‘Ask Matty’ Answers for February 12th, 2014
February 12, 2014

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 has changed the guidelines for these Q&As so they only involve items and lines sold on MattyCollector.com.  These Q&A’s do not cover any retail lines.

Don’t forget, a brand new batch of great figures will go on sale on 2/17, Including the long awaited Modulok,  so head over to MattyCollector.com and check them out.


Q1.  Will there ever be a figure line based on the original artwork and paintings from Masters of the Universe by Earl Norem? Like Star Wars did with Ralph MaCquarie? 

A1.  We are definitely focused on completing the vintage line by the end of 2015. Something like this would need to wait until 2016 at the earliest. But we would love to hear from fans if this is something they would like to see. 


Q2.  Why don’t we get any exclusives on Matty for WWE? Will Matty ever carry any WWE products again? That is a massive retail license, so it should be no problem carrying anything new right?

A2.  We have offered multiple WWE items on Mattycollector.com over the years but unfortunately have not had the success we needed. In the end, we can only sell products when there is an audience to purchase them and for now it looks like the WWE fan prefers retail as their collecting venue.


Q3.  Any chance that previous subscribers will get early access for purchasing the quarterly DC figures since the attempted sub didn’t go through?  

A3.   No, we can not give 2014 sub benefits to 2013 customers. You need to have bought one of the 2014 subs that did happen (in this case only MOTU went through) to get the sub benefits in 2014. The quarterly figures will be day-of only. 


Q4.  Any chance the Mattel boys toys retail team could do some more collector focused figures based on the 1966 Batman and release them through MattyCollector.com?  Use the same release model you are using on DC Total Heroes where there is a retail wave and then more collector focused quarterly releases?

A4. You will need to ask the retail team. Sorry, but this Q & A is for the online team only.


Q5.  Are there any plans to release another set of Polly Pocket She-Ra figures, maybe the other characters from the box art?

A5.  At this time no, but you never know what the future will bring. 


If you’d like to ask a question for the next  submission then feel free to post your questions in our Mattel Q&A question submissions thread (see link below)!   Remember they can be about any MattyCollector.com products. 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 www.ActionFigureInsider.com. 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 MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, 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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  • nquick says:

    Since they are only willing to talk about the toys sold on mattycollector.com , then keep it on their site. Why are they a not going to taddress questions aboutt retail which is where I buy my toys mostly? Sounds lazy.

    • It’s not lazy it’s simply 2 different groups of people that work on the lines. Matty stuff is handled by Scott and his team. ALL the retail boys toys are handled by another group in another part of the building.

      Only Scott and the Matty group have set up the monthly Q&As.

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