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They could call it the "Artist series" or something that denotes that it's not exactly a toy to play with, but to customize and display. Maybe they could make them a bit more modular than MOTUC with them being unpluggable at the shoulders, thighs, heads, boots, waist, and hands.
The most basic bodies would be available at retail, like say:
Human Male: both Light skin and Dark skin. They'd come with 2 heads (featureless mask, bald generic face), 2 sets of feet (boot unitard and barefoot) 2 sets of arms (bare human arms, and cyborg arms).
Werebeast: Brown and gray it would have 2 heads (Bear and Minotaur for Brown, Wolf and bat monster for gray.)
2 sets of arms (normal fur and fur with spiked protrusions for brown and normal fur and fur with vestigial wings for gray) 2 sets of boots (Hooved feet and normal beast feet for brown, normal feet and talons for gray)
For the females it would be something similar to the males.
More Deluxe versions would be sold online through an exclusive Website.
Examples: "Rainbow packs" with Red, blue, yellow, green, and purple bodies. The bare feet come in Light and Dark Skin tones for the Humans. Monsters are just rainbow versions of the normal monster.
The website could post tips and tricks for painting the figures, or patterns to make certaon cloth items.
Basically, Mattel usong theor own library to make Deluxe figures in this style. For example:
Classic Max Steel and Psycho. You get new parts lile Max's head, left N-Tek biolink, new boots, new harnesses for his body. For Psycho you get new right arms, new heads, new cyborg torso.
Or Skeletor and He-Man who would not be "MOTUC ACCURATE" They'd be new renditions with some old and new pieces.
Both would use the Beast crotch with new belts. He-Man would use the beast lower legs with the "sock feet" skeletor would use new boots (that are part for the upcoming reptilian figures) with the Talon Feet. He-Man would get new head, harness, bracers, and weapons. Same thing for Skeletor and he'd get new arms from the upcoming Reptilian figures)
Once there's enough accessories from tribute figures and other ideas, they could do accessory packs.
That way Mattel can test the waters to see if there is demand for things like Matt Mason, or Street Sharks.
But Logistics is what will kill this idea.