Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to All!!

Thanks for all the support in 2011, looking forward to another great year in 2012 and lots of great new toys!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Masters of the Universe 30th Anniversary Art

Mattycollector has teased us with some upcoming 30th Anniversary art for 2012. Expect a large marketing push and much more new art and graphics. Check these select images below.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Toy Story Buddy Pack Color Changers

Toy Story has had a line of Buddy Pack figures, that are in the DC Action League/Star Wars Galactic Heroes scale. Initially Toy Story 1 & 2 figures, the line continued with Toy Story 3. Now to milk the consumer more, instead of releasing new characters, we get a color changing line. 
I spotted these at Walmart, as far as I know these were not shown previously.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ask Matty Q&A for Dec 14th 2011

1- When will plans for the upcoming Batman movie figures be revealed, Toy Fair?
You will see some information released starting with NY Toy Fair

2- When will we see a painted Dana, aka the Gatemaster?
Stay tuned- She's going to look awesome

3- Was the Black Friday Mattycollector sales a success from a sale standpoint? Will we see sales like this in the future?
 It was a big success. While we may do similar sales down the road, it is not something that should be expected on an annual basis. In 2012 our production quotas are going to be much closer to the sub holders so there will less additional stock and less of a need for clearance sales going forward specifically on the MOTUC brand. 

4-  There have been some reports of leg problems with Swiftwind, can you comment on if this is rather isolated or not?
 All toys are hand assembled and there will always be some human error. We have looked intot his issue and it is relatively small (in terms of the total production of Swifty) number of units and we are happy to replace any defective product.

5-  When can we expect the next batch of reveals, is it at Toyfair?
 Yes, likely at Toy Fair in NY

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Star Wars Candlestick for the Holidays

A little pricey, but Thinkgeek has a Star Wars Candlestick holder. Styled after the Darth Vader lightsaber, and with bright red candles- you can make your Christmas holiday a success.

Monday, December 5, 2011

MOTU New Packaged Pictures

Mattycollector's Facebook page has been updated with some of the 2012 offerings in packaging for the 1st time. Fisto, Sorceress, Shadow Weaver and the Fearless Photog will be coming in 2012 and at a new price of $22. 

MOTU Mattycollector Update

Looks like pricing will rise for 2012 on MOTU figures as well as much less production. For Subscription fans you are set, for day of purchasing- it may be much tougher. Read the update below

Hey He-Fans and She-Ravers, Toy Guru passed me a note on some MOTU updates and I wanted to post it right away:

"Hey everyone.

The 30th aniversairy year starts in less then 30 days and we are just on the edge of our seat. There is so much great MOTU goodness coming next year above and beyond the Classsics toy line in what will surely be a year long celebration.

We'll be kicking things off in December with a sneak peak at the new licensing art created in the Classics style. You'll hopefully see a lot of this art on tons of products next year from T-shirts to DVD releases and everything in between.

There are a few projects that have not fully come together, but once all the loose ends are tied, we'll have some big announcements for fans of MOTU of all ages. Stay tuned.

In terms of the MOTUC toy line, do look for some changes in 2012. For starters, day of prices for basic figures will go up to $22.00. Subscribers will still get there figures for the 2008 price of $20.00. Larger items like beasts and multipacks will also go up in similar increments ($33.00 vs. $30.00 etc...). We are still waiting to confirm implementing a system for subscribers to also purchase day-of or non sub product and save on shipping by combing with their sub items. Please stand by on this.

Also, as previously announced, we are reducing production quota a bit in 2012 to be closer to the sub number. There will be some day-of product, but some figures may not be as plentiful as they were in years past. (which also means you likely won't see sales like we just had on Black Friday/Cyber Monday again. Sure there may be a sale here and there, but it won't likely be as extensive or as discounted as we just had). Going forward, as we start planning 2013, the line will start to favor the subscription model just a bit more. After a few years at this, we've found that is the safest bet to keep the line going long term. (there will still be day-of, it just means the sub is a bit more important as the lifeblood and growth indicator of the line, if that helps).

Finally, we have had a few schedule slips in 2012 already. There will 100% be a monthy figure, but some of the quarterly or 30th figures may slip a month or two. All will ship in 2012, they just may not be on the orignal month announced at SDCC etc. I know already we moved the Star Sisters to Feb and Thunder Punch He-Man has slipped out to April (from March). He will still have the first mini comic. We will update you as we move forward on any other changes to releases.

It truly looks to be an amazing year to be a MOTU fan in 2012. The mini comics are coming along fantastic. We are likley to reveal the covers of issues 2 and 3 at NYTF at our collector event (along with hopefully the next batch of figures and the updated Snake-Man-At-Arms with Roboto and TrapJaw parts). NYTF Collector night will be out next big reveal for all collector brands.

And the best part; 2012 is just the begining. Great things are in store for MOTU. The next few years are truly going to be a good journey.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ask Matty Q&A for December 1st

The Matty team provides some answers, although not always the answers we want. Please keep the questions coming to the site!!

1- What is the timetable for upcoming DC Action League releases. Wave 4 is shipping now, when can we expect the next waves?        Wave 5 should be shipping in mid-December/early-January…keep checking retail shelves for all the new Action League figures!    
2- Any chance of more stand alone mini dioramas similar to the weapons rack or larger, ie Slime pit??      We are always looking into this but nothing to announce right now.     
3- Will the figure that the fans voted for the 30th anniversary line be final or does Mattel have some veto power?      There may be some confusion here. In 2013 we will have a fan's choice slot. This slot will be voted on by anyone who purchases a 2013 sub during and around SDCC 2012 (when the sub goes on sale). There will be 8 slots to vote on. 6 slots will be from Mattel, 1 slot from the German fan sites and 1 slot from Whomever wins this slot (out of the 8 choices) will be in the 2013 line.       
4- Any plans for another art book for SDCC or via another means?   Not at this time.   
5- The Mattycollector site seems to post news related to Cars 2 brand, but there has been no new exclusive product- anything in the pipeline?      Not at this time.