If you were a fan of Mattel's figure lines, then the one panel at SDCC that you just had to be at was the Mattypalooza panel. Hosted by Scott "Toy Guru" Neitlich (dressed as the MOTUC character he created for the franchise's 30th anniversary, The Mighty Spector), the panel gave us an early peek at things to come from Mattel's non-WWE lines, and there's a lot to cover!
In our gallery, you'll find mostly new info from the panel for upcoming figures; that's because even after cutting down on the number of photos we had from the panel, we still had nearly 80 and those were the first to go. In any case, hit the jump for a bit more info on what we can expect from Mattel and their subscriptions in the future!
So, to start with, there's the Superboy/Miss Martian Young Justice figure set. Already shown off in our DC Mattel recap, the two were supposed to be the start of the second wave of Young Justice 6-inch figures, thus why they're in their second season designs. US$50 will get you the figures only (no bases) when the pre-sale opens on August 1. Pre-sales end August 15 and they'll only be made if a pre-order minimum is met. If they don't meet the minimum numbers, orders will be cancelled, so if you're serious about completing your Young Justice set, you probably don't want to sit on these.
Speaking of DC, we got peeks at the panel of next year's Club Infinite Earths subscription figures (also in our recap) and some news about the subscription going forward. Club Infinite Earths will be back in 2013 and beyond (pending getting a minimum number of subscribers), but next year's program includes 12 monthly figures that will be US$18 each (US$20 day-of) and an oversized club-exclusive figure. The bigger news, though ...
... was that most of the fan-demanded characters, team builders, collector favorites and so-on are going to be Club Infinite Earth exclusives. Some will still be available at retail, though, but we don't know which ones.
Mattel's big new license reveal was the Watchmen franchise coming that will feature the original six main characters from the comics. They'll be released every other month for US$25 each with a subscription available, but no subscription-only figure.
The final Lions to form Voltron are coming, along with that exclusive Sven figure for subscription members. Black Lion is on the way in October as the final one, and each of the Lion/pilor duos comes with a piece that forms the Blazing Sword when assembled.
Ghostbusters is alive after all! It's been a while since we've seen new collectibles from the franchise, but Mattel says they're committed to making more in 2013, and that includes new action figures like the Courtroom Ray Stantz with Tony figure. More importantly, there's a new prop replica coming in 2013: the Ecto Goggles! They'll actually also work with the PKE Meter; the goggles will project Slimer inside and the faster you turn the dial, the faster Slimer moves and glows.
Finally, there's MOTUC. Revealed were the winner of the MOTUC fan design contest (Castle Greyskullman) and the five runners-up, which you'll find in our gallery:
As for Club Eternia, next year brings a ton of exclusives like King He-Man and Ram Man, but it also brings an increased price point. You'll now pay US$25 per monthly figure (or US$27 day-of), plus different prices for fourt quarterly items: US$25 (US$27 day-of), US$30 (US$33 day-of), US$50 (US$55 day-of) and one at US$75 (US$81 day-of). Your subscription also gets you an exclusive figure and an exclusive map of Subterrania, but doesn't include convention items, potential weapons or weapon packs. Production costs are the reason for the price hike this year, according to Mattel.
On the plus side, Club Eternia members will get to vote on the November 2013 release, with one vote being allowed for each membership purchased. The choices include Crash Landing Captain Glenn; Cloak and Dagger Evil-Lyn; Mini-Comic Trap Jaw; Illumina; and Songster from the 1987 live concert show. Yes, that's a real thing and I have this sneaking suspicion folks will push for Songster to win because he's the most ridiculous. Just a hunch.
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