Ask Matty Answers for September 15th, 2013
September 12, 2013

MattyAFiLogo.jpgTwice 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.

Don’t forget, a brand new batch of MattyCollector.com items go on sale Monday 9/16 so head over to MattyCollector.com and check them out.

 

Q1. Will mini MOTU extend beyond the SDCC exclusive He-Man & Skeletor 2-pack?

A1.  It may be possible. We are still looking into this! Glad to see so much excitement.

 

Q2.  Why is the DC retail team never around to answer questions?

A2.  The DC team will be sending answers in the near future.

 

Q3.  Is there any chance those who did subscribe to the DCSC line might get a “thank you” gift from Mattel like the Ghostbusters subscribers got when their sub didn’t go through? That would certainly be a nice consolation.

A3.  No. The reason we did a “thank you” for the GB brand a few years back is because we had no “meter” so fans were caught off guard when the sub did not go through. In the case of the DC sub, fans/customers had full disclosure with the meter so they knew what to expect or not expect.

 

Q4.  As stated at SDCC,the 4H will be sculpting and involved in the new 6″ Total Hero’s line for 2014. How many figs are planed for this line for 2014 ????

A4.  The DC team will be sending answers in the near future.

 

Q5.  Any speculation as to why YOU believe the DC Club Infinite Earths sub didn’t fund this year?   It’s always been close, but this year came up almost 40% short with some of the biggest fan demanded characters revealed.  Where did the DC fans go?

A5.  It is tough to comment on a customer’s opinion or buying habit. What we can say is w\e met the min quota the last two years with arguably less demanded characters (i.e. Mallah vs. Doomsday). So really we’d ask YOU the fans if you subscribered last year what made you change your mind? If everyone from either of the last two years renewed we would have been good to go.

 

If you’d like to ask a question for the  October 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 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, 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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9 Comments »

  • jay says:

    “kind enough to answer your questions” in just about the rudest manner possible. their answers are always vague and sidestepping. my guess is that this is just neitlich being neitlich. what a condescending schnub.

  • Rjackson says:

    wow. So condescending. They wonder why people don’t like them? Here’s your answer:

    “No. The reason we did a “thank you” for the GB brand a few years back is because we had no “meter” so fans were caught off guard when the sub did not go through. In the case of the DC sub, fans/customers had full disclosure with the meter so they knew what to expect or not expect.”

    So, even though I stuck with this line, subscribed early, and put aside all the doubts and aggravations I had with this line of the last two years, but basically they just said F*** YOU, you don’t deserve anything for that, even as much as a discount card or early access to any figures that they do release.

    Man, it’s amazing anyone buys stuff from them.

  • Shellhead says:

    Entitlement, much?
    They don’t owe you anything special. They made stuff, you bought the stuff. How does that merit a “Thank you?

  • Brainlock says:

    “subscribered”[sic]???
    sigh….

    I mean, I know we pick on Falcada for being a bad speller, but Scott makes up his own words.

  • Tom says:

    “What we can say is w\e met the min quota the last two years with arguably less demanded characters (i.e. Mallah vs. Doomsday). So really we’d ask YOU the fans if you subscribered last year what made you change your mind? If everyone from either of the last two years renewed we would have been good to go.”

    Shouldn’t Mattel be asking themselves what they did wrong to not keep the buyers to come back again? Shifting complete blame to the buyers is wrong. They offered little information to what buyers would get for the year and gambled with the tier system.

    Now all they are doing is being rude to the loyal people with their condescending tone to all those who cared for the line.

    • jay says:

      the way nerdlick views it, he (and to a lesser extent, mattel) is king midas. everything he touches turns to gold. it’s the stupid consumers who don’t know what’s good for them.

  • Jorge says:

    That is the garbage they are replacing the 6″ dcuc line with? Even as a kid friendly line it looks weak, lol. I’m gonna miss dcsc.

  • abwku says:

    They’re terrific by 1998 standards. But compared to their own lines of the very recent past, these totally suck.

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