Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ask Matty!
March 15th 2011

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


1.) Is "Battleground Teela" in her final form already? Many fans are hoping that her arm bracers might be switched so that they can look more "correct". If it isn't too late to switch them, perhaps a poll could be run at Matty to see which way is preferred amongst fans...

Yes, the figure is tool’d and final as shown at NYTF.

2.) Both Catra figures shown at NYTF had a deformed/warped skirt which was too short on her right thigh- allowing the crotch peg to show. Are these just defective samples or should we expect this defect on the final figure?

This was still an early sample and we will pass these comments on to design as we move toward the final version!

3.) Is there any movement on other product related to the MOTU brand being released, like t-shirts or comic reprints?

We are ALWAYS working on new product for the MOTU brand. Hopefully we will be in a position to announce new things soon!

4.) Many fans are very excited about the "Collector Appreciation" tour! The past trend has been for Matty to reveal new figures at Toy Fair and SDCC... but will there be some new figure reveals at these tour stops as well? I for one would LOVE to see at least one new MOTUC figure revealed at each of these spots!

Most reveals will still be at NYTF and at SDCC. We will likely have one or two figures (in total across all brands) at some of the smaller shows, but don’t look for a huge reveal the way we do for SDCC (similar to how Carnivus was revealed at Philly Con last year!)

5.) Are there any plans for an official MOTUC fan club or convention on the horizon (similar to what Hasbro does with it's G.I.Joe and Transformers lines)?

This is something we are looking into, but nothing to confirm right now.

thanks again to Mattel for taking the time to do this!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ask Matty!
March 1st 2011

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


1.) What were the reasons behind using the green/ yellow Grayskull brick design for MOTU Classics packaging over the red/blue "burst" packaging of the vintage era? It seems that a line that plays such homage to it's original counterpart would have packaging more derivative of the vintage figures.

When we started the line we had very limited resources and the Grayskull brick was designed for the first SDCC item. When it came time to developing the full line, we did not have the resources to develop new graphics and chose to go with the existing green brick graphics that we had available (as opposed to the direction from management to just put the figures in a plain white box and call it a day!)

2.) With different time periods now established, and the seemingly impressive sales, would Mattel consider creating the Powers of Grayskull as a separate toyline, so as to increase characters? Or perhaps even the Olden Day Adventures of Vikor?

No. One of the core ideas of MOTUC has always been to create one line for all eras and sub brands.

3.) The Palace guards have a whole bunch of weapons, but no guns. Was that deliberate on Mattel's part and what was the reasoning behind it?

This was a choice made by the Four Horsemen from a design perspective.

4.) Speaking of the Palace Guards- Can you please settle the argument as to what race the reptilian head is? Is that a guard that's been "snake-ified", or a member of the Caligar race?

At this point, that has yet to be revealed!

5.) Many fans are expressing some disappointment over Panthor's lack of flocking (I for one think he looks great as-is). If you were to do a flocked Panthor eventually, how would you handle his articulations points? Would they be barren (like Moss Man's joints), or would he have to lose some articulation in favor of flock?

If we ever did a flocked Panthor, it would be done similar to Moss Man. For the record, we left the choice up to the fans at our SDCC fan panel. Also, the Horsemen were really pushing for a non-flocked version as they were disappointed in the 2002 Panthor where the flocking covered up all of their sculpting detail. So they were very happy with the way the fans voted.

Thanks to Mattel for taking the time to do this!