Unfortunately, I fear there may not be any POP gals for a while. I admit, I want other MOTU vintage characters first, but I'm afraid since we got Shadow Weaver, Starla, Jewel Star, Tallstar, Glory Bird and we will be getting Frosta, that there may not be another one this year. Next year yes for sure, but this year probably not. I'm not campaigning against them, I just figure the way things work that we will see more MOTU and NA before POP. I do want Kowl, Sea Hawk and LooKee very badly however.
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LOVE these postings. A fellow POP fan over in Shadow Weavers Realm on Facebook was suggesting that the list I laid out may be a bit too ambitious. Admittedly it might be, especially when you take into consideration all of the licensing issues. But it was intended to be more of a springboard, brainstorming session to work from. I LOVE the idea of using Barbie or Monster High to promote POP. Barbie has done crossover with a lot of DC female characters (I have quite a few of those in my toy room...not the Wonder Woman Barbie though ), I'm very surprised that Mattel hasn't tried to do that with POP (although I suspect it has to do with their lack of confidence in the brand).
As for scaling the requests down, as my fellow Realmer suggested, I'd be happy with upping POP releases to at least 3 a year, and in the anniversary year, represent characters from the original toy line, the Horde and Filmation cartoon series to attract not just POP fans, but cater to everyone else as well. Other monthly slots can be populated by MOTU, NA, and 200x characters - but 2015 should feel like The Year of the Great Rebellion.
I'd expect all the characters from the 1985 wave to have been released by 2015 (with the expectation that MOTUC won't be around in 2020). This leaves quite a few characters (and potential variants) from the Filmation, Horde and Vintage lines to be celebrated in 2015.
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I would love to see something done for POP. The men are lonely on my shelf. The preliminary designs for She-Ra would be awesome figures! Yes, please! All three, and then the other one in the bikini. She'd be great beside Vikor.
Having worked in the industry, I know there's a lot of red tape involved in animated features, and likely comic book adaptations, as evident by how long it took to get mini comics this year. However, if it were at all possible, it'd be awesome to see SOTS adapted. Granted, the 200X style may be retired, but seeing it in Classics form might be nice.
These are incredible characters, and hopefully we'll have the majority of them on our shelves in the next few years, but just like MOTU, having a little extra POP in Classics would make the line shine.
I love an all inclusive canon!
MattyCollector.com says: "All your favorite characters from the worlds of He-Man® and She-Ra™ come to life as highly-detailed, fully-articulated action figures. ", so one would think we would have had Glimmer and Angella by now, at the very least. They didn't hold out on releasing Man-At-Arms or Mer Man, did they?
From now on I hope we get three Princess Of Power-related figures per year. In fact, I don't see why they can't divide up the twelve monthly slots like this:
3 x VINTAGE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
3 x PRINCESS OF POWER
2 x NEW ADVENTURES
2 x FILMATION
1 x 200X
1 x CONCEPT / PROTOTYPE / BOOKS / COMICS
If they were clever with their choices for variants, multipacks and beasts, they could balance the whole line out very well.
It's like Mattel is factoring She-Ra into this line the way Americans factor fresh vegetables into their diets - once in a while, out of obligation.I hear ya, DisneyBoy. You're right to be worried. We've all been clamouring for the likes of Glimmer and Castaspella for so long that it feels like Peekablue, Netossa and Flutterina are literally years away from us. As long as Mattel insist on releasing the MOTU heavy-hitters, they'll soon be in trouble and we'll be the ones suffering. I'd hazard a guess that the second and third waves of POP characters would sell infinitely better than Vykron...
She-Ra's a brand all her own. I wish they'd wise up, skip these Vykron/Toilet-Man/Obscure-character-that-may-or-may-not-have-been-a-bug-squashed-on-a-piece-of-paper-from-the-80's-but-lets-make-him-anyway variants and just say "Whammo - Glimmer, Scorpia, Kowl, Sea Hawk - there y'all go. By the end of the first quarter of 2013, you'll have a really nice She-Ra shelf, and we'll try to get you a new POPer every three months or so."
But they won't commit to her characters, even if they have greater visibility and recognition AND would be appealing because most of them were in wacky colors back in the day.
And to whomever said we POPers are also with the NA crowd, you're completely right. Those guys and gals must be pulling their hair out over the fact that there still isn't an NA He-Man or Skeletor to be seen.
They are going to be pretty much be forced into that sort of configuration after this year, I think. Otherwise they won't make the vintage MOTU stuff last. I think that's a good breakdown.
Although I´m not a POP-fan, I also think that demanded POP characters would be better than Vykron, Mighty Spector, etc...
Undemanded figures weaken the line. We got too much of them now.
Man, I didn't even realize how Vykron must make you POP fans feel. Geez...
I've grown to like POP quite a bit over the years, I'd take just about any POP character over our new SDCC exclusive. My girls watch the cartoon and I'm sure they will love it even more as they get older. I mean, I'll make them love it or else...
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Vehicles are FAR less likely because, pretty much each vehicle is 100% tool. The horses are all repaints with some having a couple different accessories. That makes them a lot cheaper to produce and more likely to be made. I'm not against vehicles, but there really aren't too many I would really like, to be perfectly honest. My most wanted vehicle out of ALL the toy lines, would probably be NA Skeletor's Doomcopter. I have the original toy and it's creepy, glows in the dark, has a moving jaw, neat features and doesn't take up a lot of room. I really like it and think it would be cool in MOTUC. I did buy the Wind Raider, but outside smaller vehicles like the Road Ripper, Sky Sled and a Roton (the classic, evil vehicle), I don't think I could see myself buying any. That includes PoP and NA vehicles. They're just too expensive and take up too much space. Screw vehicles, give us playsets. Castle Grayskull, Crystal Castle, Fright Zone, Eternia, Snake Mountain, etc. I would gladly pay for and find room for those. The vehicles are not so important, in my honest opinion.
I really would love a Catra and She-Ra Barbies too (as well as Monster High ones...if MOTU can be in every Mattel brand, why not PoP?). I know some of us have been campaigning for PoP Barbies since the 200X days! We had a call in campaign, does anyone remember that? I did. We bombarded them with calls. Mattel should make PoP Barbies like their gorgeous DC ones:
They could even include a second outfit with Catra and She-Ra, so you could display them with Filmation outfit or the Toy outfit. It would be REALLY cool...or maybe, somehow, do a TWO pack with Adora and She-Ra...and somehow do a trick so you see Adora and have the speech bubble "For the honour of Grayskull" and then when you turn the box (kind of like a lenticular), you she She-Ra and she has the speech bubble "I AM SHE-RA!!!" THAT would be epic!
To me, it really seems like a no brainer. The PoP Polly Pockets on MattyCollector sold out pretty quickly and I saw a lot of people disappointed they missed out on buying them! I think PoP Monster High and Barbie is the next logical step. A+ job and kudos to the Polly Pocket crew at Mattel for realizing the great love there already is for PoP, and the enormous potential of the PoP brand. You guys and gals truly get it.
These are SO darn cute and I've read SO many positive things about them all over the web. Even from people who are new to She-Ra! More merchandise like this for PoP's 30th Anniversary please.
EDIT: I found a custom Monster High Wonder Woman someone made. It kind of helps make for a comparison between the Wonder Woman Barbie. Since Catra has black hair, we can sort of picture what she might look like in both of these different styles.
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By the time the 30th anniversary for POP rolls around, my feeling is that the bulk of the Filmation gals that folks have been clamoring for will have been made in MOTUC, thereby negating the need to request them for celebratory purposes. I'm not saying folks shouldn't be asking for a more balanced/fair yearly roll-out in all categories, but the thing is I really do feel that's a completely separate issue from the anniversary and is something that should be a given every year.
Personally, I think the celebration should go above and beyond what we're normally supposed to get and/or tap into areas that will no doubt be neglected in the next couple years. Let's face it, save for the major She-Ra and Catra variants and perhaps Double Trouble, the toy-based figures will likely fall by the wayside in favor of designs that are predominantly Filmation-based. This fact makes the toy designs something extra special for use in an anniversary year as SDCC exclusives (such as Darkspecter's idea), sub line subscription figures etc. This is also true of something like mini-comics. For the Filmation fans, perhaps they can use the more iconic looks on POP Barbies or some other dolls. POP can exist as many different things. Doesn't have to be limited to just MOTUC.
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I just hope Scott can try to relate to the many extremely loyal fans of POP (and MOTU in general) who are asking for something reasonable.
It's not like we are asking for Crackers the Clown, the yellow mini-comic warrior, and Chef Allen.
These are great characters. Even if you don't care for POP or She-Ra, you can't deny that they are strong characters. You don't have to like them, but that doesn't make them garbage at all.
For example, I love DC, but Green Lantern isn't one of my favs (although the new animated series is quickly converting me - absolutely loving it). But I don't think characters like Hal Jordan, Kilowog, Atrocitus, Star Sapphire, or Tomar Re are bad characters at ALL. I just don't have a ton of connection to them.
If I were brand manager of a DC line, I would never EVER hold back the GL characters... in fact, I'd probably be overly vigilant in making sure I put them in the line regularly.
I just wish there had been more of an effort all along to bring the POP, and NA, characters to the line. Now, we need to play catch up. THAT is what makes the fans demand them.
A Want List of Sorts: at this point... I just hope there is a 2017...
You know, as a fan of both POP and NA, I don't really see anything that suggests they don't know the characters are demanded (well, POP more than NA probably) and aren't committed to bring them to us. Especially now.
Even though I'd loved for them to have stepped up the release schedule, I get why we are here now, and I really suspect we're going to be much happier in upcoming years. This year we've gotten the Star Sisters, Frosta, Horde Prime and Shadow Weaver. That's a pretty awesome POP year for me though I definitely hope for more.
Much of the first year was just about getting a few figures out... and then that snowballed into a full year that had to feature a lot of re-use. The second year was about building on that and introducing the subscription and WAS supposed to introduce Adora until she got pushed back. I kind of feel like we got POP and NA characters about as soon as we could because really the first few figures we got were probably just testing the waters a bit to see how well they'd sell. Now that they know pretty much anything will sell well in this line and they've run through so many vintage figures, I think we'll see a lot more in the next couple years.
I would actually be a wee bit surprised if we didn't get another POP figure this year. We've got September, October, November and December to reveal still. We know one of those is taken up by Mosquitor and apparently another Snake Man is coming based on Scott's hit at Toy Fair. So of the other two, I'd be REALLY surprised if another vintage MOTU character comes up given how heavy they've been early in the year. I've got to think another POP rebellion lady is coming. Probably a "lesser-desired" one after Frosta. That's just my gut feeling, of course. And I'll be sad along with the rest of you if it doesn't happen.
A Want List of Sorts: at this point... I just hope there is a 2017...
I agree with JonWes about "forgiving" Mattel about the current lack of PoP and NA in MOTUC (not your exact words, mind you ). Lots of tooling was needed for female characters...and then we wanted a new female buck because...the other one wasn't cutting it for certain characters and highly limited articulation (like waist-twist). Long story short, we're finally there (although the new Bubble Power She-Ra crotch does NOT work properly with the Battleground Teela thighs). Now we can start catching up on the female characters since Mattel's got the basic body frame (except for the crotch if they want to use the BG-Teela thighs...).
So, yes, it did take a few years of waiting for them. Same with NA, because they were all very unique sculpts. In my opinion, Optikk and Flipshot/Icarus are two of the most amazing figures in the line! Especially Flipshot. He has SO many display options and removable parts. He's freakin AWESOME! Tooling is limited still, I know, but we really need to start playing catch up with these two lines...especially now that we're running low on vintage MOTU characters.
Anyway, I think it's a VERY small thing to ask for, but 100% for sure, in 2015 (PoP's 30th Anniversary), the SDCC exclusive item should be a PoP item. For NA's 30th (someone said 2019?), it should be an NA item. This shouldn't even be up for discussion, but an absolute fact. Ever year for MOTUC (except year 1), has had vintage MOTU as the SDCC item. Show love and appreciation to these two lines in their anniversary years.
Other merch from different Mattel brands in PoP's 30th year would be great too (like Barbie and Monster High, which has been mentioned). Hot Wheels could do a She-Ra car, a Crystal Castle Polly Pocket playset...the sky's the limit and since Mattel owns She-Ra and these brands, it should be VERY easy to make big things happen.
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Screw a modest 30th anniversary POP celebration! I want BIG things! We (and the property) deserve it.
Seriously. I tend to agree with JonWes, insofar as Mattel being committed - committed to giving the POP fans one version of each gal in a style that's mostly Filmationesque. While I realize there have been some tweaks here and there to the road map that Scott's frequently speaks of, what we should keep in mind is that, at one time, he told us every character from the vintage lines (save for some of the NA heroes) was slotted in between then and 2016. I would imagine at least 70% of the gals will be on our shelves by the end of 2015. That's why, to me, it seems redundant to merely ask for the standard POP figures for an anniversary. Sure, continue to ask for characters like Glimmer, Angella etc. and an increase in yearly POP offerings...but those things for an anniversary? We could potentially be cheating ourselves out of some great things. Mattel will be like: "ha! we were planning to do that anyway!" Should we really be undervaluing the property?
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