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    MOTUC Q&A's From Around the Net (4/1/2013)


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    1. Direct question to the 4 Horsemen/ design: Some armors that have been very tight on the prototype turn out to be wider on the final figure. This can clearly be seen on figures like Spikor and Snake Face. It is not a big issue and only natural in the toy making process, but it hinders the arm/shoulder movement a little bit. Could you imagine designing future armors a bit different, so that some space is left under the arms and the armor doesn't hinder articulation?

    Sorry, this forum is for questions to Mattel brand managers and designers. If you have a question for the Horsemen you need to post on their site or ask them at a convention.

    2. Toy Guru has stated that 5 out of 6 figures from the filmation sub will have day-of-sale product. But what about the main sub? will there be more figures in 2013 that won't hit mattycollector's shop?

    Yes, it is very likely there will be additional 2013 figures without Day of stock in 2013 as noted when we sold in the sub last summer.

    3. Usually the SDCC exclusive(s) are revealed in April. Any idea how and when you will show them?

    Ideally also in April. It depends on when we have final samples really.

    4. When it comes to the PoP ladies usually we get the filmation look for them and a lot of people are fine with it, as this is the most iconic look. Nonetheless some people are constantly asking for toy versions. So, if and when you get to Glimmer, would you consider doing two different heads for her, because this girl has two very different looks, especially concerning her hairdo.

    We don't have a Glimmer figure planned right now so we simply don't have info to announce. But cool suggestion!

    5. There is a lot going on with merchandise right now, new busts, statues, bobbleheads, cookie cans. But what do you think about some in-house cross-overs? It would be a lot of fun for collectors if you could team up with Hot Wheels and do some mini MotU-vehicles or the Barbie team and give us a She-Ra and Teela Barbie or something like this.

    We actually did release a series of MOTU Hot Wheels last year as singles and a multipack at TRU!
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    Kastor’s Korner: During membership drives like 2013 MOTUC, DCIE, & Castle Grayskull, there was a lot of begging on the part of Management, the sculptors, and even Digital River to have us buy a subcription. If the situation was that dire, how then were you able to get an additional Filmation subscription set up more recently? I am SO happy and relieved the line isn’t riding off into the sunset, as was feared.

    Mattel: Sorry, we can’t go into detail on our internal strategies for product offerings. But the MOTU base is clearly strong enough to support more figures, which is a good thing!


    Kastor’s Korner: Is the rapid sell-out of Strobo at Early Access a good demonstrative tool to show Upper Management that more convention exclusive SKUs should be added? Many related conventions similar to Power Con offer “sets” and “teams”. White “200x” deco Marlena/Filmation Captain Glenn, Kamo Khan, and Comic Ram-Man vs Comic Trap-Jaw, and green Granamyr are examples of easy figures to produce with no/minimal new tooling and it’s a good venue for them, no?

    Mattel: We may have a few surprises up our sleeves!

    Kastor’s Korner: Strobo is in a unique situation, in that unlike other Matty Collector products, he will be released at multiple venues over the next seven months. Given his incredibly fast sell-out during the March early access, is there time to increase his production run/ go back into production to accomodate the seemingly under-predicted demand for the figure? Boosting supply seems like it would lead to happy fans and more products sold, which seems like a win-win.

    Mattel: No. His full production is complete at this point and we are holding units allocated for sale at the 2013 traveling cons. The early access quota was an above and beyond bonus we did not do last year but wanted to offer in 2013 for sub holders.
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    While Hordak was trapped in Despondos, where was Horde Prime and why he didn't set Hordak free? And how did he live for thousand years too without getting old?

    Keep reading the bios and mini comics!

    Talking about the figures' international shipping and the its costs; wouldn't it be viable as a method to reduce shipping costs and avoiding any lost figures to use the possibility to send the M.o.t.U.C figure to all the different Mattel branches in all countries and continents with, for example, Hot Wheels', Barbie's or Max Steel's productions and then from there, distribute them through local postal service?

    Unfortunately no. The facilities we have around the world are not set up for DTC distribution. They are set up to move large quantities of retail product to retailers. It is a very different system.

    Scott, in your today's point of view, can we keep at least a little hope that we finally will get a 2014 sub? And if the 2014 sub happens, do you think that it is viable to get a 2015 sub?Thanks, if there's a minimun way to have M.o.t.U.C. in 2014 and 2015 we will be really happy.

    That is 100% up to customers. We will offer a 2014 sub with a min number we need to hit to move forward. If we hit it, we will do a 2014 sub. If we do not, we will end the line after 2013. We can only make toys when there are customers to buy them!

    Now that we've seen released in M.o.t.U.C such original characters from the comics, such as Strobo or Horde Prime's second head, along with another references like the Prison star, is there any chance to see released another renown characters with certain fame like the Morcs warriors (Interpart, Germany), Scrollos, the Saans, the Merlantis' fish men (London Editions, U.K.) or Shezar (Abril, Brazil) alongside so may others?

    All of these would be great additional but right now we are concentrating on the vintage line and the major animated and mini comic characters for 2014. These type of suggestions may need to wait until 2016 and beyond.

    Does Mattel has total freedom to write the bios based on Filmation's designs and Filmation's sub? Or because copyright reasons are you limited to not change what we've in the cartoon show?

    All of the bios (except the new Filmation ones and the 2012 30th anniversary figures) were written and approved in 2009 so we are not going to rewrite them now. It would make an already complicated process a bit more complicated!
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    No numbers, but is Strobo 2013 quantity the same or more/less then for TOD Sorceress from 2012.

    He is around the same quota as TOD Sorceress.

    Will a production Castle Grayskull be ready to show at NYCC in the fall?

    Yes, it should be

    Will the SDCC items sold after the show be available via early access?

    Yes

    Are problems such as MOTU subscribers being charged for the map and Filmation orders having to be replaced due to a glitch- something that was a mistake by Digital River. While customer service has improved, these still occur.

    Yes, there will always be small issues that crop up and we will do our best to address and ideally resolve them as quickly as possible!
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    The sites listed below are the sites who want to participate in the Q&A round-up in these threads and on the He-Man.org homepage news entry.
    Be sure to check out their sites! There's a lot there to see in addition to the Q&As.

    http://www.planeteternia.de/
    http://www.kastorskorner.com/
    http://www.facebook.com/hordak.de
    http://www.maitresdelunivers.org/
    http://www.infinitehollywood.com/
    http://www.he-man.de/
    ElkkThunders Toy Room
    MOTUClassics.com
    MOTULA.org
    http://www.preternia.com
    www.mintconditioncustom.com/
    greatrebellion.org
    toyhypeusa.com
    musclor.org

    All other sites haven't gotten back to us yet about participating, or have asked not to be included which we completely understand and respect.
    So, please do not post the actual questions and answers from any site not listed above.
    But you are welcome to post a direct link to their Q&A, and discuss the info here in this thread.

    Thanks!
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    In regard to answer 1., clearly those forums are not for questions to people that know how to read...

    Yes I would also like them to be more careful when conceiving those armors (though it may not be possible with the present technology), but they could at least pass it along to see if anything could be done.

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    Mattel has gotten the Four Horsemen to answer questions before...

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    We actually did release a series of MOTU Hot Wheels last year as singles and a multipack at TRU!
    Yeah, $25 for a 5 pack of Hot Wheels, rubber tires or not....sorry, love MOTU, but no.

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    Glimmer is not planned yet? I thought they were giving us all the heavy hitters in 2014 and 2015. 2014 planning should pretty much be done and on to 2015 by now, so shouldnt Glimmer, an A list POP figure, at least be in the planning stages yet? I hate these blanket answers.

    And the answer about the cross overs. He isnt understanding that we want mini MOTU vehicles in Hot Wheels, not a Camaro with He-Man on it, a Roton or Wind Raider in Hot Wheels scale is what we want. And why havent they put a Barbie She-Ra or Teela out yet? Seriously, it has been 30 years and they have done DC and Wizard of Oz and numerous other brands, but not their own?? I do not understand the minds at Mattel.

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    Odd round of answers this time.

    Mattel's in-house design and/or the Four Horsemen should have been able to comment on the size of the torso armour. Or Mattel could have at least acknowledged the issue and offered to pass along the feedback to the Four Horsemen.

    Glimmer should obviously be planned by now since she is due for release in 2014 or 2015 - IF the line is available in those years.

    And the absence of He-Man and She-Ra themed Barbies is bizarre, especially given the recent relaunch of Jem and the Holograms and the numerous "themed" Barbies that are released by Mattel and aimed at adult collectors. Similarly, Hot Wheels sized MOTU vehicles was an interesting suggestion that was completely misinterpreted by Mattel.

    The answer around the Filmation subscription was also a write-off, but that is to be expected. The 2013 subscription sold at 135% of the minimum required, so I'm guessing that extra 35% was used by Toyguru to justify the Filmation subscription (in addition to the need to generate some revenue (or at least publicity) after paying for the Filmation licence).

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    So Gygor ripping Vykron in half was approved? The Sorceress, Man-At-Arms, Stratos and Zodac getting killed off was approved too?

    Man, I'd hate to see what Mattel didn't want to see in the bios!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaGearMax View Post
    So Gygor ripping Vykron in half was approved? The Sorceress, Man-At-Arms, Stratos and Zodac getting killed off was approved too?

    Man, I'd hate to see what Mattel didn't want to see in the bios!
    Forgive my ignorance - where was it said that Gygor tore Vykron in half? Or that Zodac died?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunDevil View Post
    Forgive my ignorance - where was it said that Gygor tore Vykron in half? Or that Zodac died?
    Read Vykrons bio for his becoming half the man he once was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunDevil View Post
    Forgive my ignorance - where was it said that Gygor tore Vykron in half? Or that Zodac died?
    Read Vykron's bio and Strobo's bio.

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    I always chuckle to myself when we see questions about how certain future figures will be handled. We always seem to get the ol' " No plans, but cool suggestion!" I do hope Glimmer gets two heads though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaGearMax View Post
    We can only make toys when there are customers to buy them!
    So stop putting obstacles in our way

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    That is 100% up to customers. WE WILL OFFER A 2014 SUB WITH A MIN NUMBER WE NEED TO HIT TO MOVE FORWARD. IF WE HIT IT, WE WILL DO A 2014 SUB. IF WE DO NOT, WE WILL END THE LINE AFTER 2013. We can only make toys when there are customers to buy them !
    So, scare tactics for the 2014 subscription have begun ! The first concrete threat was posted at the end of March 2013, in this April Q&A's.

    It seems like there's a growing threat that there might be a possibility that the 2014 line won't see the light of day at all. So I hope Mattel will reveal Horde Troopers, Two-Bad, Tung Lashor, Modulok, Sssqueeze, Rio Blast, Ninjor and some others at SDCC, and that these characters shall be released BEFORE 2014...

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    It's not scare tactics, it's the reality of the situation. Scott is just spelling it out for us so we know where we stand. If Mattel doesn't get enough people to sign up in July then 2014 as we (will) know it isn't going to happen. It's likely they would still find a way to get some figures out that have already been sculpted, but nothing is guaranteed without the numbers to back it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zodach View Post
    It's not scare tactics, it's the reality of the situation. Scott is just spelling it out for us so we know where we stand. If Mattel doesn't get enough people to sign up in July then 2014 as we (will) know it isn't going to happen. It's likely they would still find a way to get some figures out that have already been sculpted, but nothing is guaranteed without the numbers to back it up.
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    Wait, I am confused. Is the line doing such a great job or is it not doing so hot that they need to do a thermometer? It sounds like someone had schizophrenia when they answered these.
    Can someone PM me the US number for Matty? I want to talk to someone who might has a clue of what is going on.

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    ...so, apparently the 6 figure per year backup model is no longer an option???

    WHY?


    Apparently now its sell the 12 figure model or we get canceled now?

    ...did I miss something?

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    Is it just me, or does it seem like less and less sites are doing Q&As each month?
    Can someone PM me the US number for Matty? I want to talk to someone who might has a clue of what is going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prahvus View Post
    So, scare tactics for the 2014 subscription have begun ! The first concrete threat was posted at the end of March 2013, in this April Q&A's.
    How the heck is that a scare tactic?!?! It is just a hard fact. If not enough people sub (which is what this line is built on now) than it goes away. Simple as that. EVERY toy line dies at some point due to lack of interest. This one is also not going to last forever and now that we have blown through the majority of vintage figures 2014 is gonna be a hard sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kid Canada View Post
    How the heck is that a scare tactic?!?! It is just a hard fact. If not enough people sub (which is what this line is built on now) than it goes away. Simple as that. EVERY toy line dies at some point due to lack of interest. This one is also not going to last forever and now that we have blown through the majority of vintage figures 2014 is gonna be a hard sell.
    I agree...I don't understand how it's a scare tactic.
    If not enough people are buying Mustangs...I can guarantee that Ford would stop selling them. No matter how much of a fan following it has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zodach View Post
    It's not scare tactics, it's the reality of the situation. Scott is just spelling it out for us so we know where we stand. If Mattel doesn't get enough people to sign up in July then 2014 as we (will) know it isn't going to happen. It's likely they would still find a way to get some figures out that have already been sculpted, but nothing is guaranteed without the numbers to back it up.
    But then how do you explain them being able to offer the Filmation sub without even needing guaranteed sales? If the line is in such dire straights, why would they even conceive of adding another sub? It just makes no sense! If Pepsico is having trouble selling enough grape soda to stay in business they're not going to launch another line of grape soda on top of the grape soda they already sell.

    Let's also not forget that not even 6-months before the 2013 sub, Scott is on record saying (paraphrasing here) that MOTUC could lose HALF its subscribers and still be ok. But then miraculously the 2013 sub barely squeeks by? Puh-leese.

    This line is not in any type of danger. I'm willing to eat my shoe if 2014 does not make it. And you can hold me to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WDWFreak53 View Post
    I agree...I don't understand how it's a scare tactic.
    If not enough people are buying Mustangs...I can guarantee that Ford would stop selling them. No matter how much of a fan following it has.
    But if Ford is not selling enough Mustangs, do they then start selling a new line of the same Mustangs and call it a Filmation Mustang?
    If this line were in trouble, there is no way they would have offered the Filmation sub without even needing a sub meter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WDWFreak53 View Post
    I agree...I don't understand how it's a scare tactic.
    If not enough people are buying Mustangs...I can guarantee that Ford would stop selling them. No matter how much of a fan following it has.
    I want to know how we can do the filmation sub with no Meter and it goes through but the main sub has to have a certain number. Doesn't make sense right there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kid Canada View Post
    How the heck is that a scare tactic?!?! It is just a hard fact. If not enough people sub (which is what this line is built on now) than it goes away. Simple as that. EVERY toy line dies at some point due to lack of interest. This one is also not going to last forever and now that we have blown through the majority of vintage figures 2014 is gonna be a hard sell.
    Not a scare tactic, per se, but really a poor job of promoting your property. How about "We have a very awesome and robust selection of figures we have planned for 2014 and we look forward to doing more figures in the future!" Sounds more positive to me, but really saying the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayneepoo View Post
    Promote this line? Surely, you jest! Plus, as we are beaten over the head with over and over again, this line is given crumbs as far as resources/budgets go. Certainly they wouldn't want to spend any money to potentially EXPAND the line :-P
    But this line is crumbs to Mattel, while it must be profitable or it wouldn't continue, how much do you think this line affects Mattel's fiscal sales? 2%? 1%? less than 1%? It is probably extremely insignificant to Mattel with the exception of the brand recognition and the possibility of it making a comeback through media and eventually to mass retail.

    Quote Originally Posted by MegaGearMax View Post
    So Gygor ripping Vykron in half was approved? The Sorceress, Man-At-Arms, Stratos and Zodac getting killed off was approved too?

    Man, I'd hate to see what Mattel didn't want to see in the bios!
    And they are all fictional characters for an adult collector line, I have zero problem with characters being killed off as the story progresses.

    Quote Originally Posted by chaoslordmarduk View Post
    So stop putting obstacles in our way
    What are these obstacles? You subscribe, you pay, they ship you the figures. Pretty simple, while being an international fan may cost you more, it's not much different than me buying a figure from Japan or another international market.


    Quote Originally Posted by Fug-Lee-Faces View Post
    But the Filmation sub does not cost less...and for all intents and purposes, it is the SAME THING as the regular sub, just different characters. It would be like if Mustang IIs were just different colors not available in the regular Mustang line.
    Except this subscription attracted fans who didn't buy the regular sub (and presumably some regular subscribers passed on it) because they've seen some figures won't be available for day of sale and it is also not as big of a commitment. This was also offered after the success of the Castle Grayskull pre-order.

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