AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for October 31st, 2012
October 29, 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.

Mattel took a short break from ‘Ask Matty’ the week of October 15th for New York Comic Con, but they are back now, and even got the answers back a few days early!

Here is our latest round of questions and their answers:


Q1.  It was said that the rising cost of materials and labor resulted in the cost rise for MOTUC, so as not to skimp on paint apps or accessories. If that is the case, why are the first few reveals for 2013 so light on both? No face mask, alt head, or accessory for Netossa? No belt for Jitsu? (Why he comes with two weapons that he can’t hold at the same time is another issue.) We’re just worried that after investing in this line for another year, we’re going to get less than we’ve come to expect, only now having to pay MORE.

A1.  Netossa is light on accessories because her cape is made of a unique material that is very expensive. Jistu comes with three accessories which is already one more than the average.


Q2.  The last wave of Young Justice (single carded – Superman, Green Lantern, Robin III, Artemis) are hitting… but where? We’re seeing carded ebay auctions pop up… but no retailer is stocking them. Where are they being shipped to?

A2.  This last wave was released – check with your local retailers and your favorite action figure web sites!


Q3.  There are always questions about “Why not revive ‘Major Matt Mason?” or ‘When will you bring back ‘Big Jim?’  But what I know to know is if Mattel still owns the rights to ‘Shogun Wariors’ and if there has been any discussion at bringing back that franchise at any scale?

A3.  No,we do not currently hold the rights to this property.


Q4.  Is Courtroom Ray most likely the final 6″ Ghostbusters figure we’ll ever get, or is there ANY hope of ever getting more 6″ GB figures in the future, perhaps as convention exclusives?

A4.  We’re in a holding pattern working with our great partners at Sony on the future of the GB brand. Once we know what is happening we will be excited to revisit figures again.


Q5.  Having had the likeness rights for both Brandon Routh and Christopher Reeve, what are our chances of seeing them in 6″ action figure form?

A5. That would be quite the addition to a Superman collection!  There aren’t any current plans to create the figures – but you never know what the future may hold!


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

You can find our past Q&A’s here.  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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