MOTUC lives to see another day…sort of.

If you are anything like me you are probably tired of hearing about the Masters Of The Universe Classics on the chopping block thing, well this is going to be our last (except reviews obviously) MOTUC post for a while. With last night’s unofficial and this mornings almost official announcements, we have learned that Mattel has reached enough sales for the 2013 subscription to go forward. All you MOTUC fans give yourself a big pat on the back, you did it!!! MOTUC will go on throughout 2013, with great figures like Ram Man, Jitsu, and Fang Man. The sub was saved from the jaws of death by all you dedicated fans who did everything to get the numbers up, and this is a good thing right?

Well I’m not so sure it is for a few reasons. First off to get to that magic number many fans had to purchases more subs than they usually would have, with one fan even going above and beyond the call by matching subs over the weekend ending up with 30+ subs for himself. The problem this creates is next year at this time we are all going to be in the exact same situation again. Are all of the people who ordered one, two, or twenty-nine more subs than they needed prepared to do that again next year? I sure hope so because unless something drastic happens the sub numbers probably wont be picking up too much for 2014. Sure ToyGuru has said that 2014 will be full of A listers we need to complete our collections, but after a year of (supposedly) little to no day of sales stock and the increased prices on the secondary market that its sure to bring, will anyone who didn’t sub this year be back for the next? My thought is no, especially if they go through a year with them being able to obtain very few figures for decent money. I don’t know about you, but if I had a nearly MOTUC free year I wouldn’t exactly be chomping at the bit to spend the high prices for more toys just to get some figures that TG considers A list, in fact I would jump ship on the whole line. I subbed this year, and I will sub next year and every year they continue to put it out there for sale. I love MOTUC, its my favorite toy line out there right now despite any problems with the way the line is handled. I’m willing to put my dollars towards it every year, but I will not be bullied by Mattel or the fans to buy more than I need. I don’t need the hassle of trying to sell figures from a second or third sub on my plate, DoomKick, life, and work already take up enough of my time as it is. I just don’t want to have to go through this “save MOTUC” stuff every year, its bad for the line and it divides the fan base. Another problem with the (potential) 2014 line up of A listers is that I don’t want only “meat and potatoes” remakes of vintage figures, sure we have our Fistos and Stinkors, but for every one of those we have figures like Spikor, that unless you have been a fan of for years are just boring. I love this line for the weirdo’s, and I would rather see Lizard Man, Dree Elle, and any number of cool concept characters over a straight remake of a figure we have already seen in figure form once or twice. I know for a fact I am not the only person who feels this way, and with the dire circumstance we find ourselves in I feel like some of the fringe characters are in serious trouble of ever being made. Lets face facts if this line ends the chances of us seeing another all encompassing MOTU line again are slim to none. If it does happen we will have to start back at square one again, and how many different takes on He Man and Skeletor do we really need in our lives?

So how do we fix this problem? Well there is several options in my mind that I think would help us here. First I think the line needs to go to retail, not the entire line mind you, but maybe between six and eight of the core characters like He Man, Skeletor, Beast Man, etc etc to start. Mattel already has the molds and tooling for these figures, and the presence in stores will do nothing but increase the visibility of the line, and maybe just maybe bring some new customers and fans into the mix. Sure they had the MOTU vs. DCU two packs that were a great way to get cool repaints out there, but paying $30.00 for one MOTUC figure (with limited accessories) and a DCUC ( with most likely no accessories) figure you may or may not want is pretty stupid. Without some new blood this line is dead in the water already, and I know that we don’t want to see it die if the outpouring of support the past few weeks is any indication. Secondly and maybe even more importantly I think they need to make less figures each year, sure we all want our favorite characters right now, but if they decreased the sub to say six figures a year and one or two large scale items it would lower the cost of entry and hopefully make more people sign up for a sub, which would increase the life of the line. Are these ideas the best ways to truly save the line? I don’t know I’m just one dude with a website and a opinion. What do you think would help? Let me know in the comments section. What I do know is if something doesn’t change even with the great news we have today of the 2013 sub going through, the future looks bleak.

 

10 thoughts on “MOTUC lives to see another day…sort of.

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    August 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm
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    i would love to see maybe 8 figs, w/ 4 quarterly oversized or multi packs, for a total of 12 items a year. or, if that’s for some reason undoable, then do quarterly oversized-multis as a separate sub… but i still wouldn’t push over 12 items a years, not even for con exclusives. it’s just bad mojo.

    i too would love to see some new in the 2014 offerings, instead of a vintage-athon, which is essentially what year and two were… but whatever. i don’t think they’re listening to us, or the FFM would have gotten a much better reception than they did. if they want vintage, give it to them… but that doesn’t entice me to buy a sub at all. hitting me w/ new cool stuff… that might do it.

    that said, if they’re getting the Uber-Vintage year that the noisy wheels are squeeking for, next year, come sub time… i want none of what i saw this year. the begging, the pleading, the coercion, the veiled threats, NONE of it. if “this is what the fans want” let the fans prove it, no begging required. if there’s “save the sub” comment one, from scott or anyone else, i want a freaking apology figure for the crap i tolerated this year. it got outrageous, and it will again next year, mark my words. if pixel dan wants me to buy a sub so friggin bad, he can lend me his card number.

    BTW, has anyone else figured out yet that “little to no sales pieces day-of” is a complete sham, right? firstly, the early access only grants access to the non-sub pieces… the 4 quarterly pieces this year, con exclusives, and whatever non-sub stuff they have up their sleeve (though there’s no reveals on that right now)… if the sub pieces have zero stock, they flat out didn’t make figs beyond the sub number, and if that’s their stategy, they should come clean on that. otherwise, we all should have equal access to ram man, for example, because he’s not available prior to day-of. this not only makes the early access program look not really that enticing, but it makes you wonder what the strategy is for the sub pieces; are they deliberately not making any more to thwart day-of buyers? cuz a sale’s a sale, right? has the buy rate dropped off so badly that they’re not anticipating day-of sales at all? cuz every day this year, it seemed like they had customers. even if figs didn’t sell out in 5 minutes anymore, they moved some units. why move to a no-day-of system at all, unless they anticipate attrition will completely kill day-of sales off? mattel doesn’t, to my knowledge, get a taste of the secondary market, do they? or is that in play, that they have created an incognito etailer in-house to move figs at the higher secondary market price? and honestly, why is anyone buying off BBTS, when waiting a month or so after release, which is how long it takes digital rejects to ship anyways, one can snag them off the ebay scalpers for day-of prices, or less? barring a couple figs, this line has not held value well on the secondary market. i don’t get paying higher prices when a tiny bit of patience will afford one less than retail cost.

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    August 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm
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    All good points DR! I think that smaller sub with over size as its own sub would work really well.

    the potential all vintage lineup of 2014 isnt the best prospect in the world right now but we are going to have to wait until next year to find out about that.

    that pixel Dan comment made me laugh.

    I DO think DOS will be much lower than previous years, but mostly I think it was presented like it was to drive up the all important sub sales. time will tell however

    I can see buying stuff of of BBTS as A) the sense of security a pre order presents and B) the pile of loot option allows you to save a good deal on shipping. However you are correct that waiting is a much simpler way to get your figures, but we all know waiting sucks

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    August 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm
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    I hope that between 2013 AND 2014 Mattel can round up the core characters to ALL the Factions.
    Two Bad to round up the evil warriors
    Mantenna, Horde Trooper to round up the core MOTU Horde
    Entrapta, Scorpia and Octavia to round up the PoP Horde (both toys and Filmation)
    Glimmer, Angella, Castaspella and Kowl to round up the core members of the Great Rebellion
    Hydron, Master Sebrian, NA He-Man to round up the NA Heroes
    Flogg, NA Skeletor, Crita to round up the NA Villains
    Queen Veena, Battle Lion, and Eldor to round up the 200X and Preternia crowd
    Tunglashor, Squeeeze, Snake Face to round up the snakemen…
    Anyone else is gravy… (I didn’t add a Heroic Warriors since Ram Man completes the core Heroic Warriors)

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      August 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm
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      That would be a good scenario for sure Mullet

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        August 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm
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        I just don’t want to see the line end WITHOUT completed core teams… cause it would suck to have Flipshot without Hydron or The Star Sisters and no Glimmer. If Rio Blast doesn’t get made I’ll be a bit sad for not getting an updated favorite, but I’d rather have Hydron and Flogg than Rio Blast or Ninjor.

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          August 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm
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          I agree teams need completing, which is why they need to do something to keep this line going for a while

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    February 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm
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    Let’s hope the old originals get made:scorpia,entrapta,modgelock,hordetroopers,two bad,glimmer,mermista,seahawk,hawk,multibot,tonguelasher,imp,kowl,madam and broom,squezzzze,3 rock people.

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      February 18, 2013 at 6:58 am
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      I agree

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    February 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm
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    With the horde team neally complete will we see entrapta and modgelock?we are obviously gonna get the horde troopers,and scorpa this year but we still need this pair as they were popular and great characters and mannyyyy people would definatly go for these characters.come on Matty give the customers what they want……

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      February 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm
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      Hopefully the Horde will get its missing members soon

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