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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:40 pm    Post subject: MOTUC 2014 IS A GO! Reply with quote

We did it again, though admittedly not as well.

The final numbers are in and the Club Eternia subscription for 2014 succeeded with a final tally of 115%. So that's down from last year but still we're good for another great year.

Is it enough to get bonus items again? Probably. Mattel's answer right now seems to be, "Yes but we don't know what yet." Expect some news on this at Toy Fair in February. Not to get hopes up too high but there's lots of rumors that we'll be getting a sub-line of POP figures to help catch up and get through all the Great Rebellion girls quicker.

Also because the DCUC club and Ecto 1 pre-orders did not reach their goals the MOTUC subs will be reopened soon for a short while so that people who had to choose only one sub and picked one that didn't make it have a chance to switch over. (or anyone can sign up for any reason)

In other MOTUC news despite earlier reports that he was gone for good, the Skeletor figure is back on Mattycollector in the Essentials offerings.



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:08 pm    Post subject: Power-con announcments Reply with quote

Okay here are the announcements from Power-Con

Toy review and fan community icon "Pixel" Dan Eardley and his wife are expecting their first baby.

Val Staples, head moderator of He-man.org and one of the head writers for the 200X comic book, got engaged. He actually proposed at the con and luckily she said yes....


...oh you wanted announcements about the actual figures, okay.

Quick review:

OCTOBER: Mantenna, Lord Dactus, Horde Troopers, Nepthu, Weapons pack #4 with Kowl
NOVEMBER: Geldor, Sea Hawk (Filmation sub only), Standor (at Coikaze), Castle Grayskull will ship for those who pre-ordered
DECEMBER: Plundor, Strong-Or/Arm, Standor (on Mattycollector) Castle Grayskull limited day of sale
JANUARY: Two Bad
FEBRUARY: Glimmer, Modulok
MARCH: Hydron, The Unnamed One (Sub exclusive)

A note on Standor; he will be available first at the Comikaze Expo which runs November 1-3 in LA. Then available on Mattycollector after, however I've heard he won't be on the site until December. (likewise I believe both Strobo and Spirit of Hordak will be offered for sale on the site in December as well)

Oh and it turns out the Horde Troopers come with two of each accessory so that's cool.

Now the new stuff... and really it's no surprise on the first two just full reveals.

APRIL: BLADE

Designed more after his actual movie appearance than the vintage toy he comes with two swords and a laser whip

MAY: SCORPIA

Right out of Filmation for the figure itself. Her weapon is new though; she gets a Horde crossbow with a distinct scorpion look to it.

2ND QUARTERLY ITEM: BATTLE LION

Here's the one that took everyone by surprise. We were told a few days ago they'd be revealing a 200X character but everyone was expecting a figure instead of a beast. Battle Lion is King Grayskull's loyal steed just as He-Man has Battle Cat. As the unimaginative name suggests though he is a lion instead of a tiger. He is however still green and wears red armor. In his one cartoon appearance he was also massive in size so, like the Griffin, he's been shrunk down a bit.

Fan reactions are mixed- the basic average opinion is he's neat, but arguably doesn't fit into the "wrap things up and release the important/fan demanded characters" theme we've been promised. My main concern is; since this is the first $38 quarterly what's the other one? I was expecting deluxe figures instead of beasts now I don't know. (someone pointed out that repainted with a new saddle this buck could be Clawdeen)

SNEAK PEAK: EXTENDAR

Once again Mattel slipped a sneak peak hint accessory into the display case and it is Extendar's shield. No more info on the figure itself so we'll have to wait and see if he's a regular monthly or a deluxe figure. Considering how much new tooling will be needed for his body and all the extension pieces many suspect he's the $35 "holiday" item or maybe the other quarterly item.

If what Toyguru said during the sub push holds true this also means Blast Attak will NOT be part of the 2014 lineup. (he sated these two were either/or with one coming in '14 and one in '15) On that note remember we're also getting one of the remaining Snake Men in 2014 too.

So want them but didn't sign up for a sub? Well you get another chance. From September 20-24 the 2014 subs will be reopened for ordering.

Finally Mattel has said they are considering doing a 200X head pack. (Like a weapons pack but with alternate heads instead) and are asking for fan input on if they are interested and which heads they would want.

(I sure hope they don't poor all extra resources into this in place of an extra mini-sub of figures)



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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OCTOBER: Mantenna

What character is this? When I see "Mantenna", I keep thinking of T-Ray's minions from "TigerSharks". Cool



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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OCTOBER: Mantenna

What character is this? When I see "Mantenna", I keep thinking of T-Ray's minions from "TigerSharks". Cool





One of Hordak's minions from Princess of Power, if you remeber the action figure he had these bug eyes that would extend with a slider on his back:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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OCTOBER: Mantenna

What character is this? When I see "Mantenna", I keep thinking of T-Ray's minions from "TigerSharks". Cool


funny you should ask as I was just putting together a special look into the character

http://80scartoons.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=21695#21695



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, okay- cool! Thanks for the quick reply. Smile Cool



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update from NYCC:

OCTOBER: Mantenna, Lord Dactus, Horde Troopers, Nepthu, Weapons pack #4 with Kowl
NOVEMBER: Geldor, Sea Hawk (Filmation sub only), Standor (at Comikaze),
DECEMBER: Plundor, Strong-Or/Arm, Standor (on Mattycollector) Castle Grayskull limited day of sale
JANUARY: Two Bad (no day of sale)
FEBRUARY: Glimmer, Modulok
MARCH: Hydron, The Unnamed One (Sub exclusive)
APRIL: Blade
MAY: Scorpia, Battle Lion

Castle Grayskull will begin shipping, for those who pre-ordered it, in November in waves as it rolls off the assembly line. They will apparently be shipped in the order they were signed up for so the earlier you ordered it the sooner it will ship to you. Everyone should have theirs by early January at the latest. It wasn't clear if people who buy on day of sale will have to wait longer.

new reveals:

JUNE: EXTENDAR

His shield was shown at Power con so it's no surprise that he's coming what it surprising is that he is a regular monthly release. His body is pretty much all new tooling, plus he has his snap on attachments to create his limb extending power (it works much the same way Tallstar did). In addition he includes not only his shield, but also a brand new lance weapon.

JULY: FLOGG

Probably the most important NA character left, Flogg is the leader of the evil Space Mutant Army. He comes with his signature unique whip weapon, which will have a thread/string whip, and a removable helmet. Flogg will also come packed with the Filmation style Power Sword shown earlier this year.

At the end of the panel there was another one of Mattel's quick picture flash sneak peaks and it was of a battle damaged Faker head. It's the same as regular Faker except there is a section of his "flesh" missing around his eye showing off the robotic skeleton underneath (like the Terminator) no further work on when/ how this is coming out.

While not completely confirmed, it's highly implied that we will get a reveal of a new mini-sub at Toy Fair in February. Most speculation is on a POP themed sub as it's pretty much the only way we'll get through them all at this point.

There was a fan vote on a figure for the 2015 lineup. The choices were between three NA characters:

MARA: a major character from the NA cartoon. Basically the female lead and thus a potential new love interest for He-Man though that never seemed to go very far. (she still played a major role) She had a vintage prototype figure made but never released.

DARIUS: Also prototyped but unreleased -in this case because the figure's action feature never worked right. He was to have been the leader of the Galactic Guardians, and did appear as such in many UK comic stories but was scrapped and never appeared in the cartoon or other American media (thus big in the UK virtually unknown in the US)

TUSKADOR: A galactic guardian with special armor featuring elephant like tusks used to grab and fend of opponents. After Ram Man's release it was speculated he could be made using many of the same parts.

In the end the winner was MARA so she will be in the 2015 lineup. Personally I'm not surprised. She's the most popular and plotline important character of those three.


There was also the reveal of a new series. The Mini-Masters are coming!

Though actually a bit smaller than the ones released back at SDCC the Mini-Masters will be coming in sets of two with each set also including a collect and connect piece to form a Mini Castle Grayskull. I'm not sure the exact release schedule as it was said there would be 6 sets in the initial run through 2014 but the release dates given for the first two were listed as Quarter 1 and 2. (if there's six sets which quarter has more than one set?)

The first set is Battle Armor He-Man vs. Mer-Man and the second is Battle Armor Skeletor vs. Moss Man That's all that's announced so far but remembering back to the original prototypes shown off a few years ago Scare Glow and Faker are potentially in the lineup.

EDIT: And once again we got a sneak peek weapon It's Battlegroud Teela/Marlena's sword with a pink hilt. Obviously for a female, but who. Most speculation is for Angella but we'll see.



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:06 am    Post subject: Comikazi update: Reply with quote

Update from this weekend's con:

There will be a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. Supposedly both Strobo and Spirit of Hordak will be available during this sale. Also a supply of Wind Raiders turned up so they will be put up during the sale as well.

NOV: Geldor, Sea Hawk (Club Filmation only)
DEC: Plundor, Strong-Or/Strong Arm
JAN: Two-Bad (no DOS)
FEB: Glimmer, Modulok
MAR: Hydron, Unnamed One (sub exclusive)
APR: Blade
MAY: Scorpia, Battle Lion
JUN: Extendar
JULY: Flogg

back at NYCC we got a sneak peak weapon of a pink shaded BG Teela/Marlena sword most speculated it would be for Angella, but nope turns out it comes with:

AUGUST: FLUTTERINA

Beautifully sculpted she comes with the sword and the standard shield. Her wings are rather large, as they should be, and are going to be articulated. (odds are they'll be unattached in the package.

3rd QUARTERLY ITEM: INTERGALACTIC (NA) SKELETOR

As many predicted, the variant of the year is the New Adventures Skeletor -now dubbed Intergalactic Skeletor. The detailing on this guy is amazing. It's an all new head sculpt with the most detailed and realistic skull face on a Skeletor yet. Not sure if the helmet is removable. Looks like it's a separate piece but may be glued on. He includes his NA style staff and he will be coming with the battle damaged Faker head that was shown at NYCC.



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

last day of the con and once again sneak peaks in the case.

LOO-KEE was in the case after being used at SDCC but not showing up at Power-con or NYCC. He also looked more like a production piece than a prototype so this would seem to indicate he may finally be getting released.

Nearby however was a new accessory/character: BROOM which pretty much confirms MADAME RAZZ will be getting a 2014 release. Gonna have to wait a while though since that's likely it for reveals until Toy Fair in February.



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:22 pm    Post subject: 7 Days of Cyber Monday sale Reply with quote

Mattycollector.com's annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale is a week long sale this year. Subscribers can go in through Early Access starting tomorrow (11/26) and then it's open to everyone Wed- 9:00 am PST next Tuesday.

There was no official word on what special items would be thrown up for sale but all these are currently marked "Coming Soon" so odds are here's the list:

Snake Men 2-pack
Griffin
Procrustus
Horde Prime
Mosquitor
Dragon Blaster Skeletor
Battle Armor Skeletor
Teela (Normal) -hasn't been offered in forever!
Battleground Teela
Kobra Khan
Orko
Rokkon & Stonedar 2-pack
Minimasters He-Man & Skeletor 2 pack
Faker
Spirit of Hordak
Granamyr
Stratos
Wbstor
Man-e-Faces
Sy-Klone
Rattlor
Weapons Pak #4 (End of Wars)

items will be offered at up to 30% off with some "super sale" items at 50% off. As usual there will be the "flash sales" on actual Cyber Monday too from 9-2 PST.



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The December sale is Monday but early Access is tomorrow.

Standar will be up for sale on the site as will Spirit of Hordak for likely the last time.

The Weapons Rak and King Grayskull (with the crystal orb) will be offered so if you need the rak or orb to complete your Castle Grayskull (since it doesn't come with either) you can grab them but be aware this is very limited remaining stock so it won't last long.

And of course Castle Grayskull itself will be up for sale. It's already started shipping to those who pre-ordered but if you didn't you can still getit day of sale though the price will be $300 plus tax and shipping. According to the shipping label this thing weighs 21 pounds so... yeah expect high shipping costs.

On that note my deal worked out and I was able to get a Castle Grayskull from someone who pre-ordered extras. It arrived today and I'm in the process of taking photos. I'll have my review up as soon as possible, but this may take a while as this thing is BIG with lots of features so I'm going to need quite a few photos to show it off. (Hey this time last year I was convinced I'd never own one so I'm overwhelmed)



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Hey remember those Mini-Masters that are finally coming out? Yeah there really hasn't been any talk about them since NYCC but at any rate the first set, Battle Armor He-Man vs Mer-Man comes out this month. It's not a sub item so it will be up during Early Access if it doesn't sell out then it'll be available on sale day which is the 17th this month since the 15th is a Saturday.

In other news they had an impressive run of keeping it hidden but apparently pictures of the sub exclusive The Unnamed One have finally leaked and... he's an evil Trollan. He's supposed to come with 4 accessories one of which is an extra head. From what we can see in the picture he has the head (which is obscured from sight by the package but seems to be an unmasked version of his face) a wand and a green energy blast. The fourth we can't see. (though if he is a Trollan it may simply be a flight stand) There's still some skepticism of if this is legit but it seems to be. We'll know for sure my March when he ships.



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:58 pm    Post subject: TOY FAIR NEWS: Reply with quote

Okay time for some more reveals courtesy of Toy Fair

First a recap of this year's lineup so far:

FEB: Glimmer. Modulok
MAR: Hydron, The Unnamed One (sub exclusive)
APR: Blade
MAY: Scorpia, Battle Lion
JUN: Extendar
JUL: Flogg, Intergalactic (NA) Skeletor (w/battle damaged Faker head)
AUG: Flutterina

First up some official news about ones we knew were coming somehow:

GOAT MAN -this year's Traveling Convention figure will be available for subscribers to pick up first during Early Access in April. Likewise

LOO-KEE and Filmation colors KOWL are going to be this year's chase figure item. Similar to how the Spirit of Hordak was sold last year. However this year not only are we being told in advance to be on the lookout, but it will be offered up through Early Access in April first. This is a 2-pack consisting of the brand new Loo-Kee figure and the Kowl figure repainted in his Filmation colors instead of the toy version that came with the weapons pack. It will also include a flight stand for Kowl.

as for the regular sub:

SEPTEMBER: RIO BLAST

Pretty much straight up vintage style, though his hair is thicker. From what we can see in the prototype shown his had guns will plug in. His chest will feature a flip down front but there's no hole in his torso and the guns weren't shown. We may need to wait a while to see just how he will work.

we also saw a sneak peak accessory. It's a large book that actually does open. The front has the He-Man cross on it while the back has the H like emblem from He-Ro's armor. It's pretty much all but confirmed that this is the Book of Living Spells and thus we are getting ELDOR in fact if you go to the Mattel site and scroll over the picture of the book it says "mystery" but if you click on it to view larger the url says ELDOR_BOOK... so yeah Eldor's coming but will he be in the main sub or an exclusive?

Now you'll recall back at NYCC we got a sneak peak of Broom so we knew Madame Razz was coming... well she is but she's part of the add on sub we were promised and as speculated it's:

CLUB ETHERIA (Princess of Power 30th Anniversery mini-sub)

Like the Club Filmation last year this will be an add on mini-sub line running one a month starting in July and going through December. The theme is all Princess of Power characters and thus helping us do some much needed catching up with our Great Rebellion. As a bonus though this mini-sub will also include a seventh Subscription exclusive figure!

JULY: DOUBLE TROUBLE (Double Mischief)

The glamorous double agent starts things off. Sadly she fell victim to the lost trademark on her name curse and thus is being marketed under the lame new moniker Double Mischief... but we know who she really is. She will feature her changeable face to switch from good to bad (far as we can tell it works like Man-E-Faces where you turn something on her head to rotate it inside her helmet) She also includes a crossbow weapon that likewise can be altered to look like a Horde weapon.

AUGUST: MADAME RAZZ & BROOM

Straight out of Filmation we finally get this fan-demanded character and her trusty companion/ride. Broom is mostly an accessory but does have articulated arms and his bristles are sculpted in such a way that Razz will be able to pose riding him.

SEPTEMBER: ENTRAPTA

It's not all heroes. Entrapta, strangely enough, is actually based more on her vintage toy than cartoon look. She will have sculpted hair, not sure if it's articulated though. She comes with a shield and as a bonus she features another Filmation artifact: The Shaping Staff.

SUB EXCLUSIVE shipping in OCTOBER: LIGHT HOPE

Wait what? Wasn't Light Hope just a beam of light? Well we'll need to see his bio to get the whole story but the figure is more or less Crystal Castle Man. He has a translucent pinkish body and golden armor that is reminicent of the Crystal Castle's design. Adding to that he has a staff that is topped by a mini Crystal Castle.

SNEAK PEAK for OCTOBER'S(?) FIGURE: SWEET BEE

The sneak peak accessory is the space helmet Sweet Bee wore when she first showed up in the cartoon. Judging by the size it will be an alternate head as it would not possibly fit over sculpted hair.

Now apparently the last figure in the sub is going to cost $30 instead of the usual $25, also Toyguru said it's a she. Most speculation is that it will be Mermista and she costs more due to having interchangeable legs/tail. Others think it could be Granita though so we'll have to wait and see.

The sub will be on sale from Feb 17 - March 10 so go sign up. Supposedly we do need to hit a minimum to get it through but there won't be a meter as Mattel is not worried about it hitting. Scott did say if it somehow doesn't hit we'd still get the revealed figures but may need to wait till 2015 for them! (and we wouldn't get the others so GO SUBSCRIBE)

finally the next two Mini-Masters packs have been shown but I didn't see a release date for them yet. We're getting a total of six packs this year the last two will be shown at SDCC the ones shown today are:

STRATOS vs SCARE GLOW
MAN-AT-ARMS vs FAKER


The only clue we've gotten towards the last two is that the focus for this first wave will be mostly on vintage MOTU characters. Toyguru answered a question of if we would get POP characters in this line by saying the focus would be "mainly on" vintage MOTU for these first six and it could expand out after that provided they sell well. The fact that he said "mostly" leads me to think we may get She-Ra herself. We'll see.

one last bit of good news/bad news: regarding 2015 and beyond the bad news is we will see a price increase and furthermore it's likely the price will keep going up each year.

But the good news is Toyguru explained the increase may be as low as $0.10 and at maximum $2. (the way he kept describing that the increase won't be much makes $0.25 -$0.50 most likely) not that bad. So it shouldn't hurt next year's sub sales too much.



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey guys the March sale was just announced and the "reissues" up for sale are Galactic Protector He-Man (makes sense since the monthly figure is Hydron) and also....... Fang Man.

As you probably recall Fang Man was a subscription only figure last year having no day of sale stock which created quite a stir and also resulted in very inflated prices on the secondary market. Well now he will be available for anyone to buy. What do you think? Is this a smart or dumb move on Mattel's part?

Of course the catch is he'll be available through Early Access first so there's a good chance he'll sell out before the general public can order him anyway.



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Here we go with the sub drive aggravation AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, we're getting the whole "sub numbers are low and we may cancel it" talk AGAIN.

We were told at the beginning that Club Etheria would have a minimum number to reach or it wouldn't go through, but at the same time they said they weren't going to bother with a meter as they had full confidence there would be no problem. As the sales started Toyguru said we were on par with the numbers for Club Filmation last year, but a couple days later he said it had slowed down. Then he started making it sound like we were way behind and finally he gave a number that we were around 52% with only 10 days to go.

Okay first the positive: These drives seem to follow the same patten each time. We get a huge amount on the first couple days, another surge at the end of the month (caused by people waiting for payday and/or making sure the charge goes on next month's bill) and finally a huge surge at the last minute that pushes us over. The last minute surge is helped largely by online secondary market retailers like Big Bad Toystore and we know BBT is taking pre-orders on the figures. They've "sold out" then reopened and "Sold Out" again. See they make sure they're going to get a lot of sales on enough figures before they place the orders for all the subs -thus they wait till the last minute to order.

Also looking at last year's main sub drive we were only halfway there with ten days to go and we made it. Most people believe we're going to make it, but still if you're on the fence please take the plunge and sub up (I've already ordered mine) These are great figures and more importantly we aren't going to finish the POP line if we don't get this mini-sub.

That leads to the bad. See if the sub fails, well yes we'll get the ones shown (heck Double Trouble already has carded samples) but they'll be placed in the 2015 main sub IN PLACE OF THE OTHER POP WE WOULD BE GETTING. That means we'd have to get a 2016 line in order to finish and we're talking about missing major characters like Angella, Mermista, Peekablue... Then there's the factor of if these figures didn't attract sales on their own how much would they hurt the 2015 sales and maybe we won't get ANY more. (I've read comments from some fans who are so fed up that they say if the mini-sub fails they won't bother subbing for 2015!)

It's stuff like this that makes me and many other fans feel we were outright LIED to by Scott and Mattel. We were PROMISED that we'd get all the vintage MOTU and vintage POP by the end of 2015 simply by supporting the MAIN line. NOWHERE was it said this was contingent on getting a mini-sub pushed through. It was largely suspected by the fans that this would be how it was done, however that leads to the other point that we were told these mini-subs were our reward for going above the call of duty on the main subs. We were led to believe the extra finances from the over % was what funded the mini-subs and our work was done. We didn't have to go through any sub scares for Club Filmation it was apparently greenlit before even being revealed. (and really who actually was asking for Nepthu?) So why are we facing this now with such highly demanded characters? It just feels like another example of Mattel not really caring about She-Ra and company. We shouldn't have had to wait this long for so many of them to begin with!

Yeah, I'm pretty mad at Mattel and Scott right now (it doesn't help that some of his comments lately have been rather rude to the fans) still I'm not going to let that stop me from getting my figures and I hope you won't either. I'd like to believe we're going to be okay and in the end this will go through just like the others, but I don't want to take chances. Let's show these jerk that or girls are loved ans get them made!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the words of Charlie Brown, "I know I should be happy, but I'm not."

I SHOULD be happy because Club Etheria is a go -we are getting them.

I'm not because, according to Scott, we actually only hit 97% not 100 or above like we expected/hoped.

I SHOULD be happy that they're doing the mini-sub anyway.

I'm not because of the implications failing to hit 100% brings up.

You just know the naysayers are going to jump on this and claim it's proof they're right to diss She-Ra and she "isn't very popular." Or worse Mattel will make the claim and use it to "justify" not producing more POP stuff when they already show the faction little to no respect.

WE know that's a complete load of Swift Wind droppings, but that won't stop them from spouting it.

The immediate ramifications of missing the 100% mark is that there will be reduced day of sale numbers. We already know there will be at least one with no DOS (and that's besides the sub exclusive Light Hope) Also Mattel says this is going to make them rethink out of sub items and a potential 2015 mini-sub.

And how does this bode for the 2015 main sub?

For now let's just be happy that the mini-sub is going through and we're that much closer to completing the excellent line up of great POP characters.

On that note though Scott has given us a bit more info on the unrevealed slots.

1. Mermista is NOT in the mini-sub. (So who is that $30 figure?)
2. we could potentially see a variant and/or another first time character in the mini-sub -though we may not. (Starburst She-Ra variant?)
3. All the Club Etheria figures are female except Light Hope (the sub exclusive) and Broom (who comes as Madame Razz's accessory)
4. There will be one more POP character in the main sub (can that be Mermista?)



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