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SDCC08: Mattel And DC Comics: A Heroic Partnership...LIVE!
Posted by Curto on July 25, 2008 at 01:30 PM CST:
11:30-12:30 Mattel and DC Comics: A Heroic Partnership? You've been a fan of Mattel's popular DC toy lines, now find out the latest news, sneak peaks, and behind-the-scenes scoop on your favorite Mattel/DC action figures, including DC Universe Classics, Justice League Unlimited, The Dark Knight, and Infinite Heroes,?plus exciting new lines like Batman Brave and the Bold?as well as the world premiere of new action figures. Be on hand as representatives from Mattel, DC Comics, and Warner Bros. Entertainment offer an insightful Q&A.
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The panel begins!

Scott Nietlich introduces the panel....The Four Horsemen walk in to much applause.
Jim Murphy talks about the launch of the new collector website. It will go live on Monday...exclusives will be available from the site....including international shipping.

Scott's back...talking about DC and Mattel and their relationship over the years. He's flying through the I'll add the detsials later...

First up is the Dark Knight. Talked about the new movie masters live and the upcoming Target-exclusive Batpod
Also talks about:

Batman: Brave and the Bold - Figures include:
- Single Figure (Batman, Blue Beetle, Red Tornado)
- Figure 2-Packs (Aquaman, Black Manta, Cyborg?
- Figure/Vehicles (Batman, Blue Beetle)
- Deluxe Transforming Aliens & Figures (Batman, Blue Beetle)

Justice League Unlimited 2008
- Giganta (SDCC exclusive)
- Singles (Batman, Superman, Bizarro, Wonder Woman, Sinestro)
- 3 Packs (Wonder Woman, Flash, Question)
- 6-Packs (Atomic Skull, Silver Banshee, KGBeast, The Key, Shadow Thief)
(Vibe, Crimson Fox, Superman, B'wana Beast, Commander Steel, Deadman)

- Singles (Green Lantern, Booster Gold, Superwoman, Doctor Fate, parasite)
- 3-Packs (Bruce Wayne, Batman Beyond, Warhawk) & Shade, Lex Luthor, Cheetah
- 6-Pack (Morgana, Black Manta, Psycho Pirate, Dr. Polaris, Lex Luthor, Gentleman Ghost)
- Singles (Ultraman, Red Tornado, Volcana, Batman, Zatanna)
- Sneak Peek: Firestorm, Plastic Man
- Exclusive (Scarecrow, Bane, Harley Quinn, Black Mask)
- Sneak Peek (Legion of Super Heroes & SHAZAM!)

DC Super Friends
- Batman, Hawkman, Cyborg, & Vehicles, plush, Oh, and Robin!

Infinite Heroes
- Packaging will contain a "Monitor point" that you should save for SDCC further details than that. Interesting....
- Figures include: Black Hand, Atom, Manhunter, Qwardian, Hush, Batwoman, Question (with variant!), Wildcat, Batman, Power Girl, STar Sapphire, Black Lightning, Doctor Fate, Spectre, Captain Boomerang, Raven, Starfire, Supergirl, Superman, Wondergirl, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Thanagarian, Lex Luthor, Henchmen, Guy Gardner, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Manhunters, Batman, Catwoman, Jason Todd, Gotham Police, Killer Croc, Shazam, Captain Atom, Superman!

DC Universe Classics
- Figures include: Cyborg Superman, Killer Moth, Mister Miracle, Doctor Impossible, Shazam!, Kalibak, Mongul, Hal Jordan, Abin Sur,
- Exclusives include Cyborg, Batman Beyond (unmasked)
- Fans's Choice Poll at Wizard: choices are Catman, Ragman, Starman, Huntress, Vixen, Question.
- 2009 includes: Flash, Captain Cold, Kid Flash, Aquaman, Big Barda, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Atom Smasher,
- Exclusives: Starman & Starfire

More specific info will be revealed later. In the meantime....

Q&A Session
Q: Repaint of the Cyborg Superman...repack?
A: Yes.

Q: With the future Batman Beyond coming, will there be other characters?
A: Keep watching...they are all big fans.

Q: Distribution complaints for The Dark Knight...
A: Mattel wants to get the figures out...Movie Masters sell out fast. They will keep coming out all year long. Outside of the US, local retailers need to order the toys and Mattel will ship them.

Q: Is Toyman a possibility?
A: Perhaps

Q: Movie Masters are popular....any chance of Gordon?
A: They are looking at it.

Q: Happy that Killer Moth is coming!! Scott Rogers is now happy. Will Infinite Heroes feature vehicles & playsets?
A: If it's well received, then it's possible.

Q: Starfire has a huge chest....will she be sculpted accurately? Where do you draw the line?
A: Skillfully skirts the question.

Q: Hawaii doesn't have Targets for JLU...where can they find them?
A: Any exclusive will be tough to find, but they are exclusive to that retailer.

Q: Giganta looks great...any chance for more larger characters?
A: They want to see how well Giganta does first.

Q: Legion of Super Heroes figures?
A: Yes, they showed a sneak peek earlier.

Q: Superman/Doomsday figures?
A: Possibly....there is something coming for Gotham Knights.

Q: Anything like movie versions of DC characters?
A: Yes....but not Constantine

Q: The Lobo figure has resealable packaging....any chance for other figures to have that?
A: It's a test, but the pricing may be too high. But maybe....

Q: If a Zatanna figure was made, would she be in the fishnet costume of the caped version?
A: No plans for Zatanna yet.

Q: Will there be stands?
A: Yes, there will be stands for JLU and DCUC.

Q: Figures will be 7 per wave, how will they be sold?
A: 10 per case.

Q: Can solid character case packs be available?
A: Yes, they are working on that for 20099, although variations may not be included.

Q: How do you feel about the Black Canary "hooker Barbie" doll feedback?
A: It's Black Canary! That's what she looks like. The media doesn't get it.

Q: Are there any characters that they wouldn't do?
A: Maybe not Captain Nazi.

Panel to come soon!

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