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| Max Steel Cyber Toothed tiger and MOTUC Battle Cat question|
The Max Steel pack: "Crushing Claws Max and Cyber Toothed Tiger" seen here has a cute Tiger that seems to share parts with MOTUC Battle Cat. The Tiger has some nifty "Brass Knuckles" that are reminiscent of 200X BattleCat's "Paw knuckles" If those are INDEED a separate piece from the paw, could they make it to a MOTUC Weapons pack repainted in Battlecat colors? (There should be no problem to share parts between in-house properties like Max Steel and MOTUC... as seen on the tiger himself)
Considering that the original Battel Cat (and Zoar and proposed Gygor) came from Max's uncle Big Jim, we're happy to let the MS line borrow our sculpts when needed.
For the record, this is not the Battle Cat toy. It is a new tool based on the sculpt. It only has about 8 points of articulation and 9 deco apts compared to way more of both for Battle Cat.
But it is cool!
| MOTUC re-releases|
I know in recent news that it was posted that there won't be anymore re-releases after a certain point in 2012. Instead of making this a blanket rule, can you consider it on a character by character basis? There are some characters that sold out really fast that still deserve a re-release, and I'm sure more down the road...
For people like myself, re-entering the line, I have a good deal of catching up to do. One of the things that brought me back was that there were re-releases, making it more logical to be able to collect the line.
We do have reissues of older figures (Pre Man-E-Faces planned for 2012, but we are not yet ready to comment on any specifics.
| Just an idea|
scott, we all like a white astronaut Marlena.
Would not it be a good combination the white astronaut + warrior marlena 200x to justify a variant?
find a way.
Yes, a cool idea, but nothing to confirm right now.
| Sultry Evil-Lyn|
i love this look for Evil-Lyn *fan name Sultry Evil-Lyn* but some are saying she's to sexy to get a toy from Mattel but Mattel has done some "sexy" toys like Starfire,Star Sapphire,Star Sapphire WW BG Teela so whats your take is Sultry Evil-Lyn to sexy?
(See He-Ro Evil-Lyn in News Images!)
In an adult collector line not restricted to retail it does give more leeway to designs that are more "sultry". But no current plans to announce for this Evil Lyn look. But you never know! We did do Battleground Teela after all!
| MOTUC Packaging|
There has been a lot of rumbling lately by the "armchair toy manufacturers" suggesting that Mattel cut down on the MOTUC packaging as a cost saving method.
Can you put these suggestions to bed please? Your MOC collector community is extremely grateful that MOTUC has remained a uniform package since 2008.
Sure we could throw the figs in a polly bag and call it a day, but that is just no way to treat a MOTU fig.
If it ever came down to it and this was the ONLY way to keep the line going we might consider it, but to put rumors to rest, the line is doing just fine. Just because we are not ready to grow the brand the next step (i.e. playsets) doesn't mean the current offering of figures and beasts/muyltipacks isn't going great. Based on the current sales numbers we feel we are right where we want to be in terms of number of skus and price points (although we may make a slight tweak in 2013 especially if we need to slightly raise prices).
We never want to over produce or go too fast. We want the line to continue for many many years so we are very aware of keeping the line affordable for the bulk of our customers.
| Was Crita from NA ment to replace Evil-Lyn?|
We know from the Bio's Evil-Lyn escaped to the future to be with her son. And that at the end of the NA series He-Man is able to trap Skeletor and Crita within the shuttle pod and exile them into space. As they drift through space, Skeletor promises Crita he will return to destroy He-Man. It has been said that if NA did a second season it would have be back on Eternia.
Now you know we are not going to spill any beans here! Keep reading the bios.
| Roboto & King Hssss re-issue|
Are re-issues of Roboto & King Hssss with updated shoulders planned for 2012 (or late 2011)?
Sorry, we are not commenting at this time on any reissue specifics for 2012. You'll need to wait and see.
| Up the Digital River without a paddle?|
I have to ask if someone at Matty ever reads the long list of complaints about DR and the CS they provide and says "Wow! We should consider doing all of our CS in house or find someone who can handle the volume better than DR?'
I've been lucky with the things I've gotten from Matty in the past and don't blame you guys directcly for DR but it seems to me you have a lot of supporters (the people who buy your products) and Digital River is letting a lot of them down which ultimately reflects badly on Matty. Plus you have to consider the possibilty that some have stopped buying or new members might be concerned about doing so after reading some of the post here. Maybe it's time for the Digital River to flow in a different direction?
Of course we are well aware of all the issues and are committing all of our available resources to correcting as many issues as we can as quick as we can.
| Regarding MOTU Reissues|
I remember reading a press release that stated that Matty wouldn't release reissues of figures produced following the Man-E-Face figure. Does that mean that additional reissues will be produced for figures released prior? I have just jumped on with the Club Eternia 2012 sub and am late to the line. Would it be better to hold out for reissues of figures such as Man at Arms and BattleCat or should I search for them on the secondary market?
Sorry, we are not going to be commenting on the release schedule for any figures. We will have older figures (pre Man-E-Faces) for reissue throughout 2012, but we are not ready to give any specifics on anyone right now.
Going forward, no new figures starting with Man-E-Faces will be reissued (at least at this time)
| MOTU Apparel|
Hey Matty! I'm really psyched about the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Masters line!!! You guys announced earlier this year that Mattel had made a deal for new MOTU apparel and accessories to celebrate the event. Any updates on when we might be seeing pictures of these items online and/or actually on store shelves? Is Mattycollector.com the best place to look for any news and updates about this? Thanks!
Classic Media is working on this, not Mattel. You'll need to direct this request to them!
| Who is sculpting the 30th Anniversary Figures?|
We know that the 30th Anniversary figure concepts are coming from various different groups and the contest, but will the 4H be the ones actually sculpting all six figures?
Yes. They will all be sculpted by the Horsemen.
| 30th Anniversary Figures|
Will they be packaged in a new design or just display the 30th Anniversary sticker?
No. But all figures released in 2012 will have the 30th logo on the back in place of the Classics logo.
| MOTUC question for Toyguru|
I know for DC that you like Blackhawk and Kamandi and some other pretty obscure characters... But who are your personal faves for MOTU?
He-Ro, Carnivus and Webstor.
I also really like the Rock Warriors but at 100% tool even I ain't holding my breath for Stonedar and Rockon in the immediate future.
| Scott, would an action figure of you as "Toyguru" be any good for the logistics?|
Scott, would an action figure of you as "Toyguru" be any good for logistics? Do you really believe in your heart that a figure of yourself would increase the overall sales of Mattel's various toylines?
Um. No. ;-)
But you can pick up a Palace guard 2 pack or a DCUC Nite-Lik figure and you're half way there! Have a blast!
| Any chance for any 30th anniversary figure reveals at NYCC?|
While I’m much more of a DCUC collector the 30th anniversary figures piqued my interest. In fact Dragoman is going to be my first MoTU figure. Fingers crossed for more than a “we’ll see in the future” response.
It all depends on what the Horsemen finish in time. They didn't even get Thunder Punch He-Man complete by SDCC! We'll show what we have done by Sept 24! It may not be much more since we just had SDCC!
| CONTEST QUESTIONS|
Once the submission hand in date is over, can we post our designs?
Will there be a link so we can see what everyone handed in or are we going to be kept in the dark for a year?
Will the judges only see the submissions on the day its voted on or will they be seen through out the rest of the year?
We are still reviewing when and if we will reveal non winning entries. All entires once submitted are the property of Mattel, so no, you may not post them online.
All entires are available for all the judges to review at any time over the next 6 months. The contest is being judged "Star Search" style where each judge (their are 8 in total, 2 from packaging, 2 from design, 2 from marketing and 2 from the Mattel IP group) pick their favorite current winner and post it on a board. Once another entry comes along that any one judge likes better then their current "pick"(based on the posted judging criteria) he or she replaces his top choice with a new one.
At the end of the judging all 8 judges will review their top picks and 5 finalists will be chosen by a different group of 10 judges from cross functional teams to pick one final winner. This gives maximum exposure while allowing each judge to bring his or her personal taste to the selection as well. After all, that is what a judge is, picking based on what you feel is the best entry!
| MOTUC Mini-Comics or official art in general!|
I have been a life long He-fan like many but, I am an aspiring comic artist. To have the chance to have my name among other great people that have worked on He-Man would be a HIGHLIGHT of my life.
How can I go about submitting or applying to have these opportunities?
Now that the mini-comics are going to be published through Dark Horse do I contact them?
No, the three Dark Horse comic books are done. Your best best for working on MOTU is to apply for a job with Mattel. You can do so at Mattel.com and click on careers.
| Combining subs are problematic to International fans|
DO NOT SHIP ALL THE SUBS purchased together.
RESPECT the Quantity and orders bought.
Combining the subs makes us loose money and time.
And i didnt sign for that.
We've heard of this and are working with DR to see if a solution is available. A new task force has actually just been formed to route out a lot of these issues and more. Everything from shipping weights, notification on any shipping delays with clear cut information, improved shipping options and easier address changes.
We've heard you all loud and clear and we know their are a lot of issues with shipping and the buying process. The brand team is going to start getting getting more involved in this area and we hope to make a nice sweep cleaning up and GREATLY improving the buying process. It may take a little bit, but hopefully by the end of the year and as we head into 2012 it should be a whole new buying process with minimal logistical issues. We will keep trying until we get this perfect for you all.
| Star Sisters and PoP's future in MOTUC|
If for some reason the Star Sisters don't perform as well as you'd like, will you view this as a declining interest in PoP, or will you see it more as "Well, maybe three-packs aren't the best way to go"?
Despite a vocal following, even us PoP fans have to admit that the sisters are obscure and unlikely to have the following of, say, Frosta or Glimmer.
Their seems to be a lot of speculation that the Star Sistets are somehow responsible for the subs selling lower to 2011. Let me use this post to clear all of this up. ;-)
First off, since we already hit above and beyond the min we needed to move forward with the MOTUC sub (as we have every year with Club Eternia) we already have the number we need. The set has already sold enough units. Anything day of is just gravy!
While not every figure is going to be for everyone, Star Sisters represents a lot of what MOTUC is all about. Here you are getting not only 3 (three) POP girls with a ton of new parts, but they were never before produced before and shown only in the 1987 catalogue!
When the line was thought out long term (around the time of Stratos) we did not have a "subscription" so the idea that the Jan-March releases would need to be special and "sell the sub" was not a part of it. We've held to this release schedule pretty well (really only making minor swaps like Bow for She-Ra and Whiplash for Buzz-off). The Star Sisters were always intended as the first 2012 large size item/multipack and had nothing to do with enticing fans for a sub since one did not exist when they were slotted in. The figures that are Jan-March are just the first three month's figures. Only the "sub only figure" (i.e. Shadow Weaver, Wun-Dar) was thought out as an enticement for subscribers. Otherwise you are just seeing Jan-March as thought out before we even had a sub program.
The whole point of sub holders are they are "all in" no matter what. Prototypes, 200X, Filmation, vintage line, NA. For this segment of our customers it doesn't matter, they just want new MOTUC figures. Period.
Obviously their will be cherry pickers and we do plan for that, but in the end, the line would do just fine if we limited it to a sub only and didn't even bother with day of sales.
Personally I'm really excited to get to more POP, but just as much as I want to get to more Evil Warriors, more Master, more Galactic Protectors, more Snake Men, more 200X, more Powers of Grayskull, more Filmation, Fighting Foe Men, more Vintage figures, the 3 1987 movie figures, more Horde, more Space Mutants, Rock people, more mini comic figures, magazine figures, box art figures, Golden Book characters and every other category we have access to.
As long as you keep buying them, we'll keep making them. Hopefully in time people will look back and really see Classics as hitting every major faction and era. We just can't do it all at once. It takes time. Hang in their, the line is planned out well in advance. It is going to be a wild ride but if can crank this out year after year everyone will hopefully wind up with their favorite (you have noticed we are doing Fearless Photog right? Who ever thought that would happen? But it did! This is MOTUC, we'll try almost anything MOTU if their is enough of a customer base to buy it!)
We have a road map. We'll alter it as needed, adding in figures when we rights change (i.e. Filmation, etc...), and it should get us a heap of toys before we're done!
| What Jetlag characters do you and the 4H want to work on?|
Filmation gets the lion's share of the press, but we also have the Jetlag Rights as well. Unlike Filmation's huge cast of characters, there aren't alot of characters that NA fans really want besides the regular appearing secondary characters.
So which Jetlag characters are you, the MOTUC team and the 4H itching to make?
To be dead serious, their really aren't that many that take priority for me personally. At least enough to bump a NA figure. Mara and the scientists come up a lot on fan polls. Unless we really see additional breakout Jetlag figure with a ton of fan support, we really aren't scouring Jet Lag for anyone deeper then main characters not made as toys. (vs. Filmation we know their is a lot more demand for obscure characters from 1 or 2 episodes like Icer, Shakoti or Strong Arm.)
What say you fans, anyone obscure you really want beyond main characters?
| TG, are we any closer to seeing a Oo-Lar figure.|
Now I don't want you to comment on any figures past Thunder punch, but will he develop beyond the Bios? Kind of seeing what becomes of him.Thanks.
Are you asking will you learn more of Ool-Lar in the bios?
Keep reading em!
| Is Classic ICE ARMOR HE-MAN still possible?|
Hi Toyguru, this is my question : I've never been a great 200X variants fan, except Ice Armor He-Man (and Snake Armor He-Man of course). Now that the Filmation characters are on the table, if and when you come to ICER, is there a chance for Ice Armor He-Man to being made please ? Thank you, and I can't wait to discover the surprises for the rest of 2012. Take care.
We can do any of the 200X variants of He-Man in Classics. It just depends on time and fan demand. I don't see Jungle Attack of Smash Blade happening anytime soon. But hey, you never know!
| MOTUC Question|
Is it possible to see a "New Adventures Of He-Man" variant of He-Man, or would it be considered an all new character/figure?
He would ideally be a candidate for a quarterly variant as a different version of He-Man much like Thunder Punch or Battle Armor.
| Shadow Weaver's buck?|
Seeing as how she is a sub figure can her dress buck be reused? It would look good on the 2 lady 2002 elders.
Of course we can reuse her parts. We just won't reissue Shadow Weaver. I'm guessing her head won't have a reuse, but we've already gotten contest entries using her body buck.
| Oversized figures in MOTUC?|
In previous lines Sagitar, Modulok, and Multi-Bot were more expensive than standard figures ill they be considered oversized figures in MOTUC or would they be standard monthly figures?
Their are a few ways we could do each of these from oversized, to convention figures to even offering a non sub item or a one off sub item promoted at the time of the sub sale.
The nice thing about a line sold online is as long as we are upfront with what is in the sub, we can change things however we need to for each character to do it best. We are not limited to retail packaging size or shelf space.
| Any New Figure Announcements at Powercon?|
Yes, we just don't know how many. The Horsemen didn't even finish Thunder Punch in time for SDCC! We'll have to see what is done and available if any.
| Clarification of the Filmation character that bumped the 200X variant|
When you gave that answer, do you mean that Quarterly Variants will start to include New Characters instead of Variants of Existing Characters? Or did a 200X Variant of an existing character get bumped for a Filmation Variant of an existing character?
Not saying any more! You'll just have to wait for future announcements!
| Would Ram Man Be a Beast Size Figure? So $30?|
If and when you get to Ram Man, and the fact he would require 100% new tooling as you've stated, would he be a beast class figure? $30?
Right now the plan is to keep him as a standard monthly slot, he will just "likely" be a little bigger. But since he is not locked in for 2012, we can't 100% confirm anything at this point. Many monthly figures have been 100% tools (or close) such as Teela, Sorceress, Hssss, Leech, etc.. so 100% tool does not mean if can't be a monthly figure!
| When Can We Expect A 1st & "TRUE" 200X Variant?|
Not counting Zodak (since he & Zodac are two different characters), Can you give us a clue on when to expect for a 1st & "true" 200X inspired A-List character variant in MOTUC ? Without revealing the character & gender by the way (I KNOW YOU WONT) !!!
We had one planned for sooner then later but it was bumped for a Filmation character. This is the one down side to getting access to more characters. We only have so many slots per year and to add in Filmation meant reshuffling a very well thought out "fair and balanced" line plan!
| Can We Expect Some Info On "Keldor Dual Swords" Figure Soon?|
Well, The title says it for ya !!
(BTW, can you give us a peek on those swords ?)
The plan is still to include them in 2012. But I can tell you they have not been sculpted yet so their is nothing to share right now.
| 10th Anniversary|
In my case, I had totally forgotten about He-Man until I caught and enjoyed the 2002 cartoon series on DVD. The insert and the promo for the first Classics figure was the whole reason that I got into collecting this line, and I bet I am not alone. There is a lot of love out there for the 2002 line. Any plans on giving a nod to the 10th Anniversary in Classics, somehow?
No, their won't be a 10th anniversary of the 2002 line as we are concentrating on the 30th of the entire brand for 2012! You will see figures from the 2002 series much as have done Faceless one or Carnivus but all in the Classics style.
| Toyguru, What is the future of MOUTC? PLEASE!!!!!|
I'm not sure if I completely understand what is going but please help Me out!
All of this low sub selling and cost raising and everything else is got Me so worried which has got Me into a some what depressed state and yes I am being serious!
I've posted stuff on the board but I'm not sure how many people understand what I mean. I take MOTU VERY seriously, it hase been something I loved so much since I was very little. Sure these "toys are meant to be fun and to have joy with" but to Me it's so much than that. It' phyisicle memories and possibilities never had before.
I was so excited about the Filmation rights and everything else about it. I loved the SDCC revealings while many had mixed emotions about the Star Sisters and BG Evil-Lyn I loved them and thought they were really cool, I didn't have the problems the others had, I'm not that hard to please.
I enjoyed your talk about the line being followed up to 2016/2017 or even longer to get everybody or most in the series especially since there's the Filmation characters now. Now there's this other stuff, why is there a happy moment one day and the next a not so happy day about this line? It should ALL be bright and shiny here!
Some people didn't think much of anything when I said "don't want the line to end without Mekaneck, Ram Man, Spikor, Too Bad, Ninjor, Jitsu, Mosquito, Modulok & Multi-Bot and Shokoti, Lord Masque, Scorpia and Octavia! One of your big mssions is to get the whole vintage line in the MOTUC! You haven't even scratched the surface of the New Adventures yet and those guys are awesome! So many that needs to be made for many reasons. I am especially looking forward to all-new character especially to have a chance and see the son of Keldor! They just say that the line is gonna end anyway. Without these guys I will feel all of what I have collected was for nothing and I don't know how things will be then. You guys got the Filmation rights, what good is it if there is no figures to be made? I know it's gonna end like everything else MUST but I took what you said about 2016/2017 and I thought that was wonderful.
Please Toyguru, I know you said about something you'll know in a few weeks from now but what can YOU tell Me NOW to get this HUGE WORRY off of My chest, I know I shouldn't take MOTU as seriously as I do but it's who I am, a ginormous MOTU fan since the very beginning and I never, ever stopped at any time and I don't want to stop any time soon for that matter. If only you guys at Mattel knew how big of a fan I am, I'm not the biggest but I'm one of them. MOTUC is the greatest line today and one of the best in history! MOTU is just no a figure series with comics and stuff, it's a way of life for Me and is something that truely has Me grasped, the nostalgia and the all of the new stories and everything else, that's all I know how to expaline it. I don't wany MOTU to end so prematurely and to be like this great thing that keeps on coming back and each time it never goes anywhere except down. The MOTUC is the one true line for the MOTU!
I have bought 3 subs in a row and I don't want to stop, surely there is something you can do and besides, Mattel is a huge comapany, in My opinion, surely they have something up their sleeve?
So please Toyguru, tell Me, do I have to worry that the line will end WAY before than you said previously? Get this big worry off of My chest, PLEASE!
I will appreciate it so much for your help and thanks for your time!
It really helps if you can make your questions direct and to the point. What I think you are asking is a general status of the future of the line?
MOTUC is doing great. We had more then enough subs to keep it going as is. The only change is that because we didn't see growth (but rather a decline) in sub sales, that will prevent the brand team from going to management to ask for MORE resources to add additional skus (like how we grew the line in 2009 by adding beasts, and in 2011 we are adding a vehicle). So you will see a bit of a stepping back in term of growing beyond the current offerings in late 2012 or 2013.
Every move we make is with the continued longevity of the line in mind. We are very aware to not overproduce or make too many skus beyond the buying power of our fan base. We want the line to continue strong and it is doing very well. MOTUC by far outsold all other subs. We just need to be mindful that despite adding in Filmation, free mini comics, Shadow Weaver, Granamyr the 30th anniversary line, the create a character contest and the Windraider, we still had a reduction in sub purchases for 2012 (which we thought would be our biggest year ever- come on, free Mini comics people! Fearless Photog! Filmation! What else can we do?!)
This trend prevents us from taking the next leap forward (i.e. playsets or other larger items) just for now, but it doesn't effect the current number of skus being offered. The line is going great! Thanks for your support. If sub sales go back up in 2013 we can certainly revisit growing the line again one day.
We will keep MOTUC going as long as their is a fan base to support it! Once you stop buying, we stop making them.
| Will Fisto have the new booted feet Like Vikor?|
My question is Will Fisto be using the new booted feet like what was used on Vikor that has no ankle pin? I think Fisto is great looking and love all he's comming with so PLEASE Don't skimp on him in any way We need that 2nd head, belt and big fat sword you showed he would be comming with.
Also let me just say I understand where Mattel is comming from from a companys stand point. You guys have held the prices the same from 2008 to the present. Even though I'm a loyal fan and sub holder I do buy extra's of some characters for example King Hsss so do what you need to do as far as raising the cost for day of sale prices, I can deal with that. It won't kill the line and anyone who understands business knows this isn't a move to screw the customer but rather gives the line more room to grow due to rising cost of materials used to manufacture the figures.
We don't have a PP sample yet, but Terry did say he is going to try and use the Vikor boots whenever possible going forward. They are a bit more expensive but we will try.
| More Cats in MOTU|
Have you guys given any thought to more Battle Cat/Panthor repaints? I once saw a custom one with a very cool Scare Glow Black and Bones deco. Also, it might be cool to have a Faker Cat and an arctic white tiger for Vikor to ride.
Faker cat would be awesome. Cool suggestion. If their is enough fan demand doing straight repaints of an existing tool would be logistically easier to a newly tool'd figure. For the most part it seemed fans were out on straight repaints in the line, but if enough fans want this we'd be happy to explore creative repaints!
| Classic Teela (red hair)|
Is there a plan for a Classic Teela (red hair) reissue? If yes, will it be soon?
Likely in time. Nothing to confirm now.
| Scott, do you sometimes infiltrate Fan websites? |
I know you browse the web in order to know what fans say about your work and the lines you manage. Sometimes you even react to fans comments directly on the boards under an official name such as "Toy Guru" (ie: on He-Man.org). My question is, do you have a personal "online name" you use regularly to react personally but incognito without involving the brand manager you are? And if yes, on what boards?
I do post on many fan sites but always as "Toyguru" or "Toy Guru". I don't have other names online so it is clear who I am!
| Are we there yet?|
Please note that I am not asking for an exact date for release but now that Leech and Demo Man have been done (bigger torso and arms), are we closer to getting the much awatied MOTUC Ram Man figure? Please let us know..
Ram Man is a 100% tool'd figure so he has no relation to any parts for any previous figures. Each year we try to do 1-2 100% tool'd figures. He won't be coming in 2012, I can tell you that.
| Powercon sub follow up question|
Would it be entirely out of the question to sell subs at Power Con that don't start until a later month then?
No, we need to lock in our quota.
| BG Evil-Lyn's arms?|
Will BG Evil-Lyn have new gauntlets that move?
Yes. They are the same arms tool but we cut them with a new joint so the arm guards turn 360 now. Our way of always trying to improve figures whenever we can!
| Roboto Sword|
Toyguru, I have 4 posters from the old He-Man Magazines that show, i'm guessing, the evolution of the line. The first one has He-Man riding battle cat and Skeletor riding pathor and both in battle armor, the last one shows them on dinosaurs with Clamp Champ and Snout Spout. Anyway one of them shows Roboto holding a crystal looking rapier sword. I would love to see this made. I know the chances are slim and Roboto is known more for his attachments, but cool non the less. I've already posted this in the forums and the conversation went down hill real quick. I thought I would just run it by you and see what happens. I understand you can't comment or speculate on anything until it's shown at the con's or fairs, but I think it would be a cool consideration.
We actually did talk about this sword. This poster is one of the few that we actually have the original oil of at Mattel. In the end we couldn't afford to do the sword along with all the other attachments Roboto came with.
If we ever revisit Roboto this would be a cool additional accessory to consider!
| Why not test out a "Slime Pit" before thinking about Castle Grayskull?|
The Slime Pit is a smaller, easier, and therefore cheaper playset to do. Why not use that as a gauge to see if a Castle Grayskull is possible rather than sub sales? The Four Horsemen could make an AWESOME Slime Pit. Especially if it's heavily based on the vintage one! (which I still have mine)
Just like how the Wind Raider is the first test for vehicles. It's a smaller sized vehicle that came out awesome and fairly priced! I bet that it sells out in minutes and everyone will be crying for a re-issue.
It is always possible. For now, we are going to hold off on any line expansions in fall 2012 or Spring 2013. Once we see how the 2013 sub sale goes next summer was can revisit any expansions for fall 2013 or 2014.
| The MOTUC 2012 sub|
After the sub sale is over can you tell us how the 2012 sub did? Was it down just a little or was it line killing low?
It was above the min number we needed to go into production but well below both 2010 and 2011 level. By a large margin our lowest sub to date.
| Just figured out who the 2012 Sub figure originally was before Shadow Weaver...|
Had to be Strobo, right? Wun-dar was essentially a straight repaint with one new accessory. Preternia he-Man had a little more sculpting, but Strobo is a great reuse for the Sy-Klone tooling. Pop on a Zodac head and a cape and there you go. Plus, you guys did show a little pic of him in the presentation. Maybe this will give you guys time to sculpt an actual cyclone type-piece where the head can attach at the top. it could be rotosculpted so it's not too much, and then you could recreate the panel from the comic or use it on Sy-Klone even, if you wanted to - or for any villain Sy-Klone sets his 'powers' on. If not it will still be awesome, and a great straight repaint with no new tooling. I for one am stoked at this and hope you all get around to him very soon.
No. It was not Strobo. We did not have the rights to Strobo until we had the rights to Shadow Weaver.
| Entrapta and the case of the missing symbol|
Entrapta is part of the horde but she never had the symbol IF she gets a toy in MOTUC will she finally get the symbol like the rest of the horde?
We'll just have to wait until when and if we get to her to see how the Horsemen want to design her! We can't comment on anyone past Thunder Punch He-Man for now.
| Polly Pocket SDCC 2012?|
Will there be a new Polly Pocket set at next years SDCC?
Sorry, it is way to early to comment on SDCC 2012. Look for an announcement around April of next year!
| Power con and MOTUC subs|
You should open the subs back up during power con. I am sure you'll get a bunch of people signing up from the sugar high that is being at the con and reading about the con online.
While a cool idea, we may be past the window now of affecting quota for the Jan and Feb figure since we buy material way in advance. The sub is what helps us ID that quota. If we open it up it will throw off production. We already extended the sub past the original window and are now past the point of changing quota!
| Follow-up question regarding Castle Grayskull|
While I understand that asking for additional resources is very hard when the baseline is lower, a presale of Castle Grayskull is a completely different beast.
Despite whatever reasons people may have had regarding a purchase of the 2012 subscription, one thing remains solid...everyone knows Castle Grayskull. Whether they are a "cherry picker", a "Scal-Por", or a die hard fan. This thing would sell, and it would sell big. And even those that would normally pass would reconsider, especially if they had a longer window to save up the money to put towards what I am assuming would be an expensive item (maybe a 3-5 month long presales window). I mean, if it wouldn't come out until 2013, then I would imagine a longer presale would be possible, yes? Especially if it sold in the 4th quarter of 2013.
What harm would there be in posting the presale under the same restrictions you had with the DC Universe subscription (not guaranteed unless you receive enough orders)? If you got enough orders then it should technically make up the necessary money to produce the item, with a profit, yes? If you didn't, then nothing gets produced and no money is lost; for Mattel or the fans.
Can you and the head honchos please reconsider this, while remapping your non-sub plans for 2012 and plans in general for 2013? Thank you.
Even to do a presale would requite a lot of design work to figure out how big it is, how does it fit together, does it have any working parts? etc... We can't just say "we're going to do a $300.00 CG, who wants to buy one!"
If we asked for $200-$300 dollars fans would want to know details about what they would be getting for this price and to get "there" it would take mucho design work, even if we saved on tooling by waiting for a presale.
CG is a big ticket item, several hundred dollars at min. Fans are already saying the sub and non sub items are getting too expensive (well over $500 per year). To ask for the design resources for an item that will push it to over $800 in a year in a year when sub sales are down is just not going to happen no matter how much I want the Castle myself!
Keep in mind that everything we green light or hold back on is in an effort to keep the ling going as long and strong as possible. When and if we do certain projects is all strategic. The vintage line went away in part due to over production. The Stactions died because they burned through A list characters too quick.
We are paying attention to past learnings and growing this line slowly and at a pace our customers can keep up with. Nothing is done to spur fans, it is done with the best of intensions!
| Toyguru- Idea to sell Castle Grayskull|
What do you think about Matty opening up a 'pre-order' for the Castle Grayskull playset in 2012? Take orders with no cancellations, and see if its enough to go into production(though when your order,orders placed are not guaranteed till you announce its definite).Have a "sell-O-meter" and track the sales for us fans...(Matty is doing it for the DC sub,why not do it for Castle Grayskull??)
If you cannot do that,do an official poll???,but I think the pre-order idea would work better.I am IN for two CG playsets, as there are others who may buy multiples.I believe the demand is truely there,but please don't allow "Subscriptions" sales to dictate NOT getting Castle Grayskull.
This is exactly how we were looking into this possibly for 2013, but now that the 2012 sub sales have come in the lowest yet we have had to scrap the idea. It is very hard to ask for additional resources (even just to concept the idea out for "presale")when the baseline is lower.
| Reduction of large scale beasts in the MOTUC line???|
Is there any possibility of the number of large scale beasts being reduced from four to two per year? I have outlined an argument and a poll over at the MOTUC forum--summed up here... The 100% essential large scale beasts are already out or soon to be (Battle Cat, Panthor, Swiftwind). The secondary and tertiary ones are less important by far than most standard figures, and will potentially create a ton of controversy as to whether they are worth paying for and committing to. They can be super expensive, and they drive up the price of the subscription. Their potential lack of importance and high price may drive people away from subscriptions (I think it already has). I think reducing the number of them down to two per year will make each one count more, and provide subscribers with some much needed relief for the wallet--instead of paying $500+ a year, maybe between $400-$450. Is this idea realistic?
Not for 2012 as we have already sold the sub with an announced number of skus at an announced series of prices.
But this is one of many changes we are reviewing for possible changes in 2013 to keep the line going with the number of skus and price points fans feel comfortable with.
Any changes to the line will be to unannounced non sub 2012 items or to 2013. We won't be making any changes to announced 2012 product already pre sold as part of the sub.
And for the record, the line is doing very well, the lower sub sales just mean we are reviewing backing off of line EXPANSIONS for more unannounced item, not reducing already announced items for 2012.
| He-Ro: Son of He-Man Question!|
Toyguru, a Q&A from Mattel made it sound like Dare from "He-Ro: Son of He-Man" is going to be Skeletor and Evil-Lyn's son. Without spoiling future bios, were you aware that Dare was going to be revealed to be Adora and Sea Hawk's son? The basic story line is like Secret of the Sword in the future with Dare being kidnapped instead of Adora...but Adam is still the saviour! Dare even has some of She-Ra's abilities, like talking to animals.
Dare is also attracted to Evil-Lyn... (second last sentence of her bio on the page)
(See He-Ro Excerpt Pic in News Images Below!)
Normally we don't spoil bio info, but for the sake of sanity and clarification, no Dare is not Skeletor and Evil Lyn's son. Two different characters. Keep reading the bios!
| Granamyr - Still coming?|
Just as the subject says: Is Granamyr still coming now that sub levels have dropped off? PLEASE tell me he won't be cancelled....
Yup. Still working on the big guy!
| MOTUC 2013 Sub Follow-Up|
Just wanted to let you know I have started a poll to see what most people want to see. Hope this helps you out when it's time to go to management.
Appreciate you starting the poll, but one thing we won't be doing is a tiered sub. We know fans are asking for this, but it is not something that will be offered so best to put your efforts to changes we can look into! Their are business, legal and logistical reasons why this won't be offered (and sorry we can't go into further details, but this is as much as we can comment, best to note this and move on, we hate to see fans spinning their wheels in a direction we won't/can't go in).
| Clarification on Non-Sub Items|
So, would these non-sub items that are on the line be referring more to stuff like vehicles, oversized figures like Granymyr and extra outside-of-the-sub figures?
Or is there a danger that we might loose the Weapons Paks, Stands, and Diorama Pieces going forward?
We don't want to comment on unannounced items. This is what gives us the flexibility to grow or shrink offerings as needed with the longevity of the line in mind!
| No more vehicles?|
Even if the Windraider does well, does this mean that there will no longer be vehicles due to cut in sku expansion? Pleeease clarify.
Not in the least!
The last thing we want to do is overproduce and have the line end too early. We are being very self aware of this. The key is always to go slowly. Since the 2012 subs were our lowest yet, we want to slow down just a little. It is not a full break, but a good way to take a breath and proceed down the best path to give the line as much lifeblood for the long haul. No one at Mattel wants the line to continue long haul as much as me. If we go too quickly and over produce or make too many skus it could potentially cause a ripple effect in sales. Every move we make is in the interest of keeping the line going as long as possible!
See what the fans have to say HERE!