Agreed, and not only that, but given that MOTUC is supposed to be the ADULT COLLECTOR's line, as opposed to just the retail mass release of yester year, Mattel should be taking a very fan-specific approach to this. It's the fans, and the fans alone, that have kept this line alive, when it's practically failed MORE THAN ONCE.
Originally Posted by PaTrIcKfOgArTy
If we had a problem with the MVC comic, we would never have supported it.
Yeah, that's a common mistake, but MVC was just as pivotal in the revival of MOTU as MYP.
Most simply first, (and already stated above) perhaps this was an error in typing, but the studio was MVCreations not “MVP”.
Second, a question, is Illumina a Mattel owned character? I know she was created by Val and Emilliano (aka MVCreations) while they were hired (by Mattel) to do the comic. So who owns that story and her character? If Mattel does not, I can see where they may not be inclined to work her in, BUT, if they own her (which I assume is the case since the story that was “pitched” has never been able to be posted), why not try to work her in as a nod to that era? It's been said MANY times that the goal of the MOTUC story and line is to bring all the mythos together.
Man, what part of MOTU is NOT complex???
Third, The backstory is too complex?! Try me. I truly doubt this to be the case when we all know that the people who wrote and “pitched” this story know MOTU inside and out and have stated many times the vested interest they had in tying the MOTU mythos together when they were hired by Mattel. Even if it’s not the MOTUC direction, why not change her story up a bit to work her character in at the very least? Could anything be more complex then Wun-Dar? Yet he’s been worked in. In fact - in MOTUC, the best place one can be is in a place where your willing to let go of what you thought you knew and enjoy the ride because things are being added, omitted and changed from the mythos. Something like adding the character of Illumina is certainly NOT going to be what makes following the MOTUC story complicated...we crossed that bridge a long time ago.
How's about how in Filmation, Marlena (and others) come from earth to Eternia, and meet people who look just like her, with whom she's able to reproduce with, and bear twins, one of whom isn't so much as mentioned until they decide to create a new story?
Or how about Teela now being "magically cloned" from the Sorceress. For what?
How much of Filmation was based on ancillary characters that were not a part of the core MOTU canon? Yet, people are clamoring for those characters, so why the bias against MVC?
That "fans" statement from TG was ultra-condescending. I thought the 4H were "fans" as well. So by that logic, they shouldn't be doing the sculpts?
Lastly, If Mattel owns the story but Illumina was never officially accepted by Mattel - ok, fine but good lord, MVCreations was hired by Mattel to do the 200x comics. To just have Illumina, or Val and Emilliano’s story for her, which MANY people would love to see incorporated in some way, dismissed as a “fan pitch” is disrespectful to them. They are FANS yes, but also very successful, currently working professionals and were working for Mattel when this was pitched.
Clearly, whoever's writing the bios for MOTUC now, probably are not fans, because that stuff sucks. :hmsad:
Agreed. I appreciate TG's efforts with the line as well. In the past, most companies wouldn't dare communicate with the fans, let alone appoint a representative to do so. So I'm definitely grateful for that.
I love MOTUC and have appreciated ToyGuru’s communication with the community as well as his passion for MOTU. I also have jumped to his defense when people were ripping him apart because, like or dislike, agree or disagree, I believe everyone should be treated with respect. I find myself now jumping to Val and Emilliano’s defense. Maybe I’m taking this the wrong way but Scott’s answer sure opened himself up to this and I sure hope Scott posts soon here and clears the air.
However, this last response from TG leaves much to be desired. If your goal is to rally the fans around your product, putting down one aspect of the community (and a VITAL one at that) is definitely not the way to go about it.