AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for May 1st, 2011
May 3, 2011

It’s Green Lantern week!   Sunday May 1st is the release date for Mattel’s Green Lantern movie product.  From what I have seen and what I have read some stores were more ready than others.Target seems to have been the least prepaired.  We’ll have more spotlights on the new GL products this week on AFi.

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. This is another great round with some really definitive answers. You might not LIKE all of the answers, but you have to appreciate Mattel really being straight with fans this round.

We have already submitted our questions for the May1st round, but you can submit your questions in now for the May 1st round of questions.

 Let’s get to the questions and the answers!


Q1. IF TARGET does make an ORDER (BUY) the remaining JLU 3-pk. Case, will it now be 6 JLU 3-pks. instead on 8 ? Meaning will you take OUT the: JSA and ANIMAL MAN/Adam Strange packs because you will be selling them on

A1. At this point we can confirm that Target will not be taking any additional packs beyond there current inventory. The best way to support additional JLU packs to buy the STRIPE single, the fall 7-pack and the Space and Golden Age 3 packs on sale in September. If these packs sell well we can look at releasing the additional packs. The future of JLU is literally in fan’s hands!

Q2.  In The Ghostbusters line, Winston has new head sculpts in both the 12-Inch and 6-Inch scale. Any chance of the other ‘busters getting new head sculpts, particularly Ray Stantz?

A2.  It is something we are always looking into. Ray, Peter and Egon did not change looks as much between films so it was not as much a priority, but when the tooling and resources are available we would love to do this.

Q3. Why show the ’66 Batman TV Show logo used next to some of the Batman Legacy figures (smiley Batman and Batgirl) in your Wondercon display? Is this a hint we will get ’66 style figures? I hope!

A3.  Not a hint. It was an error on the part of our trade show team who used the wrong logo.

Q4. Will MOTUC Leech’s hands be made of a more rubbery material (like his vintage counterpart) or will they use the same plastic of a standard MOTUC hand?" Also will Leech’s hands be on standard swivel joints or will they have the added articulation that we saw on Bow?"

A4.  His hands will use the same plastic as the rest of his body (they will not be actual suction cups) but he will come with a net accessory that has actual suction cups. We are still working out what the articulation level will be.

Q5. What will be the release date for the JLU 7-pack? How much will the set cost?

A5. It will be out in November for $55.00.

The next Q&A have already been submitted, but if you’d like to ask a question for the June 1st 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,,, 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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