A New #MOTUC Update from Mattel and a Reminder to Be Nice
October 22, 2015

Posted today “From the Desk of Skeletor’s Love Child”

 

This is going to be a long one so before you settle in make sure you have your beverage of choice and some snacks handy.

King Hssss
As of right now he will not be available until January 2016. For the reasons why please see below…

His face can’t be seen and he’s licking the side of the blister…

This awful China stamp right in the middle of his chest…

There’s no articulation in the major snake head and it was glued on crooked.

The team wants nothing more than to get this figure right so we went back to our manufacturing team and gave specific instruction for the issues listed above to be fixed.

Lord Masque
You pointed out that his colors were incorrect and we made a note of it. Our counterparts in Asia, however, did not. Upon receiving the production models we knew immediately this wouldn’t be acceptable so we scrapped every unit and started over. That being said, expect him to arrive a little late. He’s the January Collector’s Choice figure and while he will still arrive then don’t look for him until the end of the month.

Snake Mountain

Yes, it was displayed during the MOTU Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater. No, it was not touched or scaled down. We literally unpacked it from its SDCC box and put it in the same case that was used in San Diego. No switcheroo. No sizing witchcraft. No changes. We sent all the accessories that were originally displayed with Snake Mountain at SDCC to the Egyptian; if it appeared there were items missing that were previously on display this could be because a different team was in charge of assembly and may have forgotten/didn’t know to include them. As for the final size of SM, the only real change will be that it won’t be as tall; no other pieces have been resized and we are still working out costing to determine the final cost.

On another note…

I have read most of the threads on multiple MOTU centric boards and there’s an underlying theme criticizing this team’s lack of transparency. Let me be the first to say we have no problem sharing certain information regarding figures and the process to create them, but to think this entitles you to know every decision that is made the minute it is discussed…it’s not realistic. Most of you go to work every day with no clue of what’s going on in the higher echelons of your management; working at Mattel is no different. Over the course of one year I have had nine different managers, each with their own thoughts on how or IF this brand should continue. NINE. If we were to be honest most of us haven’t had that many bosses in the entirety of our careers. As if that weren’t already a challenge we also contend with a limited amount of resources since Matty Collector is niche and the priority lies with core brands like Hot Wheels or Barbie (example: core brands receive anywhere from five to ten designers, Matty Collector currently has one who btw works on four other brands).

Yes, we know you love and are passionate about MOTU. Yes, we know you are paying your hard earned money for these figures so you are entitled to have an opinion. However what you don’t seem to realize is that your angry, profanity laced posts do not display you in the best light of the eyes of Mattel management, and it’s extremely difficult for my team to fight for the brand when screenshots of some of your “opinions” have been brought into meetings. I’m not here to wag fingers or spank anyone’s hands behind the comments that have been posted over the past few months, but I do want to remind you of a few things:

1. We are on top of things to the best of our ability even when you think we’re not;

2. Everyone on the team is human and when you’re human there’s always a chance that mistakes will be made. None of us can control every aspect of things such as quality control, and since no one on the team is moving to Asia to supervise the painting and assembly of every single figure (and let’s be honest, neither are you lol) there will always be the possibility of a product not meeting expectation. There is no god on my team who knows all, sees all and can be everywhere handling everything simultaneously. It’s cool to be angry, everyone is entitled to their emotions and far be it from me to tell anyone how to feel. But some of the acts of disrespect we’ve seen on the boards because a figure didn’t turn out exactly how or when you thought it should? Not cool at all. Please show us the same patience and respect you would like to receive.

Let me be very clear: the team loves what we do and we love the brands we work on. We are doing the best we can with what we have to get you the best product possible, have a little faith in us.

Skeletor’s Love Child

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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6 Comments »

  • dondra says:

    I think this new team is doing the things a lot better than Toyguru, he was the worst

  • Mortimor's Cat says:

    I actually agree with everything Skeletor’s Love Child said. Most of the forums are now full of people throwing temper tantrums over decisions that are out of their control, and it’s bringing everyone down, me included. This is just a hobby and it’s supposed to be fun; a way to get away from everyday life.
    I think Mattel now has a better team in place after the departure of Scott to produce MOTUC, but I think they have a major problem with Digital River that still needs to be addressed. Someone from Mattel Corporate should actually try buying something from the Mattycollector website just so they can see first hand the issues we’re having.
    Otherwise I think this team is doing a much better job.

  • George says:

    Can you really take things seriously from someone tagged as Skeletor’s Love Child?

  • Adam says:

    I think everyone on the Team has been and will continue to try their best, but Mattel’s priority lie with core brands like Hot Wheels or Barbie. Corporate management doesn’t really care about MattyCollector.com.

  • Toythinker says:

    Well said Skeletor’s Love Child. Trolls like George above just don’t get it. Just know – there’s a much larger community cheering you guys on, and appreciating all that can be done to keep the line alive – even though those opinion’s aren’t seen or heard as often as the disrespectful ones.

  • ThomasW says:

    I feel that Mattel is doing a generally outstanding job with the Masters line. Given the state of the action figure world in general these days, they’re one of if not the best action figure line going, without getting into the ridiculous big-ticket stuff that typically has three-digit price tags.

    I sincerely hope for many more years of Masters, and I hope that the “Collectors Choice” and “MOTU 2.0” lines are highly successful.

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