Of course, I will touch the Q&A now with my thoughts on each answer. Right after the jump!
But some of those issues WARRANTED that Mattel would speak up swiftly, which they didn't. It was them who brought the Keyword "Transparency" now it's biting them in the ass!
The silence is due to us being extremely busy trying to work on product for 2016 and any remaining 2105 issues that need resolving. We are fully aware of everything that is going on and being commented on. But we are just a very small team. Sometimes it is hard to be able to respond.
Passing the blame unto the moderators... Still using the Neitlich Playbook I see. It's funny that some non-profanity laden questions about PD Teela were deleted among the "bad ones".
It happened because the comments turned hostile, disrespectful and contained unsavory language. We did not make the decision to move the comments, the forum moderators did.
Reasonable question meets reasonable answer. I may hate it but it makes sense.
This is something that has been done in the classic product and will most likely continue when it can be used effectively. Most of the time it is due to the fact that cost reductions were required in order for the product to actually make it through to production, and instead of having no detail at all, a label allows for full color decorations as apposed to none. Paint ops are very expensive in production so we have to be very mindful as to where they go, and which ones are the most necessary.
This is a bit of a loaded question, but the answer was managed in a reasonable way. The reason I say it's a loaded question, because it would mean comparing Madame Razz against Blade... You can't make chainmail look good without making it detailed... That's all I'll say on this.
This is something we are aware of and trying to make sure it stays consistent, but ultimately every character is unique, and with it comes a unique production cost. We wish every figure could be full of amazing deco, and oversprays and washes, and every little detail painted, but in the real world of toy production that isn’t always possible. We could raise the cost of the figures, but we feel that would be a bigger problem.
A big bowl of NOPE! Quality Control has decreased with many figures suffering from heavy Derp Eye syndrome, the team being a bit clueless and silent during issues. Teela is "Meant to be an added bonus" sounds of ♠ retconning right there. Battle Ram MAA was more of a bonus, seeing he was just a new Head. This Teela is 2 New Heads, New Torso Overlay, Crotch Overlay, and 2 new weapons. Way too many NEW things for a "simple added bonus" and with no visible pricepoint at the moment. (They touch that later on, but while reading up to this point PD's price is unknown) it stinks of bullshit! "It was not meant to be a Filmation Accurate Teela!?" Then WHY IS SHE IN THE FILMATION ATTIRE (with bad qc issues that ruined the Filmation Accuracy)... They had some issues and Teela's disfigured head flew under the radar!? THE FIGURE'S HEAD, which tends to be the most important part of a figure flew under their radar!? That will inspire a lot of faith in people... NOT!! Things that also flew under their radar, the ugly way her leotard looks... Seriously!? This is why people feel like the new team is stuck in Amateur Night mode! On the other hand ensuring that this won't happen again sounds like a good thing... We'll only need to see it happen before we start praising them.
We ask just to stick with us. We understand that there are certain issues with some figures, but it's not every product and every figure. That Teela figure was meant to be an added bonus to the Point Dread set, it was not meant to be a stand alone Filmation-accurate Teela. That set including the Point Dread Cave/Mountain, Perch and Talon Fighter had a lot of issues that had to be resolved and focused on and some things like Teela’s face went under the radar, and for that we apologize. But because of that we are more highly aware of the issues that are coming up and are taking steps to try and make sure that doesn’t happen moving forward.
No, it wasn't... I have to say, $125 is not THAT BAD... Remember that I was expecting to pay $250 for it at most and at least $175 without shipping. But after seeing the final product on reviews, the $125 tag doesn't seem THAT BAD, but I'll say that they could have gone cheaper if they are claiming Point Dreadful Teela is a "freebie".
We believe this information was already shared but in case it wasn’t the price is $125
First off, what was “sneaked” to you guys was only meant to be a little glimpse at the things we were working on, and not exactly what was coming out. Secondly, many times things have to change from the initial sculpt/prototype that we get, either due to tooling limitations or safety issues. In this case it was both. We had to take out some size from the main base section in order to bring down our tooling cost (which is extremely high on large items that have lower run quantities), instead of taking it out of the main attraction which was the Talon Fighter. We felt this was an acceptable sacrifice.
Mattel wouldn't have allowed that "sneak peek" unless the item WAS INDEED coming. The shrinking sucks ass, because it makes it pointless, but aside the "sneak Peek" bs, the answer is acceptable.
That stone section was something that had to be added to help keep structural integrity and support the weight of the Talon Fighter when it is placed on top. That section (which we tried our hardest not to add) was something that had to be added for safety concerns. Trust us when we tell you it looks 100 times better than what was first proposed. Yes it could be removed if the customer wishes to, but it is not something that is approved or recommended by Mattel.
I think there could have been a better solution, but Mattel would not have gone for it... See the previous question where they say tooling is expensive. They did that because it was the cheapest solution, not the best one.
Either Dodging or Misunderstanding of the question. The question is about the QUALITY on the sculpt. The Planks on Point Dread seem less like 4Horsemen job and more like the Fisher Price Team.
Point Dread is an entirely separate set, and only the top half is meant to attach to the castle (which it does) just like the original toy. The bottom section is so that you can have a cool perch/display for the Talon Fighter even if you do not have a Castle Grayskull or if wish to display it separately.
But the Cardboard Design does not match the MOTUC computer and as you can see on the pic above, only the central control pad was black. The rest of the computer and equipment was silver. The rest of the black outlines are shadows from where the computer would be placed.
That is what was turned over by the Horseman and we have no problem with the design. It was meant to be more of a modular part that could work outside of the set, or any where you put it. We chose to change it to black to match the original cardboard design better.
Good, they did not shrink the vehicle...
The Talon Fighter is exactly the same size as the prototype. See our previous response to Question 7 for what was changed in Point Dread.
But some of those comments HAVE COME PRECISELY BECAUSE OF PEOPLE SEEING REVIEW SAMPLES (Fwoosh! Pixel Dan, to name a few popular reviewers. Not throwing them under the bus. There's also the PD that was at Grayskull Con that revealed how Ugly that Teela was.)
That is not accurate. Please wait and review the actual photos/product before making judgments based on reports that may be based on inaccurate information.
Bad form, Matty! These should have been released a while back just to get us excited about Point Dread...
Official pictures are shown when the product pages are released. Those should be shown very soon.
Old News, Fwoosh! Review revealed 2 Females in The back is possible!
Yes, maybe even three.
Matty misunderstanding the question once again. The Talon Fighter is having issues with balancing on POINT DREAD... No Castle Here... That makes it worrisome that it may fall while having it on display.
It will securely rest on the perch, there is even a nice attachment system on the perch which helps it stay locked on. We don’t suggest any hard bumps when it is attached to Castle Grayskull, just because it is so top heavy.
We focused on making it work with the perch stand and it was just something that we missed, and it was too late to add when we caught it.
Again, a reasonable answer.
We don’t think it was for any reason other than stability. It was a design choice the Horseman went with, and we think it works and looks great.
But that doesn't free us from getting the "bad" Teela. The minimum they should do is send a Free new head for those who buy Point Dread from them. That's a hint for a Detail-devoid HM&MOTU Teela IF the line makes it to 2017... Which does nothing about THIS Point Dreadful Teela... Mattel messes up and WE PAY for the fix!? Not going to bring this up...
Human error. Sometimes things happen and we try to catch them all, but ultimately we can’t focus 100% on everything. We know the feelings towards that face sculpt, and will take that into consideration moving forward. Again that figure was meant to be a bonus add-in. You will get a proper Filmation great looking Teela soon.
but it was in my files... Products are NOT:
Lacking a reason for being
Lacking a reason for being
Bonus add-in for no real reason and she is cheap/sub-par/compromised but it's OK because we ARE getting a Filmation Teela in the future, but we'll totally have to pay for it!
Before I begin to ramble on the reply, the post from the .org had no questions 19 or 20 posted...
We are still working on the figure. This is addressed in the previous update from today.
But here's the thing: They dodge the whole Snake Torso was supposed to be part of the 2015 subscription with their non-answer...
Seems like Human Error will be the scapegoat of the day. It's Never Mattel's fault, just somebody else's...
We are aware that the eyes have been a problem and it has been a problem on our side as well. We are trying to set quality standards with our factories as to what is acceptable and what is not, especially with the female eyes. We are working to make sure it is improved. If you are looking for a specific answer we have none. These figures are all painted by hand, so there is always room for human error. It's not possible to go over there and watch every single person on the factory floor.
OK... No issues with this here.
Yes most of the interior had not been included in that model which is the same model from SDCC. That is why it was only displayed from the front at SDCC.
Sounds reasonable enough... Hopefully by then we'll have a price point!
When we have all the sculpts and details finalized you will get proper photos of what is included.
Or Teela, or Derpeyes, or a TG Castle Grayskull drama... Wait, they already said they're shrinking Snake Mountain...
That is currently still in development. A lot of things are still being figured out so we can not say yes or no. We don’t want to have another King Hssss issue on our hands!