probably all heard about the one whose brother's girlfriend's
cousin's dog had the MASK Shark vehicle with Gloria Baker.
Or of course there's the "origin episode that only aired
once." This page will set out to dispel and/or destroy
some of these rumors; but at the same time, let you know which
ones are *true.*
send any additions, comments, whatever my way to MASKAgent@aol.com.And enjoy the page!
Shark vehicle including Gloria Baker. This was "backed
up" by someone claiming in ToyFare magazine
that there was a Gloria mail-in figure offered.
Prognosis: Unrevealed. I know *I* don't remember a Gloria mail-away
and at least in 1986 Kenner claimed there was no
Gloria figure produced. However, several months
before, in early 1986, Kenner did claim Shark was
coming in their next wave. One store in New Jersey
claimed they had it but sold out the morning we
came by; but again, nothing to back this up. Strangely
with all of the MASK fans on the Internet a photo
of a Shark toy has never come up. This is by far
the biggest unsolved mystery among MASK fans.
might also be added that a Gloria figure was produced
to come with the vehicle "Stiletto" in
the Split Seconds line.
now, I still get e-mails about this... and occasional
phonies show up on Ebay.
was a MASK "origin episode" of the cartoon
that explained where all the masks came from.
Prognosis: False. There was a mini-comic that came with
the toys that told the origin of MASK and how Miles
Mayhem betrayed Matt Trakker and his brother. But,
no such episode existed. It was also claimed that
the origin was also only aired once, but if you
look at the facts: The first season of the MASK
cartoon featured 65 episodes -- which was the magic
number for syndication at the time. Why would they
produce an extra episode if they didn't have to?
vehicles slated for the Split Seconds line, Ramp-Up
featuring Hondo MacLean, and Thunderball featuring
Cliff Dagger, were announced but never released.
Prognosis: True. A prototype for Thunderball was even
released in an overseas catalog (see to the right),
but neither toy got past the starting line. Photos
of the "Ramp-Up" vehicle have also surfaced.
If and when a good picture of it can be found, I'll
try and put a photo up.
MASK movie was made and released on video.
Prognosis: False. While there was something called "MASK:
The Movie" and even a "MASK: The Movie
II" released in the U.K., they were just compilations
of several MASK episodes. It was NOT something new
like "G.I. Joe the Movie" was, for example.
"Split Seconds" line of MASK vehicles
is much rarer than the original series, and some
of the toys in that series can now go for hundreds
of dollars on EBay.
Prognosis: True. Such vehicles as Wolfbeast and Skybolt
bring forth the highest costs because of their rarity,
but despite the poorer quality of some of the vehicles,
the "Split Seconds" line of MASK vehicles
is by far the most sought-after by fans. Why? Well
for starters, most fans had already moved on to
other toy lines by the time the Split Seconds came
around, and may not have cared so much anymore.
Also, since sales were lower these vehicles were
much less produced. Finally, some of the vehicles
weren't even released in the United States at all,
so boom -- instantly collectible. Interestingly,
the "Split Seconds" logo appears on U.S.
packaging for these vehicles, but overseas, they
have the old logo.
of the original masks had extra bits to them with
later releases of certain figures.
Prognosis: True. Maybe this is just to say "this
isn't from the first run," maybe it was for
safety issues, but yes, almost every figure that
was rereleased had a bigger mask later on.
am curious if Hondo's Blaster I mask ever looked
exactly as it did on the cartoon, without the extra
bits. I got Firecracker right after it came out,
and at the time, Hondo already had the larger mask.
Rumor: Some really strange MASK vehicles and
knock-offs have appeared in other countries.
Prognosis: True. Check out this "Adventure Pack"
to the right. It's got a Brad Turner figure painted
like Matt Trakker's Jungle Adventure figure, and
his Hocus-Pocus mask which came with Condor.
look below him. Also included apparently is the
motorcyle that came with the Firecracker vehicle,
is by far not the strangest MASK "sighting"
-- some folks have reported seeing a "spy adventure
car" with the exact same design as ThunderHawk!
figures come up for figures in all lines, with very
strange choices for repainting. If you look at the
package art for this one, it almost appears as if
the person wearing a white version on Hondo's Blaster
I mask is Caucasian! At least he fared better than
G.I. Joe's Iceberg, who was not only made white
but put in a pink shirt as well. "Don't ask,
don't tell" I guess they say...
Rumor: There were some other "Adventure
Packs" and action figure packs that were only
available in Europe.
Prognosis: True. Beyond the weird "Adventure Pack"
shown above, there were several more packs and figures
unreleased in the United States.
more "Adventure Packs" were made beyond
the ones originally available in the States, this
time featuring characters from the 2nd (and even
3rd) series before. Figures in these adventure packs
included Hondo MacLean (Hurricane version), Jacques
LaFleur, Maximus Mayhem, and Calhoun Burns. Obviously
as you can see from the picture to the right, the
accessories included with these adventure packs
were quite simple, like the originals. These show
up on EBay from time to time, especially in auctions
originating from Italy. They have names such as
"Sea Attack," "Glider Strike,"
and "Arctic Assault," if you ever happen to see them pop up.
were also several more figure 2-packs that were
not released in the United States. With packaging
to go with the "racing series" line, these
too featured characters which originally came out
with the first line.
included Matt Trakker and Jacques LaFleur (repainted
versions of the figures that came with Volcano),
Floyd Malloy and Bruno Sheppard, and Miles Mayhem
and Nash Gorey (Outlaw versions).
can write in and correct me if I'm wrong, but I
don't believe the Wolfbeast and Skybolt vehicles
were released here in the United States.
Superman comics artist Curt Swan drew several issues
of the US MASK comic, assisted by inks by longtime
cohort Kurt Schaffenberger.
Prognosis: True. The late Swan took over MASK soon after
John Byrne took the reins of Superman in 1986.
MASK comic book in England and other countries lasted
much longer than the American version.
Prognosis: True. While the DC Comics series only lasted
9 issues, there was a British MASK series which
lasted much, much longer (80 issues!) before migrating
over to "Eagle" magazine. They also had
much better artwork than their American counterparts.
Grant Erswell has an excellent MASK UK page you
can get to by clicking here.
(?) MASK comics were still being published in Germany
in the early 1990's.
I said, please send any ideas, corrections, etc.
to me at MASKAgent@aol.com!
for anyone reading this: There was a "vehicle"
that was a packing crate that became a plane, called
"Hornet." What was the story behind that
one? Send some mail if you know!
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