Poised to irritate yet another fanbase with an exclusive of a coveted item, Mattel’s ThunderCats line might get the heave-hoooo from fans. For the first ThunderCats San Diego Comic Con exclusive, Mattel opted to select Wily Kit and Wily Kat.
I commended Mattel earlier for selecting The Shockmaster for its WWE exclusive. That’s such a fringe, one-off character that it’s only going to be desired for a niche segment of the collector community.
But for ThunderCats fans, Wily Kit and Wily Kat are pivotal members.
Making them convention exclusives — at convention exclusive prices — is not a great way to get the fledgling line rolling. Already some fans who’d signed up for the online ThunderCats figure subscription are suggesting they plan to cancel it and not bother with the line altogether.
Then there’s the sticker shock inducing price tag. Sure they come with hoverboards, but asking $60 for two smaller than normal figures is excessive. Undoubtedly Mattel is going to go all-out on the packaging, but I bet more collectors would simply rather get more figure bang for their buck.
Mattycollector.com uses Digital River as their product distributor. DR has been lousy with customer service and anything approaching reasonable shipping delivery. You wouldn’t know it from the cost as most items start out at least around $11.
That wouldn’t be so bad if the items were delivered in a timely manner.
You can go to your local post office and ship most Mattycollector.com sized items for around $10-$15 and expect it to be delivered within 5 days.
That’s not really the case with Mattycollector.com though as most items took me a solid week and a half. So you pay in essence eBay scalper shipping rates and it arrives slower.
On the bright side at least Mattel learned its lesson from the DC Classics Wonder Twins fiasco and didn’t try and make Snarf a convention-attendee only exclusive.
The figures will be available for pre-order at MattyCollector.com on June 16, 2016 for subscribers only (Early Access), and from June 17 through June 26 for everyone else (All Access). Orders must be picked up in person at San Diego Comic-Con. Products will also be available for purchase at the convention.
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