Toy Fair 2012 – Mattel Collector Night – Toy Guru Video

Mattel held its Collector Night event at New York Toy Fair yesterday, and Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich was on hand to share the details of all the products they had on display.

Included in the mix were Voltron, DC Universe (including Club Infinite Earths, All-Stars, Young Justice, Action League, Justice League Unlimited, Batman Legacy, and The Dark Knight Rises Movie Masters), Masters of the Universe Classics, WWE, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Cars. Following his presentation, Toy Guru fielded all the questions that the crowd threw his way.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011 – Mattel Mattypalooza Panel Video

Back in our latest Ask Matty Q&A, we asked about the rights to the Filmation characters. Part of Matty’s answer:

If we ever do have access to this library of characters you will know it. It will not be announced cryptically but rather very loudly (if it ever happens).

And here we are, just a week later, with a rather loud announcement. We’ve got the video of Mattel’s Mattypalooza panel, covering the MattyCollector announcements for WWE, Ghostbusters, Voltron, Masters of the Universe Classics, and even some DC Universe Classics goodness.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011 – Mattel Voltron Preview Night

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Mattel had their new Mattycollector Voltron line on display and here are some pics. Voltron is huge when the lions combine! Here’s some pics!

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Ask Matty Q&A Round-Up for 7/15

We’ve got the final Ask Matty Q&A before Comic-Con. Sure, we’re a few days late (more on that later), but that’s not the fault of the team at Mattel. Hope to see you at the big show!

1) We’re really looking forward to San Diego Comic-Con next week. We know you’ll be bringing the latest from your DC Universe, Masters of the Universe, Ghostbusters, Voltron and WWE brands. Will you have any new licenses to announce? Any hints?

(Photography credit: TheFwoosh.com – be sure to check out the Fwoosh for the latest First Looks at the San Diego Comic-Con Mattel exclusives and more!)

No, we will not have any new licenses to announce at the show.

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Ask Matty Q&A Round-Up for 7/1

The Mattel team got the latest Q&A back to us yesterday afternoon, but I didn’t have time to post until this morning. I’ll blame the pile of loot that Big Bad Toy Store delivered, which included my set of DC Universe Classics wave 18. Amazing, and more to come!

1) A lot of us have been wondering how the new DC Universe comics relaunch due in September will be reflected in the DC Universe Classics line. When did you get wind of the changes? How has that affected the line-ups due out in 2012?

It has given us the opportunity to work some of the new looks into the line and refresh key characters. We are actually reworking some of our 2012 line up to take advantage of this! Stay tuned for more at SDCC!

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Masters of the Universe Classics Faceless One, Battleground Teela, and More on Sale 6/15

It could be a relatively slow day for the MattyCollector sale for June. Headlining the Masters front is the Faceless One (that was not an attempt at a pun) – despite being revealed as Evil-Lyn’s father, he’s a more obscure choice from the 200X cartoon series and received a bit of a lukewarm reception to his MOTUC reveal at NY Toy Fair.

On the other hand, Battleground Teela looks to be a fantastic quarterly bonus figure for folks that want her rendition from the mini-comics. See the Fwoosh’s First Look at Battleground Teela for more pics. Round out the day with Grizzlor and Whiplash re-issues, a Ghostbusters 2 Winston, and a GL John Stewart for the Mego fans.

Here’s the link to the all-in-one bundled order page for your convenience.

Mattel also announced today its 2012 editions of Club Ecto and Club Eternia, along with newcomer Club Lion Force for its new Voltron offerings. More info to come at San Diego Comic-Con, but the pleasant surprise here is that your orders for multiple club subscriptions will now benefit from combined shipping.

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AFP Ask Matty Round-Up for 6/1/11

Would you look at this? We made the deadline for the latest installment of Ask Matty. Big thanks to the folks at Mattel!

1) We’re pretty psyched to have Swamp Thing finally joining the DC Universe Classics line! Can you tell us more about the “endoskeletal” articulation – is that an existing DCUC body under there, or a new base just from Swamp Thing? Will the underlying figure have the standard DCUC points of articulation, like bicep, waist, wrist, and thigh swivels?

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>> See more pictures of Swamp Thing’s articulation

We’ve asked design if they can provide specifics. As soon as we get an answer back we will post it.

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Mattel San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Exclusives at the Comic Bug

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I got a chance to swing by The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach to see a preview of Mattel’s upcoming SDCC Exclusives. Mattel’s El Segundo Main Office is close by and apparently some Matty people come here for their comic fixes and were able to let them display this year’s Comic-Con exclusives for a couple of days (the display only lasts ’til today, Tuesday, May 10th). They were kind enough to let me take some pics!

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Mattel Reveals San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives – G4TV.com

Just like last year, Mattel revealed a few of their San Diego Comic-Con exclusives on Attack of the Show last night. Highlighted were:

  • Green Lantern Movie Kilowog – $30 – will be first available at SDCC
  • DC Universe Classics Swamp Thing featuring exoskeletal articulation (rubber skin over an articulated frame) – $30 – like Gleek and the Starro face-huggers, Swampy’s Un-Men will be exclusive to SDCC
  • Voltron 6-inch super-articulated – $30 – will come with both versions of his sword and packaging will feature a sound chip that plays the full Voltron opening theme
  • Ghostbusters Stay Puft Marshmallow Man with packaging diorama – $70 – this thing looks massive, maybe 18-inches tall

While they didn’t highlight any Masters of the Universe Classics items, keen-eyed observers may have spotted what looks like a space-suited Queen Marlena with interchangeable heads and dress, with a Cringer slug figure. Check that out at 37 seconds into the video.

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C2E2 2011 – Picture Rundown and Mattel Voltron Update

C2E2 – Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo just wrapped up this Sunday and AFP was there to cover all the cool new toy coming out soon. Here is a quick look rundown of the most news-worthy items at the convention.

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