Ask Mattel > May 1 Edition

Damn, I love that art.

Anyway, it’s time for another round of Ask Mattel. (I refuse to acknowledge a corporate mascot by name, nor pretend he actually exists.) My thoughts are in the blue boxes/captions. –PG

1.) Poe asks: Are there any plans to do more Arkham City figures beyond Batman and Two-Face in the Batman: Legacy line?

Yes. We’ll have the next wave at SDCC to show off.


2.) Toyman2581 asks: What is up with those strange yellow lanterns that come with all the Sinestro Corps figures in DCUC and DC Retro action? In the comics, all the yellow lanterns look just like the green ones.

Some figures come with vintage lanterns, other like Scarecrow in Wave 17 come with modern lanterns.

Unfortunately, the question wasn’t really answered here. Has there been a “normal”-style yellow lantern from Mattel, aside from the half-and-half in the Hal/Sinestro set?

3.) Josh asks: We’ve heard that Mattel is very particular about adding extra articulation to certain figures based on what’s appropriate, but can you shed any light on the decision to add so many extra points of articulation to Black Hand? His character does not seem to be one that necessitates extra posing abilities when there are so many other characters that do. In fact, I think it works against the figure in some ways.

It was how the Horsemen wanted to do the character. They usually make the decision on these features.

Aren't you glad you use Dial?

4.) Barbecue17 asks: While Mattel’s original stance was that the figures would not include action features/gimmicks or anything that would break-up the sculpt, this seems to have changed, as we’ve gotten sculpted (but nonfunctional) dials on both Sy-Klone and Hurricane Hordak. This means we’re getting the broken-up sculpt without the benefit of the action feature! How does the inclusion of non-functioning dials and such mesh with the philosophy of the “classics machine?

When the dial can be worked into the armor of a figure, the Horsemen try to do this. The inclusion of a non working dial as armor detail certainly is not an “action feature”!

Again, this answer is “sideways” to what was asked. That said, maybe this is a question I should ask the Horsemen about, since it’s really more of an aesthetic/artistic choice.

5.) Nik asks: I know the development time was rushed, but why are Marshmallow Mess Ray’s Ecto Goggles so under-sized?

They are in scale to the figure per Sony’s records. They are not undersized.

They look undersized to me. (Figure photo from



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  1. heh..I'm having flashbacks to "Why does Zod's costume have red in it?"

  2. Griffin

    Worst "Ask Matty" answers in a while.

    Don't care about the HH dial because the whole figure is a waste of space.

  3. Mark

    Forget the goggles, look at the face on that Ray figure looks barely anything like him.

  4. Lee in MI

    I certainly don't remember that "vintage" bell shaped lantern in the books either. But anything is possible with a company that makes an entire wave of Green Lantern based figures (GL wave 2) which included ZERO lanterns at all!

    The 4 Horsemen NYTF FWoosh interview was worth a thousand Matty Q & A's…literally.

    They do give small bits of information from time to time but for the time they spend answering…I mean "answering" the many posed questions from each site, it's mostly a waste of time. A waste of time reading them and certainly a waste of time figuring out how to respond to a question with a non-answer. It generally seems like 2% real answers and 98% BS…IMHO.

    All that aside, thanks for submitting the questions Poe!

  5. toyman2581

    @ americanhyena:

    Fair enough, but I own/have read all the GL books in Vol. 4 since Rebirth and I don't remember EVER seeing a lantern that looked like that. If you know which issue one appeared, please give me the number so I can go back and jog my memory. If they actually drew that thing in a book and I'm just blanking out, I'll cease my inquiry…but I swear that lantern never appeared in print.

  6. Snarf! Snarf!

    @ Michael:

    A non-functioning dial breaks the aesthetics of the figure in a similar manner that a functioning dial, lever, switch, or button would.

    Now Mattel says that dials are OK, but not buttons or Levers…

    HH looks like someone tried to kill him by using a cog as a shuriken.

    It is not an "added detail to the armor that blends in".

    Mattel is always crying poor house, not having enough money, development slots and other crap, now here they waste tooling money on a useless dial that looks NOTHING like the vintage figure… (where the dial ACTUALLY LOOKED like an armor detail…)

  7. Michael

    I think what was meant about "action features break up the sculpt" can best be illustrated by looking at Roboto; in order to put the moving gears inside, they had to do a completely new torso piece. A lot of the action features can't be implemented with the standard torsos, arms, etc., that are in these figures. So to implement an action feature, they would need to break up the sculpt. An added-on dial doesn't break up the sculpt, it just adds on to the sculpt (which for some fans isn't a good thing).

  8. Damien

    Mattel gives good answers sometimes. But other times, I'd really prefer they just say "MIND YOUR BUSINESS!" since that's what some of the answers feel like anyway.

  9. americanhyena

    There's the Eaglemoss statue that came out a while back, just for reference.

  10. americanhyena

    @ toyman2581:

    Actually, you have it backwards. The bell shaped lantern that DCUC 3 Sinestro and retro Corps Sinestro come with is the vintage lantern. When the Sinestro Corps FIRST debuted, their lanterns looked exactly like the original DCUC version (check out the little lead statue version of Sinestro to see it there too). Eventually DC editorial (wanting all the lanterns to share a general look) changed the lanterns to look more like the standard green lanterns.

    And as someone mentioned, you can get a yellow "modern" (i.e. Green Lantern shaped ) one with the old school retro Sinestro. Matty has also said that Scarecrow will come with this version.

    So Matty did actually answer your question. 🙂 (And I've actually answered it every time you've asked it, but I can understand how it got missed.)

    Hope that helps!

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