Mattel Q&A Round 3
Posted 19 September 2007 - 10:05 PM
TNI: Is there a list of DC characters that WB has given you that you CANNOT do as 6" figures, and if so can you tell us who those characters are?
Mattel: Aside from some characters that have legal issues surrounding them (Charleston characters for example), we do not have access to certain “adult” figures that are too violent for a toy aisle (such as Lobo).
Why is Lobo too violent to make into an action figure, but yet he was routinely featured on Superman:TAS and Justice League? Does that make sense? How is an action figure too violent anyway? Doesn't McFarlane make a bunch of creepy monster sculpts that they sell in the toy aisles at Toys 'R Us? How is Lobo worse than those figures?
Posted 19 September 2007 - 10:14 PM
Lobo like anyone on the planet would complain if a Lobo figure ended up on toy aisles.
Posted 19 September 2007 - 11:04 PM
Posted 20 September 2007 - 11:45 AM
I would consider McFarlane's ultra-realistic Military figures sold in every Toys R Us to be infinitely more violent than anything in the DCU. These are toys created to profit off of and promote war and real-life death and violence. Yet, these are perfectly acceptable in any toy isle.
But Lobo, a fictional character who represents nobody and has never contributed to any actual violence, is what we consider too violent? He's not even violent by comic book standards, falling behind Darkseid, Doomsday and many others. Wolverine single-handedly killed 500,000 people in Enemy of the State, and he's one of the most popular toys on the market.
This country has its priorities backward.
Posted 20 September 2007 - 05:11 PM
Posted 20 September 2007 - 05:51 PM
Posted 20 September 2007 - 06:55 PM
Sadly I think the "Charleston characters" are the ones who got popular within these years: Blue Beetle, The Question, and that's all I can think of right now.
Posted 20 September 2007 - 07:36 PM
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 12:37 PM
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 04:27 PM
Kinda funny how they can't make LOBO, but they can make Etrigan the 'DEMON"!
well Demon hero is better then mass murderer "hero". but i do agree it's kind of stupid to exclude him for that reason
Posted 21 September 2007 - 07:45 PM
Posted 04 October 2007 - 06:42 PM
not THAT i am buying into the "too violent" line; but, you do propose an awesome suggestion; one that i wondered. Then again, I'm not a huge Lobo fan, but, I do think fans deserve the sculpt if they want. And, they shouldnt have to be forced into a worse than Mattel sculpt at a hugher rate, from DC Direct.
If he's not appropriate for mass market release, maybe we can get a Con exclusive Lobo somewhere down the line. He's just too cool of a character to not get a Mattel version.
Posted 05 October 2007 - 12:04 AM
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