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Slinger Must Live!!!


Just saw this melancholy tale of a He-Man character that never was over on THEBLOG WEEMADE. Slinger (pictured) was a new He-Man character Brian came up with when he was seven years old. He was sure Mattel would go for his idea, and from the sounds of things, he wasn’t looking for much more from the deal that some playground kudos from his peers.

Unfortunately for Brian, Mattel responded with a letter telling him that for legal reasons they couldn’t accept his idea, and had to place the blueprint for Slinger in a special box where it would be sealed for all time, in what I imagine was a warehouse full of secrets like the one at the end of Raiders of The Lost Ark.

Brian was devastated, and twenty years later, it’s clear Mattel are still struggling with monetizing user-generated content. But why does this have to be the end for Slinger? I say Slinger must live. I say Slinger must shine as a beacon of user-generated hope to seven year olds everywhere. Anonymous is great and everything, but user-generated content needs another hero. Slinger is not part of the He-Man franchise, so there is no reason why he can’t be 3-D printed vinyl toys, snarky t-shirts and the Reddit alien before the week is out (unless Brian has other plans for him). Slinger can be bigger than He-Man! With that in mind, I created a new version of Slinger:

Slinger 2

If any toy companies would like more information on licensing this new version of Slinger, click here.

He may not look like much, but it’s the best my cacky-fingered hands can do with paint.net in ten minutes. Do your bit for Slinger too, because unless he survives, the terrorists have already won.

4 Responses to “Slinger Must Live!!!”

  1. Nick Says:

    Wow, this is bringing some memories back. I designed and programmed a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle video game in HyperCard when I was 13, and I sent a letter to their licensing company, only to get a letter back saying they had an exclusive deal with Konami.

    I also sent a letter to Lego asking for a device that could separate Lego bocks that were hard to separate, complete with a diagram. I can’t remember what the response was, but 25 years later, I know that Lego has done a lot to engage with customers.

    The lesson learned: don’t ask for permission, just be a pirate and the market will answer. Let’s see what we can do with Slinger!

  2. mattmason Says:

    Cheers Nick – Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

  3. Brian Says:

    Matt – You ROCK for continuing my campaign for Slinger! Thanks! If only Slinger could be properly meme-ized… I know that his potential reach is unlimited. I could even see him floating down the street on Macy’s Thxgiving Day Parade some day… :^) ps: argh rickrolled

  4. mattmason Says:

    Pleasure Brian! I did what I could. You should put out a vinyl toy slinger!

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