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Check out their answers to your Round 145 questions!
This round of questions were selected by The.Idea.of.Evil.
Thanks to that fan for their help!
1. bribri4u: Are you aware of Crita's importance and popularity with a number of fans, and are you aware her standard dress version is what fans want the most so we don't end up with another Star Sisters debacle?
Yes we are aware of the demand for and popularity of Crita. All of your comments are noted!
2. SonOfHeMan: What happens to defective figures that are returned to Mattycollector?
Depending on the condition of the product it can go to a couple places. If it's in decent condition it is returned to Mattel headquarters or the Mattel Toy Store, and possibly discounted. If it is bad condition then it is tossed into the pits of Snake Mountain and destroyed.
3. The.Idea.of.Evil: Years ago Hasbro released a single Matt Trakker figure (from the M.A.S.K. toy line) into their GI Joe line as a surprise to fans. Will we ever get additions like this in Classics, such as characters from Bravestarr, Silverhawks, Blackstar, and Tigershawks, or are all the remaining Classics slots reserved for He-Man and She-Ra characters with no room for non-franchise stuff?
Since MOTUC is predominantly done on a subscription model and based on fan demand, we're not sure we would ever include figures in the line that weren't strictly MOTU and POP. For something like you are proposing, we may consider doing a small limited release that would say have a pre-order to gauge demand. We like the idea of sneaking in characters from other vintage brands that we own, but not sure how the rest of you would feel about that.
4. DrumMaster: How can problems happen like Angella's poorly painted eyes if there is a Quality Control process?
There is always a chance for something like that to happen, and we do everything we can to assure the quality remains consistent, but these figures are not created by robots. Most of the paint ops are done by a human hand, and in that there is always room for human error. We see the figures at different stages of the production process to make sure things are looking correct and look for mistakes (especially the eyes) and do everything we can to make sure they look great. But we ultimately can't control what happens to EVERY figure on the production line, at a personal level.
If you all saw how much hand work actually goes into every single little paint op, you'd probably be grateful you get figures that look as good as they do. That being said, we are trying our best to make sure this type of stuff does not happen again.
5. Madison Carter: Previously, fans were told that the concept characters from the old Tomarts magazine article and the Power and Honor Foundation book were off-limits as figures due to uncertainty of Mattel's ownership over said characters. A handful of these concepts recently appeared in the Mattel-approved Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe book from Dark Horse. Does this mean that at least the characters that were featured in Dark Horse's book are now theoretically "on the table" as potential future figure releases?
We can't speak to what was previously stated about what figures are off limits or not because honestly we aren't sure. We are looking into all opportunities that are available to us, and what could be available if we just ask. There was a lot of stuff that was originally said to have restrictions on it, which we later found out was not the case, so we are open to re-examining any figure if there is a reason to.
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