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    New message from Mattycollector about the new Wall Stands and updates on MOTUC production...

    Toy Fans,

    Hey everyone! We’re deep into prep on SDCC, among many other great projects, but I wanted to pop in and give a quick update on many of the requests and suggestions we’ve had online and at recent cons.

    We’ve always said we are committed to putting out the best product possible and as many customers know, we are often challenged by things like rising materials and labor costs, as well as standardized safety and logistical regulations that govern the toy industry and all Mattel products. That being said, wanted to provide the most up-to-date info on a few ongoing challenges that design has really stepped up to, in order to continue improving and evolving our offerings. One thing to keep in mind is that changes in the toy industry are not as overnight as other mediums like TV or comics. It can take 12-24 months to go from “suggestion??? to product. So please, as always, bear with us. We are committed to continuing to improve our toys, but we must do so within the framework of the toy industry and the logistics and regulations that come with that. All of this means change does take some time.

    1: We’ve looked into some of the regulations and safety issues regarding pop joints used on figures like Modulok and Extendar and it looks like hopefully when and if we get to the next figure to use this feature (like Multi-bot, for example) that we’ll be able to add in a mid-waist pop joint to separate the torso from the crotch section. Nothing in stone yet and we are not actively working on this figure yet, but we have been investigating what can be done once we get to him to try and get this feature included.

    2: We are constantly looking into way of improving the female lower torso/crotch piece to get closer to a trim fit on the tunic (like Marlena had), as well as ensure the legs are positioned well using parts like Octavia had. The update is we have come up with some new ideas to get closer to this look fans are asking for (while still following safety and logistic guidelines that regulate this stuff!) and you will start to see this on figures in Q2 of 2015 (assuming we get to a 2015 line, which of course we hope we can!). We know this is still awhile off, but it takes times to develop new parts and procedures within the regulations and logistics of the toy industry. Hopefully updates are coming, but the soonest you will see this type of update to females is Q2 of next year.

    3: We have also extensively looked into the bulky nature of some of the armor and do have a few ideas on how to get this to snap on tighter as well. But in the same vein as the previous two points, this does take time and the earliest you will see changes to the way armor snaps on is also early 2015.

    4: Many fans have asked about a more robotic/animated looking head for Etheria Invasion Hordak (available first at SDCC this year!). We are of course open to something like this, but as noted above, it takes 12-24 months to go from “request??? to seeing something potentially happen. So to manage expectations, the earliest you might see something like this is Q1 2016.

    I know these aren’t overnight fixes, but I do want fans to know we are committed to continuing to explore all options that are available to us. We couldn’t be more excited for the rest of 2014 and if you like 2014, you will just love our 2015 line. More info about 2015 sub sign-ups will be posted in the next few weeks as we start the road to SDCC and Mattypalooza. We can’t wait to show you our latest offerings. We couldn’t be more proud and always thank you, the loyal fan and MOTU customer, for supporting this line. We could not make it happen without you!

    And finally, check out the upcoming Wall mounted display stands from! These will be out in July and are reconfigurable for 3 ¾???, 6??? and 12??? figures. You get two in a pack with a total of 6 reconfigurable bases and two background graphics (yellow burst and green brick). They go on sale in July! Price is $25.00 for the set. Yet another cool way to display your toys as we all slowly run out of desk space!

    Scott “Toy Guru??? Neitlich

    All new reconfigurable wall mounted figure stand. On sale for $25.00 in July, only on
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  • #2
    Basically the pre-sub sales butter up has begun, where we get to hear lots of great things... which are all later revealed as lies and half truths.
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    • #3
      One word: Meh...


      • #4
        Just doesn't look like something that's really needed when they have the other stands available.


        • #5
          I'd love wall stands. They'd be perfect for my home. Just not with those ugly graphics. Think about how big these are and how trashy that will look in your house. Ugh.

          Points #2 & #3 are just stupid. They already know how to do these things, so why waste more resources.
          “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist."― Salman Rushdie


          • #6
            I'd rather just build shelves and find/build diorama pieces for them, cheaper and will look alot better.


            • #7
              Mattel has dropped the ball. They could have made something like this: But instead made these with little to no thought.
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              • Draego-Man
                Draego-Man commented
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                Wow!! Those are amazing!

            • #8
              Why do they keep wasting time and resources into crap like this...
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              • Novelty
                Novelty commented
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                Because they can. Because the line is not in danger. Because they know fans will buy whatever they put out and they can fan it by saying, for example, "no more vehicles because the last one didn't do well" even though it sold out in 3 days...

              • Mechanizor
                Mechanizor commented
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                Exactly Novelty, TG keeps blaming vehicles and whatnot on poor sales even though he and his team keep waisting money and resources on things that have no demand or appeal!
                Instead of all of this BS, Mattel should've announced pre-orders on the full (or the rear section of the) Battle-Ram, Roton or even Point-Dread/Talon-Fighter.

            • #9
              They look a bit cheap to me. The bank of QoC would rather fork out cash for figures than stands. Each to their own though, I'm sure some folks will buy them...maybe.


              • #10
                Those are incredibly boring. Certainly not worth the $25 asking price.
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                • #11
                  Originally posted by Captain Atkin View Post
                  Those are incredibly boring. Certainly not worth the $25 asking price.
                  Not to mention how flimsy they look from those pics!


                  • #12
                    I saw this on Facebook the other day. Something done in the 80s vintage style (red and blue) like this would have looked better. The green bricks at this point are overused and boring.

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                    • Draego-Man
                      Draego-Man commented
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                      Yep, those green bricks are TOTALLY uninspired... which means it was Scooter's idea.

                  • #13

                    I like all the comments in this thread I guess we are just Negators...
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                    • #14
                      I could see them not doing the 80's burst look because these stands are supposed to work with all of Mattels products not just MOTU. But it looks great. They are leaving a lot of money at the table by not selling that or a Kenner Super Powers one as an add-on for a couple extra $.

                      Here's an idea. How about doing some stands and backgrounds that actually might work with some of the furniture in my house? Thousands of collectors around the world use Ikea cases, for starters. It's not hard. Ruler, CAD. I can't think of any other big furniture companies like that off of the top of my head, but seriously. Why not size it to something and make it look a little classy? Smalljoes and several other indie manufacturers have done stuff like this in the past. I'm paying big bucks for these things, and I'm in my mid-thirties. I'd like a little classier look rather than a 1994 Saved By The Bell Photoshop frathouse. Ugh, the die cut punch holes. Makes it look like it was free and folded out of a box of Trix cereal.
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                      • #15
                        These things are cheap, shoddy looking and over priced. Kind of a reflection of what the entire line has become.

                        All the plastic, as well as the 'research and development' that went into making these, and I Shit My Diaper Skeletor should have went into making the 2015/2016 releases better, but sadly, some people will buy anything for the sake of owning it and not step back and look at the bigger picture.

                        I'm in my mid-thirties. I'd like a little classier look rather than a 1994 Saved By The Bell Photoshop frathouse. Ugh, the die cut punch holes. Makes it look like it was free and folded out of a box of Trix cereal.
                        Seconded. 2 molded plastic stands and a piece of cardboard!? These things should be $5 at the most.
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                        • #16
                          Originally posted by Sky Runner View Post
                          These things should be $5 at the most.
                          I don't know about $5 personally. I don't think $20-25 is all that bad of a price especially when you compare what they are offering, size/feature wise, to what other companies out there offer.

                          My issue is that they're ugly and lazy- it couldn't have taken more than a few minutes to adjust those graphics to fit the background for the stands. They're just ugly. People are spending hundreds of dollars on the MOTUC line and other Matty products, I think the goal is to have a beautiful collection in their home. Neon 90's Toy Biz Yellow doesn't exactly exude "Look at my beautiful collection" when a guest comes to your home.

                          They could have had a Facebook contest, and gotten a much better backdrop for completely free, instead of paying the troglodyte who slept his way through these backgrounds.
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                          • #17
                            Shabby, uninspired and boring. I'm saving alot of money this year. No Filmation Hordak, no Baby Skeletor and no wall stands.


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