Ask Matty for December 16, 2009



Matty from Mattycollector.com takes the time to answer questions from collectors.


1. The majority of the DC Infinite Heroes single figures hit the stores in February 2009. Until now there have been very few new single figures available at retail. Will all of the single figures shown at SDCC be in the stores before the end of 2009, or will we have to wait until 2010 to see them all at retail?

Much like with JLU, some of the IH figures shown at SDCC will not make it to retail until 2010. But we are working hard to get them out!

2. DCIH - The Toys-R-Us exclusive Gotham Patrol 6-pack never showed up in many parts of the country. Has Mattel made plans to rerelease the Jason Todd Hush, Killer Croc and Catwoman figures on single cards or in a 3-pack?

No plans right now for a re-release or a single pack out. But this pack has still been spotted on shelf as recent as October, so it is still out there!

3. DCIH - Why were there so few new 3-packs and 6-packs in 2009? We only saw the Gotham Knight, Shazam, and Public Enemies 3-packs and the Mallah’s Revenge and Public Enemies 6-packs. Was the delay in production or at retail?

We have been working with all of our retail partners to get new IH figures out to shelves as quick as possible.

4. Do you consider using parts across different toy lines or do prefer to sculpt new ones? Scareglow’s head might be good for a DCUC Mr.Bones or Atomic Skull. The Batman: The Brave and the Bold armored Batman from the Gorilla Grodd set would make a nice S.T.R.I.P.E. for the DC Infinite Heroes. The Action League Black Manta head would go nice on a DC Infinite Heroes body. Consider playsets or vehicles that could be designed for the Batman:The Brave and the Bold toy line or Action League but also compatible with the DC Infinite Heroes figures?

We will occasionally mix parts between lines of a similar brand, but you won’t see parts from a MOTUC figure being used for a DC figure or Ghostbusters character. Good suggestions though!

5. I saw the most recent JLU 6-packs at Target, and I noticed that several figures had warped legs in the package. I do not want to buy the figures if they are just going to fall over. Will the weak ankle problem ever be fixed on the JLU figures?

We’ll pass this comment onto design. We’re always looking for ways to improve upon our figures and will make sure to make note of this concern.

I'm Ready for Digital Comics



I’ve been collecting comic books for 25 years. Over that time I’ve accumulated boxes and boxes of comics. Now that comics have entered the digital age, I wish that I could have my collection stored digitally, or in the future, just download the newest issues that I’ve purchased online. No more comic book bags, back boards or storage “longboxes”. Just my comics stored on my computer’s hard drive and a back-up drive. I am usually on the computer every day reading the news or surfing the web, so why not reading my comics?

However I can’t do that just yet. DC Comics has not offered their monthly comics for digital download, other than the 6 page previews that they offer from time to time. But that may be changing soon as many publishers are looking to sell digital content. You will soon be able to buy magazines and comics in a downloadable format that you can view on a computer, or small portable electronic device, like an iPod, Sony PSP and the upcoming tablet devices. Digital comics can be sold much cheaper than printed comics and still make the comic book publisher more money. Plus the internet offers a bigger audience of people for them to attract new readers.

Sure the printed format for comics will not go away, as many fans prefer the traditional style comic book that they can hold, but for some people like myself, I’m ready for digital comics whenever DC Comics begins to offer them.

Ask Matty for December 1, 2009



Matty from Mattycollector.com takes the time to answer questions from collectors.


1. Will the future DC Infinite Heroes females figures get new arm and hip articulation? Yes or No?

Yes, we plan on adding new articulation to all of our IH figures!

2. I like the added articulation on the 3.75" Superman / Batman: Public Enemies figures. However, one of my Superman figures leg snapped at the knee when I tried to bend it. The knee joint looked like it was fused solid and broke instead of moving freely. I've read of similar reports online. I want my figures to be able to sit down. Can this problem please be fixed soon?

We’ll pass this along to our safety team. If you have exact images of any damaged figure that you can post on our Facebook page, that is the best way for us to correct any errors. We’ll do all we can so this does not happen.

3. Mattel has allowed Toy Fare to conduct fan polls to determine future figures in the DCUC toyline. Can a similar poll also be done for DCIH and JLU? Mattel can suggest several characters for singles or suggest multi-pack combinations and let the fans decide online.

This is something we are looking into for 2010! Stay tuned.

4. Now that the new DC Infinite Heroes figures that were shown at NYCC and SDCC are FINALLY on their way to stores, how long before the next wave of new figures and the new theme are announced? Before the end of 2009 or will we have to wait until Toyfair 2010?

We will most likely hold off on announcing more figures until NY Toy Fair in February at our collector night. Although we might sneak a surprise or two in there before hand!

5. The new 3.75" Public Enemies figures used a new body style that has less muscle definition on the torso, arms and legs. They look less like SUPER HEROES and more like average athletes. I'm sure that Mattel can use these bodies for Avatar figures and future 3.75" wrestlers. Can you please put some muscles back on the Super Heroes or go back to the older body style?

We’ll pass this suggestion on to the design team!

DC Infinite Heroes - New figures coming soon

Mattel had revealed some new DC Infinite Heroes earlier this year. Now the new figures are finally on their way to stores for the holiday season.












Barbie Loves Rock 'n' Roll

Mattel will be releasing some new Celebrity Barbie Dolls.


Joan Jett


Cyndi Lauper


Debbie Harry


Barbara Streisand


Heidi Klum


Goldie Hawn

Dodge Challenger for NASCAR

Dodge Motorsports today revealed the Dodge Challenger as the “New Car” for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and announced an expansion of its partnership with Penske Racing beginning in 2010.  Dodge will provide support for Penske Racing’s two-car operation in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, in addition to Penske’s three teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.



“As the performance brand of our new company, we are excited to expand our relationship with Penske Racing and introduce the iconic Dodge Challenger as our entry into the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Car Brand.  “Motorsports are a significant part of the Dodge brand’s legacy.  Penske Racing has such a rich tradition in motorsports, and our partnership in the Nationwide Series will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the Challenger and offer our loyal Dodge enthusiasts plenty of excitement in this very competitive series next year.”

Penske Racing will field two teams, both running the full-season schedule.  The Dodge Challenger will be used at the four “New Car” races NASCAR has designated, starting at Daytona in July.  At the other 31 events that complete the 35-race season, Penske Racing will field Dodge Chargers as it did this season with the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger driven by Justin Allgaier.  NASCAR is expecting full integration of the “New Car” in 2011. 



Joining Allgaier will be Brad Keselowski in the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge.  He also will compete in the Dodge Challenger for the four designated races and in a Charger for the remainder of the schedule. 

“Today’s announcement further reinforces our relationship and commitment to Dodge Motorsports, and we are excited about our future with this great brand,” said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing.  “We believe Dodge’s relationship with Penske Racing will continue to elevate and highlight both our brands and deliver value to Dodge enthusiasts.”

Allgaier, in his rookie season in the Nationwide Series, is currently fifth in the season point standings and the leader among Rookie of the Year candidates.

“Penske Racing has a very successful relationship with the Dodge brand,” commented Allgaier. “I am honored to be one of Dodge Motorsport’s drivers and to be able to drive the new Challenger in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is going to be awesome.  The car looks great and will give the Nationwide Series its own identity.”




2010 Dodge Challenger  The Dodge Challenger merges the best American muscle-car characteristics—unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines and technology—to delight driving enthusiasts across several generations.  The two-door coupe accommodates up to five passengers and is produced from the company’s proven rear-wheel-drive platform.  With three models of head-turning styling, two legendary HEMI® V-8 engine choices, up to 25 highway miles per gallon, more than 25 safety and security features and modern amenities, it’s no surprise Dodge Challenger was awarded J.D. Power and Associates “Most Appealing Midsize Sporty Car” in its 2009 APEAL Study.

“The Dodge Challenger has proven to be one of the most sought after high-performance vehicles on the street today,” said Dave Bailey, Senior Manager of Motorsports Engineering and SRT Body, Interior and Electrical.  “Sharing our consumer’s passion for performance through the race version of our Dodge Challenger will continue to showcase the unique engineering brought to our race and production vehicles.”



Dodge will continue its support of Penske Racing’s three-car operation in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2010 with drivers Kurt Busch, Sam Hornish Jr. and Keselowski.

The No. 12 Dodge Challenger will take part in Monday’s NASCAR Nationwide test session at Talladega Superspeedway for the “new cars” with Allgaier driving.

Apple unveils new iMacs with 21.5 and 27-inch displays



CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2009—Apple® today unveiled an all new iMac® line featuring brilliant LED-backlit 21.5 and 27-inch widescreen displays in a new edge-to-edge glass design and seamless all aluminum enclosure. The new iMac line, starting at $1,199, is the fastest ever with Intel Core 2 Duo processors starting at 3.06 GHz, and Core i5 and i7 quad-core processors for up to twice the performance.* Every new iMac ships with a wireless keyboard and the all new wireless Magic Mouse, the world’s first mouse with Multi-Touch™ technology pioneered by Apple on the iPhone®, iPod touch® and Mac® notebook trackpad.
Pricing & Availability The new 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac and Mac mini lines are now shipping and available through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The Intel Core i5 and i7 quad-core iMacs are available for order and will begin shipping this November. Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server is available from the Apple Store and Apple’s retail stores.
The new 21.5-inch 3.06 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:
  • 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 500GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

The new 21.5-inch 3.06 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:
  • 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics; with 256MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

The new 27-inch 3.06 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US), includes:
  • 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics; with 256MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for video input and output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

The new 27-inch 2.66 GHz Core i5 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:
  • 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
  • 2.66 GHz Intel Core i5 quad-core processor with 8MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850 discrete graphics; with 512MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for video input and output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Build-to-order options for the 27-inch Core i5 quad-core iMac include a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processor.

Hurst Hemi Challengers

Hurst has released photos of some of their new Challenger packages.
Series 4 Hurst Hemi Challenger pictured here in Silver and Black.
The Competition/Plus package pictured in B5 Blue.







Green Lantern: First Flight Animated Movie

Green Lantern: First Flight will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 28, 2009.
I plan on going to Best Buy to get the special edition with the exclusive Green Lantern: Hal Jordan action figure from the DC Infinite Heroes toyline.




Here is a link to the official movie website.
http://www.warnervideo.com/greenlanterndvd/

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies DVD

One of my favorite comic book stories is being adapted into an animated movie.
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 29, 2009.




Here is a link to the official website to view the movie trailer.
http://www.warnervideo.com/supermanbatmandvd/

DC Direct Hal Jordan SDCC Exclusives

This week the San Diego Comic Con event is in full swing.
DC Direct will have a set of exclusive Hal Jordan Blackest Night figures for sale at the Graphitti Designs booth.


Here's the breakdown of availability:

Wednesday (Preview Night) - July 22 - 6:00 pm Hal Jordan: Green Lantern - 3,000 pieces available

Thursday, July 23 - 10:00 am
Hal Jordan: Yellow Lantern - 1,500 pieces available

Friday, July 24 - 10:00 am
Hal Jordan: Blue Lantern - 1,500 pieces available

Saturday, July 25 - 10:00 am
Hal Jordan: Orange Lantern - 1,500 pieces available

Sunday, July 26 - 10:00 am
Hal Jordan: Red Lantern - 1,500 pieces available

Each figure comes with its own lantern and a wearable power ring customized to each Corps. Each figure is available starting its respective day, and will continue to be on sale until it is sold out. Each figure comes in its own four-color box.


Blackest Night Series 3 Action Figures



July 2009 -
DC Direct - BLACKEST NIGHT SERIES 3 ACTION FIGURES

BLACKEST NIGHT continues to astonish as DC Direct introduces the third series of action figures based on this storyline!

Don't get caught without these new action figures, including
Aquaman, the third member of the Black Lanterns; Arisia, the Green Lantern charged with protecting Earth; Larfleeze, the only living member of the avaricious Orange Lantern Corps, who comes with the slain - and slavish - Glomulus; and Star Sapphire of the Zamorans, whose members battle using the violet power of love.

All four figures feature multiple points of articulation and include a display base. Larfleeze, Arisia and Star Sapphire also come with lantern accessories.

4-color clamshell blister card packaging.
Advance-solicited; on sale March 3, 2010

DC Infinite Heroes CRISIS set



Mattycollector.com will be offering a special Crisis themed 4 figure set of DC Infinite Heroes on their website.
The DC Infinite Heroes figures include; the Monitor, Psycho-Pirate, The Flash 2 (Barry Allen) and Supergirl. 

Judging from the photo of the card back, it appears that these figures may have unique details that make them different from the ones that will be available at retail stores.

Supergirl: special figure has battle damaged outfit and the regular one at retail has the normal outfit.

Flash 2 (Barry Allen): special figure has a decomposing head and the regular one at retail may have a normal head.

Psycho-Pirate: special figure will be wearing the Medusa Mask and the regular one at retail will have his face visible.

Monitor: I'm not sure if there will be differences in the figure yet.

More details on these DC Infinite Heroes figures should be revealed at SDCC next month.

Femforce #150 marks the 25th Anniversary of Femforce

Most of the comic books that I read are from DC Comics, however I do read some titles from other publishers.
I first read Femforce #3 from AC Comics almost 25 years ago. Femforce comics feature the adventures of an all-female team of super heroines. Now issue #150 will be coming out in time to mark the Femforce’s 25th Anniversary.

AC Comics started out as Paragon Publications in 1969, and 2009 marks the 40th Anniversary for this independent publisher, one of the oldest publishers in the comic industry today.

Congratulations to Bill Black, Rebekah Black, Mark Heike, Stephanie Heike and Brad Gorby for all of the great comic stories and art that helped Femforce reach this milestone.





FEMFORCE 150
$9.95, DOUBLE-SIZED 84 page format, saddle-stitched
** Not Yet Available - Shipping in AUGUST 2009 **
Black & white interiors with full color covers.

Writer's and Artist's Names: Writers include FF creator Bill Black, Mark & Stephanie Heike, Enrico Teodorani, Eric Lindberg, Eric Johnson, Rock Baker and John Gotschal. Artists include Black, Heike, Jeff Austin, Rock Baker, Scott Larson, Richard Scott and Kevin Nordstrom. Cover art by FEMFORCE creator Bill Black.
Intended Audience:
All-ages readers who like Silver Age-style superheroics as well as classic "good girl" art. Collectors who are interested in "milestone issues" would have an interest in this one, as well.
Format:
Standard comic book dimensions, but a special DOUBLE-SIZED, 84-page length. Black and white interiors with color covers; saddle-stitched.
Synopsis:
SPECTACULAR DOUBLE-SIZED ISSUE!!! While chaos reigns on Earth, NIGHTVEIL, Ms. VICTORY and SYNN lead an all-star force of paranormals to another planet, in another dimension, to fight the ultimate evil- The OLD DARK ONES!! In the heat of battle, a shocking revelation- STARDUST LIVES!! Guest stars galore!!
Special Notes:
When writer/artist and AC Comics publisher Bill Black published the first appearance of the group, the FEMFORCE SPECIAL #1, in 1984, exactly 25 YEARS AGO, who would've believed it would come to this? Yet here it is, the historic 150th issue of the regular FEMFORCE COMICS ongoing title, featuring special cover art by Bill black himself- and inside, TWICE as many pages as the previous FEMFORCE standard; a full 84 pages of story and art. And as befits a special issue, the story itself will wrap up continuity that has been running continuously in Femforce since #137, as She-Cat regains her powers, Stardust (thought dead since #140) comes back, and the team is returned to full strength in the wake of a battle to the finish with the unearthly Old Dark Ones; a plotline harkening back to concepts Bill Black introduced in his pre-AC Comics line, Paragon Publications, in 1976!! Of course, such a monumental cosmic clash requires the FEMFORCE to ring in help, so this story will feature guest-appearances by loads of other AC heroes & heroines, including The SHADE, FIREBEAM, BOLT,The HAUNTER, COMMANDO D, ASTRON and ASTRA, PARAGON, The SCARLET SCORPION and lots more. There will be a number of back-up stories and special features , in addition to an extra-long GARGANTARAMA section making up the back half of this 84-page flip book. (Please Note: this 84-page length/$9.95 price will become the standard for new issues of FEMFORCE after #150, as well; each new issue being virtually the size of a graphic novel from now on. For FF readers, it will be TWICE as many pages of FEMFORCE action for LESS THAN 1 &1/2 times the price, from this issue on!!!) 

Cool Custom Figure: Cir-El "Supergirl"

Here is a cool custom figure made by Carbonor.
This is Cir-El, also known as Supergirl, as she appeared in the Superman / Batman comic.

I love the Ed McGuinness style action figures that DC Direct makes and this is one that I hope they make in the future.

RECIPE
Figure - Superman/Batman (McGuinness) Superwoman
Cape - Silver Age Superman Robot Superman




My Favorite Pizza, Romeo's Restaurant & Pizza



Today I stopped for lunch at my favorite Pizza Restaurant, Romeo’s on Route 9 in Marlboro Plaza, Englishtown, NJ.
I used to work in the same plaza when I worked for KB Toys and frequently had lunch there.
Now that I live in Lakewood, I don’t get to eat there often. I try to stop in when I am visiting my parents.

I really love their pizza and haven’t found anything as good where I now live and work.
So if you are in the area stop by and try them out.
http://www.romeospizzaon9.com/

JLA Classified: Classic Series 2 Action Figures

I love the Ed McGuinness styled figures from DC Direct. I hope that they continue to make more of them.

June 2009 -
DC Direct - JLA CLASSIFIED: CLASSIC SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES
The JLA CLASSIFIED: CLASSIC line expands with four all-new figures! Consistent in style and scale to Series 1, Series 2 features some of the most requested characters from DC Comics.
Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base. 4-color blister card packaging.
Advance-solicited; on sale February 3, 2010
Figures Included:
Green Lantern - 6.75" h

Superman (Blue) - 6.75" h

Batgirl - 6.5" h

Aquaman - 6.75" h



Aquaman - JLA Classified

Cover Girls of the DC Universe: Power Girl Statue

June 2009 - DC Direct - COVER GIRLS OF THE DC UNIVERSE: POWER GIRL STATUE
BASED ON THE ART OF ADAM HUGHES

SCULPTED BY DESIGN JACK MATHEWS
As the cousin of Superman, Power Girl packs quite a punch as one of the heaviest hitters in the JSA. And now, she stars in her own smash-hit monthly series, further increasing her popularity and cementing her place as one of the greatest superheroines of all time!
This latest addition to the instantly popular COVER GIRLS OF THE DC UNIVERSE statue line is posed just as she appears on the variant cover of Adam Hughes' POWER GIRL #2.

Hand-painted, cold-cast in porcelain and measuring approximately 9" tall x 6.5" wide x 4.25" deep, this statue includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4-color box. Limited Edition. Manufactured to order.
Advance-solicited; on sale February 24, 2009

Statue

$99.99 US

Wonder Woman Animated Movie

I picked up the new WONDER WOMAN animated movie today.
I bought the BEST BUY edition that comes with a Wonder Woman action figure from the DC Infinite Heroes toyline.





Here is a link to the official website.
http://warnervideo.com/wonderwomanmovie/