AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for March 1st, 2012
March 1, 2012

Twice a month the gang from Mattel are kind enough to answer five questions from AFi readers.  The Mattel marketing and PR team, have replied with the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.

If you have post-Toy Fair questions make sure to post them in the thread for the next round.

Let’s get to the questions and the answers!

Q1. What’s going on with the 4″ Young Justice line? Will the next wave have a C&C? Or pieces like the Hall of Justice? Are there any other 4″ figures coming this year after Artemis, Superman, Green Lantern and Robin?

A1.  There is a second wave of 2 packs planned with a second C&C oversized figure that will be shown later this year.


Q2. With Steel being announced at ToyFair as one of the figures coming up in the retail DCnU line, can you let us know which version you’ll be releasing? Will it be the one with the flat grey ‘S’ shield, the vac-metalised shield, or will it be done as a variant again?

A2. It is the non shiny flat version.


Q3. You’ve shown Poison Ivy in the sub, and have done her in her more recent green skinned look. But what are the chances of getting her in her classic costume with caucasian skin as a figure in the retail line further down the road? If you did do this, could you make some new parts like a new head, gloves and boots to make it comic accurate?

A3. Certainly a possibility but nothing is planned at this time.

Q4. You guys listed Metron as coming on 4-16, or the first day of the Club IE sub, so I was wondering if he will ship with Flash or will he be separate? I ordered two subs, but did so separately so I’m hoping I don’t have to pay shipping for two Flash figures and two Metron figures all in April.

A4. They will ship together. At least that is the plan right now.


Q5.  When will we see the last couple of reveals for the last figures in the MOTUC 30th Anniversary line?

A5. Ideally at SDCC.


If you’d like to ask a question for the  April 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, Voltron 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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