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    Answers to WTFWTK 2.91!

    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 91 questions!

    1. Replikor: Now that Castle Grayskull has proven fans are interested in using a preorder system for new MOTUC items, are vehicles sold through preorder now being considered?

    Highly unlikely because we did offer a vehicle and it sold well below expectations. If fans want more vehicles the best way to support is to buy the current one.

    2. jerec350: I recently noticed that the spade symbol on The Mighty Spector resembles a clock hand. Is it pure coincidence or was that the inspiration for the symbol?

    From Scott:
    "It is really a coincidence (with Spector being a time traveler and all). But it has always been a "Spade" even if it means something different on Eternia the same way He-Man's symbol is not an "Iron Cross" but a Trollan symbol of Power."


    3. CaptainMendoc: In response to a previous question about Rattlor's 'The General' armour, you stated that the sculpted piece was only chest armour and did not include bracers and greaves. Does this mean it does not include pauldrons either? The original General armour had pauldrons (shoulder guards) attached to the chest harness. Would it be possible to see a photograph of the piece or for you to include it in a future video?

    If we can ever confirm it will ship we will show a picture. Until then we are not going to post images of toys we don't know are going to the market (and yes we know sometimes these things accidently slip through, but not on purpose).

    4. cronosred: I know it was mentioned that 2012 figures won't see a second run but with Castle Grayskull coming out next year will you at least think about giving the Sorceress a second run?

    Definitely not. We have tried second runs on almost 2 years worth of figures and the only figures that hit expectations for a second run was He-Man. While there is a vocal minority asking for these online, the buying majority does not support second runs. There are no plans to do second runs of any figure past Man-E-Faces at this time.

    5. marshall76: If and when you get to Multi-bot, would he be a candidate for both vintage and Filmation heads?

    Anything is possible but we simply don't have this figure in development right now so we can't give an accurate answer.

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    The answer to replikor's questions really irks me. A preorder system would eliminate the problem of knowing if making a vehicle is justifiable, or how many units need to be produced--so "exectations" shouldn't be an issue with preorders.

    Exactly how many freakin' wind raiders did Mattel make that sales were "well below expectations"? I thought everybody loved the wind raider, so what gives?!

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    These answers are such a cop-out. Especially the one regarding the re-issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battle Armoured View Post
    These answers are such a cop-out. Especially the one regarding the re-issues.
    In what way? Every single question was very specifically answered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wulff View Post
    In what way? Every single question was very specifically answered.
    Loads of people have been asking for Teela, Zodac, Randor etc for a long time now, so it shows there's a market for certain re-issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battle Armoured View Post
    Loads of people have been asking for Teela, Zodac, Randor etc for a long time now, so it shows there's a market for certain re-issues.
    Teela deserves a second release. That's just a fact. between the bobble head and the year one status and all, she's pretty high on the demand list. Add in the fact taht she has 2 display modes and she really needs to come back out...

    But seriously?? Randor??!?!!? Where was THIS demand?? They released a new randor and he took longer to sell then nearly all the others... He's a pegwarmer at best. I've seen demand for EP randor, and 200x Randor.... but a re-release of first Randor??? That I haven't seen.


    Zodac HAS been rereleased. We've gotten him offered a couple times on matty and then the MOTU/DC pack... So his time is done.

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    I think they really need to make a second run of FISTO, because it doesn't appear that they made enough the first time. I'm a subscription holder, and yet I never received the figure, because they were 'out of stock'. This tells me that they didn't make enough to meet the subscription demand, and for that reason alone deserves a 2nd run.

    As for the Wind Raider, I'm guessing there is still a lot in stock, and once they are sold, they will probably switch to a pre-order system for future vehicles. If they want to sell that stock, they should probably throw in a free gift or something to encourage sales. Maybe a repainted weapon or something.
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    Highly unlikely because we did offer a vehicle and it sold well below expectations. If fans want more vehicles the best way to support is to buy the current one.

    Fans DID buy the Wind Raider!!!I'm so sick of him telling us we haven't supported vehicle purchases!ToyGuru is so full of it!! It's not our fault you overproduced the vehicle to fill your "quota".
    Man.... I'm assuming you now want us to buy multiple Wind Raiders because we have unlimited cash or something! Toy Guru has proven time and time again you cannot believe everything he says!(We intentionally reversed Stinkor's arms so he pops more,etc...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Atkin View Post
    I think they really need to make a second run of FISTO, because it doesn't appear that they made enough the first time. I'm a subscription holder, and yet I never received the figure, because they were 'out of stock'. This tells me that they didn't make enough to meet the subscription demand, and for that reason alone deserves a 2nd run.

    As for the Wind Raider, I'm guessing there is still a lot in stock, and once they are sold, they will probably switch to a pre-order system for future vehicles. If they want to sell that stock, they should probably throw in a free gift or something to encourage sales. Maybe a repainted weapon or something.
    the only thing to take into consideration at this point is: how many wind raider did they produce? because its crystal clear that if they produced em as much as a normal standard figure they'll remain in stock forever.
    everytime is like its our fault. how many wind raider should I buy? 4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sircory-1 View Post
    The answer to replikor's questions really irks me. A preorder system would eliminate the problem of knowing if making a vehicle is justifiable, or how many units need to be produced--so "exectations" shouldn't be an issue with preorders.

    Exactly how many freakin' wind raiders did Mattel make that sales were "well below expectations"? I thought everybody loved the wind raider, so what gives?!
    Yeah, I REALLY dont get why they can't even try a preorder for Battleram,etc
    Have we not proved over and over as a fan base that we could make it happen--these answers are bewildering at best

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    These answers are moronic. The answer to 1. means Mattel can't even be bothered to see - through a thermometer preorder at no cost to them - if a better choice of vehicle would sell sufficiently to produce them a profit. 2. was a potential out to make Toy Guru's own Gary Stu character actually make a modicum of sense and he chose to answer it like a stubborn child. And by now everyone should know that 4 and 5 would be answered that way. There's no point in Mattel having a Q and A if they're just going to be answered like that.

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    The answer to #4 is confusing and a little misleading. I'm pretty sure at one point we were told that only core headlining characters (i.e. He-Man, Skeletor etc.) sold well in a second run, so I'm not sure how we went from *that* to the polar opposite with everything underperforming in a second run except for He-Man. Furthermore, when He-Man was initially released, not only were the production numbers lower than later releases but he was not at all a runaway success. Mattel were underwhelmed with the modest number of units sold. So when they later went to do a second run during the period of time when the line was gaining a lot of momentum, and corrected the shoulders and face paint on He-Man for the second release, of course expectations would be met.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JVS3 View Post
    He-Man's symbol is not an "Iron Cross" but a Trollan symbol of Power."
    Gag! Gag! Cough, cough, gag!

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    Come on, people

    All the answers are designed to stir up fear so that you Subscribe and/or buy doubles or triples of existing items.

    Scott did this with JLU. See below:


    Quote Originally Posted by Wulff View Post
    Just because a some people are loud doesn't mean they are numerous.

    Mattel said very clearly that no reissue besides He-man did well, so it only makes sense not to do any more.

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    Mattel doesn't release sales numbers, so there's no reason to think the Wind Raider sold well. Especially when they are straight telling us it did not.

    If the Wind Raider was a success, of course they would be doing more vehicles. Why would they leave money on the table?
    With JLU, there were instances where Scott would say, "If these jlu items don't sell out, the line will end, so you should buy more, and/or tell your friends to buy."

    So some people did just that - they bought more than they needed. But not that many did this.

    And voila: the next round of jlu stuff was released.

    The same thing happened. More scare tactics.

    But the items were released.

    This was WITHOUT a pre-order.

    A pre-order WOULD be reasonable. The problem is likely whether Scott can get the extra money for that SKU.
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