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    MOTUC Q&A's From Around the Net (6/1/2013)


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    DC showed up a new outfit for He-Man and, as the same did with Despara, is Mattel totally involved with that? Or it was just an exclusive DC concept?

    While Mattel helped with the designs and provided input, these are DC created looks for the characters for the DC storyline and cannon.

    And about that new outfit, DC is involved in all this, will there be an explanation for such a change?

    You'll need to keep reading the DC comics for the full scoop!

    With the confirmation of the crossover between DC and M.o.t.U, is Mattel thinking about to make benefit of that somehow? I'm talking about figures.

    We don't have plans right now. We did offer a Superman/He-Man 2 pack at Toys R Us a few years ago but that line did not meet sales expectations.

    Until now, according to the bios, the 3 N.A. mutants that have been released in M.o.t.U.C. lack of a higher intelligence, in other words, they're really stupid. Is this the best that Skeletor could find in Denebria? Are you gonna keep using the same intelligence pattern for the rest of the mutants?

    In terms of the MOTUC bios, we tried to use as much "vintage" existing copy as possible in all of them. In the case of all of the NA characters (both Mutants and Protectors), the vintage NA line was one of the only vintage lines that had definitive bios already from the vintage era. So your question really applies to the writers of the original bios from the 80's for these characters. We picked up the bios straight from their vintage package, minimally adding or expanding to fill space as needed.

    Recently there has been a query about the M.o.t.U.C. figures release preferences; A) Keep everything the way it is with monthly releases or B) The possibility of a quarterly release for the figures, to this, the international shipping would be considerably higher and that's why I ask; are there any true chances that the actual figure releasing changes for a quarterly sale?

    For 2014 we are going to try and offer Quarterly hold and shipping options to help fans save on overall shipping costs.
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    1. We know that we will see the final Castle Grayskull at SDCC. But can you tell us already, if there have been more accessories cut and if you could figure out how to lower the jawbridge?

    At this point we have not cut anything shown at NYTF and yes, the Jaw Bridge has been lowered into the base to accommodate more room for figures!

    2. Are the Mini Masters a one-shot thing or may we see them return with more figures down the road eventually?

    That all depends on how the SDCC item performs!

    3. Two years ago we've learned that Marlena found out about a connection between Earth and Eternia. Since then this storyline is a lose end. Will we learn anything about this mystery soon or do we have to be patient and wait until a possible 2016 to learn more about it?

    The storyline isn't loose at all and this "connection" was written into the bios/MOTUC cannon from day 1. Time will tell when and if all the details are revealed, but we can tell you it is related to the genealogy of her children.

    4. You told us, that PoP and NA variants as well as some more obscure NA characters are excluded from the new 2014-2015 Roadmap. But what about the remaining vintage variants like Terror Claws Skeletor, Buzz Saw Hordak and Laser Power He-Man?

    We would like to get to the major variants, especially from the vintage MOTU line. But time will tell if we have enough customers to keep the line going long enough to get to all of these variants. We can only make figures when we have enough fans buying them!

    5. Do you have plans for Strobo's gun that was cut?

    Nothing to announce yet. Stay tuned.
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    1. Given how notorious MOTUC fans are for being a feverish fanbase and how many MOTUC are completeists (you guys yourselves have basically tailored the market to where MOTUC fan’s CAN’T be cherry pickers) what in the world is the logic behind releasing a character like the Spirit of Hordak at a completely unannounced random time, leaving your fan base frustrated and unamused?

    To help recreate the fun and excitement of the retail toy hunt online. We knew this program would not appeal to all of our fans, but for many it is being embraced as very innovative and thrilling.


    2. After the Spirit of Hordak, will there be more random figure drops in the future? Should MOTUC fans just spend every chance they get on the MattyCollector site or what?

    Our lips are sealed for now!


    3. The Dark Knight Returns Batman from the Batman Unlimited series is a fantastic figure. It appeals to both DC Unlimited collectors and MOTUC collectors. Will Mattel make more DC characters with a similar size, style and design as TDKR Batman, including TDKR Superman and possibly even characters like Wonder Woman?

    Those figures would be pretty cool! It sounds like you are a fan of TDKR!

    5. Now that we’re seeing the DC Universe do battle with the MOTU universe, is there any chance for new figures based off of these battles in the comics?

    Not at this time. We did a Superman vs. He-Man 2 pack at Toys R Us a few years ago, but don’t have future crossover packs planed right now.
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    Kastor’s Korner: Would you ever consider a Weapons Pak or special battle stands as a Comic Con or traveling exclusive? Including accessories from past exclusives, such as Strobo’s gun, seem like they would be a good fit for a Con exclusive Weapons set.

    Mattel: A cool idea but nothing like this to announce right now.

    Kastor’s Korner: Will the clip being used to hold Castaspella’s magic wheel keep it at the intended height? From the photography it appears that the center of the wheel should be along the middle of her back, not at the waist.

    Mattel: We hope so. We don’t have final samples back yet.


    Kastor’s Korner: Are Club FilmMation and Club Black Freighter both considered “one and done” subscriptions, or might we see a second year of either?

    Mattel: We definitely won’t be offering a second year of Watchmen figures. Day of sales and subscriptions have just not met expectations to expand this line. As for more Filmation characters and or subs, you will need to wait and see!
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    Tom asks: Last year when both the CIE and the MOTU lines were in jeopardy of not going through, there was a lot of campaigning to get the subs to go through. MOTU even went as far to have video pleads to make it pass. CIE did just as well, not enough for all new sculpts, but did better than just making it. Since then MOTU has added a deluxe Castle, a Filmation line added to the original club, and now a mysterious Hordak figure popping up every so often. Why isn’t any of this being done for the DC line? There hasn’t been any polls to see if a Batmobile would be wanted or an added line to help get desired figures out faster to complete some teams: Legion, Titans or Justice Society. If Mattel wants a 2014 CIE club to pass shouldn’t it give something to entice the fans to keep going?

    Doing very low run highly detailed collector figures is only possible through a partnership between Mattel and our fans. We do need our fans to help spread the word on all of our collector lines in order to keep them going. We can only make collector figures when there is an audience to buy them and yes, we 100% rely on our fans to help spread the word!


    Chris asks: Gizmodo’s article “Where Toys Come From” (4/22/13) confirmed what many 3.75 inch figure fans suspect. A new 6 inch figure line for a recent “iron” threequel comic movie; appears 3D printed and scanned from its previous old sequel 3.75 inch line. Can you do the same? Whereas 3D printing and scanning (old 6 inch figures) can make new 3.75 inch lines? Many collectors buy only 3.75 inches; G.I.Joe, other Comic lines, and Star Wars. Millions of fans would just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE MoTU and DCUC if only they fit our 3.75” universe. Appreciative, Chris, Ph.D. (A.B.D.)

    Although we certainly COULD use old and existing sculpt data and re- size it to create a scale change (say, from 6” to 3.75”), if we were going to migrate to a new scale we would most likely look at creating new sculpts to really play to the scale and offer something new and exciting for the fans who have been waiting for it. Additionally, fine details on a 6” figure can “close up” when shrunk down, so sometimes it can be easier to start from scratch rather than go through a lot of retouching!
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    How long was Spirit of Hordak in the works for, as we now know the white crossbow at NYTF was his.

    Generally all figures have a 16 month to 2 year design cycle if that helps.

    Will we see more MOTU surprise figures or is the red Hordak a one-shot offering?

    You never know…

    Any idea what day the Matty panel at NYCC will be in October?

    Nope. We are way to far off at this point to confirm anything for NYCC.
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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/
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    http://www.facebook.com/hordak.de
    http://www.maitresdelunivers.org/
    http://www.infinitehollywood.com/
    http://www.he-man.de/
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    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.
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    But you are welcome to post a direct link to their Q&A, and discuss the info here in this thread.

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    The answer to the Marlena bio question was pretty interesting. Is the fact that Adam and Adora are half-Earthlings the reason why they are so powerful? I am intrigued.

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    There are a lot of good answers there I think. Glad to hear confirmation about the Castle jawbridge and I think we may end up seeing Strobo's gun sooner rather than later.
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    I think there is a lot here to be optimistic about.

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    That Spirit of Hordak will be one sword I'd hate to fall on top of... Admire the fact that they are gonna have to live that one as an innovative sales technique rather than anything else.
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    Wow. What a change from last month!

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    Jawbridge! Yay! Black Freighter is done for, but that Filmation question is *awfully* ambiguous! Very cool round of Q&A!

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    Actual news coming from the Q&As! Awesome stuff.

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    Now this is a Q&A day worth reading!!
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    Awesome Q and A's!!!! I'll speculate that there is another chase next year.....Spirit of He-ro coming soon?!?! hehe

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    Very cool about Grayskull! I didn't order one but I do want it to be successful. I also liked the ambiguity on the Filmation sub--usually a good sign. Keeping my fingers crossed that we'll all be blown away by the SDCC reveals...

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    That infinitehollywood site sure has some attitude. I'm surprised they get answers at all.

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    That's awesome to hear the drawbridge has been lowered and nothing else cut form the castle. Looking forward to seeing at SDCC.
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    Tom asks: Last year when both the CIE and the MOTU lines were in jeopardy of not going through, there was a lot of campaigning to get the subs to go through. MOTU even went as far to have video pleads to make it pass. CIE did just as well, not enough for all new sculpts, but did better than just making it. Since then MOTU has added a deluxe Castle, a Filmation line added to the original club, and now a mysterious Hordak figure popping up every so often. Why isn’t any of this being done for the DC line? There hasn’t been any polls to see if a Batmobile would be wanted or an added line to help get desired figures out faster to complete some teams: Legion, Titans or Justice Society. If Mattel wants a 2014 CIE club to pass shouldn’t it give something to entice the fans to keep going?

    Doing very low run highly detailed collector figures is only possible through a partnership between Mattel and our fans. We do need our fans to help spread the word on all of our collector lines in order to keep them going. We can only make collector figures when there is an audience to buy them and yes, we 100% rely on our fans to help spread the word!
    Really? 100%...Shouldn't spreading the word of your product be the responsibility of your marketing team?

    Under the job description of Brand Manager:
    - are the key persons to plan, develop and implement marketing initiatives
    - formulate effective marketing strategies to ensure their brands receive maximum visibility
    - coordinating advertisement campaigns for their brands or products

    Why are they relying 100% on the customers to do their job? If the customers have to do it, why are they even there? If you want this to go beyond the existing customer base, then your Marketing Team and Brand Manager need to do their job instead of just being lazy and taking advantage of your customers. Let's see them hustle and make videos for the various toy review sites. Let's see them look up and get creators and actors from the movie to make a plea to buy the sub. Let's see them post flyers online, in an effort to reach a larger audience - outside the Mattycollector website. If customers can do these things, then a multi-million (billion) dollar toy company can. Mattel isn't a Ma'n'Pa start up store. The idea that they don't have the resources for a proper advertising campaign for one of their original top brands is absurd.

    And, if you want it to go beyond the current customers, you need to provide a better incentive to those new to the collectors line. It's not very practical to think newcomers will jump on board with subscriptions to a line that is no longer offering core figures, with limited to no access to other figures released previously, and is almost 2/3 from finishing the vintage line. I have seen people at SDCC look at the displays and see, for the first time, the MOTUC, having never realized it existed. They get super excited and want to buy them. Then, they walk away, when NOTHING in the displays was being sold at the Matty store on site, except for the 1 exclusive. Here is an opportunity to have older characters produced and sold, on site, to thousands of potential fans and collectors, yearly! Yet, nothing is done about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Tamusk View Post
    Really? 100%...Shouldn't spreading the word of your product be the responsibility of your marketing team?

    Under the job description of Brand Manager:
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    - formulate effective marketing strategies to ensure their brands receive maximum visibility
    - coordinating advertisement campaigns for their brands or products

    Why are they relying 100% on the customers to do their job? If the customers have to do it, why are they even there? If you want this to go beyond the existing customer base, then your Marketing Team and Brand Manager need to do their job instead of just being lazy and taking advantage of your customers. Let's see them hustle and make videos for the various toy review sites. Let's see them look up and get creators and actors from the movie to make a plea to buy the sub. Let's see them post flyers online, in an effort to reach a larger audience - outside the Mattycollector website. If customers can do these things, then a multi-million (billion) dollar toy company can. Mattel isn't a Ma'n'Pa start up store. The idea that they don't have the resources for a proper advertising campaign for one of their original top brands is absurd.

    And, if you want it to go beyond the current customers, you need to provide a better incentive to those new to the collectors line. It's not very practical to think newcomers will jump on board with subscriptions to a line that is no longer offering core figures, with limited to no access to other figures released previously, and is almost 2/3 from finishing the vintage line. I have seen people at SDCC look at the displays and see, for the first time, the MOTUC, having never realized it existed. They get super excited and want to buy them. Then, they walk away, when NOTHING in the displays was being sold at the Matty store on site, except for the 1 exclusive. Here is an opportunity to have older characters produced and sold, on site, to thousands of potential fans and collectors, yearly! Yet, nothing is done about it.
    Post of the day. I couldn't agree more with everything you pointed out. We're responsible for the marketing of this line, buying this line, and anything that goes wrong with this line. I wonder what Scott is responsible for?

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    Nice to hear we may actually get Strobo's gun.

    Hopefully the shipping options allow for more international subscribers as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Tamusk View Post
    Really? 100%...Shouldn't spreading the word of your product be the responsibility of your marketing team?

    Under the job description of Brand Manager:
    - are the key persons to plan, develop and implement marketing initiatives
    - formulate effective marketing strategies to ensure their brands receive maximum visibility
    - coordinating advertisement campaigns for their brands or products

    Why are they relying 100% on the customers to do their job? If the customers have to do it, why are they even there? If you want this to go beyond the existing customer base, then your Marketing Team and Brand Manager need to do their job instead of just being lazy and taking advantage of your customers. Let's see them hustle and make videos for the various toy review sites. Let's see them look up and get creators and actors from the movie to make a plea to buy the sub. Let's see them post flyers online, in an effort to reach a larger audience - outside the Mattycollector website. If customers can do these things, then a multi-million (billion) dollar toy company can. Mattel isn't a Ma'n'Pa start up store. The idea that they don't have the resources for a proper advertising campaign for one of their original top brands is absurd.

    And, if you want it to go beyond the current customers, you need to provide a better incentive to those new to the collectors line. It's not very practical to think newcomers will jump on board with subscriptions to a line that is no longer offering core figures, with limited to no access to other figures released previously, and is almost 2/3 from finishing the vintage line. I have seen people at SDCC look at the displays and see, for the first time, the MOTUC, having never realized it existed. They get super excited and want to buy them. Then, they walk away, when NOTHING in the displays was being sold at the Matty store on site, except for the 1 exclusive. Here is an opportunity to have older characters produced and sold, on site, to thousands of potential fans and collectors, yearly! Yet, nothing is done about it.
    Yeah, you bring up the major flaw with the line. It suffers from diminished expectations. Matty seems to begin with the assumption that everyone who would be interested in the line magically knew about it 4 or 5 years ago - maybe because we ALL supposedly go to these conventions? (I don't.) I don't know. Anyway, they don't advertise and they don't make the line inviting to new customers. It's like they want it to die in another year or two. If they put just a little money into advertising and made a few more characters evergreen, maybe the line would have a chance at lasting? I don't know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wulff View Post
    That infinitehollywood site sure has some attitude. I'm surprised they get answers at all.
    And that's different from Scott's usual snarky answers....how?

    Quote Originally Posted by King Tamusk View Post
    Really? 100%...Shouldn't spreading the word of your product be the responsibility of your marketing team?

    Under the job description of Brand Manager:
    - are the key persons to plan, develop and implement marketing initiatives
    - formulate effective marketing strategies to ensure their brands receive maximum visibility
    - coordinating advertisement campaigns for their brands or products

    Why are they relying 100% on the customers to do their job? If the customers have to do it, why are they even there? If you want this to go beyond the existing customer base, then your Marketing Team and Brand Manager need to do their job instead of just being lazy and taking advantage of your customers. Let's see them hustle and make videos for the various toy review sites. Let's see them look up and get creators and actors from the movie to make a plea to buy the sub. Let's see them post flyers online, in an effort to reach a larger audience - outside the Mattycollector website. If customers can do these things, then a multi-million (billion) dollar toy company can. Mattel isn't a Ma'n'Pa start up store. The idea that they don't have the resources for a proper advertising campaign for one of their original top brands is absurd.

    And, if you want it to go beyond the current customers, you need to provide a better incentive to those new to the collectors line. It's not very practical to think newcomers will jump on board with subscriptions to a line that is no longer offering core figures, with limited to no access to other figures released previously, and is almost 2/3 from finishing the vintage line. I have seen people at SDCC look at the displays and see, for the first time, the MOTUC, having never realized it existed. They get super excited and want to buy them. Then, they walk away, when NOTHING in the displays was being sold at the Matty store on site, except for the 1 exclusive. Here is an opportunity to have older characters produced and sold, on site, to thousands of potential fans and collectors, yearly! Yet, nothing is done about it.
    You're talking about a branch of Mattel that doesn't even let Scott have a decent camera to use for his PR vids....You know they have a damn HD camera laying around the Multi million dollar company such as Mattel.

    He does do the vids from time to time, so I'll at least give him that much....but yeah, more could be done, and maybe 2013 wouldn't have been such a hard sell....but also, even the most positive marketing wouldn't fix DR....
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    Good answers, I have a feeling we might see another Filmation mini sub next year announced at NYTF.

    The answer about relying 100% on fans to spread the word is shocking. I don't care how small your department is, they should at least take some responsibility to promote the line - yes our fan base is fantastic at spreading the word and thanks to sites and guys like Pixel Dan they get the word out there to the people in the dark.

    However, Matty need to also do some of the work - print ads in comics and magazines would be a good thing to start off again with.
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    I'm hoping more of the Earth storyline comes through in the bios for Saurod, Blade, and Gwildor. I really want at least one of the movie figures revealed soon. It'd definitely be an encouraging sign for the others.

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    Great. We now have the ultimate confirmation that there's really NO advertisement and NO effort to advertise this line at all. It's to "the fans" to do it all... for free. The line's demise is closer than ever... There CAN'T be fresh new fans brought into this line with THAT kind of policy.

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    Nice answer on Grayskull.

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    Awesome Q and A's!!!! I'll speculate that there is another chase next year.....Spirit of He-ro coming soon?!?! hehe
    Not that I don't like He-Ro, but if Mattel should revisit the idea of doing low-cost translucent figures, I seriously hope they prioritize the Star Sisters over him since there has already been soooo much fanfare surrounding He-Ro. (SDCC statue, chase variants, extremely heavy exposure in the bios and mini-comics, thought put into expanding his world etc...) Of course, I'd prefer spirit figures only if true variant Star Sisters are completely off the table. Plus, what is up with recently made-up variants getting translucency before characters that actually were supposed to have it back in the day?

    It's kind of disheartening that they're so heavily invested in developing Powers of Grayskull, and even stuff like the He-Ro: Son Of He-Man pitch, but there's no emphasis whatsoever on characters that would have been the next chapter for the whole of POP? If some of these other characters sold better than the Star Sisters, perhaps that is because Mattel is making the effort to make them more appealing by including them in other media and/or making variants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prahvus View Post
    The line's demise is closer than ever...
    Let's see:

    2008 - Beginning
    2009 - still going
    2010 - still going
    2011 - still going
    2012 - still going
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