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MOTU Classics Castle Grayskull Pre-Orders have begun!

UPDATE: Good news for international fans! Reports have been coming in that Matty has adjusted the shipping costs on international orders. They are about half the cost now, which most seem to report as being accurate. Thank goodness!

Original: The pre-order for the Masters of the Universe Classics Castle Grayskull playset have opened up on MattyCollector.com. You can Pre-Order it and read the full details of the playset here.

The final cost of the playset is $250.00 plus shipping/taxes. Matty will not charge you for the playset until it ships, which isn’t until December 2013. So I guess you’ve got a little over a year to actually save up for it, which is kind of nice.

Shipping costs are already looking really high on this one, though. For me, shipping and taxes to Illinois ran $54. Already, many International fans are reporting shipping prices as high as $200, which is incredibly steep. So be warned, this is not going to be a cheap purchase.

So here’s the question: will the shipping charges keep you from ordering? And also, do we think the high shipping costs will hurt the overall chances of the goal being met in order to actually produce the playset?

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  • Paul K says:

    Definate 'pass' for me, unfortunately – United Kingdom VAT will add an extra $50 to the price, then add a $10 "handling fee" from the post office and that's BEFORE the postage costs, which will be astronomical.

  • Mario says:

    Tough call. The reality remains that the item needs to be shipped to get to it's destination. The item is huge, & shipping ain't cheap. Mattel's not making money on shipping. It's a bullet that has to be bit.

  • Meady says:

    I'll stick to my 200x castle thanks uk

  • ADPriceless says:

    I'm in the UK and was budgetting $75 for shipping – all in was expecting the price to hit £250 (approx $375). If the shipping is much higher than this then I just can't see me biting – definitely not if it is $200!!!

    I love the Castle but there has to be a limit somewhere…

  • thomas says:

    I may get 2.

  • He-Maniac says:

    What's the point of preordering now? If it reaches the goal the preorder will be extended. So why not wait to see if it makes it then order. I guess if its close you might want to help send it over the goal, but it doesn't come close I wouldn't bother ordering. Kind of a head scratcher of a process.

  • Feroz Nazir says:

    As much as I want one, it's just too expensive for me.

    Makes me wish there was something like a Mattel department in Europe so the shipping costs wouldn't be so high and there wouldn't be any additional fees.

    Why not work a modular castle line with several parts (towers, walls, doors) being sold separately?
    This way you could build your own version of Castle Grayskull and make it as extensive/expensive as you want/need it to be.

  • CinemaViper says:

    Guys, you have over a FULL YEAR to save up for this !! Lets say it would cost you $200 for shipping ( which now, it won’t because Matty has adjusted the shipping prices ) you would only need to save 96 cents a day for 365 days. I’m in SC and my shipping is $56. Not bad considering it’s a 3 story, 2 sided castle with a base and accessories!! I preordered yesterday to help hit the mark, if it’s extended, I’ll order a second one. We have waited 30 years for this to be remade ( and seriously upgraded) The 200x castle has flimsy and narrow floors and is far from intimidating next to my classics figures. Besides, if you order now and they don’t reach the quota, you pay NOTHING! I’m all in for the greatest toy to be made since the original castle, who’s with me ?

  • Frequincy says:

    I preordered 2.

    As a child, the jaw bridge tab broke upon installing it, I was devastated lol. Then the next year, while in the hospitial for a leg surgery, my older brother bought me a second one. After teenage and college years when I got into collecting and going through all my old toys, this memory occured to me. I wondered why I had doubles of the castle accessories and then I remembered him bringing the box into the room while I lay in that hospitial bed.

    I look forward to opening one and keeping the other, as I have no doubt the box art will be beautiful. That's if they meet the minimum for preorders. The pessimist in me seems to think they will not, but I might be suprised. We shall see.

    BTW, shiping was less by ordering 2 in one order then in two seperate orders, so if anyone wants 2, I'd order them together. I'm in IL and for 2 shipping was 76 and change.

  • Adam M. says:

    pre ordering later this week ! couldnt afford the sub this year but i can save up for this. i cant wait !

  • Chris Perez says:

    I personally ordered two because I'd really like one to play with and one to possibly get graded and cased for the future. I'm really looking forward to it and for the two of them to ship to Milwaukee was $95 so thats not terrible. I really hope this goes through so we could maybe get that Snake Mountain!!!!

  • Rahh says:

    Oh I can't wait to see this in the flesh (if it makes it into production). I ordered 1 and the shipping to New Zealand was $107!! Oh well how EPIC are the figures going to look displayed with this. I'd really love another so I can have in interior displayed, but have other priorities.

  • Gabriel says:

    I'm a bit disappointed with the Castle design. They are revamping the 1980's Grayskull with 2 sides that fold out, instead of going all-out on a huge, dominating Fortress of Power. I was expecting much more for the "Classics" line, especially the way they've been enlarging and updating the old figures. Re-hashing the same fold-out Grayskull design seems very un-epic. I like the idea of releasing "pieces" of Grayskull bit by bit, until the end result is massive. Just my opinion…

  • Tyrantisaurus Rex says:

    Love this castle. I had in my childhood, I buyed the 200X and now I'll get this one as well. I have no idea where I'm gonna place it, but it must be mine!

  • Feroz Nazir says:

    There is a video of Toyguru presenting a cheaper alternative to the Grayskull plastic castle on he-man.org:

    Actually, it’s not an alternative, but a scale comparison of the old castle Grayskull playset compared to the proposed classics version.

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