AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for December 1st, 2012
December 3, 2012

Twice a month the gang from Mattel are kind enough to answer five questions from AFi readers.  The Mattel marketing and PR team, have replied with the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.

Here is our latest round of questions and their answers:


Q1. When can we expect to see the DC Unlimited and Batman Unlimited lines in-stores & available from e-tailers?

A1.   They should be hitting shelve now!


Q2.  With the DCUC Superman Batman and Wonder Woman going for big bucks on ebay would you release them in a 3pack? Maybe in the Super Powers colors we have been waiting on

A2.  No plans right now but we’ll keep that in mind!


Q3.  Any chance of the Cassandra Cain Batgirl being re-released next year’s Bat-focused retail line, and if so, could you give her the new cape from the recent New52 Batgirl, just to make her slightly different?

A3.  We don’t have plans for her now but she is a favorite around here!


Q4.  Are Suicide Squad/Secret Six characters contenders for DCIE subscription slots? I know that the Secret Six is obscure, but you guys have made such nice figures of Catman and Deadshot that missing Ragdoll and Scandal is a shame. As for the Suicide Squad, I’d love to hear that Wave 18 of DC Universe Classics isn’t the end for them.

A4.  Sure they are! We’d love to get to them in time.


Q5.  Early/leaked samples out of China for the DCIE Sub Phantom Stranger looks like the head is WAY too small for the body.  Any chance those are the rejects and this is something that was caught and changed for the final production of the figure?

A5.  Definitely best to not judge toys by “leaked” samples. We actually just sent out review samples of him so you can judge the final product!

If you’d like to ask a question for the  Dec. 1st submission then feel free to post your questions in our Mattel Q&A question submissions thread!   Remember they can be about any Mattel product including MOTUC, Ghostbusters, WWE, any of the Mattel DC lines, Voltron and Cars. Twice a month we draw our submission question directly from the ones that AFi readers post.

You can submit new questions in this thread.

And you can discuss the answers on our Mattel board.

Thanks again to the team at Mattel for taking time to answer our questions!

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 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,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, 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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