Some interesting news from Mattycollector. Next month, there will be no day-of allotment of Fang Man for non-subscribers to pick up – effectively making him as rare as Wun-Dar, Shadow Weaver and King He-Man.
Meanwhile, the convention exclusive, Strobo, will be available to subscribers via Early Access. I think that’s great – an excellent perk for subscribers, even if the only real perk is getting the figure early (since plenty of ToD Sorceresses were available on Mattycollector in December).
The Fang Man thing I’m not so sure about. As a subscriber I’m not concerned for myself, but some non-subscribers are, understandably, upset. And yet, anyone who didn’t subscribe – working off the assumption that they would be able to pick up any figure they wanted with the day-of sales merchandise – had to have known they were taking a rather large chance. Even when the figures are sold day-of, nowadays the numbers of those day-of figures are relatively small and fast sell-outs are always a possibility.
I suspect this could be a bigger deal than it appears at first because of how many fans didn’t subscribe for 2013 as compared to previous years, and how many have switched to cherrypicking. Mattel notes on the page, “When the subscriptions went on sale last year, we mentioned that some figures would not be sold on the day of the monthly sale, and that’s the case with Fang Man.” Why Fang Man? I can only hazard a guess – maybe it has something to do with how the Filmation rights were worked out with Classic Media. Perhaps, for some reason, Filmation-based figures can only be sold to subscribers and can’t be put up for retail.
Anyway…the Strobo thing is cool. Not sure yet if I’ll even get one, but that’s a nice perk. Do we know which accessories he’ll actually come with yet? The gun, the meteorite, the pedestal, and/or the helmet-less Zodak head?