“Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for April 30th, 2010
April 30, 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.  You have re-issued some of the harder to get characters from DCSH in two packs in DCUC, but there are still some that people would like to see back out in circulation. Is there any chance of the following characters being re-issued in future two packs:

  • Cassie Cain Batgirl (black costume)
  •  Tim Drake Robin (new sculpting where necessary, using the small male teen body base)
  • Parasite
  • Steel
  • Brainiac robot
  • Mr Freeze

A1. All of these are figures that have actually been slotted on and off for the last few years. WeÙre just trying to find the best way to get to them.

Q2. As nice as the sculpt is for the wave 13 Superboy, the use of the Sinestro buck body for him seems a strange choice as it makes him too tall for that costume/version of the character. Why was this buck used and not the Robin/Kid Flash base which should be for the younger representations of these characters?
A2. We actually worked very close with DC Comics on this figure and the buck we used did provide the correct height. Remember, many times characters are drawn by different artists and sometimes not every artist draws a character 100% the same. The DCUC line is really the “Mattel/Four Horsemen” interpretation of the characters and is not intended to be in the style of any particular comic book artist’s interpretation.

Q3.  EVERY MOTUC collector is going to want Orko w/Price Adam accessory.  Will there be enough of the NON-SDCC (the non color change version) for fans on MattyCollector.com.   We’re you able to raise the quantities on that figure since it is post-Tela?
A3. If we sell out of the non-SDCC version we can always go into a second run like do for most sell-out figures. It is not like these figures retire after their first release after all! A second run is possible down the road but it will be of the Mattycollctor.com version, not the SDCC color change version. That version will be exclusive to the show this year and will not be re-released.

Q4.  I have every figure in DCIH and am enjoying the new articulation with V2 and V3 bodies. My question is when will the females get some V2 and V3 love? Thanks as always for your time, I know you guys are real dang busy. 😀
A4. We are working on new articulation levels all the time. YouÙll see the Wonder Woman figure in our Starro DC 75th pack at SDCC has some of the best articulation to date.

Q5. MOTUC – If each production run of a figure sells out, does Mattel have any limit on how many re-releases it will produce? For example, is there any chance that Stratos will be re-released even though the figure has already been re-released once?
A5. If a figure continues to sell out we have no problem going into a 3rd or even 4th release. We do have a 3rd release of both He-Man and Skeletor planned for down the road.

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 May 13th.  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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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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