AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for June 1st, 2013
June 5, 2013

MattyAFiLogoTwice 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.


Q1.  Will you ever offer Panthor with flocking as a variant, exclusive? Maybe in a 2pack with a Filmation accurate Skeletor?

A1.  It is possible but for the immediate future we are going to focus on original characters (including beast slots) in order to maximize what we can produce in a marketplace of ever increasing costs.


Q2.  It seems that the DC 6″comic line changes the way it is produced and presented at retail every few years, from DCSH, to DCUC to the Batman and DC unlimited lines. Will you ever go back to doing DC waves at retail that include CnC pieces of over-sized characters when the line next gets rebranded? It seems that DCUC was always a hit with fans and most brought full waves for the CnC, where as now they cherry pick, which must hurt sales?

A2.  It’s always a possibility.  For now we hope that you are enjoying the awesome line up of figures in the DC Comics Unlimited and Batman Unlimited lines. 


Q3.  Will the new flight stands be available with the Early Access items next month or will we have to double-up on shipping to get both?

A3.  They are available for Early Access and will be offered Evergreen until they sell out.


Q4.  Any shot of getting any of the WWE NXT title belts packed in the Elite line (Elite Big E Langston most likely)?

A4.  A great idea. We don’t have plans right now but keep your eyes out.


Q5.  I’m a little late to the motuc game and I only get essential characters. When will a classic version of Teela be made available for purchase again? It’s been a long time, you’ve got bubbles she ra, and Teela is a CORE member of the Masters! Please make it happen!

A5.  Teela has sold out and we do not have plans for a reissue. We offered reissues for over 2 years and only He-Man came close to performing. If we can’t move enough Skeletors and Man-At-Arms for a second run, it makes it really hard to justify doing a second run of anyone else.


If you’d like to ask a question for the  July 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.

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,,, 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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