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Sorry for the delay folks, here are our latest answers to questions we submitted for the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A.

Out of curiousity, do Total Heroes Ultra figures cost more to tool than a Club Infinite Earths figure?

It depends on the figure, but it is not the tooling, it is the production cost that is lower due to less deco and articulation on the TH figures. This is why Signature Series figures are 25.00 and THU are 20.00.

I have to ask this. Is Mattycollector not allowing 3rd Party sales of Figures purchased in Early Access? and if So why? It seems as if you do not want the DC Collectors to get the figures and you are trying to stop them simply because they didn’t want the MOTU Sub.

Once a customer purchases a product, they are welcome to save it, play with it or resell it at their discretion. Once the item leaves our facility we have no control over what a customer chooses to do with their toy.

For the Super Powers figures, each figure uses existing tooling, they are just repaints. We get that the average DC figure at MattyCollector is $20+ but some of those figures feature unique tooling, like Huntress and many others., Shouldn’t the Super Powers figures be cheaper due to just being repaints?

It is not the tooling that determines this, it is the production cost in terms of plastic and paint that physically make up a figure and this cost for a 6″ figure is pretty standard whether it is a redeco or a new figure. It would waiver more if said figure had larger parts like giant armor, wings or a tail because this would mean the figure needs more plastic and paint overall. The production run is also a factor and the fewer figures we make, the more expensive they are to produce. In 2014, Signature Series figures are $25.00 (not $20), the SP figures are priced higher at $30.00 due to the inclusion of a C&C piece, larger packaging and smaller production runs.

The 200X line had some neat variations such as Snake Armor He Man and the arctic He Man with spear. Have you considered these variations for the MOTUC line(I ask this because we already have some Snake Men in the line)?

Those would definitely be cool variants. Whether or not they will make the line remains to be seen. Our latest reveals will be at SDCC 2014 during our fan panel on Friday at 11:00 in room 25ABC.

When Club Infinite Earths comes to a close, will you be willing to show the 4H concepts/fgures that never made it? Kind of like a “concept vault”?

Likely not. While this would be cool there are often mitigating factors preventing us from doing something like this.

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Welcome to another round of the MattyCollector Q&A! Here’s the latest set of answers:

For Total Heroes Ultra we’ve got a Green Lantern set, how long before we see Red and Yellow Lantern sets?

Should the Ultra version of Total Heroes do well we’d love to get to more Lantern colors in this line. It is all in fan/customer’s hands as we see how well the 2014 items do and whether we can do more in 2015!

Recently you revealed the SDCC exclusive Arkham Knight Batmobile. Thus far, is this the only vehicle planned for the DC Multiverse line? Also, why does it cost $85? That’s even more than the 1966 Batmobile at Toys R Us and that one might be larger.

You will need to ask the DC retail team. This Q&A can only cover items from the Mattycollector.com team, and for SDCC that includes our Hordak and Doomsday figures. All of the other SDCC items are from each brand’s retail team. Reps from the DC retail team should be at SDCC or you can always catch them online! (Editors note: we have tried on more than 1 occasion to get in contact with the DC retail team but have yet to receive a response).

The upcoming Super Powers figures retail for $30. Why do they cost this much when they are almost all repaints of existing figures?

n 2014, a standard 6″ DC figure on Mattycollector.com (i.e. Auqaman, Ice) retails for $25.00. The SP figures have larger cards and include a Kalibak piece. This pushes them to $30.00. One of the reasons the figures are a little higher priced is do to the very small run. The smaller the run, the higher the price per unit and that costs goes forward to the consumer.

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It’s the middle of the month and we’ve received our answers from the latest round of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A.

We’ve seen figures with swappable heads in Total Heroes Ultra and coupled with more accessories, we can see how this justifies their higher than retail pricepoint. Is it outside the realm of possibility to have larger figures with the Total Heroes Ultra pricepoint? For example, Clahyface, Doomsday, Arkillo, et al. Or is it limited by what body bucks are made for the regular retail line?

For the THU figures we offer on Mattycollector.com, doing larger figs is certainly something we would love to tackle but we need to see how the basic figures perform first before expanding.

Provided that you still have the DC toy license in 2016, are Superman/Batman Movie Masters in the realm of possibility?

2016 is just too far off for us to comment right now.

Castle Greyskull was impressive not just as a toy but the fact that it was even made. Has a new Starship Eternia toy ever been considered?

Considering that NA consistently is the poorest selling “faction”, doing a large Epic item for this faction is highly unlikely. But hey, you never know!

When nearly the entire cast of MOTU has been made into MOTUC, will you consider making 200X based MOTUC figures? This may sound like beating a dead horse but those 4H figures from 2002 struck a chord with fans and the only thing making them dated(in this editor’s opinion) is the lack of full articulation. If new figures based on those designs were made, it would be like the 4H coming full circle with MOTU, since those were the 1st MOTU figures that they worked on.

Not at this time. We may do some 200X inspired heads or characters from the show in Classics style, but there are no plans for a full 200X revision line in that style. Honestly, there is just too much tooling involved!

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Welcome to another around of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A! Here are answers to questions we sent off in mid-April.

Ever consider making a bigger Collect n Connect Hall Of Justice by adding additional parts to the existing CnC Hall Of Justice from the Young Justice line?

We have talked about a HOJ for years but at this point nothing has come to fruition. Without the support to do the basic full year 6″ subscription, it maybe difficult to tackle larger items like this right now. We really needed to start with the basic sub and work up like MOTUC does. With DCU not hitting the basic 6” figure monthly sub, hitting larger items becomes a little difficult. Not that we wouldn’t love to!

You guys have the 6″ scale covered for MOTUC. With 4″ being a classic scale still popular with older collectors, have you considered making 4″ MOTUC figures?

We are always looking into new scales and form factors for MOTU! Nothing to confirm now but great ideas!

Will there be a total heroes Ultra action figure five-pack of the new 52 crime syndicate anytime soon and are there any plans to release the total heroes blank customizable action figure which was shown at NYCC last year?

At this time “no” to both of those questions. Batman Beyond won the fan choice vote so he will be the one produced.

How many points of articulation Mr Mxyzptlk will have?

The head and shoulders. But he does come with the largest piece of Kalibak, the head and torso.

I am curious about how the DC team decides what is a good idea, and what is not.

For example, I see oodles of the new 5-6″ DC figures [Batman, Supeerman, Aquaman, ect] but obviously with the design they are aimed at children. But with the 14.99 price tag I can’t see many parents buying them any of those.

For this you will need to talk to the DC retail team. This Q&A is for the online product offered on Mattycollector.com and we can only answer questions related to product we work on. Mattel makes thousands of SKUS every year and not every team works on every product!

Remember to post your MattyCollector 2014 Q&A questions here!

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Welcome to another addition of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A. Here we present you answers to questions we sent off last month. Without further ado, here we go:

Ok How are you going to push a club through when you did not get 100% you told DC Fans they would not get their club but when the March club fell short you pushed through any way. Why?

The DC club had 63%, that is REALLY far from the 97% that Club Etheria ended with. Had the DC club only been shy 1 or 2 points off like POP was we would likely have gone forward. But at 63% we are almost 40% short. That is just way too short to cut it! Big difference between 97% of a goal and 63% of a goal!

Would Azrael Batman be a more likely fit for Total Heroes Ultra than the mainline Total Heroes line? I ask this due to the amount of new tooling needed(mask or new head, cape/wings, armor, et al)

Right now we don’t have any plans beyond the 4 announced 2014 figs so you would need to ask the retail team on any specifics on their 2015 line!

Any special figures planned to honor Harold Ramis?

Toy Guru did post this blog:

http://forums.mattycollector.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/2361004165/m/5381012468

Ever think about re-releasing Man-At-Arms with a huge arsenal of weapons, like the weapons packs from before but repainted?

That would be cool, but at the earliest maybe 2016 as our focus is on the A list and vintage figs for the next 2 years. Reissues or 2.0′s with more articulation or accessories will need to wait.

Before the decision to end Club Infinite Earths, did the 4H experiment behind the scenes with ways to hide the pins on joints? For example, the exposed pin joints on the knees and elbows.

We did this on our Swampthing and Batman 8″ figures.

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Welcome to another edition of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A! Without further ado, here are answers to the questions we sent off earlier this month:

What will the Production values be on the 6 figures Planned for Sept and Oct? By that I mean is it possible that they will sell out before DC Fans can get the like the CIE figures?

It is always possible figures can sell out during EA but it is not a sure thing.

Your way cool Super Powers 30th Anniversary surprise brings to mind another 30th Anniversary = Masters of the Universe. You pulled the near-impossible by giving fans a huge new Grayskull. Mattel accomplished it, in the face of the post Great Recession. You did it seemingly with the nifty help of the Pre-Meter. Like Grayskull, can you put a Super Powers 30th Anniversary Pre-Meter, for a equally huge Hall of Justice? Perhaps join forces with Total Heroes the retail line, to advertise it as something like a mail-away, available only at MattyCollector.com?

We definitely do not have plans for a Hall of Justice playset at this time. If we can’t sell tier 1 of the basic DCU figures (in the sub) we will not be in a position to explore large Epic Creation items. One of the reasons that door was more open on the MOTUC brand for a playset was because MOTUC has sold the basic figures at the tier 2 level year after year.

This may be the wrong place to ask, but is there a reason the MattyCollector store does not accept Paypal?

Yes, we tried Paypal years ago and fan overwhelmingly asked us to remove it as an option do to it being too slow.

Now that the regular Total Heroes line has a female buck(Wonder Woman), which female characters would lend themselves better for the Total Heroes Ultra line instead of the regular Total Heroes line?

There are countless females in the DC Universe that we could now do in either the retail or Ultra line with the addition of the female buck. Likely the more well known the character the more likely she would be in the retail line. The less well known females (and males) would be in the online line. You can use the 2014 line as a litmus test noting Hal Jordan in the retail line and Tomar Re/John Steward/Greenman in the online offerings.

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Welcome to another round of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A! Here we go:

The Super Powers Collection revealed at Toy Fair has figures listed for $30 each. For clarification, is this line a MattyCollector exclusive or destined for retail too?

This line is only available on Mattycollector.com and will be released in two “waves” of 3 individual figures in late summer, early fall.

The MOTUC Mini figures look adorable – especially Castle Grayskull. Is this line only going to consist of that one wave of six 2-packs, or will this be an ongoing line (with say, Snake Mountain as the next “theme” build)?

If the line does well enough in 2014 we’d love to look at what we can do in 2015. But that has not been determined yet.

So does anyone know if Matty is doing anything to improve the way their con exclusives are being distributed? Every year I have to fight re-sellers (Who are buying 9 Monster High Dolls at one time) just so I can get my 6 yr old daughter 1 so she can play with it. IS Matty planning on doing anything about the amount people can buy so their core fans can have the excitement of picking up one of the dolls at con.

Yes, we always enforce strict limits on all of our figures at conventions to six per person per line wait.

Last time you mentioned that the 4H had designed the Total Heroes Ultra figures. Being that those figures use base bodies from the retail Total Heroes line, does this mean that the 4H sculpted the mainline Total Heroes line at retail too, or just the new parts that come with the Total Heroes Ultra figures? We had heard before that the 4H had provided design supervision for the mainline Total Heroes line, we just wanted clarification if they are indeed the actual designers behind the mainline.

This would be a question for the DC retail team. Quite a few sculptors and toy makers worked on designing aspects of this line, both for the retail and online components. For full details and breakdown, the DC retail team would be the folks to ask!

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Welcome to another round of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A! Remember to post all your MattyCollector Q&A questions here! Without further ado, here’s the 1st batch of answers for February 2014:

Last time you mentioned that Total Heroes would have minimal new tooling and for the most part will use existing bucks used on mass retail figures/characters. Figures like Bat Girl, could come with 2 heads, one for Babs, one for Cassie. Will female figures be part of the line, and if so, will they be limited to MattyCollector?

Females are definitely feasible, but we (Matty) would need to wait for a female buck to be developed by the retail team before we could offer collector based female TH figures.

With the DC Universe Classics line no longer continuing under the Infinite Earths Subscription, does this mean the 4H are done sculpting DC figures for you? We’re just trying to get clarification, I mean after 2014, is that really “it” for 4H DC product for you guys? We read that the 4H supervised the Total Heroes line but that’s different from what they did with the DCUC line.

The 4HM continue to work with Mattel on a variety of lines including those in the DC world. Most recently they sculpted the TH Ultra figures for 2014.

The man, the legend, the incomparable Ric Flair has yet to be made in the WWE line. Please tell me he is not going to be limited to the MattyCollector store. WOOOOOOO!

We have no current plans for a Ric Flair figure on Mattycollector.com

It’s been a few years since the MOTUC line was launched. If you and the 4H could go back in time, what changes would you make to the likes of He-Man and Skeletor? For example would you give them double jointed knees/elbows, hinged wrists, et al?

It would be great to give He-Man improved articulation and this is something we could look into for 2016 and beyond once the vintage roadmap is complete.

With not enough fans to support the Infinite Earths subscription financially after next year, does this mean the DC 6″ figure license is up for grabs?

Not in the least. The DC 6″ scale is alive and well with the Total Heroes line. Basic figures are available at retail and Ultra figures in 6″ scale with additional piece count will be offered quarterly on Mattycollector.com!

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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.