Some quick updates are coming out of Mattel about the MOTU Club Eternia sub. We’ve got some notes on how well it’s selling, plans to combine it with a 30th Anniversary add-on sub (or DC: Club Infinite Earths, Ghostbusters, or Voltron sub), and some disappointing news about possible changes to Draego-Man.
First up is Mattel’s update on Club Eternia from Yesterday:
Hey He-Fans and She-Ravers,
First off, as expected we have well passed our min sub order to keep the line going. (MOTU fans are committed!) BUT, I do want to let you know that we are actually at our lowest sub sale yet. Which unless we get a huge bump in sales this week (which is 100% the LAST week for all subs!), this means Shadow Weaver will likely be the lowest produced figure in the whole MOTUC line to date! Wow.
Also, as stated a few times, we will no longer be doing second runs of figures starting with Man-E-Faces. We still have quite a few older figures already slotted for re-release each month in 2012, but they are all figure originally offered before Man-E-Faces. This also means NONE of the 2012 figures will go into a second run.
Finally, our overall production is going to be a bit lower in 2012. We still intend for product to be available for “Cherry Pickers” the day-of the sale, but 1: we will have overall a bit less compared to 2011, (how long this will last is anyone’s guess), and 2: because production is based on part on the sub sales, with lower overall sub sales then expected, this means the day-of product will be even slightly less then we orignally intended with the original planned “slight reduction” (to control inventory).
Part of the reason for the initial reducution in “day of” quota is both to control inventory and to maintain the secondary market so that those who buy the sub but don’t want all of the monthly figures will have an avenue to sell them off at a reasonable secondary market price. We’re not trying to create “Scal-por” (ha ha) but we do want to help out fans who may be turned off by the high price of say, the Star Sisters, and want to know we won’t flood the market with this pack giving them the option of selling it off one day if it is not their cup of tea. We are not trying to support scalping, but we do want to help out those who will want to sell off subscription figures if they choose. Since the sub is open to all in unlimited quantites this feels like a fair meeting in the middle (obviously their will never be a way to make EVERYONE happy all the time! To many factors and opinions!)
While in NO WAY is this message intended to be a “you must buy the sub!” post (I can see the accusations now…). In all fairness, consider this fair warning that the sub is your best way of guaranteeing all figures without a sell out and the ONLY way to ever get Shadow Weaver. (and hey don’t forget about the awesome Preternia map!)
Whether the sub is for you is a personal choice, I just want to make sure fair warning and all the info is out there for you to make an eductated choice for your own collection!
Hope this helps!
PS: The Create a Character contest is still on through Dec 31 2011. Keep those entires coming. Remember, your entry must be with an offical entry form for EACH submission and you can not go over one single page of a n 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper. Anyone sending in more then one single, one sided page will be disqualified. The full rules are posted on Mattycollector.com. You can send in bio info and any other written work but as stated in the offical rules it MUST be on one side of a single piece of 8 1/2 by 11 paper along with any visuals. (you are not judged on artistic ability!)
And then today’s update on the 30th Anniversary Sub, including combined shipping for all subs:
.More updates for ya He-Fans and She-Raves,
So we know a lot of you have been asking us to add in the six 30th anniversary figures into the sub program to save on shipping. We do not have things finalized YET but it looks like this will be able to go through starting with the March figure Draego-Man (Photog may still need to be purchased day of).
But if all goes according to plan, we hope to offer a special 30th anniversary series “add on” sub around late Oct/early Nov. The sub add on should ideally include the 5 remaining 30th anniversary figures after Photog which includes Draego-Man by the Four Horsemen, the two Mattel characters, the Geoff Johns character and the winner of the new Create a Character contest! (five of the six figs)
Additionally, it looks like an upgrade we have been working on will go into affect in Feb/March 2012 which will combine all sub shipping on all brands even if you bought them at separate times!
So if you have one brand’s sub and still want to add another brand’s sub in a second purchase order, the Jan/Feb subs may ship separate, but ideally starting in March (if all works out!) we will combine shipping in one order for all subs, including the new 30th anniversary sub we want to offer in a month or so. (As a refresh, currently, only subs purchased together in one order will combine shipping. The upgrade we are attempting should ideally combine all subs together in one shipment, even if bought at separate times!)
We are still getting our ducks in a row, but what does this mean? Well, if you are hesitant to buy a 2012 Club Eternia sub because you know you will be buying the 30th figures “day-of” anyway, this new “add-on” sub should (in a perfect world) allow us to combine all subs into one order and save on your shipping (starting with the Feb/March figures, it may not be in place in time for Jan figures, i.e. Photog).
We will confirm all the details at Power Con in late Sept and are committed to continuing to improve things with new process and logistics in place to save you on shipping!
See you in the toy aisles and on Mattycollector.com!
Now, I could seven “should”s or “ideally”s in there. I have to imagine they wouldn’t be announcing this unless they were sure, but the faith this expresses in Digital River is astounding. The good news is that this does remove a barrier for people that have already subscribed and wanted to do a DC subscription but couldn’t combine their orders.
And then one parting tidbit that is probably the most impactful piece of news:
Also, please note [Draego-Man] is a PROTOTYPE. He is coming in way more expensive then expected and we are exploring possible deco and accessory changes (with the Horsemen’s blessing) to bring him into cost.
Well, that blows, right? What part of Draego-Man would you be willing to sacrifice if you were in Toy Guru’s (or Terry’s) shoes? The reaction from most fans so far seems to be that they’d prefer to pay more money to see Draego as is – I don’t know about that. Sounds like it sets a dangerous precedent to me. I prefer they cut some accessories (and include them somewhere else later). Which brings me to this post from Toy Guru at He-Man.Org…
Guys, don’t freak out of Draego Man yet. We are still exploring options.
Honestly, as soon as I saw the images from the 4HM my first through was, “crap that is a lot of accessories and deco, how are we going to afford that!”
It is basically due to the huge amount of surface area he has with the wings/tail which results in more paint deco needed compared to the average fig. Nothing is changing YET. Terry and the Horsemen are still reviewing and it also doesn’t rule out that if we have to cut one or two accessories we can always look at finding ways to release them with someone else down the road. We’re not looking at a huge change, it just may be lossing an accessory or two. No one is cutting the tail or the armor or anything. Minor minor changes if at all.
We certainly won’t be offering multiple versions or changing the price. It just logistically won’t work that way. Not to fear, this won’t be a huge change guys! Hang in their while we review all possible options. We won’t move on anything without the Horsemen’s approval.
Sounds workable to me. There’s bound to be low tooling figures like Battleground Evil-Lyn in next year’s assortment, so ideally we can get an increased value out of those if they’ll include the accessories dropped from Draego-Man.