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    Answers to WTFWTK 2.67!

    Mattel has once again provided answers to your questions.
    Thanks again to them for taking the time to answer these!
    Check out their answers to your Round 66 questions!

    This round of questions were selected by dorrmann.
    Thanks to that fan for their help!

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    1. bskcase: Now that vehicles are on the table, would you guys include 200X and NA vehicles as well?

    Certainly! But I have a feeling the team will be interested in the key vintage vehicles first.

    2. Shecky: Now that it has been acknowledged that those who purchased Battleground Teela were overcharged on shipping fees, what are the plans to rectify this?

    We are still reviewing this particular issue. Nothing has been announced or acknowledged but we are reviewing any issues on a customer by customer basis.

    3. AdultCollector: Would Mattel consider cancelling a figure if all indications pointed to unexpectedly low sales of said figure? Related to this, is feedback from conventions or other events Mattel participates in used to gauge fan interest and to make decisions related to the direction of the MOTUC toy line?

    Usually by the time fans see a figure we are well into production, so no, negative feedback would not likely cause us to make changes so far as to cancel a figure. Occasionally we can make slight deco changes (as we did with BA Skeletor's feet) but that is about the limit of change we can affect once a figure has been revealed!

    4. slackrguy: Are any of the 30th Anniversary characters going to be in the 2012 mini-comics?

    Yes, all of them (except for the new context winner) will be including the Fearless Photog. This is being done to both help cement these new characters in the MOTU world as well as provide shield art for the card back bios! They won't be the stars of the book, but we are making sure they each get at least a panel or two for card bio art.

    5. General Hawk 7: Starla's face at SDCC was beautiful. We bought subscriptions. Now her face has been changed for the worse as shown at Power-Con (please see link). What will be done to remedy this problem?

    From Toy Guru:
    "I've explained this one a few times on the boards of He-Man.org and Mattycollector.com, but happy to repeat here.
    The Star Sisters samples shown at Power Con were FAR from final. These were our first paint samples back from Hong Kong. Much like the Whiplash example we showed in our "how toys are made" panel at Power Con, when the first paint samples come back we make tons of comments to get them back on model to the Horsemen original. There was no change to her face or sculpt, you are just seeing a still in development toy that is being tweaked and worked on. In hindsight, perhaps we will only show final product or the Horsemen originals going forward at all conventions to avoid any quality control questions on in progress samples."


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    Great news about the vehicles!!! Vintage are more likely to be released earlier but NA and 200X are considered as well!
    Vintage - all of them
    200X - Skeletor's Ram Chariot, War Whale, Attack Squid for me please.
    NA - Astro Sub, Bola Jet, Terra Pod, Shuttle Pod, Tharkus and Dread Tread for me please.

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    Hmmm. So it seems like the whole notion of spreading out the "A-list" stuff to extend the life of the line doesn't apply to the vehicles.

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    Uh-oh @ all 30th anniversary figures being featured in the mini-comics!

    I hope they don't stop showing us stuff because of "negative fan reaction." Seeing sample figures might help us discover something Mattel might accidentally overlook...like...backwards shoulders, for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkspecter View Post
    Uh-oh @ all 30th anniversary figures being featured in the mini-comics!
    I'm glad of this. I think it's an obvious and great idea. I'm sure there will be detractors, but since their bios are to help string together diverse and sometimes unrelated stories, this will certainly not hurt the overall plot the bio's are building and the Comics are bridging.

    Glad to have official representations of them in actual published media.

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    asking about canceling a figure because some people arent interested is an insulting concept. Even if it's a sub, if anyone is interested in a character, ect, they should have their chance. If some people dont like a fig, there are ways. I dont expect to like every character but this many years in, we know the score.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baronterror View Post
    I'm glad of this. I think it's an obvious and great idea. I'm sure there will be detractors, but since their bios are to help string together diverse and sometimes unrelated stories, this will certainly not hurt the overall plot the bio's are building and the Comics are bridging.

    Glad to have official representations of them in actual published media.
    I think it's probably a good idea...I just meant "uh-oh" because of some reactions I know will be coming.

    It will be really interesting to see how they work them in. It might just be in a massive, two page fight scene or something (kind of like the 80's Eternia poster).
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    Quote Originally Posted by JVS3 View Post
    From Toy Guru:
    "I've explained this one a few times on the boards of He-Man.org and Mattycollector.com, but happy to repeat here.
    The Star Sisters samples shown at Power Con were FAR from final. These were our first paint samples back from Hong Kong. Much like the Whiplash example we showed in our "how toys are made" panel at Power Con, when the first paint samples come back we make tons of comments to get them back on model to the Horsemen original. There was no change to her face or sculpt, you are just seeing a still in development toy that is being tweaked and worked on. In hindsight, perhaps we will only show final product or the Horsemen originals going forward at all conventions to avoid any quality control questions on in progress samples."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Sorceress View Post
    or you can add a card with "work in progress" on it
    With hope, Starla's face will be as it was at SDCC. it was beautiful.

    On the other hand, Toy Guru was right, they should perfect the figures as a much as possible before getting them out there. This would avoid some of the dust ups while perhaps creating others — fans would die, if they had to wait two months before a new figure reveal.
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    I am sorry, but I cant see any significant difference in the inbedded link of the Star Sister. Can someone point out what the gripe is? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbles View Post
    I am sorry, but I cant see any significant difference in the inbedded link of the Star Sister. Can someone point out what the gripe is? Thanks.
    People were saying that the eyes were crossed or some bull. The major difference, of course, is the painted flesh on the left and the unpainted flesh on the right...but you know, that's pretty much standard when you move from prototype plastic to production plastic. 'Course that wasn't a production figure, but it's the plastic they use on production figures.

    Biggest problem is the angle of the pic. That and insanity, 'cause those eyes don't look crossed AT ALL to me. So I can only assume that some folks were just insane. Only explaination.
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    Shiny, unpainted face (and unpainted hair) were the only things I would like to see improved on Starla. If she was looking forward instead of up, that would be fantastic as well. I don't think her eyes were ever cross eyed though. I never saw that. *shrugs*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexx View Post
    People were saying that the eyes were crossed or some bull. The major difference, of course, is the painted flesh on the left and the unpainted flesh on the right...but you know, that's pretty much standard when you move from prototype plastic to production plastic. 'Course that wasn't a production figure, but it's the plastic they use on production figures.

    Biggest problem is the angle of the pic. That and insanity, 'cause those eyes don't look crossed AT ALL to me. So I can only assume that some folks were just insane. Only explaination.
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