Glad to hear that the customer service team is getting better. I need to change my address soon and I'm so dreading that phone call.
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Please don't make BG Teela thigh as the default buck
I notice the female figures are losing their thigh rotation since BG Teela. That piece worked for BG Teela but please don't make that the default buck. For me the best of the female buck is BG Evil-Lyn (even with rotating wrist guards) then Bubble Power She-Ra (2 pieces clothing). Now we are going down hill after that. Can we Please bring back the old style thigh as default options for buck? Our ladies like to to do more than just standing there and look petty, Too.
This is a design choice made by the Horsemen and Mattel design (Ruben, Terry, etc...) on a figure by figure basis.DC era vs motuc canon
I'm a little confused, are the new DC comics the same canon from motuc (sir laser lot , Spector mentioned) or they are just a different canon with some similarities?
I mean if I see contradictions between them should not worry?
THe DC comic is 100% it's own cannon.My subscription page
At Toyfair you stated that the my subscription page would be back in a few weeks. After a few weeks you said it was almost done just with legal. It has now been 4 months, what's the hold?
This is just reassuring a lack of faith that customers have in matty/digital river. MOTUC has been going for 4 years and it is still a real pain in the behind to update our info. Why does it take 4 more months to be able to change a credit card/address without having to call and hope that the CS rep you spoke with konws what they are doing?
We are in beta testing now. We want to make sure it works before releasing it.POG Original Story
I know part 2 and 3 of the Powers of Grayskull mini-comics were never written but was there ANY information as to where the original story was headed? Have you discovered any new information on POG in the archives? He-Ro, once again, is short-lived. Does anyone die of old age in the MOTU world? Eldor?
The original outline was very basic noting He-Man would go back in time to team up with He-Ro and learn the secret to defeating the Snake Men. It was used to set up what would have been the 1987 line that never happened. It was very basic with few details. The first page is in the 2009 art book and the second page was on display in our case at SDCC that year.Wun-Dar variants?
While the default Wun-Dar is a sub exclusive that will never be rereleased, is it possible to release a Wun-Dar variant?
e.g. using one of those 200X variants like Wolf Armor He-Man as a base to have a Wolf Armor Wun-Dar or a Samurai Wun-Dar... done in the Classics style of course!
I suppose anything is possible but no plans right now.2012 SDCC EXCLUSIVES
I couldn't find the right forum to post this question so here it is:
Last year Mattel made any leftover SDCC Exclusives available for sale on the website for purchase so that customers who were unable to attend Comic Con had a chance to obtain these items. However when I view the items I would potentially want, they already show as SOLD OUT. Are leftover exclusives going to be put up for sale on your website this year the Monday after Comic Con? I'm confused........
Yes, remaining stock may be sold online after the show. We will need to see how sales go at the show.Spector's Blade
I really like Spector's energy blade.
But as it's part of his cosmic key device - is it actually supposed to be a weapon for battle?
Or is it used to cut a path into the time grid (like cutting through the air and thus opening a portal through time) ?
By the way - I still want that energy whip
My intent was it was a weapon for battle. The plasma pellets that power his time circuits and his blaster can also produce plasma weapons like knives or whips (the whip had to be cut).Sales Tax....??????
Why suddenly are you charging sales tax on orders in Ohio? I noticed the invalid tax is not only for the item being purchased, but for the shipping as well!! Is this a glitch? What's going on?
*EDIT** Just saw on the Org that you are suddenly charging sales tax in NJ as well. Something doesn't seem right.
I'm honestly not sure about tax codes. I can only answer questions about product or brand issues.maybe a little playset like the horde slime pit?
if we cannot get something of the size of castle grayskull or even eternia that its sculpted already ( by the way i wish we could get that eternia just with a little bit taller towers for fit a figure inside the cage!!!) how about the slime pit??
We will need to see how larger items like Granamyr and the Windraider do before considering anything else that is big even a small playset.About 2 weeks away
I know that most of the SDCC items will be available on the site after the con, but you mentioned an update of the rest, and with it so close to the con I hadn't seen an update in the news or on the forum. Will any other items be available after the con (ex:Monster high).
That will depend on how well they sell at the show and if stock is left over. Some items like Vykron had specific versions created for sale post show, others will depend on sell out or sell through at the show and whether any is left over.Bright Moon army builder set
Loving the army builder sets we been getting lately, I would like to ask how about a Bright Moon Soldier army builder set? Which could come with one male and one female soldier and 4 heads (2 male and 2 female).
Anything is possible but no plans to announce right now.Wind Raider: Did it sell enough?
It might be too early to ask at this point, but how well is Wind Raider selling? So far so good?
You can still get one as of this posting if that helps.Free Gift w/ Vykron Purchase @ SDCC?
Haven't heard any news regarding this lately.
Were you able to make it happen?
If not, can you tease us and tell us what it was gonna be?
Can't wait for the reveals next week!
We won't know if this is happening until we get to SDCC and know it showed up for sure.Continued use of "action features" or "gimmicks" in MOTUC
In making unique designs on characters with added or recreating "gimmicks" on the rise in MOTUC, will there be an increase to this with those characters that call for it? Some like this trend (including me) while others believe it takes away from the original sculpt. Most have been hits with many fans (Stinkor, Mossman, Tallstar, Slush Head) but a few didn't hit it off that well (Sorceress enlarged wing drums, Vykron's one sided clip on armor.) Will something like clip-on armor or attachments be used in the future? I believe it can work on some other characters so as to not eliminate this decision because of some bad feedback. Some suggestions if/when talks about these characters ever come up for the line.
The Rock Warriors and Rio Blast - The stone armor pieces for Stonedar can clip on their bucks (arms, feet, legs, back & head) and can also connect together to make their rock forms separately. Rio Blast can have clip on weapon attachments on his body as well. Thanks.
AS long as an action feature does not require a new sculpt or distract from the look of a figure we will try to recreate it. Mekaneck is a great example of how action features are recreated in the Classics line using snap on parts, not an all new torso with a mechanism built in (that would be way more expensive to tool compared to the snap on parts!)One more before SDCC, please
Could we please have one more Director's Commentary pre-SDCC?
My latest blog is still with the proofing team but I hope to post it this week before leaving for San Diego.Spikor preview samples?
Can we expect preview samples of Spikor reaching reviewers before the July 16th sale?
Possibly. SDCC is taking a lot of our resources up right now and we'll have the final figure at SDCC for fans to see.I retract my statements
I have to give credit where credit is due, and credit is due to the new customer service team at Digital River. I had blasted off on a previous message about recieving my damaged Griffin and how I was expecting on being screwed over like all the previous times with D.R, but this time I had a new Griffin in my hands in less then 2 weeks of my original call. I don't know what you guys are doing differently but it seems to be working. keep up the good work.
So glad to hear!SNAKE MAN AT ARMS HELMET
I noticed the SNAKE MAN ARMS have an accured 200x awesome Helmet. It would perfectly match with the MAN AT AMRS mustache head. Since both the sculpt are already done and it's not required extra cost could you let it be available with the 200x MAN AT ARMS Cannon?
Was that awesome helmet like this since the early presentation of the figure or it has been improved along the way?
The helmet sculpt did not change during production. It was sculpted from day 1 by the Horsemen as it is in the final toy.MASTER edition figures
Have you guys thrown around the idea of doing "Master Edition" figures once a year that would be the most A list characters with the absolute best paint detail and the absolute best additional heads and weapons? I imagine a He-man or Skeletor with several head choices (face expressions, or hood no/hood) variable armor choices ( classic, 2000x, ice wolf etc...) then a full array of axes, swords, shields, episode specific nic-naks... pets... smaller characters. Of course such beauty would have an appropriate price tag. It could be several variants in one with accessory packs built in.
This is something we have looked into but no plans right now to announce.Battleground Teela at the 2nd Ultimate Battlegound? How?
After seeing the cover for the third mini comic I have to ask:
Why is Battleground Teela at the 2nd Ultimate Battlegound? Shouldn't Teela be the new Sorceress during the 2nd Ultimate Battleground?
You'll find out when you read the issue! Remember, covers for comic books rarely show the exact events inside, they are more often than not a promo or trailer for what is inside, not a 1:1 telling of actual events. Just look at the first two issues, neither of those had the events of the cover happen verbatim inside.Second Ultimate Battleground - Is She-Ra in the Comic?
The cover of the Second Ultimate Battlegound has been shown off today and it has Battleground Teela on the cover, fighting Horde Troopers (She-Ra's enemies).
Without spoiling anything, could you please give a simple "yes" or "no" to the following two questions?
1. Is She-Ra in the Second Ultimate Battleground mini-comic (she's not on the cover)?
2. Will it be explained how Sorceress Teela is able to appear outside Castle Grayskull in human form (Battleground Teela) and fight during the battle (abandoning her duty of protecting the Castle)?
Please let me know. Thanks for reading!
Sorry, but you will need to wait for Dragon Blaster Skeletor in the fall to find out details about the events of issue 3!
Glad to hear that the customer service team is getting better. I need to change my address soon and I'm so dreading that phone call.
Sounds like they are not impressed by the sales of the second run of the wind raider. I would say we should not get our hopes up for future vehicles.
Most Wanted (Remaining)
Vintage MOTU: Blast Attack, Dragstor
POP:Angella, Mermista, Peekablue
NA:Tuskador, Quakke, Sagitar
Filmation:Lizard Man, Dylamug, Vultak
But in reality I want them ALL!!
And I feel like Granamyr is going to sell even less. I do wish that rather than something like Granamyr they would have tested waters with something along the lines of Point Dread & Talon Fighter or The Slime Pit. I think either of those would sell bigger numbers than Gran. Granamyr maybe should have been something for another year or two down the road. Instead, they're basing future large-scale items off of sales of a large rotocast, most likely limited-articulation dragon from the Filmation cartoon. Something that I worry isn't going to look as impressive on the shelf with the other figures as another vehicle or a smaller more interactive item like a playset/diorama piece.
Yeh, I'm sure many more Wind Raiders will be sold on the 16th.
I really feel that the production of gran the filmation dragon will prove itself to be a poor choice. As some posters have stated, other options like point dread would have been more attractive. If I am right, all hope for future playsets will die with the red dragon.
Yes, we alsonspecificaly put the WR and PKE up during SDCc as well to maximize exposure and potential sales! Here's hoping it does well!
It will be sad if fans don't get behind this figure by saving up for the purchase - but if Granamyr happens to be the last massive size MOTUC then so be it. At least we will have him in our collections. I can always place hold one of the vehicles from my vintage or 200x collections if need be for one of the old vehicles (as much as I want updated versions).
To be honest, even more than I want Battle Ram, if there was to be only one other MOTUC vehicle, I'd want the Collector. I've wanted the Collector since I was a kid and could never work out why Mattel didn't make one.
Sadly, I'm guessing given the Wind Raider is still on sale that other vehicles will be pushed off way into the future, possibly when the economy improves (if MOTUC is still going then).
Grayskull needs its Cardboard Spacesuit MOTUCized
Voice your support in the Cardboard Spacesuit/Robot thread:
I would have happily bought two Granamyrs ... if he was green
"A knight is sworn to valor. His heart knows only virtue. His blade defends the helpless. His word speaks only truth. His wrath undoes the wicked."
I already own the Wind Raider from it's intial release, but there are a few characters available that I am hoping to pick up on sale date so that I can combine the shipping.
I think the real judgement should be around the 16th to see if people did bundle it with other items to save on shipping. I know I will be.
"alsonspecificaly" is the name of the Mattel world class research facility- pretty cool, huh?
Let me clarify this one more time for people who don't pay attention- I have NOTHING against Scott Neitlich WHATSOEVER, he's a good guy and he cares about the brand. My beef is with his "Toyguru" persona online that comes off as abrasive, ill-informed and counter productive to sales. Scott= GOOD Toyguru= PRETEND PERSONA. Hopefully this clarifies things once and for all.
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Hmmm...I'm a bit skeptical on the Powers of Grayskull outlines. I mean, I do not believe they would have outlined He-Ro dying when he was to be the lead character in this "add on line." You don't make a brand new line just to kill off the lead character in the second mini-comic! That kind of puts an end to the line real fast!
I'm sad Toyguru wouldn't say "yes" or "no" to She-Ra being in the third mini-comic and that we have to wait until we buy Dragon Blaster Skeletor. The cynic in me says: this might go with the "stringing PoP fans along" theory where Mattel gets PoP fans to buy stuff and then not include what they wanted. That's a semi-joke, just fyi.
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That's because this "outline" doesn't exist to begin with- Jim (Tallstar) and myself as well as Emiliano have all spoken to people who directly worked on the brand at the time and just like the 2nd and 3rd mini they were basically writing this totally off the cuff. The POG line was pretty much a last ditch effort by Mattel to save the brand but by the time they got any actual product prototypes out and production finished on Tytus and Megator in Europe the writing was on the wall and it was killed. The only reason Tytus and Megator even made it out overseas was 1. The line was still selling incredibly well there and would continue to for another year or so and 2. Mattel was contractually obligated to fill a certain number of sku's which Megator and Tytus covered.
It seems TG edited his original post to reflect what I said above:
Toyguru on Mattycollector said:
The original outline was very basic noting He-Man would go back in time to team up with He-Ro and learn the secret to defeating the Snake Men. It was used to set up what would have been the 1987 line that never happened. It was very basic with few details. The first page is in the 2009 art book and the second page was on display in our case at SDCC that year.
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