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    Post SDCC Fwoosh Interview

    Remember that post SDCC 3 part interview last year that name dropped all of those 200X characters like Carnivus and Dactys? Well, they did it again! Mattel Brand Manager Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich and Lead Designer Bill Benecke have returned for another interview!

    http://thefwoosh.com/2010/08/comic-c...t-1#more-10468

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    Toyguru, you have to post a picture of the bronze Lt. Spector!
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    Very cool! Interesting during the bit about Bow where they say they used a lot of NA parts on him... now, I don't want to read too much into that, as they could just have planned to use the same parts for NA He-man... but the way it was said almost made me wonder if NA He-man was coming soon. I think it'd be cool if he was the second quarter variant figure.

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    Maybe I've missed something...it is easy to do with how much gets passed over on the main page nowadays, but what is the She-Ra commemorative thing all about?

    I was thinking that, with the DVD release, they were re-issuing the She-Ra we got back in June, but this interview makes it sound like something else.

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    Cool interview, I guess.
    Good to hear more from Bill Benecke.

    But to be honest, I'm kind of tired of hearing stuff like "We will see where it all goes, that is the cool thing about Masters – the direction and how far we can push it is totally up to the fan support."

    I know it's just a company line PR type thing.
    But it kind of irks me since it could be inferred that fans haven't supported certain things, which is like

    I mean, what MOTUC release has not had fan support?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lay Ze-Man View Post
    Cool interview, I guess.
    Good to hear more from Bill Benecke.

    But to be honest, I'm kind of tired of hearing stuff like "We will see where it all goes, that is the cool thing about Masters – the direction and how far we can push it is totally up to the fan support."

    I know it's just a company line PR type thing.
    But it kind of irks me since it could be inferred that fans haven't supported certain things, which is like

    I mean, what MOTUC release has not had fan support?
    Maybe the numbers are good, but don't justify--at least for now--anything further than what's already in the works.

    Selling around 15,000 units of an action figure doesn't exactly scream "OK, TIME TO ROLL OUT A NEW ANIMATED SERIES!"

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    If memory serves, there were a few of those that were raffled off at the Con to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of She-Ra. That's all they were for, I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lioncourt View Post
    Maybe I've missed something...it is easy to do with how much gets passed over on the main page nowadays, but what is the She-Ra commemorative thing all about?

    I was thinking that, with the DVD release, they were re-issuing the She-Ra we got back in June, but this interview makes it sound like something else.

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    Good little read; thanks!
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    Part Two is up!
    http://thefwoosh.com/2010/09/comic-c...benecke-part-2

    Choice snippets:
    "I think fans will be very, will be very excited about how it works. It’s not what a lot of fans are thinking, like he possesses Skeletor and that Keldor’s not really evil."

    Hmmmm....

    "I can tell you yeah, Frosta is definitely, she’s a top one, definitely will be one of the sooner Princess of Power figures. I will tell you that."

    Yay! I hope so!

    Other stuff - Yay Bill for getting those gears moving on Roboto! And in the right color!
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    I'm totally confused now. 3 PoP characters, maybe 2 if something has to change in the year and 1 is in the first half. Well, that obviously means Nov or Dec 2011 is PoP (like Adora was originally supposed to be in 2009).

    There are FOUR women total for 2011 (2 have to be PoP taking into account this new info).

    The other two are probably Queen Marlena and the Sorceress. There aren't a whole lot of women outside PoP. I'll be blindsided if we don't get those two...or a 200X Evil-Lyn.

    Catra and Sweet Bee are trademarked. No Frosta...but they said she would be one of the "sooner" PoP figures we get. Weird.

    Anyway I say we get:

    - Catra
    - Queen Marlena
    - 200X Evil-Lyn or 80's styled Sorceress
    - Sweet Bee

    In that order.
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    Sooo... They spent tooling money on 5 molds for Robotos gears? Yeah. What a great way to spend money instead of adding more accessories...
    Actually... strike that emoticon. Make it this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by flitzi View Post
    Sooo... They spent tooling money on 5 molds for Robotos gears? Yeah. What a great way to spend money instead of adding more accessories...
    Actually... strike that emoticon. Make it this:
    You would rather have an extra arm attachment instead of getting the figure right??

    I'm really happy they went the extra mile with Roboto to do him right, from getting the right colors to making them move, and having them sculpted in colored plastic instead of painted. Good job!!
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    What if Mattel cheaps out and make a classicized 200X Marlena, but give her a Filmation head and color her dress green? I could see them doing that, so they can make an easy 200X variant of her later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanMan View Post
    You would rather have an extra arm attachment instead of getting the figure right??
    As a matter of fact: Yes.
    First of all, I´m not a kid anymore. I won´t be playing with my Roboto, twisting his waist and giggling all over his rotating gears as if I were four years old.
    Second: It is absurd to assume Mattel has a budget for each individual figure instead of tooling money for the whole year or at least several month. Figures like Whiplash couldn´t have been made (whole new buck), while figures like the Goddess (whole old Teela) would basically have cost nothing but a new spear.
    So the tooling money that went on creating Roboto´s gears could easily have gone towards e.g. Grizzlors second face and who knows what else the 4HM designed, that never will see the light of day because of Mattels decissions. It could also have been spent on another Roboto head and his chest armor from the 200x Roboto. Maybe even a clip-on gattling gun as seen in the MYP cartoon. LOTS of possibilities. Yet Mattel spent the money on a truly childish actionfeature - while the line was always meant to be strictly without actionfeatures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkspecter View Post
    I'm totally confused now. 3 PoP characters, maybe 2 if something has to change in the year and 1 is in the first half. Well, that obviously means Nov or Dec 2011 is PoP (like Adora was originally supposed to be in 2009).

    There are FOUR women total for 2011 (2 have to be PoP taking into account this new info).
    Unless something changes with the schedule in the third and/or fourth quarter, it sounds like only 1 out of the 4 females will be from POP. That's the current plan.

    Disappointing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallstar View Post
    Unless something changes with the schedule in the third and/or fourth quarter, it sounds like only 1 out of the 4 females will be from POP. That's the current plan.

    Disappointing.
    I don't believe Catra is PoP anymore. (Sweet Bee) maybe hoping for Castaspella or Frosta and then Marlena and probably a She-ra variant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flitzi View Post
    Sooo... They spent tooling money on 5 molds for Robotos gears? Yeah. What a great way to spend money instead of adding more accessories...
    Actually... strike that emoticon. Make it this:
    To be honest, I'm REALLY happy Bill Benecke fought for this...and for She-Ra to have the sword and shield jewels. Both toys would NOT have been the same without them.

    If Roboto just had the big "one piece gear" that didn't move, I'm sure everyone would be disappointed. I just hope they fought for a new female buck!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lay Ze-Man View Post
    But Bow didn't have a vintage MotU figure.
    And if he had, it would've been made up of a bunch of reused parts.
    Not necessarily. The later MOTU figures don't really share parts at all. He would have been in that wave.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tallstar View Post
    Unless something changes with the schedule in the third and/or fourth quarter, it sounds like only 1 out of the 4 females will be from POP. That's the current plan.

    Disappointing.
    That's kind of what I mean. One PoP is somewhere from April to June (She-Ra was June this year), and one PoP is *tentatively* November or December (like how Adora was December, but got pushed to January). So, two women PoP. If the last one drops off, only 3 women in 2011 (1 being PoP).

    However, these are only minimums. Here's what TG said:

    SN: And there are at least two, counting Bow, Princess of Power characters. There might be another, there might be more, but cause sometimes they get changed around.
    I bolded the important parts.

    There's probably only 4 (not including the ToysRUs vs packs), but I hope his teasing there may be more actually comes to fruition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkspecter View Post
    I bolded the important parts.

    There's probably only 4 (not including the ToysRUs vs packs), but I hope his teasing there may be more actually comes to fruition.
    But the at least two part is including Bow.

    It doesn't even sound like another POP female is likely in the third or fourth quarter. To me, this reads that the schedule is for 3 MOTU females and 1 POP female, unless something gets switched out in the second half of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkspecter View Post
    Not necessarily. The later MOTU figures don't really share parts at all. He would have been in that wave.
    Well, unfortunately Mattel disagrees with you.

    While some of the original MotU characters who had unique sculpts might preserve that for nostalgia's sake, Mattel is never going to shell out unique sculpt funds for any character that didn't have a vintage MotU figure.

    As I say, the whole M.O. with this line is to share parts.
    It's a money thing more than a style thing IMO.

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    i think demo-man is the victim and keldor somehow magically consumes him - that'd be a twist.

    the roboto gears, it really was for the best!

    as for the females... i'm guessing they are trying not to give too much away - it'd be a head spin though if we get both marlena and sorceress this year... not that it matters, because every PoP has an awesome design/character... i could take 4 female pop in one year no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkspecter View Post
    Catra and Sweet Bee are trademarked. No Frosta...but they said she would be one of the "sooner" PoP figures we get. Weird.
    Well, there are... what... twenty-odd She-Ra-related figures remaining? If she's fifth of those, she's still "sooner".

    I'd look for her in 2012 or 13, based on that, rather than 2011.

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    Post SDCC Fwoosh Interview (part 2)

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    Great interview! Fear not PoP fans, another character is on the way in the first half of 2011!

    I'm also glad to read about Frosta is a sooner rather than later. I can't wait to see what the 4H do with her.

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    That should help ease some of the POP hysteria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Yuck View Post
    Great interview! Fear not PoP fans, another character is on the way in the first half of 2011!

    I'm also glad to read about Frosta is a sooner rather than later. I can't wait to see what the 4H do with her.
    This was my favorite part of the interview as well! I'm really hoping she arrives next year!
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