April 16, 2009, 02:46pm
Answers to WTFWTK 2.16!
Toyguru has once again provided answers to your questions.
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1. Has Mattel determined if and how much they will increase production numbers on figures, based on recent sell-outs?
Yes. We have increased numbers for Mer-Man, Zodac and Hordak. If we still sell out we will increase again. The goal is to have the figures available for at least a few weeks before sell out. Collectors should note that because the increase in production on Mer-Man came so late, we are getting him in two different shipments. So likely we will sell out on day 1 with more coming a week or so later. Once we have a date for the second batch of Mer-Man we will post it on Facebook.
2. Will Hordak's title be changed to its classic "Ruthless Leader of the Evil Horde" rather than "Evil Leader" due to the redundant use of the word evil?
This was actually a legitimate error. It should have been “Ruthless” and we will change that on future cross sell and any reissues going forward.
3. While waiting for the subscription to go into effect, could Mattel offer batches of each MOTUC figure at different times over the course of the day to help people who can't order the figures due to Internet restrictions at work?
We actually don’t intend for the figures to sell out as fast as Faker did. We made just as many Fakers as we did Beastman and Beastman took 41 days to sell out. The goal is for the figure to be online for at least a few weeks and we will continue to adjust production numbers as needed without over producing.
4. Originally Mattel announced that sales had justified the possibility of doing vehicles. But in the latest Q&A you said no vehicles are planned and instead just large beasts. Why the change?
Right now we are looking into doing Battle Cat because A: he is so iconic to the mythos and B: we can reuse the tool as Panthor, Clawdeen and others. A Windrider is only a Windrider to sell once. If sales do continue to increase we would love to get to vehicles one day. Which ones would fans want to see most?
5. If the fans don't like some aspect on a figure that is more than 3 months away, is there a chance to enact a change on that very figure if there is enough negative feedback towards it?
By the time a figure is revealed it has already gone into production. Changes can only be implemented if we go back into production like with He-Man and Skeletor in late 2009.
6. Since Faker still has the large crotch piece which gives the figure the bowlegged stance, will (and if so, when will) Mattel make the smaller crotch piece used on Stratos & Beast Man the standard?
There is actually only one crotch piece. Any variation you are seeing is just slight changes in the manufacturing process. All the figures have the same tool part.
7. There are fans who are a little weary that other armored figures such as King Randor, Fisto, Clawful and so on will be showing their abs like Hordak. Do you know if this will be the case, or will they have armor that goes all the way down their upper torso like the classic 80s figures?
The figure doesn’t actually show his “abs”. A new “armor” mid torso piece is designed by the Horsemen to be part of the overall armor look which is broken in two to allow for articulation. And yes, this will be the design for all armored figures in the line.
8. There have been numerous reports on He-Man.org alone of production mistakes on MOTUC figures. Why are all these errors happening?
Mistakes happen in all toy lines. We do have rigorous safety and quality testing but sometimes mistakes are made. They just tend to be more noticeable on a highly collectable line such as MOTUC because these have dedicated fans who discuss the lines in detail online (which is a good thing as it helps us ID the mistakes and correct them - as we did with King Grayskull’s foot problems)
9. How about adding a "back order" option to sold-out figures on Matty Collector to help Mattel gauge interest in 2nd edition figures, help Mattel adjust future production runs, plus to notify those customers when that figure returns for reorder?
We are well aware of greater interest in figures that have been sold out and this is why we will go back into production of them in time.
10. What is the purpose of "real" names for the characters, and what is the process for coming up with each new "real" name?
The “purpose” is to give a bit more character and background to the characters of the MOTU world. Although as we have stated in the past, MOTU is always intended to be an avatar for fantasy play. If in your imagination He-Man was named “Bobo the fighting guy” that is okay too. It really is up to each fan to imagine MOTU characters the way they want.
For this particular toy line, MOTU Classics, we wanted to find ways to infuse more background into the characters for some fans who enjoy that approach. Not all will, which is why these bios are for entertainment only. You won’t like every movie you see either, but we hope in time most fans will embrace some of the new concepts we are introducing in this line as much as they embraced Trap Jaw’s new origin for the 2002 show which contradict his earlier mini comic origin.
The process involves going through all the current material available that we have legal rights to including the 2002 cartoon, the mini comics, licensing guides, some of the early books and the original toy line notes and story concepts. We also have notes about what would have been the 3rd season of the 2002 series and have already incorporate that into the line (i.e. Faker’s bio).
Since it is well established in MOTU mythos that characters do indeed have real names (Keldor, Duncan, Adora etc..) we wanted to spread this to other characters as well. In the case of some, like Stratos, he is referred to as Lord Stratos by other Avians, so it is clear that is his name. Other characters like Mer-Man or Hordak clearly have nicknames or military names. So in there case we wanted to provide a real name to add to their backstory.
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