It’s been a long time since our last Q&A with Matty, but we’ve decided to get back into it. Toy Guru provided some answers early, because he’s either going to be driving for every last subscription to Club Eternia and Club Infinite Earths, or he may just be out of the office for a few days.
1) A lot of people thought that the DC Unlimited and Batman Unlimited lines were doing well at retail. What were the reasons for canceling those lines?
We are always working with retailers to find the best way to bring DC figures to mass collectors and moms and kids. Right now the 6″ line will continue on Matty pending we get the min number of sub holders.
2) Have the Damian Wayne Robin and Batman Beyond figures been tooled? Since they are canceled from the retail lines have you considered putting them into Club Infinite Earths?
Damien might be more possible as he is an original character like Larfleeze. Batman is a little harder as he is an existing character with new wings and a head. The question is, would fans want us to release that Batman Beyond as a monthly sub fig? We are honestly a little hesitant as we only have 12 slots a year and we hear form fans they would prefer original characters. Let us know! Either way, the soonest you might see either of these would be very late 2014 or 2015 if the subs happen.
3) I’ve seen a lot of comments from people saying that they don’t want to risk subscribing to Club Infinite Earths because they prefer the unleashed version of Doomsday and don’t want to be stuck with the other version. Can you make any changes to the minimums needed? What would you say to those collectors to encourage them to subscribe?
The Unleashed Doomsday is almost a fully tool’d figure. To make him we need a certain level of customers which is represented by tier 2. Unless we hit this mark, it will be very hard to make this figure. We can only make figures when we have a customer base to support it.
4) We’ve heard several times that the MOTUC plan for 2014 has been tweaked to include heavy hitters originally planned later in the line. What can we expect for the 2015 lineup (or other changes to the line) to keep collectors interested in subscribing?
2015 will basically be a mirror of 2014. Think of it this way; there are two vintage snake men left, Tung Lasher and Sqqueeeze. One will be in 2014, the other in 2015, pending we get the minimum number of sub holders each year!
We also had a fifth question about what was announced at the Mattel and DC Partnership panel at SDCC, and what DC products we would see at retail. We didn’t get an official answer back for this question, and when I followed up with Toy Guru, he said “Alas, no plans right now.” Of course, we know there will always be DC product at retail (and wanted more info on the kid-oriented lines, as we missed the panel) but Toy Guru’s answer refers to collector product.
Do you have questions for the next round of Ask Matty? Please reply below. We’ll be submitting the next round on 8/15. Thanks!