Mattel Q&A Answers
May 15, 2008

As we enter the home stretch toward SDCC 08 our pal Toy Guru from Mattel updates us on the answers to our  burning questions that AFI readers have posted in our forums:

 

 

Q1. Will there be any variations on the SDCC exclusives (Like clear Man-Bat or slimy Grundy)

A: King Grayskull will be available in his standard colors as well as a chase version showing him as a statue as Adam first encountered him.  Here are some pics!

 

 
Q2. Will the DCUC Batman Beyond include his Wings shown in the 2 up? And will DCUC Ares come with all 4 his accessories, also shown in the 2 up?

A: The Batman Beyond figure will have his wings retracted, but we do have a big surprise for Batman Beyond in the 6”scale. Stay tuned…

Ares will come with a massive sword and axe. He is Friggin huge!
 
Q3. In the JLU line…is it possible to stop using the wide leg-high heeled female body for every single female character and branch out a bit using the straight- legged Shayera Hol legs or the Wonder Woman legs for some of the characters?? It just seems to be if you remove the belt from Shayera you would have the PERFECT blank canvass to make so many other female characters!

A: The belt is actually part of the torso piece on Hawkgirl, so this would require a complete new female upper body, it can’t just be removed. We will work on creating upgraded females bucks for future figures though. Mattel is always looking for ways to improve our toy lines. Thanks for the great suggestion.

 
Q4. Is the larger Bane figure from “The Batman” line still scheduled for release? If so, when can we expect to see him in the stores?

A: He should be out now.  

Q5.The 10” Justice Lords Batman is showing up in Brazil currently.  Will it have a US release?

A: The 10 inch JLU figures are being phased out domestically.

 

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, 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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