I Have To Call Them Out On Some Of This...
2. Why are subscribers to the mattycollector newsletter not receiving any email notifying us of news?
That is because we haven’t sent one yet! Right now we are updating Mattycollector.com fans through the news section (which gets new posts about 2 or 3 times a week). We are looking into doing a newsletter in the next few months but right now our energy is going toward making sure the product and content of the site is top notch. You will see a lot more product in 2009 and a lot more content on the site. We’re just getting started!
Um, the news section hasn't been updated since Nov 18, so it's been practically an entire month without "news"... they should use some energy towards the email newsletter, because that right there is what any smart company that wants to advertise things like... oh, say... "new product on sale now!" does in this day and age. Just saying...
3. What can Mattel do to ensure that the bright bold colors we're always shown on press photos are what we're actually going to get when the toy is in our hands? Even King Grayskull's colors in person are drabber than what was shown on mattycollector.
We are always looking for ways to improve paint ops on figures. Many times early paint masters look a bit different (and sometimes it is due to the resolution on various computer screens) but we are very committed to producing the best product possible and believe me when we say every single day we are making changes to make collector figures better!
I really don't think the bright colors I'm seeing online and the drab colors I'm seeing in person have anything to do with my computer's resolution as it does the fact that something gets lost in translation quality-control wise on Mattel's part.
6. You have said this line will be made for the true fans and collectors of He-Man. If that's so, what is Mattel doing to involve and utilize the incredible knowledge of the major MOTU experts in the world like Emiliano Santalucia, Val Staples and James Eatock in this line?
Fortunately Matty, Toy Guru and the Four Horsemen are all huge life long MOTU fans so rest assured we do have plenty of MOTU experts on staff right now! We will also continue (as we have been) to read fan posts and comments on various websites (including He-Man.org) to see what fan reactions is and suggestions for the line. (and if we ever get stumped we can always post questions online for fans to answer!)
As for involving specific fans in the line, the best way for any fan to become directly involved in a Mattel toy line is to come work for Mattel. We have job postings every day. Check out Mattel.com and click on the employment opportunities section for more information about applying to the world’s largest toy company.
Something about this just sounds... I dunno... just "off" somehow...
7. What was the idea and process behind the design of the the new packaging design? Many people are confused why it doesn't look more like the classic packaging as originally stated, and would like to know why it was made the way it is now.
We couldn’t be more proud of the way the new packaging turned out and feel it is a great homage to the original line while taking on some key design elements all of its own. Obviously not every fan will be 100% pleased, but we hope in time it will grow on you. The idea behind the design was to take key elements form the original toy packaging (such as the cross sell, the blister shape and even the “belly button”) and combine those with new exciting elements such as the identifiable Grayskull stone work and the power lightning blasts which resonate with both casual MOTU cans and die hard life long fanatics.
I have to say, I'd substitute that useless "belly button" for the original colors of the old packaging if I were doing a "great homage" to the original line, but then that's just me I guess.
10. MOC collectors like to buy figures in person to get the best condition possible. Having to order sight-unseen through a website worries MOC collectors. How well are these carded figures going to be packaged before they are sent out to avoid damage while getting to collectors?
We have worked extensively with the shipment company to ensure all MattyCollector product is sent out to ensure blisters are mint. One exercise we ran through was giving them collector product and having them mail it to brand managers at Mattel over and over until they got it perfect.
Ooookay... I'm not even going to touch this one, because, I mean... seriously. Look what's happened!