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All-New MOTU 30th Anniversary Art Debuts


December 21, 2011

MOTU Fans,

The holidays are just about here, so we thought we'd give you a little present… here's your first official look at the all-new artwork for the Masters of the Universe® 30th Anniversary celebration!

Click here to see more!

Gabriel De La Torre, Staff Product Designer from Mattel Entertainment Design, told us, "This ‘alt’ style to the Classic brand was created as a visual way to re-imagine the vast characters and worlds of Masters of the Universe® with a contemporary edge. This dynamic artwork will be used across multiple categories in consumer products and beyond, celebrating our Masters of the Universe 30th Anniversary program launching in 2012."

Creating a new look for an iconic brand like MOTU while still retaining the integrity of its original style was no simple task. Gabe and his team searched for an artist who not only had the style they envisioned, but also a love for MOTU. "We landed on a well-known talent named Alvin Lee, whose work can be seen in a variety of brands and also many popular video games. With the finished product, his passion for the characters and the brand really shined through. Raymond Makowski (Staff Product Designer) and I worked with Alvin Lee to create a dynamic collection of poses and battle scenes that not only pushed the designs of the characters, but also captured the essence of the Masters of the Universe® feel--heroic, perilous and empowering." Gabe said.

Look for the new art to appear on toy packaging starting in Q1, and on licensed goods from shirts to lunchboxes throughout 2012. We'll have more updates at New York Toy Fair in February, but in the meantime, click here to feast your eyes on images of favorites including Skeletor® and Beast Man®!

–Matty



1/17 SALE: Sorceress®, Fearless Photog™ & More


December 20, 2011

Toy Fans,

Okay, gang, 2012 is right around the corner and there's no doubt it's going to be our biggest year ever. MOTUC Club Eternia® continues into its fourth year, and we welcome the all-new DC Universe Club Infinite Earths, Voltron® Club Lion Force and the MOTUC 30th Anniversary Series subscriptions! Along with the new Voltron® line, we've also got the WWE® Legends line joining Matty. There's a lot happening, so read on for all the details!

January 17th Sale

First up, please note that the first sale of the year is on TUESDAY, January 17th due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Here's the list of products we'll have for your purchasing pleasure:

Masters of the Universe® Classics

  • Sorceress®, Club Eternia® Figure of the Month (included with 2012 subscriptions)
  • Fearless Photog™ (included with MOTU 30th Anniversary Series subscriptions)
  • Battle Armor® Skeletor®
  • Faker®
  • Mer-Man®

Ghostbusters™

  • "Ready to Believe You" 6" Peter Venkman (with Taxi Cab Ghost)

Core Characters Available Year 'Round

Great news… we heard your requests and will have a selection of fan-favorites available in the shop all year so you can buy them anytime! We're starting with MOTUC and Ghostbusters™, and these figures will be available starting January 17th so you can combine them with other products and save on shipping!

  • He-Man®
  • Battle Cat®
  • Skeletor®
  • Panthor®
  • 6" Peter Venkman (with proton stream)
  • 6" Ray Stantz (with "no ghost" ghost)

January Subscription Key Dates

Because there are so many subs and no separate "combo" this year, we won't be posting a summary of the costs, but here are the key dates for January 2012: Your card will be charged 5 calendar days before the on-sale date, so plan to have funds available before Thursday, January 12, 2012. Subscription orders will begin shipping 2 business days before the on-sale date, which is Friday, January 13, 2011.

2012 Price Increase

Please remember, prices are going up in 2012 for non-subscription items. As we told you when the subs were originally on sale, we are going to hold our prices at the 2008 levels for all subscription holders, but in 2012 they will go up for items purchased during the regular monthly sales. This applies to both subscription holders and those without subscriptions: if you purchase products during our regular monthly sales, prices will be higher in 2012. The pricing for basic figures will be $22 each, beasts will be $33 each, and large items like the Star Sisters™ set will be $66 (prices, as always, are subject to change). This only applies to non-subscription purchases -- pricing for items purchased through subscriptions will remain as previously stated.

So remember, the first sale of 2012 kicks off Tuesday, January 17th at 9 a.m. PT (12 noon ET). As always, I’ll send email reminders (click here to register) and post reminders on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums.

Thanks for a fantastic 2011 and from our family to yours, have a great holiday season!

–Matty



Introducing 2012 Batman™ Legacy Edition Singles

December 16, 2011

Batman™ Fans,

Our friends on the Batman™ team asked me to pass along some big news… Mattel’s 2012 Batman™ Legacy Edition singles are here! Here's what they had to say:

Representing the comic heritage of the Batman™ world, we are proud to bring forth First Appearance Batman™ and Classic Catwoman !

The Batman™ Legacy figure represents the comic look of the Batman™ unleashed in Detective Comics #27. For fans of the entire Batman™ comic world, this figure is a must-have!

The Catwoman Legacy figure comes in her classic purple and green costume, and is ready to take collectors back to the early days when she stole everyone’s heart.

Representing the pop-culture phenomenon Batman™: Arkham City, we can’t wait for fans to get their hands on Harley Quinn and Nightwing!

Harley Quinn may be in love with The Joker, but we are absolutely in love with this Harley Quinn Legacy Edition figure.

And we must have some balance between good and evil in our Arkham City line, so we are thrilled to bring forth Dick Grayson as Nightwing!

Awesome figures, right?! That's all I've got for now, but stay tuned because I hear the Legacy 2-packs for 2012 will be revealed soon!

–Matty

12/15 SALE REMINDER: DCU, Ghostbusters™, MOTUC & Retro-Action®

December 13, 2011

Toy Fans,

Here’s your handy dandy reminder for our upcoming sale on Thursday, December 15th. Be here at 9 a.m. PT and here’s what you’ll find on the roster:

DC Universe

Ghostbusters™

  • Ghostbusters™ 6" Vigo with painting (included with 2011 Club Ecto-1 subscriptions)
  • Ghostbusters™ II 12" Winston Zeddemore and Peter Venkman Set
  • Ghostbusters™ II 12" Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler Set

Masters of the Universe®

  • MOTUC Demo-Man™, Club Eternia® Figure of the Month (included with 2011 subscriptions)
  • MOTUC Battleground Evil-Lyn® (included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions)
  • MOTUC Wind Raider™ (not included with subscriptions)

Retro-Action® DC Super Heroes

  • 8" Guy Gardner
  • 8" John Stewart
  • 8" Kyle Rayner
  • 8" Sinestro

You know the drill… the sale starts at 9 a.m. PT (12 noon ET). Want a reminder email? Just click here to register. I’ll post reminders on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums too.

See you on the 15th!

–Matty

* A small percentage of customers will receive product from the first run and the package will not contain the burst. This is random and we can’t control which package will be received.



IMPORTANT UPDATE: MOTUC Demo-Man™ Shipment Delayed


December 12, 2011

MOTUC Fans,

Some villains are nothing but trouble and our December Club Eternia® Figure of the Month, Demo-Man™, is an excellent example. Thanks to a little misbehaving on his part, the shipment of his figures from the factory to our warehouse is delayed. Here's what this means for our December 15th sale:

If you are a Club Eternia® subscriber, we will stand by our commitment to ship your entire order in one shipment, so subscription orders will not ship until Demo-Man™ is received at our warehouse. We expect that to happen sometime in early January. So, if you're a subscriber only to Club Eternia®, both Demo-Man™ and Battleground Evil-Lyn® will ship together around the beginning of January. And if you have a combo subscription with Club Ecto-1, then Demo-Man™, Battleground Evil-Lyn®, and the Ghostbusters™ 6" Vigo figure will all ship together when Demo-Man™ becomes available.

If you purchase Demo-Man™ at our regular monthly sale, any other products ordered along with him will be held until he is received at our warehouse. If you want products other than Demo-Man™ to ship right away, please purchase Demo-Man™ in one transaction and all other products in another transaction.

On behalf of the team, we apologize for the delay. This is the first time we've had to delay shipment on a regular subscription item, but it's the best way to ensure the product is the highest quality possible. We think when you see the final Demo-Man™ figure you'll agree he was worth the wait.

–Matty



Hot Wheels® Nostalgic Brands Line Features MOTU, DC Comics & More


December 7, 2011

Toy Fans,

Our friends over at Hot Wheels® have created an awesome line of cars I think you’re really gonna dig… it’s called Hot Wheels® Nostalgic Brands and it featuresDC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, General Mills and Hershey’s!

About every month or so, one of the brands is being rolled out at retailers everywhere. MOTU was first up (so they may be harder to find) and vehicles from the DC line are in stores now. Starting in January, look for favorites from Hanna-Barbera classics, including Scooby Doo, The Jetsons, Tom & Jerry, Hong Kong Phooey, the Flintstones and Yogi Bear.

The Hot Wheels® team definitely created this line with collectors in mind. They’re all die-cast vehicles with Real Riders® wheels, and there are five newly re-tooled castings, including the return of the highly-anticipated Dream Van XGW™. For more details on the vehicle lineup, click here.

These retro rides feature some of the most popular brands ever. You know they’re going to go fast, so definitely grab ‘em when you see ‘em!

–Matty



12/15 SALE: DCU, JLU, Ghostbusters™, MOTUC & Retro-Action®


December 5, 2011

Toy Fans,

It’s been an insane year, packed with tons of awesome toys from all your favorite brands, but we’re not done yet! Be here on Thursday, December 15th at 9 a.m. PT and we’ll have these 20(!) items waiting for you:

    DC Universe
  • DCU Legion of Super Heroes 12 Pack (reissue with burst*)
  • DCUC Wave 19 Sandman I
  • DCUC Wave 19 The Atom I
  • DCUC Wave 19 Modern Kobra
  • DCUC Wave 19 Hawkman Classic
  • DCUC Wave 19 Magog
  • DCUC Wave 19 Star Girl
  • JLU 3-Pack: Goldface / Evil Star / Kyle Rayner
  • JLU 3-Pack: Angleman / Firestorm / Killer Frost
  • JLU 3-Pack: Heatwave / The Flash / Mirror Master

    Ghostbusters™
  • Ghostbusters™ 6" Vigo with painting (included with 2011 Club Ecto-1 subscriptions)
  • Ghostbusters™ II 12" Winston Zeddemore and Peter Venkman Set
  • Ghostbusters™ II 12" Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler Set

    Masters of the Universe®
  • MOTUC Demo-Man™, Club Eternia® Figure of the Month (included with 2011 subscriptions)
  • MOTUC Battleground Evil-Lyn® (included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions)
  • MOTUC Wind Raider™ (not included with subscriptions)

    Retro-Action® DC Super Heroes
  • 8" Guy Gardner
  • 8" John Stewart
  • 8" Kyle Rayner
  • 8" Sinestro

December Subscription Information
For members of Club Eternia® and Club Ecto-1, here’s the summary of charges you can expect for December 2011:

Club Eternia®: Demo-Man™ $20, Battleground Evil-Lyn® $20 = $40 total
Club Ecto-1: 6” Vigo with painting $20 = $20 total
Subscription Combo (1 Eternia®, 1 Ecto-1): $60 total

Please remember that if you have multiple subscriptions you’ll need to multiply each of those amounts by the number of subscriptions you have. Shipping costs, taxes and fees are additional.

Your card will be charged 5 calendar days before the on-sale date, so plan to have funds available by Saturday, December 10, 2011. Subscription orders will begin shipping 2 business days before the on-sale date, which is Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

Remember, the final sale for 2011 starts Thursday, December 15th at 9 a.m. PT (12 noon ET). As always, I’ll send email reminders (click here to register) and post reminders on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums.

–Matty

* A small percentage of customers will receive product from the first run and the package will not contain the burst. This is random and we can’t control which package will be received.



Blowout Black Friday Sale 11/25-11/28


November 18, 2011

Toy Fans,

We've had some big sales here on MattyCollector.com, but nothing, and I mean NOTHING, compares to our massive Black Friday Sale: be here at 12:01 a.m. PT on Friday November 25th and we'll have well over 50 items available, all at 10% off!

You'll be able to grab those figures you wanted but missed throughout the year, get 10% off everything and save on bulk shipping! It's also the perfect time to get gifts for all those toy collectors on your list and best of all, no mall! The sale extends through 11:59 p.m. PT on Cyber Monday, so it's really more like a Black Friday Through Cyber Monday sale.

What exactly is on sale? There are too many products to list here, so come back to the MattyCollector.com homepage on Wednesday afternoon 11/23 and look for the sale banner at the top of the page. One deal I can tell you about is when you purchase any three 12" Movie Masters® figures all on the same order, you'll get them at 50% off the regular price. But that's not the only one – you'll want to check in often because you never know what surprise products and special pricing will come and go*.

I'll also post the link to the sale page on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums, and I'll send an email reminder, so Click here to register today. One last thing… although the sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PT, quantities on many items are limited so you'll definitely want to shop early to make sure you get all your favorites!

–Matty

* Mattel reserves the right to change the sale price and product order limits at any time. All sales are final.



SALE REMINDER: WWE® The Rockers & Superstar Stands On Sale 11/21


November 18, 2011

WWE® Fans,

Here's a quick reminder that our first WWE® Legends Line sale is happening this Monday, November 21st at 9 a.m. PT! We'll have two exclusives: the WWE® Legends The Rockers 2-Pack featuring WWE® Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels® and, appearing for the first time in the Mattel WWE® lineup, Marty Jannetty™, along with our pack of 25 WWE® Superstar Display Stands. We've even created a "bundle" option where you can add both the pack and the stands to your cart in one quick click.

Here's a link to the "bundle" page that lists all the products. Remember, the sale starts Monday, November 21st at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern) and you'll want to get there early for best selection!

–Matty



11/15 SALES: Huge Regular November Sale & Unbelievable JLU Discounts


November 8, 2011

Toy Fans,

Oh man, I hope you're ready for this! Our November 15th sale is jam-packed with awesome products you've been waiting for, like a JLU 7-pack, Wave 18 and, as selected by fan vote, the handsome Swiftwind™ in white. But we didn't stop there… in fact, we've added a very special sale just for Justice League Unlimited fans that you won't believe! Read on for all the details.

November 15th Sale
First, let's start with our regular sale. Arrive at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, November 15th, and you find a trio of long-awaited MOTUC figures, a collection-completing JLU 7-pack, and all of the Wave 18 figures you'll need to create the Collect and Connect® figure Apache Chief.

  • MOTUC Snout Spout™ (Club Eternia® Figure of the Month, included with 2011 subscriptions)
  • MOTUC Swiftwind™ (Club Eternia® "quarterly beast" figure, included with 2011 subscriptions)
  • MOTUC Bubble Power™ She-Ra® (not included with 2011 subscriptions)
  • JLU 7-pack (Gypsy, Crimson Avenger, Johnny Thunder, Thunderbolt w/stand, Dr. Mid-Nite, Speedy, The Creeper)
  • DCU Classics Wave 18 Toyman
  • DCU Classics Wave 18 Black Vulcan
  • DCU Classics Wave 18 Samurai
  • DCU Classics Wave 18 El Dorado
  • DCU Classics Wave 18 Captain Boomerang
  • DCU Classics Wave 18 Bronze Tiger Classic

There's also great news for subscribers of Club Eternia®… open your Snout Spout™ package and you'll find a special bonus sticker sheet featuring the MOTU teams! This sticker sheet is a subscriber-only freebie and orders placed on the day of the sale won't come with the sticker sheet.

Hang on, because we're not done yet… you'll also be able to get six fan-favorite Retro-Action® figures all in one fell swoop! A complete set makes the perfect holiday gift for your favorite 8" collector (especially if that happens to be you!).

  • Retro-Action® DC Super Heroes "Shazam!"
  • Retro-Action® DC Super Heroes Black Adam
  • Retro-Action® DC Super Heroes Martian Manhunter
  • Retro-Action® DC Super Heroes Darkseid
  • Retro-Action® DC Super Heroes Superman™
  • Retro-Action® DC Super Heroes Batman™

November Subscription Information
If you're a subscription holder, here's the rundown of charges and key dates for November:

Club Eternia®: Snout Spout™ $20, Swiftwind™ $30 = $50 total
Club Ecto-1: No subscription figure = $0 total
Subscription Combo (2 Eternia®, 0 Ecto-1): $50 total

Please remember that if you have multiple subscriptions, you’ll need to multiply each of those amounts by the number of subscriptions you have. Shipping costs, taxes and fees are additional and vary depending on location and shipping method you choose.

Your card will be charged 5 calendar days before the on-sale date, so plan to have funds available by Thursday, November 10, 2011. Subscription orders will begin shipping 2 business days before the on-sale date, which will be Friday, November 11, 2011.

Justice League Unlimited Sale 11/15 – 11/28
Alright, JLU fans, this is your chance to pick up all your favorite collection-essential figures at ridiculously low prices! The sale starts Tuesday, November 15th at 9 a.m. PT and ends Monday November 28th at 11:59 p.m. PT. At these prices, they're bound to go faster than you can say "The Flash" so get there early for best selection!

  • JLU Darkseid & Kalibak 2-Pack Was $25, Now $12
  • JLU Parademon 2-Pack Was $25, Now $12
  • JLU 3-Pack Featuring The Flash, Green Lantern & Hawkman Was $20, Now $10
  • JLU 3-Pack Featuring Adam Strange, Animal Man & Star Man Was $20 Now $10
  • JLU S.T.R.I.P.E. Was $20, Now $10

Want more? How about this… the regular price for a JLU 4-pack is already a great deal at $30 per pack. For this special sale, buy 10 packs and you'll pay only $12 each (plus shipping & taxes). And if you buy 20 packs, they'll be just $10 each. Better yet, buy 30 packs and you'll pay the crazy-low price of only $8 per pack! Yes, you read that right - $8 for a pack of four figures! Gather your friends and combine your orders because as long as one person orders and the order ships to one address, you can get them in any combination and the discount applies!

These are the packs that qualify for this insane deal:

  • JLU “Shazam!” Family 4-Pack
  • JLU Legion of Super Heroes 4-Pack
  • JLU Gotham City Criminals 4-Pack
  • JLU Justice Guild 4-Pack
  • JLU Doom Patrol 4-Pack

And here's a summary of the pricing (plus shipping & taxes):

  • Buy 10 packs, pay $12 each
  • Buy 20 packs, pay $10 each
  • Best Deal! Buy 30 packs, pay $8 each

Again, both sales start Tuesday, November 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). Click here to register for an email reminder, or get them on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums. Until then, rest up, toy fans, because this is gonna BIG!

–Matty



2012 DC Universe All-Stars Sneak Peek


November 7, 2011

DC Universe Fans,

As you know, the DC Universe Classics line is finishing up at retail with the highly anticipated Wave 20, including the Fan's Choice Collect and Connect® Nekron. Then, following Wave 20, we'll introduce a completely new DC Universe 6" line at retail, the DC Universe All-Stars. Designed especially to complement the DC Universe Club Infinite Earths figures, this new line will blow your collector mind!

You first saw Larfleeze at New York Comic Con. Here's another look at him, plus your first official sneak peek at the rest of the figures from the first mix at retail…

Larfleeze: The wielder of orange light finally joins the DC Universe! This collection-essential figure builds out the Corps.

Superboy Prime: The only super-powered being on Earth Prime, he comes complete with his Anti-Monitor armor.

Flashpoint Plastic Man: Check out this edgy new version of Plastic Man from the popular Flashpoint comics.

Batman Beyond: Behold our sweet take on the iconic Caped Crusader.

So there they are – the four amazing figures that make up the first mix at retail. It's been an awesome year for the DC Universe line and with the DC Universe Club Infinite Earths program on Mattycollector.com and the DC Universe All-Stars line at retail, 2012 is going to be even better!

–Matty

VIDEO PREVIEW: Ultimate Movie Masters® Hal Jordan (On Sale 11/15)

November 2, 2011

Green Lantern Fans,

If you were at San Diego Comic-Con last July, hopefully you had a chance to check out the all-new Ultimate Movie Masters® Hal Jordan figure we had on display. This talking 12" figure actually speaks the Green Lantern oath with the voice of Ryan Reynolds. It also comes with Hal's Power Ring for you to wear, and when you hold the ring close to the figure it launches lights and sound! If you haven't seen it, check out this video and you'll see it's called "ultimate" for a reason!

Pretty cool, right?! The Ultimate Movie Masters® Hal Jordan figure is available here on MattyCollector.com on Tuesday, November 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). To sign up for a reminder email, click here. You can also get reminders on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums.

Speaking of the November 15th sale, the lineup is going to be HUGE… so huge, we're still working on the official announcement. It's coming soon, though, so keep your eye on this spot!

–Matty



New "Voltron®: The Final Battle" DVD On Sale Now


November 1, 2011

Voltron® Fans,

Just when I think I'm gonna to wear out my "Voltron®: The Legend Begins" DVD from watching it over and over, a new Voltron® DVD is released… the all-new "Voltron®: The Final Battle" is now available for the first time!

The collection of eight colossal episodes features Voltron’s most difficult challenges, culminating in the final galactic battle of Season 1! Confronted by the inescapable Omega Comet, the fearsome Dark Doom Castle and the most powerful Robeast to date, will Arus be destroyed or will Voltron® achieve final victory over King Zarkon and Planet Doom?

One more cool thing: if you missed our mini-video showcasing the Blazing Sword Voltron® figure we offered earlier this year, you can check it out as a bonus feature on the DVD. This is a most-wanted for every Voltron® collector so get yours today!

–Matty



WWE® The Rockers & WWE® Superstar Display Stands On Sale 11/21

October 31, 2011

WWE® Fans,

Remember back at San Diego Comic-Con when we announced that starting in 2012 the WWE® Legends line would be available exclusively at MattyCollector.com? And remember we also promised we'd be kicking things off early by reuniting fan-favorites Shawn Michaels® and Marty Jannetty™ in action figure form this fall? Well get ready, because on Monday, November 21 at 9 a.m. PT you'll have the chance to pick up our exclusive WWE® Legends 2-pack featuring The Rockers!

We're stoked because not only is this the first time The Rockers 2-Pack ($30 per pack) is being offered by Mattel, but Marty Jannetty™ has never before appeared in our lineup. Official product pages are being created as you read this, but in the meantime here's the description from the package-back:

Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty were friends and tag team partners even before they hit the WWE® scene as the Rockers. In 1988, the lively duo gained instant success after several victories against the Brain Busters and Rougeau Brothers. Although they proved themselves to be worthy opponents, the Rockers never officially held the World Tag Team Championship. The duo did defeat the Hart Foundation in a World Tag Team Championship Match in 1990. Unfortunately, the top rope broke during the best-of-3 falls match, and because of that, was later declared a no-contest. The Rockers' legendary partnership came to an abrupt end in 1992. Michaels brutally attacked Jannetty, hitting Sweet Chin Music and putting him through a window during their infamous interview on The Barber Shop.

Also jumping into the ring on November 21st are our WWE® Superstar Display Stands. These fan-demanded stands have been specially designed to display your favorite WWE® 6" figures from Mattel (works with most) and will come in a pack of 25 stands ($12 per pack).

Remember, the sale starts Monday, November 21st at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern) right here at MattyCollector.com. If you'd like an email reminder, just click here to register. I also post reminders on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums, along with news and updates on all the latest Mattel WWE® action. And if you want to meet other fans who dig talking about WWE® as much as you do, then head on over to the Mattel / WWE Facebook page!

–Matty

P.S. Have friends who are fellow WWE® fans? Let 'em know that MattyCollector.com is now the exclusive home of the WWE® Legends line!



Final Collector Appreciation Tour Winners Named at NYCC


October 21, 2011

Toy Fans,

New York City was the last stop for our 2011 MattyCollector.com’s Collector Appreciation Tour. You know what they say about the Big Apple ... if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere, so we're thrilled to reveal the two collectors who made it as winners of the New York “Best Local Collection” Contest and the “City Celebration” Contest!

“Best Local Collection” Contest Winner
Andy Bentley, Albany, NY

“abuddah” on the Matty Forums

"I originally wanted to do a panoramic view of the JLU carded collection. It didn't quite pan out and I realized I had much more Mattel product to show!" With a collection of over 1,000 toys that includes JLU, MOTU, Ghostbusters™, Batman, and DC Universe Classics, we asked what got him started collecting. "It was probably He-Man or Skeletor. I had a decent MOTU collection as a kid and unfortunately, they were sold in a garage sale." Luckily, Andy didn't let that stop him. "That's really part of what makes collecting the new line so much fun."

Andy, a graphic designer, says his family tolerates his obsession pretty well. In fact, he remembers pleading as a child for his dad to bring him back a MOTU figure from a trip. "He returned with Spikor, and I was elated. So Horsemen and Toyguru, lets get to Spikor! I also loved the original packaging of the MOTU line, and I think that might've started me down the path of graphic design." On behalf of the team, we're glad to have been an inspiration. Congrats on your win!

Photos from both of our Winners



Andy's Photos



Jeremy's Photos


“City Celebration” Contest Winner
Jeremy Sanchez, Woodhaven, NY

“Jermz” on the Matty Forums

Who you gonna call when it's time to pick the winner of the "City Celebration" Contest? For his entry featuring his Ghostbusters™ collection, we called Jeremy Sanchez! It's no surprise when we asked him how he got the idea for his entry he quoted Ray Stantz. "I couldn't help it... it just popped in there." He continues, "I visited the famous library from the movie, and tried to figure out the best way to utilize the figures I'd brought along."

With over 200 toys in his collection, Jeremy definitely favors the Ghostbusters™ line. When asked about his favorite toy, he replies, "I would have to say my TRU exclusive Ghostbusters 2 set. It brings me back to being 4 years-old and watching the movie in theaters with my mom and sister." And his opinion on the best recent Mattel toy? "Not to sound one-track minded, but Ghostbusters™. It's such an amazing line to me, mainly because of the attached nostalgia, but also because of the massive potential for expansion."

Although his family thinks he's crazy for having his collection, they think it's cool nonetheless. So do we, Jeremy!

Like our previous contest winners, both Andy and Jeremy had their winning submissions displayed at NYCC and they’ll both receive a prize package filled with $500 worth of Mattel action figures! Want to congratulate them? Click here.

That wraps it up for our MattyCollector.com’s Collector Appreciation Tour 2011. We've had a complete blast reviewing all the incredible submissions. We'd like to congratulate all the winners and thank each and every one of you for your creative and inspiring entries!

–Matty



Cars 2 Event: Kmart 10/22


October 18, 2011

Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 Fans,

Collectors, get ready to put pedal to the metal! Our favorite animated autos are back on the screen in Disney/Pixar Cars 2 and here comes the Cars 2 Collector's Event at Kmart!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 22 at 11 a.m. local time at participating Kmart stores. Collectors will have the opportunity to open special cartons packed with Kmart-exclusive vehicles with synthetic rubber tires. Be there for a chance to score the following:

Kmart Exclusives from Disney/Pixar Cars 2 Movie

  • Lightning McQueen (synthetic rubber tires)
  • Jeff Gorvette (synthetic rubber tires)
  • Lewis Hamilton (synthetic rubber tires)
  • Miguel Camino (synthetic rubber tires)
  • Carla Veloso (synthetic rubber tires)
  • Max Schnell (synthetic rubber tires)
  • Raoul CaRoule (synthetic rubber tires)

If that's not enough to get your motor running, there will also be a drawing for Disney/Pixar's Cars collector posters! These oversized (32" x 49"), full-color posters highlight the full year’s Cars die-cast collection, making them a must-have for true collectors.

And … just to rev it up a little more, Kmart will also offer customers a coupon for $5 off Disney/Pixar Cars 2 Blue-ray Combo Pack with the purchase 5 Cars 2 die-cast cars from Mattel!

Remember to make a pit stop at participating Kmart stores on Saturday, October 22 at 11 a.m.!

–Matty



Behind the Designs: TC Chen, MOTUC Project Manager


October 15, 2011

Toy Fans,,

Monday, October 17th marks the release of the awesome Icarius™ figure. It also marks the final MOTUC figure that project manager TC Chen will be involved with, as TC moves on to other brands and Dave Strom comes on board. Click here and help us celebrate TC's indelible contribution to the MOTUC line in our newest "Behind the Designs" feature!

–Matty












Make It A MOTU Halloween

October 14, 2011

Toy Fans,

By the Power of Grayskull™ we declare Halloween to be the perfect time to channel your inner MOTU! Let Skeletor® scare up some candy, or harness the power of He-Man® for a frightfully good time. And for you ladies, She-Ra® sends a powerful warning to any goblins that dare come your way.

All three are available exclusively at buycostumes.com, so get out there and fight for good (or evil) on All Hallow's Eve!

–Matty



"Ghostbusters" In Select Theaters 10/13, 10/20 & 10/27


October 13, 2011

Ghostbusters™ Fans,

Did you hear the news? The original "Ghostbusters" film is going to be shown in select theaters in New York, New Jersey and Southern California! Every Thursday for three weeks starting lucky October 13th, "Ghostbusters" will play at the theaters on this list*.

Not only that, but this Thursday October 13th the Arclight Theater in Los Angeles will feature an appearance by a real Ecto-1! And keep your eyes open, because we're working on some special tie-ins of our own (details to come).

Tickets to this rare event are bound to go fast, so find your local theater on this list* and get them before they're gone like Gozer!

–Matty

* Theatres are subject to change. Please check your local listings for show times. Click here to watch the trailer.











10/17 SALE REMINDER: Icarius™, Ghost Trap Prop, Legion & More

October 12, 2011

Toy Fans,

Once again, here’s your monthly reminder for our upcoming sale on Monday, October 17th. When you arrive at 9 a.m. PT, here’s what I'll have waiting for you:

Masters of the Universe® Classics

  • Icarius™ Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions
  • Battle Cat® (re-issue, with burst*) Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions
  • Mer-Man® (re-issue, with burst*) Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions

Ghostbusters™

  • 6" Ray with Slime Blower Included with Club Ecto-1 subscriptions
  • Ghost Trap Prop
  • 12" Egon Spengler Figure (with trap)
  • 12" Ray Stantz Figure
  • 12” Peter Venkman Figure
  • 12” Winston Zeddemore Figure
  • 6" Ray Stantz Figure
  • 6" Winston Zeddemore with Slime Blower
  • 6” Egon Spengler Figure (with PKE Meter)
  • 6” Peter Venkman Figure (with Proton Stream)
  • 6” Walter Peck Figure
  • 6" Vinz Clortho Figure
  • Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

DC Universe Legion of Super Heroes

  • Legion 12-pack

DC Universe Classics Wave 17

  • Wonder Woman (Violet Lantern)
  • The Atom (Indigo Lantern)
  • Scarecrow (Yellow Lantern – SC)
  • Lex Luthor (Orange Lantern)
  • Hal Jordan (White Lantern)
  • Hal Jordan (Black Lantern)
  • The Flash (Blue Lantern)

Like usual, the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern), but in case you'd like a reminder, click here to register for an email reminder, or visit me on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums.

–Matty



NYCC Fan Panels & Events Schedule 10/13-10/16


October 12, 2011

Toy Fans,

New York Comic Con takes the city by storm starting this Thursday, October 13th and runs through Sunday, October 16th at Javits Center. Mattel brands will have a huge presence this year, so if you're in New York, be sure to check out all the fan panels and events featuring favorites like MOTU, Batman, DC Universe, Ghostbusters™, Green Lantern, Young Justice, Voltron® and WWE®!


FAN PANELS

Mattel Presents: Masters of the Universe® Classics - Getting Ready to Turn 30!
Saturday, 10/15 at 1:30 - 2:30pm, Rm 1A15

2012 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Masters of the Universe toy line and do we have some great collectible toys in store! Head over to get all the latest info on Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics line, including sneak peeks, a look at the new 2012 Mini Comics and updates on our Create A Character contest. Panel includes a live Q & A with Mattel brand manager Scott "Toy Guru" Neitlich and special guests The Four Horsemen.

Let's Voltron® at NYCC! (Hosted by World Events Productions)
Sunday, October 16 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Room 1A24
Voltron: Defender of the Universe®, the classic animated series that helped introduce a generation to the world of anime makes its New York Comic Con debut in this family-friendly and highly interactive panel! The writers and producers of the new Voltron Force™ animated series on Nicktoons will give fans an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming episodes and a behind-the-scenes look at creating a cartoon! Also on hand will be the artist and writer of the upcoming Voltron Force kids comics from Viz Media and new Voltron comic from Dynamite Entertainment, plus a live demo of the first ever Voltron videogame from THQ. And what about toys? The panel will discuss the all-new Voltron toys available in 2012 only on MattyCollector.com. Bring the kids for prizes, giveaways and a chance to get your picture with Voltron himself! Not only that, but if it's your lucky day, you could win a 2012 Club Lion Force membership in a raffle hosted by World Events Productions. Let's Voltron together at NYCC!

Methods and Materials: Sculpting with the Mattel Design Team
Sunday, 10/16 at 2:30 - 3:30pm, Room 1A03
Do you want to know the basic aspects of sculpting and fabrication? Would you love to get an inside peek at the materials and tools used in creating all of your favorite action figures? Come to this instructional panel where members of the Mattel design team will take you through the process.

MATTEL BOOTH EVENTS
All events take place at Mattel Booth #1222.

Contest Winners Revealed
Two lucky winners will each receive a prize package filled with Mattel figures worth $500 each thanks to their incredibly creative submissions to Mattycollector.com's "Best Local Collection" Contest and "City Celebration" Contest. Come to Booth 1222 to find out who won and see their awesome entries!

DC Universe Collect and Connect® "Give a Piece, Get a Piece"
This fan-favorite from WonderCon returns for NYCC! Dig through our basket of Collect and Connect® pieces to search for the ones you need to complete your figures. The rule is one-in-one-out, and you'll need to give a piece to get a piece so don't forget to bring extra Collect and Connect® pieces with you to the show!

DC Universe Coupons
Be sure to visit the Mattel Booth (space #1222) and ask for your coupon worth $5 off the purchase price of any DC Universe 6” figure at retail!

NYCC Exclusive MattyCollector.com Button
Here's your chance to get the last of the four buttons in the 2011 MattyCollector.com set!

On Sale: JLU 3-Packs, Superboy & Voltron®
Stop by and we'll have Young Justice Superboy ($20) and Blazing Sword Voltron® ($30) available for sale, plus three awesome JLU 3-packs ($20) you can get before they're available on Mattycollector.com!

  • Goldface / Evil Star / Kyle Rayner
  • Angleman / Firestorm / Killer Frost
  • Heatwave / The Flash / Mirror Master

Product Reveals & Demos
Here are a few of the reveals and demos planned, but there's plenty more in store!

  • DC Universe: Revealed for the first time… the 2012 DC Universe Club Infinite Earths Club Exclusive Figure, Metron with Mobius Chair!
  • Ghostbusters™: We're celebrating the re-release of "Ghostbusters" in theaters with a demo of the Prop Replica Ghost Trap that goes on sale here at MattyCollector.com on Monday 10/17 along with 6" Ray with Slime Blower. (P.S. Don't miss our 20%-off Ghostbusters Halloween Sale 10/17-10/31!)
  • Green Lantern: Don't miss the demo of our ultimate Movie Masters® Hal Jordan! Featuring the voice of actor Ryan Reynolds, it's got a power ring sensor that activates lights and sounds (and the Green Lantern Oath), simply by waving the ring near the figure. You seriously have to see this one!
  • Masters of the Universe®: We're getting our 30th Anniversary party started early by unveiling two more figures.

It's going to be an action-packed weekend, so get some rest while you still can and we'll see you at NYCC!

–Matty



SDCC Franken Berry™ & Back to the Future™ Vehicles at HWC 10/11


October 11, 2011

Toy Fans,

When you're ready to reclaim your childhood, what's better than munching on a bowl of classic kids' cereal while you watch '80s flicks? Playing with your Franken Berry™ Dairy Delivery and Back to the Future™ Time Machine cars while you do it! First sold at 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, they'll both be available at HotWheelsCollectors.com on Tuesday, October 11h at 9:00 AM PT.

The 2011 San Diego Comic-Con Back to the Future™ Time Machine comes packed inside a specially themed package. Open it up and you'll find an acrylic case inside that holds the 1:64th model and features the flaming burnout and Hill Valley courthouse in the background.

While our first vehicle takes you "Back to the Future," the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con Franken Berry™ Dairy Delivery just plain takes you back... right to when you were a kid glued to the TV watching Saturday morning cartoons. Shake the classic box and hear that mouth-watering cereal sound coming from inside!

To get all the details on both of these retro rides, visit HotWheelsCollectors.com. Again, the sale starts at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, October 11th and it's open to all HWC members. Don't have an HWC membership? It's easy and free! Just click here to sign up.

So be there or be square – you know it's your density.

–Matty



Behind the Designs: Bruce Cannon, Ghost Trap Engineer


October 7, 2011

Toy Fans,

The arrival of the Ghostbusters™ Prop Replica Ghost Trap is finally nearly here! To celebrate, we've got a special Behind the Designs interview with the project engineer, Bruce Cannon. Click here to meet Bruce and find out what it takes to make the perfect movie replica!

–Matty

P.S. There are more interviews to come, so keep your eyes on this spot!









Save Big at Our Special Ghostbusters™ Halloween Sale 10/17

October 6, 2011

Ghostbusters™ Fans,

If you love those boo bustin' boys like we do, then you won't want to miss this chance to scare up all your most-wanted Ghostbusters™ figures. Not only will you be able to fill in missing figures in your collection (or double up on favorites) you'll save big on combined shipping AND get 20% off the regular price*!

Quantities are extremely limited on some items, so for the best selection you'll want to be here right when the sale starts at 9 a.m. PT on Monday, October 17th.

  • 12" Egon Spengler Figure (with trap) Was $60, Now $48
  • 12" Ray Stantz Figure Was $60, Now $48
  • 12” Peter Venkman Figure Was $60, Now $48
  • 12” Winston Zeddemore Figure Was $60, Now $48
  • 8" Retro-Action® The Real Ghostbusters™ Peter Venkman Was $20, Now $16
  • 6" Ray Stantz Figure Was $20, Now $16
  • 6" Winston Zeddemore with Slime Blower Was $20, Now $16
  • 6” Egon Spengler Figure (with PKE Meter) Was $20, Now $16
  • 6” Peter Venkman Figure (with Proton Stream) Was $20, Now $16
  • 6” Walter Peck Figure Was $20, Now $16
  • 6" Vinz Clortho Figure Was $20, Now $16
  • 6" Peter Venkman (Courtroom) Figure Was $20, Now $16
  • 6" Peter Venkman Figure (with Slimer) Was $20, Now $16
  • 6" Ray Stantz Figure (with Subway Ghost) Was $20, Now $16
  • Stay Puft Marshmallow Man $70

This special sale starts right along with our regular sale on Monday, October 17th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern) so you can take advantage of combined shipping. Befitting this spooktacular event, the sale ends on Monday October 31st at 11:59 p.m. Remember, supplies are limited on many of these figures, and when they're gone, that's it, so shop early to make sure you get everything you want.

Want an email reminder? Click here to register and one will magically appear in your inbox. If you're the hunting type, look for them to materialize on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums.

See you on October 17th!

–Matty

* Stay Puft Marshmallow Man will be sold at the regular price of $70 each.



It’s Mad Matty Monday on 10/10!

October 5, 2011

Toy Fans,

Great news… it's time for another Mad Matty Monday sale! If you missed it last time, it's the one where you buy a mystery pack and don't know what you're going to get, but it’s guaranteed to be crazy awesome.

For this sale, I’ve created entirely new mystery packs. Like the last sale, each one will cost $40 plus shipping but this time each pack has at least three items inside and some have more, and the value of the pack is guaranteed to exceed the $40 price. Once again, there are no purchase limits. You can buy as many of each as you like and all packs purchased in a single transaction will ship together to the same address for even more savings. Here are the packs I'll have for you to choose from:

  • Mystery Pack #1: MOTUC Assortment
  • Mystery Pack #2: DCU Assortment
  • Mystery Pack #3: Ghostbusters™ Assortment

The sale starts Monday, October 10th at 9 a.m. PT (12 p.m. ET) and runs through Monday October 17th at 8 a.m. PT, unless all items are sold out before then. You’ll want to get there early because quantities on most of the items are extremely low and last time they sold out insanely fast! As always, I'll post them on Facebook, Twitter, in our Fan Forums and you can click here to register for email reminders.

—Matty

P.S. Because of limitations on commercial shipments, this sale is only open to US customers.



MOTUC Reveals from Power-Con


September 26, 2011

MOTU Fans,

If you're in the Los Angeles area, hopefully you had a chance to come meet us this past weekend at Power-Con, the convention devoted to all things Masters of the Universe®. Not only was it a blast hanging out with fans, we also revealed a whole slew of figures!

"Traveling Convention" Figure: Temple of Darkness Sorceress®
This is an all-white redeco of the Sorceress, as she was shown in the vintage mini-comic "The Temple of Darkness." She'll arrive with her white magic staff and new Orb of Grayskull™ stand (the Orb itself was included with our King Grayskull® figure in fall 2010). This Sorceress will be our 2012 "traveling convention" figure, much like the three JLU 3-packs are for 2011. We haven't locked down the itinerary yet, but we expect NYCC and Power-Con to be two of the shows we attend in 2012. Any unsold units of this special redeco of the Sorceress will be sold on Mattycollector.com in late fall 2012, but you can get her first at Mattel's traveling shows! (P.S. She will not be sold at SDCC or in any subscription.)

April Club Eternia® Figure: Stinkor®
It's the henchman with stench, man! This servant to Skeletor® really smells just like the vintage toy (think patchouli with a little extra sumpin' sumpin'). Comes with two interchangeable heads, backpack, shield and all-new blaster. Included with 2012 Club Eternia subscriptions.

April Club Eternia® "Oversized" Beast: Griffin
Take to the skies with the evil winged steed of Beast Man® and reign terror throughout the light hemisphere! Based on the Battle Cat® buck (new head, rear legs, neck, saddle, head and tail), this new beast is the perfect choice for sending wicked warriors soaring into battle. Included with 2012 Club Eternia subscriptions.

April Non-Subscription Item: Snake Mountain® Stands
Can't stand your evil warriors? Here's your chance to get them in fighting position with this great non-sub item featuring reconfigurable base and rock spikes.

May Club Eternia® Figure: Slush Head™
The evil goon squad member from the Tri Solar System enters the MattyCollector.com universe at long last. Another great mutant warrior to add to your collection, Slush Head comes complete with arm tentacles, axe and removable head dome you can really fill up with water! Included with 2012 Club Eternia subscriptions.

May MOTU 30th Anniversary Series Figure: The Mighty Spector
Created by our very own Toy Guru, Scott Neitlich, from a childhood sketch, The Mighty Spector is the heroic master of Time Travel. He’s an undercover agent ready to serve the royal household any time, any place. Comes complete with blaster and swapable laser whip/knife (not shown). Included with 2012 MOTU 30th Anniversary Series subscriptions.

These are just some of the awesome items we've got planned for 2012. As we recently announced, prices for figures purchased during the monthly sales will be higher than those purchased through the subscription. If you want to make sure you get every one of the subscription figures shown above , plus save on figure prices and combined shipping, then make sure you sign up for both Club Eternia® and the 30th Anniversary Series. But don't wait… the sale ends Monday, October 3rd at 11:59pm!

—Matty



WWE® WrestleMania® XXVII Only at Toys'R'Us


September 23, 2011

WWE® Fans,

Last April, over 1 million of you watched the return of The Rock® as host of WrestleMania® XXVII at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Now you can bring home all the excitement of this awesome event with Mattel WWE figures sold exclusively at Toys'R'Us and ToysRUs.com!

    WrestleMania® XXVII Figure Assortment – each figure comes with an exclusive WrestleMania XXVII figure stand!
  • John Cena®
  • Randy Orton®
  • John Morrison®
  • Triple H®
  • Christian®
  • Alberto del Rio™


    WrestleMania® XXVII Elite Collection Assortment
  • The Miz™
  • Kofi Kingston™
  • Undertaker®
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin®

These figures are bound to go faster than tickets to WrestleMania XXVIII, so hurry to Toys'R'Us today!

—Matty



10/17 SALE: Icarius™, Prop Replica Ghost Trap, Legion 12-Pack & More

September 21, 2011

Toy Fans,

Our October sale will be flying high with MOTUC's Icarius™ leading the way for tons of favorites from many of our lines, including Ghostbusters™ and the long-awaited DC Universe Legion 12-Pack! Be here at 9 a.m. PT on Monday, October 17th, and here's what will be available:

    Masters of the Universe® Classics
  • IcariusIncluded with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
  • Battle Cat® (re-issue, with burst*) Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
  • Mer-Man® (re-issue, with burst*) Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.

    Ghostbusters™
  • 6" Ray with Slime Blower Included with Club Ecto-1 subscriptions.
  • Prop Replica Ghost Trap Not included with Club Ecto-1 subscriptions.

    DC Universe Legion of Super Heroes
  • Legion 12-pack

    DC Universe Classics Wave 17
  • Wonder Woman (Violet Lantern)
  • The Atom (Indigo Lantern)
  • Scarecrow (Yellow Lantern – SC)
  • Lex Luthor (Orange Lantern)
  • Hal Jordan (White Lantern)
  • Hal Jordan (Black Lantern)
  • The Flash (Blue Lantern)

October Subscription Information
If you're a subscription holder, here's the rundown of charges you can expect for the month of October:

Club Eternia®: Icarius™ $20 = $20 total
Club Ecto-1: 6" Ray with Slime Blower= $20 total
Subscription Combo (1 Eternia®, 1 Ecto-1): $40 total

Please remember that if you have multiple subscriptions, you’ll need to multiply each of those amounts by the number of subscriptions you have.

Shipping costs, taxes and fees are additional and vary depending on location and shipping method you choose.

Your card will be charged 5 calendar days before the on-sale date, so plan to have funds available by Thursday, October 12, 2011.

Subscription orders will begin shipping 2 business days before the on-sale date, which will be Thursday, October 13, 2011.

This month, the sale is on Monday, October 17th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). If you'd like an email reminder, click here to register, or find them on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums. And don't forget… we're holding a special Halloween Ghostbusters sale from October 17 through October 31; details to apparate soon!

—Matty

* A small percentage of customers will receive product from the first run and the package will not contain the burst. This is random and we can’t control which package will be received.



Update on Ghostbusters™ Subscription & 2012 News

September 19, 2011

Ghostbusters™ Fans,

You know how much love the Matty team has for Ghostbusters, and although we were ready to support a subscription in 2012, sales were lower than we expected. We regret to announce that we have to cancel the 2012 Club Ecto-1 subscription. All 2012 orders will be promptly refunded. If you purchased a 2012 subscription, you should see the refund in your account within 5-7 business days of your refund being processed, depending on your bank. All 2011 subscriptions will continue to ship as scheduled.

Like you, we're disappointed that the subscription will be going away for 2012, but to show our appreciation for you fans who stepped up and bought a 2012 subscription, we're working on a "thank you" just for you. Stay tuned as we'll have something special coming for you in appreciation for your support.

Please know that the Ghostbusters line isn't over! To do right by all Ghostbusters fans, we're still moving forward with the previously announced figures for 2012 (Ready to Believe You Peter with Taxi Cab Ghost, The Rookie, Dana as Zuul) and a fourth figure in the fall, to be announced. These figures will be available at our regular monthly sales. Like our other lines, costs have risen since the brand was launched and the price of the 6" figures will increase to $22 each.

Now on to brighter news. In celebration of the boo bustin' boys' favorite time of the year, we're going to re-release some of your favorite figures during a special Ghostbusters Halloween sale. The sale will run from 10/17 through 10/31, and it's the perfect time to fill in any missing characters in your collection and stock up on favorites. But wait… yes, there's more! Not only will we have a great selection of characters, the October 17 sale will also bring the long-awaited Ghost Trap prop, plus the return of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!

Again, on behalf of the team, thanks for being a loyal fan. Long live the Ghostbusters!

—Matty



New Young Justice Episodes Begin 9/16

September 15, 2011

Young Justice Fans,

Have you been digging the encore episodes of Young Justice on Cartoon Network the last few weeks like I have? Then you won't want to miss the premiere of the new episode "Targets" at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 16th!

"Targets" marks the first of a series of new episodes scheduled to run through November. Check out Cartoon Network every Friday night to catch up with your favorite Young Justice super heroes!

Can't get enough Young Justice? You'll find basic figures, 2-packs, and the 6" figures with amazing display stands and accessories at your favorite local retailer and online.

—Matty



2012 Subs Reopening 9/16-10/3, Plus New MOTU 30th Anniv. Sub


September 14, 2011

Toy Fans,

If you haven't yet heard the news, the DC Universe Club Infinite Earths subscription is going forward for 2012, with Metron as the oversized club-exclusive figure! We know many of you were bummed you missed the on-sale window and have asked us to reopen the subscriptions. We also heard you when you asked us to offer a subscription for the six MOTUC 30th Anniversary figures. I'm stoked to tell you the answers are yes and yes! Starting Friday, September 16th, you'll have the chance to purchase subscriptions once more for DC Universe Club Infinite Earths and MOTUC Club Eternia®, plus Voltron® Club Lion Force and the all-new MOTU 30th Anniversary Series*! Here's a roundup:

Subscription Sale Period
Friday, September 16th at 9 a.m. PT through Monday, October 3rd at 11:59 p.m. PT

Subscription Information
There are no differences between the subscriptions we previously offered and those we'll sell starting September 16th, and the new MOTU 30th Anniversary Series subscription will operate similarly. Complete product pages will be live soon with all the specifics, but here's a summary of each. There's a lot of important information, so please read all the details.

DC Universe Club Infinite Earths
In 2012, DC Universe Club Infinite Earths will be the only place to get true collector 6" character figures not available at retail, including Poison Ivy, Atrocitus, The Flash 1 and Starman. When you purchase a membership for $30, you'll be shipped and billed for 9 monthly 6" figures starting in April 2012 and 3 "oversized" figures (one shipped approximately each quarter, beginning with the second quarter). You’ll also receive the club-exclusive oversized figure, voted by fans to be Metron with his Mobius Chair!

As you know, this club going forward was based on reaching a certain number of subscriptions. Although our goal wasn't achieved, we want to show our support for fans by moving ahead. In order to make the club work, we crunched the numbers and here's what we came up with: As a benefit to membership, you'll be locked in at the advertised subscription rates of $15 for 6" figures and $30 for oversized figures, plus shipping/taxes/fees. Prices for figures sold outside the subscription during our monthly sales at MattyCollector.com will be $18 for 6" figures and $45 for oversized figures. The subscription is the only way to guarantee the lower prices and get fan-favorite Metron, which will not be sold at MattyCollector.com!

MOTUC Club Eternia®
Club Eternia is going to be better than ever for 2012! Purchase a membership to Club Eternia for $20 and you’re guaranteed to receive all of the monthly Masters of the Universe® Classics figures released during the year. You’ll also receive club-exclusive Shadow Weaver (our first-ever Filmation character!) and an all-new bonus map poster of Preternia. Figures revealed to date are Sorceress® (January), Fisto™ (February) and Kobra Kahn™ (March). The multipack revealed to date is Princess of Power® Star Sisters™ (Starla™, Jewelstar™ and Tallstar™) that also includes Glory Bird.

Since we launched the MOTUC line in 2008, while costs have risen we've worked hard to hold prices for 6" figures at $20 each. For 2012, prices for figures purchased through the subscription will remain as previously advertised ($20 for 6" figures, $30-$60 each for beasts/variants/multi-packs). We're finalizing the numbers now, but figures and other items sold outside the subscription during our monthly sales at MattyCollector.com will definitely be higher. If you don't already have a subscription, you'll want to get one when they're re-opened on September 16th to lock in the 2008 pricing!

MOTU 30th Anniversary Series
By fan demand, we're offering a subscription to the six very special figures we'll be releasing approximately every other month in 2012 in celebration of MOTU's 30th anniversary! Each figure will be a new character created just for the MOTUC line, including Fearless Photog (the winner of the 1985 Create a Figure Contest by Nathan Bitner) and Draego Man by the Four Horsemen. Of the remaining figures, two will be from Mattel, one from Geoff Johns (famed creative director from DC Comics), and the final figure is planned to be the winner of the current Create a Character Contest.

Because this series was created as part of the year-long anniversary celebration, we've been given permission from management to also offer these figures to subscribers for the 2008 price of $20 each (plus shipping/taxes/fees), but the price will be higher for figures sold outside the subscription at MattyCollector.com during our monthly sales (pricing to be announced). If you love MOTU, it's the best way to ensure you'll receive every one of the MOTU 30th Anniversary Series special releases at the lower price. You can get this subscription whether you have a subscription to Club Eternia or not, but purchasing both ensures you'll receive every MOTUC figure released in 2012, plus you'll save on shipping!

Voltron® Club Lion Force
Ready to form Voltron? Then don't miss our Club Lion Force subscription! When you buy a membership for $15, you’ll be shipped and billed for all the official club figures as they are released during the year – a total of 5 pilot figures in 3 ¾" scale and 5 lion figures. That means you'll own all 5 lions needed to build the epic-scale 23" Voltron robot and all 5 pilots needed to complete the Voltron Collect and Connect® Ultra Blazing Sword. Also included is the club-exclusive figure for 2012, Sven, the original pilot of the Blue Lion!

In homage to the series and to make sure you get every figure needed to build the 23" Voltron and Ultra Blazing Sword, each pilot will come as a set with its corresponding lion, so Keith and the Black lion will come as a set, Hunk and the Yellow lion will come as a set, etc. Prices for the pilots and lions are $50-$65 per set, whether purchased through the subscription or when they are sold on MattyCollector.com during our monthly sales (they won't be sold separately). That means subscribers will receive paired Pilots and Lions at their doorstep, and if you choose to come to MattyCollector.com to purchase additional sets (or if you don't have a subscription), you won't have to go to two separate product pages and risk one or the other being sold out – a single click will be all it takes to put them both in your cart!

Remember, all subscriptions ordered by one person (same email address, credit card, address and shipping method) will ship together, with one exception: The first month that any of your subscription orders ship, subscriptions not purchased together will not ship together (estimated January for Club Eternia® and MOTU 30th Anniversary Series, February for Club Lion Force and April for DC Universe Club Infinite Earths). The second time your subscription ships (essentially the monthly renewal), all of your subscriptions will ship together to the same address (estimated February for Club Eternia, March for MOTU 30th Anniversary Series, April for Club Lion Force and May for DC Universe Club Infinite Earths). So, for example, let's say you purchased two Club Eternia subscriptions in one transaction during the July on-sale period and two subscriptions during the September on-sale period in another transaction. When the first club figures are released in January, the figures purchased in July will ship in one package and the figures purchased in September will ship in another package. Then in February, all the figures from all four subscriptions will ship together. This only applies to subscriptions that were not purchased in the same transaction. All subscriptions that are purchased in the same transaction will ship together the first month as promised.

For those of you who are hesitant to get a subscription because you want to combine subscription figures with other items purchased during the monthly sales to save on shipping, please know that we've heard your requests and the team is working hard to figure out a way to do this. There's nothing to announce yet (and no guarantees), but if you're on the fence we encourage you to consider purchasing a subscription so you don't miss out on the lower subscription prices. Then if we're able to offer the combined shipping, it's an added benefit.

One last thing… this special sale is only open from September 16th through October 3rd and the sale will absolutely, positively, we're-not-kidding not be extended! If you want email reminders so you don't miss this important event, please click here, and as always, I'll post on Facebook and Twitter.

—Matty

*Yes, we know Ghostbusters™ Club Ecto-1 is not reopened at this time. Updated information about Club Ecto-1 will be announced soon. We have a few additional non-subscription items we are working on so, stay tuned for more news from your favorite paranormal investigators and exterminators!



9/15 SALE: Hordak®, Leech™, JLU 3-Packs & Retro-Action®


September 9, 2011

Toy Fans,

Here’s your monthly reminder for our upcoming sale on Thursday, September 15th. When you arrive at 9 a.m. PT, here’s what I'll have waiting for you:

As always, the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern), but in case you need a nudge, click here to register for an email reminder. I also post reminders on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums.

See you on September 15th!

—Matty



Collector Contest Submissions Open for New York


August 30, 2011

Toy Fans,

The third and final stop on MattyCollector.com's Collector Appreciation Tour 2011 at New York Comic Con is right around the corner. That means it's time for you to grab your cameras because contest submissions are now open for both the "Best Local Collection" Contest and “City Celebration” Contest!

Tour Stop: New York Comic Con, New York NY
Tour Dates: 10/13-10/16
Entry Period: 8/28-9/23

What could you win? If your entry is selected, you'll receive a prize package with an approximate retail value of $500 filled with Mattel action figures! Click here for all the details and to download entry forms (open to New York state residents over age 18 years and older).

After you submit your entries, mark your calendar for October 13-16 to attend New York Comic Con because these convention stops are a blast! Not only do fans have the chance to see the winning contest submissions, they also get to meet members of Mattel’s Design, Marketing, and Packaging teams from the various Mattycollector brands. We’ll also have panels and special guests (more to come on those), plus we're giving away collector buttons made for each city that you can only get at the conventions:

And if you're a JLU fan, you definitely won't want to miss NYCC because you can pick up three awesome JLU 3-packs before they're available on Mattycollector.com! Visit the Matty booth and you’ll find these packs for $20 each:

  • Goldface / Evil Star / Kyle Rayner
  • Angleman / Firestorm / Killer Frost
  • Heatwave / The Flash / Mirror Master

Alright New Yorkers, show us why your collection is the best of the best and you could find that prize package jam-packed with Mattel action figures waiting on your doorstep!

—Matty



Young Justice "Buy One, Get 1 Free" Promotion at TRU 8/28-9/3


August 25, 2011

Young Justice Fans,

We've heard how much everyone is digging the new line and now our friends at Toys "R" Us are showing us all some serious collecting love… from Sunday 8/28 through Saturday 9/3, when you buy one Young Justice 4.25" basic figure, you'll get another one free!

While you're there, you'll also want to look for Young Justice 2-packs and those awesome Young Justice 6" figures. Stock is limited and not every store will carry every character, so hurry to your favorite Toys "R" Us store for the best selection on all your favorite Young Justice toys.

Remember, the special "buy one, get one free" promotion on 4.25" basic Young Justice figures lasts for just one week, so don't wait – take advantage of this sweet deal before it's gone for good!

—Matty



9/15 SALE: Hordak®, Leech™, JLU 3-Packs & Retro-Action®


August 24, 2011

Toy Fans,

Our September 15th sale is a-brewin' and the Ruthless Leader With Wicked Whirling Weapons™ himself, Hurricane Hordak™, is blowing in, along with a few other friends (and foes)! Be here at 9 a.m. PT on Thursday, September 15th, and here's what you'll find:

  • MOTUC Hurricane Hordak™: When Hordak® dons his awesome armor, trouble follows for Skeletor®! Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
  • MOTUC Leech™: Opposition have a little too much energy for your liking? Send in The Evil Master of Power Suction™! Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
  • MOTUC Chief Carnivus™ (re-issue, with burst*): King Randor® hereby commands you to bring home the leader of the Qadians™. Why? Beclaws he's the purrrfect addition to any collection! (Sorry, we had to go there.) As a re-issue, most packages will have "The Original" graphic burst*. Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
  • JLU 3-Pack: For the first time, this trio of essential members is available in JLU style! Includes Golden Age characters The Flash, Green Lantern and Hawkman.
  • JLU 3-Pack: Also offered for the first time in that awesome JLU look, this pack comes with Adam Strange, Animal Man and Star Man.
  • Kyle Rayner Retro Action® DC Super Heroes: Don't miss your chance at the fourth and final figure in our exclusive Green Lantern-themed 8" series.

September Subscription Information
For subscription holders, here's the rundown of charges you can expect for the month of September:

Club Eternia®: Hurricane Hordak™ $20, Leech™ $20 = $40 total
Club Ecto-1: No figure this month = $0 total
Subscription Combo (1 Eternia®, 1 Ecto-1): $40 total

Please remember that if you have multiple subscriptions, you’ll need to multiply each of those amounts by the number of subscriptions you have.

Shipping costs, taxes and fees are additional and vary depending on location and shipping method you choose.

Your card will be charged 5 calendar days before the on-sale date, so plan to have funds available by Thursday, September 8, 2011.

Subscription orders will begin shipping 2 business days before the on-sale date, which will be Tuesday, August 13, 2011.

Again, this month, the sale happens Thursday, September 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). Want a reminder? Click here to register, or get them on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums.

—Matty

* A small percentage of customers will receive product from the first run and the package will not contain the burst. This is random and we can’t control which package will be received.



Important Update: All 2012 Subscriptions WILL Ship Together!


August 19, 2011

Toy Fans,

We heard your requests loud and clear, and we have BIG news! We've just confirmed that all 2012 subscriptions will ship together, regardless of when they were ordered, as long as they are for the same customer ID number and going to the same address!

There is one important caveat: the first month that any of your subscription orders ship, subscriptions not purchased together will not ship together (estimated January for Club Eternia®, March for Club Ecto-1 and Club Lion Force, and April for DC Universe Club Infinite Earths*). The second time your subscription ships (essentially the monthly renewal), all of your subscriptions will ship together to the same address (estimated February for Club Eternia, April for Club Ecto-1, May for Club Lion Force and DC Universe Club Infinite Earths). This only applies to subscriptions that were not purchased together. All subscriptions that are purchased in the same transaction will ship together the first month as promised.

Even better, if we go forward with the add-on subscription for MOTUC 30th anniversary figures we’ve previously mentioned, the combined shipping will apply to that as well! That means any club subscriptions you order at any time before 8/22 will ship together and if you purchase the possible MOTUC 30th anniversary subscription, those figures will ship right along with your club subscriptions. We should be able to confirm this subscription at Power-Con™ next month!

So where does that leave us for 2012? Let's see… MOTUC Club Eternia® has Shadow Weaver, our very first Filmation character, and we're celebrating the 30th anniversary all year long. Ghostbusters™ Club Ecto-1 has the first-ever, fan-demanded Dana. With Voltron® Club Lion Force, you get the 5 lions you need to build the epic-scale 23" Voltron. And DC Universe Club Infinite Earths features true collector figures you won't find at retail and, for the first time, we're letting fans choose the club-exclusive figure -- which, by the way, will be oversized!

With truly amazing lineups for every club and combined shipping for all subscriptions no matter when they're ordered, the 2012 subscriptions will deliver everything serious collectors could ask for and more. So don't wait – the sale ends Monday, August 22nd at 11:59 p.m. PT so click here to order today!

—Matty

*A minimum number of subscriptions are required for this club to move forward. Click here for details.

New "Voltron®: The Legend Begins" DVD On Sale Now


August 16, 2011

Voltron® Fans,

Now on sale throughout the galaxy, the new "Voltron®: The Legend Begins" DVD features 7 digitally re-mastered action-packed episodes from the hit animated series "Voltron: Defender of the Universe!®"

"The Legend Begins" tells the origin story of a brave team of space explorers - Keith, Lance, Sven, Hunk and Pidge - who search for the keys to five mythical robot lions on the planet Arus. Arus has been destroyed by the armies of King Zarkon and his use of giant Robeast monsters created by the witch Haggar. The planet's only hope lies in the discovery of these five robot lions, which combine together to form the mighty robot, Voltron: Defender of the Universe®! With the compelling stories, memorable characters, humor and heart-pounding action that made the 1980s series so popular, Voltron® is the ultimate story of good versus evil, and the triumph of the human spirit.

This title also includes sweet bonus material like a peek at the new "Voltron Force™" series on Nicktoons and a collection of Voltron® art from today's hottest artists. It's available wherever stellar DVDs are sold.

And don't forget… join Club Lion Force now so you can get the 5 Lions to form the epic-scale 23" Voltron®, the 5 Pilots with pieces of the Collect-and-Connect™ Ultra Blazing Sword and the club-exclusive Sven figure. Subscriptions on sale only through August 22nd, so click here to get yours today!

—Matty



Missing Voltron Pilot Sven Found in Club Lion Force!


August 16, 2011

Voltron Fans,

Like you, I'm a big fan of Voltron so I'm seriously excited for our all-new 2012 Club Lion Force, and especially the club-exclusive Sven figure. Fans have been asking for this series-essential character for years but he's never been released as an action figure before so this is HUGE news! Because he's the club-exclusive, that means the only way you can get Sven is to subscribe to Club Lion Force. If you're a serious Voltron fan, Sven is a must-have for your collection!

Sven's got a mysterious story behind that stoic façade… in the classic series, he was the original pilot for the Blue Lion. In the episode "Right Arm of Voltron," Sven was injured by Haggar and her Robeast, and sent to Planet Ebb for treatment! The Blue Lion went on to become piloted by the strong-willed and winsome Princess Allura, now a core member of Voltron Force.

Now Sven lives on in Club Lion Force! When we considered what to include in the club, Sven was, of course, a top pick. And being that this is the first time ever that Sven will be available, it was only right that he be reserved for true fans of the series. So, only subscribers of Club Lion Force will receive the club-exclusive figure, Sven!

Sven will arrive with an alternate helmet head and a key that unlocks the cockpit of the Blue Lion. The key also activates the one-touch Voltron transformation feature and can be used as a display base so Sven can finally rejoin his team mates (scoot it over, Allura!).

Again, because he's the club-exclusive figure, the only way to get Sven guaranteed from Mattel is to join 2012 Club Lion Force. Along with Sven, subscribers also get all 5 Lions needed to make a ginormous 23" Voltron robot, plus 5 Pilots that come with pieces to make an awesome Ultra Blazing Sword. Subscriptions are available only through August 22nd and then that's it, so don't wait... click here to get details and sign up today!

—Matty



2012 WWE® Legends Line "Fan's Choice" Winners Announced


August 15, 2011

WWE Fans,

Hopefully you had a chance to vote every day for the WWE® Legends figures you want us to make in 2012! The voting is now closed and at an event before SummerSlam®, Jimmy Hart announced the winners. Without further ado, here they are…

Diamond Dallas Page - Available April 2012
Bundy - Available May 2012
Arn Anderson - Available July 2012
Tully Blanchard - Available September 2012
Miss Elizabeth - Available November 2012

Fan-requested Andre the Giant™ will be the first figure released in early 2012 and the other five will follow, one about every other month exclusively at MattyCollector.com. It's going to be an incredible year and we can't wait to get started.

No, seriously… we really can't wait so we're kicking off the excitement early by offering the Rockers™ in a 2-pack on November 21st here at MattyCollector.com! Be sure to check back because we'll have more details as it gets closer. And if you want an email reminder before it goes on sale, click here to register.

Want insider info on everything WWE® from Mattel? Give us a "Like" on the Mattel/WWE Facebook page. We'll post preview pics of the five figures fans chose, interviews with our designers, behind-the scenes shots and a whole lot more. You can also follow us on Twitter and get in the conversation ring with other WWE® fans in our Fan Forums.

Big thanks to everyone who participated in the poll. You chose a stellar lineup for 2012 and it's gonna be awesome!

—Matty



Final Extension! Subscriptions On Sale Thru 8/22


August 11, 2011

Toy Fans,

We've heard your requests for more time to purchase subscriptions and want everyone to have a chance to get everything they want, so we're extending the sale one last time. Now you've got until Monday August 22nd at 11:59 p.m. PT to order any of our 2012 subscriptions!

DC Universe Club Infinite Earths
The only way to get true collector 6" characters guaranteed, plus for the first time ever, fans choose the club-exclusive figure!

Voltron® Club Lion Force
Membership ensures you get the 5 Lions you need to create a massive 23" tall Voltron with 32 points of articulation!

Masters of the Universe® Club Eternia®
Don't miss your chance to own a piece of MOTUC history with our year-long 30 year anniversary celebration.

Ghostbusters™ Club Ecto-1
2012 will be bigger than ever with Dana and the club-exclusive The Rookie with Taxi Cab Ghost.

All subscriptions ordered together will ship together, in any combination and quantity. But please don't wait… this is truly the last time we'll be extending the sale, so if you're considering a subscription to our clubs, click here to order today!

—Matty



8/15 SALE REMINDER: Ghostbusters™, JLU, & MOTU

August 10, 2011

Toy Fans,

Here’s your monthly reminder for our upcoming sale on Monday, August 15th. Show up at 9 a.m. PT and here’s what I'll have waiting for you:

Remember… the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). Click here to register for an email reminder. You'll also find reminders on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums, too.

See you on the 15th!

—Matty



The MOTUC Spotlight Shines On Shadow Weaver


August 5, 2011

He-Fans and She-Ravers,

As you know we've extended the subscription purchase deadline to August 14th. If you haven't decided yet to purchase a 2012 Club Eternia® subscription, perhaps this might give you that little extra info you need… Presenting our subscription-only figure, the first ever Shadow Weaver! That's right, through an all-new licensing deal with our partners at Classic Media, we are able for the first time to offer characters from the classic vintage Filmation animated series (of both He-Man and She-Ra!) in the MOTUC line (who says we don't listen to the fans!).

This new deal happened so recently that we were in a scramble to get a Filmation character out there for early 2012. After talking it over with the brand team and the Four Horsemen, we decided to go for the gold ring and offer what is quite possibly the most fan-demanded figure ever as our first Eternia exclusive in 2012 - the one and only Shadow Weaver!

The ONLY way to get Shadow Weaver guaranteed is to subscribe to 2012 Club Eternia. Your sign-up fee of $20.00 covers the cost of Hordak's most recent head witch, as well as a bonus map poster of Preternia (plus shipping/taxes/fees). Shadow Weaver will never be sold separately and is only available as the club figure for 2012 subscribers.

Shadow Weaver comes complete with a clear "floating" base, magic wand and magic book (not shown) and she is almost a completely new tool. (Only her shoulders are shared!)

Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to own the evil witch of the Horde. Bring our first Filmation character Shadow Weaver home by subscribing to Club Eternia for 2012! Remember, subscriptions are only available through August 14th, so don't wait. Get all the details and sign up here today.

—Matty



2012 Club Eternia® Pricing Update


August 4, 2011

MOTUC Fans,

Thanks to you, the fans, we were made aware that the pricing on Club Eternia didn't include the quarterly variants (we can't believe we left them off!). We've updated the product page with the new copy highlighted in red:

The total commitment for 2012 is $510, plus applicable fees/taxes and shipping (varies depending on your location and the shipping method you choose). You will be shipped 12 Monthly Figures (12 @ $20 = $240), 4 Beasts/Variants/Multi-packs (1 each at $60, $30, $40, $40 = $170), 4 Quarterly Variant Figures (4 each at $20 each=$80) and the Club-exclusive figure/map (included in $20 signup fee = $20) for a total of $510 plus shipping/taxes/fees.

If you've already signed up for Club Eternia®, your confirmation email and pre-authorization/charge amount is still correct because you won't be charged for the figures until they ship.

Again, the page is now updated, and we do apologize for the confusion.

—Matty



Subscription Sale Extended Thru 8/14… But Don't Wait!


August 4, 2011

Toy Fans,

At press time the DC Universe Club Infinite Earths sign-ups are at 29%. We're still 71% away from the level of subscribers needed to move forward but we really want to see this club happen, so we're extending the sale one more week. And what's good for one is good for all, so now you've got until Sunday August 14th at 11:59 p.m. PT to order any of our 2012 subscriptions!

DC Universe Club Infinite Earths
True collector 6" characters like Poison Ivy, Atrocitus, The Flash 1 and Starman, oversized figures and fan's choice for the club-exclusive!

Ghostbusters™ Club Ecto-1
We're showing 'em how it's done downtown with old favorites and someone you've been waiting for. (cough *Dana* cough)

Masters of the Universe® Club Eternia®
The Most Powerful Club in the Universe!™ celebrates the 30 year anniversary of MOTUC with Sorceress®, Kobra Kahn™ and more.

Voltron® Club Lion Force
Get 5 Lions that make a 23" tall Voltron, 5 Pilots with pieces to make an Ultra Blazing Sword, plus a club-exclusive Sven!

One item to update everyone on is that we are limiting production quantities in 2012. For Masters of the Universe, this means that we'll be producing slightly fewer figures beyond the subscriptions than in past years. For the other brands, there will be limited production beyond the subscription. So if you want to be guaranteed to get your favorite figures from any of the clubs, we highly recommend signing up for the annual subscription (and remember – it's the only way to get the exclusive club items!). There will still be limited stock available on sale days, but overall it will be less than previous years.

Again, we want to make sure that everyone who wants a subscription has a chance to get one so the sale end date has been extended to August 14th at 11:59 p.m. PT. And remember, all subscriptions ordered together will ship together, in any combination and quantity. But don't wait… subscriptions really are available for a limited time only so place your order today!

—Matty



Remembering Elliot Handler, Mattel Founder

August 4, 2011

Toy Fans,

We were very saddened to learn about the recent passing of Elliot Handler, the Mattel founder who created some of the world’s most beloved toys. He not only inspired and delighted the employees of Mattel but generations of children around the world. The 30,000 employees of Mattel are proud to continue his legacy and love of play for generations to come. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.

If you'd like to read more about Elliot's incredible legacy, click here.

—Matty



VIDEO PREVIEW: Ready to Form Voltron®!

August 4, 2011

Toy Fans,

In case you've been out battling King Zarkon and missed the news, we recently announced the all-new
Club Lion Force, our newest subscription service dedicated just to Voltron®! Buy a membership to Club Lion Force and you’re guaranteed to get every official club figure released during the year – a total of 5 Pilot figures in 3 ¾" scale and 5 Lion figures throughout 2012. You’ll also receive a club-exclusive item, the original pilot of the Blue Lion himself, Sven, also in 3 ¾" scale.

The best part? All 5 Lions form together to build a colossal 23" Voltron robot! Check out this video that shows exactly how each piece comes together to form Voltron:

The keys you see in the video that open the cockpits are accessories that come with each of the Pilot figures. Not only do they open the cockpits of the lions, they're also display stands for the Pilot figures. (You don't actually need the keys to activate the auto-transformation feature or to open the cockpit, but it's a lot more fun that way!)

Remember, signing up for Club Lion Force is the only way to guarantee that you'll get your hands on all 5 Lions (and the 5 Pilots) so you can create that awesome 23" Voltron robot. Subscriptions are on sale through Friday, August 5th at 2 p.m. PT and once the sale ends, that's it. Don't wait… click here for all the details and to sign-up today!

—Matty



Pre-Order The Hottest Disney Toys for Pick-Up at D23 Expo


August 2, 2011

Toy Fans,

Each year, D23, the official Disney fan club, holds the very supercalifragilisticexpialidocious D23 Expo. This year "The Ultimate Disney Fan Event" takes place August 19-21, 2011, in Anaheim, California. To celebrate, we'll have special toys from two of the biggest Disney films ever… Toy Story and Cars 2. Based on how insanely popular they are, the toys are bound to go fast so for fans heading to D23 Expo, you can pre-order both our Toy Story Woody's Roundup figure and the Cars 2 Submarine Finn McMissile vehicle right here at MattyCollector.com and pick them up at D23 Expo. That means no waiting in line and you're guaranteed to get the toys you want!

Here's how the pre-order sale works:

  • The sale starts Monday 8/8 9 a.m. PT and ends Friday 8/12 11:59 p.m. PT.
  • For best selection, be here at MattyCollector.com on Monday 8/8 at 9 a.m. PT when the sale starts.
  • Choose the items you want and add them to your cart. There’s a purchase limit of 6 per person on all products.
  • Your credit card will be charged and a confirmation email voucher will be sent.
  • Bring a printout of your email voucher, the credit card you used for the transaction and your identification to the Mattel booth in the Disney Living Pavilion.
  • Pick up your product between open of show Friday 8/19/11 and close of show Sunday 8/21/11.
  • Products cannot be shipped. This option is for pick up at the D23 Expo only.
  • All sales are final. There are NO REFUNDS so please be sure you can personally pick up your purchase(s) at D23 Expo no later than close of show.

If you're going to D23 Expo but you can't make the pre-order sale or the item you want is sold out, these awesome toys will also be available for purchase at D23 Expo on a first-come, first-served basis.

The D23 Expo is the single largest gathering of all things Disney—with incredible experiences, exhibits, and presentations that will connect fans to the timeless stories, characters and amazing worlds Disney has created for generations. For more details, visit The Official Disney Fan Event at D23 Expo.com.

Remember, the pre-order sale ends on Friday 8/12 at 11:59 pm. PT but quantities available are extremely limited, so you'll want to be here right when the sale starts!

—Matty



Sign Up Now: DC Universe Club Infinite Earths!


August 2, 2011

DC Universe Fans,

With the all-new 2012 DC Universe Club Infinite Earths, the DC Universe becomes part of the Mattel subscription family for the first time. While you'll still find 6" figures at retail, MattyCollector.com will be the only place to get the most fan-demanded and true collector characters!

Club Infinite Earths, these figures won't be released in waves or create Collect and Connect® figures as they have in the past. Instead, we're offering 3 stand-alone oversized figures that wouldn't have been possible at retail stores via Collect and Connect. In fact, to celebrate the new oversized opportunities, the club-exclusive figure will be an oversized figure!

Not only that, but in a MattyCollector.com first, the club-exclusive figure is going to be chosen by you, the fans! Just click here to vote on the figure you want us to make should the club go forward.

This club is the result of requests from you, the fans. In order to make it happen, we need to reach a certain number of subscriptions. Throughout the subscription sign-up period, the thermometer on the homepage will be updated to show how close we are. If we don't hit the goal, then we won't be able to offer the club. But if we do (and we really hope we do), then the club's a "go" and you can look forward to the ultimate DC Universe toy collecting experience!

So, DC Universe fans, the fate of DC Universe Club Infinite Earths is truly in your hands. Spread the news to your fellow collectors so we can make it a reality. Subscriptions are available now and the sale ends on Friday 8/5 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET), so what are you waiting for? Click here now to get your subscriptions!

—Matty



8/15 SALE: Egon, Green Lantern Origins 3-Pack, Megator™ & More

August 2, 2011

Toy Fans,

The dog days of summer are here… and you deserve a few new toys! Here's a look at what we've got in our August 15th sale, including a new 6" Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters™, and four figures from MOTU (check back soon for the images) and a JLU pack that hasn't been seen since 2009!

  • Ghostbusters™ "Ready to Believe You" Egon Spengler: Are you troubled by not having enough Egon? This 6" figure should help! Included with 2011 Club Ecto-1 subscriptions.
  • JLU Green Lantern Origins 3-Pack: In celebration of the recent Green Lantern film, we've released some customer service stock just in time for our sale. See the light and snap up this sought-after 3-Pack that includes Hal Jordan, Abin Sur, and Sinestro.
  • MOTU Megator™: Evil Giant Destroyer™. That pretty much says it all! The August Club Eternia® subscription figure is included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
  • MOTU Man-E-Faces®: Is the Club Eternia® Figure of the Month human, robot, monster ... or all three? Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
  • MOTU Beast Man® (re-issue, with burst*): This fan-favorite will whip your collection into shape! Most packages will have “The Original” graphic burst*.
  • MOTU Gygor™ (re-issue, with burst*): Don't monkey around or you'll miss out on this re-issue! Most packages will have “The Original” graphic burst*.

August Subscription Information
For all you subscription holders, here's the rundown of charges for the month of August:

Club Eternia®: Megator™ $40, Man-E-Faces® $20 = $60 total
Club Ecto-1: "Ready to Believe You" Egon = $20 total
Subscription Combo (1 Eternia®, 1 Ecto-1): $80 total

Please remember that if you have multiple subscriptions you’ll need to multiply each of those amounts by the number of subscriptions you have.

Shipping costs, taxes and fees are additional and vary depending on location and shipping method you choose.

Your card will be charged 5 calendar days before the on-sale date, so plan to have funds available by Wednesday, August 10, 2011.

Subscription orders will begin shipping 2 business days before the on-sale date, which will be Thursday, August 11, 2011.

This month, the sale happens Monday, August 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). As always I’ll send email reminders (click here to register) and post reminders on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums.

—Matty

* A small percentage of customers will receive product from the first run and the package will not contain the burst. This is random and we can’t control which package will be received.



Your Favorite DC Brands at Walmart

August 2, 2011

DCU Fans,

Our friends at Walmart have made it easier than ever before to get awesome DC figures. There will be an end cap with DC favorites like Young Justice, Green Lantern Classics, Batman Legacy and the premiere of Wave 18 DCU Classics figures, available first-to-market at Walmart! And for those of you who collect Young Justice, you'll find two Walmart-exclusive deco figures, Aqualad and Kid Flash.

Remember, not every store will carry every figure, so for the best selection visit your favorite Walmart soon!

—Matty



SALE REMINDER: 8/1 SDCC Post-Sale


July 28, 2011

Toy Fans,

SDCC is over, and what an amazing time it was! We showcased awesome new products, interacted with the fans (all 126,000 of you!) and shared big news about your favorite brands at our fan panels.

Didn't have a chance to attend? No worries, as promised we've saved some of our top toys just for you! Arrive on Monday, August 1st at 9 a.m. PT and here's what will be waiting for you:

  • Ghostbusters™ Stay Puft Marshmallow Man ($70)
  • Masters of the Universe® Classics Captain Glenn ($25)
  • Voltron® Blazing Sword Voltron ($30)
  • DC Universe Swamp Thing — does not include Un-Men Ophidian and Cranius ($30)
  • Young Justice Superboy in Cloning Chamber ($20)
  • MOTUC Polly Pocket™ Collection ($20)
  • Monster High™ Ghoulia Yelps™ Doll ($20)
  • Green Lantern Kilowog ($25)
  • Carol Ferris Barbie® Doll ($35)

If you want to see them in action, scroll through this news section and you'll find preview videos for all of these products.

One last thing… we're offering these toys on August 1st to make sure that fans who couldn't make it to SDCC still could get them, but quantities available on some of them are still extremely limited. I recommend you get here early for the best selection -- many of them sold out at SDCC and they're bound to go fast here, too!

See you Monday!

—Matty



2012 Subs On Sale NOW—New DCU Club Just Added!

July 22, 2011

Toy Fans,

As if it weren't exciting enough that we added the Voltron® Club Lion Force to our 2012 subscriptions, we just announced at SDCC that we're also offering one for DC Universe… Club Infinite Earths!

That means for 2012 we've got 4 (!) subscriptions – one each for Masters of the Universe®, Ghostbusters™, Voltron® and now DC Universe. Each club is structured a little differently and Club Infinite Earths is dependent on enough subscriptions being purchased, so click here to go to the Subscription landing page, read the details for each one, then return to the main Subscription page to make your selections. And remember, all subscriptions ordered in the same transaction will ship together to the same address, in any combination and quantity!

They're available now and the sale ends on Friday 8/5 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET), so what are you waiting for? Click here now to get your subscriptions!

—Matty



MOTUC "Create a Character" Contest Announced


July 22, 2011

He-Fans and She-Ravers,

You’ve waited 30 long years and your chance is finally here ... enter your concept for a new Masters of the Universe® character and it could become a real MOTUC figure in our all-new Create a Character Contest!

What to Enter
Submit your concept for a new MOTUC character on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper. Any drawing medium is acceptable, from crayons to computer graphics! The concept can be male or female, human or beast, good or evil, but it must be created from existing MOTUC body parts (called “bucks”). You can use bucks from any existing 6” figures, in any combination, to design a new 6” figure. Mix animals with humans with insects with beasts with robots—anything you like, in any combination, as long as the basic shape is a 6” figure comprised of existing bucks. Then, design new heads, capes, armors, weapons, boots, gloves, wings, or clothing and accessories to create a whole new character.

What You Could Win
The winning concept will be announced at SDCC 2012 and possibly produced as a figure available in the MOTUC line in late fall 2012 for the 30th anniversary of Masters of the Universe. You’ll also win 24 samples of your winning figure and be interviewed on MattyCollector.com. But the best prize of all? Bragging rights!

How to Enter
Submissions will be accepted starting Saturday 7/23/11. They must be postmarked by 12/31/11, and received no later than 1/15/12. You can enter as many designs as you like, but only one entry form per envelope per day. Please note that while we love our international fans, because rules and regulations for contests vary dramatically from country to country, this contest must be limited to U.S. residents.

Already have ideas? Click here for the Official Contest Rules and Entry Form. And remember, I'll have updates on this contest and plenty of other surprises coming in celebration of MOTU's 30th anniversary so keep an eye on this spot or visit Facebook, Twitter, and our Fan Forums for updates!

—Matty



MOTUC 30th Anniversary Celebration Announcements

July 22, 2011

MOTUC Fans,

The year was 1982. Boys everywhere turned off their John Cougar Mellencamp cassettes and turned on the TV, where they heard for the first time the phrase that would forever change their lives… "I have the Powerrrrr!" Thirty years later, in 2012, Mattel is throwing an anniversary party so big it’ll take the whole year to get through!

MOTUC Create a Character Contest
Just like the contest from 30 years ago, you'll have the chance to come up with your own design for a MOTUC character and if it's chosen as the best of the best, it could be made into an actual figure in the MOTUC line for 2012! This one's worthy of an article all its own, so click here to get all the details. And speaking of the contest from 30 years ago…

30th Anniversary Figures Series
We've got an unbelievable line of figures planned completely separate from the 2012 MOTUC line that includes Fearless Photog, the winning design from the very first Create a Character Contest back in 1982! We've even tracked down Nathan Bittner, who was just 13 years-old when he submitted his concept and won the original contest. We'll be interviewing Nathan and his Fearless Photog* figure will be released in January 2012, followed by DragoMan* by the Four Horsemen (March 2012) plus (not necessarily in this order), one figure by Geoff Johns (DC Comics, Green Lantern, Infinite Crisis, Flashpoint), one from Mattel Design and one from Mattel Marketing. The sixth and final figure is planned to be the winning character from this year's Create A Character Contest and would be released in November 2012. All six figures will be new characters introduced for the first time into the Masters world. They'll be $20 each and available every other month here on MattyCollector.com. (Please note, these figures are not part of the 2012 Club Eternia® subscription.)

Mini-Comics
Finally, the long-awaited, fan-demanded return of mini-comics! Picking up where the vintage line ended, we're ecstatic to present three all-new mini-comics made possible by a one-time grant from the Mattel Design group and in partnership with Dark Horse comics. The first issue, "The Powers of Grayskull Part 1," will ship with the first quarterly figure in March 2012, with Part 2 shipping in June and Part 3 shipping in September, each with that month's quarterly figure. All three parts will tell the remaining tale started in the final mini-comic from the vintage line, based on the MOTUC bios (you hardcore fans will recall that in the vintage line only Part 1 shipped, but it was noted as Part 1 of 3). The mini-comics are limited to the series of 3 – there are currently no plans to do anything beyond them since the funding came from a very generous, one-time only donation from Mattel Design. The figures that come with the mini-comics will be available during the regular monthly sale, but the only way to guarantee you'll get them is with a subscription to Club Eternia!

30th Anniversary Labeling
Finally, all MOTUC items released in 2012 will have special 30th anniversary branding featuring a logo designed just for the event. These will only be on packages during the 30th anniversary year, so be sure to arrive early on sale days.

There's so much more to come in 2012, so check back regularly for more announcements or join me on Facebook, Twitter, and in our Fan Forums for updates!

—Matty

*The names "Fearless Photog" and "DragoMan" are subject to change.



Battleground Teela® At SDCC & the All-Stars Sale

July 21, 2011

MOTUC Fans,

The battle for all that is good at SDCC (and Eternia) got a boost this morning with a visit to the Mattel booth by the one, the only Teela!

Want to take her home with you? This one’s still in San Diego, but in honor of her visit, we’re adding our Battleground Teela® figure to our All-Stars sale! Click here to get her and other collection-completing figures, like She-Ra™, Skeletor®, Evil-Lyn® and more!

—Matty



WWE® Legends Line Coming to MattyCollector.com in 2012

July 21, 2011

WWE Fans,

I've got big news from the Mattel & WWE panel at San Diego Comic-Con, where it was revealed that starting in 2012, the WWE® Legends line will be available exclusively at MattyCollector.com! There's another very exciting piece of information, but you have to keep reading to find out. (Here's a hint - you get to call the shots.)

We're totally stoked about this so we decided to get an early jump on things. Be sure to mark your calendars for this November 21st, when we'll offer a special WWE® Legends 2-pack featuring The Rockers™! The tag team of Shawn Michaels® and Marty Jannetty™ is available exclusively here at MattyCollector.com, and you do not want to miss this reunion! Better yet, sign up to get an email reminder.

Starting in 2012 we'll have a total of six WWE® Legends figures for sale exclusively on MattyCollector.com - roughly one figure every two months. Because this is such a huge deal for us, we decided the first 2012 WWE Legends figure on the site would have to be big - really BIG. We're talking about the biggest WWE Legend of them all, Andre the Giant™! You've been asking for him, and we're excited the Eighth Wonder of the World is going to kick things off for us in January!!

Now here's the part I mentioned earlier… for the five remaining figures, we're giving you, the fans, the power to decide which five figures we make! Starting right now click here to cast your vote. We'll make the five Legends released in 2012 after Andre the Giant based on the results of the poll. As the year goes on, we'll be sharing behind the scenes images, sneak previews of the figures you chose and exclusive interviews with our designers, so you'll want to check back often.

Here's how it works:

  • The poll goes live on MattyCollector.com today, Thursday, July 21st at 12:30 p.m. PT
  • Voting remains open through Friday, August 12th at 12:30 p.m. PT
  • Return each day to vote for your top 5 figures

Who will survive the cut? Will it be DDP? JYD? Will Miss Elizabeth put the smackdown on one of the guys and make it to the final five? It's all up to you! Vote early, vote often, and vote for who you want us to make!

—Matty

P.S. If you're wondering whether you'll still be able to find new Legends characters at your favorite store, the answer is yes! Legends characters will still make appearances in our other lines, including Basics and Elites. However, the WWE® Legends line will only be available on MattyCollector.com.

Get reminders about this and other news on Facebook, Twitter, and in our Fan Forums.

Voltron® Subscription Details Announced


July 20, 2011

Voltron® Fans,

The Voltron collector line has been revealed at SDCC and I can tell you we are now ready to officially form Voltron! Here's the big news:

For 2012, the Mattel Voltron line includes five Lions (black, green, yellow, blue, red) that form robot Voltron plus five Pilots in 3 ¾" scale (Pidge, Hunk, Lance, Allura, Keith). Staying true to the series, each release consists of a Lion and its corresponding pilot, so Keith pilots only the Black lion, Hunk pilots only the Yellow lion, etc.

Collect all five Lions and you'll have everything you need to build an enormous 23" tall Voltron figure! Each Lion converts from Voltron mode to Lion mode with a one-touch transformation feature, and comes with a mouth blade weapon. The Black Lion also comes with an additional blazing sword and shield. Collect all the Pilots and each one will come with a piece that creates a Voltron Collect and Connect® ultra blazing sword!

Every pilot comes with an alternate helmet head, and a key that unlocks the cockpit of their corresponding Lion and allows it to transform with one touch from Voltron mode to Lion mode. The key can also be used as a display base for the pilot figure. There's also an exclusive item available only to members of the Voltron subscription, Club Lion Force, but I can't tell you what it is until the Mattypalooza panel on Friday at SDCC.

Want all the Lions, the Pilots, the 23" Voltron, the Collect and Connect ultra blazing sword and the club-exclusive? Then read on for new details on Club Lion Force!

Overview of Club Lion Force

  • When you buy a membership to 2012 Club Lion Force, you’re guaranteed to get all the official club figures released during the year – a total of 5 pilot figures in 3 ¾" scale and 5 Lion figures. That means you'll own all 5 lions needed to build the colossal 23" Voltron robot and all 5 pilots needed to complete the Voltron Collect and Connect™ ultra blazing sword!
  • You’ll also receive a club-exclusive item – to be revealed at the Mattypalooza fan panel at SDCC on Friday 7/22, then right here on MattyCollector.com. If you're a true Voltron fan, you won't want to miss it!
  • Approximately every 2-3 months in 2012 (starting in early 2012), you’re automatically shipped a Club Lion Force Lion figure and its corresponding Pilot. Figures are not billed until they are shipped. Only the sign-up fee is billed when you purchase the subscription during the on-sale period.
  • Please note that special convention items, reissues and other accessories are not included. Mattel reserves the right to offer those and any other Voltron® items. Subscriptions will not include any additional items beyond those listed below.
  • Subscription Cost

    • Red Lion and Green Lion @ $35 each = $70
    • Blue Lion and Yellow Lion @ $40 each = $80
    • Black Lion = $50
    • Pilots: 5 @ $15 each = $75
    • Club-exclusive item/sign-up fee: $15 (billed at signup)
    • TOTAL $290 plus shipping/taxes/fees (varies by your location & shipping method chosen)

    Subscriptions go on sale this Friday 7/22 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) and end on Friday 8/5 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET). If you'd like a reminder when the sale starts, click here to register for email. You'll also find updates on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums.

    All figures except the club-exclusive figure will also be available at MattyCollector.com around the 15th of the on-sale month without the membership, but this is the only way to guarantee you'll get all the pilots and lions you'll need to create the 23" Voltron and the ultra blazing sword, plus the club-exclusive item direct from Mattel.

    Spread the word to your fellow collectors and I'll see you on Friday!

    —Matty

    P.S. Here’s your first look at the Red Lion and Pilot Lance figures! If you’re at SDCC, come to the Mattel booth to see the rest of the Club Lion Force toys, and stay tuned to MattyCollector.com for more photos!



    SDCC Fan Panels & Events Schedule

    July 20, 2011

    Toy Fans,

    It's almost here! San Diego Comic-Con is approaching fast and the team is busier than ever preparing for another amazing year. We've got great fan panels and special events planned, and they’ll be jam-packed with celebs from the toy world, insider information, amazing guests, and a few big surprises!

    FAN PANELS

    Thursday 7/21 11:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.
    Mattel and WWE®: Past, Present, and Future. Some of the top WWE Superstars of all time discuss the storied past, exciting present, and promising future of the company and how it's all celebrated in Mattel's action figures! Get a sneak peek at upcoming products and hear exciting announcements for the 2012 line. Be on hand for an action-packed Q&A with WWE Superstars Triple H, Rey Mysterio and Bret "The Hitman" Hart, the WWE creative team, Mattel toy designers Bill Miekina and Derek Handy, and Mattel WWE brand manager Enrique Ruvalcaba. Room 24ABC

    Thursday 7/21 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Voltron® Resurgent. The quintessential 1980's super robot series is taking the universe by cosmic storm in 2011! Be among the first to witness the full scope of Voltron's resurgence, including the new animated series Voltron Force™, THQ's upcoming videogame, innovative comic books from VIZ Media and Dynamite Entertainment, an exciting new line of toys from Mattel, as well as some blockbuster special events in the not-too-distant future. VH1 host Carrie Keegan moderates a panel featuring World Event Productions supervising producer Jeremy Corray, Voltron Force story editor Todd Garfield and creative director Bob Koplar, THQ executive producer Peter Armstrong, Nicktoons general manager Keith Dawkins, Mattel design manager Michael Montalvo, design director Steed Sun and designer Brandon Sopinsky, and VIZ Media editor Traci Todd and artist Jacob Chabot. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

    Friday 7/22 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
    Mattel Presents: Mattypalooza 2011 - Masters of the Universe® Classics, DC Universe, Ghostbusters™, Voltron® and more! Head over to this year’s Mattypalooza to get all the latest info on your favorite Mattel collector lines and MattyCollector.com! Featuring a special Q&A with Mattel toy designers Bill Benecke, Brandon Sopinsky and Terry Higuchi, Mattel brand managers Scott "Toy Guru" Neitlich, Danielle McLachlan, Rhobyn de Jesus, and Natalie So, Bob Koplar and Jeremy Corray from World Events Productions, and a special appearance by members of The Four Horsemen. As a bonus, Matty, the original Mattel collector, may even make a live appearance to reveal secrets about the upcoming Masters of the Universe® 30th anniversary. New toys will be shown for the first time! Room 25ABC

    Friday 7/22 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Mattel and DC Comics: A Heroic Partnership. Fans of Mattel's popular DC toy lines will find out the latest news, sneak peeks, and behind-the-scenes scoop on your favorite Mattel/DC action figures, including DC Universe Classics, Young Justice, Action League® and more. Get an exciting look at new 2012 products! Join Mattel toy designers Bill Benecke and Mike Guarniere, packaging designer Jason Langston, brand managers Scott "Toy Guru" Neitlich and Danielle McLachlan, along with members of The Four Horsemen and guests from Warner Brothers for an insightful Q&A. Room 4

    EVENTS

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

  • Thursday 7/21 12:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Autographs with Ray Mysterio & Bret Hart of WWE
  • Friday 7/22 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Autographs with Kane and Kelly Kelly of WWE
  • Friday 7/22 Noon – 12:30 p.m. Disney/Pixar Cars 2 Toy Raffle Room 25ABC. (Return at 3 p.m. to see if you’ve won!)
  • Friday 7/22 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Autographs with members of The Four Horsemen
  • Saturday 7/23 11 a.m. – Noon. Autographs with Cody Rhodes and Alicia Fox of WWE
  • Saturday 7/23 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Doll Signing with Designer Garrett Sander, Copywriter Eric Hardie and Illustrator Kellee Riley of Monster High
  • Sunday 7/24 11 a.m. – Noon Meet & Greet with Voice Talent from Monster High webisodes and TV specials
  • Sunday 7/24 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Book Signing with bestselling author Lisi Harrison from Monster High book series

Whew! This year is packed with panels and events, tons of extras and a few surprises we can't mention yet. If you’re not attending SDCC, don’t worry – we’ll also announce everything right here on MattyCollector.com.

See you at SDCC!

—Matty



THQ CONTEST: Win Prizes at the Voltron® Scavenger Hunt at SDCC

July 20, 2011

Voltron® Fans,

If you're going to SDCC, then don't miss THQ’s Voltron scavenger hunt, "The Hunt to Form Voltron!" The scavenger hunt will take place July 21 to July 23 in the area surrounding the convention center. Participants will play using their smart phones on a mission to find the five Voltron lion standees and their corresponding QR codes. At each standee, players will receive an exclusive button and a chance to win a variety of collectible prizes from Mattel (like Blazing Sword Voltron!), THQ, WEP, Viz Media and Classic Media including a 92-inch flat screen Mitsubishi television, an Xbox 360 console, Voltron retro t-shirts, DVDs and more. Winners will be chosen at random by THQ.

For more information, check out the link to this mobile friendly site.

See you at SDCC!

—Matty



SDCC Buying Guidelines & Checklist

July 20, 2011

Toy Fans,

If you're heading to SDCC (lucky you!) you're going to want to pick up some of the awesome products we've got for sale at the Matty booth. Here's some important information to know:

  • Starting Wednesday at show open until Thursday 10 AM, 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 10 AM.
  • Starting Thursday at 10 AM, 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 (but you can go through as many times as you want!)
  • For purchases, come to retail booth #2945.
  • Want to check out all the products we’ve got before you buy? The display booth is conveniently right next to it, booth #3029.
  • We’ll be obeying the limitations and rules set forth by the Fire Marshall, so whatever they say goes.

Once again we've created a printable checklist with every product we’ll have available for purchase. Simply download it, print it out, mark the items you want, and off you go!

Remember, I’ll also be posting to my Facebook page live from the show, so make sure you follow me for exciting updates.

I can't wait, Toy Fans! See you at the show!

—Matty



SDCC VIDEO PREVIEW: Blazing Sword Voltron®

July 18, 2011

Toy Fans,

Just in time for SDCC, it's our final video preview. It may be last, but in no way is it least… it's our truly awesome Blazing Sword Voltron!

Voltron® Blazing Sword Voltron ($30)
Check out the first ever Voltron action figure from Mattel! Completely authentic to the original series, he’s the most poseable Voltron yet with more than 22 points of articulation and can transform into different action poses. Comes complete with a translucent sword so you can "Form Blazing Sword!" Blazing Sword Voltron will only be available at SDCC and on MattyCollector.com.

—Matty



SALE REMINDER: 2012 Subscriptions On Sale 7/22


July 18, 2011

Toy Fans,

If you're a fan of Masters of the Universe®, Ghostbusters™ or Voltron®, then get ready… our big subscription sale starts Friday! All the details for each club will be revealed at SDCC, but click here for the info we've announced so far.

Remember, the sale starts on Friday 7/22 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) and ends on Friday 8/5 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET). Want a reminder when the sale starts? It's not too late to sign up for email and I always post updates on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums

—Matty

P.S. Not only will the subscriptions go on sale Friday at 2 p.m. PT, but I'll have a HUGE announcement. Don't miss it!



Free Stand w/ Voltron® Purchase at SDCC

July 15, 2011

Voltron Fans,

If you're going to SDCC, we've got a deal worth standing in line for… we're giving away 300 display stands with purchases of the Blazing Sword Voltron! Limitations apply, so read on for all the details…

The first 60 Blazing Sword Voltron figures sold each day of the show from July 20 through July 24 will come with a free display stand, to a limit of 6 per person, per wait in line (sorry, this offer isn't available through our voucher pre-sale). So, you can buy 6 Blazing Sword Voltron figures each time you wait in line and you'll get a free stand for each one until the 60 freebies are gone for the day. Once they're gone, that's it until the next day.

This is the first time these stands have been available and each one features the Voltron logo. There aren't any plans at the moment to sell them, so for now this is the only way to get one.

  

The Blazing Sword Voltron figure is the very first product in the line offered by Mattel and I gotta tell you, the entire Matty team is beyond stoked to get this Voltron party started!

—Matty



UPDATE: 2012 Club Eternia® & Ecto-1 Details


July 13, 2011

MOTUC & Ghostbusters™ Fans,

Our big subscription sale is getting closer and I've got new info to share with you. While I can't tell you any figure names yet, I've been authorized to give you the details on the number of figures and their costs for both Club Eternia® and Club Ecto-1.

Click here for the info!

Remember, the sale starts on Friday 7/22 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) and ends on Friday 8/5 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET). More to come soon!

—Matty

P.S. Want to know when there's another update? I always post on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums when there's something new.



7/15 SALE REMINDER: Clawful®, S.T.R.I.P.E. & All-Stars


July 12, 2011

Toy Fans,

Here's your monthly reminder for our upcoming sale on Friday, July 15th. Show up at 9 a.m. PT and here's what I'll have waiting for you:

And don't forget, our All-Star sale kicks off on July 15th, too! My team has assembled an incredible of list of key characters from three of your favorite lines. This sale is the perfect opportunity to fill in those missing figures in your collection or double-up on favorites so you can display one and keep the other in-package. Here's what I'll have available:

Ghostbusters™

  • 6" Ray Stantz™ Figure
  • 6" Winston Zeddemore™ Figure (with trap)
  • 6" Peter Venkman™ Figure
  • 6" Egon Spengler™ Figure (with PKE Meter™)
  • 6" Walter Peck™ Figure
  • 12" Peter Venkman™ Figure
  • 12" Egon Spengler™ Figure
  • 12" Ray Stantz™ Figure
  • 12" Winston Zeddemore™ Figure

Masters of the Universe® Classics

  • He-Man® Figure
  • Skeletor® Figure
  • Battle Cat® Figure
  • Zodak™ Figure
  • Hordak™ Figure
  • Trap Jaw™ Figure
  • Evil-Lyn® Figure
  • Panthor® Figure
  • She-Ra™ Figure

DC Universe

  • Darkseid & Kalibak 2-Pack
  • JLU Parademon 2-Pack
  • 12" General Zod
  • 12" Superman
  • 12" Lex Luthor
  • 6" Superman

Both sales start at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). Want a handy-dandy reminder? Click here to register for email. You'll also find reminders on Facebook, Twitter, and in our Fan Forums, too.

See you on the 15th – it's gonna be HUGE!

—Matty



Mattel Has the Power… Power-Con, That Is!


July 11, 2011

He-Fans and She-Ravers,

If you're into MOTU and you're going to be in the Los Angeles area in September, then you're gonna love this… the MattyCollector.com team is attending Power-Con!

Event Details

Where: Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport
When: September 24-25, 2011
Info: http://www.thepower-con.com/information/

Gather up your favorite loin cloth and best weaponry, because this event's gonna be huge — we're talkin' Tytus™ huge! Not only will we have an awesome display with tons of Masters of the Universe® product, my team will join in on a Q&A and signing session.

l'll have more details as it gets closer, but I promise you're not going to want to miss it so get your tickets today!

—Matty



July 15th All-Star Sale Announced


July 8, 2011

Toy Fans,

One of the most common questions I get is "I missed 'xyz' figure when it was on sale — when will it be back so I can complete my collection?" Or maybe you're new to MattyCollector.com and want to start a collection. Well, get ready, because in honor of SDCC, we're offering a whole slew of collection-essential figures! Be at MattyCollector.com at 9 a.m. PT on July 15, 2011, for your chance at these fan-favorites:

Ghostbusters™

  • 6" Ray Stantz™ Figure
  • 6" Winston Zeddemore™ Figure (with trap)
  • 6" Peter Venkman™ Figure
  • 6" Egon Spengler™ Figure (with PKE Meter™)
  • 6" Walter Peck™ Figure
  • 12" Peter Venkman™ Figure
  • 12" Egon Spengler™ Figure
  • 12" Ray Stantz™ Figure
  • 12" Winston Zeddemore™ Figure

Masters of the Universe® Classics

  • He-Man® Figure
  • Skeletor® Figure
  • Battle Cat® Figure
  • Zodak™ Figure
  • Hordak™ Figure
  • Trap Jaw™ Figure
  • Evil-Lyn® Figure
  • Panthor® Figure
  • She-Ra™ Figure

DC Universe

  • Darkseid & Kalibak 2-Pack
  • JLU Parademon 2-Pack
  • 12" General Zod
  • 12" Superman
  • 12" Lex Luthor
  • 6" Superman

Whether you want to fill in figures or double-up on favorites so you can display one and keep the other in-package, you'll want to get yours as early as possible because quantities on many are extremely low. Want reminders? Click here to register for email, plus I'll post on Facebook, Twitter, and in our Fan Forums.

—Matty




SALE REMINDER: 7/11 SDCC Voucher Pre-Sale

July 8, 2011

Toy Fans,

Here's your reminder that our SDCC voucher pre-sale happens on Monday, July 11th at 9 a.m. PT. If you're going to SDCC, you'll be able to pre-order your most-wanted Mattel toys and pick them up at the show! Click here for all the details.

Once again, here's the list of items we'll have available for pre-sale:

  • Ghostbusters™ Stay Puft Marshmallow Man ($70)
  • Masters of the Universe® Classics Queen Marlena™ Figure ($25) )
  • Voltron® Blazing Sword Voltron ($30) )
  • DC Universe Swamp Thing (plus Un-Men) ($30) )
  • Young Justice Superboy in Cloning Chamber ($20) )
  • Hot Wheels® Back to the Future™ Time Machine Vehicle ($35) )
  • Hot Wheels® Franken Berry™ Vehicle ($20) )
  • MOTUC Polly Pocket™ Collection ($20) )
  • Monster High™ Ghoulia Yelps™ Doll ($20) )
  • Green Lantern Kilowog ($25) )
  • Carol Ferris Barbie® Doll ($35) )

If you're going to SDCC but you can't make the voucher pre-sale or the item you want is sold out, these products will also be available for purchase at SDCC on a first-come, first-served basis.

And if you're not going to SDCC but still want these toys, we'll have everything available here on Monday, August 1st at 9 a.m. PT except the Hot Wheels Back to the Future™ Time Machine Vehicle and the Franken Berry™ vehicle. Swamp Thing won’t have the Un-Men and Queen Marlena will be packed as Captain Glenn™ Heroic Galactic Adventurer™ (she'll include all the accessories to transform her into Marlena), but all other items are exactly as they'll be sold at SDCC.

If last year's sale was any indication, everything is going to sell out quickly, so you'll want to be here right when the sales start!

—Matty



Toys"R"Us Gets Real: Bizarro vs. Battle Armor® Faker®


July 1, 2011

Toy Fans,

If you’re into both DCU and MOTUC, then you’ll do double flips over the Bizarro vs Battle Armor® Faker® figure 2-pack exclusively from Toys"R"Us at Entertainment Earth booth # 2343 at SDCC!


This themed set pairs a highly-detailed 6" scale DC Universe Bizarro figure with a 6" scale Masters of the Universe® Battle Armor® Faker® figure. Each 2-pack comes complete with accessories and comic book reprint packaging. Want to know more? Read on for each character’s bio…

Bizarro Bio
"Imperfect Duplicate"

Created to be a duplicate of Superman, Bizarro is proof positive that things don’t always work out the way they’re supposed to. He has caused plenty of trouble for Superman, sometimes "teaming up" with villains who take advantage of his limited intellect. Heroes who underestimate Bizarro, however, are soon reminded that, like Superman, he possesses a formidable array of superpowers. There’s only one thing you can count on with Bizarro; at every turn, he’ll insist on doing the opposite of Superman.

Faker® Bio
"Evil Robot of Skeletor®"

Originally built by Man-At-Arms® to cover for He-Man® when Prince Adam® is needed, Faker was abandoned in the royal junkyard after his first mission and salvaged by the evil warrior Tri-Klops®. At the request of Skeletor®, Faker was reprogrammed to replace He-Man and convince the people of Eternia® that He-Man had betrayed King Randor® and turned to evil.

MOTU fans, the Faker figure in this set isn’t just any old Faker… it’s an all-new Battle Armor Faker! He includes three interchangeable chest plates showing "no damage," "one damage hit" and "two damage hits." This is HUGE news – we know you’ve been asking for a Battle Armor Faker for more than 20 years!

This dastardly duo may be a couple of duplicates, but the 2-pack is the real deal. It’s bound to go fast, though, so be sure to make the Entertainment Earth booth one of your first stops!

—Matty



7/15 SALE: Clawful®, S.T.R.I.P.E. & All-Stars

July 1, 2011

Toy Fans,

The summer is shaping up to be scorchin' hot and so are the offerings for our July 15th sale! This month it's all about MOTUC and DC

  • MOTUC Clawful®: Don't let the Warrior with the Grip of Evil!™ slip out of your collection's clutches! Arrives with vintage-style mace and shell-inspired shield. Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
  • MOTUC Buzz-Off® (re-issue*): Here's another chance to land the Heroic Spy in the Sky™. As a re-issue, most packages will have "The Original" graphic burst*. Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
  • JLU S.T.R.I.P.E.: What could be a more fitting final figure in the JLU lineup than Special Tactics Robot Integrated Power Enhancer? Comes with interchangeable head and helmet looks.
  • DCU Super Power Stands: Created just for 6" figures, the set includes 12 stands, each with an all-new Super Powers logo. Compatible with most 6” figures; may not work with some.

July Subscription Information
If you're a subscription holder, here's a summary of charges for the month of July:

Club Eternia®: Clawful $20 = $20 total
Club Ecto-1: No figure this month = $0 total
Subscription Combo (1 Eternia®, 1 Ecto-1): $20 total

Please remember that if you have multiple subscriptions you’ll need to multiply each of those amounts by the number of subscriptions you have.

Shipping costs, taxes and fees are additional and vary depending on location and shipping method you choose.

Your card will be charged 5 calendar days before the on-sale date, so plan to have funds available by Saturday, July 10, 2011.

Subscription orders will begin shipping 2 business days before the on-sale date, which will be Wednesday, July 13, 2011.

This month, the sale happens Friday, July 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). As always I’ll send email reminders (click here to register) and post reminders on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums.

—Matty

* A small percentage of customers will receive product from the first run and the package will not contain the burst. This is random and we can’t control which package will be received.



Buy 4 WWE® Figures & Get First-Ever Mr. McMahon®

June 30, 2011

WWE Fans,

You’ve collected the Superstars – now bring home “The Boss!” Just buy 4 WWE® Elite Collection, Legends, Legends 2-Packs or Defining Moments™ figures at a participating Toys"R"Us store and we’ll send you the first-ever Mattel figure of WWE® CEO and Chairman, Mr. McMahon®!

Mr. McMahon’s guts and vision turned WWE into the global phenomenon it is today. In 1985, he risked everything to put on the inaugural WrestleMania®, which has become an annual staple in entertainment. This 6” authentically sculpted figure features Mr. McMahon® in one of his trademark, custom-made suits. With elite level deco and deluxe articulation, this figure is the perfect addition to your WWE collection.

For all the details, including complete rules and downloadable order form, click here. But act fast, because this promotion is available from 7/3/11 through 9/3/11 only!

—Matty









SDCC VIDEO PREVIEW: Ghoulia Yelps™

June 27, 2011

Toy Fans,

We’ve noticed that Monster High™ has become something of a fan favorite with collectors, so I think you’re really gonna like this special version of Ghoulia that celebrates all things comic and con…

Monster High™ Ghoulia Yelps™ Doll ($20)
Being that Ghoulia Yelps is the smartest ghoul in school, naturally she’s a comic book fan. Ghoulia’s on her way to NekroCon dressed as her favorite zombie super hero, Dead Fast™. Ghoulia comes with a miniature Dead Fast action figure and a Dead Fast fan fic book that she wrote and illustrated herself.

Remember, you can pick up Ghoulia and the rest of our products at SDCC. For our August 1st sale, we're finalizing the details and will have the list of available products soon but we'll definitely have everything from MOTUC, DCU and Ghostbusters. Don’t stray too far from this News section in the meantime, though, because I’ve got another video coming soon!

—Matty



SDCC VIDEO PREVIEW: WWE® Rumblers™ Rey Mysterio®

June 23, 2011

Toy Fans,

Ready for yet another video preview? This time it’s one you can only get at Comic-Con… San Diego’s own Rey Mysterio®!

WWE® Rumblers™ Rey Mysterio® Comic-Con Themed Figure (GIVEAWAY)
Rey Mysterio is one of the biggest stars in the WWE Universe and a native son of San Diego. He’s ready to take Comic-Con by storm with his finishing move, the 619. Mattel will be giving out, for free, an exclusive Comic-Con themed WWE Rumblers Rey Mysterio figure. This item will never be sold or given away other than at SDCC 2011. Make sure to visit the Mattel booth to get your SDCC-inspired Rey Mysterio Rumbler while supplies last!

—Matty



7/11 SDCC Voucher Pre-Sale & 8/1 Post-SDCC Sale

June 23, 2011

Toy Fans,

Awhile back we told you that thanks to great fan feedback in 2010, we’d once again be holding a voucher pre-sale for products to be picked up at SDCC. Those same products (with a couple of variations) will also be available for sale here on Matty Collector.com on August 1st, just like last year. SDCC is barely a month away and all our ducks are lining up nicely, so here are the details (if you participated in these sales in 2010, they’re set up the exact same way so you already know the drill).

7/11 SDCC VOUCHER PRE-SALE

  • Be here at MattyCollector.com on Monday 7/11 at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET).
  • Choose the items you want and add them to your cart. There’s a purchase limit of 6 per person on 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 a pre-determined location at or near SDCC (to be announced).
  • Pick up your product between open of show Thursday 7/21 and close of show Saturday 7/23. We’ll email you the location and pick-up times prior to the convention.
  • If you’re only attending Comic-Con on Sunday 7/24, 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.
  • All sales are final. There are NO REFUNDS so be sure you can personally pick up your purchase(s) at SDCC!
  • Products cannot be shipped. This option is for pick up at SDCC only, and only available to SDCC attendees (badges will be required).
  • Like last year, there’s 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 once you’ve got your voucher, you’re guaranteed to get your product – including Swamp Thing with Un-Men!

    Here’s what we’ll have available for pre-sale (click here to see images and read the descriptions):

    • Ghostbusters™ Stay Puft Marshmallow Man ($70)
    • Masters of the Universe® Classics Queen Marlena™ Figure ($25)
    • Voltron® Blazing Sword Voltron ($30)
    • DC Universe Swamp Thing (plus Un-Men) ($30)
    • Young Justice Superboy in Cloning Chamber ($20)
    • Hot Wheels® Back to the Future Time Machine Vehicle ($35)
    • Hot Wheels® Franken Berry™ Vehicle ($20)
    • MOTUC Polly Pocket™ Collection ($20)
    • Monster High™ Ghoulia Yelps™ Doll ($20)
    • Green Lantern Kilowog ($25)
    • Carol Ferris Barbie® Doll ($35)

    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 on a first-come, first-served basis.

    8/1 POST-SDCC SALE AT MATTYCOLLECTOR.COM
    Not going to SDCC? We’ve got you covered! We’ll have limited quantities of your most-wanted products available here at MattyCollector.com on Monday 8/1 at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET). We're working out the details and will have the final list of products soon but we'll definitely have everything from MOTUC, Ghostbusters and DCU. Please note that Swamp Thing won’t have the Un-Men and Queen Marlena will be packed as Captain Glenn™ Heroic Galactic Adventurer™, but she’ll still have all the accessories you need to transform her into Marlena.

    That’s everything for now! As far as reminders go, I send emails so click here to register and I’ll send them your way. You can also find reminders on Facebook, Twitter, and in our Fan Forums.

    —Matty



    Justice League Season 2 Coming to Blu-Ray 7/26

    June 21, 2011

    JLU Fans,

    If you love JLU and you’ve got a Blu-ray™ player, you’re gonna want to mark July 26, 2011, on your calendar because for the first time ever you’ll be able to watch Justice League season 2 on Blu-ray™! Straight from the Warner Home Video press release, here’s everything you need to know…

    Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their DC Comics super hero comrades burst onto the scene in dazzling high definition as Justice League: Season 2 arrives on Blu-ray™ for the first time. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the series’ 26-episode second season will be distributed on Blu-ray™ by Warner Home Video on July 26, 2011.

    Amping up the action, intrigue and epic storylines from its successful first season, Justice League: Season 2 crossed new boundaries in its portrayal of the greatest fighting force in the universe. Comprised of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl, the Justice League wages war with their own personal demons and internal issues of mistrust and insecurity, all the while battling a most heinous collection of villains led by Darkseid, Brainiac, Solomon Grundy, Amazo, The Joker, Vandal Savage and more.

    Justice League Season 2 was produced by Bruce Timm and James Tucker. The core voice cast features George Newbern (Superman), Kevin Conroy (Batman), Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), Michael Rosenbaum (The Flash), Phil LaMarr (Green Lantern) Carl Lumbly (Martian Manhunter) and Maria Canals Barrera (Hawkgirl).

    The guest cast includes many topline actors from film and television, most notably Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as The Joker, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (The F.B.I.) as Alfred, Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) as Felix Faust, Powers Boothe (Deadwood, 24) as Gorilla Grodd, Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) as both Clayface and Orion, Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) as Lobo, Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit) as Kilowog, Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan) as Metamorpho, Eric Roberts (Runaway Train) as Mongul and Robert Picardo (Stargate) as Amazo.

    Justice League: Season 2 on Blu-ray™ boasts several interesting bonus features, including:

    All-New Featurette: "The Justice Lords and Beyond" – An in-depth exploration of the alternate reality concept, the use of this physical theory in the DC Comics Universe and the alternate Earth created in the fan-favorite Justice League episode "A Better World."

    Featurette: "Justice League: Declassified" – Actor Phil LaMarr (the voice of John Stewart/Green Lantern) takes you behind the scenes with the show's creative team.

    Easter Egg: "Not Too Savage" – A never-before-seen deleted scene with an introduction by producer Bruce Timm.

    Commentary on Three Key Episodes: "Twilight, Part II," "A Better World, Part II" and "Starcrossed, Part III" -- Producers Bruce Timm and James Tucker, director Butch Lukic and the late writer/story editor Dwayne McDuffie provide fans with keen behind-the-scenes insight on three important episodes.

    If you really love JLU, you’re definitely not going to want to miss the final releases in our toy line. First up, we’ll have S.T.R.I.P.E. on July 15th right here on MattyCollector.com, then a week later, the yet-to-be-revealed SDCC 7-pack, and finally the Space and Golden Age 3-packs. These awesome toys will be a fitting tribute to our favorite super heroes!

    —Matty



    It’s Mad Matty Monday on 6/27!

    June 17, 2011

    Toy Fans,

    Don’t like Mondays? Forget about it – I’m about to chase away those blues with my new Mad Matty Monday sale! What exactly is Mad Matty Monday? It’s a special sale that will happen on various Mondays throughout the year, whenever the mood strikes me. You never know what will be offered but it’s guaranteed to be insanely awesome, that’s why it’s called Mad Matty Monday!

    The first one is June 27th and I’ve created three different product bundles. Each one will cost $40 plus shipping. No hints on what’s inside… they’re called Mystery Packs for a reason! I will guarantee, however, that each one has three items inside and the value of the pack definitely exceeds the $40 price. You’ll want to get there early because quantities on most of the items are extremely low.

    There are no limits – you can buy as many of each one as you want and all packs purchased in a single transaction will ship together for even bigger savings. Here are the packs you’ll be able to choose from:

    Mystery Pack #1: MOTUC Assortment
    Mystery Pack #2: DCU Assortment
    Mystery Pack #3: Ghostbusters™ Assortment

    The sale starts Monday, June 27th at 9 a.m. PT (12 p.m. ET) and goes through July 11th at 8 a.m. PT, unless all items are sold out before then. Want reminders? Like all sales, I post them on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums. I’ll send an email reminder, too, so click here to register.

    See you on the 27th – it’s gonna be crazy good!

    —Matty

    P.S. Because of limitations on commercial shipments, this sale is only open to US customers.



    SDCC VIDEO PREVIEW: Swamp Thing

    June 17, 2011

    Toy Fans,

    I’ve got another video preview for you and this one is BIG… meet the first-ever, long-awaited Swamp Thing!

    DC Universe Swamp Thing (plus Un-Men in SDCC packages) ($30)
    This fan-demanded character is available for the first time in the DC Universe and is the first ever DC Universe character to feature endoskeletal articulation! Vowing to protect the environment and his swamp home, Swamp Thing comes in a paper pulp mold of a Swamp Thing head that houses Swamp Thing himself! No ordinary packaging can contain Swamp Thing, so he’ll be packed in a shipper box with the Swamp Thing head peering out. He’ll be available at SDCC first, then at MattyCollector.com. Pick him up at SDCC and he’ll arrive with mini-figures of Un-Men Ophidian and Cranius. The version sold at MattyCollector.com will not include the mini-figures.

    Want Swamp Thing for your own? If you’re not attending SDCC or you miss him there, then be here August 1st when he goes on sale with the rest of our SDCC items. In the meantime, check back here often because I’ve got videos for more products on the way!

    —Matty



    SDCC VIDEO PREVIEW: Kilowog & Barbie®

    June 16, 2011

    Toy Fans,

    Ready for another video preview from our SDCC product line? How about two? This time, in honor of the Green Lantern opening tomorrow in theaters everywhere, we’re featuring a beauty and a beast from Green LanternCarol Ferris and Kilowog!

    Carol Ferris Barbie® Doll ($35)
    Landing in special action figure-inspired packaging, it’s Barbie® as Carol Ferris, lifelong friend and childhood sweetheart of Green Lantern hero Hal Jordan. Dressed in her green flight suit with a working zipper, she comes with her pilot helmet that features the Sapphire logo and Star Sapphire icon. Sculpted to the likeness of Carol Ferris from the film, she also features an articulated body.

    Green Lantern Kilowog ($25)
    Standing at nearly 8” tall, this is our biggest, boldest Kilowog to date! Sculpted directly from the digital files provided by the movie makers, this fully articulated figure is in scale with 6" Movie Masters® figures sold at retail.

    All SDCC figures, including these two, will be sold at SDCC first, then here on MattyCollector.com on August 1st. In the meantime, I’ve got more videos waiting in the wings, so check back soon!

    —Matty



    Behind the Designs: Danielle McLachlan

    June 16, 2011

    Toy Fans,

    People often say working for the world’s biggest toy company must be the coolest thing ever and, well, truth is they’re right. It’s a lot of hard work, too, but it doesn’t get much better than this. I’m often asked what it’s really like to work at Mattel, so I thought who better to tell you than the folks who spend their days there.

    Introducing my new Behind the Designs series! With this new series, I’ll take you inside the world of toy making through interviews with some of our key team members. First up is our very own FanGirl 2.0, Danielle McLachlan, the associate marketing manager on the DC Universe and Young Justice lines. Click here to get to know Danielle and find out what a day in the life of a toy marketer is really like.

    Be sure to check back regularly, because I’ve got lots more interviews with team members to come!

    —Matty



    Cars Collector Event at Kmart Stores 6/25

    June 16, 2011

    Disney/Pixar Cars Movie Fans,

    It’s been 5 long years since we last saw our friends from Radiator Springs on the big screen, but our patience is about to be rewarded. Not only is Disney/Pixar Cars 2 going to be released in theaters on June 24, but the very next day is the big Cars Collector Event at your local Kmart!

    The event is Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. local time at participating Kmart stores. If you’ve never been to one of the Cars events, they’re more fun than tractor tipping! Collectors have the chance to open special cartons of vehicles packed with Kmart-exclusive vehicles with synthetic rubber tires from both Disney/Pixar Cars films. This time we’ve also included Hydraulic Ramone, a first-to-market selection, meaning you can only get it here first! So race to your favorite Kmart store or you’ll miss your chance at these vehicles:

      Kmart Exclusives From Original Disney/Pixar Cars Movie
    • Lightning McQueen (synthetic rubber tires)
    • King (synthetic rubber tires)
    • Chick Hicks (synthetic rubber tires)

      Kmart Exclusives from Disney/Pixar Cars 2 Movie
    • Shu Todoroki (synthetic rubber tires)
    • Nigel Gearsley (synthetic rubber tires)
    • Francesco Bernoulli (synthetic rubber tires)

      First-to-Market
    • Hydraulic Ramone

    Gear up for more excitement than ever, because there will also be a raffle for Disney/Pixar Cars 2 collectors’ posters! These oversized (32" x 49"), full-color posters highlight the full year’s Cars die-cast collection, including the June and October Kmart exclusives (details on the October event to come).

    Not enough? This will definitely get your collector engine revved up… Kmart will also offer an exclusive Disney/Pixar Cars 2 Collector Starter Set vehicle, Pit Crew Mater with Headset! The set is packed with an Official Fan Pass World Grand Prix membership card that gives you an all-access pass to a new website dedicated to Disney/Pixar Cars 2 toys -- perfect for collectors!

    So remember, Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. is drive time, Disney/Pixar Cars fans. See you at Kmart!

    —Matty



    Hal Jordan… Sexiest Man Alive?

    June 15, 2011

    Green Lantern Fans,

    Our good friend Ryan Reynolds made an appearance on the Today Show this morning. Check out what he had to say when he was asked if it’s better to be voted Sexiest Man Alive or have his own action figure… Click here to see what he had to say.

    Want your own Green Lantern action figure? You can find Hal Jordan and the rest of the Green Lantern heroes and villains at your favorite retailer and right here on MattyCollector.com!

    —Matty









    2012 Subs: A New Line Joins Eternia® & Ecto-1!

    June 14, 2011

    Toy Fans,

    June is finally here, and you’re probably wondering what’s up with next year’s subscriptions. Well, hang on to your action figures’ hats, because we’ve got not one, not two, but three subscriptions for 2012!

    About Club Lion Force
    Remember when I told you awhile back that the Voltron® line was on its way? What I couldn’t tell you until now is that along with Club Eternia® and Club Ecto-1, we’ll also have the all-new Club Lion Force! Dedicated to that totally awesome ‘80s TV series, Voltron, all the Club Lion Force details will be announced at SDCC and right here in our News section on Thursday, July 21st. For now, here’s what you need to know: It’ll work exactly like Club Eternia and Club Ecto-1, where you’ll sign up in July for the 2012 subscription. And yes, there will be a club-exclusive item!

    About 2012 Club Eternia®
    Since 2012 is the 30th anniversary for Masters of the Universe®, we’ve got big things planned for the line! Details on the number of items and costs will be posted here at the beginning of July. Then, we’ll reveal all the details at the Matty Collector fan panel on July 22nd at SDCC and here in our News section after the panel -- including the club-exclusive figure and bonus map!

    About 2012 Club Ecto-1
    Thanks to an incredible showing by loyal Ghostbusters™ fans, the first year for Club Ecto-1 has been a huge success. In fact, the club is doing better than we ever dreamed so it’s a total “go” for 2012, too! Like Club Eternia®, we’ll divulge the basics in a few weeks, then all the details on July 22nd, including the club-exclusive figure. The one thing I will tell you now is that there’s something coming you’ve been asking for since the beginning. What could it be, what could it be??

    Big Shipping News!
    Knowing we’ll have three subscriptions for 2012, the team has been hard at work to make the logistics better than ever. For the first time, you’ll be able to order any number/combination of subscriptions from any of the three clubs and they’ll all ship together to minimize shipping costs!

    Sales Dates
    This year, the sale is scheduled to start on Friday, July 22nd at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) and end on Friday, August 5th at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET). More details to come as it gets closer.

    I think that’s everything for now – pretty exciting stuff! As always, I’ll post details on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums. I also send email reminders, so click here to register if you haven’t already.

    —Matty



    SDCC VIDEO PREVIEW: Polly™ Rocks a She-Ra™ Costume!

    June 10, 2011

    Toy Fans,

    Time for another video preview from our SDCC product line. Lookout Skeletor®… this time we’ve got Polly Pocket™ and friends journeying to Eternia® and they’re coming for you!

    MOTUC Polly Pocket™ Collection ($20)
    Polly™ and her friends are dressed as their Masters of the Universe® alter-egos to battle out good vs. evil! Polly™, dressed as She-Ra™, and Kerstie®, dressed as Frosta™, are ready to take on Crissy® as the evil Catra™.

    Polly™ as She-Ra™: When it comes to dressing up for adventure, Polly loves to be the original Princess of Power™. Armed with her Sword of Protection and an Etherian Shield, Polly is ready to tackle The Evil Horde™ and whatever action awaits!

    Kerstie® as Frosta™: Kerstie may not have a cold heart, but when she dresses up as the Ice Empress of Etheria, she can freeze foes in her path. Armed with a magic wand that turns anything to ice, Kerstie is ready for her next adventure to save the day!

    Crissy® as Catra™: Crissy has cat scratch fever as the mischievous and notorious Catra. When in her Horde disguise, Crissy is purrfectly poised to make trouble for Polly and friends!

    Like the rest of the SDCC figures, this collection will be available at SDCC first, then here on MattyCollector.com on August 1st. I'll have more videos next week, so check back then!

    —Matty



    VIDEO PREVIEW: Superboy in Cloning Chamber

    June 8, 2011

    Toy Fans,

    Did you see the videos I posted for Stay Puft and Queen Marlena? Click here if you missed them or just want to see them again. At 22” tall, that Stay Puft figure is insane – we’ve never done anything like it!

    This week, it’s good to be a DCU fan because we’re featuring Young Justice Superboy:

    Young Justice Superboy in Cloning Chamber ($20)
    This show-accurate figure recreates the scene from the pilot episode when Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash discover the mysterious Project Kr, where The Light has commissioned “The Weapon.” Using Superman’s DNA – without his knowledge or consent – Cadmus has force-grown the Superboy, using telepathic Genomorph-Gnomes to make a virtual slave of Superman’s son. The cloning tank includes Superboy plus 3 telepathic Genomorph-Gnomes, and with the press of a button, the inside of the cloning tank lights emitting a blue glow.

    Like our other SDCC figures, he’ll be available through the voucher pre-sale for pickup at SDCC and for sale at our booth at SDCC while supplies last, then on MattyCollector.com on August 1 (details to come). And keep checking this spot because I’ve got more videos on their way soon!

    —Matty



    Green Lantern "Guardians" 2-Packs at Walmart

    May 26, 2011

    Green Lantern Fans,

    Our next big sale is June 15th, but you don’t need to wait until then to get your Green Lantern toy fix… just head on over to your favorite Walmart store and you’ll find Guardian of the Universe 2-packs lighting up the aisles!



    Each pack comes with one Green Lantern figure and one Guardian, plus a Power Battery accessory in both standard and power-up decos. There are six sets available and with a price of just $12.97 each, you’ll want to collect all six Guardians to rule over Oa.

    We’ve got a ton more Green Lantern toys coming up, so check back often. Until then, see you at Walmart!

    —Matty



    6/15 SALE REMINDER: The Faceless One™ & More

    May 24, 2011

    Toy Fans,

    Here’s your monthly reminder for our upcoming sale on Wednesday, June 15th. Be here at 9 a.m. PT and here’s what will be waiting for you:

    You know the drill… the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). To get a reminder email, just click here to register. I’ll also post reminders on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums, too.

    See you on the 15th!

    —Matty



    Updated Ghostbusters™ Release Schedule

    May 23, 2011

    Ghostbusters™ Fans,

    Thanks to you, loyal Ghostbusters fans, it’s been the line’s best year yet and it ain’t over yet! I’ve got great things planned for 2011, 2012 and beyond so you’ve got a lot to look forward to.

    Now about the release schedule… Because the team wanted to do right by our Winston Zeddemore with Slime Blower figure, it made the schedules to slip a bit. But never fear… there will definitely be a total of six subscription figures released throughout 2011, plus, of course, the seventh: the Club-exclusive Marshmallow Mess Ray figure that shipped to subscribers in March! At press time, here’s what’s coming and when through October:

    June 15
    Ghostbusters 6" Winston Zeddemore w/ Slime Blower
       with Tripod Trap (Club Ecto-1 figure)

    July 15
    Ghostbusters 2 Movie Masters® Mega Figures 2-Pack with
        12” Winston Zeddemore & Peter Venkman

    July 20 at SDCC
    Ghostbusters SDCC 22" Stay Puft Figure

    August 15
    Ghostbusters 6" “Ready to Believe You” Egon Spengler
        w/Library Ghost (Club Ecto-1 Fig)

    October 17
    Ghostbusters 6" Ray Stantz with Cinema Ghost (Club Ecto-1 Fig)
    Ghostbusters 2 Movie Masters® Mega Figures 2-Pack
       with 12" Ray Stantz & Egon Spengler
    Something you’ve been waiting for that I can’t announce yet!

    We still have one Ghostbusters 6" Club Ecto-1 figure to reveal for 2011. That figure will ship in December and be revealed at SDCC along with the first 2012 figure! Just keep in mind that like what happened with our original Zeddemore sale date, various issues (like a potential fourth reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants or a mass sponge migration, for example) can cause things to get switched up so the schedule isn’t final until, well, it’s final. I’ll be sure to keep you updated because there are tons more great toys coming!

    —Matty



    Whiplash Sale Postponed

    May 16, 2011

    MOTU Fans,

    It’s not so easy to capture the elusive Whiplash after all… his shipment to our warehouse was delayed so his sale is tentatively postponed until 6/15.

    All other items will be on sale at 9am PT as planned so I’ll see you then!

    —Matty



    VIDEO PREVIEW: Stay Puft & Queen Marlena™

    May 13, 2011

    Toy Fans,

    You know how the team and I feel about SDCC… it’s truly our most wonderful time of the year. I think we’re just as excited to announce the special items we’ve got planned as you are to see them! This year we’re taking it up a notch and producing videos that show off all the features of our toys for 2011 SDCC. To kick things off, here are the first two:

    Ghostbusters™ Stay Puft Marshmallow Man ($70)

    Stay Puft is the largest item ever made by Mattel and sold at SDCC, standing at over 20" tall! Our favorite squishy villain is made from soft foam and features articulation at the arms, head and legs. A huge city diorama is included in the packaging – perfect for displaying your entire Ghostbusters collection!

    Masters of the Universe Classics Queen Marlena Figure ($25)

    The good queen of Eternia® is finally here to complete the Eternos Royal Family. Marlena isn't coming empty handed… she includes her royal green dress, scepter and sword, plus an interchangeable space helmet head, rifle and blaster pistol to transform her back into her fighting days as Captain Glenn™, Heroic Galactic Adventurer™! And as an added accessory, Queen Marlena includes Cringer™, Prince Adam's loyal pet and secret identity of Battle Cat®! Marlena is packed as Queen Marlena™ Heroic Queen of Eternia™ for SDCC then as Captain Glenn™ Heroic Galactic Adventurer™ for Mattycollector.com after the show. Each pack comes with all the parts you need for both figures, but each includes a unique bio specific to how she is packed.

    So when can you get Stay Puft and Queen Marlena? Glad you asked, because the other official news is that our 2010 SDCC voucher pre-sale was such a huge success that we’re going to hold it again this year! We’re still working out the details, but it will basically work the same as last year: Come to MattyCollector.com before the show to purchase vouchers for our SDCC products and pick them up in person at SDCC (sorry, they must be picked up in person – no shipping option). We’ll also have them all available at MattyCollector.com after the show. The sale date is August 1st and I’ll have more as it gets closer.

    Okay, back to the video previews. Keep your eye on this spot, because we’ll have more soon!

    —Matty



    6/15 SALE: Slime Blower, The Faceless One™ & More

    May 11, 2011

    Toy Fans,

    June is the time for giving gifts to dads ‘n grads, but you don’t need either one to have an excuse to buy new toys… one look at the roster for our June 15th sale and everyone will understand exactly why you had to have them all!

    • Ghostbusters™ 6" Winston Zeddemore with Slime Blower: The Official Club Ecto-1 Figure for June, Winston busts them boos with film-accurate gloves, an all-new torso sculpt and the first ever Slime Blower from Mattel. Included with 2011 Club Ecto-1 subscriptions.
    • Retro Action® DC Super Heroes™ John Stewart: Atten-hut! The third of four exclusive 8" Retro-Action® figures, this military man features a power battery and removable uniform.
    • MOTUC The Faceless One™: Watch out, Serpos, our Club Eternia® Figure of the Month for June is armed with his Havoc Staff and removable Ram Stone! Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • MOTUC Battleground Teela®: She may be wearing short-shorts, but this fighter prefers the battlefield over the beach any day. Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • MOTUC Grizzlor® (re-issue*): Cozy up to “fur” that feels just like the vintage toy. As a re-issue, most packages will have “The Original” graphic burst*. Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • Subscription Holders, we know it’s helpful for you if we let you know how much you can expect your subscription costs to be so we’re going to start summing it up for you right here in the sale announcement each month. Here’s the rundown for June:

      June Subscription Information

      Club Eternia®: The Faceless One™ $20, Battleground Teela® $20 = $40 total
      Club Ecto-1: Winston Zeddemore with Slime Blower $20 = $20 total
      Subscription Combo (1 Eternia®, 1 Ecto-1): $60 total

      Please remember that if you have multiple subscriptions you’ll need to multiply each of those amounts by the number of subscriptions you have.

      Shipping costs, taxes and fees are additional (they aren’t shown here because they vary depending on location and shipping method).

      Your card will be charged 5 calendar days before the on-sale date, so plan to have funds available by Friday, June 10, 2011.

      Subscription orders will begin shipping 2 business days before the on-sale date, which is Monday, June 13, 2011.

      So that’s it! This month, the sale happens Wednesday, June 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). As always I’ll send email reminders (click here to register) and post reminders on Facebook, Twitter and in our Fan Forums.

      —Matty

      * A small percentage of customers will receive product from the first run and the package will not contain the burst. This is random and we can’t control which package will be received.



      Green Lantern: Emerald Knights DVD Arrives 6/7

      May 09, 2011

      Green Lantern Fans,

      In brightest day. In darkest night. No matter when you watch, the new Green Lantern: Emerald Knights DVD arriving on June 7th is going to be awesome! Just check out this clip:

      Looks incredible, right?! Here are all the details, straight from the WB press release:

      Primetime television stars Nathan Fillion (Castle) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) lead a diverse array of performers as the voices behind Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Building up to the release of the highly anticipated live action film, Green Lantern, in theatres June 17, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights arrives on Blu-Ray™, DVD, On Demand and for Download June 7 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.

      Fillion provides the voice of the animated film’s central character Hal Jordan, the human Green Lantern assigned to Sector 2814 (which includes Earth). Fillion has starred in several primetime television series including Desperate Housewives, Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has also developed a popular cult following as a pair of Joss Whedon’s heroic captains: Capt. Mal Reynolds in the space-western series Firefly and follow-up film, Serenity; and Captain Hammer in Whedon’s internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Fillion returns to the DC Universe after his successful turn as Steve Trevor in the animated film Wonder Woman, and has performed voice work on Justice League, Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros., and several Halo video games.

      Moss gives voice to Arisia, a young recruit forced into her first mission on just her third day as a Green Lantern. Prior to starring as the ever-evolving Peggy Olson in AMC’s ground-breaking series Mad Men, Moss was featured on The West Wing, Invasion and Picket Fences. Moss has been active in voiceovers for animation with previous roles in Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs, Freakazoid! and It’s Spring Training, Charlie Brown!.

      The voice cast for the animated Green Lantern: Emerald Knights also features actor/spoken word artist Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy, The Henry Rollins Show) as Kilowog, Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter films) as Sinestro, legendary professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (They Live) as Bolphunga, Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) as Abin Sur, Kelly Hu (The Vampire Diaries) as Laira and Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Deegan. Radio Hall of Fame commentator/talk show host Michael Jackson voices the esteemed Guardian, Ganthet.

      Bruce Timm is executive producer of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Directors are Lauren Montgomery, Jay Oliva and Christopher Berkeley.

      I’m sure I don’t have to remind you, but I’ve got a ton more cool Green Lantern toys coming up, like the oversized Kilowog and Hannu figures, a 12” Hal Jordan and on May 16th Green Man, Guy Gardener and all of Classics Wave 2. There’s no better place to get your glow on than here at MattyCollector.com!

      —Matty

      P.S. Did you catch that Nathan Fillion starred on Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place with Ryan Reynolds and now he’s voicing Hal Jordan, played by Ryan Reynolds in the Green Lantern film? Coincidence?

      GREEN LANTERN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
      (s11)



      FIRST LOOK: SDCC Preview!

      April 29, 2011

      Toy Fans,

      It’s April and you know what that means… San Diego Comic-Con 2011 is finally on the horizon! The team at MattyCollector.com has been working feverishly on it since, well, San Diego Comic Con 2010 and I promise you it’s going to be our biggest show ever with the most awesome products ever. In fact, I’m going to prove it to you and give you a sneak peek at some of them right now!

      Click here to see our SDCC preview!

      Keep your eye on this spot, because I’ll have tons more reveals as we get closer. Want to talk about SDCC or the toys in this preview? Get your Con on in our Fan Forums!

      —Matty



      5/16 SALE REMINDER Green Lantern Wave 2, Catra™

      April 27, 2011

      Toy Fans,

      Here’s your friendly sale reminder for our upcoming sale on Monday, May 16th. Be here at 9 a.m. PT and here’s what you’ll find:

      As always, the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). To get a reminder email, just click here to register. I’ll also post reminders on Facebook, Twitter, and in our Fan Forums.

      —Matty



      Toy Guru Spills Green Lantern Line Details!

      Green Lantern Fans,

      Last month I posted a preview of what’s coming in the new Green Lantern toy line. When Matty Fan Forums member Fightoned posted in the Ask Matty section that he wanted more details, Toy Guru answered. He asked me to share his response with everyone, so here you go!

      Q. I have seen and read all kinds of great stuff coming out with the Green Lantern movie. But what is the complete list of all the lines associated with Green Lantern? Your news section hints of figures but a complete listing would be VERY HELPFUL! -- Fightoned

      A. Ready? The majority of the line is kid-aimed. While we will have our Movie Masters® and other adult collector items, we're really excited to get kids playing with Green Lantern!

      The Green Lantern lineup will have the following products (click here to see images):

      Basic Figures. Each basic figure comes with a construct accessory. The larger characters, like Kilowog or Voz, come with a "construct adaptor" letting their larger hand sink up with any standard size construct. There will be a total of 20 figures, including a few Hal variants, but this is the bulk of your figure selection. Each figure also includes a kid-sized ring.

      Figure/Vehicles. 8 different "construct vehicles" (from and inspired by the film) that all transform between two modes with "ring activators," such as a pull-string ring or a twist-and-unlock ring. This line will include Abin Sur's escape pod, Hal's mech suit, and Kilowog's space cycle.

      Deluxe Figures. Battle Shifters™! All of the Battle Shifter™ figures feature a transforming construct that instantly springs out (think plastic origami) with one touch! Check out Tomar Re's Scorpion Assault and Hal Jordan's Capture Claw™!

      Galactic Scale™ 10” Figures. Featuring Hal and Kilowog with light up rings and chest symbols. Each comes with a construct weapon.

      The Final Showdown. Hal vs the giant menace Parallax with grab and capture feature. Awesome “try me” feature on this guy!

      Ring Blast™ Jet. This one won't be out until the fall. It is a giant version of the deluxe Battle Shifters™ and springs out from Tank to Jet mode in seconds. Includes lights and sounds, firing projectiles and an awesome "in flight" Green Lantern figure!

      Role Play Mask and Ring. Includes a light up ring!

      Power Slingers™. Instantly sling out a Green Lantern weapon, like an axe or fist!

      Colossal Cannon™. Right from the Green Lantern movie. Hal's cannon fires 10 discs and blasts out Green Lantern lights and sounds!

      Movie Masters®. Highly detailed, fully articulated 6" scale figures from the Green Lantern movie. There are 12 figures in the assortment, including 2 Hals. Collect 11 of the figures (you don't need (not sure you should say "don't need")the second Hal -- he comes with a die cast ring) to build a giant 14” Collect and Connect™ Parallax!

      Only at Toys R Us:

      Movie Masters® 2-Packs. Exclusive figures like Abin Sur and redeco with re-releases. There will be 2 in spring, 2 in fall.

      12" Giants of Justice Green Lantern (I've been waiting YEARS to find a way to release this guy first shown at SDCC in 2009!). Comic-style 12" Green Lantern based on the Four Horsemen sculpt!

      Ultimate Construct Pack. A 3-3/4" Hal with 10 awesome constructs.

      Green Lantern Die-Cast Ring and Key Chain. The “movie prop” ring is adult-sized, but includes a key chain so kids (and grown-up kids) can wear it on their backpacks.

      Only at Wal-Mart:

      Green Lantern Action League® Mini Collection. 6 different packs in movie and comic style.

      Green Lantern Guardian 2-Packs. Pairing of a redeco basic figure with an all new Guardian figure. Also includes Power Battery accessories! 6 packs in the assortment.

      Green Lantern Battle Breakouts™ Helicopter. Split this construct helicopter into 10 hand-held construct weapons and build the helicopter again! Comes with an exclusive Hal Jordan in "comic book" inspired deco (he has white gloves in this deco!).

      Only at Target:

      Light-up Figures. There are 5 in the assortment, featuring light-up chest and an oversized construct.

      Only at Kmart:

      Green Lantern Capture Claw™ Accessory. Hours of gripping role play fun.

      Green Lantern Basic Figure Test Pilot Pack. Hal and Martin Jordan in 3-3/4" scale. Includes Ferris Air Parachute and Construct accessory.

      Only on Mattycollector.com:

      Green Lantern Oversized Movie Masters®. Larger characters like Kilowog and Green Man in scale to the 6" Movie Masters® retail line.

      Ultimate Movie Masters® Hal Jordan. Talking 12" figure speaks the Green Lantern oath, featuring the voice of Ryan Reynolds. Includes his Power Ring, and when you hold the ring close to the figure it "magically" ignites light-up power-up effects with light and sound. We'll have this one at SDCC to test out. Ya gotta see this one in person! ($80)

      You might be surprised to hear how long it takes to bring a toy line to life, and Toy Guru had this to say about working on this iconic brand: “I've been heading up the Green Lantern team for the last two years, so personally I am really thrilled to see this one hit. Green Lantern is going to be an amazing experience and what looks to be a real pop culture event. I couldn't be more proud of the work the whole Green Lantern team has done!”

      So there you have it, Green Lantern fans – everything Toy Guru knows, you know, too! The toys start hitting retailers shelves on May 1st and RA Guy Gardener, oversized Green Man and Classics Wave 2 all go on sale at MattyCollector.com on May 16th. We’ve got some images here and you can find most of the rest on toy retailer websites. One last thing: I, too, took an oath… to post updates in my Fan Forums, on Facebook and via Twitter, so watch for more announcements to come!

      —Matty

      P.S. You can also register for email reminders for our monthly sales. Just click here.



      5/16 SALE: Green Lantern Wave 2, Catra™ & More

      April 7, 2011
      By Matty

      Toy Fans,

      If you’re a Green Lantern or MOTUC fan (or both, like me) then you’re going to have a field day at our May sale! Be here on May 16th and you’ll have the chance to load up your Green Lantern collection with all new toys, score the long-awaited MOTUC Catra™ figure and catch up on fundamental MOTUC figures you may have missed the first time they were offered:

        Green Lantern

      • Green Lantern Classics Wave 2: We’ll have all the figures you’ll need to build a Collect and Connect™ figure of Stel: Sodam Yat, Carol Ferris, G'Hu, B'dg/Dex-Starr/Despotellis, Naut Kei Loi/Medphyll, Skallox/Nite-Lik
      • Retro-Action® DC Super Heroes™ Guy Gardner: The second of four exclusive 8" Retro-Action™ DC Super Heroes, good Guy features a removable cloth uniform and a power battery.
      • Green Man from Green Lantern: Standing 7" tall, this fully articulated fighter from Uxor is both film and scale-accurate.
      • Masters of the Universe® Classics

      • MOTUC Catra: Say "here kitty, kitty..." to the Club Eternia® Figure of the Month for May! Our feline femme fatale comes with vintage and modern masks, plus assorted weapons. Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
      • MOTUC She-Ra(re-issue*): The collection-essential Princess of Power™ returns as a re-issue to rule your collection! Most packages will have “The Original” graphic burst*. Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
      • MOTUC Stratos® (re-issue*): The Winged Warrior™ takes flight once again! Like She-Ra™, most packages will have “The Original” graphic burst*. Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
      • MOTUC Whiplash(re-issue*): Featuring a bad attitude and a tail that articulates a full 360 degrees, this is one mean monster! Being a re-issue, most packages will have “The Original” graphic burst*. Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.

      This time around, the sale is Monday, May 16th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). Want an email reminder? Just click here to register. And don’t forget, I also post reminders on Facebook, Twitter, and in our Fan Forums.

      —Matty

      * A small percentage of customers will receive product from the first run and the package will not contain the burst. This is random and we can’t control which package will be received.



      Collector Appreciation Tour CA Contest Winners

      April 4, 2011

      By Matty

      Toy Fans,

      MattyCollector.com’s Collector Appreciation Tour hit WonderCon over the weekend where we revealed the winners of the California “Best Local Collection” Contest and the “City Celebration” Contest!

      “Best Local Collection” Contest Winner
      John Loftus, Aptos, CA

      Although our winner is technically John Loftus, the honor really belongs to his entire family, which includes wife Jade and daughters Cheyenne, age 12, and Talia, age 8, and son Cayden, age 6. Why? Because the collection you see below belongs to his kids, too. John smilingly tells us, “The JLU stuff is my kids’ collection. I just bankroll it.”

      John collected toys as a kid, but stopped when he reached college age. “Then I had kids,” John says. “You start to patrol the toy aisles again for gifts and such. In 2002, my daughter Cheyenne started to watch Justice League. I found out about the toy line and it took a few months, but I located the original 7 characters for Christmas. Every Christmas and birthday since has had some assortment of JLU figures. At some point my wife and kids turned the tables on me. For Father's Day one year, they gave me some toys for my studio area. That was enough to reignite my collecting flame.”




      “City Celebration” Contest Winner
      Kevin Leung, San Francisco, CA
      “Matter Eater Lad” on the Matty Forums

      Kevin tells us that when his family and friends see his toys, they “look at my collection with varying degrees of wonder, amazement and horror.” Well, now Kevin can add envy to that list, because his obsession (and talent) won him the “City Celebration” Contest!

      Kevin says the concept was an easy one for him to conceive. “When I sat down at my desk to think about what figures would have a unique tie to my city, seated next to me was Plastic Man. I recently moved to the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, 2 blocks from Lombard Street, arguably the most winding street in the world. Making the connection between the two was a no-brainer. I dodged a bunch of tourists’ cameras and tour buses to get the perfect shot of Lombard’s turns. In the background you can see Coit Tower, Treasure Island, the Bay Bridge and my house. I couldn’t get Plastic Man and the background in focus so I ended up shooting them separately and then putting them together.”





      Outstanding submissions, guys -- congratulations! Along with being featured here on MattyCollector.com, Kevin and John have each won a prize package filled with $500 worth of Mattel action figures, plus their submissions were on display at WonderCon. If you’d like to congratulate them, just click here.

      If you’re a Georgia resident, it’ll be your turn next when our tour lands in Atlanta. Here’s the info on the next stop:

      Tour Stop: Dragon*Con, Atlanta GA
      Tour Dates: 9/2-9/5
      Entry Period: 7/24-8/19

      Hopefully you’ve been inspired by the fantastic submissions from our most recent winners. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with next!

      —Matty

      P.S. Remember, submissions will open on 7/24 for Dragon*Con in Atlanta. As we get closer, I’ll post updates here, on Facebook, on Twitter, and in my Forums.



      4/15 SALE REMINDER: Lex Luthor, Moss-Man® & More

      April 4, 2011
      By Matty

      Toy Fans,

      Here’s your official monthly sale reminder… be here on Friday, April 15th and we’ll have a whole lot of toys to help you forget it’s tax day!

      As always, the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). Click here if you’d like a reminder email. You can join me on Twitter, Facebook and in our Fan Forums, too!

      — Matty



      Green Lantern Shines Bright at WonderCon

      March 24, 2011
      By Matty

      Green Lantern Fans,

      If you’re doing anything other than going to WonderCon in San Francisco on April 1-3, then you’re going to want to reconsider those plans when you see what’s planned! Here’s the press release our friends at Warner Bros. just put out:

      Fans attending on Friday, April 1st, the first day of WonderCon, will be treated to a special “Green Lantern” talent signing and panel featuring the stars of the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures feature film: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard. The signing begins at 4 p.m., followed by the panel discussion at 5 p.m.

      The highly anticipated “Green Lantern” movie, in theatres on June 17, 2011, will be the first live-action feature film to star the popular DC Comics character. The film relates the origin story of alter ego
      Hal Jordan (Reynolds), a test pilot and the first human chosen to wear the ring that provides him his superpowers.

      Following the opening day panel, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps will have a deep and diverse presence throughout the weekend due to the combined efforts of DC Entertainment (DCE) and the various divisions of Warner Bros. Entertainment, including Warner Home Video (WHV), Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP).

      WHV will present the World Premiere of the Blu-ray and DVD feature “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” on Friday evening in the Esplanade Ballroom, immediately followed by a panel discussion featuring filmmakers and voice cast members. Panelists will also take part in an autograph session on Saturday. The all new DC Universe Animated Original Movie weaves six interlocking stories of the Green Lantern Corps’ rich mythology around preparations for an attack by an ancient enemy.

      Also on Friday, DC Comics will host a panel about the Green Lantern comic books and the 2011 War of the Green Lanterns crossover event. The DC booth will host Green Lantern-themed signings and giveaways throughout the weekend.

      WBIE and DCE will showcase “Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters,” an action-adventure videogame that will be available in conjunction with the theatrical release of “Green Lantern.”

      Throughout the Con, visitors to the DC Comics booth will be able to get hands-on time with the game that delivers an immersive experience for Green Lantern fans of all ages.

      WBCP’s worldwide licensing program for the highly anticipated “Green Lantern” film has already taken the industry by storm. Product manufacturers around the world have come together to capture and unleash the power of Green Lantern, who lit the way at this year’s Toy Fair, with master toy licensee Mattel bringing to life a comprehensive toy line inspired by the upcoming film. Visitors at WonderCon will get a sneak peek of the toy line, along with the opportunity to be “chosen” to win some of the popular products, long before they hit retail shelves.

      All this and more begins with the “Green Lantern” signing at 4 p.m. and panel at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2011. WonderCon opens the doors to the main floor at noon. The event runs all weekend, through Sunday, April 3rd, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Go to http://www.comic-con.org/wc/ for tickets to the “Green Lantern” opening day panel and for information about all of the Warner Bros.- and DC Entertainment-related events.

      As you can see, it’s going to be a total Green Lantern fest at WonderCon. But did you catch the most important part of all -- where it said you’d get a sneak peek at the toy line and could win stuff?! Seriously, you need to come to the convention. It’s gonna be… wait for it… wonderconful!

      — Matty



      Green Lantern Line Preview

      March 22, 2011
      By Matty

      Toy Fans,

      You don’t need a mystical ring to command a sneak peek at our toy line based on the upcoming Green Lantern film… here’s everything you need to know!

      Because fans of Green Lantern span all ages, the product lines will be both kid and collector-focused. To see pics of just some of the toys in the vast universe of products, click here.

      KIDS' LINE AT RETAIL
      The line for kids will be in 4" scale. We have an incredible roster of toys with an array of features that lets them play out all their favorite scenes from the movie.

             Figures and Vehicles
      • Basic Figures. For the basic figures, each comes with a construct accessory and Power Ring. You’ll find the biggest selection of characters in this line.
      • Deluxe Figures. The “deluxe” figures will feature Battle Shifters™ that play on the “something from nothing” movie theme. Think plastic origami… a single touch makes it pop out into an aggressive weapon like a Gatling gun or a scorpion construct. There will be eight figures in the assortment and they’ll be in scale with basic 4" figures.
      • Figure/Vehicles. Kids are gonna LOVE the figures and vehicles that feature ring activation. The ring will transform vehicles from driving mode to an attack mode.
      • Galactic Scale™ Figures. Hal and Kilowog arrive as 10" Galactic Scale™ figures that have a light-up chest logo when you lift the arm. They also come with a light-up construct accessory with projectiles that snap onto their arms. Hal’s construct projects a Green Lantern symbol!

             Role Play
      • Mask and Ring. Kids can see what it really feels like to go green with authentic accessories! The basic ring lights up so they can be Hal Jordan and the mask handily hides their secret identity. (This ring is the only one in the line with light-up features.)
      • Power Slingers™. These babies shoot weapons that telescope out to 20" construct weapons for battle!
      • Colossal Cannon™. Blasts out 10 discs in single fire and rapid fire modes, and includes lights and sounds. Take that, Parallax!

        EXCLUSIVES AT RETAIL
      • Kmart. Your local Kmart will stock a Test Pilot pack with a 4" Hal Jordan figure and an exclusive 4" Martin Jordan figure with parachute.
      • Target. Head over to Target to get figures with lots of light-up features.
      • Toys ‘R' Us. Your favorite TRU will have 12" comic Hal Jordan figure and an ultimate construct set with a 4" Hal Jordan figure and 10 unique.
      • Walmart. Visit Walmart and you’ll find Guardian 2-packs in 4" scale featuring one Guardian paired with a Green Lantern figure. Wal-Mart will also have mini 3-packs (similar to DC Action League®!) in both comic and movie style.

    COLLECTOR LINE AT RETAIL
    Collectors, this’ll definitely get you glowing… the line we created just for you is 6” Movie Masters® figures and there will be 12 in the series. Collect 11 figures and you’ll have all the pieces you need to complete the giant (and seriously awesome) 14" Parallax figure! We’ll also offer Movie Masters® 2-packs with unique decos and figures, but they’ll only be available at Toys ‘R' Us. It’s also the only place you’ll be able to get a Movie Masters® Abin Sur and a collector-sized die-cast ring later this summer.

    COLLECTOR LINE ONLY AT MATTYCOLLECTOR.COM
    From May through October, we’ll have a fantastic lineup of toys you can only get right here on MattyCollector.com!

    • So big, retail stores couldn’t handle ‘em! We’ll have 3 oversized Green Lantern Movie Masters® figures, starting with Green Man and Kilowog. They’re in scale to 6" Movie Masters® figures, but feature the big guys of the Green Lantern corps in true scale!
    • 12" Ultimate Movie Masters® Hal Jordan. Arguably the quintessential Hal Jordan figure, this film-accurate 12” figure features lights and sound - including Ryan Reynolds’ voice reciting the oath, "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil will escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might beware my power… Green Lantern's light!" Just wave the included Green Lantern ring in front of his chest to "magically" hear the oath and light up the figure.

    So when does all the excitement begin? For retail items, the Classics line starts arriving on May 1st, with everything else following around the time of the movie’s release on June 17th. Retro-Action® DC Super Heroes Sinestro kicks off the line at MattyCollector.com on April 15th, with RA Guy Gardener, oversized Green Man and Classics Wave 2 all following on May 16th.

    I’ve got plenty more green goodness to come, so keep your eye on this spot for updates, images and more!

    — Matty



    Meet the Winners of Matty’s Latest Contests

    March 21, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    You probably know by now that MattyCollector.com’s Collector Appreciation Tour made its first stop at C2E2 over the weekend. The team had a great time hanging out with all the local fans, but the highlight had to be announcing the first-ever winners of the “Best Local Collection” Contest and the “City Celebration” Contest!

    “Best Local Collection” Contest Winner
    Kurt Krause, Rockford, IL

    Talk about creative … Kurt’s “Gulliver’s Travels” themed entry knows no bounds! Kurt tells us he really doesn’t know how the idea came to him. “I’d given up doing anything because of the difficulty of what I originally wanted to do. Then suddenly I got the idea. I called up April (my model) and said ‘I want to tie you up for that contest photo.’ I could feel the dirty look she was giving me over the phone, so I quickly added, ‘I want to do a Gulliver’s Travels photo for it.’ She thought for a moment and replied. ‘As long as I can free myself and flick the figures off me.’ When she pulled herself up, I was nearly hit with push pins that came flying at me! We got a video of the carnage and I’ll probably end up posting it online after the convention.”





    “City Celebration” Contest Winner
    Paul Allan Lennartz, Bartlett, IL
    “ShroudedSkeleton” on the Matty Forums

    For a submission packed with punch, Paul, a 32 year-old freelance digital media production artist, turned to his trusty computer. “First, I picked the setting from some photos that I took over the summer,” Paul says. “The Wrigley building in Chicago is one of my favorite buildings downtown, so I decided to use that as the setting. Then I picked out my characters. Superman and Lex Luthor were the perfect fit for The Wrigley Building daytime shot -- I think It has a great Metropolis look. For the final appearance, I hoped to create a look of conflict between Lex and Superman that showcases their battle for Chicago… The year is 2011, Lex Luthor controls The Magnificent Mile and seems to have all of Chicago in his grasp. Liberty, Freedom, and Justice are all on the deathbed of extinction. As darkness begins to set its final tone, a glimpse of light is seen from the sky, a refection of Earth's Yellow Sun, a light known to the world as Superman. Can Superman save Chicago from the dictating grip of Lex Luthor, or will Chicago fall victim to the darkness of another Great Depression. Who will prevail in The Kryptonian Collision?”





    So huge congratulations to both Kurt and Paul for their super submissions! And what did they win? On top of having their winning submissions displayed at C2E2 and shown here, they’ll both receive a prize package filled with $500 worth of Mattel action figures! Want to give a word of congratulations to both winners? Click here.

    The next tour stop is WonderCon in San Francisco on April 1-April 3. If you’re a fan in California, hopefully you got your submissions in by last week’s deadline and I’ll see you here in the winner’s circle on April 4th!

    — Matty

    P.S. Submissions will open on 7/24 for Dragon*Con in Atlanta. I’ll post updates here, on Facebook, on Twitter, and in my Fan Forums, so be on the lookout for more as it gets closer.



    3/15 SALE REMINDER: King Hssss™, Clortho & More

    March 12, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    It’s time for your friendly sale reminder… be here on Tuesday, March 15th and here’s what you’ll find:

    Remember, it's a great month to be a subscriber of 2011 Club Ecto-1 because we're shipping the inaugural club-exclusive figure, Marshmallow Mess Ray Stanz, along with Vinz Clortho. Sorry, this item can’t be purchased.

    As always, the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). Want a reminder email? Click here if you haven’t registered yet. And don't forget that we're holding a special sale on April 1st when we’ll have a second shipment of King Hssss™ figures available!

    — Matty

    P.S. You can join me on Twitter, Facebook, and in our Fan Forums, too!


    All-Star Superman DVD Released

    March 10, 2011
    By Matty

    Superman Fans,

    Last week was a stellar one in the DC Universe because All-Star Superman, the 10th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies had its big world premiere and is now available!

    In All-Star Superman, the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation − which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms − finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.

    Based on the Eisner Award-winning DC Comics series/graphic novel of the same name by Grant Morrison with illustration by Frank Quitely, All-Star Superman is executive produced by animation guru Bruce Timm and directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by acclaimed comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths).

    The celebrity-packed voice cast is headed by James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as Lex Luthor. The stellar cast includes seven-time Emmy® Award winner Ed Asner (Up) as Perry White, Golden Globe® winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Jimmy Olsen and Linda Cardellini (ER) as Nasty.

    You won’t need super powers to get a copy for yourself … just visit your favorite retailer! You can also fly on over to http://warnervideo.com/allstarsuperman/ for downloads, clips, galleries and more.

    And remember, on April 15th we’ll have all three figures in our 12” Movie Masters® series available: Superman, General Zod, and the all-new Lex Luthor! These fully articulated figures are from the first movie and wear film-accurate outfits. If you haven’t seen them, you gotta check ‘em out − they’re really amazing.

    Up, up and away!

    — Matty

    SUPERMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
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    4/15 SALE: Lex Luthor, Moss-Man®, Sinestro & More

    March 9, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    I thought our March sale was packed… until I saw the list for our April sale! Be here on Friday, April 15th at 9 a.m. and you’ll find products from four of your favorite lines, including the all-new Lex Luthor figure from the Superman 12” Movie Masters® series. Check out this insane lineup:

    • 12" Lex Luthor: The final figure in the 3-figure series is fully articulated and sculpted in film-accurate detail. If you haven’t seen one of these 12” figures yet, they are absolutely impressive.
    • 12” Superman: Here’s another chance to get the definitive Superman in fan-demanded 12” scale. This is #2 in the series.
    • 12” General Zod: All kneel before… well, you know who to kneel before! The General is #1 in the series (of course).
    • Retro-Action® DC Super Heroes™ Sinestro: Thaal has landed at MattyCollector.com! The first figure in our exclusive 4-figure series features a cloth uniform and a power battery.
    • Disney • Pixar Cars Barry Diesel: A Matty exclusive, this 1:55 scale die-cast version is based on the oil guzzler from the original Cars film.
    • MOTUC Sy-Klone™ Figure: The Club Eternia® Figure of the Month for April blows into town with his TECH vest, cosmic shield, and battle ring that attaches to his backpack. Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • MOTUC Panthor® Figure: Lucky for Panthor®, we believe in equal protection under Eternian law, whether you’re good or evil – hence the hefty helmet on our April Club Eternia® Subscription Figure! Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • MOTUC Weapons Rack: This is an authentic re-creation of the vintage Castle Grayskull® weapons rack! Comes with multiple Eternian weapons in both silver and Man-E-Weapons red. Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • MOTUC Moss Man® (re-issue*, unflocked ears): Sometimes it actually is easy being green, especially when you carry a big ol’ club! Most packages will have a graphic burst stating “The Original.” Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.

    Please note, we’re still working on images for some of these products, which is why you can’t link out to the product pages right now. As soon as they’re available, we’ll update the links.

    Remember, if you’re a Club Eternia® subscription holder, Sy-Klone™ and Panthor® ship to you automatically. All other items are available Tuesday, March 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). Want an email reminder? Just click here to register. I also post reminders on Facebook, Twitter, and in our Fan Forums.

    — Matty

    * A small percentage of customers will receive product from the first run and the package will not contain the burst. This is random and we can’t control which package will be received.


    Man-E-Faces Poll Results

    March 4, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    Recently, we ran a poll on the color of the upcoming Man-E-Faces® figure. What had happened was that The Four Horsemen wanted to do Man-E-Faces® with his mini-comic colors (flesh tone), Toy Guru wanted to do a full orange suit version, and a half-and-half version was shown at New York Toy Fair. Still, an agreement couldn’t be reached amongst the team so we figured we’d let the fans decide. And what did you choose?

    525 (42%) Half-and-half deco as presented at Toy Fair
    421 (34%) Original cross-sell colors (flesh-toned skin)
    296 (24%) Original toy colors (orange colored jump suit)

    So with 1,242 votes total, over 40% of you said that Man-E-Faces® should be produced in a half-and-half deco. Looks like the Four Horsemen and Toy Guru will just have to wait to see if their preferred versions are ever offered ;)

    If you missed the poll, here’s the back story:

    “Man-E-Faces® figure has a bit of a deco dilemma. The original cross-sell image of the toy on the back of the package showed Man-E-Faces® with flesh-toned skin with blue armor. But the original toy didn't match this and shipped with orange skin, which most fans have interpreted over the years as an orange skintight suit (much like Man-At-Arms® wears a green skintight suit).

    We checked with some of the original Mattel designers and indeed the orange color on the vintage figure was intended to be flesh-toned, but back in the day, our partners in China had a hard time matching the tone and he came out orange!

    Most fans have memories of him having an orange suit (or orange skin), especially when you consider his human face was flesh-toned! And even more so, later figures of Man-E-Faces® (such as the 2002 figure) were done with purposeful orange skin/suit, so there is a lot of precedent for this color as well.”

    You can look for Man-E-Faces® in his half-and-half deco to arrive August 15th, so be sure to watch this spot for official images and any updates as it gets closer. A big “thank you” to everyone who voted in the poll and helped us to resolve this difficult dilemma!

    — Matty


    Collector Contest Submissions Open for IL & CA

    March 3, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    We’re gearing up for our first stop on MattyCollector.com’s Collector Appreciation Tour 2011, C2E2 in Chicago, running 3/18-3/20. Right on the heels of C2E2 will be WonderCon in San Francisco from 4/1-4/3 and contest submissions are now open for both!

    If you’re an Illinois resident who’s over age 18 and haven’t sent in your entry for “Best Local Collection” Contest and “City Celebration” Contest, you’ve only got until 3/4 to enter! And if you’re in California, submissions are open until 3/18. Contest winners will receive a prize package filled with Mattel action figures, with an approximate retail value of $500 so for all the details and to download entry forms, click here! Want to know what’s inside? Here’s a hint on one of the products … meow!

    Remember, at every convention, you’ll have the chance to check out the winning submissions, plus meet members of Mattel’s Design, Marketing, and Packaging teams from the Green Lantern, Ghostbusters™, MOTU, DCU, Young Justice™, Batman, and WWE® brands. They can’t wait to answer questions and give you the inside scoop on what it takes to design and produce toys. And don’t forget we’ll also have panels, special guests, and giveaways, like custom buttons for each city that you can only get at the conventions. Here’s a sneak peek at the first button:

    Want more? How about this … convention attendees will have the chance to pick up JLU 3-packs before anyone else! These packs will be available first at the 2011 Mattycollector.com's Collector Appreciation Tour shows, so you could be the first on your block to get them. Visit the MattyCollector.com booth and you’ll find these three packs for $20 each:

    • Goldface / Evil Star / Kyle Rayner
    • Angleman / Firestorm / Killer Frost
    • Heatwave / The Flash / Mirror Master

    Remember, you could win that awesome prize package crammed with Mattel action figures, so don’t wait … get those submissions in TODAY!

    — Matty


    Links to NYTF Video Coverage

    February 25, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    New York Toy Fair was total madness, but thanks to our good friend, Pixel Dan, we’ve got links to videos of Mattel’s presentations. There’s something here on just about all your favorite MattyCollector.com lines, including several presentations by our own Toy Guru. So sit back, relax and get ready for all the insider information you can handle!

    Again, a BIG thanks to "Pixel Dan" Eardley, senior editor at www.PopCultureNetwork.com for the fantastic coverage and sharing the links with us!

    — Matty


    3/15 SALE: King Hssss™, Vinz Clortho & More

    February 17, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    Forget basketball… our March 15th sale is total toy madness! If you’re a Ghostbusters™ or MOTUC fan, you’re gonna go crazy for this month’s roster:

    • Vinz Clortho Figure: The official Club Ecto-1 Figure for March 2011 is the long-awaited Vinz Clortho! The Keymaster comes with 3 interchangeable heads, a pizza slice, and popcorn bucket. Included with 2011 Club Ecto-1 subscriptions.
    • Marshmallow Mess Ray Stantz: Last month, Club Eternia® subscribers got their club figure and this month it’s Club Ecto-1 subscribers’ turn! Our very first Club Ecto-1 exclusive figure comes with glow-in-the-dark proton stream, exclusive walkie-talkie, and “ecto goggles.” Available only to subscribers of 2011 Club Ecto-1, this item can’t be purchased.
    • MOTUC King Hssss™ Figure: The Club Eternia® Figure of the Month for March features a fully articulated snake form torso! Please note that this item is arriving in two shipments. All subscriptions will be fulfilled first and the small amount remaining will be offered to non-subscription customers on 3/15. We’ll hold a special second sale on 4/1 after the second shipment arrives. Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • MOTUC Battle Armor® Skeletor® Figure: The March Club Eternia® Subscription Figure comes with a fan-demanded purple battle axe, plus 3 swappable chest plates! Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • MOTUC Princess Adora Figure (re-issue*): Here’s another shot at the elusive Adora! Please note this figure is a re-issue, which means most packages will have a graphic burst stating “The Original.” Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • MOTUC Count Marzo® Figure (re-issue*): Fan-favorite evil Count Marzo® is back! Also a re-issue, most packages will have a graphic burst stating “The Original.” Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • MOTUC Evil-Lyn® Figure (re-issue*): Don’t miss a second chance at this collection-essential figure! Again, most packages will have a graphic burst stating “The Original.” Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.

    Although we’ve gathered an insane team of toys for this sale, subscription holders can relax because Clortho and Ray are included with Club Ecto-1 subscriptions and King Hssss™ and Skeletor® come with Club Eternia® subscriptions. The sale is Tuesday, March 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). I send email reminders so if you haven’t registered yet, just click here. You can also get reminders on Facebook, Twitter, and in our Fan Forums.

    — Matty

    * A small percentage of customers will receive product from the first run and the package will not contain the burst. This is random and we can’t control which package will be received.



    New York Toy Fair Reveals Revealed!

    February 14, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Toy Fans. I know you want me to get right to it, so without further ado, here are the details on the toy love we showed at New York Toy Fair this weekend!

    • MattyCollector.com’s Collector Appreciation Tour 2011. This is BIG! In addition to Mattel’s presence at SDCC, we’ll be at four conventions across the country this year with MattyCollector.com’s Collector Appreciation Tour 2011: C2E2 in Chicago, WonderCon in San Francisco, Dragon*Con in Atlanta, and New York Comic Con in NY. Come to these shows and get the chance to hang out in Matty's basement (yep, my basement will be there!) and meet members of Mattel’s Design, Marketing, and Packaging teams. There will be panels, special guests, and giveaways, including collector buttons customized for each city that will only be available at the conventions. We’ll also have three JLU 3-packs available first at these cons: (1) Gold Face, Evil Star, Kyle Rayner, (2) Fire Storm, Angle Man, Killer Frost, and (3) Heatwave, Flash II, Mirror Master. Get all the tour details here!
    • JLU. Speaking of JLU, we announced that it’s time to say farewell to the JLU line. To celebrate the line’s legacy and honor its loyal fans, we’re going to have something very special for sale on MattyCollector.com in the fall. More details to come at SDCC, but we promise to do right by this important line. For more details, check out the interview on Action Figure Insider with Scott "Toy Guru" Neitlich!
    • Young Justice™. As bummed as we are that JLU is ending, we’re really excited about the premiere of the Young Justice™ line. You told us you liked the animated TV series and we know you’re gonna love the new figures based on the series! We premiered 4 new 4.25” figures, bringing the total shown to 8 out of the 12 you’ll need to build the awesome Collect & Connect™ diorama, The Hall of Justice™. We also revealed 4 more two-packs that include A-list characters and 3 of the all-new 6” figures sculpted by the Four Horseman. These figures come with incredible display stands and tons of accessories for unlimited display options.
    • MOTU 30th Anniversary. We told fans we’re gearing up for a major announcement to celebrate MOTU’s 30th anniversary! Watch for details to be revealed at SDCC.
    • Legion of Super Heroes. We revealed four additional figures from the Legion of Super Heroes 12-pack! Fortifying the Legion are Timber Wolf, Wildfire, Brainiac 5, and Chameleon Boy. The rest of the figures will be revealed at conventions throughout the year.
    • Superman. We revealed the awesome 12" Lex Luthor figure that completes the 12” Superman series. Lex is planned to go on sale in July and fans that missed out on the 12" Superman or 12" General Zod figures can get them then, too, when all three figures will be available.
    • Batman. We gave fans the very first look at the brand-new 6" Legacy Edition singles and two-packs! The 6" Legacy Edition singles feature characters that celebrate the comic heritage of the brand, with figures from all ages of Batman history. They come with an individualized display stand, as well as a comic-size poster featuring a comic cover on which the character appeared. They also include characters from the Arkham City video game and the most recent Batman films.
    • Green Lantern. Both kids and collectors will find tons of cool Green Lantern toys on the shelves this spring, including Green Lantern Movie Masters® (Wave 1 includes Hal Jordan, Tomar Re, Rot Lop Fan, and Naut Ke Loi) and six new Wal-Mart exclusive 2-packs that feature 3 ¾” figures paired with a Guardian of the Universe.
    • SDCC. Man, is the team stoked about SDCC! We’re bringing some A-list characters from across our toy lines, including MOTUC and Ghostbusters™, back to MattyCollector.com. What are they? Check back closer to SDCC to find out!

    So there you have it... a TON of new products for 2011 and it’s only February! To see the complete list, click here. We’ll have plenty more announcements throughout the year, so check back often for all the official news!

    — Matty


    HUGE News! Collector Appreciation Tour 2011

    February 13, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    You ready? Because this is big, and by big I mean GIGANTIC! For the first time ever, we’ll be bad and nationwide when MattyCollector.com’s Collector Appreciation Tour 2011 hits the road!

    Yep, we’re officially attending four conventions across the country in addition to SDCC! Come on down to C2E2 in Chicago (3/18-3/20), WonderCon in San Francisco (4/1-4/3), Dragon*Con in Atlanta (9/2-9/5), and New York Comic Con in NY (10/13-10/16) and you’ll be able to hang out in Matty's basement (my basement!) where you can meet members of Mattel’s Design, Marketing, and Packaging teams from the Green Lantern, Ghostbusters™, MOTU, DCU, Young Justice™, Batman, and WWE® brands. They’ll answer all your questions and give you insights into the people and processes involved in making your favorite action figures. We’ll also have panels, special guests, and cool giveaways, like collector buttons customized for each city that you can only get at the conventions.

    Like that? Then you’re gonna LOVE this… in every city we visit, we’ll have not one, but two collector contests! First is Mattycollector.com's "Best Local Collection" Contest. Submit photos of your action figure collections and the best photo (in our judges' opinion) wins! Then we’ve got Mattycollector.com's "City Celebration" Contest. Fans submit photos of their favorite Mattel figures getting their action on in the convention city. Get creative, because the most imaginative photo (again, in our judges' humble opinion) takes the prize.

    There will be one winner for each contest in each city, for a total of 8 winners. The winners of each city’s contests will be announced at the conventions. The winning submissions and a photo of the winners will be exhibited in the display case at the MattyCollector.com booth. The winners will also receive a prize package filled with Mattel action figures, with an approximate retail value of $500! Because these contests were created to celebrate local collectors, you’ll need to be a legal resident of the state where each respective convention is held (IL, CA, GA, NY).

    Like all contests, there are lots of fun rules and regulations, so click here for the details and entry forms. I’ll make sure to remind you way ahead of each contest with posts here in my News section, in a special thread in my Fan Forums, on Facebook, and Twitter.

    See you soon!

    — Matty


    New York Toy Fair Reveals Coming Monday

    February 11, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    Like San Diego Comic-Con, New York Toy Fair is one of the most hotly anticipated toy events of the year. Why? Because even though it isn’t open to the public, we unveil some of the biggest toys of the year!

    This year, the Mattel Collector Night is on Sunday, February 13th, from 3 PM to 6 PM ET. Of course, I can’t show you images yet, but I promise we’ll have TONS of reveals from all your favorite lines, including a DCU Classics wave, figures from JLU, DCU vs MOTU, DCU Action League®, Ghostbusters™, Masters of the Universe®, and Green Lantern.

    There will also be reveals and product on display from Batman, Young Justice™, CARS, WWE®, and even some Barbie® Collector items I know you’re gonna want. A lot of your favorite fan sites will be in attendance, so be on the lookout for updates from those sites −− but for the official scoop, be back here on Monday, February 14th, for our special post-Mattel Collector Night coverage!

    — Matty



    2/15 SALE REMINDER: Bow™, Shadow Beast™ & More

    February 10, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    It’s almost time for our next sale and get ready, because it’s a big one! Be here on Tuesday, February 15th and here’s what you’ll find:

    For subscribers of 2011 Club Eternia®, we’ll also be shipping Preternia Disguise He-Man™ and the bonus map poster of Etheria so look for them to arrive with Bow™ and Shadow Beast™.

    As always, the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern), so don’t forget to mark your calendar. I send reminder emails, too, so click here if you haven’t registered yet.

    — Matty

    P.S. You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook, too!



    Green Lantern Rockets into Toy Fair

    February 1, 2011
    By Matty

    Hey, Green Lantern Fans, here's the official press release from Warner Bros.!

    — Matty

    Burbank, Calif., January 25, 2011 − Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) is teaming up with a leading group of global licensees at Toy Fair in support of the Summer 2011 blockbuster film, “Green Lantern,” highlighted by DC Entertainment’s master licensee, Mattel. The June 17, 2011 release of “Green Lantern,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, marks the live-action theatrical debut for the legendary comic super hero, and licensees worldwide are gearing up to help fans fight evil’s might.

    Green Lantern is among the greatest super hero characters in popular culture, and we are proud to unveil a merchandise program befitting this Summer’s highly anticipated film as well as the perennial comic book franchise,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Led by an incredible toy line from Mattel, fans of all ages around the world will be able to capture the excitement of Green Lantern.

    Along with the release of the “Green Lantern” film, global licensee Mattel will debut an out-of-this-world toy line, including the Green Lantern Ring Blast™ Jet Figure & Vehicle, the Green Lantern Battle Shifters™ Figures, and the Green Lantern Movie Masters® Figures, as well as engaging role-play items including the Green Lantern Colossal Cannon™ Blaster. A rich and comprehensive line of products based on the film for both kids and adult fans alike, Mattel’s multi-category toy line includes Basic and Deluxe Action Figures, Figure/Vehicles and Role Play, along with Playsets, Games, Puzzles and Vehicles. Additionally, each Basic Action Figure comes complete with a Green Lantern ring in order for kids to feel as if they, too, have been “chosen” to be a Green Lantern.

    “We’re thrilled to be a part of this property and to deliver a toy line that authentically brings the characters to life,” said Doug Wadleigh, Senior Vice President Global Entertainment and New Franchise Development, Mattel. “Our designers have worked closely with WBCP to translate the movie into an innovative multi-category product line that gives kids of all ages the ability to play within the Green Lantern universe and to be their new favorite hero.”

    About “Green Lantern”
    In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

    Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris, if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

    “Green Lantern” stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role, under the direction of Martin Campbell. “Green Lantern” also stars Blake Lively as the spirited Carol Ferris, a test pilot and the heir apparent to her father’s aviation company; Peter Sarsgaard as scientist Dr. Hector Hammond; Mark Strong as Sinestro, Jordan’s powerful mentor in the Green Lantern Corps; Jay O. Sanders as Carl Ferris, Carol’s aircraft designer dad; Temuera Morrison as Abin Sur, Jordan’s alien predecessor; Taika Waititi as flight navigator Tom Kalmaku, Hal’s good friend and confidante; Jon Tenney as Martin Jordan, Hal’s idolized father; Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as enigmatic government scientist Amanda Waller; and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”) as Hector’s influential father, Senator Robert Hammond. Campbell directs “Green Lantern” from a screenplay by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg, story by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim, based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The film is produced by Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti, with Herbert W. Gains and Andrew Haas serving as executive producers.

    The film is scheduled for release in 3D and 2D on June 17, 2011. “Green Lantern” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

    For downloadable general press information, please visit: warnerbros.com.

    About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
    Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

    About DC Entertainment
    DC Entertainment, home to such iconic DC Comics properties as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, MAD Magazine, and Fables, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its superheroic characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing over 1,000 comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Comics is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

    About Mattel
    Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MATNews) (www.mattel.com) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, American Girl®, Radica® and Tyco® R/C, as well as Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People®, Power Wheels® and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2011, Mattel was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the fourth year in a row. Mattel also is ranked among Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and the "World's Most Ethical Companies." With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 27,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are "Creating the Future of Play."


    2/15 SALE: Bow™, Shadow Beast™ & More

    January 25, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    February is the month of love, so what better time than our February 15th sale to say “we heart you” with a beautiful bouquet of toys!

    First, we’ve got four MOTUC figures, leading off with a guy who, sadly, isn’t so lucky at matters of the heart…

    • MOTUC Bow™ Figure: The Club Eternia® Monthly Figure for February is the first and only male character from the POP series. Even though he comes with an all-new “bowman’s wrist” for full shooting articulation, he hasn’t hit the mark with his one true love, Adora. Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • MOTUC Shadow Beast™: This mega-awesome figure stands over 9” tall and is the first oversized beast “army builder.” Included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • MOTUC Keldor™ Figure (reissue*): Here’s your second chance at cool Keldor™, who was both a fan and critic favorite. This is a reissue, which means most packages will have a graphic burst on the package stating “The Original.” Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.
    • MOTUC Tytus™ Figure (reissue*): Literally the largest MOTUC figure we’ve ever released! Tytus™ stands 12” tall and comes with a club that can actually pick up other MOTUC figures (seriously!). Also a reissue, most packages will have a graphic burst on the package stating “The Original.” Not included with 2011 Club Eternia® subscriptions.

    Now let’s get to something that’ll really get Club Eternia® subscribers’ hearts going pitter-patter… the 2011 club-exclusive figure!

    Preternia Disguise He-Man™, the 2011 Club Eternia® exclusive figure, is based on the final vintage mini-comic The Powers of Grayskull Part 1. Hidden in a mask and cloak given to him by the Sorceress, he comes complete with his Bionatops Blaster and Power Sword® accessory. This special figure is available only to subscribers of 2011 Club Eternia® and can’t be purchased. In addition to the figure, subscribers will also receive a bonus map poster of Etheria drawn by legendary MOTU artist Rudy Obrero! Both items will be shipped with Bow™ and Shadow Beast™, so you’ll receive one big box with all four items in it. If that that ain’t love, I don’t know what is!

    Again, our February sale is Tuesday, February 15th at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern). I send email reminders so if you haven’t registered yet, just click here. You can also get reminders on Facebook, Twitter, and in our Fan Forums.

    — Matty

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


    MOTUC Figure Takes Toy of the Month

    January 24, 2011
    By Matty

    MOTU Fans,

    When you’re as homely as Grizzlor®, you may not always get the love you need. But not this month, because our furry old friend was just named ToyFare magazine’s Toy of the Month for March!

    Flip to page 9 of issue 163 and you’ll find Toy Fare proclaiming that despite the sad state of his personal grooming (or maybe because of it), they’re “wild for this grizzly man!” And really, with insane weapons and fully half his body covered in brushable fur (come on, you know you want to style him up), what’s not to love? It’s no secret ToyFare is a big fan of the entire MOTUC line, so collect all the figures because you never know which one could be Toy of the Month next!

    Oh, and in the happy coincidences department, this very same issue just happens to feature the magnificent new Green Lantern on the cover.

    Peek inside and you’ll find a preview of toys from the film, plus an extensive interview with designers Bill Benecke and Ruben Martinez, and our Toy Guru, Scott Neitlich. Look for our own in-depth line preview coming soon and Green Lantern Classics Wave 2 to arrive in stores and on Mattycollector.com, as single figures, this spring!

    — Matty

    P.S. Don’t forget… you can also see an image of the front of the upcoming Catra™ in this month’s ToyFare!



    1/18 SALE UPDATE: The Goddess Trumps Evil-Lyn

    January 13, 2011
    By Matty

    Just as we were ready to confirm our list of products for Tuesday’s sale, Evil-Lyn® went all diva and decided she would be a no-show. Luckily, The Goddess offered to check her ego at the garden gate and has stepped in to take her place, so once again, good triumphs. Take THAT, Evil-Lyn®!*

    So, here’s our really, truly, final list of products that’ll be available on Tuesday, January 18th:

    Please note The Goddess won’t be a re-issue; we’ll be offering remaining customer service stock. As always, the sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 noon Eastern), so don’t forget to mark your calendar. I send reminder emails, too, so click here if you haven’t registered yet, You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook, too.

    — Matty

    P.S. Evil-Lyn® can’t play coy forever. Her reissue is still coming; it has just slipped out a month or two. Look for an update on availability soon.


    Which Toys Were Tops in 2010?

    January 12, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    You’ll never hear them say it, but Mattel’s design team is the best in the business. Don’t take my word for it, though … their creations made not one, not two, but three top ten toy lists for 2010!

    Fully half of Mania.com’s Top 10 Geek Toys of 2010 list was made up of MattyCollector.com favorites, including Orko® and Prince Adam® (#8), Keldor™ (#6), Starro the Conqueror (#4), Trap Jaw™ (#3) and in a nod to its smooth blend of MOTUC and Robot Chicken, our Mo-Larr vs Skeletor® set, coming in at #2. The great news is that if you missed Mo-Larr vs Skeletor® the first time it was offered, you can get it at a special sale that started January 10th!

    ToplessRobot.com’s Ten Best Toys of 2010 list showed love to our Ghostbusters™ line, citing 6” Peter Venkman and his fan-demanded proton stream at #9. They also dug Plastic Man (#6) thanks to all those sweet accessories, and in the #3 spot, the first beast figure in the MOTU Classics line, big bad Battle Cat®.

    And speaking of Battle Cat®, he took the top spot on MTV Geek’s Top Ten Toys of 2010 list as “the embodiment of everything great and wonderful about today’s toys.” Tons of accessories and a great sculpt landed Trap Jaw™ at #4 and Darkseid held #9 in “a classic look straight out of Jack Kirby’s New Gods comics.”

    Battle Cat® Figure

    All in all, 2010 was a killer year. But I’ve seen some of the toys coming up and I can tell you 2011 is going to be even better. Keep an eye on this spot for official announcements and remember to get your Mo-Larr vs Skeletor® set!

    — Matty

    P.S. Did you see the hilarious video with Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, our own Toy Guru, Scott Neitlich, and actor Michael Ian Black?! Scroll down for a look at the genesis of Mo-Larr in our Behind the Plastic video!



    CAPTCHA Coming to MattyCollector.com

    January 11, 2011
    By Matty

    Toy Fans,

    We’ve heard your comments and have been working hard behind the scenes to identify areas where we can improve your purchase experience. There are several changes coming during 2011, starting with our January 18th sale when we’ll be adding CAPTCHA functionality to our website.

    You’ve probably all already encountered CAPTCHA or something like it… it’s where you have to type in a word or two to prove you’re a human and not a computer before you can go to the next screen. For our website, what this does is stop automated “bots” from having multiple carts going for the same user just to see which one gets through first. Having all those open carts is both overloading the system and slowing genuine customers from placing real orders. (Fun Fact: CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart.)

    So starting on January 18th, when you get to the cart screen you’ll see this before you can place your order:

    Just type in the words shown on the screen and you’ll be on your way. That’s it! Since the site won’t be clogged up with those evil bots, this should help you make purchases faster plus increase the stability of the system. As additional enhancements to the website are ready, we’ll announce them here, in our Forums, on Facebook, and on Twitter so keep an (unautomated) eye out for them!

    — Matty


    SPECIAL SALE! Mo-Larr vs Skeletor® on January 10

    January 5, 2011
    By Matty

    MOTU Fans,

    Run, Skeletor®, run … Mo-Larr, Eternian Dentist, is back in two brand new episodes of Robot Chicken! The first airs during the Season 5 premiere on Cartoon Network Sunday, January 9th. The second one airs the following Sunday, January 16th and reveals the secret origin of Mo-Larr. Heck, it’s so secret, even we don’t know what it is!

    To celebrate the big event, we’ve been given the go-ahead to sell stock that was originally earmarked for Cartoon Network. So if you missed it the first time, here’s a second chance to get the special Mo-Larr vs Skeletor® packaged set on Monday, January 10, 2011, at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET)!


    Packed with unwilling patient Skeletor®, this is the identical set that was first sold at 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, then here on MattyCollector.com. Skeletor® has a head with missing tooth and comes with his Havok Staff, Power Sword®, and Half Power Sword®. Mo-Larr has five instruments of torture −− er, um, we mean assorted dental tools, including @#%## drill and floss. Please note, as a special convention item, this set is NOT included with 2011 Club Eternia™ subscriptions.

    Exactly what does it take to create a real toy from a character who only existed on TV? Go behind the plastic to find out in these videos on the making of Mo-Larr!




    So check your local listings for Robot Chicken channel and time details, then, be sure to come back here at 9 a.m. PT on Monday, January 10th for your chance at everyone’s favorite orally fixated figure!

    — Matty



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