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    MOTUC Q&A's From Around the Net (9/1/2012)


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    With 2013 subs being so low, wouldn't now finally be the time to offer different subscription, f.e. one that only includes 12 regular figures, and one that includes quarterly items?

    That is certainly one options but we are just not close enough to 2014 to make that call.

    Why can Mattel not offer a preorder system for "holiday items"? The Four Horsemen already have sculpted the Battle Ram anyway, and it's not too hard to show what a green Granamyr would look like.

    It actually is a lot harder as it requires design resources to do something like this.

    At one point, Toyguru explained that relatively obscure characters wouldn't be possible to do without the subscriptions. But if you already know that demand for those figures is rather low (and thus not a good draw to sell subscriptions), why does Mattel produce those characters at all?

    In order to have the most complete line as possible. A complete line includes both A listers and D listers and our goal has always been to get to as many figs as possible. Both A list and D list figs were strategically sprinkles throughout the line from day 1 to overall maximize the number of total figures.

    Why do accessoires need to have "China" printed on them? It looks just ugly on Spikor's mace and tridents!

    It is a legal requirement, not a design choice.

    What about doing an official poll that shows Mattel why customers did not subscribe for 2013 and what kinds of products the fans really want?

    Why not? You can start one anytime.
    GreatRebellion.org

    DO4M asks: How about a "Secret of the Sword" non-sub 2 pack! Adam in Filmation colors and Adora with the Cap'n Glenn inspired vest. Toss in a few extra accessories on it like a "Horde Belt" for Adoraand maybe a Certain Little Know-it-Owl to boost the reasons for wanting this pack!

    A cool idea but no plans right now to announce

    Skell-skells asks: Is there any chance of getting the modified removable tunic used on Queen Marlena's Captain Genn outfit released in Adora's colours, either as a "secret accessory" with another figure, or in a future Weapon's Pak?

    No plans right now but cool idea.

    Ealo.krill asks: With the chance of the 2014 MOTUC sub being reduced in size, will we need to wait until SDCC2013 to find out how big or small the 2014 MOTUC sub is?

    Based on the extremely low sell in of the 2013 sub it is likely if there is a 2014 line it will be smaller compared to 2011 or 2012. We needed closer to a 100% renewal rate to keep 2014 as big as 2013.

    Arthur asks: Matty, you often tell us POP fans that we're more louder than numerous. Ever thought on releasing a numbered limited series of POP three packs at higher prices to finish off POP? Sure if you can do a sub for 6 figures a year you can do one for say 2 yearly 3-packs at $150 each or so.

    No, we do not have plans for something like this. We'll be excited to see how Frosta sells to see how big the POP fan base is!
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    Scott, all the M.O.T.U.C. fans, we are a lot, we're all worried about the fact that, in all the videos to save the line and promote the 2013 sub, you said that in 2014 we would get all the vintage figures. Once the sub goal was reached, you said in Matty forums that in 2014 we would get less figures, then how is it gonna be possible to complete all the figures? I'd like you to clear that point, there has been confusion and anger in others, I'd like to know your opinion.

    From Toyguru:

    "Allow me to clarify! In order to have enough slots for a full robust line in 2014 like we did in 2011-2013, we needed close to 100% renewal for the 2013 sub. (and my sincere apologies for not making this clear). At the actual sub numbers for 2013, which was just a smidge above the bare min (and about 50% lower than any other year) it is unknown if we will get enough slots from management in 2014 to truly finish every vintage fig. What we will do is be true too our word and "throw out" the long term roadmap and make sure every slot in 2014 gets us closer to finishing the vintage line. Whether we have enough slots to do this is based on the sub sales for 2013 and they were much lower vs. any other year. Hope that helps!"


    Is it totally out of the map a Filmation Hordak variant for 2013? Considering that there won't be so many variants like previous years.

    He would still be a great variant and a main Filmation character but no plans to specifically announce right now.

    In Marzo's bio it is said that he is a "5th degree wizard". We were expecting that in subsequent bios we would see the "degree" of the rest of the wizards like Skeletor, Hordak, Shadow Weaver, Orko, Sorceress, He-Ro, Evil-Lyn, Hiss, etc... but it didn't happen, it seems the "degree" concept was forgotten or discarded in the canon. So, my questions: Which are the degrees of those wizards? Will we see some day (within MOTUC) the complete ranking (similar to Marzo's degree) for the rest of the wizards?

    Yes, we do have all of the rank and this will be revealed in time.

    From January 2013, will we be still getting reissues?

    It depends on what our stock levels are. We are very rapidly selling out of older product and now that we are not going into production of any reissues, we will only have reissues if stock is left to do this! Many figures are sold out completely at this point.

    would consider move Procrustus to another month, different from Granamyr? For cost.

    We can't move Procrustus into 2013 as he was developed under the 2012 budget (and part of the 2012 sub) and he won't be ready until Dec. We did try to have Granamyr ready in Sept, but he was such a complicated figure he kept slipping out. Luckily you have several months notice so plenty of time to save up!
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    Regarding the surprise accessory that will be handed out at Power-Con, it says in the announcement that it will be available first there … does this mean it will see a release as a pack in somewhere down the line?

    Yes, we have more units than we expect to give out at Power Con so likely it will also be given out somewhere else in the future.

    With the DC Comics MOTU Origin of Skeletor coming out this year, and the mini-comic next year being Skeletor’s origin as well I assume the two are probably going to be very different?

    Yes, they are both quite different.

    Skeletor gets a lot of different origin stories that have been told throughout the years, is the mini comic going to specifically tie in to the MOTUC bio’s we continue to read?

    Yes, the mini comic will be in the bios cannon.

    Has there been a verdict on the final hair color of Castle Greyskullman? He was shown with very blonde, almost Hulkamania hair … but you had mentioned it was probably going to be whiter in production?

    It is more green and white than yellow. We will have a close to final sample at Power Con and NYCC.

    Will Ram Man’s neck peg be the same as all the other figures in the line so I can stick a Whiplash head on him if I want to?

    Yes, the neck peg on Ram Man is the same as every other fig.
    Kastor’s Korner

    Kastor’s Korner: Jitsu has been shown with two kamas, weapons typically held simultaneously in both hands. Will his gold hand be able to grip a weapon somehow, or will he come with an alternate hand that could hold the second kama?

    Mattel: No, Jitsu can not hold a weapon in his chopping hand and he does not come with an alt hand.


    Kastor’s Korner: We understand that the entire year’s figures being displayed during the subscription window is not feasible, but what is the reasoning for not revealing the full year’s lineup by name during this time frame? It would seem like the perfect way to help consumers make the most educated decision, and wouldn’t a “lineup subject to change” line be protection against any legal concerns?

    Mattel: Look at how upset fans get when they can’t get an accessory shown (remember the fall out over Drago’s dropped accessories). We wouldn’t want to even name a figure if it is not 100% coming out. Fans just get too upset and legal likes to avoid this too.

    Kastor’s Korner: The Matty Collector subscription model has been a major experiment over the past few years, with many changes both large and small as you move forward. What specifically are the most important lessons the Matty Collector team has taken away from the recent “close call” with 2013 subs for Club Eternia and Club Infinite Earths?

    Mattel: We know we need more improvements in the buying and customer service areas and are actively working on this (as we have been the past few years!)
    Infinite Hollywood

    1. Did having the actors of Blade and Saurod coming out in support of MOTUC help increase their chances of getting made into figures, any?

    Time will tell! We certain feel obligated to them!

    2. Obviously MOTUC struggled to meet it's numbers this year, but once we crossed the finish line it seemed to be with a pretty good stride. TG mentioned something new possibly getting greenlit because of the strong finish. Are there always secret projects like this that could be greenlit if sales were stupendous? Perhaps that should have been teased before the sub sign ups were ending.

    We didn't want to tease it in case it didn't happen. We hate to disappoint.

    3. How big of a challenge was it to get Granamyr made given the smaller production runs and difficulty within Mattel to allow MOTUC more money?

    It was very challenging due to the overall low sales of MOTUC (compared to any other Mattel line) but luckily MOTU has a very dedicated team who is are also fans and try push the envelope all the time!

    4. Any idea if there will be a Mad Matty sale coming up? Or some sort of sale in October like there was last year on the site?

    Nothing to announce right now.

    5. Last year you guys skipped C2E2 because of their date change. The year before you had a pretty good presence. Will you be attending C2E2 in 2013? People in the Chicago area really miss Mattel's presence and we want a chance to buy some of those con exclusives!

    We are not yet ready to announce our 2013 convention plans. All we can confirm is SDCC 2013 at this time.
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    DCClassics.Com Asks: In regards to the Dark Knight Returns Batman, the shoulders (or whatever parts) he shares from MOTUC were stressed as part of a one-time deal. What needs to happen to push Mattel into making – at least – a second exception for a Dark Knight Rises Superman?

    Keep posting requests online and let us know at conventions!

    MOTUClassics.Com Asks: In regards to the “new” surprises, triggered by the 135% sell-thru, are we talking simply new “skus” or possibly new, short-term “niche” subscriptions like Watchmen?

    You’ll just need to wait and see!

    MOTUClassics.Com Asks: When Mattel re-uses a MOTUC mold, or part of a mold for another line (like Max Steel), does that help extrapolate the costs of that mold more effectively?

    It saves Max Steel money but there is no effect for MOTU.

    MOTUClassics.Com Asks: With subscription dynamics dictating that 2014 be focused on vintage characters, what should subscribers who have enjoyed the blended line be looking forward to beyond vintage updates?

    Toy Guru: This a tough one and it all comes down to how many customers we have. Now that the 2013 sub sold in at barely above the min, it is most likely we will not be able to do as robust a 2014 line as we had in 2011-2013. So with very few slots (comparably) the question to fans is “how would you want Mattel to use the few slots we will get?” Would you want only vintage or would you want concept figures still? My best guess is if we concentrate on vintage figs and key animation figs, we will do the best by the fans.
    Elkkthunderstoyroom.com

    Given the lower sales for 2013 subs, when will we know the plan for 2014? Toyfair or sometime later?

    Likely sometime between NYTF and SDCC next year.

    Does the decreased sub sales make the chances for the mini-masters toys less likely? Are these still an option?

    Yes and no. They potentially could present an all new way to release MOTU figures at a lower price point now that 6" figures are getting a little pricey to produce. But nothing to announce right now.
    Hordak.de

    1. With the promise of concentrating on vintage characters in 2014 a lot of fans are worried about not getting Eldor and Veena, if they are not already slotted into 2013. Storywise these two are far more important than let's say Rotar and Twistoid or Ninjor. How big are the chances we would get them if things continue the way they are now?

    This is definitely a sticking point. We are still far off from planning and locking down 2014 so we'd love to know what fans would prefer. Would you rather us concentrate on only vintage figs for 2014 or also look at 200X characters? Also, keep in mind that it doesn't mean 2014 is the end of the line, it just means we will refocus on the the most fan demanded figures.

    2. What a great idea to include an extra Zodak head with Strobo, even though his weapon was cut. Could you imagine doing this more often in 2013/2014 to boost sales for lesser known characters (including extra heads, not cutting weapons, of course). For example: you could include a helmetless, yellow Evil-Lyn head with any NA character, or a 200x Buzz-Off head with Sweet Bee and so on. Or maybe include some extra items like the staff of Avion that is desired by so many- just make those the "second" accessory.

    We will defiantly look to sneaking in extra accessories for older figures when possible!


    3. In 2012 we got the 30th anniversary subscription including 6 all new figures and it sold well, even though there originally was no intention to sell these figures in a sub. A lot of fans are wondering, if you could do this again for 6 filmation figures for 2014. Make them an extra sub so you can concentrate on vintage figures in the main sub.

    Right now we do not have plans for a extra 6 figure Filmation sub. Cool idea!


    4. The same question as last year: So you already know the number and cost of the 2013 SDCC item(s)?

    Yes, but we won't be announcing that for a while.

    5. IF we get the Horde Troopers in 2013, can you imagine making them available all year? And will you produce enough to hit demand? Those would surely require the highest production run of all figures and a lot of fans wondered why they are coming so late in the line as you could have re-released them over and over again.

    Right now we do not have plans for Horde Troopers to announce.
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    The sites listed below are the sites who want to participate in the Q&A round-up in these threads and on the He-Man.org homepage news entry.
    Be sure to check out their sites! There's a lot there to see in addition to the Q&As.

    http://www.planeteternia.de/
    http://www.figures.com/
    http://www.kastorskorner.com/
    http://www.facebook.com/hordak.de
    http://www.maitresdelunivers.org/
    http://www.infinitehollywood.com/
    http://www.he-man.de/
    ElkkThunders Toy Room
    MOTUClassics.com
    MOTULA.org
    http://www.preternia.com
    www.mintconditioncustom.com/
    greatrebellion.org

    All other sites haven't gotten back to us yet about participating, or have asked not to be included which we completely understand and respect.
    So, please do not post the actual questions and answers from any site not listed above.
    But you are welcome to post a direct link to their Q&A, and discuss the info here in this thread.

    Thanks!
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    "Why not? You can start one anytime."

    Jeez, that comes off as a bit snarky. Plus, the question asked for an "official poll". Fan polls aren't considered "official", right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The All American View Post
    "Why not? You can start one anytime."

    Jeez, that comes off as a bit snarky. Plus, the question asked for an "official poll". Fan polls aren't considered "official", right?
    Of course they are, were the ones buying the figures and represent a good percentage of their client base

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    Quote Originally Posted by vazqjose View Post
    Of course they are, were the ones buying the figures and represent a good percentage of their client base
    But doesn't something like a website or poll have to come from the one that owns it to be considered "official"? I could poll fans on my website, but it's not an official He-Man poll since I don't own He-Man. Only Mattel could hold such a poll (and fans participate) that could be called official.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The All American View Post
    "Why not? You can start one anytime."

    Jeez, that comes off as a bit snarky. Plus, the question asked for an "official poll". Fan polls aren't considered "official", right?
    Seriously. The reason it the fan suggested MATTEL do one is so that they could learn something from an official poll which they might pay closer attention to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mern-Ra View Post
    Seriously. The reason it the fan suggested MATTEL do one is so that they could learn something from an official poll which they might pay closer attention to.
    I think Mattel should poll their customers to find out what we really want. Although some fans like them, I think we could avoid the Snake Man-At-Arms' of the world if Mattel polled on their own. They would realize some of their wacky concepts are more loud than numerous, not the other way around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The All American:3112439
    "Why not? You can start one anytime."

    Jeez, that comes off as a bit snarky. Plus, the question asked for an "official poll". Fan polls aren't considered "official", right?
    Mattel would probably just say they don't have the resources to create an official poll..or a more likely answer from TG would be - "starting an official poll such as this would take away from the tooling dollars from a future figure. You all want Ram Man in 2013, don't you? (snark)" .... Mattel should step up and offer official polls, to give themselves a closer look at what they can do to improve subscriptions and not just leave it to just the fan community to do it again.
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    We might be able to get that secret accessory thingee without knowing someone who is going to Power-Con after all.

    As for the poll, I think it would be in Mattel's best interests to learn why there was such a huge subscription drop-off this year and correct that problem before next year.
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    Personally, as a fan base, I think we have had enough of Mattel poles. LOL! Seriously though, how hard can it be for a Mod on Matty to start one? The real situation is that Matty doesnt care or want to here what we want, as they will do what they want to do.

    The answer about the amount of the free accessory for Power Con that were produced makes me feel better. I was afraid I was paying for a Sunday ticket to get one and they would run out.
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    So Frosta is a test of sorts? 'Tis a bit confusing.

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    Legally a 2012 item can't be moved into 2013 because of what year budget it falls under?!? I'm pretty sure I didn't receive, have my items shipped out, from December 2011 until January 2012.

    I don't recall any sort of big legal snafu stemming from that.

    I also still do not understand why Mattel can't tell us by name the entire sub. Again there answer just doesn't make any sense with what TG was telling us during the sub sale. 2013 is locked in, no changes can be made, but we can't tell you who is coming because it can change? Well which is it Mattel?

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    I think he means selling the product, not shipping it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsexy_j View Post
    Legally a 2012 item can't be moved into 2013 because of what year budget it falls under?!? I'm pretty sure I didn't receive, have my items shipped out, from December 2011 until January 2012.

    I don't recall any sort of big legal snafu stemming from that.

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    You know, I wonder what would happen if the original 2016 road map was leaked out somehow. I shudder to think of some of the figures we may have lost that were going to be made (think: Son of Skeletor + Dare)
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    No, we do not have plans for something like this. We'll be excited to see how Frosta sells to see how big the POP fan base is!
    ...REALLY!!!! You defend 'Concept Characters as NEEDED for the line...and yet POP still has to prove its worth..........! (Id say Im speechless...but thats only cos what I type would be Blanked out anyhow!)
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    I don't think anything like that was said. They're excited to see how fast she sells out.

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    If I have to read, "We do not have plans for that" one more time I am going to scream. I have only read the first two sites worth of questions and they have said that like 4 times already.
    Can someone PM me the US number for Matty? I want to talk to someone who might has a clue of what is going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCB View Post
    I don't think anything like that was said. They're excited to see how fast she sells out.
    You know Mattel is out to get PoP.
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    We can't move Procrustus into 2013 as he was developed under the 2012 budget (and part of the 2012 sub) and he won't be ready until Dec. We did try to have Granamyr ready in Sept, but he was such a complicated figure he kept slipping out. Luckily you have several months notice so plenty of time to save up!
    Wait, what? Then how did Evil-Lyn and Demo-man get pushed to 2012?
    Can someone PM me the US number for Matty? I want to talk to someone who might has a clue of what is going on.

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    Both were sold in 2011. Day of sales people bought them in December. Subscribers technically pre-ordered them the previous year with the sub contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCB View Post
    Both were sold in 2011. Day of sales people bought them in December. Subscribers technically pre-ordered them the previous year with the sub contract.
    I wasn't charged until Jan, so therefore, that is a crock of bull!

    Oh, and I love how the attitude has changed now. "Make the 2013 sub happen and all of 2014 will be the remaining vintage figures." The 2013 happens, and now it is, "We don't know if we will be able to do all of the remaining vintage figures in 2014."
    Can someone PM me the US number for Matty? I want to talk to someone who might has a clue of what is going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Staff Of Ka View Post
    ...REALLY!!!! You defend 'Concept Characters as NEEDED for the line...and yet POP still has to prove its worth..........! (Id say Im speechless...but thats only cos what I type would be Blanked out anyhow!)
    Did you even read the question? How well would a 3 pack of figures for $150 even sell? Could have simply answered no plans for this now.... or ever

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Kain View Post
    If I have to read, "We do not have plans for that" one more time I am going to scream. I have only read the first two sites worth of questions and they have said that like 4 times already.
    I would suggest not reading anymore of these Q&As then. With some of these questions what else are they going to answer with? "Oh yep we are definitely doing that", even if the plan was to do something similar down the road they simply are not going to give it out in a Q&A,

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsexy_j View Post
    Legally a 2012 item can't be moved into 2013 because of what year budget it falls under?!? I'm pretty sure I didn't receive, have my items shipped out, from December 2011 until January 2012.

    I don't recall any sort of big legal snafu stemming from that.

    I also still do not understand why Mattel can't tell us by name the entire sub. Again there answer just doesn't make any sense with what TG was telling us during the sub sale. 2013 is locked in, no changes can be made, but we can't tell you who is coming because it can change? Well which is it Mattel?

    J
    This kind of contradictory statement is why nobody believes anything Mattel says. In one of this round of answers states "if" 2014 happens..***?? If? I dont believe these guys proof read what they say most of the time. Very sloppy. I am sure they have an intern who knows how to work Word that can do that for them...for free.

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