Hello folks, welcome to another round of MattyCollector answers, this time the 1st batch for 2014. This is late, I haven’t been around the computer much between work and being sick, so my apologies for the delay. Without further ado, here’s the questions we sent off and the answers we got:
The fans feel as if you are blaming the end of the 4H DC Universe Classics/DC Unlimited/Club Infinite Earths on them. It might be safe to say that most fans would have bought Doomsday Unleashed and the disappointment over its cancellation is seemingly universal on the boards. Is there any chance for this figure to make it into fans hands, possibly as a shared online exclusive with e-tailers such as Amazon? What will it take to get that figure made?
In no way are we “blaming the fans”! Our DC fans are amazing, and very passionate. We just don’t have enough of them to justify a fully tool’d figure this year. To provide some background, the way it works is we use the 12 monthly figures that have partial tooling to off set the cost of the one fully tool’d figure (the same is true for most of our collector brands like GB and MOTU). We needed the tier 2 level (higher quota) of the 12 monthly partially tool’d figure to off-set the higher cost of the fully tool’d Doomsday. Because we didn’t even get tier 1 support (the bare min quota to go into production) it prevents us from doing a full year’s worth of product which is what we need to bank the fully tool’d Doomsday figure against. So unfortunately, the answer to your question of “what fans could do” is they needed to support the 2014 sub in higher numbers, and we just didn’t get that. Nothing against our fans, they are great, but as we said, this year we just didn’t have enough of them. We know fans are looking for “what else they can do to make a Doomsday happen” but really, as we have always said, the time to support that was during sub sales in July/Aug. And unfortunately we did not get the support needed.
Total Heroes Ultra is an all new subline of the upcoming Total Heroes line. The collectors appeal is in the extra accessories and swappable heads. No complaints there. However, if an all new line with all new tooling can be made this way, why can’t Club Infinite Earths continue?
This all new line with all new tooing is a retail line. The Ultra figures offered online are minimal new parts on retail funded bucks.
Now that the Voltron toy license is back with Toynami, can you tell us what plans you had for the license beyond what was released?
We had a line planned to support the new Voltron animated series that was shown at SDCC, but the line never made it to retail once the show ended.