AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for May 16th, 2011
May 17, 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 June 1st round, but you can submit your questions in now for the June 15th round of questions.

 Let’s get to the questions and the answers!


Q1.  There appeared to be a pattern of alternating one member of the Metal Men or one member of the Doom Patrol with each wave for a bit there, and then the DP dropped out with 13 and the MM stopped at 16. I know no official line-up for wave 19 has been released thus far, but the rumor is that there wont be any characters from either the Metal Men or Doom Patrol in the assortment. Since both of these subgroups operated very much as "teams" at all times, to me it seems odd to have only half of each team completed more so than not having quite all of the JSA or every single Batman villain available. Is there any chance the DP/MM will make it back into the rotation soon, or is there a plan to finish up the teams with a different route? Also, is there a chance we’ll see a Doom Patrol accurate version of Beast Boy released?

A1.  The “every other” wave having a DP or MM figure was just a coincidence. A lot of times it was due to figures moving around slots from their original roll out due to logistical or cost reasons. We do plan to try and finish both teams (as well as a few others we started) as soon as possible! It is a priority for us to build complete teams. But just when they will show up has yet to be announced. 

Q2. WWE-  What are the chances of more Superhero themed Rey Mysterio outfits? So far we have the Navi & Flash. Any chances of The Joker outfit from WM 25? Also, why do none of the current Mysterio figures have his rib tattoo? I know its scripture, but atleast make some lines of scribble there.

A2.  We’d love to do more super hero themed Rey Mysterio figures as long as they are DC characters, for whom Mattel has the master toy license.  However, the Heath Ledger-style Joker outfit from WM 25 has some sensitivities so it’s unlikely we’ll be able to make a figure of that one.  As for Rey’s rib tattoo, our designers opted not to include it at all rather than depict it as an illegible scribble.  As with some of CM Punk’s body art, we prefer to leave sensitive tattoos off of our figures rather than to do them wrong intentionally.

Q3.  Will the green DCUC stands that are being included with the TRU GL Movie Masters 2-packs be available in a bundle at MattyCollector? Will the blue stands be returning anytime soon? Any update on the availability of the Super Powers logo stands?

A3.  The Green Stands are only available in the GL Movie Master figures. There are no current plans to release them in packs at this time. The blue stands are gone for now and the new Super Powers stands will be on sale by late summer (we hope!)

Q4.  What happened with the DC Super Friends Imaginext Green Lantern OA playset?  I went to my local Target, and found it, but it didn’t have John Stewart, it instead had (another) Hal Jordan. I distinctly recalled seeing pics from ToyFair that had Stewart, not Jordan in the prototype.
And when we we ever get the small versions to match up with the 5" DC Super Friends figures you put out originally? Specifically, when are we gonna see Aquaman, Cyborg, John Stewart and Lex Luthor in the Imaginext line?

A4.  Sorry, the “Ask Matty” questions are for Action Figure product only. Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher Price questions should be directed to the respected brands! (and yes we know this is a DC Fisher Price item, but it still does not fall under the Ask Matty brands)

Q5. Now It’s no secret that the JLU Livewire 3-pack, still to this day, never rang up correctly in Target’s computer/inventory system and therefore never once registered as a JLU sale. With that being a very popular pack, with two new figures, and being in several cases, there were obviously several hundred if not thousands of sales that never counted for us. So now that Target is seemingly done ordering JLU products, how negatively do you think the Livewire 3-pack affected sales for the line?

A5.  We actually corrected this and all sales have been accounted for.


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