Mattel
Oh Matty, you cruel temptress, you.

For those who’ve been following along, MattyCollector and I have had a torrid relationship from the beginning. While I originally loved the idea of the subscription (back when I never imagined crap like the Star Sisters), I soon waned on the entire program as I’ve become saddled with toys that may be decent, but aren’t what I want. Last year, Mattel swayed me at the last minute by holding Ram Man hostage. The whole experience soured me to the point that I still haven’t even opened my Ram Man.

Finishing up the sub, this year, I opted not to renew. I knew it was a risk, as Two-Bad is one of my favorite MOTU characters and I fully expect to pay out the nose for him. Even so, I just couldn’t agree to a subscription one more go around. It just isn’t worth it to me. I did decide to “go out with a bang” and ordered Castle Grayskull, despite the enormous price tag.

This week is a perfect example of how Mattel and I have a crazy Rhianna/Chris Brown style relationship. Matty beats me down, but I keep running back. I’m a glutton for punishment. I know I’m part of the problem, but I just can’t help it. The allure of a bargain (even when it’s not) is just too much for me.

Earlier this week, Mattel went all Matty on me and randomly canceled my Castle Grayskull order. Mattel has come out and said that this happened because of “credit card failure” and blamed it on me and the hundreds of other people who’s Castle Grayskulls they canceled. It was kind of the straw that broke the camel’s back for me, as I thought for sure I was done with Mattel entirely. Yes, for the record, apparently I can get my Castle order fixed if I call and speak to some Indian guy for 20 minutes, but it sure seems like I have to do a lot of work to give Mattel $300.

So I decided I was done with them… Right? You’d think so, but I’m still torn on Castle Grayskull. A big part of me wants to just let it go, while another little devil on my shoulder is telling me to work it out and re-order it. Whatever the case, I shouldn’t be throwing such an incompetent company any more of my hard earned dollars.

With Mad Matty Cyber Monday (which oddly doesn’t begin or end on a Monday) I was sucked back in. I spent another whopping $141 on their site. Mostly picking up odds and ends I’ve skipped for various reasons. In a lot of ways, I got them, as I was able to pay significantly less than if I’d ordered during the year, but we all know it’s Matty who gets the last laugh. Once again he sucked me in, and whatever he’s losing on the Cyber Monday sale, he’s more than made up in forcing me to buy the Star Sisters and various other things.

Of course the kicker is, I used the very same credit card that’s on file that Matty claimed was the issue with Castle Grayskull. Should I really be surprised? And so, the love-hate relationship continues…

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