Ask Matty – April 2nd Edition
DCClassics.Com Asks: What more can you reveal about DC figures for 2012 considering the recent changes and cancellations? Note: This question was asked before ‘Matty Justice League’ gave us the skinny. We almost didn’t post this question as a result, but the answer is interesting.
For DC Universe, the All Stars have been scrapped. We are only producing one more wave and our plans are to end DC Universe. That doesn’t mean that we are walking away from 6” figures though and you will find something new in 2013 that’s a departure from the past. Hence, you will start to see what you can get a retail and on Matty will be different but should still allow you to complete your collections.
ItsAllTrue.Net Asks: Was the extra gear on the Ghostbuster Rookie’s belt ever intended to be removable or was it always planned to be molded to the belt as one piece?
No, it was always non removable.
DCClassics.Com Asks: Some DC Collectors have expressed concern that figures previously announced for the retail DC All-Stars line, but whose status us currently unknown might end up in the Club IE subscription despite their not being a particularly good fit for subscribers (i.e. Flashpoint Plastic Man) . Is moving a retail figure into the sub a possibility or is Mattel still planning to place those in-limbo figures at retail?
It is possible for 2013 or 2014, but not for 2012 as that line up is set.
MOTUClassics.Com Asks: Between the DC/MOTU 2pks and quarterly variants, Mattel has refreshed seven of the original 8-back figures with at least one second version (Battle Ground Teela, Comic Colors Mer-Man, etc). Does the MOTU team feel that Beast Man simply doesn’t have a compelling “second look” that would warrant a new figure or have you just not gotten around to him?
Beastman just never made it into one of those packs but a repaint or an update would be great for him! Maybe in mini comic colors? Without the DCU vs. 2 packs however we have a limited venue on how to release redeco only skus as most collectors do not want repaints in the sub. The TRU 2 packs was our vehicle for delivering repaint skus and without it we are at a standstill on these type of figures.
DCClassics.Com Asks: Toy Guru, what are you thoughts on the limited success of recent figures that made use of alternative materials? (Stay Puft, Swamp Thing (via Critical Mess) , Snout Spout (via He-Man.Org)). The novelty of the materials is certainly promising in the planning stage, but has the execution of the toys lived up to what you and your team had intended? Are you still interested in using alternative materials for future figures across the lines you oversee?
We are moving away from other materials to maintain consistency and avoid any QC issues. While we are always pushing the limits, recent items have clearly backfired and did not work out as planned.
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