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1/18 SALE: Vikor™, Scoleri, Guards & More

December 21, 2010
By Matty

Toy Fans,

2010’s been great and I’m sorry to see it go. Well, not that sorry… 2011 is shaping up to be our biggest year yet! It not only marks the start of the third year for Club Eternia™, but the very first year for Club Ecto-1! It’s gonna be a no-holds barred kind of year − just take a look at what January will bring:

  • Ghostb usters™ Peter Venkman™ (Courtroom) Figure: Our initial Official Club Ecto-1 Figure, Peter comes with first-ever ghost Nunzio Scoleri from the courtroom scene in Ghostbusters II.
  • MOTUC Vikor™ He-Man of the North™: The Club Eternia™ Monthly Figure for January is totally retro – he’s based on the original concept for He-Man® from the vintage toy line.
  • MOTUC Eternia Palace Guards™ 2-Pack: Our first-ever Guards pack comes with 4 swappable heads and more! Please note that this item is not included with Club Eternia™ subscriptions, however it’s the last one. Going forward, all 2011 MOTUC items will be included except special convention items, reissues, weapons paks, stands, or other accessories.
  • MOTUC Evil-Lyn®: She’s bad, she’s beautiful, and she’s back! This is an official re-issue, with “The Original” burst on the package*.
  • MOTUC Castle Grayskull® Diorama & Stands: You asked and we’re delivering another shot at this sweet set. Also a re-issue, the packaging has “The Original” burst*.

Because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, our January sale is on Tuesday, January 18th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). If you want a reminder, just click here to register for email and follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

— Matty

P.S. Originally, Bow™ was going to be the January MOTUC figure and Vikor™ was scheduled for February, but they’ve been switched so look for Bow™ in February.

* A small percentage of customers will receive customer service stock from the first run and the package will not contain the burst. This is random and we cannot control which package will be received.


12/15 SALE REMINDER: Buzz Off®, Superman & More

December 7, 2010
By Matty

Toy Fans,

Here’s your regular reminder that our next sale is Wednesday, December 15th.

As always, the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern), so be sure to mark your calendar! And remember, we send reminder emails so click here if you haven’t registered yet.

— Matty

P.S. Remember, I post reminders on Twitter and Facebook, too!


SALE REMINDER: Ghostbusters™ PKE Meter Avail 12/1

November 30, 2010
By Matty

Ghostbusters™ Fans,

Here’s your friendly reminder that our movie prop replica PKE Meter will be available tomorrow December 1st at 9 AM PT/Noon ET!

PKE Meter

Ghostbusters™ PKE Meter

Not only does it have cool light sequences from both Ghostbusters™ and Ghostbusters™ II, it includes adjustable LED and screen animation speeds, three screen modes (diagonal, arc, off) and opening wings just like in the movie! This item is available for purchase on 12/1 with an approximate shipping date of 12/12.

Remember, it all starts at 9AM PT tomorrow morning so I’ll see you then!

—Matty

P.S. Due to safety restrictions, this item isn’t available for shipment to Europe. Here are the countries that can’t accept shipment: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Great Britain.


Per Your Request - Items Added to Cyber Monday Sale!

November 22, 2010
By Matty

Toy Fans,

We’ve been listening to the buzz about Cyber Monday and I’m stoked you’re all so excited! One of the things we heard over and over was that fans were wishing we’d have included The Color of Fear: Romat-Ru and Karu-Sil 2-pack.

Well, I took it back to the team and guess what? Color of Fear is now on the list of items you’ll be able to purchase! Originally, we hadn’t planned to offer it because of the extremely limited number of units we have left. But since so many of you asked, we couldn’t refuse −− just keep in mind this pack is even more limited then other remaining customer service stock so make this one first on your list to purchase.

While we were at it, we also added a classic Superman and last (but not least), we’re including all figure stands on the bundle page so you can easily stock up and take advantage of the 10% discount on Monday.

As far as I know, there’s nothing else that will be added to the sale, so here’s the FINAL list of products:

And one last time, here are the details of the sale:

Sale Starts: Monday, November 29th at 9 AM PT
Sale Ends: Sunday, December 5th at 11:59 PM PT
Extra Savings Day: Monday, November 29th ONLY 9 AM PT – 11:59 PM PT. Save 10% off every order over $100 (excluding taxes and fees). All products must be purchased during the same transaction and shipped to a single address.
Battle Cat® Coupon: You must have the original code to redeem the coupon. Enter the code at checkout. Lost/deleted coupons cannot be redeemed.

Okay, I think that’s it. See you on the 29th!

— Matty

P.S. There’s still time to sign up for email reminders, and I’ll also post announcements on Twitter and Facebook.

Ghostbusters™ PKE Meter Shipping Restricted

November 22, 2010
By Matty

Ghostbusters™ Fans,

For all the Ghostbusters™ fans in the US, we’re bringing you a prop replica of the PKE Meter that’s as film-accurate as possible. For countries in Europe, there are stricter regulations on product warnings so we had to make a tough decision: put lots of warnings all over it and compromise the accuracy, or restrict shipping. It was hard because we love our fans in Europe, too, but in the end we decided to make it as film-accurate as possible. Here are the countries that can’t accept shipment:

  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Great Britain.

We are sorry this means that it can't ship to Europe, and we are hoping fans in the US appreciate the effort we made to bring them an awesome product.

—Matty


12/15 SALE: Buzz Off®, Superman, Kalibak & More

November 19, 2010
By Matty

Toy Fans,

First things first… hopefully you heard the news that our regular December sale is officially back to its original December 15th sale date. We were seeing some shipping dates slip and wanted to be sure all the product would be safely in the warehouse before the sale. Here’s our sale schedule for the rest of the year:

11/15 Our regular November sale, starring Grizzlor® and more
11/29-12/5 Cyber Monday Sale with special savings 11/29 only
12/1 Ghostbusters™ PKE Meter (ships approximately 12/12)
12/15 Our regular December sale, with Buzz Off® and more (see below)

Now, about that December 15th sale… here’s the news you’ve been waiting for!

  • MOTUC Buzz Off® (Club Eternia™ Monthly Figure) − This high-flying figure comes with articulated "electro-wings" and warrior accessories. Don’t forget flight stands to display him!
  • Master s of the Universe® Art Prints − There were only 500 sets made and most were sold at SDCC. There are four 12” x 16” prints in a set and each is signed by the Mattel artist who created it.
  • 12” Superman − Fans demanded and we’re delivering Superman in 12” scale. This is figure 2 out of a 3-figure series (General Zod and Lex Luthor are the other two).
  • 12” General Zod − If you missed him the first time, here’s your chance to get figure number 1 in the 3-figure series.
  • JLU Darkseid & Kalibak 2-Pack − Daddy dearest Darkseid joins Kalibak as the prodigal son arrives in an all new sculpt!

So remember, this sale starts here at MattyCollector.com on Wednesday, December 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). I post reminders for all sales on Twitter and Facebook, and you can sign up to register for email reminders.

— Matty


Cyber Monday Sale Products 17 Thru 21 Revealed

November 11, 2010
By Matty

Toy Fans,

Without further ado, here they are… the final four products for our Cyber Monday sale!

  Ghostbusters™ 6” Peter Venkman™ Figure (with Slimer   Ghostbusters™ 6" Ray Stantz™ Figure (with Subway Ghost)  
  Ghostbusters™ 6” Peter Venkman™ Figure
(with Slimer)
  Ghostbusters™ 6" Ray Stantz™ Figure
(with Subway Ghost)
 
         
  Ghostbusters™6" Winston Zeddemore™ Figure (with trap)   Ghostbusters™ 6” Walter Peck™ Figure (with containment unit)  
  Ghostbusters™ 6" Winston Zeddemore™ Figure
(with trap)
  Ghostbusters™ 6” Walter Peck™ Figure
(with containment unit)
 

Here’s the complete list of all the products that will be available. Check it out… there’s truly something for every toy fan!

    Remember, the sale runs Monday, November 29th at 9 AM PT through Sunday, December 5th at 11:59 PM PT. Quantities available on many items are low, so for the best selection, be here first thing on Monday, November 29th. That’s also your extra savings day where you’ll save 10% off every order over $100 (excluding taxes and fees)! All products must be purchased during the same transaction and shipped to a single address so not only will you save on products, you’ll save on shipping, too!

    If you want an email reminder sent to your inbox, click to sign up. I also post announcements on Twitter and Facebook.

    Oh, and one last thing… if you still have a coupon for $8 off the purchase of a Battle Cat® figure this is your last chance to use it. Just remember that you’ll need to have the original coupon code to take advantage of this offer.

    Good luck and here’s hoping you get all the toys you want!

    —Matty

    Ghostbusters™ & WWE® Deals at TRU 10/31-11/24

    November 9, 2010
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    Just in time for the holidays, our good friends at Toys”R”Us have deals on two of your favorite brands − Ghostbusters™ and WWE®!

    Ghostbusters II™
    Save $10 on the Ghostbusters II™ 4-pack collector set! Includes the four boys in outfits from the film, plus a ghost trap and Slimer. Also includes removable Santa hats to recreate the montage scene. Available from 10/31 through 11/24, while supplies last. Click here for details.

    WWE®
    Just purchase $30 or more of WWE® products (excluding taxes/fees) and you’ll receive a FREE action figure of Shawn Michaels® from his retirement match at WrestleMania® XXVI! This figure is exclusive to Toys”R”Us and the offer is available from 10/31 through 11/24, only while supplies last. Click here for details.

    Once again, both of these specials are only available through November 24th while supplies last so don’t wait!

    — Matty


    Cyber Monday Sale Products 14 Thru 17 Revealed

    November 4, 2010
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    Time for your weekly Cyber Monday product reveal. Today we’ve got a foursome of products with universal appeal… DC Universe, that is!

         
      Adam Strange and Starfire Figures   Alexander Luthor and Ultraman Figures  
             
         
      Justice in the Jungle: B’Wana Beast and Animal Man Figures   Infinite Heroes Crisis 4-Pack Crisis on Infinite Earths: Psycho Pirate, The Flash, Supergirl & The Monitor  

    To recap, here’s the list of all the products I’ve revealed to date:

    • MOTUC He-Man®
    • MOTUC Skeletor®
    • MOTUC Battle Cat®
    • JLU Lobo
    • JLU "Shazam!" Family 4-Pack
    • JLU Doom Patrol 4-Pack
    • JLU Legion of Super Heroes 4-Pack
    • JLU Gotham City Criminals 4-Pack
    • JLU Justice Guild 4-Pack
    • 12" Ray Stantz™ Figure
    • 12" Egon Spengler™ Figure (with trap)
    • 12” Peter Venkman™ Figure
    • 12” Winston Zeddemore™ Figure
    • Adam Strange and Starfire Figures 2 Pack
    • Ale xander Luthor and Ultraman Figures 2 Pack
    • Justic e in the Jungle: B’Wana Beast and Animal Man Figures 2 Pack
    • Inf inite Heroes Crisis 4-Pack
    • And once again, here are the sale details:

      Sale Starts: Monday November 29th at 9 AM PT
      Sale Ends: Sunday, December 5th at 11:59 PM PT
      Extra Savings Day: Monday November 29th ONLY save 10% off every order over $100 (excluding taxes and fees)

      So there you have it. The next reveal is on Thursday, November 11th when I’ll show you the final four. What are they? Sorry −− I know you ain’t afraid of no answer, but I can’t tell you yet.

      See you on the 11th!

      — Matty

      P.S. You can sign up to register for email sale reminders, plus I post announcements on Twitter and Facebook.

      Cyber Monday Sale Products 10 Thru 13 Revealed

      October 28, 2010
      By Matty

      Toy Fans,

      Ghostbusters™ fans, you’ve been asking us to show you some Cyber Monday love so we’re doing it downtown style… for the first time, all four 12” figures will be available at the same time − the same four figures whose packages create a mural when placed together!

        12" Ray Stantz™ Figure   12" Egon Spengler™ Figure  
        12" Ray Stantz™ Figure   12" Egon Spengler™ Figure  
               
        12” Peter Venkman™ Figure   12” Winston Zeddemore™ Figure  
        12” Peter Venkman™ Figure   12” Winston Zeddemore™ Figure  
               
        Ghostbusters™ Mini-Mural  
        Ghostbusters™ Mini-Mural  

      The series of 4 figures began with Ray Stantz™ a year ago in October 2009 and was completed in August of this year with the release of Winston Zeddemore™. The mini-mural is original art depicting the rooftop scene from the first film. If you haven’t seen the Winston Zeddemore™ video that shows the mural, here’s another look…

      Alright, here’s the list of all the products I’ve revealed so far:

      And here again are the sale details:

      Sale Starts: Monday November 29th at 9 AM PT
      Sale Ends: Sunday, December 5th at 11:59 PM PT
      Extra Savings Day: Monday November 29th ONLY save 10% off every order over $100 (excluding taxes and fees)

      The next reveal is on Thursday, November 4th. I’ll have four more products to show you − not JLU and not Ghostbusters™. I can’t say exactly what they are, but they are universally loved.

      See you back here then!

      — Matty

      P.S. Don’t forget… you can sign up to register for email sale reminders, and I post announcements on Twitter and Facebook.


      SPECIAL SALE! Ghostbusters™ PKE Meter Avail 12/1

      October 26, 2010
      By Matty

      Ghostbusters™ Fans,

      Ever since SDCC, we’ve all been waiting for this day to come and it’s finally almost here: on December 1st at 9 AM PT/Noon ET, you’ll have your chance at our movie prop replica PKE Meter! We’re holding this special sale so you, the loyal fans of this iconic film, can enjoy a day in the MattyCollector.com online store where it’s the only new product to go on sale.

      I’m seriously stoked − not only is this our first movie prop replica, but it’s from one of my all-time favorite flicks. Check it out… along with light sequences from both Ghostbusters™ and Ghostbusters™ II, it’s got adjustable LED and screen animation speeds, three screen displays (diagonal, arc, off) and the wings open just like the one in the movie!

      PKE Meter

      Ghostbusters™ PKE Meter

      IMPORTANT NOTE: This item is available for purchase on 12/1 with an approximate shipping date of 12/12.

      So remember, be here at MattyCollector.com on Wednesday, December 1st at 9 AM PT/Noon ET. I’ll post reminders on Twitter and Facebook, but if you’d like an email sent to your inbox, sign up here.

      — Matty

      P.S. Our regular sale schedule resumes on Wednesday, December 15th.


      11/15 SALE REMINDER: Grizzlor®, Venkman™ with Proton Stream

      October 25, 2010
      By Matty

      Toy Fans,

      Time for your regular reminder that our next sale is Monday, November 15th. This is gonna be a big one… I’ve got FIVE offerings for you, each one a “first!”

      • MOTUC Grizzlor® (Club Eternia™ Monthly Figure) — First-timer MOTUC Grizzlor® has “fur” that feels just like the vintage toy.
      • MOTUC King Grayskull™ —The King comes with a first-ever Orb of Power and the Power Sword® with both halves in silver.
      • Weapons Pak Great Wars Ass’t — This all-new pak comes with a whole range of weaponry for both good and evil characters.
      • JLU Parademon 2-Pack — You asked for it, you got it… matching Parademons in one pack!
      • Ghostbusters™ 6” Peter Venkman™ — Ready for bustin’ with a proton stream and official logo stand.
      • As always, the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern), so be sure to mark your calendar! Just to be safe, we send reminder emails so if you haven’t registered yet, click here.

        — Matty

        P.S. Remember, I post reminders on Twitter and Facebook, too!


        Cyber Monday Sale Products 7 Thru 9 Revealed

        October 21, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        The excitement of Cyber Monday continues with the unveiling of the next three in the lineup. This week, we’re continuing the JLU love-fest with these collector must-haves…

          JLU Legion of Super Heroes 4-Pack   JLU Gotham City Criminals 4-Pack  
          JLU Legion of Super Heroes 4-Pack   JLU Gotham City Criminals 4-Pack  
          JLU Justice Guild 4-Pack ;  
          JLU Justice Guild 4-Pack  

        Here’s the complete list of products I’ve revealed so far:

        And here are the sale details:

        Sale Starts: Monday November 29th at 9 AM PT
        Sale Ends: Sunday, December 5th at 11:59 PM PT
        Extra Savings Day: Monday November 29th ONLY save 10% off every order over $100 (excluding taxes and fees)

        The next reveal is on Thursday, October 28th. I’ll have four more products to show you and I can tell you they’re not JLU. Will I tell you what they are? Not a ghost of a chance!

        See you back here then!

        — Matty

        P.S. Remember, I post announcements on Twitter and Facebook, and you can sign up to register for email sale reminders.


        DCU Wave 15 On Sale at Kmart 10/24-10/30

        October 19, 2010
        By Matty

        DCU Fans,

        I know you’ve been waiting for the next wave of DCU products and your patience is about to rewarded … on Sunday October 24th, Wave 15 arrives at Kmart!

        DCU Wave 15

        Not only that, but in celebration of the 75th anniversary of DC Comics, all DCU Classics 6” figures will be on sale at a very special price of just $7.75 each for one week from October 24th through October 30th − ONLY at Kmart! That’s a megacolossal discount off the regular price of $12.99 each!

        Remember, Wave 15 includes the gorgeous Fan Choice Raven figure. Here’s the complete list of figures in Wave 15 (as previewed back in May):

        • Golden Pharaoh − Complete your “Super Powers” collection! Golden Pharaoh is armed with his Pyramid Power staff and rocks a transparent purple torso and collar.
        • Classic Starman −Traditional version of Starman is well equipped with his Cosmic Rod and a Stellar Energy Pistol. Celestial crime fighting was never so much fun!
        • Modern Starman − The updated version of Starman lands with his trusty Cosmic Rod and features contemporary translucent parts.
        • OMAC − He’s not bad, he’s just built that way! Cyborg OMAC is rendered in dramatic detail in his first outing as an action figure.
        • Martian Manhunter − Two versions will be released, so it’ll be your turn to hunt the hunter for both the standard figure and the variant version with Martian head and “weapon” hand!
        • Raven − Stunning and smart, the Fan's Choice winner comes to life as a magnificent action figure.
        • Sinestro Corps Batman − Commemorating his near-indoctrination into the dark side, our hero comes with a transparent Batarang ring construct.
        • Jemm − We’re fairly certain the Injustice Gang has their eye on MattyCollector.com as the Son of Saturn gets ready to make his first-ever appearance as an action figure.
        • Validus − Collect all 7 figures above to create this fearsome 9” Collect and Connect™ figure! Validus arrives with a crystal-clear head dome to reveal his heinously huge brain.

        Starting in November, you’ll be able to find Wave 15 at our regular retail outlets. But why wait? If you head to Kmart on October 24th, you have the chance to be first on your block to own Wave 15 and get it at a huge discount!

        — Matty


        Cyber Monday Sale Products 4 Thru 6 Revealed

        October 14, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        Last week, I showed you the first batch of products that will be available at our big Cyber Monday sale − all from the MOTUC line. As promised, here’s your first look at the next three products, and if you’re a JLU fan, you’re gonna be very happy!


        Justice League Unlimited Lobo

        JLU Lobo

        Justice League Unlimited

        JLU "Shazam!" Family 4-Pack

        Justice League Unlimited Doom Patrol 4-Pack

        JLU Doom Patrol 4-Pack

        So to recap, here’s the list of products I’ve revealed to date:

        Remember… the sale is on for one week only from Monday, November 29th through Sunday, December 5th, and on November 29th ONLY you’ll save 10% off every order over $100 (excluding taxes and fees).

        Want to see more? Be sure to return on Thursday, October 21st to see the next three products!

        — Matty

        P.S. Don’t forget, every time I make an announcement, I post it on Twitter and Facebook. You can also sign up to register for email sale reminders.

        Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD Available Now

        October 14, 2010
        By Matty

        Big news, DC Universe fans!

        If you’re a diehard fan of Superman and Batman like I am, then it doesn’t get any better than the DC Universe Animated Original Movie series. When “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” came out in February, I was officially addicted. I’ve been impatiently waiting ever since for the next one, and it was finally released on September 28th!


        “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse”








        I know Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is gonna be just as good as Crisis − it’s got some real heavy hitters behind it. Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel "Superman/Batman: Supergirl" by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, it’s produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery (“Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths”) from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (“Gorillas in the Mist”).

        So what’s it about? Here’s the synopsis:

        In “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse,” a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor −− leading Batman and Superman to encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as those of the Man of Steel. The Kryptonian is soon revealed to be Kara, cousin of Superman, who takes her under his wing to educate her about the ways of Earth. However, the villainous Darkseid has other plans. Seeing an opportunity to finally defeat Superman, Darkseid abducts and gains control of Kara, utilizing the powerful Kryptonian to do his bidding. It's up to Batman and Superman to save Kara, but they'll have to take the fight to Darkseid within his hostile world — where unknown, deadly threats lurk around every corner, including a brainwashed Kryptonian able to match Superman blow-for-blow.

        I’m stoked to see Tim Daly back as Superman and Kevin Conroy return as Batman. There are a ton of other big names in this one, too, like Andre Braugher, who leads the cast as the villain we love to hate, Darkseid. Sci-fi heroine Summer Glau (from “Serenity/Firefly” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) is the voice of Supergirl, and seven-time (seven!!) Emmy Award-winner Ed Asner reprises his "Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League" role as Granny Goodness.

        You can find “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” everywhere cool DVDs are sold, so grab some popcorn, check it out and let me know what you think in my Fan Forums!

        — Matty

        P.S. Be sure to watch for the MattyCollector.com promo on this DVD and on the “Batman: Under the Red Hood” DVD!


        7 New Products Previewed, Including Green Lantern!

        October 8, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans, Are You Sitting Down?

        I hope so, because what follows is the biggest preview of products to come since SDCC! So get yourself a comfortable chair and prepare to be wowed…

        Green Lantern Classics – Wave 2
        Here’s your first official look at the second wave of dedicated Green Lantern comic-style figures! Includes interchangeable heads and hands on the two Green Lantern characters (Nautkeiloi and Medphyll), as well as the two Red Lantern characters (Skallox and Night Lik). Night Lik is an all new character created by the Four Horsemen and named by Geoff Johns. He will appear in an upcoming issue of Green Lantern, but appears first as a Mattel toy in the Green Lantern Classics line! This wave also includes a 3-pack of mini-characters: B'dg as a Green Lantern, Dex-Starr the Red Lantern, and Despotellis the Sinestro Corps member. The sixth and final figure is a Green Lantern movie preview figure, in movie style. For now, we can only show it in shadow… look for the full reveal in January in an issue of Toy Fare magazine!

        Panthor® – March 2011 Club Eternia™ Monthly Figure
        Back at SDCC, we showed a helmet in the display case. We can finally reveal that this spectacular large-scale beast is its owner! Includes saddle, newly sculpted head, and an all-new vintage style removable mask.

        Ghostbusters™ Courtroom Peter
        This new 6" scale Peter Venkman™ figure is our first single-carded Ghostbusters™ 2 figure! Comes with a brand-new Scoleri Brother Ghost figure with swappable feet (flying feet and standing feet). NOTE: This figure will be released in January and Ghostbusters™ 2 Winston with Slime Blower has been moved out (release date TBD).

        Walmart-Exclusive DCUC 2-Packs from Wave 1
        All new 2-packs of best-selling, previously-released DCUC figures available only at Walmart! Just like all other previous 2-packs, these packs contain figures and accessories only, not the Collect and Connect™ figure parts. Packs include Gentleman Ghost/Hawkgirl, and Superman/Parasite.

        MOTUC vs DCUC – Wave 2
        Originally shown at SDCC, the next two MOTUC 2-packs feature original art from DC Comics and a collectable poster of both characters fighting it out! Packs include Hawkman vs Stratos® and Aquaman vs Mer-Man®.

        MOTUC Weapons Pak Great Wars Assortment
        The product was shown at SDCC and now here’s the package. It’ll be available November 15th 2010, so cli ck here to see the full description.

        MOTUC Weapons Rack
        Coming spring 2011! Please note, this item will not be included in 2011 Club Eternia™ subscriptions.

        — Matty


        Cars Collector Event at Kmart 10/23

        October 8, 2010
        By Matty

        Cars Fans,

        Join Lightning McQueen, Mater, and the rest of the gang from Radiator Springs at the next Cars Collector Event happening Saturday, October 23rd at 11:00 AM at participating Kmart and Sears stores nationwide! (Click here for the full list of Kmart locations. Click here for the full list of Sears locations.)

        Collector events are always a blast — you’ll meet other collectors who share your obsession with Cars, plus get a chance to purchase previously-released vehicles decked out for the first time with synthetic rubber tires! There will be 24 total vehicles in every case. Here’s the complete list of vehicles and the number of them in each case:

        • Painted Masked Lightning McQueen (Chase) — 1 Limited quantities!
        • Race Tow Truck (Tow) — 1 First time with lenticular eyes!
        • #54 Faux Wheel Drive — 3 First time with synthetic rubber tires!
        • #74 Sidewall Shine — 2 First time with synthetic rubber tires!
        • #82 Shiny Wax — 2 First time with synthetic rubber tires!
        • #28 Nitroade — 2 First time with synthetic rubber tires!
        • #80 Gask-its — 3 First time with synthetic rubber tires!
        • #39 View Zeen — 2 First time with synthetic rubber tires!
        • #101 Tach-o-mint — 2 First time with synthetic rubber tires!
        • #36 Tank Coat — 2 First time with synthetic rubber tires!
        • Kathy Copter — 1
        • Pit Crew Sarge — 1
        • Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen (with Fin) — 1
        • Dash Boardman — 1

        And here’s a sneak peek at 3 of them…


        Gask-its


        Faux Wheel Drive


        Tach-o-Mint

        So when Saturday, October 23rd rolls around, you’ll want to pause that tractor tipping, put the pedal to the metal and race into your favorite Kmart. Until then, ka-chow!

        — Matty


        Cyber Monday Sale 11/29-12/5 Details Announced

        October 7, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        When you’re too stuffed to get out to the stores, where better to shop than from the comfort of your computer? My biggest sale ever starts Monday, November 29th at 9 AM Pacific (Noon Eastern) and ends on Sunday December 5th at 11:59 PM Pacific (2:59 AM Eastern)!

        We’ll have a total of 21 products ready and waiting to go home with you. Are these sloppy seconds that didn’t sell the first time? No! They’re delicious leftovers from customer service stock that were held back for returns and damages. However, because they’re leftover stock, that means quantities are EXTREMELY limited in many cases. If there’s something you missed out on before that you want, don’t wait. This could be a last-chance deal so get ‘em while you can!

        So what are the 21 products? Well, I can’t spill all the details right off the bat, but I will tell you these three to start. They’re all from the second run (first time for Battle Cat®!), so they have “The Original” burst on the package.

        Then, each week over the next 5 weeks, I’ll reveal more products:

        • October 14th – 3 more products revealed
        • October 21st – 3 more products revealed
        • October 28th – 4 more products revealed
        • November 4th – 4 more products revealed
        • November 11th – final 4 products revealed

        But hang on, there’s even MORE big news… on Monday, November 29th ONLY from 9 AM Pacific (Noon Eastern) till 11:59 PM Pacific (2:59 AM Eastern), we’ll give you 10% off the total price of any order over $100, excluding taxes and fees! All products must be purchased during the same transaction and shipped to a single address so not only will you save on products, you’ll save on shipping, too!

        Speaking of saving, if you’ve still got a coupon for $8 off the purchase of a Battle Cat® figure this is your last chance to use it. Please note that you’ll need to have the original coupon code to take advantage of this offer.

        So remember… the sale is on for one week only from Monday, November 29th through Sunday, December 5th, with November 29th being your super savings day. This is the perfect chance to get all your holiday shopping done for the toy fans in your life – and get a little something (or a lot of little somethings) for yourself!

        — Matty

        P.S. Like always, I’ll post reminders on Twitter and Facebook. You can also sign up to register for email reminders.


        11/15 SALE: A Fantastic Fivesome Full of Firsts!

        October 6, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        Back at SDCC, I promised you a whole lot of new stuff and November is when it really starts hitting big. I’ve got - count ‘em - five new offerings and every one is a first-ever!

        As always, the sale starts here at MattyCollector.com on Monday, November 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern).

        For December, though, we’re shaking things up by having our monthly sale on December 10th. We figure if we have the sale earlier in the month there’s a better chance you’ll get your order before the holidays. I post reminders for all sales on Twitter and Facebook, and you can click here to register for email reminders.

        — Matty

        P.S. While you’re shopping, don’t forget to add some fli ght stands to your order!


        10/15 SALE REMINDER: MOTUC Roboto® and Zodac®

        September 23, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        Here’s your regular reminder that our next sale is Friday, October 15th. This time around, it’s a MOTUC love-fest:

        • Roboto® — October Club Eternia™ figure is an update of the classic ‘80s toy
        • Zodac® — Limited availability as this is from customer service stock, not a reissue

        As always, the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern), so mark that calendar! Don’t forget – we send reminder emails, so if you haven’t registered yet, click here.

        — Matty

        P.S. Remember, you can get reminders on Twitter and Facebook, too.

        Swiftwind™: Classic Pink or Royal White?

        September 22, 2010
        By Matty

        MOTU Fans,

        One of the great debates of all time (okay, maybe not of all time, but a great debate nonetheless) is whether the 2011 release of Swiftwind™ would feature a coat of classic pink or royal white. We wanted it to be the fans’ choice, so we put the question to attendees of this year’s Mattypalooza fan panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Galloping into the top spot to win by a landslide was…

        Royal White 64%
        Classic Pink 36%


        You’ll have to wait until next year for images of the figure, but I promise we’ll do right by Swiftwind™ when he’s released in honor of The Most Powerful Woman in the Universe™!

        — Matty

        P.S. We posted this on our Facebook page during Comic-Con and there’s a thread on the Forums but I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to see the news.


        9/15 SALE REMINDER: Egon w/PKE Meter™, Carnivus™, Gygor™

        September 10, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        Here’s your regular reminder that our next sale is Wednesday, September 15th. Hope you’re ready, because we’ve got not one or two, but three figures with first-ever features!

        As always, the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern), so be sure to mark your calendar. Remember, we like to send reminder emails. If you haven’t registered yet, click here!

        — Matty

        P.S. Don’t forget… you can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

        10/15 SALE: MOTUC Roboto® and Zodac®

        September 8, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        If you’re a MOTUC fan, then you’re gonna dig our October 15th sale because we’ve got two figures just for you!

        • Roboto® — The October Club Eternia™ Monthly Figure was inspired by the classic ‘80s toy, so he’s got gears that work and three arm attachments.
        • Zodac® — The man in charge of keeping peace in the universe returns once again. Note: This is not a reissue, but is limited stock from Customer Service, so it won’t have the “The Original” burst on the box.

        The sale starts here at MattyCollector.com on Friday, October 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). Afraid you’ll miss out on one of these sweet figures? Just click here to register for email reminders!

        — Matty

        P.S. I post on Twitter and Facebook so you can get reminders there, too.

        9/15 SALE: 6” Egon w/PKE Meter™, Carnivus™, Gygor™

        September 1, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        Summer may be just about over, but our September 15th sale cranks up the heat with three “first time ever” releases!

        • 6" Egon Spengler™ with PKE Meter™ — This is the first 6” Ghostbusters™ figure released with a PKE Meter™, plus it’s Egon’s first time out unslimed.
        • Chief Carnivus™ — Not only is it the first release for September’s Club Eternia™ figure, it’s not often you get the chance at a character from the 200X series.
        • Gygor™ — this large-scale beast figure is based on a vintage prototype that was never produced.

        The sale starts here at MattyCollector.com on Wednesday, September 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). Want a reminder sent right to your inbox? Just click here to register!

        — Matty

        P.S. Remember, I post reminders on Twitter and Facebook so follow me there, too.

        Product Release Dates Through November

        August 25, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        The whirlwind of insanity that is SDCC is over, and we’re finally settled down and getting back to business as usual. We’re still pulling together final images, but here’s a list of products that are scheduled for release through the end of November:

        SEPTEMBER
        OCTOBER
        NOVEMBER

        November’s already shaped up to be one heck of a month, but there’s even more in store for you! We’re working on plans for a serious Cyber Monday sale on November 29th at 9 a.m. PT/Noon ET and it’s gonna be BIG! Watch this spot for details to come, and check back soon to see images of the September, October, and November products!

        — Matty


        WrestleMania® XXVI Series Exclusively at Toys ‘R Us

        August 24, 2010
        By Matty

        WWE® Fans,

        You probably already know Toys ‘R Us is the official destination for our WrestleMania® XXVI products. Well, the list of products just keeps getting bigger, better, and badder… like the all-new lineup of figures from WrestleMania® XXVI!

        • WWE® Figures: Kane®, Chris Jericho™, Shelton Benjamin™, Matt Hardy™, Christian™, and Drew McIntyre™
        • WWE® Figure Two-Packs: WWE® Championship Match: Batista® and John Cena®, Unified Tag Team Match: R-Truth™ and John Morrison™, and Unified Tag Team Match: The Miz™ and Big Show®
        • Elite Figures: Undertaker®, Triple H®, Rey Mysterio®, and Jack Swagger™
        • WrestleMania® Superstar Ring

        These awesome figures are available exclusively at Toys ‘R Us stores and on ToysRUs.com!

        — Matty


        WWE® “Special Delivery” Event at Kmart Sat 8/28

        August 18, 2010
        By Matty

        WWE® Fans,

        Summer’s just about over, but on Saturday, August 28th at 11 a.m., we’ve
        got something guaranteed to get you out of the pool and into your favorite Kmart… it’s the first-ever Special Delivery: Hall of Fame Series Collector Event!

        The event will feature the launch of the WWE® Legends Hall of Fame Series figure assortment, which is only available at Kmart. Packed with some of your all-time favorites, the assortment includes:

        • Stone Cold Steve Austin®
        • Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat™
        • "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes™
        • Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka™
        • Sgt. Slaughter™
        • Terry Funk™

        Each legend will come with a figure-scale Hall of Fame plaque and exclusive gold-tone figure base. This is an “available while supplies last” deal, so get there early to collect ‘em all!

        — Matty

        New Video of Ghostbusters™ Packaging Mural

        August 6, 2010
        By Matty

        Ghostbusters™ Fans,

        So you know we’ve got Winston Zeddemore™ on sale on Monday, August 16th, right? What you may not know is that when you put his package side-by-side with the rest of the team’s packaging, it creates a sweet mini-mural featuring the rooftop scene from the first film! Check out this video that gives a full demo of Winston and his accessories, and get your first official look at the mural.

        You’ll need all four 12” figures to make the mural. You can get Winston Zeddemore™ on August 16th here on MattyCollector.com, and keep your eye on this spot for info about possible re-releases!

        — Matty

        P.S. Want sale reminders sent to your inbox? Click here to sign up for email. I post announcements on Twitter and Facebook.

        P.P.S. If you’re a Ghostbusters™ fan and you haven’t got your Club Ecto-1 subscription yet, what are you waiting for? They’re only on sale until August 11th, so get one while you can!


        8/16 SALE REMINDER: Whiplash™ & 2 Ghostbusters™

        August 5, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        Here’s your reminder that our next sale is Monday, August 16th. We’ve confirmed these items will be ready and waiting for you to make them yours!

        The sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern), so be sure to mark your calendar. Remember, we can send you a reminder email, so if you haven’t registered yet click here!

        — Matty

        P.S. Don’t forget… you can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook.


        Club Eternia™ & Club Ecto-1 Subscription Sale Extended!

        August 3, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        You guys asked and we say YES! The Club Eternia™ and Club Ecto-1 subscription sale has been extended for one more week. They’re available until 8/11 at 4 p.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, so if you haven’t got yours yet, now's the time!

        — Matty


        1 Week Left for Eternia™ & Ecto-1 Subscriptions!

        July 28, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        Here’s a quick reminder that Club Eternia™ and Club Ecto-1 Subscriptions are available for just one more week. Still haven’t decided which one to get? Here are two great reasons to get both!

        First, these subscriptions are the best way to guarantee you’ll get all the 2011 standard releases for both MOTUC and Ghostbusters straight from Mattel, hassle-free and automatically −− without ever even booting up your computer.

        Second, if you want the Club Eternia™ exclusive Preternia Disguise He-Man™ figure, the all-new bonus map poster of Etheria, and the Club Ecto-1 exclusive Marshmallow Mess Ray Stantz™ figure, purchasing subscriptions is the only Mattel-authorized way to get them – these items will never be sold on MattyCollector.com!

        Oh, wait, here’s a third reason to get ‘em both… when you order both subscriptions together, they ship together so you save on shipping costs!

        The sale ends August 4th at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET, so if you haven’t got yours yet, what are you waiting for? Click here and get yourself signed up before this opportunity is gone for another year!

        — Matty

        P.S. Don’t forget I also post reminders on Twitter and Facebook.

        Missed SDCC? Get Some of the Hottest Toys on 8/2!

        July 26, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        Well, 2010 SDCC is over, but that doesn’t mean the chance to buy toys featured there has gone for good! As promised, we’re offering a limited number of some of the top SDCC products for purchase here at MattyCollector.com on Monday, August 2nd. Be here at at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET) for your chance at these collector gotta-gets:

        These are the exact same products offered at SDCC, except the Starro Spores and Plastic Man suitcase aren’t available, and Orko doesn’t have the color-change features. Want a reminder sent to your inbox? Click here to sign up for email!

        — Matty

        P.S. I post announcements on Twitter and Facebook, too!


        SDCC Pre-sale Voucher Refunds Through 7/21 Noon PT

        July 19, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        We’ve heard some of you are concerned that sales tax was charged on products pre-sold at our SDCC voucher sale last week and not on the items sold at the show, and we want to let you know this is not correct. We do indeed charge tax at the show. The difference is that at the show, sales tax is included in the total price you pay. If you purchased a pre-sale voucher online, then sales tax is charged in addition to the price of the product.

        This is done for several reasons. First, for products sold at the show, all customers are charged California sales tax so we can easily set a product price that includes tax, thereby keeping the purchase price a “round” number. This allows us to better accommodate the large number of cash customers at the show and move them through the line faster. For online sales, sales tax differs state-to-state, so the tax will vary based on where the customer resides. Because of this, there is no way to round out the purchase price for all customers in all states. We felt that the small tax savings for customers who purchase at the show would be offset by the added value of not waiting in line and being guaranteed product.

        All that said, we understand if you would prefer to purchase at the show instead of using the pre-sale voucher. If you would like a refund for your pre-sale voucher, we will gladly give you one. Simply contact Customer Service at 1-877-GO-MATTY or email MattyCollector.CS@digitalriver.com. Refunds are being offered ONLY until Wednesday, July 21st at 1 p.m. PT.

        Please understand that if you receive a refund for the voucher and you still wish to purchase our products, you’ll need to go through the line at the Mattel retail booth at SDCC. There is no guarantee the products you want will still be available.

        Our intention is to deliver the smoothest Comic-Con experience possible, and on behalf of the team, I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

        — Matty


        SDCC Buying Guidelines & Checklist

        July 16, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        If you’re going to SDCC and planning to buy some of our awesome (if we do say so ourselves) products, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

        • Starting Wednesday at show open until Thursday 12 Noon, it’s “Attendee Only” hours! To ensure fans get first choice on the products they want, only those with "Attendee" badges will be able to purchase. People with "Exhibitor," "Professional" or other badges will have to wait until Thursday at Noon.
        • Starting Thursday at 12 Noon, everyone can buy.
        • All customers are first come, first served. When products are sold out, that’s it.
        • There’s a purchase limit of 6 units per item, per person, per line wait (yes, you can go through as many times as you want).
        • For purchases, come to retail booth #2945.
        • Want to check out all the great stuff we’ve got before you buy? The display booth is #3029.
        • We’ll be operating by the limitations and rules set forth by the Fire Marshall, so whatever they say goes.

        To make your shopping experience even easier this year, my team has created this handy dandy checklist that lists every product we’ll have available for purchase. Just download it, print it out, mark the items you want, and you’re good to go! (Pssst… you'll have to login/register on our forums to download. But you wanted to join the Matty conversation there anyway, right?)

        I think that’s it for now. I’ll be posting to my Facebook page live from the show, so follow me there for updates.

        Safe journeys, Toy Fans, and I’ll see you at the show!

        — Matty


        SDCC Fan Panels & Events Schedule

        July 15, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner and the team is working feverishly behind the scenes to bring you the best experience yet! If you’re going, you won’t want to miss this year’s fan panels and special events. They’re jam-packed with celebs from the toy world, insider information, and more!

        FAN PANELS

        Friday 7/23 11 a.m. – Noon
        Mattel and DC Comics – A Heroic Partnership. You’ve been a fan of Mattel’s popular DC toy lines, now find out the latest news, sneak peaks and behind-the-scenes scoop on your favorite Mattel/DC action figures, including DC Universe Classics, Justice League Unlimited, Retro-Action™ DC Super Heroes, Infinite Heroes™, and more! Plus, be here for an exciting look at all-new 2011 product! Join Mattel toy designer Bill Benecke, Mattel brand manager Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich, the Four Horsemen and special guests from DC Comics and Warner Bros. for an insightful Q & A. Not to be missed! Room 24ABC

        Friday 7/23 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
        Mattel Presents: Mattypalooza 2010 - Masters of the Universe® Classics, Ghostbusters™ and more! Head over to this year’s Mattypalooza to get all the latest info on your favorite Mattel collector lines, like Masters of the Universe® Classics, DC Universe, Ghostbusters™, and more from MattyCollector.com! Panel features a special Q & A with Mattel toy designer Bill Benecke, Mattel brand manager Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich and special guests the Four Horsemen. As a bonus, Matty, the original Mattel collector, may even make a live appearance to reveal brand-new toys shown for the first time! Be here and get in on all the Matty action! Room 24ABC

        EVENTS

        All events take place at Mattel Booth #3029 unless noted.

        • Thursday 7/22 11:00 a.m. – Noon Autographs with Eric Treadaway & Jim Preziosi of the Four Horsemen
        • Thursday 7/22 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Autographs with Robot Chicken creators Seth Green & Matthew Senreich
        • Friday 7/23 Noon – 1 p.m. Autographs with Chris Dahlberg, H. Eric "CORNBOY" Mayse, Eric Treadaway & Jim Preziosi of the Four Horsemen
        • Friday 7/23 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. MOTU fans, vote on the color of the 2011 Swiftwind figure – will he be pink or white? Voting is LIVE at the Mattypalooza 2010 fan panel in Room 24ABC.
        • Friday 7/23 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. She-Ra™ 25th Anniversary Raffle – Enter at the Mattypalooza fan panel at 1 p.m. in Room 24ABC for your chance to win one of three cake-shaped statuettes celebrating the Most Powerful Woman in the Universe™! Return to the Mattel booth at 4:30 p.m. to see if you’ve won.
        • Saturday 7/24 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Autographs with Chris Dahlberg & H. Eric "CORNBOY" Mayse of the Four Horsemen
        • Sunday 7/25 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Autographs with Frank Varela, famed Mattel designer
        • Ongoing 7/14 – 7/31. Using their own computers, fans can go to www.wizardworld.com and vote for the DCU Fan’s Choice Collect and Connect™ figure to be released late 2011!

        MOTUC and Ghostbusters™ Fans, remember that during the Mattypalooza panel on Friday 7/23 at 1:00 p.m. we’ll reveal the club-exclusive figures for 2011 for both Club Eternia™ and Club Ecto-1! If you’re not attending SDCC, don’t worry – we’ll also announce them right here on MattyCollector.com.

        See you at SDCC!

        — Matty


        Club Eternia™/Club Ecto-1 Subscriptions 7/21-8/4

        July 14, 2010
        By Matty

        Toy Fans,

        I’ve got good news and I’ve got better news. First, the good news. Mark your calendars for July 21st at 4 p.m. when subscriptions to Club Eternia™ are available. And here’s the better news: for the first time ever, we’re also offering Club Ecto-1 for Ghostbusters™ fans!

        Club Ecto-1
        Ghostbusters™ Fans, your response to the line has been so good, we’re creating a club just for you! It works the same as Club Eternia™, so when you purchase a subscription, you’re ensured you’ll get all 6 figures scheduled for release in 2011 plus a club-exclusive figure!

        Club Eternia™
        Fans demanded it and this year Club Eternia™ is “all in!” That means along with the club-exclusive figure and new bonus map poster, your subscription purchase guarantees you 12 MOTUC figures, 4 variant figures, and 4 beast figures or multi-packs.

        The sale starts here at MattyCollector.com on Wednesday, July 21st at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET and ends a short 14 days later on August 4th at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET. The club-exclusive items will be revealed on Friday, July 23rd at 1 p.m. PT at our Mattypalooza 2010 SDCC fan panel.

        There are tons of details – way too much to fit in this news section – so click here for all the information about each of these awesome clubs. Also, if you’ve got any questions, please post them in our Fan Forums and we’ll do our best to answer them.

        — Matty

        P.S. Want a reminder sent right to your inbox? Just click here to register for email. I post reminders on Twitter and Facebook, so follow me there, too!


        NEW VIDEO! See the Awesome Packaging for Starro

        July 9, 2010
        By Matty

        JLU Fans,

        One of the products getting HUGE pre-SDCC buzz is the new Starro the Conqueror pack. If you missed the description in our earlier coverage, here it is:

        Justice League of America presents Starro the Conqueror
        This special pack commemorates the 75th anniversary of DC Comics. The Starro pack re-creates one of the most famous DC comic book covers of all time, the cover of The Brave and the Bold Issue #28, the first appearance of the Justice League of America and Starro the Conqueror. Comes with all five JLA members featured on the cover as highly articulated figures in the same scale as Infinite Heroes™. Includes Martian Manhunter, The Flash (with added articulation), Wonder Woman (all-new), Green Lantern (with construct), Aquaman (all-new), and giant, bendy Starro. Of course, a 75th anniversary product deserves impressive packaging, so the box features lights and sounds with the voice of Kevin Conroy, TV's animated Batman, describing the characters and events seen on the cover!

        Now, what you haven’t seen is the ridiculous packaging. Our designers totally outdid themselves this time, but don’t take my word for it – check out this video and see for yourself!

        Okay, so how cool is that? If you want one for your very own, Starro will be available at SDCC with a special pack of Spores. If you’re not going to SDCC, we’ll have a limited quantity available for online purchase on August 2, 2010, only at MattyCollector.com (but without the spores) so be sure to mark your calendar! Want a reminder email? Click here to register.

        — Matty

        P.S. Remember, I post reminders on Twitter and Facebook so follow me there, too!


        BIG NEWS! SDCC Voucher Pre-sale Announced

        July 8, 2010
        By Matty

        SDCC Fans,

        The Matty team has answered the call of the fans… for the first time ever we’re going to offer a limited number of products (and limited quantities) for pre-sale here on MattyCollector.com for pick up at SDCC! We’re still finalizing the details, but here’s basically how it’ll work:

        • Be here at MattyCollector.com on Tuesday, 7/13 at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET).
        • Choose the items you want and add them to your cart. Purchase limit of 6 per person applies to all products.
        • Your credit card will be charged and a confirmation email (voucher) will be sent.
        • Bring your voucher, the credit card you used for the transaction, your identification, and your Comic-Con badge to Manchester Room 1 at the Marriott San Diego Hotel and Marina, which is just next door to (and connected to) the San Diego Convention Center.
        • Pick up your product on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday: 10 AM - 12 noon or 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM. All sales are final. There are NO REFUNDS so be sure to pick up your purchase(s).
        • If you are only attending Comic-Con on Sunday, this option is not available to you.
        • If you don’t pick up your product by the end of the show on Saturday, your product will go into the products available for sale at the show on Sunday. You may be able to purchase it then, but there are no guarantees.
        • Products cannot be shipped. This option is for pick up at SDCC only, and only available to SDCC attendees (badges will be required).

        Please note: there is a limited amount of each product available for pre-sale. It’s first-come, first-served and there are no promises you’ll be able to purchase a voucher for every product. But if you’ve successfully purchased a voucher, you’re guaranteed to get your product – including SDCC-exclusive Starro spores, Plastic Man suitcase, and Orko® with color-change features!

        Here are the products we’ll have available for pre-sale. Individual product pages will be posted soon, but you can see images here in the meantime.

        • Masters of the Universe® Mo-Larr vs Skeletor® Figures
        • Masters of the Universe® Orko® Figure (with SDCC-exclusive color-change features)
        • Cars Toon Tokyo Mater
        • DC Universe Plastic Man Figure (with suitcase)
        • Justice League of America presents Starro the Conqueror (with Starro spores)
        • James Cameron's Avatar™ The Final Battle - Avatar Jake Sully vs Colonel Miles Quaritch Figures
        • Retro-Action™ The Real Ghostbusters™ Peter Venkman™ Figure
        • Toy Story 3 Disney/Pixar Collection Lotso Figure
        • World Wrestling Entertainment® Undertaker® Figure
          • If you miss this sale or the product you want is sold out for pre-sale, we’ll still have these products available for purchase at SDCC subject to availability (see below). We’ll have lots more at the show besides the ones listed above (to be announced soon), so be sure to stop by booth #2945 either way!

            For those who can’t attend the show, we’ll also offer limited quantities of these products after the show here at MattyCollector.com on 8/2 at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET), although the SDCC-exclusive Starro Spores and Plastic Man suitcase won’t be included, and Orko won’t have color-change features. More details will come on this special sale as it gets closer.

            We know you’ll have lots of questions, but as I said, the team is still working out the logistics and I’ll let you know the details as soon as I have them. Please post your questions here and I’ll try to include the answers in my future posts.

            — Matty

            8/16 SALE: Whiplash™, Ray Stantz™, Winston Zeddemore™

            July 1, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            Think once the madness of Comic-Con has passed, it’ll be time to kick back, relax, and enjoy your new toys? Think again, because our August sale features four hot figures guaranteed to get you off your couch and in front of your computer!

            • Whiplash™ — the Club Eternia™ Monthly Figure features a fully articulated tail that rotates 360 degrees!
            • Trap Jaw™ (reissue) — another chance to get the same figure as the initial issue, but with “The Original” burst on the package
            • 6" Ray Stantz™ — "Ready to believe you" Ray comes dressed in his blue lab coat and features Subway Ghost
            • 12” Winston Zeddemore™ — Ready to apply for his Ghostbusters™ job, our Movie Masters™ figure includes newspaper with original classified ad

            The sale starts here at MattyCollector.com on Monday, August 16th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). Want a reminder sent right to your inbox? Just click here to register.

            — Matty

            P.S. Remember, I post reminders on Twitter and Facebook so follow me there, too!


            7/15 SALE REMINDER: Count Marzo™ and DCUC Wave 13

            June 30, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            Time for your handy reminder that our next sale is Thursday, July 15th. Here are the items we’ve confirmed will be ready and waiting for you:

            The sale starts at 12:00 Noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific), so be sure to mark your calendar. And remember, we can send you a reminder email, so if you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for? Click here!

            And remember, you can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

            — Matty


            Digital River Data Breach Update

            June 17, 2010
            By Matty

            Matty Fans,

            You may have heard that Digital River had a data breach and are wondering if you’re affected. The good news is that no Mattel customer data was involved. Here’s what they said:

                “There have been some questions about recent news regarding one of Digital River's affiliate     businesses, Direct Response Technologies. Because Digital River is part of an on-going legal     investigation related to this matter, it is limited on the information it can share. The company has     actively involved federal law enforcement and is taking the appropriate actions to reach a resolution.

                In the meantime, we want to assure you that no Mattel data was involved. The data in question was     limited to Direct Response Technologies’ DirectTrack affiliate business and some business contact     information related to certain affiliate marketers. The data did not include financial or consumer data –     no credit card or other payment data was involved.”

            Hope that helps.

            — Matty


            WWE Event: Meet Kofi Kingston & MVP in NY on 6/19

            June 17, 2010
            By Matty

            WWE Fans,

            If you’re in New York, here’s your chance to meet SmackDown® Superstars Kofi Kingston and MVP at an autograph signing taking place at Toys “R” Us Times Square! Just head to the Toys “R” Us Times Square and be one of the first 400 customers to purchase $50 worth of WWE merchandise by Mattel and get a ticket to attend this Superstar autograph event on Saturday, June 19! For more info, visit ToysrusTimesSquare.com or call 646-366-8855.

              

            Also, check out www.Z100.com for your chance be one of five lucky fans who will get the VIP treatment where you and a guest can meet Kofi Kingston and MVP prior to the signing, win tickets to the WWE "Supershow" at Madison Square Garden that night and take home a WWE prize pack.

            — Matty


            MOTU September Figure Revealed

            June 14, 2010
            By Matty

            MOTU Fans,

            Friday night was a big one for MOTU. First, the brand was inducted into the ToyFare Hall of Fame during Wizard World Philadelphia (an incredible honor) and our own Scott Neitlich was on hand to accept the award on behalf of Mattel. Then, Scott went on to reveal our September MOTU figure. Ready? It’s the one and only fantastic feline himself… Chief Carnivus™!

              

              

            Chief Carnivus™
            Heroic Feline Warrior™

            This fan-favorite figure from the 200X series will go on sale Wednesday, September 15th right here at MattyCollector.com We’ll reveal his bio a little later, so keep your eyes on this spot!

            — Matty


            Mattel and Voltron™ Join Forces

            June 9, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            If you were a kid back in 1984, no doubt you tuned in faithfully each week to watch the original giant robot: Voltron, Defender of the Universe™. This week, World Events Productions (WEP) and Classic Media announced that a new Voltron™ animated series will be airing on Nicktoons, Voltron Force™. And who's going to develop an all-new line of Voltron toys to go with it? Mattel!

            Voltron is one of the most iconic brands ever created, and the new show is going to be an epic action-adventure series that fans old and new alike are gonna love. It's too early to talk about toy line specifics, but I can tell you our designers are working on some seriously sweet products!

            Want more details? Click here to read the full press release, and as soon as I’ve got more news about the toys, I’ll post it here.

            Let's go Voltron Force!

            — Matty


            Plastic Man Packaging Shapes Up to Be Super Special

            May 20, 2010
            By Matty

            DCU Fans,

            One of the SDCC figures we know you’re stoked to see is the one and only malleable immortal, Plastic Man. Being that he’s a super hero and all, we felt his packaging should be equally impressive and here’s your first look!

             

            This special packaging has been shaped to look like Plastic Man himself and it comes in a full-color shipper box for safe keeping. But the coolest thing of all? A pair of Plastic Man glasses are included that can be removed from the package and worn by you!

             

            The figure itself has interchangeable standard arms, stretchy arms, giant form hands (a fly swatter and a bouncy ball with racket), and interchangeable stretchy neck and leg springs. If you do purchase Plastic Man at SDCC, he’ll also come with a special suitcase available only at the show (packed in a separate poly bag). Not just any suitcase, of course… his arms, head and neck can be attached to the suitcase to make him appear disguised as luggage. Inside the suitcase is a chip-art comic book cover from the 75 years of DC Comics.

            Can’t make it to SDCC? Don’t worry; Plastic Man (sans suitcase) will be available here on MattyCollector.com after the show, so keep your eye on this spot for more details!

            — Matty

            P.S. Due to local regulations, Plastic Man won't be available for purchase in Australia/New Zealand. Sorry, Fans Down Under. We're bummed, too.


            12” Peter Venkman™ Sculpt Mystery Solved

            May 18, 2010
            By Matty

            Ghostbusters™ Fans,

            The mystery surrounding the face sculpt of our 12” Peter Venkman™ figure has been completely investigated and, from our friends at Corporate Headquarters, here’s the result:

                “For the Peter Venkman™ figure, there is a vacuum seal on the head that in this case happened to pull     it together to create the unfortunate “squished” look. To remedy it, customers must remove the figure     from the package and pull the head back slightly (but DO NOT pull it off) to let some air in. They may     have to press on the head to re-shape it. If the product is still defective, or if fans were planning on     keeping the figure in-package, we will give a refund. We have already talked to the plant to ensure that     this does not happen on future products.”

            We know that many of you figured this fix out for yourselves and hopefully you now have the figure you were expecting. If you would like a refund, please call Customer Service at 1-877-GO-MATTY or send an email with your name and order number (if available) to MattyCollectorCS@digitalriver.com. On behalf of the MattyCollector.com team, we apologize to our loyal Ghostbusters™ fans and want you to know we’re doing everything we can to minimize these kinds of issues in the future.

            — Matty

            P.S. Just to clarify, if you would like a refund, you'll need to return the figure. It will be picked up and returned to us at no cost to you.


            First Official Look at DCU Wave 15 and Fall JLU Singles

            May 17, 2010
            By Matty

            DCU Fans,

            Oh DCU, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways… let’s see, Wave 1, Wave 2, Wave 3… Wave 15! Yep, Wave 15 is coming to retailers late this summer. You’ll find these figures first at Kmart in late August/early September, then retailers everywhere in the fall. Collect all seven figures and you’ll have everything you need to create a villainous Validus Collect and Connect™ figure!

            DCU Wave 15

            • Golden Pharaoh — Complete your “Super Powers” collection! Golden Pharaoh is armed with his Pyramid Power staff and rocks a  transparent purple torso and collar.
            • Classic Starman –Traditional version of Starman is well equipped with his Cosmic Rod and a Stellar Energy Pistol. Celestial crime fighting was never so much fun!
            • Modern Starman — The updated version of Starman lands with his trusty Cosmic Rod and features contemporary translucent parts.
            • OMAC — He’s not bad, he’s just built that way! Cyborg OMAC is rendered in dramatic detail in his first outing as an action figure.
            • Martian Manhunter — Two versions will be released, so it’ll be your turn to hunt the hunter for both the standard figure and the hard-to-find chase version with Martian head and “weapon” hand!
            • Raven — Stunning and smart, the Fan's Choice winner comes to life as a magnificent action figure.
            • Sinestro Corps Batman — Commemorating his near-indoctrination into the dark side, our hero comes with a transparent Batarang ring construct.
            • Jemm – We’re fairly certain the Injustice Gang has their eye on MattyCollector.com as the Son of Saturn gets ready to make his first-ever appearance as an action figure.
            • Validus — Collect all 7 figures above to create this fearsome 9” Collect and Connect™ figure! Validus arrives with a crystal-clear head dome to reveal his heinously huge brain.

            And since we’re on a roll counting ways we dig DCU, let’s talk about the five JLU singles coming to a Target store near you later this year:

            JLU Target Singles

            • Future JLU Superman with Starro Spore — In a double dose of firsts, this release will mark the initial availability of an all-new figure, plus it includes fan-favorite Starro Spore as a never-before-offered accessory!
            • Barry Allen as The Flash with Lightning Bolt — It’s the first time this figure is offered, so you’ll want to catch him before he’s gone in a… well, you know…
            • Power Ring — Evil twins everywhere will rejoice when Power Ring joins their ranks for the first time as an action figure. Features a giant green hand construct.
            • Batman Beyond with Batarang — Available for the first time as a single, Batman is ready to battle the bad guys when stocked with this staple from his arsenal.
            • Mr. Terrific — Also making his big debut as a single, the ever-present T-spheres have been completely redesigned.

            When we get more information on release dates, we’ll let you know when you can expect to find these DCU must-haves. Until then, happy hunting!

            — Matty


            Countdown to Cars Collector Event 6/12 at Kmart!

            May 14, 2010
            By Matty

            Cars Fans,

            Meet our all-new countdown clock, rolled out for the first time to help us track the minutes to the big Cars Collector Event happening on June 12th at 11:00 AM at Kmart stores nationwide!

            These special collector days are not only a great way to meet your fellow Cars fans, you can also purchase Cars vehicles with very special accessories added just for this event! These eight vehicles have been previously released, but for the first time they make their appearance rocking synthetic rubber tires:

            • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
            • Spare O Mint
            • Transberry Juice
            • Sputter Stop
            • Fiber Fuel
            • Gasprin
            • RPM
            • Vitoline

            So if collecting Cars vehicles creates feelings in you that you yourself don’t understand, then keep an eye on our countdown clock and get to Kmart on June 12th!

            2010-6-12 18:00:00 GMT+00:00

            —Matty

            P.S. Click here to find a participating Kmart near you. Can’t make it to the event? Kmart.com has you covered with cases available online NOW!


            Cases of Disney/Pixar Cars Vehicles on Kmart.com

            May 14, 2010
            By Matty

            Cars Fans,

            Heard about the Cars Collector Event at Kmart, but can’t make it or you don’t have a store near you? Well, no crying in your Piston Cup because you can get the special Cars vehicles we’ll be offering at the event on Kmart.com! This 24-pack of cars will feature these eight previously-released vehicles, now rolling on synthetic rubber tires:

            • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
            • Spare O Mint
            • Transberry Juice
            • Sputter Stop
            • Fiber Fuel
            • Gasprin
            • RPM
            • Vitoline

            These cases are available Monday, May 17th for pre-order at Kmart.com, but hurry, because supplies are limited and they’re bound to go faster than Lightning McQueen on the Motor Speedway of the South!

            — Matty


            7/15 SALE: Count Marzo™ and DCUC Wave 13

            May 13, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            When we hear people say the number 13 is bad luck, we say pshaw. In fact, our July 15th sale is filled with fortune, because we’re offering both Count Marzo™ and the long-awaited DCUC Wave 13 set!

                Count Marzo™
                This is the cruel sorcerer’s first-ever offering in the MOTUC lineup,     and he’s our 2010 Club Eternia™ figure for July. It’s not just an     amazing-looking sculpt – in order for him to hold his magical amulet     in an outstretched position, a whole new hand sculpt was created!

                DCUC Wave 13
                Finally, DCUC fans everywhere can rejoice with the official sale of     Wave 13. The set includes a package of eight individually-carded     figures that includes everything you’ll need to build a 9” Collect and     Connect™ figure of the brutal demon Trigon!

            Fans, you know the drill... the sale starts here at MattyCollector.com at 12:00 Noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific). If you’d like a reminder sent right to your inbox, just click here to register.

            −Matty

            P.S. Remember, you can follow me on Twitter. I post reminders there, too!


            MOTUC Trivia Time: She-Ra™ & The Sword of Protection

            May 6, 2010
            By Matty

            MOTUC Fans,

            Did you know that the sword of She-Ra™ was planned with a single-tone finish? When fans saw it, they asked for the Sword of Protection to have the same two-tone color scheme as the Sword of Power. It isn't always possible to make a change once a figure is past a certain point, but the Mattycollector.com team wanted to do right by fans so they fought the good fight and were able to get this extra paint option.

            So che ck it out… her sword now has a gold base and a bronze second tone!

            −Matty




            5/17 SALE REMINDER: Optikk™, Tytus™, Walter Peck™ & More

            May 3, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            Here’s your friendly reminder that our next sale is Monday, May 17th. Items we’ve confirmed will be available for purchase include:

            It starts at 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00am Pacific), so be sure to mark your calendar. We send out reminder emails, so if you haven’t registered yet, click here!

            −Matty


            Got MOTU Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

            April 29, 2010
            By Matty

            MOTU Fans,

            We see a lot of the same questions pop up on Facebook and the Fan Forums, and we thought it might be helpful if we answered some of them here. Please know that for business reasons, we can't go into great detail on a lot of things, but we'll tell you as much as we can.

            To read all the questions and answers, click here.

            Or, you can just click on the questions you're interested in here:

            — Matty


            6/15 SALE: She-Ra™, 6” Peter Venkman™ & More

            April 27, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            When it comes to our June 15th sale, there’s only one question: who says girls can’t kick booty just like the boys? One look at our long-awaited She-Ra™ figure and you know they truly do have the power! She’s not alone, though, because June also brings us big bad boo buster Peter Venkman™, plus JLU Lobo, and other toughies.

            Here’s the complete list of products we’ll have for sale on Tuesday, June 15th (as always, subject to change):

            The sale starts here at MattyCollector.com at 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00am Pacific). Want a reminder sent right to your inbox? Just click here to register!

            — Matty

            P.S. Follow me on Twitter — I post reminders there, too!


            Need Dental Work? Meet Mo-Larr, Eternian Dentist

            April 22, 2010
            By Matty

            MOTU Fans,

            You may have heard that we revealed one of our SDCC exclusives on Attack of the Show. If you haven’t already seen him, let me introduce you to the newest member of the MOTU lineup: Mo-Larr, Eternian Dentist – on call and ready to destroy the evil that is tooth decay!


            Just who is this handsome devil and what’s his story? You’ll have to wait until we get closer to SDCC for his official bio to be revealed, but I can tell you how he came to be. You probably know that the Robot Chicken crew at Adult Swim are big fans of MOTU. We at Mattel are equally big fans of Robot Chicken, so we teamed up to create the first ever MOTU figures featured in a Robot Chicken sketch! Mo-Larr was featured in the famous (infamous?) episode featured on the DVD release of Robot Chicken Season 2 where he chased down Skeletor® and relieved him of an impacted wisdom tooth, sans numbing agent.

            Mo-Larr comes complete with drill, floss, and pliers with the tooth of poor Skeletor® still attached. But what’s a dentist without a patient? Mo-Larr will, of course, be teamed up in a two-pack with a tooth-missing Skeletor, just like in the classic skit.


            The two-pack will be offered first at SDCC, then after the show at Mattycollector.com. If you get yours at SDCC, the Robot Chicken team, Mattel reps, and the Four Horsemen will be in the MattyCollector.com booth ready to sign it!

            So remember, brush twice daily and don’t forget to floss… or Mo-Larr could be coming after you this July!

            −Matty


            Club Eternia™ Subscriptions Processing Two Days Early

            April 20, 2010
            By Matty

            Club Eternia™ Subscribers,

            As we’ve told you, we’re working behind the scenes to do all we can to help our monthly sales go more smoothly. Beginning with our May sale, we’ll be processing subscription orders two business days before sale day. This is great for subscribers, because it guarantees subscription orders go out well before everything else so subscribers get their product sooner. And, it’s good for us because we help reduce the strain on the warehouse of trying to process thousands of orders on a single day.

            So, for example, for our sale on Monday, May 17th, the monthly figure shipments will begin processing on Thursday, May 13th, so you’ll start seeing your order confirmation emails then. Please keep in mind that because there are so many orders, it can still take 5 to 7 days for all orders to actually leave the warehouse. But regardless, subscription orders will go out first. You can still go online the day of the sale and purchase additional figures, along with all the other cool stuff we’ve got available each month. (Sorry, but we won’t be able to combine shipping.)

            How the Shipping Process Works
            The shipping process itself will go the same as it always has, but here’s a quick refresher:

            Although you committed for a full year when you signed up for the subscription, because you aren’t charged for your monthly figure until it ships, your subscription is basically “renewed” every month.

            • Each month when the subscription is submitted for renewal, it must pass payment authorization.

            • If authorization fails, a Renewal Failure Email is sent with instructions on how to navigate to the “My Account” section of the site and change/validate the payment information.

            • If payment is authorized, an order confirmation email is sent, which will include a new order number. This is also considered your renewal confirmation.

            • Once the product ships, a shipment confirmation notification email is sent to the user.

            • Your credit card is charged once the product ships.

            Again, this process already happens every month. The only change to your subscription is that now your monthly figures will start being processed two business days prior to the monthly sale date.

            So that’s the deal. We think it’s a win-win for everyone and hope you’re as excited about it as we are!

            −Matty

            P.S. Watch this spot for more news about 2011 Club Eternia™ subscriptions!


            SDCC Toys Revealed – Videos, Images & Details!

            April 16, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            Did you catch Attack of the Show this week? Over two nights, we revealed some of the Mattel toys you’ll find this year at the granddaddy of all toy shows, San Diego Comic-Con! If you missed them or just want to see them again and linger a little longer, we’ve got both episodes AND the full list of products, including SDCC-exclusives, right here!

            Here’s the first of the two Attack of the Show reveal episodes. Features Mo-Larr/Skeletor®, Orko®/Prince Adam (yes, ORKO®!), Plastic Man, and Starro.

            Mattel's Comic-Con 2010 Exclusive Toys — AOTS 4/13/2010

            And here’s the second of the Attack of the Show reveal episodes. This one includes the new Peter Venkman™, Undertaker®, Toy Story 3 Lotso, and the Avatar™ The Final Battle set.

            Mattel's Comic-Con 2010 Exclusive Toys — AOTS 4/15/2010

            Okay, so how cool were those reveals?! Want to see more of Orko®, along with the complete list of products with images and descriptions? Then click here!

            We’re seriously stoked over these toys and hope you like ‘em as much as we do. But don’t think for a minute this is all we’ve got in the way of must-have products… keep checking back because we’ll be showing you new stuff all the way through Comic-Con.

            Man, it’s a good time to be a collector!

            −Matty

            P.S. Want to know when I post new info? Follow me on Twitter.


            CONFIRMED! Attack of the Show SDCC Reveal Air Dates

            April 8, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            Okay, everyone, we just got official confirmation that our SDCC product reveals are going to air on Attack of the Show on the G4 network April 12th and April 15th!

            Why two nights? Because the stuff we’re revealing is so good, it couldn’t be done in a single show! Attack of the Show will sneak peek four products each night. We’ll finally put to rest some of the rumors about what we’ll have at SDCC and there are exclusives from some of our most popular collector lines. No, we’re not telling you anything beforehand — you’ll just have to tune in to find out what they all are!

            You can check your local listings for channels/times, but there’s one thing to keep in mind. Although we’ve been given these dates, it’s not a guarantee our segments will be aired. If another big story comes along, Attack of the Show has every right to bump us (which they’ve done in the past), just like any news show. It’s not likely, but if this does happen, we’ll let you know the minute we hear.

            If you don’t get G4, never fear. Just visit this very spot on Friday, April 16th and we’ll have the complete list of SDCC products with images PLUS a couple more reveals!

            —Matty

            P.S. You know, now that I think about it, maybe I can give you a couple of hints… 1) a DCU item will have a ton of accessories, and 2) we have an Avatar™ item that, for the first time, combines a 3-3/4" figure and a 6" figure in one package.


            5/17 SALE: Optikk™, Tytus™, Walter Peck™ & More

            March 24, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            May is a big month for MattyCollector.com. Not your every day large, but UNBELIEVABLY ENORMOUS… as in Tytus™, Heroic Giant Warlord™ huge! Yep, for the first time, Tytus™ will be offered here on MattyCollector.com, and at 12” tall, he’s twice the height of MOTUC figures like He-Man®! We’ve also got Optikk™, our first figure from the “New Adventures” line, and more collector must-haves. Plus, if you missed our Retro-Action™ DC Super Heroes Green Arrow figure the first time he was offered, we’ll have a small amount available for purchase.

            Subject to change, here’s the complete list of products we’ll have for sale on Monday, May 17th. Be sure to click into each product for all the details.

            It’s the usual drill for the sale: it starts here at MattyCollector.com at 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00am Pacific). If you’d like a reminder, click here to register and we’ll send an email right to your inbox.

            −Matty

            P.S. Follow me on Twitter – I post reminders there, too!


            4/19 SALE REMINDER: Evil-Lyn®, Weapons Pak & More

            March 22, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            Just a reminder that our next sale is Monday, April 19th. Items we’ve confirmed will be ready to ship include:

            It starts Monday, April 19th at 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00am Pacific), so be sure to mark your calendar. We send out reminder emails, so if you haven’t registered yet, click here!

            −Matty


            DCU Wave 5 Is Alive!

            March 18, 2010
            By Matty

            DCU Fans,

            Back in 2008, we released Wave 5, which was an instant success and subsequently pretty hard to find. If you missed your chance, mark May 17th on your calendar, because Wave 5 is coming back!

            This release is identical to the one in 2008 − same package, same decos, not a single change to the figures. Like all our boxed sets, these are individually carded figures packed into a single box. The set has the five figures you need to build a 9” Collect and Connect™ Metallo figure. Take a look inside and you’ll find these classic characters ready to rock your collection:

            • Eradicator
            • Black Lightning
            • Amazo
            • The Riddler
            • The Atom

            Don’t want to miss your shot at this fan-favorite? If you’re not registered yet for emails, click here and I’ll send you a reminder. You can also follow me on Twitter where I post reminders.

            −Matty


            Keldor™ is Coming: Secrets of Skeletor® Revealed!

            March 12, 2010
            By Matty

            MOTU Fans,

            For longer than we can remember, the background of Keldor™ has been shrouded in mystery… but in preparation of his arrival on June 15th here at MattyCollector.com, we herewith reveal his bio!


            Keldor™ was the first figure in the 2002 line aimed directly at collectors, sold first at SDCC in 2003. So, with this amazing figure we have really come full circle. Not only does this bio reveal major secrets from the past of Skeletor®, but Keldor™ also includes a removable cape that can be used for your Skeletor® figures as well! He comes with both halves of the Power Sword® in purple (the only time we will do both halves in purple) and the acid vial that wounded him in battle with his half-brother, King Randor™.

                 

            Please note that Keldor™ is a “quarterly” figure and not part of the Club Eternia™ subscription. You can get him for your own at 12:00 Noon Eastern / 9:00am Pacific on Tuesday, June 15th here at MattyCollector.com. If you’re not registered yet for an email reminder, click here. You can follow me on Twitter where I post reminders, too.

            —Matty


            Product Status Descriptions Standardized and Demystified

            March 15, 2010
            By Matty

            MattyCollector.com Fans,

            We’ve heard some of you have been confused by the product status descriptions in our shop, and frankly, so were we! So, we decided to do a little housecleaning and have standardized the descriptions. Now, when you see a product status, it’ll mean the same thing across the board.

            After a complete review and lots of discussion, these are the only categories that made the cut, and their explanations:

                 Coming Soon
                 These are products that are expected to be sold in the near future. Once a sale date has been      established, the date will show in the product description.

                 On Sale Now
                 Products that are available for purchase are designated On Sale Now.

                 Out of Stock
                 These are products that have sold out of the stock on hand. Additional shipments are expected, but      not currently scheduled. Products move to Coming Soon status when an on-sale date has been      finalized.

                 Almost Gone
                 Products that are nearly sold out of available supplies get this designation to let fans know stock is      low. Once the product is gone, its status changes to the appropriate designation (Out of Stock, Sold      Out).

                 Sold Out
                 These are products that are sold out of stock and not expected to be available again. Includes      limited-run San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, and various other products.

            So there you have it. If we ever do feel the need to change them or add another category (which we seriously hope we never have to do again), we’ll let you know. We’ll also be adding these explanations to our FAQs, so you can always refer to them there.

            —Matty


            3/15 Sale Reminder & Product Shipment Update

            March 12, 2010
            By Matty

            MattyCollector.com Fans,

            Just a quick update on our sale Monday, March 15th. All products arrived yesterday at our warehouse so the sale will proceed as planned, with one small caveat. Under normal conditions, products ship within about 5 days of purchase or subscription renewal date. This hinges on the product getting to the warehouse in enough time for them to receive and properly process it, which is supposed to be at least two weeks before the sale date. Sometimes, circumstances beyond our control (like in this case) mean the warehouse doesn’t get the time it needs. They’re still hoping to get everything out in the 5 day window, but we need to allow for an extra day or two, just in case.

            You’ll know your order has shipped when you receive the shipment confirmation email (when it’s shipped, the confirmation is triggered), so don’t worry if you don’t get your shipping confirmation right away. Product normally leaves the warehouse within 5 days and we’re allowing an extra 2 just in case. If you don’t get the confirmation after 7 business days, then please do contact customer service.

            One other thing is that available quantities of most products are fairly low (beyond the subscriptions − those are all guaranteed), so we do expect a quick sellout on most items. Also, we know that with the volume of our sales you should expect to see the white “rate limiter” screen (similar to buying concert tickets). Please don’t panic − it’s there to keep the massive amounts of traffic flowing without crashing the servers. And definitely don’t hit refresh, or you’ll lose your place in the queue.

            That’s it for now. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you at the sale!

            —Matty


            PLEASE READ: April Sale Moving to 4/19 & Sale List

            March 10, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            It’s been a long time coming, but our April sale is finally on the horizon. It’s gonna be a HUGE month, with the long-awaited Evil-Lyn®, an all-new weapons set, and additions to the Ghostbusters™ and The Dark Knight lines all waiting to join your collections. And for Club Eternia™ members, it also means Wun-Dar™ and the Map of Eternia® will be on their way to you!

            We’ve been working behind the scenes to eliminate some of the issues that have plagued our past sales and have determined it’s best to move our April sale to Monday, April 19th to ensure key fixes are fully implemented before the big sale. We know this can be a hassle and truly do apologize, but we want to do everything we can to improve your buying experience.

            Our product list is looking pretty solid. Of course, it’s always subject to change, but at press time here’s what’s on the roster:

            Again, the sale starts at MattyCollector.com on Monday, April 19th at 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00am Pacific). Want a reminder? Click here to register for email and we’ll send one to your inbox.

            —Matty

            P.S. Follow me on Twitter – I post reminders there, too!


            Mattel Display at Chicago Comic Expo & Reserve Products For Sale

            March 5, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            As you know, we hold back product from sales in “reserve” to replace damaged or lost product. After enough time has passed, the product isn’t needed any longer so we’ve decided to start offering that product to you. We’ll begin selling it at various conventions around the country and eventually offer some here at MattyCollector.com.

            The first offering will be limited quantities of Ghostbusters™ 6" Ray Stanz™ and Masters of the Universe® Classics Tri-Klops® figures in April. You’ll find them for sale at the convention sales desk at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) show running April 16-18.

            Even if you’re not in the market for these figures, be sure to stop by the Mattel display. MOTU fans will find favorites like Count Marzo™, Gygor™, Tytus™, Keldor™, Whiplash™, Optikk™, and more! And if you dig DC, don’t miss the Wave 14 figures, Lobo, and Waves 1 and 2 of the Retro-Action™ line. Plus, a spirited Ghostbusters™ collection will be on hand.

            That’s just a taste of some of the hot toys you can expect to see. So remember, if you’re in the Chicago area April 16-18, stop by the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo and tell ‘em Matty sent you!

            −−Matty

            P.S. Please don’t call Digital River asking to purchase the product. It will only be sold as described above.

             

            3/15 Sale Reminder: Moss Man®, Stratos® & Scarecrow

            March 4, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            A quick reminder that our next sale is coming up on Monday, March 15th! Click on our convenient “bundle” page and here are the figures you’ll find:

            The sale starts at 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00am Pacific), so be sure to mark your calendar. I can also send you a reminder email, so if you haven’t registered yet, click here!

            —Matty

            P.S. You can also follow me on Twitter and get reminders there, too.

             

            Product Release Schedule Through June

            March 2, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            We do our best to plan when products will be released, but sometimes the production and delivery gods have other ideas. We’ve been doing a bit of the release date shuffle lately and thought it would be helpful to print our complete schedule through June:

                   March
                    MOTU Classics: Stratos® (re-issue)
                    MOTU Classics: Moss Man® - Flocked Ears
                    MOTU Classics: Moss Man® - Unflocked Ears
                          (Club Eternia™ monthly figure)
                    DCUC Wave 12 Boxed Set (Darkseid)
                    The Dark Knight Scarecrow

                    April
                    MOTU Classics: Wun-Dar™ & Map of Eternia®
                          (Club Eternia™ subscribers only – items not available for sale)
                    MOTU Classics: Hordak™ (re-issue)
                    MOTU Classics: Evil-Lyn® (Club Eternia™ monthly figure)
                    MOTU Ultimate Battle Ground Weapons Pak
                    Ghostbusters™ 12" Peter Venkman™
                    The Dark Knight Batman (Night Vision)

                    May
                    MOTC Classics: Mer-Man® (re-issue)
                   Ghostbusters™ 6" Walter Peck™ (with containment unit)
                    MOTU “Oversized”: Tytus™
                    MOTU Classics: Optikk™ (Club Eternia™ monthly figure)
                    The Dark Knight: Two-Face

                   
                    June
                    MOTU Classics: Faker® (re-issue)
                    MOTU Classics: She-Ra™ (Club Eternia™ monthly figure)
                    DCU JLU Lobo
                    Ghostbusters™ 6" Peter Venkman™ with Slimer

            As always, these dates are subject to change, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know if anything changes.

            Happy collecting!

            —Matty

             

            Preview Clip: Justice League Movie

            February 18, 2010
            By Matty

            Justice League Fans,

            You probably know by now that Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, an all-new DC Universe Animated Original Movie is finally coming to our world on February 23rd. If you’re like me, it feels like the big day will never get here, but fear not because I’ve got something that’ll help ease the pain… a link to an all-new clip!

            Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

            The clip sets up the film's primary conflict with Lex Luthor (voiced by the awesome Chris Noth) explaining the plight of his Earth, and attempting to recruit the Justice League to join the battle against the Crime Syndicate. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is an original story from award-winning animation/comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League) rooted in DC Comics' popular canon of "Crisis" stories depicting parallel worlds with uniquely similar super heroes and villains. Bruce Timm (Superman, Doomsday, Green Lantern) is executive producer, and Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern) and Sam Liu (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies) are co-directors.

            The full-length animated film will be available as a special edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray® Hi-Def, as well as single disc DVD, On Demand, and Download.

            So what are you waiting for… click the link! I think you’re really gonna like it.

            —Matty

             

            Cyclotron Launches New Design Series

            February 15, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            Behold the mystery that is toy making. Who does it? What inspires them? And why? We peel back some of the shroud in our new Behind the Design series to give you an inside look at how some of your favorites are created.

            First up, we've got designer Bill Benecke on the seriously awesome new Cyclotron figure. Click here to journey back with Bill and find out why Cyclotron epitomizes the magic of his childhood!

            —Matty

             

            New York Toy Fair Reveals

            February 12, 2010
            by Matty
            UPDATE: Monday, February 15, 2010: FIRST LOOK! New York Toy Fair Collector Night Reveals

            The granddaddy of all Toy Fairs happens annually in New York City, and this year the night of February 14th is dedicated to collectors. Our very own Toy Guru, Scott Neitlich, along with The Four Horsemen, and reps from DC, Warner Brothers, and Sony, will be on hand for an evening of toy reveals.

            They’ll be unveiling new products for 2010 from all your favorite lines, including Masters of the Universe® Classics, WWE®, DCU Classics, JLU, and Ghostbusters™. Even though this is a press-only event, check back here on Monday February 15th and we’ll give you your first official look at all those awesome toys!

            Get ready, because there are a ton and we can’t wait to show them all to you!

            —Matty

            2/16 Sale Reminder: Battle Cat®, The Justice Guild™ & More

            February 11, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            Wanted to remind you our next sale is just around the corner on Tuesday, February 16th! It’s jam-packed with collector must-haves, including:

            • Battle Cat®
            • Man-At-Arms®
            • Castle Grayskull® Diorama & Stands
            • Trap Jaw™
            • The Justice Guild 4-Pack
            • The Joker with Missile Launcher

            It starts at 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00am Pacific), so be sure to mark your calendar. I can also send you a reminder email, so if you haven’t registered yet, click here!

            —Matty

             

            Fan Forums Now Open

            February 11, 2010
            by Matty

            The Fan Forums are officially open at MattyCollector.com! Totally free, you just need to register to post (although you can see others’ posts without registering). We’ve got forums for all your favorites, like Masters of the Universe®, Princess of Power™, Avatar™, Batman, Cars, all the DC Universe lines, Ghostbusters™, and more. It’s a great place to meet your fellow collectors and
            get your toy chat on
            !

            See you at the Fan Forums!

            —Matty

             

            3/15 Sale: Moss Man®, Stratos® & Scarecrow

            February 10, 2010
            by Matty

            Toy Fans,

            Our March 15th sale features MOTU figures hailing from earth and sky, plus a pair of rotten rogues! At press time, here’s what’s on the roster:

            • Moss Man® -- with his fresh evergreen scent, you can practically smell him coming!
            • Stratos® -- everyone’s favorite winged simian lands with a new “The Original” burst on his package
            • Scarecrow – this frightening Scarecrow figure from Batman Begins would have Dorothy screaming all the way back to Kansas!
            • DCU Classics Wave 12 Boxed Set – all seven figures you need to build a wicked Collect and Connect™ 9” Darkseid, individually carded and packed into a single box

            Like always, the sale starts at MattyCollector.com at 12:00 noon Eastern/9:00 am Pacific, so be logged in and ready to click! If you’re not registered yet for an email reminder, click here and you can follow me on Twitter where I post reminders, too.

            —Matty

            Moss Man® Ears Unflocked

            February 4, 2010
            By Matty

            MOTU Fans,

            You overwhelmingly asked for the ears of Moss Man® to be unflocked and we listened… we stopped production of the flocked ear version, made a change, and Moss Man™ will forevermore have unflocked ears. Now, all 2010 Club Eternia™ subscribers will automatically get the version with unflocked ears as their March figure!

            But because we produced a small quantity of flocked ears before making what’s called a “running change,” we will sell both the flocked-ear and unflocked-ear versions as separate items on March 15th. That means there will be two separate product pages, one with flocked ears and one with unflocked ears, so you’ll need to be careful that you order the one you want. Again, there’s just a small quantity of the flocked-ear version available, and we’re expecting them to go quickly.

            Other than the flocking, the figures are identical. Both versions will have an evergreen fresh scent and an alternative 2002-inspired head designed by the Four Horsemen. Your chance at both happens right here at MattyCollector.com at 12:00 noon Eastern/9:00 am Pacific!

            —Matty

            P.S. Want an email reminder? click here to register. You can also follow me on Twitter where I post reminders, too.

             

            2/15 Sale Moving to 2/16, Wun-Dar™ Update & More

            February 3, 2010
            by Matty

            Hey Toy Fans,

            They say when it rains, it pours, and they ain’t kidding. We’ve had so much news in the last week on our 2/15 sale, we’re just going to roll it all into one big story. So here’s what’s up…

            February 15th Sale is Moving to Tuesday, February 16th
            Turns out we were misinformed when we posted on Facebook that our sale would be staying on Monday, February 15th. Our customer service team does indeed have the day off (although a skeleton crew will be available) and because we have so many hotly anticipated items going on sale, we’ve decided it’s better to push the sale to Tuesday, February 16th to ensure we have the support we need for a smooth sale.

            SUBSCRIBERS, PLEASE NOTE: Your standard monthly “renewal” notice will still be automatically sent on February 15th, but all orders will begin shipping on February 16th (including subscriptions).

            Wun-Dar™ Shipping April 15th
            Even the Power of Grayskull™ can’t save our shipping conundrum… we just found out we’re not going have our full quota of Wun-Dar™ figures in time to ship with the 2/16 sale items. Rather than split shipments so some subscribers get him in February and some in April, we’re going to hold all Wun-Dar™ figures and the Eternia® maps for mid-April shipment with Evil-Lyn®. Rest assured, although it’ll be a little later than we thought, your subscribers-only Wun-Dar™ and Eternia® map are coming!

            Battle Cat® Shipping Costs
            Many fans have asked if it will cost more to ship Battle Cat® because he’s bigger and heavier than other figures, and the answer is yes. Our standard figures weigh about one pound, while the beefy Battle Cat® tips the scale at over two pounds. The additional cost for shipping will depend on where it’s shipped and the shipping method. When you purchase him, you’ll see the actual charge in your cart before the final check out.

            Subscribers-Only Savings on Battle Cat®
            Along with the guarantee of getting every main MOTU character each month, and the exclusive Wun-Dar™ figure and map of Eternia™ coming in April, we promised some cool stuff when we offered our 2010 Club Eternia™ subscriptions. Subscribers, keep an eye on your inbox, because we’re going to send you an exclusive coupon code good for $8 off Battle Cat®! Just enter your code at checkout and $8 will automatically be deducted from your total order as long as there’s at least one Battle Cat® in your cart. (Please note: each subscriber will receive ONE coupon good for a total of $8 off, regardless of the number of subscriptions you have or the number of Battle Cat® figures you purchase.)

            Okay, that’s enough news for now! Oh wait, one last thing… we launched our Fan Forums this week, so come meet your fellow toy collectors and talk toys!

            —Matty

            Skeletor® Available at Special 1/27 Sale

            January 19, 2010
            By Matty

            Here's the news you've been waiting for, MOTU Fans!

            We've just confirmed that Old Bones will arrive in time for a special sale at 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00am Pacific) on Wednesday, January 27th. This figure is identical to the one that sold out in record time on 12/15, so you're definitely going to want to be logged in and ready to click for your chance at Skeletor®, Evil Lord of Destruction™!

            Because the sale date is so close, we don't have time to get an email reminder into production and won't be able to send one. If you're following me on Twitter, I tweet about all sales so I'll remind you there as well as Facebook.

            —Matty

             

             

            Battle Cat®, Justice Guild & More On Sale 2/15

            January 12, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            Battle Cat® Figure

            Here’s the lineup for our February 15th sale, and we can safely say the good, the bad, and the insane are all well-represented! As always, the list is subject to change, but at press time here’s what you can expect:

            The sale starts at MattyCollector.com at 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00am Pacific), so be logged in and ready to click! Want a reminder? Click here to register for email and we’ll send a reminder to your inbox.

            —Matty

            P.S. Follow me on Twitter — I post reminders there, too!

             

            Fan Forums Are Coming to MattyCollector.com

            January 8, 2010
            By Matty

            BIG News!

            We’re getting ready to launch one of the biggest new sections on MattyCollector since, well, since the beginning of MattyCollector.com… Fan Forums!

            If you wanna talk toys, MattyCollector.com will be the online place to come meet other collectors just like you. To start with, we’ll have forums for all your favorites, like Masters of the Universe®, Princess of Power™, Avatar™, Batman, Cars, all the DC Universe lines, Ghostbusters™, Toy Story, WWE®, and more.

            Like the Mattel online communities at BarbieCollector.com and HotWheelsCollectors.com, the forums will belong to you, the fans, so you’ll be able to add new topics as you like. Oh, and it’s 100% free, of course!

            It all starts this month, so be sure to come by and help us get the party started. If you want a reminder and haven’t signed up for email yet, click here to register, or follow me on Twitter.

            —Matty

             

             

            1/15 SALE UPDATE: Harvey Dent and 1:24 Scale Doc Added!

            January 6, 2010
            By Matty

            Toy Fans,

            A quick reminder our next sale is less than two weeks away on Friday, January 15th! We've got three MOTU favorites (Princess Adora, Battle Armor® He-Man®, and Beast Man® (reissue) PLUS a pair of film characters on standby, just waiting to join your collection:

             
             
             
             
            Harvey Dent Figure
             
            Disney/Pixar Cars Doc in 1:24 Scale
             

            It all starts at 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00am Pacific), so be sure to mark your calendar. It's not too late to register for a reminder email, so if you haven't yet, click here!

            —Matty

             

             

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