Matty from MattyCollector.com and ToyGuru, have replied with the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.
Q1. What influences Mattel’s decision on which of DC/WB’s Straight-to-Video DC projects that Mattel supports with products and which ones they don’t? Both Public Enemies and Crisis on Two Earths seem perfect for figure sub-lines, but only PE had figures made.
A1. Sorry, we can’t provide information about how specific toy lines are or are not made, but we do agree- both Public Enemies and Crisis on Earth 2 are great candidates due to the large number of characters!
Q2. What caused the 40% increase in the price of a JLU single figure? Can we expect to get a higher quality plastic, better QC, or a larger tooling budget for the line now? Was the increase from the Mattel production side or did Target raise the price?
A2. While the overall price of production has increased, at the end of the day retailers set their own sale prices.
Q3. Now that we have seen our first MOTUC Accessory pack, are we any closer to getting our first DCUC accessory pack? We need more lanterns for our GL Corps and I’d love to see that Kandor the 4 Horsemen sculpted in it’s original DCUC scale. Plus more bat-gadgets, mother boxes… Justice League HQ Display cases….
A3. One of the issues with this is that the MOTUC pack was all redecos. We could look into a DCU accessory pack, but there are not as many redeco opportunities. If we allocate tooling to a DCU accessory pack it will take tooling away from the figures and we would prefer to put out the best figures we can!
Q4. WAAAAY back in the day when Mattel just started doing DC 6" figures and only had the license to do 6" Batman and Superman family characters the 4 Horsement sculpted some awesome rooftop bases for figures that were shown (I think it was SDCC 2005) but never manufactured, plus they had some really cool ideas for more. Any chance those could be revived and sold as MattyCollector.com exclusives?
A4. Similar to the answer above, if we spent money tooling these bases, it would take tooling funds away from figures and we would prefer to put as much tooling into the actual figures as possible rather then do redeco figures in order to tool the bases. What do the fans think?
Q5. The new wave of singles will be hitting soon and I know a lot of people are happy. I am glad to see the singles are back.
Deadshot, Firestorm, Aquaman,Green Arrow and Barda look great ! Can we please know what the next planned wave will have for characters ? I know things got shuffled around but can we at least get 2 or 3 figures in the next JLU singles wave ? We have seen alot of carded single show but When can we expect to see Volcana, OMAC, Ultraman,(show accurate) Zatanna,Hawkman in new deco, and the (show accurate) RED TORNADO? They have been taken off the back of some of the singles,I think fans want to know if these figures are still in the line up.
A5. The last wave of 2009 JLU singles was a bit skipped over, but we do have plans to get to them again, it just may not be the next wave. We’ll have more info to reveal at SDCC!
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