So, we can kill hope of Filmation figures, eh?
I've seen a lot of posts jumping to some conclusions regarding Classic Media's announcement about a licensing program in 2012. In an attempt to manage expectations, their specific 30th anniversary MOTU licensing program is not related to any of the announcements or changes we have for the MOTUC line. Classic Media retains full rights to the vintage animated show, which is why they are the ones licensing it out the classic show for 2012.
Yes, we are working with them on the style guide to include some Classics branding elements (fonts, colors etc...) as well and to keep it "on brand" but this does not alter or change any fundamental right issues regarding the classic animated series.
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So, we can kill hope of Filmation figures, eh?
Either they are making the statement so people aren't disappointed when no Filmation characters are announced or they are trying to preserve the surprise. I hope it's the latter.
I also think, they don't need the rights. Just license it....
And why don't TG clearly say: "No, we still can't do Filmation figures..." :-)
Based on that, I don't think the Filmation figures are coming any time soon. If they were, they probably would just not say much of anything in regards to the fan hype online. I think this is ToyGuru's way of deflating expectations so there's not a poop-storm of anger come SDCC reveals and there is no Shadow Weaver, Shokoti, or Lizard Man to ring in the 30th anniversary of MOTU.
Ehhh........TG also denied that Orko and Adam were the SDCC exclusives last year when a website had posted that info earlier than they wanted. I wouldn't give up hope on Filmation characters just yet.
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Guys I really do think that Toyguru is trying to tell us now NOT to expect Filmation rights as he knows that speculations has gone way through the roof.
I don't think they have them (it would just be our luck)- which is why he keeps reiterating that the plans for MOTUC and the Classic Media style guide are separate projects.
I think the below quote says it all really...
"Yes, we are working with them on the style guide to include some Classics branding elements (fonts, colors etc...) as well and to keep it "on brand" but this does not alter or change any fundamental right issues regarding the classic animated series"
What I don't get is - originally the announcements were "4 Huge announcements for the MOTU Property" - not just MOTUC - Now all of a sudden its solely focused on MOTUC - and the plans by Classic Media are totally separate and not a joint venture from Mattel (!)
I wish we weren't told to expect these announcements - they should have just left it as a total surprise.
He says Mattel doesn't own the rights to the animated show but doesn't say anything about not licensing them.
Another thing I was thinking is, regardless of whether or not Filmation rights figures in MOTUC ever come to fruition, there's still at least 100 action figures and toys that they CAN make just using classic MOTU, PoP, NA, and MYP characters between now and 2017. It's still an exciting line without Shadow Weaver and co. Though their presence would make it even MORE exciting (and expensive, heh).
Keep in mind that Classic Media can't "reinvent" MOTU without Mattel's permission. The fact that they claim to be doing just that in the licensing magazine implies there's some agreement in place. What else would Mattel get in return for that?
If he was trying to tell us that Filmation figures weren't happening soon, why not say "Filmation figures aren't happening soon"?
He has been very direct in the past, so why try so hard to go around the actual issue here in all of his latest statements.
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as time passes are more confusing these huge announcements.
they could be all that we speculated for now or they could not be any of those things.
we don't have any idea what this will be.
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Toyguru is using the fan's own hype for the Filmation Rights to fuel interest for the 5 announcements. If he outright denied that Filmation characters can now be made in MOTUC, it would kill much of the anticipation for that reveal. If the 5 announcements don't involve those rights, he's got himself covered.
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