Young Justice – Action Figure Insider http://www.actionfigureinsider.com The Best Darn Toy News On The Web! Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 61893577 AFi Interview with ‘Matty Justice League’ the Mattel Retail Team http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/afi-interview-with-matty-justice-league-the-mattel-retail-team/ Tue, 15 May 2012 14:14:55 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=47094
Last week we posted an interview with Mattel’s Scott Neitlich talking about the collector/online side of Mattel’s DC action figure business.  Today we get to hear a bit from the newly formed retail team.  The retail team is a bit more coy.  They have asked that we not publish their names and instead they will go by their MattyCollector.com screen name of “Matty Justice League.”   They are not as used to the spotlight as Scott is in his many years in that role.   We will respect their privacy and we thank them for taking the time to answer some of our questions that have been on a lot of fans minds.   I’m sure as time goes on they will become more and more comfortable with the fans and we’ll see more of them around these parts and answering more questions on the MattyCollector.com.


AFi:  Traditionally Mattel employees have adopted nicknames/screen names for their on-line interaction with fans (Walker Texas Ranger, Boy Wonder, Fangirl 2.0, ToyGuru, etc.) have you given any thought to yours yet?

Matty Justice League: The DC product development team answers questions on Matty as Matty Justice League. Multiple people will answer under this name to make sure that we address questions.

AFi: Can you tell us what else you have done for Mattel before jumping into the DC properties?

Matty Justice League: I came from Hot Wheels Basic Cars and interacted with collectors on Hotwheelscollector.com as HWC JohnF.  Before that, I interned in Games.

AFi: Are you already comic fans, or have you been catching up once you got on board the DC team? And is that even a relevant question with the new direction?

Matty Justice League:  Actually, this is a funny story. I interviewed for a cross-department job change into Batman (before taking over all of DC Mass) and made the change a year ago. When I first learned about the opportunity, I looked around my house and realized that next to the life size 3D Darth Maul and Yoda were tons of Batman stuff, from Action Figures, to DC Comic coffee books to Six Flags capes. So yes, I was a fan before, but not just of the comics, but all mediums and honestly, everything that was/is an action figure – ever heard of Saint Seiya?

AFi: Do you see fan outreach as part of the job, or is it an addition to try and do outside of your workday?

Matty Justice League:  A little bit of both. I wish I had time for more as I love interacting on the boards.

AFi:  Have either of you been to Comic Con before?

Matty Justice League:  Yep, twice. I went in 2007 as a Games intern and again last year as the Batman Manager.

AFi:  What happened with Young Justice?   I’m sure it was a tougher sell when it was on Friday nights, but it seems like once it moved to Saturday mornings on the DC Nation block it would be getting a lot more kids eyes on the show.

Matty Justice League:  We actually just published a story on Matty and a lot of answers have been provided on the Matty boards. Essentially, we’re really bummed. The show is great, but unfortunately, the toys didn’t work. Sometimes, it just happens that moms/kids love the show but don’t buy the toys.

AFi: It seems as if Walmart is really cutting back on the amount of toy lines it carries at retail.  Is that having an effect on what gets made?

Matty Justice League:  That’s hard to answer right now. At the moment, we aren’t seeing that.

AFi:  There is a tendency to romanticize each new line and want to extend it indefinitely, but looking back over the past 20-30 years most action figure lines lasted 3 years, tops. Do you see this as a natural reboot of the DC properties, or is it an attempt to extend the existing product line in some form of continuity?

Matty Justice League:   If you look at the past 20-30 years, the top brands have always remained in some form or another. Hence, this is more of a reboot to make sure that it is fresh.

AFi: Can we ask about a few other properties that haven’t been mentioned lately when it comes to the new division of labor?
Batman Legacy
Action League

Will we continue to see 6″ DCUC-style sublines for major DC movie tie-ins like we have seen in Batman: Legacy and Green Lantern Classics?
We know Danielle aka Fangirl 2.0 went off to work on the upcoming Superman movie retail line.  How does that that tie into the other work you guys are doing?  Is she part of the retail team?

Matty Justice League:   Fangirl 2.0 actually works for me at the moment under the mass DC team. As for the other pieces, it’s too early to comment at this moe =ment.

 

Thank you to the new Mattel retail team for answering a few of our burning questions.  We look forward to hearing much more from you guys.

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AFi Interview – Mattel’s Scott Neitlich http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/afi-interview-mattels-scott-neitlich/ Thu, 10 May 2012 17:21:46 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=46554 This is the first of a 2-part interview with Mattel.   Part one is an interview with Mattel’s Scott Neitlich, part two is with the new Mattel DC retail team.  Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.

Mattel has always been very kind to AFi and we’ve had the good fortune to work with some amazing Mattel brand managers in our 7 years, and Scott is no exception.  Scott, because he has put himself in the duel role of brand manager and fan liaison,  sometimes finds himself as a polarizing figure with fandom and he is often “blamed” for mistakes or decisions that he had nothing to do with.   Anyone that knows Scott, or has talked to him at a convention knows he is a fan and collector himself and he really puts his heart and soul into all of the lines he’s involved with.   The fact that he continues to put himself in the line of fire day after day amazes me.   He does it because he is a fan and wants to keep the other fans informed.

Lately there have been a lot of questions surrounding the new division of responsibility with regards to Mattel’s DC Entertainment license.  There is now an online/collector team that Scott heads up and a retail team that is made up of some new people.   Today’s interview is with Scott, and he tries to clear up some answers such as why there isn’t a DCUC SDCC exclusive this year as well as what it means to be brand manager for Masters of the Universe during it’s 30th anniversary.

 

AFi: You’ve been in and out of the DC line manager role through a couple of company re-orgs.  Can you talk about some highlights for you in each round?

Scott Neitlich:  Getting to just work on the DC brand for almost 5 years has been a huge thrill (and I am still on the brand, now only the online collector skus, the retail part is handled by the retail team). It has definitely been a roller coaster ride both working on brands that other previous brand managers started and handed off (ie. Infinite Heroes) as well as helping to launch brands myself like DCUC and Retro Action. Getting to work on the Green Lantern theatrical line was also a huge highlight as it gave me a lot of new experiences and I got to get into the movie action a bit meeting with filmmakers and even Mr. Green Lantern himself, Ryan Reynolds. The whole experience was amazing.

Personally, some highlights include keeping JLU going (for way past the show on air), getting to pick a handful of DCUC figures (Blue Beetle, Kamandi, Jonah Hex) and helping to coordinate some  of our amazing SDCC items like the Starro box set, Lobo and Plastic Man. I also really made it a personal goal to finish off Super Powers in 6” Still a few repaints and slight sculpt changes to go, but we are father then I ever thought possible. Cyclotron? Wow. Yeah, we did that.

AFi: We know you had the original five-year plan for DCUC: how much of that was unmade when the new DC direction happened?

Scott:  We actually pretty much wrapped up. As the new team was coming on board we were looking at rebranding the 6” line anyway to keep it fresh so it was nice timing. Of course there were other figures we wanted to get to but those pretty much went into the online Club Infinite Earth line. That is kinda the whole point of CIE, to keep 6” going even if we don’t have retail support. We are our own master now! (no MOTU pun intended!)

Some fans were confused (or Angry) that we didn’t do a 6” DCU (Classics) item at SDCC this year. Honestly, a big part of that was that we now have Club Infinite Earths on Mattycollector.com. In the past, we needed SDCC to put out 6” figures (for the “overall collection”) that didn’t fit into the retail line for one reason or another. Whether this was due to character selection (Lobo) piece count (Plastic Man) or a plus’d up package with light and sounds (Wonder-Twins), in the past SDCC was our avenue to deliver items that really “didn’t work at retail for one reason or another”.

Now that we have Club Infinite Earths on Mattycollector.com, we can offer all of these executions without having to wait for an annual show. Honestly, fans are in the best position ever for 6”. By  supporting the online club (which we know was a “risk” in year 1 with a lot of unknowns at the time we sold the sub) fans are really going to be rewarded. Ideally it will be like getting a DCU 6” SDCC item every month. (no need to toy hunt!)  Metron is a great example. How in the world would we have done that at retail? He would have had to be part of a “deluxe” assortment with a Batman and Superman deluxe figure and would have been short packed with many fans unable to find him. He would have been better off at SDCC to do the full chair. BUT now that we have CIE we can just include him (and other collector only figures) without retail restrains or having to wait for SDCC. With the online club the gloves are off and you will really see some great collector product (pending the sub goes forward in 2013, which I can’t imagine it won’t!).

 

AFi:  Looking back knowing what you know now, would you have inserted some missing heavy hitters into DCUC like the 90s Wally West/Kyle Rayner instead of some of the minor characters that got made?

Scott:  It is always a challenge to keep each year fresh while still having some heavy hitters for future years (like holding MM for wave 15!). Honestly, we like have MIA character in order to keep lines going strong each year and not run out of characters too fast. You’ll see many of these missing links filled in in the not too distant future (pending we get enough subscribers to keep the Club Infinite Earth line going on Mattycollector.com). Yes on one hand it is frustrating for fans always worrying that a line might die without completing a team, but on the other, if you burn through characters too quick that can be worse. It is like a delicate dance! Holding back just enough without overdoing it.  

 

AFi:  Do you feel that, as a comic fan, you were/are an anomaly in the overall history of Mattel brand managers?

Scott:  There are definitely other comic fans at Mattel, but yes, I am probably one of the brand managers who was not only a comic fan but also an avid toy collector before coming to Mattel. I’d define myself as a toy collector first and a comic fan second. For most, it is the opposite. I think that is the big difference.

 

AFi:  There are still several DCUC figures and repaints that are “looking for slots”,  things like “Naked” Cheetah, Modern Red Tornado, Gold Dr. Fate and the Super Powers version of the Penguin.  Would these ever show up in the subcription?  If not have you turned this information over to the retail team?

Scott:  While we wouldn’t put these into the main sub (in order to reserve all the slots for new figures) it isn’t out of the question to offer these as non sub items (like Bubble Power She-Ra) if there is enough interest. We’ll have to see how the 2013 sub sells first.

 

AFi:  Last year at Comic con, when you made the subscription announcements there was a lot of confusion and fans wanted more information what have you learned about rolling out the subscriptions specifically for DC universe for this year?

Scott:  Basically last year was a bit of a difficult sell in (for the sub) due to the change in direction only weeks before SDCC. This year, by the time the 2013 sub goes on sale fans will know the full 2012 line up, the first few 2013 figures and actually own the first few 2012 figs. So we hope it will be an easier sell in.

 

AFi:  Now that you are in charge of MattyCollector.com how does it work if another group that doesn’t typically sell product on Matty comes to you with something they want to get into the hands of the collector market?  Do you approve that or do you take all comers?

Scott:  I talk to and coordinate with all the brand managers. If they have product that could work on Mattycollector.com we work together on the execution. But myself and my team are heavily involved. We won’t just put anything up on the site. It needs to have a fan following of some type and or collector demand.

 

AFi:  At Toy fair you mentioned a solution was coming for the Digital River customer service issues.   It sounds like there is a solution in place now, judging by some of your answers on the Matty boards, but there hasn’t been an official announcement.   Can you talk now about what changes you instituted?

Scott:  We have a new US dedicated customer service team. Right now they are going through a back log of customer issues but by the time SDCC rolls around things should be pretty tight and customers can expect a much faster turn around and an easier way to manage their account including payment and shipping options.

 

AFi:  Looking back on your time on JLU is there anything you would have done differently in hindsight?

Scott:  With JLU, honestly, it is really a miracle we got as many figures as we did. Most fans forget the line was supposed to end with Grodd. And look at how many we have had since!

Sure there are a few figures we might have done different,  but overall, we kept the line going for YEARS after the show was off thanks to fan support and as a  collector of this line (before I came to Mattel) keeping it going as long as we did is one of the things I am most proud of. We basically kept it going until fans stopped buying. The 7 pack of all new figures didn’t sell well enough and that was pretty much the last nail in the coffin that there just were not enough fans left. But man, what a run! Remember when the Question was the figure we never thought we would get? We’ve come along way!

 

AFi: Will we ever see another line that might be split between retail and MattyCollector?

Scott:  Always possible but nothing is planned right now.

 

AFi:  What ended up being the best selling item from the Green Lantern movie line?

Scott:  The basic figures and the ring and mask sold very well.

 

AFi: On the MOTUC front, as a lifelong fan what does it mean to you to be steering the line for the 30th anniversary?

Scott:  The entire MOTUC line has been an amazing experience and an honor. Especially as a fan first. I never thought I would grow up to be the kid who played with MOTU and is now working on the brand. Honestly, it feels kinda poetic that a fan should be running this. I’ve mentioned how I entered the vintage Create a Character contest back in the day (quite a few times if I remember). Seems like the idea that a young kid who entered that contest and played with the toys grew up to run the line is a good thing for collectors and the future of MOTUC! And I hope our current customers/fans feel the same.  There is a lot of love that goes into making this brand the best it can be!

 

AFi:  Were there any 30th anniversary plans you pitched that didn’t go forward?

Scott:  Not really. There were a few licensed products that never happened, but everything Mattel wanted to do in the Classics line went through. It will be a great year!

 

Big thanks to Scott for being so available to answer fans questions.  Tomorrow we will have part 2 which will be the new retail team breaking their silence to give fans some idea of their part of the DCU and where they came from.

 

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AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for May 1st, 2012 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/afis-ask-matty-mattel-qa-answers-for-may-1st-2012/ Tue, 01 May 2012 18:04:37 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=46728 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.  Re: DC Universe Classics Club Infinite Earths packaging: Why in the Infinite Earths does it say ‘Signature Collection’? Why are the boxes so darn BIG? I understand this for Metron w/ his chair, but Jay Garrick Flash w/ nothing? What’s the point?

A1.  The boxes are sized to accommodate a variety of figures so that one size will fit all! Some figures may be bigger than others.

 

Q2. DCUC. With the news that DCUC as we know it will be going away in 2012 but that a relaunched/continuation line will be coming out in 2013, can we get a bit of clarification on what to expect?
1. Will the new line be similar to the DCSH concept of Batman and Superman family characters that are known to the casual buyer at retail and Moms and Kids?
2. Will the sub be the place to get classic versions of characters and to fill out existing teams and fan requests?

A2. At this point, it’s too early to give you all information, but our lead designers are drooling over the line and our options….  But Yes, the sub will be the place to get classic versions of characters and to fill out existing team

 

Q3.  Are there any plans this year to advertise the subs wider than just the word of mouth out of comic con?   Is there any chance you could take out an ad in a DC comic or something? The MOTUC sub is 3 years in and there are still people that don’t know about it, and the DC on barely funded.

A3.  Yes we do have some plans to promote the subs!

 

Q4.  You have said that by the end of Comic Con this year we will know the full line up of the 2012 DC Sub and part of the 2013 line up.  Do you know yet how many 2013 DC Sub figures will be revealed at your panel?   And with the changes to your DC lines in 2012 are you planing to do 2 panels again this year?  A DC/Mattel heroic partnership panel AND a MattyPalooza panel?

A4.  We do not have info on our panels yet as SDCC does not confirm panels until late in the game. But the plan is to have similar panels as last year with a DC panel and a Mattypalooza panel. The DC items will be repeated at both panels if you will.

 

Q5.  Not a question so much as a request… Since the 6″ Young Justice line seems to be over with Kid Flash and Batman, could you please bump Miss Martian and the t-shirt/jeans Superboy way up on the list of possibilities for the new 2013 line or the 2013 subscription figures so that we can at least finish the initial team even if the last two do end up in the DCUC style? Two heads, one for DCUC and one for YJ would make the figures an even better offering.

A5.  Potentially. It’s a good suggestion.

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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Mattel’s DC Comics Line Update: More Great Toys To Come! http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/mattels-dc-comics-line-update-more-great-toys-to-come/ Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:04:37 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=46512 Yesterday on MattyCollector.com Mattel posted a rewording of what they have been saying for the past 2 weeks.   Some of this information has be trickling out different places such as the bi-monthly Q&As and their online forums.  None of this is new information, but it seems like a lot of fans and other sites just keep reading parts of their statements and filling in gaps with false or misleading information.  So it it is again, all in one place.

DC Comics Fans,Right from the very beginning, the Young Justice television series has been one of our favorites, thanks to fresh, new adventures based on classic characters and we’re glad we’ve been able to offer you the Young Justice toy line. Looking ahead, we’ve got some new DC Comics toys in the works that we can’t wait to share!So now on to 2013… As you read this, we’re busy planning a collector-aimed retail line designed to deliver DC Comics Super Heroes and villains that complement your existing collection. We can’t reveal much at this point, but rest assured, we’ve listened and learned from our past lines, and believe we have a recipe that’ll satisfy your craving for fan-favorite DC Comics characters without overpromising.

For 2012, we’ve got not one, but three new lines, starting with our DC Universe Club Infinite Earths subscription service dedicated to true collector characters you won’t find at retail. The first shipment goes out in May and features an all-new 6” Golden Age The Flash figure. If you missed out on the subscription, a limited quantity will also be available at MattyCollector.com on May 15th at 9am PT.

Then, in late May, head to your local retailer and you’ll find The Dark Knight Rises, a collector-inspired and kid-friendly Batman line based on the sure-to-be-a-hit film. The Dark Knight Rises lineup brings home all the excitement of the theatrical film, including delivering the sweet new vehicle The Bat right into your hands. You’ll also find the awesome new 6” scale Batman evergreen lineup that reimagines Batman from a young mind’s perspective.

Keep your eye on this spot and we’ll have more details as they’re available. Our partnership with DC Comics is stronger than ever and we couldn’t be more excited for all the amazing new collector and kid toys to come!

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AFi’s “Ask Matty” Mattel Q&A Answers for April 16th, 2012 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/afis-ask-matty-mattel-qa-answers-for-april-16th-2012/ Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:16:28 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=46258 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.

Also don’t forget there are a lot of GREAT new items for sale today on MattyCollector.com, including MOTUC Thunder Punch He-Man, the Four Horseman’s entry in the MOTUC 30th Anniversary line Drego-Man, ‘The Rookie” from the Ghostbusters video game and the Voltron Yellow Lion and pilot.   You can order them all right now, right here.

Let’s get to the questions and the answers!

Q1. The SDCC MOTU book from the Mattel design team a few years back was labeled as “volume one”  will we ever see a volume 2 for MOTU or any other Mattel line?

A1. Right now there are no direct plans but you never know what the future will bring.

 

Q2. Are we going to have to wait until SDCC for new Young Justice reveals? [Editor’s Note – Submitted before the news of the line’s demise]

A2. At this time there are no more reveals for this line.

 

Q3. Can you please please please place the recycle symbol on your plastic ?????

A3. We will pass this request to the safety group but it is likely a requirement we can not alter.

 

Q4. Has Mattel given any thought to advertising the 2013 CIE subscription in DC comics for a couple of months before it goes on sale? It seems like an ideal way to reach fans/collectors/potential collectors who might miss the Comic Con news and also may not like Mattycollector on Facebook, follow it on twitter, or even know about the site at all.

A4. We are looking into alt ways to promote the 2013 sub, but we also feel confident that it will be a lot smoother this year as by the time the 20913 sub goes on sale we will have revealed all of 2012 and the first few figures of 2013.   Plus 2012 customers will already own the first few figs so a lot more will be known vs. last year when the club was put together and promoted very last minute.

 

Q5. Will we ever see the unreleased Dr Polaris, Shazam, Faceless Hunter, Gentleman Ghost, Flash, Batman: The Brave And The Bold Figures? Even as a collectors set! My collection feels very empty without them!

A5. Alas, this line is pretty much done and there are no plans for a release.

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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Mattel’s 4″ ‘Young Justice’ Robin http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/mattels-4-young-justice-robin/ Sun, 08 Apr 2012 04:53:33 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=45942 Last week we were taking a look at the newest additions to the 4″ Young Justice Line from Mattel.  This week it appears that Mattel has made the decision to cancel the ‘Young Justice’ figures, both the 4″ and 6″ line according to some posts by a Mattel employee on the MattyCollector message boards this past Friday.   I would imagine we will still get this assortment as they have already been tooled and manufactured.   To round out this coverage we’re going to finish up this wave with the Robin figure.

Robin is part of the new wave of single carded figures that we think will be shipping soon.  This new wave is a four figure wave with two members of the Young Justice team (Robin and Artemis) and two members of the Justice League (Superman and Hal Jordan Green Lantern).   These new singles do NOT have a collect-and-connect element to them like the original twelve figures in the line with the Hall of Justice pieces.  As a result, Mattel has reduced the size of the packaging to be similar to the JLU single figure package.  All figures in this wave come with a red tinted stand.

This is the third Robin we have gotten in the Young Justice line. The first was the regular, show accurate version that came in a 2-pack with Batman.  The 2nd was the stealth version.  This version Tim Drake Robin costume with the green tights and brighter costume colors.   I’m not sure yet if this will be his season 2 costume, or if Mattel just went for an easy repaint that made sense.  This version of Robin comes with his bo staff weapon.

 

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AFi – First Look – Mattel’s 4″ Young Justice Artemis http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/afi-first-look-mattels-4-young-justice-artemis/ Thu, 29 Mar 2012 07:06:49 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=45865 This week we’ll be taking a look at the newest additions to the 4″ Young Justice Line from Mattel.  Artemis is part of the new wave of single carded figures that will be shipping soon.  This new wave is a four figure wave with two members of the Young Justice team (Robin and Artemis) and two members of the Justice League (Superman and Hal Jordan Green Lantern).   These new singles do NOT have a collect-and-connect element to them like the original twelve figures in the line with the Hall of Justice pieces.  As a result, Mattel has reduced the size of the packaging to be similar to the JLU single figure package.  All figures in this wave come with a red tinted stand.

Artemis is the second teen in the heroes line, just behind Miss Martian who was in the most recent wave of 2-packs.  It seems that the girls are getting the most new parts only sharing a torso.  Artemis has different boots and gloves from Miss Martian and Mattel gave them both that. Artemis has a new head, arms, legs and quiver piece.  She has a new bow accessory that is accurate to the one she uses on the show.  To Mattel’s credit they did not reuse the bow from the YJ Speedy or any from JLU.   With 5 points of articulation it’s hard to get any sort of accurate or interesting action poses with the bow, but that’s been the norm since the early days of the JLU line and Hasbro’s Animated Batman line before it.

 

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AFi -First Look – Mattel’s 4″ Young Justice Green Lantern http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/afi-first-look-mattels-4-young-justice-green-lantern/ Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:20:23 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=45810 This week we’ll be taking a look at the newest additions to the 4″ Young Justice Line from Mattel.  Green Lantern is part of the new wave of single carded figures that will be shipping soon.  This new wave is a four figure wave with two members of the Young Justice team (Robin and Artemis) and two members of the Justice League (Superman and Hal Jordan Green Lantern).   These new singles do NOT have a collect-and-connect element to them like the original twelve figures in the line with the Hall of Justice pieces.  As a result, Mattel has reduced the size of the packaging to be similar to the JLU single figure package.  All figures in this wave come with a red tinted stand.

Green Lantern is sculpted on the adult buck, with a new head as the only new part needed. All costume elements are achieved with paint including his power ring.  I’m a little surprised they just call him “Green Lantern” on the package instead of Hal Jordan since they have established there are three Green Lanterns on Earth in the show’s continuity.   John Stewart and Guy Gardner are also Green Lanterns though neither have had speaking roles on the show as of this writing.   The figure does have the “hand of justice” that has become (in)famous for this line of figures.  It’s that weird, upturned web-shooter hand that the sculptor put in this line as his “signature” it seems.  Because it was sculpted into the original buck we will see it in the line for the foreseeable  future.

The other unique thing about Green Lantern is that he has never had a kid sidekick.  I doubt they would create one for him, but that can make him odd-man-out sometimes when heroes are paired up with their sidekicks.

Green Lantern also comes with a morning star (spiked ball on a chain) construct as his accessory.  This construct is recycled from Mattel’s “Justice League Unlimited” line.  It was originally sculpted to fit on a JLU fist, but it still works for the YJ Hand of Justice.  Some of the constructs from Mattel’s 4″ ‘Green  Lantern‘ movie line will also work with this YJ figure.  He does not include a lantern/power battery.

This wave should be hitting stores in the next few week.

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AFi – First Look – Mattel’s 4″ Young Justice Superman http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/afi-first-look-mattels-4-young-justice-superman/ Mon, 26 Mar 2012 19:01:59 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=45774 This week we’ll be taking a look at the newest additions to the 4″ Young Justice Line from Mattel.  Superman is part of the new wave of single carded figures that will be shipping soon.  This new wave is a four figure wave with two members of the Young Justice team (Robin and Artemis) and two members of the Justice League (Superman and Hal Jordan Green Lantern).   These new singles do NOT have a collect-and-connect element to them like the original twelve figures in the line with the Hall of Justice pieces.  As a result, Mattel has reduced the size of the packaging to be similar to the JLU single figure package.  All figures in this wave come with a red tinted stand.

Superman is sculpted on the adult buck.  He has a new head and cape.  All costume elements are achieved with paint.  The cape is soft ABS plastic.  The figure does have the “hand of justice” that has become (in)famous for this line of figures.  It’s that weird, upturned web-shooter hand that the sculptor put in this line as his “signature” it seems.  Because it was sculpted into the original buck we will see it in the line for the foreseeable  future.

This wave should be hitting stores in the next few weeks.

 

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New Young Justice “Image” Clip http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/new-young-justice-image-clip/ Thu, 15 Mar 2012 21:59:49 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=45526 A clip from Saturday’s episode of ‘Young Justice‘ airing on Cartoon Network’s ‘DC Nation‘ block.

A covert operation against Queen Bee in Qurac forces Miss Martian to finally face her greatest fears and her biggest secrets. But will she reveal those secrets to her friends — or allow what she’s hiding to take down the entire TEAM?

 

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Mattel’s 6″ Young Justice Batman http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/mattels-6-young-justice-batman/ Sun, 11 Mar 2012 01:48:43 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=45393 There are some interesting reveals with the packaging of the new wave of Mattel’s 6″ Young Justice line.  First and foremost is the fact that Mattel is incorporating the new “Invasion” storyline that will be taking place in Season 2 of Young Justice into the packaging and the line.  You can learn a little more about the upcoming “Invasion” story arc in this new video on the DC Nation site  (it is in the last segment about Young Justice).

As they mention in the video, we will see some new characters joining the team, and as we can see from the side panel of the box that the new Blue Beetle will most likely be one of the characters. Also it appears that Lagoon Boy might be joining the team as he is prominently featured on the side of the box.  Lagoon Boy has already appeared briefly in the episode “Downtime” but it looks like he will have a bigger role in the coming season.

Other reveals are on the back of the box are for the 4″ figures ”Young Justice’ line.   We knew Red Arrow and Black Manta were coming.  We have seen Captain Marvel…er… I mean “Shazam” but he had not be confirmed by Mattel until now.  This is our first look at the 4″ Classic blue and gray Batman.

Young Justice 6″ Batman- Is the first adult team member we got in the 6″ line of Young Justice figures.   Clearly his release is to correspond to having the maximum number of Batman figures on shelves for early summer and the release of “The Dark Knight Rises.”   This Batman has fairly standard for a 6″ DCUC type figure.  He has the ankle, knee, thigh swivel, DCUC hips, swivel waist, ab crunch, ball shoulders with swivel, elbow and wrist.   The boots and trunks are just painted on with no etech-lines.  The new parts are: head, cape, torso, belt, forearms and hands.   He’s got a great over the shoulder cape that we are seeing for the first time on a Mattel 6″ figure.

 

He come’s with 2 bat-a-rangs and a gas bomb that can attach to one of the foot pegs on the base.   The base is a large 2 tier rooftop with a gargoyle.

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This sample was provided by Mattel.

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Mattel 6″ Young Justice – Kid Flash (Includes some ‘Young Justice’ Spoilers) http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/mattel-6-young-justice-kid-flash/ Fri, 09 Mar 2012 04:34:22 +0000 http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/main/?p=45322 There are some interesting reveals with the packaging of the new wave of Mattel’s 6″ Young Justice line.  First and foremost is the fact that Mattel is incorporating the new “Invasion” storyline that will be taking place in Season 2 of Young Justice into the packaging and the line.  You can learn a little more about the upcoming “Invasion” story arc in this new video on the DC Nation site  (it is in the last segment about Young Justice).

As they mention in the video, we will see some new characters joining the team, and as we can see from the side panel of the box that the new Blue Beetle will most likely be one of the characters. Also it appears that Lagoon Boy might be joining the team as he is prominently featured on the side of the box.  Lagoon Boy has already appeared briefly in the episode “Downtime” but it looks like he will have a bigger role in the coming season.

Other reveals are on the back of the box are for the 4″ figures ”Young Justice’ line.   We knew Red Arrow and Black Manta were coming.  We have seen Captain Marvel…er… I mean “Shazam” but he had not be confirmed by Mattel until now.  This is our first look at the 4″ Classic blue and gray Batman.

Kid Flash- The figure is built on the same body as the DCUC Kid Flash figure with some minor changes such as new calves/boots, fore arms and head.  One interesting addition that I didn’t know about ahead of time is the fun addition of Kid Flash’s goggles.   They are included as an option in the package.  His regular ear caps pop off and you can attach the goggles with attached ear caps.   He has the same articulation as his DCUC counterpart.

The base is of a sidewalk with a street sign.   It has 2 pegs on one end for the figure to stand on.  He also come with an optional “speed ribbon” that attaches to the figures back and the base that is meant to look like speed lines.   It’s an interesting idea/concept, but it take some adjustment to get it right and make it look effective.  The other two accessories are a clip on “tornado blast” and a clip on … I’m not sure what to call it.. a friction blast?

There’s some fun, outside the box thinking on this figure with the speed ribbon, the clip on parts and the swappable goggles and ear cuffs.

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This sample provided by Mattel

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