Ask Matty Answers for February 1st, 2010
January 29, 2010

Matty from and ToyGuru. sent us the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.        


Q1. Now that we’ve seen the perch for Screeech that’s packed with Evil-Lyn, any chance of getting a bundle of those for us to use with the already released Jayna, Beast Boy and Zoar?

A1. We do have plans for more perches for the MOTUC line, which, of course, would work fine for the birds also packed in with a few DCU figures but no plans to release a bundle of perches. Good suggestion though!


Q2. For the Retro Action line… Are female characters being considered? Will there be a SDCC exclusive for this line? Is Captain Marvel a possibility? I know he sometimes has licensing issues…
Thanks! and love this new line! Green Arrow is fantastic!

A2. Okay, now you’re cheating with the number of questions! We do have females planned, and we’ll be announcing SDCC exclusives in April(ish).  Yes, “Shazam!” (or Captain Marvel) is part of our overall DC license and could be included in this line.


Q3. Will you reissue the JLU Batman Beyond, Cheetah 3 pks in 2010 ALOT of us have never seen these in Targets. How about the matty collector 4 packs will they be reissued in general release?

A3. We won’t be re-releasing the exact Cheetah pack again but will look for a way to bring her back out in other ways. Some JLU inventory that was intended to ship in early 2009 has been shipped to discount stores to make room for newer SKUs at Target. The Cheetah case packs also included older packs like Fire and Ice and Target already had plenty of these packs in stock so there is still a good chance of finding the Cheetah pack at discount retails in 2010. Also, if you are in Southern California, the Mattel Store in El Segundo did have this pack in stock; at least it did January 15th when we checked!

There are no plans to re-release any of the JLU four-packs. Many of these packs were available for several months and fans had more then enough time to purchase them.


Q4. RE: Mattycollector, A "LOW STOCK LEFT" notification would be nice on ANY items that are selling through. JLU 4-packs most especially!  Is this a service that can be provided from this point forward?

A4. We actually are looking into this and adding a ticking clock. Keep in mind that many of the JLU packs were available for several months so fans had a lot of time to act. Our best suggestion: when you see an item on that you want, pick it up quick!


Q5. I know there has been a lot of "concern" regarding the last few Matty collector 4 packs. You had stated you made less with each run up to the Doom Patrol. Will you follow this pattern with the Justice Guild 4 pack ? Or will you produce more than the Doom Patrol?

A5. The Justice Guild pack will be the lowest produced of all of the JLU four-packs. As stated above, the market has shown it can’t support JLU packs aimed at collectors online right now. We tried many different combinations , from in-show characters to expanded DC Universe-themed packs and not one pack hit the numbers we needed it to. 



The next round of questions have already been turned in, but if you want to get in on the NEXT round we need your questions by Saturday Dec. 12th.  Remember they can be about any Mattel product including MOTUC, Ghostbusters and Cars.  You can submit new questions in this thread.

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 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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