AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for June 15th, 2011
June 16, 2011

Twice a month the gang from Mattel are kind enough to answer five questions from AFi readers.  Matty from 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 July 1st round, but you can submit your questions in now for the July 15th round of questions.

 Let’s get to the questions and the answers!


Q1. DCUC: You have shown that a soft pliable rubber is available for capes on the Matis figure, so what are the chances of you making capes for future CnC figures out of this material and rolling/folding them up in the packaging rather than giving us fabric capes? Having soft goods on the likes of Trigon and the upcoming Anti Monitor takes away the uniformity of the line.

A1.  These types of capes are possible but they are EXTREMLY expensive which is why they are only used when absolutely needed for a particular figure.


Q2. AS we’ve seen from this Men of Action blog (http://www. spymagician/mattel-green- lantern-movie-series- fantastic-constructs/) the GL movie contructs with the help of the adaptors work with a variety of Mattel DC figures including DCUC.  Are there any plans to offer the movie constructs, lanterns and adaptors in different colours? Yellow would be the most obvious, though all the corps would benefit for what is an almost negligible development cost.   Can you cross over accessories like that or do those designs have to stay in the GL movie line?

A2.  This is something we have talked about, we just haven’t locked in an exact execution yet. But we are well aware of fan demand for this!

Q3. Can we get any insight on the batman:legacy line plans? can we expect to see mostly updates and redecos of previously released dcuc and dcsh figures or will there be more total newly done characters like the mad hatter, poison ivy or ventriloquist coming in future waves?

A3.  The Batman Legacy, much like Green Lantern Classics, will only run a few waves prior to the next Batman film. It will be a combination of redecos and newly tool’d figures in both comic book and video game styles. We’ll have more to reveal at SDCC. It is not intended to be an ongoing line. It a placeholder until Batman Dark Knight Rises collector figures start up again.

Q4.  Can we get a run down of which line manager is managing which collector lines these days? I know there has been some shuffleing between Scott, Danielle, Rhobyn and Derrick.

A4.  Sure! Collector team call!

Scott Neitlich is a marketing manager who oversees the Green Lantern, DCU, GB and MOTU lines.

Danielle McLachlan and Rhobyn DeJesus are brand managers who report to him managing the day to day on DCU/YJ (Danielle) and Ghostbusters (Rhobyn). Scott runs the day to day on Green Lantern and MOTUC while still overseeing the overall direction for DC and GB as well as the website.

Derick Deller is a brand manager who works on the Batman team reporting in to John Friberg. John recently joined the DC team as a marketing manager from his stint on Hot Wheels basic cars. Welcome to the Batcave John!

Q5.  How is it determined what lines show up at the Mattel company stores?   Sometimes it’s older overstock, but some times there are some unreleased product (like the Brave and the Bold Flash) and some recent product like Green Lantern Classics Wave 2.   Do they place orders like other retailers?

A5. They both place orders and receive overstock.


The next Q&A have already been submitted, but if you’d like to ask a question for the July 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 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,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, 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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