Re: "We did move a few 2013 figures around (for the first time) to ensure the Q1 figures are very strong to show fans how much life the line still has! When we aquired the Filmation rights it meant a reworked of all future line ups, so we used this opportunity to ensure the Q1 figures each year were very strong to help sell in the subs."
This only serves to scare me! If anything, Mattel should make the years releases look weak, then WOW us mid-way through the year, that would encourage loyalty and satisfaction, rather than disappointment and resentment.
Filmation could have been a completely separate sub-line, it would have been fun and beautiful.
Regarding Granamyr's "Titus-like" articulation:
It is possible to make a decent toy with minimal articulation, but I highly doubt Mattel is up to the task