In case you missed it this weekend, Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich made this response to a question about the furture availability of Masters of the Universe Classics figure stands on MattyCollector.com…
We’ll look into "possibly" bringing them back, but for now we have no plans to do so. They were a bit of a one shot deal.
The quotes around possibly are his, by the way. I don’t know what they’re doing there, either.
As for the content of that statement, I don’t know where to start…
Why would you limit stands to a "one-shot deal" when you have the figures they support planned out for the next few years?
Why weren’t customers told about the limited run on the stands so they could order as many as they felt they needed as opposed to testing them out, which is almost certainly what most people did?
For forward-thinking customers, why limit how many boxes of stands one could buy if it was only going to be one production run? (As it is now, no one can have more than 50 stands they got from MattyCollector.com. There are already 23 figures in the MOTUC line, more for those people who display two Teelas, Duncans, or Trap Jaws because of the interchangeable parts. At least five more figures were shown at Toy Fair with, I’m sure, more coming at SDCC. So, as of now, Mattel has specifically designed the line so no one can have a stand for each of their figures without going to ebay or a secondary etailer).
You get the idea, and I’m sure you can add some of your own points to the list.
A while back, I wrote a blog in which I was rather sympathetic to all of Mattel’s blunders to that point. Since then, MattyCollector refused to take my money for re-issue Skeletor, Battle Cat, and Trap Jaw, so I’m done with MOTUC. They’re nice figures, but it’s just not worth the hassle and, in most cases, insults to logic and customer intelligence.
As for the rest of you still plugging away, when you pile stuff like No Stands For You! on top of The Great Scalpor Art Affair of Aught Nine and set it adrift on the torrential flow of disaster that is Digital River, I have to wonder if maybe this…
…is not the most ironic, and prophetic, image in action figure collecting history.