AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for April 15th, 2011
April 15, 2011

Twice a month the gang from Mattel are kind enough to answer five questions from AFi readers.  Matty from MattyCollector.com and ToyGuru, have replied with the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.  We have already submitted our questions for the May1st round, but you can submit your questions in now for the May 1st round of questions.

 Let’s get to the questions and the answers!

 

Q1. What are the chances of seeing a Wonder Woman figure (DCUC? Movie Masters? Other?)  based on the new television series?

A1.  At this point the WW show is still a pilot and not green lit. Until it is set for production it isn’t something we can look into.

Q2. DCUC. What are the chances of getting flat, open palmed hands for the male buck bodies? These would work great for figures like the Flash, Superman and other characters known for flying or fighting? The wave 16 Robin could have done with an interchangeable open palm/karate strike hand as a homage to his Super Powers figure. Does the fact that you are now releasing characters with swappable hands (Metal Men) make this more likely?

A2.  Always a possibility and a good way to ‘plus up’ figures while still keeping costs relatively down. We will pass this on to the design team!

Q3. DCUC: What are the chances of seeing non-comic characters like the Music Meister, Gray Ghost, or Zeta in dcuc?

A3.  Always possible. Likely it would come down to fan demand. If we see enough requests it is something we can look into. What say you fans?!

Q4. JLU: With the JLU line now ending, could you tell us so
me of the names of the talented sculptors who really upped the ante in recent years? Waller and Doomsday and Kalibak…heck, even simple "heads-only" sculpts like Fire and Ice really shone because of their work. It’d be great to give them a little praise by name!

A4. It is actually a variety of many, many talented sculptors from outside vendors to the Mattel sculpting team. We’ll be sure to let everyone involved know!

Q5.  We’ve seen a lot of different Green Lantern movie product between your displays at Wondercon and Toy Fair.  Can you give us a full line up of what is planned so far for the different lines?

A5.  Ready?

The majority of the line is a kid aimed line. While we will have our Movie Masters and other adult collector items, we’re really excited to get kids playing Green Lantern!

Green Lantern will have the following skus:

-Basic figures. Each basic figure comes with a construct accessory. The larger characters like Kilowog or Voz come with a "construct adaptor" letting their larger hand sink up with any standard size construct. There will be a total of 20 figures including a few Hal variants. But this is the bulk of your figure selection. Each figure also includes a kid sized ring.

-Figure/Vehicles. 8 different "construct vehicles" (from and inspired by the film) which all transform between 2 modes with "ring activators" such as a pull string ring or a twist and unlock ring. This line will include Abin Sur’s escape pod, Hal’s mech suit, and Kilowog’s space cycle.

-Deluxe Figures - BATTLE SHIFTERS. All of the Battle Shifter figures feature a transforming construct that instantly springs out (think plastic oragami) with one touch! Check out Tomar Re’s Scorpion Assault and Hal Jordan’s Capture Claw!

-Galactic Scale 10 inch figures. Featuring Hal and Kilowog with light up rings and chest symbols. Each comes with a construct weapon.

-Parallax Final Showdown. Hal vs the giant menace Parallax with grab and capture feature (awesome try me on this guy!)

-Ring Blast Jet. This one won’t be out until the fall. It is a giant version of the deluxe Battle Shifters and springs out from Tank to Jet mode in seconds. Includes lights and sounds, firing projectiles and an awesome "in flight" Green Lantern figure!

-Role Play mask and ring. Includes a light up ring!

-Power Slingers. Instantly sling out a Green Lantern weapon like an axe or fist!

-Colossal Cannon- Right from the GL movie- Hal’s cannon fires 10 discs and blasts out GL lights and sounds!

-Movie Masters – highly detailed fully articulated 6" scale figures from the GL Movie. 12 figures in the assortment, including 2 Hals. Collect 11 of the figures (you don’t need the second Hals, he comes with a die cast ring) to build a giant 14 inch Collect and Connect Parallax!

Only at Toys R Us:

-Movie Masters 2 packs. Exclusive figures like Abin Sur ad redeco with re-releases. 2 in spring, 2 in fall.

-12" Giants of Justice Green Lantern (I’ve been waiting YEARS to find a way to release this guy first shown at SDCC in 2009!). Comic style 12" Green Lantern based on the Four Horsemen sculpt!

-Ultimate Construct Pack – A 3 3/4" Hal with 10 awesome constructs.

-Green Lantern die Cast ring and key chain

Only at Wal-Mart:

-GL Action League Mini collection. 6 different packs in movie and comic style.

-GL Guardian 2 packs. Pairing of a redeco basic figure with an all new Guardian figure. Also includes Power Batter accessories! 6 packs in the assortment.

Only at Target:

-Light up figures. 5 in the assortment, featuring light up chest and oversized construct.

Only at Kmart:

-GL Capture Claw role play toy.

-GL Basic Figure Test Pilot Pack - Hal and Martin Jordan in 3 3/4" scale. Includes Ferris Air Parachute and Construct accessory.

Only on Mattycollector.com

-GL Oversized Movie Masters – Larger characters like Kilowog ands Green Man in scale to the 6" Movie Master retail line.

-Ultimate Movie Master – $80.00

Talking 12" figure speaks the GL oath. Featuring the voice of Ryan Reynolds. Includes Power Ring. When you hold the ring close to the figure it "magically" ignites light up power up effects with light and sound.

We’ll have this one at SDCC to test out. Ya gotta see this one in person!

I’ve been heading up the GL team for the last two years so personally I am really thrilled to see this one hit. Green Lantern is going to be an amazing experience and what looks to be a real pop culture event. I couldn’t be more proud of the work the whole Green Lantern team has done.

You can see images of most items on most toy retailer websites and of course in stores on May 1st!

 

The next Q&A have already been submitted, but if you’d like to ask a question for the May 15th 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 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 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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