New Q&A Answers from Mattel
June 30, 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

Q1A: I would like to know if there are any plans for alternate masks for the joker goons in the Dark Knight Movie Masters line, and if so are there any chances to see them come with weapons?

AA: We’ll be addressing the future of Dark Knight Movie Masters at Comic Con. Doing a second version of the Joker’s goons in the cards…  

B: I would also like to ask if there any chance in seeing a Batman with a working utility belt? Sorry the new 12 inch movie Bats makes me want a six inch black and gray Bat with working utility belt.

QB:A great suggestion and a fun way to plus up and make Batman a little different. We’ll pass this on to our design team.

Q2.  If the DCUC Modern Red Tornado gets released, can we expect better paint applications for the figure? Most of the production run of the Classic version has suffered from sloppily painted yellow lines that bleed with the red on the costume.

A: We are always working on improving our toy lines and will do our best to make sure when and if modern Red Tornado gets released he has the best paint job possible.

Q3.    a. Whatever happened to the gray-striped JLU Batman that is pictured on the back of the package for Zatanna, Blue Devil and Mirror Master? There was a packaged sample on display at Comic-Con last year, but it’s not shown up at retail. Was it ever produced? Is it cancelled?

Aa: He did ship, but the case he was in changed very quickly to a more collector oriented case with increased numbers of secondary characters like Blue Devil.

Qb. Whatever happened to the TRU-exclusive DCSH Batman and Nightwing two-pack that was supposed to follow the TRU Batman/Robin two-pack? It’s pictured on the back of the box for Batman/Robin. Was it ever produced? Is it cancelled?

Ab:This pack has shipped to TRU stores across the US for several months now. It is a chase pack so that might be why you have not seen it yet!

Q4. My local Target recently stocked their shelves with The Dark Knight movie product, but there is no space for the Movie Masters line. will they be carrying this line at all?

A: Mattel product is available to ship to any of our customers. If your local Target orders Movie Masters we will ship them. If you do not see your favorite Mattel toy line at your local retailer be sure to mention this to the toy department manager and let them know what product you want to buy.

Q5.  Regarding Infinite Heroes:

A) Since this line seems to be focusing on the modern/current DCU if/when we see any Fourth (now Fifth) World characters, such as Darkseid…would they be sporting thier new, redesigned (as of Final Crisis) looks?

AA: That remains to be seen! We’ll plead the fourth, er fifth, er, you’ll have to wait and see!

B) Speaking of Final Crisis, might we expect Libra to show up in Infinite Heroes relatively soon?

AB:Not in 2008 at least, but as Libra takes a more active roll in the DCU he is clearly getting a lot of collector attention…

C) Will characters come with accessories (where appropriate)?


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,, 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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