A couple things literally in front of my mind this moment:
I’m stunned with the answer for #5 - it’s either worded really poorly or ToyGuru clearly has some conflict with Val or Emiliano. I say this because there is NO WAY Scott does not understand how much MOTU means to both of them and what they accomplished with the comic, yet his answer comes off very disrespectful on a lot of different levels.
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.
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.
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.
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.