AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for Sept. 1st, 2010
September 1, 2010

September is here and with it brings us another round of Q&A with Mattel!  Matty from and ToyGuru, have replied with the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.     


Q1.  Will the JLU Warlord figure come with any sort of accessory?  A sword?

A1. Not in the upcoming 3-pack, but this is a great suggestion for a single release down the road.

Q2. Is there any chance of doing Collect ‘n Connect playset pieces in DCUC? I suggested doing Batcave pieces (e.g., chair and computer, giant penny, dinosaur, Jason memorial, etc.), but there could be many different ones (e.g., JL satellite, JSA Brownstone, Fortress of Solitude, Daily Planet, etc.)

A2. It is something that has come up again and again in our design brainstorms. A great idea, but nothing is locked in. This is clearly something we know the fans would want!

Q3. Now that the Superpowers theme seems to be coming to an end in DC Universe Classics any thoughts on whats next ? I am part of the younger crowd who really did not grow up with Superfriends, I would love to see a Total justice theme. You could give us that style Huntress,Hawkman and Black Lightning.

A3. Who said the Superfriends tribute is coming to an end? We have big plans to keep going with this theme, which may include some of the ideas you are suggesting!

Q4.   Are you guys thinking ahead on the army builder type figures in
the MOTUC line, such as the Eternian Guards and Shadow Beasts, and increasing the production numbers beyond the idea of "everyone just wants one?"  Most collectors will want all 4 of the guards on display.

A4. Yes, we are looking at higher production numbers based on fans wanting to army build these sets! That is why the guards have so many interchangeable parts. This is what happens when toy fans also design product!

Q5.  I recently heard Toyguru say that the "naked" DCUC  Cheetah from wave 13 is in limbo. Alot of fans really want this figure and were told it was coming. Some of us took that to heart and did not buy the few that showed up online. Do you think you could do exclusive "limbo" wave ? Maybe give us modern Red Tornado,gold Dr Fate fixed,Naked Cheetah,white face Harley and the classic Gaurdian. I know alot of fans would buy that set even with no collect and connect pieces.

A5. We did have plans for this figure but they fell through. That is why Cheetah is now in limbo. We are committed to getting to her, it will just take some logistical work (much like the other limbo figures you mentioned). We’re just getting warmed up!

 And while we are talking about Mattel, just today Mattel posted the official line-up for items on sale on September 15th on


By Matty

Toy Fans,

Summer may be just about over, but our September 15th sale cranks up the heat with three “first time ever” releases!

  • 6" Egon Spengler™ with PKE Meter™ — This is the first 6” Ghostbusters™ figure released with a PKE Meter™, plus it’s Egon’s first time out unslimed.
  • Chief Carnivus™ — Not only is it the first release for September’s Club Eternia™ figure, it’s not often you get the chance at a character from the 200X series.
  • Gygor™ — this large-scale beast figure is based on a vintage prototype that was never produced.

The sale starts here at on Wednesday, September 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern)

— Matty

The next Q&A have already been submitted, but 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 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,, 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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