Is a New Female Buck (Body) In the Works?
I know you cannot speak about specific, or up-coming characters, but could you let us know if a new female buck (body) is in the works?
There are a bunch of different articulation and poseability problems with the current female buck and we will not be seeing a female for at least 9+ months.
When you guys get to Mermista, a new female buck will be needed that separates at the waist so she can have her human legs and mermaid tail (like King Hiss). Making the new female buck soon, rather than later, will ensure all female figures have the better articulation (proper waist twist) and two piece outfits so the ladies don't show their 'T' crotches when turned or bend/stretch their outfits when turned (and the don't return back to normal shape after posing).
Also, figures like Adora can have proper "panties" like she is supposed to wear. King Hiss and Bow both have "undies" like Adora's:
(Click on link to see pictures)
Also, with a new buck allowing for two-piece outfits, it will end up saving Mattel LOTS of money in the long run. Most PoP ladies share chest torsos with other ladies, but the skirts/pants are different. With the current "one rubber dress," this does not allow for parts sharing and each outfit will have to be uniquely sculpted as one.
None of the female figures have been re-issued yet, so it would be the PERFECT time to fix them.
Whiplash, Gygor, Tytus, Battle Cat and a lot more male MOTU figures have gotten completely new bucks or a LOT of buck tooling. These bucks can only be used on a very limited amount of characters. A new female buck, which would resolve countless problems, would be used on 20-30 women. This would be an excellent investment from a business standpoint.
Also, the Four Horsemen and Mattel PR said the following on December 8th, 2009:
Question: We have been told that female figures will use the one-piece outfit. Would Mattel consider making it a two-piece outfit instead so they can use the waist-twist feature, especially for female figures that have distinct waists, skirts, pants, etc?
We went right to the Four Horsemen for this one:
“This is something that we will look into the next time we get to a figure that has an applicable design. We also want to see how the softer material works out on the Adora figure before we make any big decisions. The biggest issue that we have is that the body design was built for a one piece outfit. We are not 100% sure that we can make it work without a complete tooling overhaul. We will keep you posted as we move forward. Just keep in mind that since we work so far ahead that you may not see the results for a while!”
I think a year and four months, plus each female figure released having serious problems DEFINITELY constitutes as "a while."
Also, Adora IS the applicable design. She even has a belt that SEPARATES her torso and "skirt" that was given to her.
Here's a thread with pictures and descriptions of all the issues with the current female buck:
So, is a new female buck being worked on? A lot of fans want to know this before purchasing any more female figures. We were told figures would be delayed if they had to be re-worked or had flaws, yet all the following females were released:
- Teela: rock hard plastic dress, cannot move.
- Goddess: rock hard plastic dress, bobble head, shatters easily (approx. 70% of Goddesses are breaking).
- Adora: bobble head, strange skirt design (yet King Hiss and Bow have the proper tight underwear design Adora is supposed to share)
- She-Ra: slight bobble head, toy factory gave her the old neck peg (Mattel said they made a new one to fix bobble head issues), skirt restricts legs, cannot sit on Battle Cat.
The female buck was only made with Teela in mind and it didn't fully work for her. A lot of fans are happy with having all future female figures DELAYED until the design flaws are fixed (new female buck).
Also, a lot of people have expressed interest in re-purchasing all 5 females released thus far into the line if they are re-released on this new female buck (especially Adora, Goddess...because most are broken anyhow and Teela because of her early sale and inability to move).
Please do not mention how the limited number of She-Ra figures did not sell out at SDCC. MANY people at SDCC did not even know Mattel had She-Ra on sale. Thos attending the con said they were behind the counter at the Mattel booth and fans were purchasing her for MORE money at other vendor's booths. Also, if this stock was put online, everyone knows She-Ra would sell out in 5 minutes.
Thanks TG. I hope you can answer my question about a new female buck.
We are working on a lot of new ideas for improved female (and male) parts. But nothing to specific to announce now. Stay tuned!