Mattel Asks Fans “Should the MOTUC Armor Be Removable?”
April 7, 2014

Last week Mattel took to their message boards and asked fans of the MOTUC line for their feedback on the debate on the removable armor.   Lately the way the removable armor on some figures has been engineered have made the upper torsos much more bulky to the point where the figures can’t put their arms at their side.   Figures like Fisto, Sea Hawk and the upcoming Blade and Goat Man are some of the examples that fans mention having this problem.

Mattel is asking fans if they care if the armor is removable or not or if they should continue down the path or re-engineering how the armor works.


“As we continue to find ways to make the tabbed armor fit as snug as possible, one question from the design group was whether we should just make the armor non removable, as this would ensure the snuggest possible fit.

Personally I’m all for a uniform line look and want to keep removable armor (knowing we are working on pulling back the tabs). What do you all think, should we consider making the armor non removable guaranteeing the snuggest fit possible?

Scott Neitlich”


You can chime in and make your vote here at the official thread here on


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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  • John says:

    THE COLLECTORS ARE KING??????????????


  • Ron says:

    Mattel should start by removing that full of crap slogan. “Where Collectors Are King” – – – WTF???? The IRONY is killing me.
    They mishandled the DCUC line with repeated bad or weak character choices and continuously ignored collectors’ requests to complete teams – all because what was supposedly an adult “collectors” line wouldn’t sell at retail to Moms & Kids. Then they hired Digital River to handle orders, who bungled things repeatedly. Then they wanted “collectors” to subscribe blindly without their revealing all of the characters collectors would be buying (to wit, who REALLY wanted clunkers like Batzarro or a Gold Super Powers Superman?). That bullshit argument that they needed dollars committed to determine whether they could pay for tooling meant that Mattel no longer gave a damn about investing in the line and simultaneously didn’t care about “collectors” having their collections left incomplete. When collectors got fed up with Mattel’s garbage excuses and Mattel’s neglect for the line, Mattel then had the gall to blame “collectors” for not subscribing enough to cause the line to end and Mattel took no responsibility itself. Mattel simply lacked the vision and care to have made DCUC an evergreen counterpart to Hasbro’s Marvel Legends. Now they’re pushing the inferior kiddie DC Total Heroes line to Moms & Kids – because it sure as hell isn’t an adult collector’s line. So try this slogan instead Mattel – “Where if collectors don’t pre-pay blindly and tolerate our company’s garbage, collectors can drop dead.”

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