Ask Matty > November 1 Edition

POE: Toy lines often “evolve” in terms of design and style as they go along (e.g., Batman > DC Super Heroes > DC Universe Classics). How much evolution is going on behind-the-scenes for DC Infinite Heroes?

MATTY: While we are trying to keep the general line look of IH the same, we are constantly improving sculpts, articulation and character selection. So the answer is “all the time!”

Does Mattel have any sense of how much overlap there is among collectors of JLU, DCUC and DCIH?

We spent a great amount of time both reading the fan posts and reviewing sales data broken down by stores and customer demographics so we do have a good handle over who is buying each line.

Inquiring minds want to know: who was lobbying the most for a classic Killer Moth figure? Talk about (awesomely) obscure…

Truth be told, this was a figure that actually came about due to a happy accident. Originally a different figure was planned for this slot. Killer Moth made the cut after the original figure ran over cost. We knew we wanted to do a Bat-Villain for this slot and we looked at a group of characters that had not been made as a figure before. Doing Moth was an idea that rose to the top from Mattel design and marketing and discussing possible characters with DC Comics.

We’ve had quite a few Hot Wheels Bat-vehicles. Is there any chance of expanding into other DC superheroes, such as Wonder Woman’s invisible plane or Blue Beetle’s “Bug” airship?

Yes, but you will have to wait until 2009!

Is there any possibility of offering a DCUC accessory pack on Mattycollector.com that might include accessories that were sculpted but didn’t come with their figures, such as the Penguin’s robot penguin, Ares’s mace and spear, Despero’s sword, and Grodd’s hand-weapon-doodads?

It is more likely we will include these “lost” accessories with other figures. For example, Kalibak was sculpted with additional Apokolips weapons and one of those will come with a future New God figure.

Mattel announces NYCC ’09 exclusive: MOTUC Faker!

Believe it or not, I came across this on Mattycollector.com without encountering it on any other website or forum. Weird.

I know many of us–myself included–would like to see a more Terminator-esque Faker one day, but I’m more than happy to get this one, too.

There’s a chance I may even get to go to NYCC next year, so I may just get this guy in person.

Continue reading “Mattel announces NYCC ’09 exclusive: MOTUC Faker!”

Intereviews > Despero (DC Universe Classics)

Oh man, am I finally on the last one of these? I think I’ll go back to the round robin format next time. That, or spread the intereviews out over a longer period. Anyway…

My intereview today is with Despero, one of the Justice League’s oldest and most formidable villains–

Puny human! What do you want? Explain to me now or die!

Oh, great–this is going to be one of those interviews. Continue reading “Intereviews > Despero (DC Universe Classics)”

Poe’s Point > Top Five Batman outfits

As I’ve documented before, I have conflicting feelings about Batman and his various outfits. I grew up on the blue-and-gray costume with the yellow oval, but I’ve come to realize that outfit isn’t particularly menacing.

In an attempt to make sense of it all, I give you Poe’s Top Five Batman costumes (as represented in action figure form). Continue reading “Poe’s Point > Top Five Batman outfits”

Intereviews > Ares (DC Universe Classics)

Welcome back to my week-long series of “intereviews” with the members of DC Universe Classics Wave 4. For those unfamiliar with the format, I basically pretend the figures are real and “interview” them, sneaking in my review in the process.

My guest today is Ares, the Greek God of War. Thanks for being here, Mr. Ares. Can I call you Ares?

Well, you own me, so it’s not like I have much choice, right?

I was only trying to be polite. Now, I’ll be frank–

–and I’ll be Ares! Continue reading “Intereviews > Ares (DC Universe Classics)”

Joe the Plumber and Louie the Plumber: Separated at Birth?

When the whole “Joe the Plumber” thing started, I noticed Joe looked a bit like the similarly-employed C.O.P.S. lackey.

No political statement here–I just thought it was amusing there was a slight physical resemblance. But then, I have a history of thinking people look like other people when they don’t really.

Huge sale at CornerStoreComics/AmazingToys

Just passing along some news from my good friends at CornerStoreComics / AmazingToyz. –Poe

CornerStoreComics & AmazingToyz THE LAST HURRAH SALE!

It’s the end of an era… two actually. After a (mostly) successful test of our long-awaited new website, the time has come to put the old ones to bed.

In an effort to minimize the amount of product we have to inventory before we launch the new web store (currently scheduled for November 3rd), we’ve decided to go all out and gut the warehouse of as much product as possible. Our lives get a little easier, and you get some absolutely insane deals on some of the coolest products around.

At first we thought, “Easy. We’ll just have a big sale.” But then, after putting hundreds of items on Sale/Clearance across both sites, we had an even better idea: “Let’s give ’em another 15% off on top of that!” If that wasn’t enough, we also decided to give FREE USA SHIPPING* on a select bunch of our biggest, heaviest items too! That’s a LOT of savings! Here’s the scoop… Continue reading “Huge sale at CornerStoreComics/AmazingToys”