AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for November 15th, 2012
November 15, 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.

Here is our latest round of questions and their answers:

Q1.  What is the story on the Red Hood figure shown at NYCC?  Is that for the retail Batman Unlimited line or for the DCIE sub line?  Was that a figure already in the pipeline and that’s why it’s being made?  I don’t recall seeing Red Hood on any wishlists, especially in a costume that only lasted 4 issues.  Hopefully it lands in the Batman line becasue if not this is NOT a good indication of you knowing what collectors are looking for in the Sub. (Or a bit more delecate version of the same question)  why was the short-lived (basically one-off) cape/superhero-y version of Red Hood chosen for the DCIE subscription over the more well known (even by NON-Batfans like me) jacketed version, which could have used the Mr. Terrific/Animal Man buck? I guess I shouldn’t hope for a swappable domino mask head, either?

A1. The Red Hood figure is part of our online CIE program and will be a monthly figure. The version of Red Hood was selected by the Horsemen and approved by DC.


Q2.  It seems like the toys aisles are devoid of any Mattel DC toys so what, if any DC toys will be available at retailers for Christmas?

A2.  The Batman Evergreen line, Dark Knight Rises and DC Unlimited will all be at retail this year!


Q3.  As we now have Fisto and will be getting his evil opposite Jitsu, what are the chances of getting both their steeds Stridor and Night Stalker? Does the fact that these characters, as with Battle Cat and Panthor, (being two figures from mostly one buck) mean that they are likely or has the drop in sub interest killed their chances of being made?

A3.  We would love to get to the robotic horses and TG is a big fan of them having owned Stridor as a kid. While no plans to announce they are on the short list if we can get to them. After all, both use the same “buck” so it would be easier vs. a 100% tool figure that can only be used once (like Ram Man). But no plans right now.


Q4.  Any idea when we will see a preview for the new Batman (60’s show) line and is there an idea of when it will be on the shelves?

A4.  Ideally at NYTF in Feb. But nothing set yet.


Q5.  With Lead, Platinum and Tin coming out, is there a possibility that we’ll see Doc Magnus and Copper figures to complete the Metal Men action figures series?  Also would Alloy be possible as an oversized figure?

A5.  Always a possibility. We don’t have anything locked in but he would be an essential member to really complete the team huh?


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

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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