AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for Oct. 15th, 2010
October 15, 2010

October is here and with it brings us another round of Q&A with Mattel! 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.     Each website is allowed to submit five questions.   You will notice below that we only have four questions.  We submitted five questions, but Mattel didn’t get to fully research our first question.   They are still working on it and will send it to us as soon as they have the answer.


Q1. Can we get Invisible Kid, in any scale(but preferably DCIH), in clear plastic like the JLU Martian Manhunter?

A1. No plans right now but you never know. This would be a fun way to do this Legioneer.


Q2. People are reporting finding new JLU singles in Toy R Us now. Will they also get 3-packs? Is there any chance they would pick up the JLU 6-pack program?

A2. TRU has picked up the singles and three-packs but only for fall 2010. They turned down the six-packs and therefore the six-pack program has gone away entirely. The figures intended for the six-packs may wind up being released as part of the 2011 line. TRU will only carry JLU for the last few months of 2010.


Q3. You teased the 12" Movie Masters Lex Luthor at Comic Con with some of his accessories, and you said there was a chance the figure would show up at the con, but he never did.   When will his pictures be revealed?  (we’d be happy to break the news of the images :))

A3. As soon as we have a final sample we’ll have it up on While back in the day we used to reveal new products on some fan sites, going forward you’ll see most reveals in magazines where we take out paid print ads and on where we want to drive fans as the place to find the latest Mattel news! (Editor’s note- The 12" Movie Masters Lex Luthor is shown in the new issue of Toy Fare now hitting stands)


Q4. With wave 14 of DCUC you fianlly got the #1 figure on your want list- Kamandi.   Who’s #2 on your (and Bill’s) most wanted lists for DCUC?

A4.  Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich jumping in on this one:

“While Kamandi was certainly a character high on my list, he wasn’t actually my No. 1 figure. He was just my No. 1 obscure character that might otherwise not have made it. Hal Jordan, Ted Kord, Booster and The Question were really some of the top figures I wanted, but they were popular enough to be in the line no matter what.

I’d love to see some more ‘out of time’ characters like Blackhawk, Viking Prince or even Sgt. Rock. I’m also a huge fan of the Lantern Corps and would love to see more colors added.

Bill says Signal Man and the Crime Syndicate are top picks. Although no plans for any of these figures at this time.

The next Q&A have already been submitted, but if you’d like to ask a question for the November 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 at our Mattel board

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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