AFi's “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for June 1st, 2010
June 1, 2010

 Matty from and ToyGuru, have replied with the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.     

Q1. If the JLU Lobo reach your sales expectations, can you give us a hint us on which oversized figure might follow him on matty?  Or what might be one YOU’D like to see?  And IF Lobo does well how often should we expect to get JLU oversized figures? bi monthly? quarterly maybe?
A1. If Lobo does well there is a chance we could do a few more in the near future. As to which figures those are, that is a tight secret!

Q2.  MOTUC, For those of us attending the con this year, do you have any info on how the exclusives will be sold @ your booth? Last year it was first come first serve, and sold out by Friday. The year before it was first come first serve but rations were sold each day. The year before raffle tickets were distributed to each attendee. What will it be this year so we’re prepared?
A2. We are still working on the exact details including looking into a presale option. What we do know for sure is there will be an allotment each day; sales on Wednesday and Thursday will be restricted to attendees only until noon, no professionals or exhibitors may buy at this time. As for tickets and possible pre-sales, we are still working at this, but are committed to making as smooth of a sale process as possible!

Q3. Any plans for new civilian characters for JLU?  Any plans for more TNBA Batman villain 3 packs or 6 packs for JLU?
A3. We are looking into more civilians but nothing to announce yet. Yes, also looking into more Batman characters too.

Q4. I have quite a lot of DCUC, DCIH and JLU figures now. I have almost every character I could ever want. What I don’t have is a good way to store them.  How about making some decent collector’s cases so our figures don’t end up rubbing against each other and wearing the paint off or succumbing to plastic melt?
A4. This is something we are always looking into but nothing to confirm quite yet. A lot of collectors have their own ways to store figures, we’ve seen some great suggestions on the fan boards!

Q5. Last year you announced a head of time how many new characters/waves you’d be revealing at SDCC for DCUC, Ghostbusters and MOTUC.  Will you be announcing those numbers ahead of time this year?
A5.  These things are always in flux, but we will have at least two DCUC waves and a handful of new GB and MOTUC characters!

The next round of questions have already been turned in, but if you want to get in on the NEXT round we need your questions by June 10th.  Remember they can be about any Mattel product including MOTUC, Ghostbusters and Cars. You can submit new questions in this thread.

You can find our past Q&A’s here. And you can discuss the answers at our Mattel board.


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,,, 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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