"Ask Matty" Q&A Answers for March 1st
March 1, 2010

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.     


Q1. Mattel, Can you fix the scale on the teenage male heroes for DCUC and DCIH? Robin,Kid Flash and Beast Boy look like they are 12.The teenage female bodies are perfect, but the males are way to short. The 1st Robin you did in the DC Superheroes line was perfect. If you would have used the current teenage male scale for Zan, he would have been looking at Jayna’s belly button. I am glad you used an adult size scale model for Zan instead.

Right now when I pose my Titans together, Starfire,Cyborg and Nightwing look like they are baby sitting a bunch of 12 year old’s dressed up like Robin,Kid Flash and Beast Boy.lol Same for the DCIH line, Ravager,Raven,Supergirl,Wondergirl who are on the same Titans team, look way taller then Robin. He looks like he is 10 years old in that line.

A1: We will certainly take this into consideration as we move forward! Good suggestion.

Q2.  How is that the Mattycollector JLU 4 packs have not sold enough units to continue when they are all sold out? Is it really the speed of the sales that is more important than the units moved?

A2: We can not comment on production runs or amount sold but, needless to say, none of the packs performed well enough to keep the SKU going.

Q3. What are the chances of seeming some DCUC re-releases for characters in the old Super Powers line in with their classic Super Powers paint jobs?  Characters like Penguin, Red Tornado and Kalibak as well as more SP accurate versions of Mr. Freeze, Lex Luthor, Robin and Orion?

A3: This is something we’d love to tackle and a great way to refresh characters for a new release.

Q4. With the reveal of the Nightwing/Batgirl/Penguin 3 pack in JLU, alot of fans are excited about those characters, but disappointed in the sculpts. Is it too late to alter this pack in any way so they are more in line with the typical JLU line? They just don’t fit in.

Also, are more figures planned using any of these sculpts? Please no! While we applaud the intention to get these characters out, I think we’d rather have a smaller wave and have them done correctly than cheaply..

A4:  This pack is already in production. We can not make any more changes. We will take your comments into consideration for future packs however!

Q5. Since wave 14 is the WM exclusive wave and not 15 how will this affect future DCUC waves? Does this mean wave 15 will be out before the WM wave? Or does it mean that the WM wave will be out earlier this year?

A5: Ideally Wave 14 will ship before Wave 15.

The next round of questions have already been turned in, but if you want to get in on the NEXT round we need your questions by March  12th.  Remember they can be about any Mattel product including MOTUC, Ghostbusters and Cars.  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 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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