SDCC Exclusive DCUC Plastic Man Not Shipping to Australia/New Zealand.
May 26, 2010

Mattel posted the following update today for some of their international customers that might want to order the SDCC 2010 exclusives on line:

DCU Fans,

One of the fans over at the Forums on asked why specifically Plastic Man wouldn’t be available in Australia/New Zealand and if a modified version could be made. Wanted to share what ToyGuru said:

"Yes, some of the individual parts in Plastic Man cannot be included due to local toy regulations Down Under. We don’t have plans to offer a modified version at this time. I totally hear you, but if we were to do a modified version it would have to take the place of another toy in development and at this time there is not anything we can drop to develop a slightly modified Plastic Man. It doesn’t mean we don’t love our Australia/New Zealand fans, we are really caught between a rock and hard place on this one. At the end of the day, we need to follow local toy regulations and cannot always distribute every toy around the world in every region."


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