The Four Horsemen Make A Plea To The Fans About the Mattel Subs
August 6, 2013

The Four Horsemen just posted the following message to their Facebook page:

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MOTU & DCU LINES IN DANGER OF CANCELLATION!!

If you know who we are then you probably know about Mattel’s action figure lines – Masters of the Universe Classics and DC Universe Classics, and you probably also know about our involvement with both of those properties. Both lines are very near and dear to our hearts as fans and we always try to remember how very blessed we are to have the opportunity to work on both of them.

So, if you know who we are and you know about MotU Classics and DCU Classics, then you probably know what this message is going to be about. Both lines are in danger of ending prematurely and they need your help to continue. We’re not going to beg you to buy multiple subscriptions or try to convince you that getting a subscription to either or both of these lines is more important than paying your rent or putting gas in your car. Those of you who have followed us for a while know that we’ve never been like that, and that if anything we’re going to do what is natural to us and come at this from a fan’s point of view.

First and foremost, there have been rumors floating about that this is some sort of scare tactic by Mattel just to sell more subscriptions than they really need and that the charts on MattyCollector.com are faked. These rumors could not be farther from the truth. What’s going on is that Mattel is being completely transparent about the subscriptions that have been sold so far and they’re letting you in on it just so you’ll be aware of the progress and consequently how much danger these lines are really facing of being ended. We’re actually floored that the MotU Classics subscription is only up to 35% at the time of this writing and the DCU subscription is only at about 20%!

From a fans perspective we see it like this…

With the DCU line there are still opportunities for all of us to finish off some hero and villain teams that we’ve all have wanted for a while and also to get characters that really need an update and an upgrade from earlier versions that were done of them, like Superman’s nemesis – Doomsday!

As for MotU Classics, there are still lots of fairly top tier characters that are from the original toy lines and cartoons that have yet to become part of the MotU Classics universe. Plus there are many fan-favorite secondary characters that may never see the light of day if the subscription campaign isn’t successful. Characters like Tongue Lashor, Rio Blast, Extendar, Squeeze, Ninjor, Dragstor, Sssqueeze, Flutterina, Angella, Blade, Entrapta, Saurod, New Adventures Skeletor, Evil Seed, Sweet Bee, Double Trouble, Flogg, Mermista, and yes – even Madame Razz and Gwildor ALL need to be made! It’s just plain and simple – without the subscriptions these figures just have no chance of ever happening.

So, it’s not a scam or a scare tactic. It’s just fact. Both of these iconic, history making toy lines are in danger of being cancelled and the only way we can all make sure this doesn’t happen is to subscribe to Club Eternia for Masters of the Universe Classics figures and to Club Infinite Earths for DC Universe figures before Monday August 19th 2013 to help ensure that these two truly classic lines stick around for a little while longer.

That’s less than two weeks before the fate of these two heroic lines will be decided. This time you truly DO have the power! To go directly to the MattyCollector.com subscriptions page, just click here: http://www.clubs.mattycollector.com/store/mattycol/en_US/DisplayShopperDefinedBundlePage/OfferID.40890484909

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 www.ActionFigureInsider.com. 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 MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, 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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10 Comments »

  • James McDonald says:

    They made a similar plea last year at this time, don’t forget.

  • DC says:

    WOW! You name 19 MOTU characters and only mention Doomsday for CIE. 3 lines mentioning the DC sub and a whole paragraph for MOTU. That’s just about as bad as Toyguru spending all of 5 minutes on CIE at Mattypalooza, rushing straight through so they could get to the precious MOTU. Mattel really does not do anything to promote the DC sub, and fans can really tell. Add that to Digital River and there countless, countless mistakes. These are just many reasons why your sub does not work and is failing. Put a bullet in that dead horse you call the DC sub and put it out of it’s misery.

    • Just FYI – Scott sat down and talked with me today at lunch EXCLUSIVELY about the DC Sub for an hour! We’re going to try and get that posted later tonight, so there will be a LOT of info on the DC sub VERY SOON!!!

      • DCfett says:

        Instead of talking to YOU, shouldn’t he be engaging fans on Mattel’s own board? Wouldn’t that be MUCH more efficient and sincere?

  • LTk says:

    If anyone was ever going to buy the DC sub – it would be me. I’ve loved this line for years. But even I’m not buying it this year.
    I wanted the “classics” figures to finish out my teams. I need Geo-Force and Katana for the Outsiders.
    Instead we got Bat-zarro, and the wrong Red Hood figure.
    The list goes on, but I felt like I got ripped off this year. Sooooo…. No. I’m not going to renew my subscription.

  • George says:

    “Mattel is being completely transparent ”

    Then give us an actual # we have to reach and not a percentage point.

  • Steve says:

    There has been little love for the DC line for some time. The 2013 offerings were full of sub-par offerings (Skittle Lanterns, Red Hood, Rocket Red *in the armor no one asked for, John Constantine) and only just revealing the remaining 2013 figures + combined with Digital River makes ALL OF us a little nervous for signing up for 2014.

    I have supported this line since Day 1 BUT I want to know that we are going to see more from this line than just filler.

  • Janmugar Prime says:

    IT’S VERY SAD THAT YOU HAVE TO BE “BLACKMAILED” IN ORDER TO HAVE THE FIGURES YOU´D LOVE TO SEE AT DAYLIGHT. ALTHOUGH I DO NOT COLLECT MOTUC, THE DCUC ARE MY CURRENT AND PRIORITY COLLECTION, EVEN ABOVE TRANSFORMERS.

    I’D LIKE TO SEE MOOORE 90´S CLASSICS LIKE
    GL KYLE RAYNER,
    GA CONNOR HAWKE
    GUY GARDNER WARRIOR,
    STARMAN (WILL PAYTON)
    A NEW LOBO,
    WAVERIDER,
    MONARCH,
    GANGBUSTER,
    AZTEK
    SPEEDY
    AQUALAD
    A NEW STARFIRE
    ARTEMIS (REQUIEM)
    WONDER WOMAN (90’S)
    CHARACTERS FROM THE FOURTH WORLD LIKE:
    BLACK RACER
    HIGHFATHER
    GRANNY GOODNESS
    KANTO
    DR. BEDLAM
    VIRMAN VUNDABAR
    FASTBACK
    INFINITY MAN
    THE FOREVER PEOPLE
    THE DEEP SIX
    A NEW DARKSEID (FROM JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED)
    HAWKWORLD HAWKMAN
    ZERO HOUR HAWKMAN
    PHARALLAX
    BATMAN BEYOND VILLAINS & JLU BEYOND
    MORE KINGDOM COME
    THE MUD PACK
    PHANTOM ZONE VILLAINS
    COMPLETE FLASH ROGUES
    VINTAGE KENNER SWAMP-THING: UN-MEN
    KNIGHTFALL BATMAN
    90’S NIGHTWING
    90’S TIM DRAKE ROBIN (FOR GOD’S SAKE!!!!!)
    DOCTOR LIGHT
    DOCTOR POLARIS
    SONAR
    CLASSIC PARASITE
    KILLER FROST
    MEDOUSA
    MR. MXYZPTLK (WE HAVE AN ORKO AND DON’T HAVE A MXZY????)
    BUILD UP ARMIES LIKE:
    WHITE MARTIANS
    PARADEMONS (ANY?)
    CHECKMATE
    EVEN WILDSTORM CHARACTERS!
    CLASSIC WILD CATS,
    STORMWATCH, ETC.

  • skullmask5 says:

    Gosh if they had never raised the price, what are they at now? Like $30 a figure? Add to that the delays ALWAYS at years start for figures you really wanted? I just may have still been a subscriber if this wasn’t as it is. Dcu figures prices seem almost right, and those have been my most recent purchases. Honestly, I do not think the lines will be cancelled. I am not worried…

  • North says:

    I can’t believe either of these lines has managed to survive as long they have in the first place. That aside, the financial woes of the world’s economy are only getting worse, and the cost of living seems to climb a little higher every year.

    Action figures are the last thing on my list at the moment…

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