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7:00 AM on 11.19.2014

Matty Collector's November sale still on-going

Matty Collector's November sale started Monday and several items are sold out. This sale is a little different since, for the first time in about a year, I actually ordered product directly from Matty Collector instead of getting it cheaper on the secondary market. More after the jump, where I'll also gripe about Matty Collector's poor outreach efforts.

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Matty Collector's "Digital NYCC" unveils several new MotUCs
by Scarecroodle

Matty Collector may not have been able to find time in its busy schedule to attend NYCC, but the company has unveiled its newest figures anyway through a video series entitled "Not at New York Comic Con Video Con". Matty has also posted photos of these same figures.

While I haven't finished watching the videos (after getting distracted by Scott Neitlich's AFI interview), I can tell you that the reveals include Sssqueeze, Angella (pronounced Angel-la), Multi-Bot, Blast Attack, and a ghostly glow-in-the-dark Spirit of King Grayskull. Also shown were the Mini MOTUs, whom I believe were previously revealed.

Out of this selection, I'll admit being most impressed by Sssqueeze. Back when the 2014 Club Eternia sub was announced, I had hoped that Tung Lashor would come first (in case the line was canceled and also because, well, Tung Lashor) and figured that I wouldn't care about Sssqueeze in the least. He wasn't a figure I had as a kid, I didn't like his gimmick, and so... but, now that I've seen him, I think he looks incredible. It's something of a testament to fine work of the Horsemen. The figure will have bendy arms, which is also a pretty neat plus. Sssqueeze will be the monthly figure for June.

As for the others, Angella will feature the same type of wings as used for the DCUC Hawkgirl (who I still need to pick up), Multi-Bot uses the same gimmick as Modulok (and can apparently combine with Modulok!), and that really cool glow-in-the-dark Spirit of King Grayskull will be a randomly appearing "chase rare" (starting in the second quarter) just like the previous Spirit of Hordak figure.

All in all, 2015 is shaping up pretty nicely and this is before we've even seen Mara. Be sure to check out all of the images in the gallery.

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2:30 PM on 10.19.2014

Matty's Scott Neitlich leaves Matty

Scott "Toy Guru" Neitlich, the de facto face of Matty Collector (not to be confused with the mascot), has announced his resignation from Mattel in a lengthy interview with AFI. Neitlich is announced as leaving his dream job a...

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Tung Lashor, NA She-Ra, others shown in latest Matty vid photo
Tung Lashor, NA She-Ra, others shown in latest Matty vid
by Scarecroodle

Matty Collector's Scott Neitlich has released a video showing off (mostly finished versions of) the final figures in this year's Club Eternia and Etheria subs, including Tung Lashor, New Adventures She-Ra, Mermista, and more.

Regular readers will recall that I have something of a love/hate relationship with Matty Collector: I love their product and hate their prices (including shipping and weird Canadian tax or tariffs or whatever). Matty Collector's relationship with me is a bit simpler in that the company mostly ignores me (maybe they'd pay attention to me if I had "pixel" in my name...). That said, it's a pretty awesome ending line-up... with even more to dislike about the prices since, as Nitelich explains, a few of the closing figures will be even more expensive than usual due to additional paint apps, etc. (So I'll be even more likely to skip those ones.)

My favorite part of this update is obviously the closer look at Tung Lashor, which I've been eagerly anticipating since it was first announced that the final two Snakemen would appear in the line and was only more excited after first seeing him at SDCC (along with NA She-Ra, etc). The video shows off both of Tung Lashor's heads (replicating his tongue lashing gimmick) and, rather surprisingly, made Mermista look even cooler by demonstrating that highly articulated tail.

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2015 Club Eternia hits subscription goal photo
2015 Club Eternia hits subscription goal
by Scarecroodle

In news that shouldn't shock or surprise anybody, Matty Collector has reached its subscription goal for the 2015 Club Eternia. The company had previously cast doubt on the club's continuation in the annual "Fear Drive" (I'm actually getting a little weepy-eyed knowing that this was the last time Matty will be pulling this stunt), but apparently fans' wallets came through the club.

The company goes on to thank its fans as well as several fan sites although it once again conveniently overlooks poor Tomopop (C'mon, Matty, don't all the things we've done for and to you over the years count for anything?). Sour grapes aside, the important thing is that Club Eternia will have a proper send-off and, more importantly, I'll be able to pick up a Mara figure.

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Club Eternia subs re-open, will run through Tuesday photo
Club Eternia subs re-open, will run through Tuesday
by Scarecroodle

Matty Collector has re-opened subscriptions for Club Eternia, claiming to be 10% short of funding for the 2015 subscription.

Of course, my initial reaction was, "Who cares? Tung Lashor is already coming out this November," but then I subsequently remembered that fans-choice winner Mara was going to be included in the 2015 sub. You got me again, Matty!

While I'm sure that nobody wants to see Club Eternia canceled, it's hard to trust Matty Collector since they seem to do this song and dance every year (among other things). Granted, we have seen clubs canceled -- Club Infinite Earths, Club Ecto-1 -- as well as pre-orders called off (including the Young Justice 2-pack which I'm totally not still mad about), but fans have grown a little cynical. It's gotten so bad that when Matty announced that the "Unleashed" Doomsday would be produced after all, quite a few comments accused Matty Collector (specifically the band's front-man, Scott Neitlich) of previously lying about not intending to release it. As such, I'm honestly not sure what the appropriate level of panic is in this situation.

(Ignore the dates on the "House" banners, I just thought this would be a good opportunity to show off the remaining banners)

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Matty Collector to unleash Doomsday after all photo
Matty Collector to unleash Doomsday after all
by Scarecroodle

After repeated insistence from Matty Collector that the company would NOT be releasing an "Unleashed" Doomsday in any way, shape or form because Club Infinite Earths tanked, Matty has announced that it will, in fact, be releasing that Unleashed Doomsday.

No price point has been announced, but he's slated to sell some time this Winter and will come in a window box diorama. Of course, my inner cynic is under the impression that Matty Collector intended to release the "Unleashed" Doomsday but held off on the announcement so the company would have an easier time moving the less-popular containment suit version. However, I'm just happy that we'll have an opportunity to get on our hands on this one.

Check out the gallery for an image of the Unleashed Doomsday as seen at a previous con as well as the previously leaked packaging (which may not necessarily reflect the final product).

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The Matty Sale that Tomopop forgot photo
The Matty Sale that Tomopop forgot
by Scarecroodle

Matty Collector's August sale starts in... well, it started yesterday. However, you didn't miss much since the only item to sell out so far has been Faker and he probably went during Early Access.

The sale consists of two Club Etheria figures (Madame Razz (with Broom) and Flutterina) and one Club Eternia (NA Skeletor) along with a new MOTU Minis set and a lot of older product. Faker was notably featured in the sale because the New Adventures "Intergalactic" Skeletor (who, by the way, is based on the original toy rather than his cartoon counterpart) comes with an alternate head for the He-Man impostor.

The sale notably includes the MOTU Minis bundles, one for the initial three releases and another for the remaining three this year. If you're planning on getting the whole set, this is as good of a deal as you're going to get (well, except maybe for Black Friday/Cyber Monday...). Otherwise you have another chance to pick up the DCU Huntress, DCU Ocean Master, MOTUC Castaspella, and the MOTU Minis Mini Faker vs Mini Man-at-Arms set (meaning the Faker re-release was doubly well-timed).

While I remain a fan of the New Adventures of He-Man continuity, Intergalactic Skeletor is probably one I can skip since, as previously noted, he's based more on the toy hence why he looks evil rather than goofy. Otherwise, the general outfit captures the look of the first NA Skeletor costume... but, you know, the head really completes that look. It's possible that I may still buy one, though. Madame Razz is probably the headliner in this sale, though, as -- if memory serves -- it's the character's first figure and it's a newly tooled body. I'm not a She-Ra: Princess of Power fan but even I'm a little tempted by this one.

At any rate, the sale will run for the usual week or so but there's probably no hurry.

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Matty Collector's post-SDCC sale starts on 8/4 photo
Matty Collector's post-SDCC sale starts on 8/4
by Scarecroodle

Matty Collector's post-SDCC sale starts at noon EST on August 4th and includes, but is not limited to, the DCU containment suit Doomsday.

Other non-DCU containment suit Doomsday SDCC items up for sale include the Monster High Manny Taur and Iris Clops 2-pack, the MotUC Hordak with Imp (but not the Imp as a treasure chest, which was SDCC-only), the Total Heroes Cyborg, the Arkham Knight Batmobile, and "Turbo Charged" Max Steel.

As such, this is a great opportunity to pick up a containment suit Doomsday if you weren't able to make it to SDCC along with, well, some other stuff like that neat-looking Manny Taur.

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SDCC 2014: Mattel - Matty Collector Panel / Mattypalooza photo
SDCC 2014: Mattel - Matty Collector Panel / Mattypalooza
by Scarecroodle

The Matty Collector panel at SDCC (or "Mattypalooza") was described as featuring a lot of new Masters-related announcements and, well, little else. However, some major non-Masters news came in the form of an announcement that Matty Collector had plans to make figures based on The Real Ghostbusters cartoon which, by itself, is worth four or five average announcements.

While our on-site attendees didn't take photos during the presentation (we have a lot of booth photos, though!), fortunately Matty Collector once again uploaded the slides featured in the panel. Join me as I take a look at the announcements after the jump.

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SDCC 2014: Mattel - Masters of the Universe photo
SDCC 2014: Mattel - Masters of the Universe
by Scarecroodle

For those expecting some cool Masters of the Universe stuff at SDCC, Matty Collector apparently didn't disappoint. There were a lot of new reveals (a few of which were shown early) between the Club Eternia and Etheria selections for the rest of this year and the start of next year, a 2015 Mini MOTU series which features a Mini Snake Mountain, giant Masters figures, and more.

There's an absurd amount of stuff to discuss, but I'll try to hit some of the highlights after the jump.

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Matty Collector's July sale starts in 24 hours photo
Matty Collector's July sale starts in 24 hours
by Scarecroodle

Matty Collector's July sale starts in exactly 24 hours (July 15, 9am PST / 12pm EST), with Early Access already underway.

July boasts another impressive roster, featuring Flogg and Double Mischief as the month's new figures (for Club Eternia and Etheria respectively) as well as another chance to pick up Clamp Champ, Karatti, Sky High (with Jet), Slush Head, and Plundor on the Masters of the Universe Classics side as well as  Batzarro and Ra's Al Ghul of the DC Universe / Signature Collection. If that wasn't enough, you can also pick up a Masters-inspired wall mounted display stand.

New Adventures of He-Man fans will recall that Flogg was the Evil Space Mutants' leader (although Skeletor, his technical advisor, would often wind up calling the shots). Flogg comes with a laser whip and a Filmation-styled sword for He-Man. I also believe his helmet is removable.

Double Mischief was apparently a double agent in She-Ra: Princess of Power. I'm not sure how prominently she featured in the cartoon, but I imagine fans may be happy to expand their She-Ra roster. She's billed as coming with an all-new Horde crossbow.

I'm a little surprised by all of the other stuff available this month, as it's another seven figures (including Sky High who comes with his vehicle). Slush Head may have seen a few sales now but, as one of Flogg's minions, he's something of an intuitive choice. Just like with the original action figure (whom I may still own), Slush Head's helmet can be filled with water... but I'd be worried about potential paint damage. Karatti is another Evil Space Mutant (although he didn't feature as prominently as Slush Head) and, as such, is well-timed. If only we could get another shot at Optikk, but I imagine he's long sold out by now.

Check out some images in the gallery and head over to Matty Collector tomorrow to pick some of these up.

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