that exits to the outside ledge.
  • Trap door leading to the dungeon (of course) that has an opening door, plus “locks” and chains to hold one figure.
  • Throne fits most 6.5” MOTUC figures – who will rule your Castle Grayskull®?
  • Bat wing jet pack and training device were both cut from the vintage prototype and finally get a chance at production!
  • Working elevator like the ‘81 prototype had, but we’ve added back the red skull on top that was cut. The elevator goes to all three levels, not just two levels like vintage toy.
  • Real opening Jawbridge just like you remember, only cooler!
  • Have Wind Raider? The playset will include an attachment so you can be ready for air-battle at a moment’s notice (and create a complete diorama).
  • Secret Orb room is hidden inside the dome.
  • Removable ladder to the roof leads to a blaster and the flag of Castle Grayskull®.
  • Carrying handle is optional for easy transport or clean display.
  • Did we mention… it’s Castle Grayskull®!


Ordering Information


  • Castle Grayskull® will only be produced if the minimum production goal is reached by November 10, 2012. If the minimum number of pre-orders is received by November 10, we’ll continue to accept pre-orders through January 3, 2013.
  • If production goes forward, everyone who pre-orders is guaranteed to receive a playset. Some sets will be available on after pre-orders are fulfilled, but the price will be significantly higher and you won’t be guaranteed to get one. If you want one, a pre-order is the best way to ensure you get it.
  • When you place your order, the card you used will be “pre-authorized” for a zero dollar amount. This pre-authorization simply verifies that the card is valid. You will NOT be charged until the item ships, at which time you’ll be billed for the product, shipping costs, and any taxes/fees.
  • Please note that because this item is so large, shipping charges will be substantially higher than items we normally sell. The shipping weight is 20 lbs.
  • This item is scheduled for late 2013 shipment. We’ll send an email reminder about a month before the product is scheduled to ship. If you need to change your address or credit card information at that time, you’ll have plenty of notice.
  • Should we not reach the minimum pre-order goal, your order will simply be canceled (because there’s no charge until it ships, there’s no refund needed).


One last thing… because this is a work-in-progress, features may be added or removed from the proposed design, but we can’t confirm anything now. We’re seriously as excited as you are by the prospect of finally having a Castle Grayskull® playset and Mattel will do everything to ensure we can deliver as much value as possible!

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Posted 13 November, 2012 - 19:09 by collectdx


4 comments posted
I don't know, if I were into

I don't know, if I were into He-man I think I'd be pretty excited, although since I'm not I don't know if there have been other Castle Greyskull playsets done since the original one. At first I thought they were asking you to commit to buying it without a finalized price, but given the size and assuming that it's well built, 250 doesn't sound completely out of the question. This seems a lot harder to get wrong than Voltron, at any rate. I know that if they made an updated version of the Ghostbuster firehouse with the same level of detail, I'd already have my wallet out.

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Posted by SpaceRunaway on 25 October, 2012 - 18:16
This is a big old pass for

This is a big old pass for me. No knock against the Horsemen, it looks really cool. Even the price isn't that bad all things considered. Displaying it would be a problem. MOTUC figs are about 7 inches tall, so if those drawings up there are in scale then Castle Greyskull is humongous. I'm lugging Matty Voltron all over my house because there simply isn't a decent place to plunk it down, and a giant castle playset would have the same problem. Plus, on the less rational side of things, after subbing for Voltron this year and dealing with Matty and Digital River, I kind of want to see Mattycollector go down in a flaming wreck.

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Posted by GetterVolt on 25 October, 2012 - 19:20
As much as I hate

As much as I hate mattycollector, I will be getting this. I am a life long MOTU fan and never had the vintage castle grayskull as a child. I'm sure the four horsemen will nail this. This is something they have wanted to sculpt since the beginning of the MOTUC line. As far as finding a place to display it, its a good thing I have a year to figure that out :) I have already preordered one.

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Posted by supergonzo1980 on 25 October, 2012 - 21:03
definetly getting one.

definetly getting one. These figures are fun and look great when you have a bunch. A must have for any MOTU fan.

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Posted by The Big R on 26 October, 2012 - 11:17
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