Metal Men – Action Figure Insider http://www.actionfigureinsider.com The Best Darn Toy News On The Web! Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:42:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 61893577 DC Collectibles Solicitations for Items In Stores – Jun and July 2013 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/dc-collectibles-solicitations-for-items-in-stores-jun-and-july-2013/ Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:01:29 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=55666 Here are the latest and greatest solicitations from the good people at DC Collectibles.  These products will appear and be available to pre-order in the next issue of Diamond’s Previews at your local comic book shop.    The products announced in this solicitation will be arriving in stores June and July  2013 as listed below.

 

ACTION FIGURES

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US ACTION FIGURES 3.75” SCALE

What if our greatest heroes became our greatest threat? Injustice: Gods Among Us introduces a bold new franchise to the fighting game genre from NetherRealm Studios, creators of the definitive fighting game Mortal Kombat. Featuring DC Comics icons such as Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, Green Arrow, The Joker, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman, the latest title from the award-winning studio presents an original story. Heroes and villains will engage in epic battles on a massive scale in a world where the line between good and evil has been blurred.

Injustice_Cyborg_HQWith over 20 points of articulation each figure is highly posable!
CYBORG VS. HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK
$29.95 US • On Sale June 2013
*Allocations May Occur

Injustice_Flash_TBATHE FLASH VS. TBA ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK
$29.95 US • On Sale June 2013
*Allocations May Occur

 

STATUES AND BUSTS

MoSM_SMvsZODMAN OF STEEL: SUPERMAN VS ZOD 1:12 SCALE STATUE
Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios
$124.95 US • On Sale July 2013
*Allocations May Occur

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

 

CvrGirls_PlatinumDC COMICS: COVER GIRLS PLATINUM STATUE

SCULPTED BY SAM GREENWELL

DC COLLECTIBLES GOES PLATINUM

The Metal Men isn’t just a boy’s club, so don’t forget about Platinum. As the first robot created by brilliant scientist Doctor Will Magnus Platinum became the founding member of the Metal Men. With her ability to shape-shift, stretch, and put up with her teammates, Platinum is one precious metal!

Measures Approximately 10.25″ Tall
$99.95 US • On Sale July 2013
*Allocations May Occur

 

Bombshells_WonderWomanDC COMICS BOMBSHELLS
DC Collectibles is proud to announce the launch of a brand new line of statues, inspired by the pin-ups of the 1940s and 1950s. Who better to blast off this newest line than two of DC’s most powerful heroines? Featuring, fashion from the 40’s and 50’s, DC Collectibles has captured the “can do” attitude of the era!

 DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: WONDER WOMAN
Sculpted by Tim Miller
Measures Approximately 10.1″ Tall
$124.95 US • On Sale July 2013
*Allocations May Occur

Bombshells_SupergirlDC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: SUPERGIRL
Sculpted by Tim Miller
Measures Approximately 10.6″ Tall
$124.95 US • On Sale August 2013
*Allocations May Occur

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AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for January 15th, 2013 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/afis-ask-matty-mattel-qa-answers-for-january-15th-2013/ Wed, 16 Jan 2013 07:05:18 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=54875 MattyAFiLogoTwice a month the gang from Mattel are kind enough to answer five questions from AFi readers.  The Mattel marketing and PR team, have replied with the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.  There will not be a posting of answers on January 1st as Mattel will still be closed during that time.

Here is our latest round of questions and their answers:

Q1.  About Club Infinite Earths. Would you ever consider giving subscribers more choice on club figures? It was awesome that we got to choose Metron for the exclusive figure. Maybe having a couple of fan choice monthly figures (Where you would give us a choice of say 3 characters and we would pick 1 through a poll) would satisfy those of us who think Mattel never hears the fans input and may be a great incentive to resubscribe each year

A1.  While this is something we would love to do, licensor approvals, schedules and other logistical issues tend to make it harder than you would expect.

 

Q2.  What happened to the size of Tin from the Metal Men?  When you first showed him at Toy Fair he came up to Platinum’s elbow.  Then at Comic Con he was shown to be much smaller, not even being as tall as her waist.  Why did he shrink?

A2.  He was originally sculpted as a 2 up and then shrunk down to normal 6″ scale for production.

 

Q3.  Recently some new images of some unannounced Action League figures (White Lantern Batman, White Lantern Superman and Arkham City Batman) have popped up on line.  Is that any indication that the DC Action League line will continue?  You guys did a whole new package design for what we all thought was the last wave that is now hitting stores.

A3.  At this time there are no plans to continue to Action League line.

 

Q4.  With the Batpod making a prominent appearance in “The Dark Knight Rises” why did Mattel not re-release this hot, hard to find vehicle in the Movie Masters line so fans Catwoman figures would have a ride?

A4.  While we are big fans of the Batpod it wasn’t something we could reoffer right now.

 

Q5.  As we now come to the end of the first year of the DC Club Infinite Earths subscription can you talk about what you have learned in this first year of what fans want in a pure collector line?  Any reactions that have surprised you?  Anything you have implemented for year 2?

A5.  The biggest key learning was DC fans are very passionate but in the end not as numerous as customers. We will continue to put out DC 6″ figures as long as there is a customer base to support our min quota.

 

If you’d like to ask a question for the  January 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, Voltron 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.

 

And you can discuss the answers on our Mattel board.

Thanks again to the team at Mattel for taking time to answer our questions!

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Early Look – Mattel’s DC Signature Collection LEAD of the Metal Men http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/early-look-mattels-dc-signature-collection-lead-of-the-metal-men/ Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:00:57 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=52651 I don’t think there were many of us that started collecting the original 6″ Mattel Batman line who could have predicted that it would eventually lead to us getting the Metal Men as articulated figures.   We already have Iron, Gold and Mercury from the retail DCUC Line.  We know that Platinum and Tim will be coming later in the line as a 2-pack.

Lead will be the 2nd quarterly over-sized figure in the 2012 Club Infinite Earths subscription.

Lead is built on the Collect-and-Connect Darkseid buck.  Some think this buck is too tall.  Lead traditionally is drawn to be much wider than the rest of the team, not necessarily that much taller.   Unfortunately Mattel doesn’t have a full buck inbetween the over sized and the regular size.   The Etrigan/Bizarro upper body would work well, but there’s not plain proportionate legs for that torso, so they had to go with the tooling they had.   It still very much works and creates an imposing presence for the team.   It’s a lot of fun putting this team together for the first time as articulated figures.  Previous to Mattel the only way to get the Metal Men were as a now hard to fin DC Direct PVC boxed set.

Lead does not have the die-cast metal hands that the previous Metal Men had, also he does not have any of the clip-on accessories.  Lead’s tunic is created as a rubber over piece that is shaped more like a bib and skirt so that he retains all of his articulation.

Lead will be available to non-subscribers on MattyCollector.com.

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AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for July 2nd, 2012 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/afis-ask-matty-mattel-qa-answers-for-july-2nd-2012/ Tue, 03 Jul 2012 06:19:00 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=49112 Twice a month the gang from Mattel are kind enough to answer five questions from AFi readers.  The Mattel marketing and PR team, have replied with the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.

There won’t be an ‘Ask Matty’ Q&A for July 15th as that will be during Comic Con, so if you have any post-SDCC questions after their reveals post those ASAP.

Let’s get to the questions and the answers!

Q1.  While I am excited about the Infinite Earths subscription line and look forward to getting a new DC Universe six inch figure delivered to my door every month, one drawback this system seems to have, as opposed to retail, is the lack of variant figures, such as Cheetah and Sinestro in DCUC. With the long and rich history of the DC Universe, characters have gone through a variety of costume changes, and what is “iconic” to one person might not be to someone else. Have you considered a way to include variants in the Infinite Earths line? Since, I’m assuming you’d want to make them limited and thus increase their desirability, perhaps this could be an option available only to subscribers (and thus another incentive to subscribe)?

A1.  We are looking into a few ways of doing variants. We can’t pack them randomly into an online toy line due to inter state lotto laws. But we are exploring options to keep this element in the line.

 

Q2. Is there any chance of renaming the Metal Men’s Lead with the Latin term (Plubium-?) or calling him “Metal Men Leader” so we can complete that team? the fans and collectors will know who it is.

A2. No. If we do Lead we will call him Lead. No need to rename him.

 

Q3. Is there any possibility there might be a second wave of Batman movie masters after the first six figures?

A3.  For this year, there are only 6 main figures that complete the working Batsignal collect and connect, but did you find the exclusives?

 

Q4.  We’ve already been surprised by 3 retail exclusive DKR Movie Masters figures (The Walmart Commish Gordon, shirtless Bane in the TRU 2-pack and the K-Mart Batman with blueprints)  Are there any others we should know about and be on the lookout for?

A4.  Have you looked closely at Catwoman?

 

Q5.  If a new character is created/introduced in the new MOTU DC Comic do you have the rights to make a figure of that character?

A5.  Yes.

 

If you’d like to ask a question for the  June 1st 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, Voltron 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!

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AFi’s 7th Anniversary Celebration – Scoop Week – Day 1 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/afis-7th-anniversary-celebration-scoop-week-day-1/ Mon, 23 Apr 2012 07:23:56 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=46333
AFi Scoop Week 2012 – Day 1

It’s time once again for our annual anniversary celebration and for the past 7 years that has meant – SCOOP WEEK!  We’ve got another great week of scoops and news that you will only find here on Action Figure Insider!  We kick off Scoop Week 2012 with our friends at the newly re-formed DC Collectibles.

As you may recall, last month at Wonder Con DC Collectibles launched a new line of high end art prints.  There were three new prints that debuted at that show.  One for the current Batman story line, one that was a line up of different Batmobiles and a great vintage travel poster for the bottled city of Kandor.  Those were limited to just 100 pieces for each one.

Now DC Collectibles expands the line with four brand new stunning prints.  One featuring Iron from the Metal Men as a tin toy robot, one from the current Batman “Night of the Owls” crossover, and two more entries in their vintage travel theme line for Coast City and Themyscira.

These prints are designed in-house by the DC team and are a great way to get product out quickly that ties into current publishing.  The only thing you will need to figure out is where to start clearing off wall space for these.

These four new prints will be on-sale next month on the new DC Collectibles webstore when it launches.

Thank you to the team at DC Collectibles at for letting us debut these pieces.

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AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for April 2nd, 2012 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/afis-ask-matty-mattel-qa-answers-for-april-2nd-2012/ Mon, 02 Apr 2012 19:27:04 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=46021 Twice a month the gang from Mattel are kind enough to answer five questions from AFi readers.  The Mattel marketing and PR team, have replied with the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.

If you have Mattel  questions make sure to post them in the thread for the next round.

Let’s get to the questions and the answers!

 

Q1. Based on some of your recent answers on MattyCollector.com is sounds like Mattel Boys Toys have been split up into a Collector group and a Retail group.  Can you give us a role call of those 2 groups and who covers what?

A1. Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich oversees all of the Mattycollector lines including MOTU, GB, the Hoverboard, Voltron and Club Infinite Earths. Other brand managers handle the retail DC lines. We will leave it to them to make introductions as they see fit. It is up to each brand manager to work with online fans based on their brand’s needs and their time.

 

Q2.  Is Superboy prime the standard buck or does he use a new smaller buck?
A2. He is based off of the teen buck with armor.

 

Q3.  Having now gotten the news that Platinum and Tin will be in a 2 pack, is Tin supposed to be Tina’s accessory, or, like the other metal men in the line, will they come with character specific add ons? Thanks.

A3.  For Platinum/Tin, no new accessory or clip on like previous metal men had. Tin is the accessory to Platinum.

 

Q4. So what is the deal now with the retail DC All Stars line?  Most retailers canceled previous orders and set up a new solicitation for the re-worked wave 1, but aren’t taking pre-orders for the cancelled? re-worked? Series 2 and 3.

A4.  We have an announcement coming shortly, but due to the order cancellation, word has gotten out faster than we can get this announcement up. The All Star concept was a good idea but executed Band-Aid style. We’ve decided to hold tight until we can create the right line with the right packaging, etc. … For now, we’re going to finish up DC Universe with one last wave.

[Editors Note- I’m waiting on a clarification for that answer.  If that means the re-worked DC All-Stars Wave 1 is now considered DCUC Wave 21 or if there is another Wave 21 coming that has not been announced yet.  Will update if/when I get that answer.]

 

Q5.  Since MOTUC relies upon tool re-use, has Granamyr been thought out/designed as dragon “buck” body so that characters like Sorrowful (the cowardly dragon from the Filmation She-ra cartoon) could be made from the same mold?

A5. Yes, we have thought about other uses including a green repaint if the red one sells well.

If you’d like to ask a question for the  May 1st 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, Voltron 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!

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AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for May 16th, 2011 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/mattel-qa-for-may-16th-2011/ Tue, 17 May 2011 06:25:21 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=39109 Twice a month the gang from Mattel are kind enough to answer five questions from AFi readers.  Matty from MattyCollector.com 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!

 

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Brave and Bold – Metal Men http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/brave-and-bold-metal-men/ http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/brave-and-bold-metal-men/#comments Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:00:43 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/blog/?p=3725 There has been lots of talk about the peg holes in the Brave and Bold line.  Some of us like them.  Some do not.  In my opinion, the two Metal Men showcase the worst and best use of this feature in the line.

 

 

Your typical basic figure comes with one plug in accessory that makes sense with the character.  Gold comes with zero.  None.  That’s right, not a single thing to plug into those peg holes.  They are useless.  Instead, he comes with a starfish.

 

The typical deluxe figure comes with multiple accessories.  Iron comes with 4 accessories.

The great thing about these is how well they go together.  There are some suggested configurations on the package, but my son and I prefer to just randomly attach the pieces together.

Here are a few.

Here they are combined to make the wrench pictured in the packaging.

 

Here is the wrench assembly attached Iron’s back.

 

Random configuration attached to Iron.

 

Another random arrangement of the parts. 

By combining these attachments in different ways, you could think of it as getting a variety of toys instead of just one.

At this point, Iron is definitely my favorite single packaged character in this line.

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Back to Gold.  What to do with him.  Well, as Doc Magnus says, he is a ‘precious metal’.  So maybe he could use himself as collateral to buy some stuff.  We played around with some other Brave and Bold pieces and came up with this.  Using your imagination, this construct could be all six Metal Men. Gold, Iron, Tin, Platinum, Mercury, and Lead.

 

The more you have, the more fun it gets.  I’ll be showing more stuff in future blogs.

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The remaining question, is what to do with that starfish.  Wait a minute.  Where did it go?  It was here.  I just saw it a minute ago.  Things don’t move by themselves do they?

 

 

Did you see that?

To be continued …

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