I'm late to the party tonight, but here is all of the new stuff collected!
2013 outside the sub item(s)
Hi Scott, I know there is a lot of uncertainty with 2013 going through at this point. My question is, do you have any "can't miss" items planned outside of the sub for the classics line in 2013? I don't care about names, prices, or otherwise. Just offer another reason for fans to sub up and use the early access to their advantage! On a side note, I appreciate you spending so much time here answering our questions. Obviously everyone here is passionate about the line and want to be a part of it for years to come. Thanks again for all you do!
It all depends on what your opinion of can't miss is!Got my business!
Toyguru, Thank you for your prompt response to my question and I assume talk with your CS. I was able to place the order for my 3 MOTU, 3 CIE and 2 Watchmen subs tonight. Now that is good customer service and I'll do my part to support your efforts to bring out more great toys!
Fantastic. Spread the word.How all vintage MOTU by 2014?
with all the new tooling for the final MOTU characters will it really be possible to complete all the vintage MOTU by 2014? And will there be enough slots for all MOTU plus major POP, NA, & Filmation? thank you for all the hard work.
I can't guarantee it but we will try. It all comes down to how 2013 sells.International Shipping Policy
Forget the price increases (although that's quite a sting) it's your change in shipping policy that has changed the ability for international buyers to Sub from a struggle to a distant dream.
Please reconsider, and provide the same level of customer services we received when buying our 2012 subs with the lowest postage option.
Lost or damaged items should be replaced regardless of the shipping option selected.
By using the $30 shipping option that means the charge to get the same customer service in 2013 that I received in 2012 has gone up from $30 to $75 (including additional customs fees).
That's more then doubled...
If you use a non trackable method we can't be held responsible for lost packages. It is basic econimics. If you want a replacement guarantee we need to know the figures arrived. Otherwise we get scammed too much. A few bad apples ruin it for everyone else.Your Responce to jzachery!!!!!!
"Do you think the problem is that there are far too many sub-factions to MOTU? It must be hard to placate to POP, NA, Vintage, Preternia, Filmation, 200X, etc. It seems you can't please everyone 100% of the time. But do you think this is ultimately what's working against the line?!
"That is certianly true! WE do our best but know we can never please everyone. I just try to please myself. If I like the toy, I'm happy."
Don't you think that perhaps this attitude is the reason why so many fans are so unhappy and refusing so sign up for the sub right now!!!!!! Whilst it's understandable that as a massive fan boy yourself, your own vision of the line and story is what drives you, but it's not you yourself that is buying the figures, it's US the dedicated collectors, and we signed up for the line to get all the much loved MOTU, POP, NA and MYP characters. Hearing you speak like this is very concerning Scott and it shows the attitude you have to things that are not important to you like the essential POP accessories you cut from Netossa & the Star Sister's because those elements didn't personally please or appeal to you. The line is bigger than that...it's bigger than one man's personal fandom and you must start to reflect that in the way you professionally handle MOTUC.
You were warned last year by the "Fareness in the Factions" campaign that this storm was comming. Why should POP & NA fans put their trust in you again? You want us to hand over hundreds of dollars....just for us to continue watching you short change the prescious few POP figures we actually get in MOTUC, while our money is proping up the vintage fans feast of figures and the slew of unrequested concept figures every year that you almost always go above and beyond on when it comes to accessories. You need to check this attitude immedieatly Scott, because it's not helping you win subscribers back. Put what you personally want & like aside and do whats right for the brand!
We NEVER asked for all this Power of Grayskull stuff, all this concept stuff, that wasn't our agenda, we wanted a collection full of Horde, full of Evil Warriors, full of Great Rebellion, and instead of filling slots with the much loved characters we signed up for you've given us all this Powers of Grayskull and concept stuff. I Totally get and appreciate you wanted to tell a story, but I think you have to stop thinking as 'you' and what makes 'you happy' in this line and start paying attention to the endless messages you get from your customers saying 'we want POP, we want NA, we want MYP'.
It's not about what makes you happy Scott. It's what makes your paying customers happy, and that is why we're in this situation now.
Sure, but someone has to make the call. Just as the Horsemen make the call on what each fig should look like, it is my job to make a call on releases. It doesn't mean that I don't look at fan polls and take every opinion into consideration, but at the end of the day I have a job to do and that is why I get paid to do what I do. I will never please everyone, but look at the fan requests I have helped make happen:
Fan's choice slot
Do I get any credit?Character-Poll for Matty-customers
thank you for your engagement for MOTUC, here an idea to increase the number of subscriptions for 2014:
You could start a poll to ensure to get to the characters which the majority of us want to have. Every person who has purchased a MOTUC-product should be registered in your data. Send each of them a code (as made for the Fan-Choice) so that they can access to a poll which could look like this:
1: This character invites me very much to subscribe
2: This character invites me to subscribe
3: I donīt mind having this character in a subscription
4: This character blocks me to subscribe
5: This character blocks me very much to subscribe
I believe that the cooperation of the fans would be huge. You can get a lot o useful information, and evaluate the results on different ways (considering for example the buy habits on the day of sale or the numbers of subscriptions done so far). This would surely help to get happy customers and more subscriptions for 2014.
Thank you very much for your time!
Lets sell in 2013 first. Before we look at 2014 we need to sell 50% more 2013 subs.Scott, please read: International fans feeling mistreated AGAIN...
First of all, let me tell you I DO appreciate your work, and your passion for MOTUs.
I'm an international fan from SPAIN, and I'm sure I speak for almost all of us when I say we want MOTUC to continue, but AGAIN, we feel being treated as "second class collectors". To mention some examples of this: we could not buy the "surprise packs", we were not allowed to send in ideas for customs for the 30th Anniversary (why!?), and now, Mattel tells us to buy a sub to support the continuity of the line, but WITH NO REPLACEMENT POSSIBILITY if a package is sent with "INTERNATIONAL POST" option (the cheapest one) and does NOT arrive to our address.
I don't mind waiting more for my items to arrive with that option (sometimes a lot of time really), but at least I'd expect Mattel to support me in some way, and send me a replacement if after 6, 7 or 8 weeks the items do not arrive. Why?:
1. Because I'm a HONEST collector (and I'd say that for at least 99% of the International buyers) and I'm not here to profit on Mattel. I'm here to collect my loved MOTUCs, which I'm going to pay for in advance, and I'm not going to ask for a replacement if I do receive my figures.
2. Because it's almost surrealistic to pay for a shipment option which costs almost the same (or more) as the figure itself, to be probably overcharged later with abusive CUSTOMS FEEs when it arrives at my home country. Result: Probably a $25 figure will cost me in the end $60 or more. Really crazy! : (
Isn't there a possibility to have some European distribution center to send to all European countries? Almost all packages since a year or more ago are being sent through SWEDEN's POSTAL SERVICE (?). I'm sure it'd be better for all Europeans to have a centralized distribution center here, to solve all commented problems regarding shipment costs/issues.
Scott, we International buyers WANT to support the MOTUC line to continue for many years, but we're having a hard time to get our figures from Mattel with this new politics regarding us. With this options, it would probably be cheaper for us to get our figures from eBay, even with the reseller's prices increments... Which is really sad.
Please, do not mistreat AGAIN your loyal International buyers. Please think about it, ToyGuru. Thanks for your time.
I totally get it. International shipping is just not something we have much control over. It costs what it costs to get this product to you in a trackable way. Just look at American Girl, Barbie.com and Hotwheels.com. They don't offer any international shipping. So getting anything from Matty.com is honestly already ahead of other colletor sites.
I wish it was cheeper. I really do. We just don't have any control over shipping costs. In the past we have eaten some of the cost and we can't afford that any more with skyrocketing material and labor costs.Please get us Kowl before the end of 2014.
This is just a plea to the powers at be to not forget Kowl when discussing the heavy hitters and must haves to make before the line possibly ends. We've had Bow for a year and a half and his better half is still noticeably absent. I can't imagine the line ending and not having Bow and Kowl together.
We';ll try! First step is selling in 2013 at the min prodcution quota to be able to hit 25.00 a figure. Anything less then that and prices go way up per fig. The lower to run the higher the cost to make.Can you do a 2014 poll?
Would it be possible to do a 2014 poll to see which characters from all factions fans are clamoring for. I know that there seems to be an emphasis on the vintage line, but there are some NA and POP characters that are more important to the mythos and/or fans than a character taking priority just because they were vintage. For instance Glimmer and Queen Angella had much bigger parts to play than, let's say, Rokkon, or Ninjor.
Lets wait to see how 2013 sell in goes. If it doesn't sell through there isn't much point since a 2014 line won't happen.What Mattycollector MUST do to make the sub viable for international customers
So it's no secret that not only have costs gone up but that for international customers to be covered in the event of faulty stock, they must go with DHL.
To put this in perspective for those of us in Australia for example, this means individual figures go up from $30 to $65 a figure. Now while it's true that costs have gone up and that the price rises are out of control; the notion that there's nothing you can do to alleviate costs for international customers is a blatant lie, and no that does not mean Mattel taking subsidising shipping costs.
In fact the solution is something that Mattel already IS doing with those who have both Club Eternia and 30th Anniversary subs, namely bulk shipping of several months' worth of items in a single shipment.
I'll refer you to the following breakdown a he-man.org board member raised comparing International Post with DHL shipping:
01: 13.75/01: 30.60
02: 21.70/02: 35.50
03: 30.15/03: 40.45
04: 38.25/04: 45.25
05: 46.60/05: 49.40
06: 60.25/06: 58.50
07: 69.70/07: 63.05
08: 78.60/08: 67.65
09: 87.55/09: 72.25
10: 96.15/10: 76.85
As you can see, the moment you hit 5 std items or their equivalent, there's less than $3 difference in shipping costs. When you hit 6 std items or their equivalent, DHL is actually cheaper than International Post.
Therefore, if you implement a bulk shipping approach to international customers, you actually completely remove one of the price increase hurdles for international customers with the current changes to the shipping costs and policy. Furthermore, there's more than 5 months to adapt the bulk shipping systems which have already been employed this year in Masters Subscriptions to the Club Eternia 2013 Subscription.
I'm not the only person wondering about this. There's been a fair bit of chatter on the .org for example about this, yet there's a resentment to what people rightly see as scare tactics. Now I understand that what you say about the viability of the line is merely stating economic realities. However the first rule of any sales and marketing project, as you would no doubt be aware is that the key to closing sales is effectively handling objections.
What you have recently said about importing toys being expensive is correct; however it's hardly anything remotely close to effective objection handling when there is a solution to minimise costs that is within Mattel's power here - namely to allow international customers the option of combining shipping on several months' worth of figures in one lot.
International fans like myself want to support the line and subscribe, however we feel like Mattel is refusing to meet us halfway here, when as the shipping arrangements for those who have both 30th Anniversary and Club Eternia this year prove; they're able to do so.
So with that said, will you and DR look at adapting the bulk shipping options used for combining 30th Anniversary and Club Eternia Subscriptions this year for international Club Eternia subscribers next year and in doing so, completely remove that objection? Because I can tell you, that it would remove a major stumbling block for international fans who do want to subscribe for next year.
We have looked into this and it is not possible. What we offer is still alot better then what our sister sites like Redlineclub, American Girl and Barbiecollector.com offer - zero international shipping options!
I know it is not perfect, but we have very little control over international shipping and we are offering the best we can. It is similar to when American collectors want Japanese toys. They are very expensive to import. That is just how it goes. I wish we could do more, I really do!A-List charcaters
Scott, I realy appreciate your answering questions. I've been a silent lurker in these parts for ages, but I've been buying the toys. I purchased a sub last year for the first time, and I guess I must be in the minority because I was thrilled with the 2012 lineup. Sorceress, Fisto, Swifty, and Weaver plus lots of others. I do understand peoples' frustration over not getting what they consider to be A-list charcaters and instead getting concept charcaters. I share this to a point(my girls love PoP, and the absence of Glimmer, Castaspella, Kowl, Razz, Angella, Mantenna to name justa few) can be frustrating especially when replaced by charcaters we have never heard of. As to my question, you've committed to us that if we get a sub, the next two years, and especially 2014 will be filled with A-list charcaters, but this begs the question, who do YOU consider an A-list character? I ask this because you're the guy pulling the trigger on who gets the green light, and your A-list may be my "c" or even "d" list. I realize that you cannot tell us who exactly will be on the roster, and I'm NOT asking that you do that. What I am asking for is NOT a commitment that ANY charcater will be on the list. Instead I am asking you to list your A-list charcaters. This will make a lot of folks on the fence sub up(at least I hope it will). Again, I love the line. It's alllowed me to introduce characters to my kids that I loved as a kid!
A list figs would be all the vintage MOTU figs and the main POP, filmation and NA characters. The obvious ones (Glimmer, Angella, Mermissta, Cataspella, Flogg, Hydron, Scorpia, Shakoti, Icer, Strongarm, Lizard man, etc...) All figs we will try to get to before end of 2014 if we can get the min 2013 sold in.May we know how far in percent we are from the minimum subs needed??
Im trying to convince people who dont buy anymore subs, im always updating my facebook page with 2000 people about masters of the universe with all the news and support about the line cause i think is the best line we will ever get!and i love that we have a lot of different eras on it im a completist but of course i preffer the vintage over all! please let us knwo how far we are from the goal to stop eating the nails! are we at least close??? i will keep looking for support everywhere i can and sharing ur answers!
We have over 50% to go. We are at 46% of the min orders we need as of right now.
If we don't hit 100% of the min it means fewer figs at higher prices (i.e. 30-35.00 per figure and likely only 4-6 figs for the whole year)Dedicated to ToyGuru ! Buzz for 2013 Subscription ! U MUST SEE IT
We realized all the efforts you made to keep MOTUC going on!
Fans can do the same!
Take a look at the supporting video I created Wink
It will be shared tonight!
Awesoome! Long live MOTUC! (I hope!)Daily MOTUC Sub Goal Total?
To kind of add to what 'Dark Knight' said in an earlier question. Because many of us are masochistic nail biters (or is this just me?), in lieu of a thermometer or until one is active, is there any way you can post daily the percent of total reached for the MOTUC sub goal? Perhaps post it somewhere in this thread as a sticky either at the EOD or beginning of day, just so we know where the subs stand?
The thermometer for the DCUC thread is ultra handy and obvious, but since we don't have one of these yet for MOTUC many of us are forced to read through your voluminous responses here and hope to glean when/if you mention the days total. For instance; yesterday you replied to a fan who asked about the math involving the subs and you replied that we're at about 80% of our goal. Now one could assume that in just under two weeks time we'll hit 100% no problem, but I for one would like to know how we're doing on at least a daily basis until we get a thermometer. Thank you!
We are working on getting a meter. Right now we are less then 50% of the min.A thanks and maybe a goodbye.
I just wanted to thank you for helping put out such an awesome line. Since I am on an extremely tight budget, I've never been able to afford to sub. I just get what I can. The combination of the price increase, along with shipping and many sku's not being available DOS has essentially pushed me out of collecting this line.
I'm not upset about this as I understand the economics, but I am sad about it.
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for putting out so many awesome figures and I hope things continue on for some time for those with more expendable income than me (stupid mortgage and student loans! lol).
Also, I wanted to say thanks for getting Keldor's 200x swords made and put into the new weapons pack. I still hope we can get a "Prince Keldor" figure someday, perhaps like he is on the new mini-comic that comes with king He-Man. I would find some way to get that, for sure.
BTW, I did sub for Watchmen. I can afford 6 figures just fine, I just can't swing it for MOTUC, sadly :-(
Like I said, I'm not mad, I LOVE this line. Just sad to see it go out of my price range. It was a blast while I could tag along, though!
I hate to see it go too. Especially since if we don't get the min sub orders it will mean fewer figs at even higher prices (since we will be producing at below our min order at a high premium like what happened to GB and JLU)combined shipping question for ToyGuru
What is it that has to be figured out for early access items to ship with subscription items? I don't see why subscription figures have to ship early. Why can't they just ship at the same time the day of sale figures ship, then you would have time to add the early access items to the subscription orders for combined shipping. I think saving money would be more of a priority for most fans over having your figures a few days earlier than non-subscribers.
Not having combined shipping is the biggest sticking point for me not buying a subscription and I'm afraid we're not going to get a definitive answer on this before the subscription sale window ends. I just refuse to buy a subscription only to pay double shipping costs, it's not going to happen.
We need to work through some shipping and purchase logistics before we can offer this. We are working on it!Dreamworks acquiring Classic Media: Implications to MOTU?
I was curious to get your feedback on the possible effect the acquisition of Classic Media by Dreamworks could potentially have on MOTUC/MOTU IN GENERAL, and for that matter She-Ra? Is this an instance like when Disney acquired Marvel and it was business as usual, or will there be an underlying change in Mattel's access to Filmation material and how/if She-Ra characters can be used? Will this possibly help with a proposed media incarnation at some time in the future? Pretty much anything you could tell us as a fan base would really help right now!
As of now there are no changes.The Bios.....
First off, thank you for a great line of figures! I'm just wondering if all the bios you had planned up to 2016 will still see the light off day if the line is going to end in 2014? I have really enjoyed the story you have been telling in the bios, and I really would like to see how it unfolds and concludes.
If we get enough customers and can keep making figures we will keep making bios. Right now we are over 50% down from where we need to be. Time to subscribe. The alt is less figures at higher prices (like what happened to GB).Will there be any slipups/delays in 2013 line up ?
Assuming if the Sub sales hitting the minimum required numbers, Will there be any slipups/delays/pushes in 2013 ?
I am asking this because @ SDCC Reveals, you announced Ram Man would be coming in January. But the Subscription information reads that Ram Man would be coming on February !
Frankly, the slipups/delays this year created quite a lot of confusions & at the end of the day, international customers had/have to pay heavy customs fees for large bundles !!
What we don’t want to see is 2+ Ram Mans & 2+ FFM (& 2+ Monthly Figures) OR 2+ King He-Man & 2+ FFM (& Monthly Figures) coming together !! I really don’t want to get stuck with that kind of situation !!
I seriously hope all figures come the way it was announced at SDCC (Sticking To Their Respective Months/Quarters that is) !!
The reason we have a hard stop of Aug 6th is to do all we can to avoid slip ups. I'll confirm if RM is Jan or Feb ASAP.DONT KILL OFF MOTUC.. A plea to fans
I think it’s a sad day indeed when the end of MOTUC may be in sight.
Im one of the supposedly insignificant international customers( meaning a small percentage according to Mattel) that has from day one supported the line and from the start of subs bought 2 every year ( including shipping and other costs.)
For me whats killing off these figures isn’t the added cost per figure or shipping it’s the general feel about the line. It used to be great reading the posts on here how excited and pleased the majority of fans where.
These are toys OK nobodies life hangs in the balance, but for me the mix of figures we didn’t ever see in figure form was the beauty of this line . I was NEVER a new adventures fan but the addition to the MOTUC line really changed my mind. Same with the POP figures the MOTUC versions also have changed my opinion.
We are going to loose figures that would have added to line and given us a range of characters to learn to appreciate all for the attitude of I want every thing now.
I think a few people acted a lot less like children in the 1980s, when their parent bought them figures as a surprise.
I think we are killing the golden goose for the sake of quicker eggs.
Yeah. We can only make figures as long as their are customers willing to buy them. I've always said what will "kill teh lein" is when it costs more to make these figures vs. what fans will pay. I hope we are not there yet. Right now we are over 50% down from where we need to be. It is up to fans to step up. We will unite or we will fall (sorry, I've been watching a lot of LOTR this week)Advertising: Missed Opportunities
Why are the subs not being advertised on the main Mattel website and/or Facebook page?
Same goes for the DC comics website and Facebook page...
We're working on this.I'm guessing this year would be off the table...
But if you could anticipate the figure pricing remaining the same through more than one year, could a 2-year subscription be offered in the future?
Oh, and a shout out to PoP! If I didn't have that line as a kid, I wouldn't be here now. Thanks for all the great figures so far!
You are correct. that is not possible right now. We ar enot far enough along on 2014 to offer it yet.