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    Answers to WTFWTK 2.5!

    Toyguru has once again provided answers to your questions.
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    1. Now that all 3 sets of the 2002 MYP cartoon have been released and initial sales have been recorded, what is the possibility of a direct-to-dvd animated movie or maybe even a new cartoon series?
    This is something we are exploring but in context of working on the new toy line and a future live action movie, it is all part of an overall MOTU franchise. While we don’t have anything to announce quite yet, we are very aware of a fan demand for this!

    2. Are unreleased classic figures that were in production fair game for the MOTUC line?
    For example, in NA, Mara & Darius made it to the prototype stage but were never released.
    Sames goes for POP, with the Star Sisters (Starla, Tallstar and Jewelstar).

    It is possible but some of these characters are a bit obscure and wouldn’t happen for quite some time.

    3. How will Mattel gauge the success of the MOTUC line? Will it take a complete sell out of each figure's production run, or a certain percentage?
    It might not take complete sell out, but we would want to see how many figures we sell in the first day, week and month to start making any type of success call. Grayskull was a HUGE success in our books.

    4. With the announcement of alternate heads for some figures, how do you determine who gets an extra head and what that head will be? For example, many fans would love to see POP figures come with alternate heads with rooted hair, or Skeletor come with an Alcala inspired head.
    We handle this based on two factors: 1: Who absolutely needs a second head (Mer Man and Man-At-Arms come to mind) and how much tooling do we have for the total line for the year. Obviously the more successful the line is the more tooling dollars are available. We wouldn’t do a second head just to do it or to do a second expression, a figure would have to have a compelling reason to need a second head.

    Also, for major characters like Skeletor, we would be more likely to do a new release then pack in a new head since he is a guaranteed seller no matter what the head is.

    At this time we will not be doing rooted hair for any of the characters. All POP characters will have plastic hair to keep a uniform line look and keep costs down. (having rooted hair means using a vendor who can do rooted hair and the MOTUC line and the DCUC line is produced in a plant that does not do rooted hair). Changing vendors is expensive and would slow down production.


    5. Will the MOTUC packaging be resealable like the DCUC Lobo? And if not, is this something Mattel will do in the future for the line?
    We looked into doing re-sealable packaging but it was driving the cost of the figures up to high. So the answer is no, not at this time.

    6. Given how you said you are looking into the possibility of some sort of DCUC / MOTUC cross-over, what is the possibility of reusing DCUC parts in the MOTUC line to help extend the life of the line with a larger library of recycled parts as a further cost-saving measure?
    This is something we are looking into but not all parts work back and forth. For example, the basic He-Man body is a bit big for Green Lantern and the basic DCUC body is a bit small for MOTU. But we are looking at some possibilities down the road. Grodd might make a good Shadow Beast if executed right and Kid Flash might work out for Prince Adam if executed right. (not that we wouldn’t also look at doing Prince Adam as a repaint of He-Man as well) Lots of possibilities depending on the fan support the line gets.

    7. Since you announced that MOTUC figures will be recycling art from the classic packaging, what will you do about never-before-released-figures that don't have classic packaging artwork? (eg: Queen Marlena, Green Goddess, etc)
    We could also use art from the classic mini comics for either of these characters!

    8. Some fans had a King Grayskull whose sword and/or shield had a dimple in the middle. Is this a mold problem or just a casting problem on a certain number of swords/shield, and will it be fixed by the time we get He-Man and Skeletor?
    Really? We haven’t seen any samples here with a dimple. Either way, it might have just been a fluke in a few samples and wasn’t at all something done on purpose going forward.

    9. Given the durability issue of King Grayskull and the numerous broken figures, what is Mattel doing to insure durability on future MOTUC figures?
    We switched vendors.

    10. Some fans would like to fast-track the relase of figures that did not see a release in the 2002 action-figure / mini-statue line (eg: Spikor, Scare Glow, etc). How is Mattel determining what figures are released first? It is all based on the reuse of parts, or is there another reason for why certain characters are chosen over others?
    The first several months of characters were chosen based on popularity coupled with reuse of parts (which is why Zodac will be done before Ram Man who needs a full new sculpt).

    Once we gage fan interest and sales success of the line we will have a better idea of how much tooling we can allocate for future figures. As far as additional character selection into the rest of 2009, that is up to the marketing and design team (as well as some input from the Horsemen). But all of the members of the team are huge MOTU fans and have mentioned that doing characters who were not in the 2002 or Staction line are a big priority for them. We don’t think their will be much disappointment in the 2009 line up!


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    Good answers, perticularly question one! It's good to hear Toyguru mention a possible movie. It makes sence to have any new DVD release tied into that project (IMO). It' a shame about the no rooted hair for POP characters, but when explaned like this it's totally understandable.
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    I'm disappointed that the PoP figures won't be getting an extra head with rooted hair, but like Angel-T I think it's understandable. Mattel gave a perfectly valid reason so I can't complain. *sigh* Man. I guess those of us who want it will just have to keep hoping that popularity/sales are enough to justify it later down the line.
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    Different Body for prince Adam?!

    Quote Originally Posted by JVS3 View Post
    Kid Flash might work out for Prince Adam if executed right. (not that we wouldn’t also look at doing Prince Adam as a repaint of He-Man as well)
    Wohoo! They are at least considering a different body for Adam! Yes! I am so glad!

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    As I've said in the past, when the females start showing up in MOTUC, let's make sure not to repeat a Giganta situation. I just checked the site and can't believe she's still for sale after all this time.
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    Well I am glad they are considering making Adam smaller than He-Man.
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    this is all very good news
    im glad the mentioned movie in there. and the fact we wont be getting extra skeletor head, as i would much rather have them release the chase versions of he-man and skeletor then give us different heads and weapons pack to make them battle armor.
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    Well, these answers are alot better than previous ones, none of the "anything is possible" line. Great to hear that the whole franchise is being looked at and hopefully cared for.

    I'm glad about the hair being sculpted.

    Really glad to hear that they are looking at doing both Adam's. Keeps more people happy.

    Very disappointed that the card-art won't be all new art. I understand not having comics straight away but a new picture shouldn't cost that much. It's a good thing that these won't be on retail shelves! There are some amazing artists here at the Org, whom I'm sure would work cheap.

    My sword has dents, maybe we should start a thread?

    VERY VERY happy to hear that the rest of the figures should be more durable than KG (I assume that new vendor means new factory?)

    Ram-Man will have a complete new sculpt from the sound of it. Thats nearly a bonus answer.

    Good to hear that they will probably keep the top tier characters coming thick and fast. Imagine if Orko bombed and was the death of the line!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tallstar View Post
    As I've said in the past, when the females start showing up in MOTUC, let's make sure not to repeat a Giganta situation. I just checked the site and can't believe she's still for sale after all this time.
    Can't say that I'm surprised. I'm not a DC fan but I know who Lobo is but I have no clue as to who Giganta is! I think Mattel are going to be very wary of releasing the MOTUC ladies

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    I'm happy with all these answers... especially regarding an alt Adam sculpt and the possibility of a direct-to-DVD movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by claw guy 3 View Post
    Can't say that I'm surprised. I'm not a DC fan but I know who Lobo is but I have no clue as to who Giganta is! I think Mattel are going to be very wary of releasing the MOTUC ladies
    She-ra is way more famous than Giganta so it doesn't really mean anything for the MOTUC line. Teela and Evil Lyn will sell like hot cakes so I'm really not worried about them either. Other secondary characters like Glimmer or more obscure supporting cast like Mermista might be a different story. Again, if Mattel decided to sell those as 'waves', we wouldn't have to worry about this because people would have to buy 6 figures in one go.
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    I think that will be better have PoP figures with plastic hair: this will bring more access to the PoP warriors (!) to MotU fans (and who love PoP but hates they rooted hair for severals reasons). Sculpted hair is better to clean the unboxed figures (I'm dust alergic and my She-Ra make me sneeze everytime ), sculpted hair will guarantee fidelity, you can show PoP females with MotUC females like the same series and will resistant in the time... honestly I don't see any advantage in the rooted hair
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    I'm THRILLED the POP figures will have plastic hair and be more uniform to the He-Man characters (not having rooted hair). That was a big disappointment for me when I was a kid; it always bothered me they weren't uniform to the He-Man line and the Evil Horde figures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hemix View Post
    I'm THRILLED the POP figures will have plastic hair and be more uniform to the He-Man characters (not having rooted hair). That was a big disappointment for me when I was a kid; it always bothered me they weren't uniform to the He-Man line and the Evil Horde figures.
    Absolutely. I've never thought rooted hair "worked". I had a ton of Mego Superheroes growing up and I hated the look of the rooted hair on both the female (like Wonder Woman and Batgirl) and male (like Thor and Conan) figures.

    It also seemed to cross a line between "Action Figures" and "dolls".

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCI Guy View Post
    Absolutely. I've never thought rooted hair "worked". I had a ton of Mego Superheroes growing up and I hated the look of the rooted hair on both the female (like Wonder Woman and Batgirl) and male (like Thor and Conan) figures.

    It also seemed to cross a line between "Action Figures" and "dolls".
    Personally I would be happy for either rooted of sculpted hair. I just want some POP characters. But I find the argument of of rooted hair crossing a line intresting. I am not saying that you are wrong, but if we are applying that same logic then Tytus and Megator from the original line would also have been action dolls rather than action figures. Many times I have seen orgers argue that rooted hair is the deal breaker and use it to down on POP all the time. But we never hear anyone dismiss Megator or Tytus who both had rooted hair. I have always seen this as somewhat of a double standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel-T View Post
    Personally I would be happy for either rooted of sculpted hair. I just want some POP characters. But I find the argument of of rooted hair crossing a line intresting. I am not saying that you are wrong, but if we are applying that same logic then Tytus and Megator from the original line would also have been action dolls rather than action figures. Many times I have seen orgers argue that rooted hair is the deal breaker and use it to down on POP all the time. But we never hear anyone dismiss Megator or Tytus who both had rooted hair. I have always seen this as somewhat of a double standard.
    As far as guys with rooted hair, I pointed out I didn't like the Mego Thor or Conan's hair.

    And I will admit it is a double standard for the female characters. Rooted hair on a female character makes them more of a "doll" in my opinion. Not so with a male, it just makes for an ugly figure (again IMO).

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    I think its a really good sign that they took such switch action switching vendors because of the problems with KGS.

    Also their answer to question 10 has me REALLY excited about who is to come. :-) I really hope this line is well enough supported so that we can get the most out of it
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    Rooted Hair vs Painted Hair

    Should Mattel ever wish go with rooted hair on MOTUC or POP figures, the resources are already there - do a crossover with the Barbie line. Before anyone gets his/her knickers in a twist, take a look at the "Barbie and the Rockers" Ken doll released around the same time as the first MOTU live-action movie - if that face sculpt doesn't look like Dolph Lundgren, I'll eat my Attack Trak!

    Historically, the Barbie line has done quite a few highly successful film and pop culture homages. (I think the LOTR package was one of the absolute best.) Would definitely need a re-sculpt on the standard Ken body for He-man though!

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