Ask Your Questions For Mattel Here For the new monthly Mattel Q&A
Posted 29 June 2007 - 05:56 AM
So if you guys want to start posting questions you would like answered here, I will pick 3 to send in to them for the first of July, which we then should then have answers back on by July 15th.
POST YOUR QUESTIONS BELOW.
Posted 29 June 2007 - 10:29 AM
Thank you for your time!
Posted 29 June 2007 - 10:57 AM
I have 2 questions regarding this: (1.) Will you guys revieling some DC Superheroes figures besides Batman and Superman related characters by the SDCC 2007, or even some info about it(Like maybe when a Wonder Woman figure comes out or something like that)?
(2.) The article also menitons that you not only have the rights to do future movies and animated properites, but also ones from the past. Does this mean you guys could therorically have the rights to do action figures based on past movies and cartoons like Superfriends, Teen Titans(Which was done by Bandai), 1989 Batman movie, Christopher Reeves Superman films, etc?
Posted 29 June 2007 - 01:52 PM
I understand from a business point of view why Warner Brothers wants to partner with
the largest toy company worldwide, but from an action figure stand-point and from
many readers of this forum who follow the action figure genre... Mattel has one of
the weakest action figure offerings in that segment of toys.
Let me explain. Mattel had the rights to the Harry Potter Universe for a time and was
not able to turn a billion dollar franchise into a meaningful toy property like Hasbro
has done with Star Wars. Mattel also was responsible for the highly successful
Masters of the Universe figures that was resurrected alongside a new television
show and was cancelled. You currently have a popular Justice League and
DC Superheroes line of action figures that are extremely popular but the line has
issues with distribution or lack of product availability, character ratio or the fact that
every new case has many previous old characters, and quality control issues where
for example Aquaman who is famous for his Triton either does not come with one
or if he does, his hands are molded in a way to no hold the triton. Many figures have paint issues of overspray or missing paint applications.
Is Mattel aware that in the action figure segment that they are a joke to the action
figure community and will the company ever address this issue going forward?
I feel that with all of the other toy segments that this particular toy segment at Mattel
is ignored while your main competitor Hasbro kicks your butt with several leading
action figure lines included Star Wars, G.I.Joe, Transformers, and now
I can't even pencil you in for any action figure line currently as a clear hit on any level
with companies like Hasbro, Neca, and McFarlane. They only credit I can give to you
is hiring the four horsemen to sculpt figures in the DC Superheroes line because no
one at Mattel has the talent to do so.
Posted 29 June 2007 - 09:09 PM
It was recently annonced (at he-man.org) that the MOTU 200x series will be coming on DVD soon.
Also, at SDCC, more news is possible.
Will there be any sort of Action figure related promotion tied in with the DVD release?
With the rumors of a MOTU movie, if it happens, will there be a "relauch" of the 200x line or will there be a new "revamp" for the MOTU line with new toys?
Will there ever be a collectors club for MOTU???
Posted 29 June 2007 - 09:26 PM
First congrats on the full DC license,
1. so now that Mattel has the full license, will we see more female characters in the DCSH line?
2. any chance that the distribution will be improved especially in Canada and other countries?
3. will the future waves packing ratio be changed and cancel the 1 per case packing system?
4. since now Mattel has the full license for DC comics characters. Does that include story specific characters such as The Dark Knight Returns Batman or Kingdom Come Superman, etc?
Updated Q4. Just came to mind.
Posted 30 June 2007 - 03:33 PM
we will be able to see the figures in the Twist tales of Toyfare or they you would deberan to pay to the Warner to appear?
Posted 01 July 2007 - 12:20 AM
Can you guys address the case ratio please.. you ruined MOTU with your 4000 He-Men, and now.. you're doing the same with Sups and Bats.. just the other day, I was at TRU, I saw around 12 Black Batmen.. a couple Supermen pegwarmers from the previous waves... and 2 Banes...
Target, almost the same, but they have like 8 supermen and 6 Bizarros, Walmart had the recent Superman wave.. but only had Bizarro and superman.... x6 or so each.
I understand that Superman and Batman are the powersellers of this line.. but it gets old, please fix this.
Posted 01 July 2007 - 11:49 AM
Cyborg Superman: is going to be available thru mass market retailers, or it`s going to be an online exclusive, as it has been rumored?
Any rough ideas of which characters will u be making for future waves, now that u have the full license??
Posted 01 July 2007 - 12:08 PM
Apokaliptian soldiers-army builders
A BAF of the war hounds would be awesome as well!
Posted 02 July 2007 - 03:13 PM
Will Mattel be doing characters such as Terra, Deathstroke, Jericho and Nightwing from the popular New Teen Titans Judas Contract story? Even if it doesn't 'exactly' tie in to the upcoming direct to dvd film from Warner, it would be great to see characters like Terra and Jericho done in action figure form for the first time ever -- based on George Perez's popular art from the story!
Thank you very much for your time and best of luck with your license!
Brett A. Tolino
Posted 02 July 2007 - 10:36 PM
Hello, and Congrats on the license, Just to piggy back on a few others, will we be seeing the Cyborg Superman in both 6 inch and 2up scale soon?
2nd- Can we expect further expansion of the 2 up, 13 inch figure line. now that you have complete license? Figures such as Green Lantern, Shazam, Wonder Woman, etc.?
3rd- Will there be a stronger gearing or push for collector friendly releases as well as playable versions?
Josh- A definite toy collector
Posted 03 July 2007 - 10:27 AM
It is the one toy line I still collect, and the one treated with the least respect by Mattel.
Posted 03 July 2007 - 05:39 PM