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--- Quote ---thepowercon With the news of California’s plans to be fully reopened by June 15th, Power-Con 2021 is moving ahead with high hopes!

There are a few conditions we are required to honor:
• The California mask mandate is in effect. Adequate face covering is required
• All in attendance must do their best to observe social distancing. We do not know the exact distancing specifics that will be required. Regardless, please be mindful of others
• International Attendees travelling to the USA must be vaccinated.

For domestic Attendees, the current plan does not require proof of testing or vaccination. But this means the total attendance will be limited! And please note that this might change and proof of testing or vaccination may end up being required for domestic Attendees. We have to do whatever the government and the hotel require, and we will post updated information if things change.

Hotel reservations will be opening this Saturday, April 10th at 9am Pacific for our discounted room block at the Hilton Anaheim. We will post more hotel info before Saturday.

Also, the reveals of the Power-Con 2021 exclusives are coming as early as April 15th. But that date can change. Please keep checking back for more info.

Tickets will go on sale shortly after the reveal of the exclusives. Ticket prices for 2021 are $40.00 for Saturday or Sunday, $60.00 for the weekend, and $300.00 for Power Passes. Children 12 and under get in for free. We will have a Non-Attendee option for fans who want the exclusives but cannot attend. More info will be posted soon.

We will be reaching out to returning Exhibitors in the near future. After that we will open up vendor space requests to the public. More info will be posted soon. Volunteer, Press, and Cosplay registration info is also coming soon.

Thanks to everyone for their support of Power-Con and we hope to see you this September 11 & 12 in Anaheim, California!

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--- Quote ---thepowercon Ticket prices for Power-Con 2021 have been posted on our Tickets & Exclusives page on our website. Details and pricing on exclusives is coming soon. Mattel is preparing everything now. We're excited to reveal those in the near future!

Also, the discounted Power-Con hotel block at the Hilton Anaheim, the location of Power-Con, opens to Attendees & Exhibitors tomorrow, Saturday, April 10th, 2021 at 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern on our website. The hotel block is limited so do NOT delay in reserving your room!

IMPORTANT: In order to prevent people from sitting on discounted hotel rooms, the first night's stay will be charged to the cards of those who reserve discounted rooms for Power-Con 2021. So be sure you plan to attend the show before you reserve your room in the discounted hotel block!

Power-Con 2021 celebrates all things He-Man, She-Ra, and related brands. We will have a focus on She-Ra: Princess of Power (seeing as how we didn't get to celebrate last year's 35th anniversary), as well as all the new and exciting product and entertainment for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. We're excited to bring you more news soon. Please spread the word about Power-Con to anyone you know who loves Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power. It's always better to celebrate He-Man and She-Ra with other fans! Thank you so much for your interest and support of Power-Con.

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--- Quote ---thepowercon Thanks to @Mattel we have a look at the Power-Con 2021 exclusives. Once again, they have delivered some incredible @masters fan collectibles that are sure to be exciting for many MOTU fans!

Reveal #1
MOTU Origins: Horde Multi-Pack
$150.00 each plus S/H
Nothing can stop the Evil Horde, and that goes for their awesome figure variants. This MOTU Origins 4-Pack will contain blue-skinned Hordak, dark Grizzlor, a crimson Horde Trooper, and a shadow Horde Trooper.

Reveal #2
MOTU Origins: Faker 2-Pack
$60.00 each plus S/H
What’s better than a MOTU Origins Faker that comes with an orange cingulum militare and Havoc Staff? How about a beast his can call his own? That’s exactly what you get with this 2-Pack of “Leo” Faker and Dupli-Cat, his robotic feline mount.

Reveal #3
MOTU Origins: “Secrets of Grayskull” Accessory Pack
$30.00 each plus S/H
Now that fans have the outstanding Origins Castle Grayskull available for their collection, Mattel expands upon it to make it even better! This pack comes with the castle’s humanoid robot, a 3D dungeon grate that includes a tentacle, and the Spirit of Castle Grayskull. These accessories are a must-have to complete your Grayskull display.

Pre-orders begin next Saturday, May 15th! Details will be posted very soon about the pre-sale. Please keep checking back for more Power-Con 2021 updates, and we hope to see you this September 11 & 12 in Anaheim, California.

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The Power-Con exclusives sold out in an insanely fast amount of time. We have never witnessed anything like this before.

The traffic to our server (which is a very robust server) was so strong that the server crashed. The techs worked hard to remedy the situation, but it still took 30 minutes to get it back up and running smoothly. It’s impossible to tell if the server being up from the start would have changed anyone’s chances, as so many people kept refreshing and continued to do so until the server came up and they could add items to their cart.

Regardless, we apologize to anyone who hoped to get these and were not able to do so either because of the server issue, or due to the fast sell-out at both Power-Con and BBTS. Many of you are asking if more will be made. Exclusives are typically limited and Mattel will not be making more for Power-Con.

As far as the fast sell-out, that was not expected. We expected a bump in interest, but not this level based on all prior Power-Con exclusive pre-sale events. We had the same number of exclusives as in 2020, and those took a month to sell through. BigBadToyStore limited each 2021 item to 1 per customer. We limited each 2021 item to 3 per customer, and it took us longer to sell out than BBTS. Going from a month to sell out in 2020, to about 30 minutes for BBTS and about an hour for Power-Con pre-sales just a year later is not something anyone could have anticipated.
You might have witnessed some inventory reporting with the Power-Con shopping cart that may have seemed confusing. There were quite a few customers who came to the pre-sale, added items to their cart, then… sat there. They didn’t complete their order or they just added them and left. What this did was remove the items from inventory for 15 minutes. When that time limit expired, those items would show back up for sale. This happened continuously until all items were sold out. That’s the one downside to having a shopping cart that secures your items long enough to pay. We never want fans to go through the White Screen of Death from previous MattyCollector days where fans would have an item in their cart, only for it to sell out before completing purchase. So if you saw inventory fluctuating between Sold-Out and In-Stock, that is what was taking place.

Some of you are upset that we offered these through BigBadToyStore, due to BBTS’s asking price. Yes, the BBTS price tag is higher, but they have to pay for their operations and generate a profit. And we can’t help them to reduce their markup by selling the exclusives to them cheaper, as the limited profit we make pays for Power-Con. So BBTS is paying what you pay for exclusives, then adding what they need to the price in order to run their business.

The reason we keep using BBTS is because so many of you have asked for it year to year. They don’t take payment up front for the full order, they have their Pile of Loot program to help save on shipping, plus they charge a super low shipping cost. Partnering through BBTS isn’t intended to hurt you. Instead, it’s about giving fans options.

But now we have this really fast sell out that took us by surprise. What could be fueling this increase in interest? The main factor is most likely the recent reveal of images of the new toys and images for the new Revelations cartoon. There is also the recent release of the official toy guide from Dark Horse which may be bringing new and old fans to MOTU. Plus the collector’s market has seen a bit of a boom in the past year and a half. No matter what is behind it, there is a noteworthy rise in interest in MOTU.

So who was buying these? Was it fans? Was it bots? Was it resellers? We looked at our own data for answers.
Despite the ability to get up to 3 of each via Power-Con, the overwhelming majority of orders were for 1 of each item, or just 1 of a particular item. We only saw a handful of orders that maxed out at 3 of each item. Ultimately, the stock at Power-Con was not depleted by resellers.
We also looked at the data of who was ordering. Many of the customers are prior Power-Con customers. So there was a lot of repeat business from existing fans.
For the other orders, we see no noticeable signs of bots being used. Nearly all orders are from unique individuals in places all over the world. These customers might be speculators, or they might be resellers, but hopefully they are new fans who are jumping into the world of MOTU.

Most of you that have contacted us directly have been very polite, despite being upset. That was very kind of you, as we know many of you are angry and you didn’t have to be pleasant at all. Power-Con is constantly striving to create an enjoyable event for Attendees from across the globe, and we will always value the contributions of those of you who are unable to attend the show. All of your feedback will be taken into serious consideration for Power-Con moving forward, and we thank you for sharing your experiences with us so we can work to improve future pre-sale events.

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--- Quote ---While there is always a shred of hope, we don’t expect the MOTU Origins exclusives to arrive in time. We have received no more updates and our hope is quickly dwindling. We wish we had some way to speed things along at the ports so the exclusives would be unloaded. Still, we are deeply sorry and apologize to any fans who are disappointed or upset that they will not be able to pick up their exclusives at the show. The t-shirts and souvenir pins will still be available for pickup.

As we mentioned on August 24th, attendees & exhibitors who pre-ordered the MOTU Origins exclusives will have two options:
1. We will give you a full refund of the cost of the exclusives following the conclusion of Power-Con. Please note that passes are non-refundable.
2. You can pay to have your exclusives shipped to an address of your choosing. This will include pins and shirts if you pre-ordered those as well. But please note we can offer no discounts on shipping, and that shipping has gotten to be fairly pricey.

We still hope to see everyone at the show who purchased tickets. Please note that you do not need to contact us with your preferred option as we will e-mail you after the show ends. Our plan is to reach out within a week or two, but two weeks is more likely. We will post a notice when we have sent e-mails to attendees & exhibitors who pre-ordered exclusives so you won’t miss that important correspondence.

And for those of you coming to the show, here’s a quick recap of our COVID-19 requirements:
• Face coverings will be required inside the convention, inside the panel room, while in line at Registration, and when queued to enter the show floor. Face shields are discouraged but allowed.
• We will be limiting the number of people on the show floor at one time. Once we hit the floor limit, attendees will be required to queue at the show room entrance. Thereafter, for each attendee who exits, another will be allowed entrance. We have done our best to minimize the amount of line queueing, hence us pausing Saturday ticket sales until 1pm on Saturday when tickets must be purchased in-person. We appreciate your patience and assistance with this process.
• We will not be making temperature checks, require proof of vaccination, or require proof of negative test results.
• If you feel sick or ill, or if you are immunocompromised, we ask that you please stay home. If you stay home, but you pre-ordered exclusives, we will contact you a week or two after the show to arrange S/H payment or to refund you the cost of the exclusives.
Thank you so much for your time and we hope to see you at Power-Con.

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