Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ask Matty!
December 15th 2010

Hey all! Here's the December 15th Q & A!


1.) Is Earth a factor in MOTUC continuity, or is it going to be ignored like in the MYP cartoon? Marlena being an earthling was first introduced in the DC Comics series, so this element of the story was not limited to just Filmation...

Whether or not Earth is involved will be revealed sooner then later! Keep reading the bios.

2.) What happens to the faulty figures, the ones fans return because of some quality issue? Are they simply destroyed or are they recycled in some way?

They are analyzed, reviewed and then logged. Sometimes they are destroyed at the end of the process, other times they are maintained for records

3.) Why are many of the heads on the MOTU Classics figures molded in a different color than any colors actually seen on the finished product? For example, why is a caucasian head cast in black plastic and then painted over with flesh-toned paint? It seems molding it in flesh tone would eliminate the "nose-rubs" that many of these figures experience.

Many times this is done as a cost saving measure. Other times it is a logistical issue due to the production timing.

4.) Is it possible that we may see beast-sized flight stand clips in the future for Battle Cat, Panthor, Swiftwind, etc?

Not very likely. The Beasts many times are the “stand” for the figure. If there is enough demand from fans we can look into this, but no plans in the works now.

5.) Would you ever consider releasing a pink Teela figure to benefit breast cancer research? This has been a popular topic on the forums...

This is something we have discussed. One of the issues is our production runs are very low as is for MOTUC figures (compared to say a Hot Wheels Car or a Barbie doll). Also we are very limited in the number of “slots” we have for figures and right now we are concentrating on getting out all new figures. A charity repaint is not out of the question, but not something planned right now for the MOTUC line.

Thanks to Mattel for taking the time to do this!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ask Matty!
December 1st 2010

Hey all! Here's the December 1st Q & A!


1.) Can you drop a little hint on next year's MOTU Classics vehicle, like maybe how many figures it can seat?

Sorry, we won’t have this information until SDCC at the earliest.

2.) Would you guys ever consider doing a 12" figure of a MOTU character with real cloth outfit and metal accessories to fit in with the 2 existing Mattycollector 12" Movie Master lines (Ghostbusters & Superman)? Of course the ultimate treat would be figures based on the 1987 MOTU film, but with those being unavailable, even a standard He-Man/ Skeletor would be neat in this scale.

If we did a 12-inch MOTU figure it would need a brand new body. The current body used for the Ghostbusters and General Zod is not bulked up for the MOTU world. It is something we have looked into, but nothing we are ready to announce.

3.) It was stated that improvements in the website buying experience would be in place for the November sale... but it seemed like it may have been worse than ever, with many fans stuck on the "white screen of death" for over an hour or more. After nearly 2 years, it is still much harder to buy these figures than it should be. You guys probably get asked this a lot, but will we ever see an improvement in this buying process, or is this as good as it is going to get?

Yes. We are constantly improving the process and will be launching a sign-in screen soon that will help out a great deal.

4.) Does Mattel have the rights to reprint the 3 issue mini-series from DC Comics? It was great to get the 2 sneak preview reprints, but many fans would love to see this reprinted as well.

This series is owned by DC comics. We have the rights to the characters but the actual series is with DC.

5.) Would you consider Eldor to be a figure we'll see "sooner" rather than "later"?

Eventually. We don’t want to give away any more details for now!

Thanks to Mattel for taking the time to do this!