AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for April 1st, 2011
April 1, 2011

Twice a month the gang from Mattel are kind enough to answer five questions from AFi readers.  Matty from and ToyGuru, have replied with the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.  We have already submitted our questions for the April 15th round, but you can submit your questions in now for the May 1st round of questions.

 Let’s get to the questions and the answers!


Q1. MOTUC: Panthor is coming out next month and the decision made by a vote for him to be un-flocked first time round. People have expressed a wish for a flocked version as a future variant, but due to the high level of articulation on the figure, would a textured paint similar to the one used on Black Manta in the 2pack be a possible option?
It would seem that doing a similar paint application would avoid the issue with the articulation rubbing and wouldn’t hide the sculpt as much as flocking would. This would still give a velvety texture to the figure similar to the original but would sidestep the obvious problems with flocking on highly articulated figures.

A1. It is always possible we could tackle Panthor this way, but honestly we have no second release/version of Panthor planned at this time, so these type of discussions simply have not taken place.

Q2.  Can you give us an approximate release schedule for the remaining JLU figures on Matty and at retail/Target?  Or at leaset let us know what figures have already made it through manufacture?

A2. Unlike items, retail items have no specific release date. The faster current product sells through, the faster retailers order new product. So for JLU, until Target sells through there current inventory they will not order new product. The best way to see new product hit sooner is to help spread the word and tell your friends to buy more  JLU!

Q3. Young Justice: When will we see a picture of the Hall of Justice?  We were surprised not to see it at Toy Fair since that’s something fans are so excited for.

A3. We are saving this for SDCC.

Q4.  Can you tell us the order the Green Lantern Retro Action figures will be released on Matty?  We have just learned that Sinestro Corps Sinestro will be first.  Who’s next?

A4. The order will go Sinestro in Corps outfit, Guy Gardner, Kyle, and finally John. One per month.

Q5.  At your Toy Fair show room you had Action League figures in 2 locations.  You had the regular line (with the new Wonder Woman) over by the 12" Lex Luthor and then you had a group of Green Lantern themed Action League by your Green Lantern movie product.  The GL ones included some figures that have already been released (White Lantern Sinestro, Guy, Hal).  Are the GL ones a sub set?  A boxed set? Will they have different packaging?  We are alread fairly GL/Blackest Night heavy in the first 2 waves of the regular AL line.  Just wondering if that is spinning off for the GL movie product.

A5. The GL minis are exclusive to Walmat and will include both movie style and  comic style GL figures. One reason there are also GL comic characters in the main DCU Action League line was so we would have a nice tooling bank for this Walmart line.

The next Q&A have already been submitted, but if you’d like to ask a question for the May 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 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,,, 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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