Any questions for Mattel?

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  • 1. Will the new endoskeleton system used for Swamp Thing ever be considered for other regular retail figures or just exclusives?

    2. Will an accessories pack ever be considered for Ghostbusters? It would be great to get multiple proton blasts at once.

    3. I have never seen the WWE Elite Scale ring at any retail store. Is something that got a limited release or has not been released yet?

    4. The smaller 4" GL movie figures come with great constructs. Will there ever be a possibility of these being re-purposed for DCUC? The adapter that is included with Kilowog does fit DCUC nicely and could be included to attach multiple constructs.

    5. The WWE figures utilize the basic, elite, and defining moments methods of selling figures and different price points. Would this model ever be considered for DCUC to get more "deluxe" versions of figures? For instance, a Superman with a cloth cape or even a Clark Kent outfit; A batman with cloth cape and accessories.

    6. While Nekron was selected for an upcoming DCUC wave, will he have any figures related to him in the actual series? It seems like Mattel tends to relate the CNC with at least a figure or two in the wave.

  • The 10 year anniversary of the 200X series is next year. How about doing something special for the fans. One suggestion: release the Kobra Khan and Faker stactions. There are still many people who would gladly fork over $20 apiece for those.

  • Josh wrote:

    2. Will an accessories pack ever be considered for Ghostbusters? It would be great to get multiple proton blasts at once.

    This question has been addressed in the past; basically, Mattel is holding Ghostbuster accessories hostage so that people will buy repaints with new accessories.

    I suspect the Lantern construct answer is similar, honestly.

  • Where is my May Matty Collector shipment? According to "Newgistic's" "tracking," the post office in Philadelphia has had it for 3 days. Would it be possible to get some other, ANY other, company besides Newgistics to do this? Perhaps some guys with a van, from craigslist or something?

  • Josh wrote:

    1. Will the new endoskeleton system used for Swamp Thing ever be considered for other regular retail figures or just exclusives?

    2. Will an accessories pack ever be considered for Ghostbusters? It would be great to get multiple proton blasts at once.

    3. I have never seen the WWE Elite Scale ring at any retail store. Is something that got a limited release or has not been released yet?

    4. The smaller 4″ GL movie figures come with great constructs. Will there ever be a possibility of these being re-purposed for DCUC? The adapter that is included with Kilowog does fit DCUC nicely and could be included to attach multiple constructs.

    5. The WWE figures utilize the basic, elite, and defining moments methods of selling figures and different price points. Would this model ever be considered for DCUC to get more “deluxe” versions of figures? For instance, a Superman with a cloth cape or even a Clark Kent outfit; A batman with cloth cape and accessories.

    6. While Nekron was selected for an upcoming DCUC wave, will he have any figures related to him in the actual series? It seems like Mattel tends to relate the CNC with at least a figure or two in the wave.

    all of this.

  • When will you release the hostages? We've given you what you want, Mattel. Their families miss them. Please, let them go.

  • What exactly does Mattel have to gain by creating an action figure line as bland, archaic, and altogether terrible as the Green Lantern figures? Was this line created with the intention of keeping the pegs nice and toasty so that Mattel can maintain aisle presence? Was this line the product of some crazed dare between Matty designers as to whom could get the crappiest toyline to retail? Does some corporate executive get a sick thrill at envisioning these figures being given to children as gifts by the grandparents "who don't know any better?" Is Mattel exploiting some weird toy industry loophole where a flop ends up making more money in a manner not unlike "The Producers?"

    These are the questions that I want answers to! 😉

  • Regarding WWE,the knee and elbow pads restrict movement. Would it be possible to switch to a more sponge like material that would allow free movement but retain it's natural shape?

    Also, are there any plans for female legends such as Fabulous Moolah or more current ones like Sunny, Trish, and Lita? If so, would they have the improved articulation that the elite and legends have?

  • Is Mattel at all aware of some of the things that hasbro is doing in the 3 3/4 inch scale? Hasbro's last round of GI Joe's make the green lantern figs look like they were crafted, painted and assembled by retarded quadriplegics. What hasbro can do in 1/18th scale is currently surpassing what mattel is doing in every scale, save perhaps for the WWE products… why for the love of holy is this the case?

    and now for the question i think has a better chance of getting answered… Is it clear to Mattel through their reading of fan feedback that the new shipping option is a favorite of no one? Newgistics and whatever the hell that other shipper is, they suck. Bad. They're not any better than the PO, they're worse, and they still cost us more. No more third party shippers!

  • Josh wrote:

    3. I have never seen the WWE Elite Scale ring at any retail store. Is something that got a limited release or has not been released yet?

    Please don't ask this question. I can answer it for Josh.

    Yes it was released. I too, never saw it at stores, but presumably it hit TRU around Christmas. It was available online mostly, as I guess Mattel felt it wouldn't sell at Target/Walmart (although it likely did hit some) and only got minimal shelf space.

    It also, apparently did really bad sales for Mattel (I bought mine off Amazon for $20 shipped!) and Mattel has said that no more Elite scale rings are coming anytime soon because of this one failing to meet sales expectations.

    Hope that helps.

  • @ Newt:

    It also sold poorly as therewas cheaper Mattel and Jakks rings on the market and even though it was called the 'Elite' ring it was nowhere near the quality of the Real Scale Jakks rings.

  • Here's one:

    Now that Hot Toys are doing a Reeve Superman are you considering offering refunds to the poor deluded souls that bought your half-assed attempt and will you go shoot yourselves in shame ?

    I know it wont get asked but y'all know you'd love to see it put to them.

    Oh, and seconded on the GL line being total and utter bull-ploppy.

  • I have a lot of questions to Matty… but they will answer:

    "Problaby…" "We are thinking…" "We have no plans but I will note down your suggestion" "We can´t talk about it yet, you will need wait until SDCC to see".

  • Barbecue17 wrote:

    What exactly does Mattel have to gain by creating an action figure line as bland, archaic, and altogether terrible as the Green Lantern figures? Was this line created with the intention of keeping the pegs nice and toasty so that Mattel can maintain aisle presence? Was this line the product of some crazed dare between Matty designers as to whom could get the crappiest toyline to retail? Does some corporate executive get a sick thrill at envisioning these figures being given to children as gifts by the grandparents “who don’t know any better?” Is Mattel exploiting some weird toy industry loophole where a flop ends up making more money in a manner not unlike “The Producers?”

    These are the questions that I want answers to!

    Its more like Matty's version of the joke, "The Aristocrats"!!!!!!!!!

  • Has there ever been an action figure with less articulation than the Hal included with the battle suit?

    My actual question is this:

    Does it cost more to tool an action figure once and repaint him for inclusion in single packs, multi-packs, playsets, vechicle assortments, and deluxe packs? Or does it cost more to tool one version for the single packs and multipacks with 6 points of articulation, one version for the deluxe packs with different shoulder joints, one version for the deluxe packs, with 4 points of articulation, and one version for the vehicle/battle suit assortment, with zero points of articulation? Couldn't costs be lowered on sculpting AND tooling by just doing it once?

  • You keep saying that you guys at Mattel are doing their best to keep improving the MOTUC toy line, so I was wondering if you had ever thought about covering up the pin holes on all the figures joints much like you did with the ankles?

  • Man, it's just "bash, bash, bash" around these fair parts, isn't it?

    I'd make a pretty substantial wager, however, that y'alls's malaise with Mattel's products is supported thoroughly by your lack of their offerings on your shelves, right? Right.

  • @ Mario:

    True, the level some people take the bashing to is juvenile and embarrassing. And obviously if we didn't collect their toys, we wouldn't complain about them. Mattel produces good quality stuff that we enjoy collecting, but they make it such a hassle sometimes that it takes the joy out of it. We, as consumers, have every right to complain, especially when the subject of our ire is a giant worldwide corporation that doesn't seem to care about or need us. Albeit, you're right…pointless bashing is worthless and embarrassing, but legitimate complaints from loyal consumers are completely warranted. There's also this weird dynamic between collectors and Mattel…I never feel like the consumer is right, and I get this arrogant vibe from Mattel, like they're only making collector's lines as a favor to us (and then overcharging us). Maybe it's our fault that they get away with the stuff they do…but at least by being vocal with our complaints we have some sort of power (perceived power at least). Again, not by bashing, but by posing legitimate and thoughtful critiques and criticisms.