So today was Mattel’s big SDCC on sale date for their exclusives through MattyCollector. I ended up with Voltron and Queen Marlena. It took me about 15-18 minutes total, which is pretty long but I also didn’t try any funny business. Normally I force my way onto the site, but I didn’t “have to have” anything so I just let Mattel’s manual system refresh. Plus it took me a couple seconds extra because I had to empty my cart out of old subscriptions.
I really wanted Swamp Thing. It was the first item I truly committed to, but as more reviews and photos have come in I decided to pass on him. Not only is he gigantic, the rubbery flesh is already starting to come apart for some people. I love, LOVE Swamp Thing, but the new Mattel figure doesn’t have much better articulation than the old Kenner figures. $30 for a figure that probably won’t last a year with this weather, I think I’ll just stick with my Kenners.
I’m not sure why I bought Queen Marlena, other than I already have Randor. I’ve skipped a lot of MOTUC this year and I’m still on the fence about any subscriptions. After my previous rant about Mattel overcharging on the subs, I just can’t commit to anything anymore. The subscriptions are becoming a hassle I think. Plus Shadow Weaver doesn’t really excite me, because I might end up forced to buy a lot of stuff I don’t want… Including the Wind Raider.
Why buy Voltron? Well, originally I wanted the Voltron sub and the 2 foot figure… But after giving it some thought, I realized that this smaller figure is the better deal. He’s much more poseable, comes with the swords and I can probably find some monsters in scale for him to fight. Mattel has not committed to making any large scale monsters for the subscription Voltron… So what good is he to me? All the early reviews say the SDCC figure is excellent, as well. Plus it’ll go well with my Galactic Gale Baxinger and other GN U DOUs.
As of this writing, only Stay Puft and the MOTU Polly Pockets are sold out. I guess those are surprises, but I’m not too shocked with either. I would suspect that the runs were much smaller for those items. The Polly Pockets were a test and Stay Puft is a high price point item. I had little to no interest in either, so it’s no big deal. If you’re still thinking of ordering anything else, now is the time. The website has no slowdown or white screens of death, at the moment, so the rush is over.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for today was a last minute decision by Mattel to take down the “All Star” sale figures. This happened just before the SDCC sale. You could buy them earlier in the day, but they stopped them from going on sale with the SDCC stuff. Maybe Mattel is making money on shipping, because this is the same shell game we’ve seen from them since the beginning with MattyCollector. They do everything in their absolute power to avoid you combining multiple items for shipping. I’ll give Mattel the benefit of the doubt and say they do this because of using different warehouses or something, but it’s still really, really lame.
So what did you pick up? Anything? Let us know about your experiences and thoughts on today’s big sale!