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  1. From MattyCollector: "Every super hero knows you can’t win ‘em all and we’re sorry to say we did not reach our goal for the DCU 2014 Club Infinite Earths subscription. We also did not reach our goal for the Ecto-1 pre-order. We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to all the fans for waging such a good, strong fight. It will take us a while to figure out where we can go from here. It may be possible to release a few DCU figures quarterly, or to release 12 figures at higher non-subscription prices. Or, we may have to say a final goodbye to this line at the end of this year. Without the sub, we just don’t know what’s possible at this point. Over the next few months we’ll be meeting internally and with all of our partners at Warner Bros., DC Comics, and Sony, and we’ll let you know as soon as we can what our options are." It's looking like Mattel is going to finally axe the expensive 6-inch line of DC figures. I'm sure Mattel will meet with WBCP and point fingers at DC Collectibles, a division that's doing better and better at offering high-quality figures in both 4- and 6-inchish scales lately, and accuse them of cannibalizing their sales. But what works for DCC in the specialty market obviously doesn't work for Mattel and their subscription service. I don't know how well the Fisher-Price lines are doing but they don't appear to be slowing down. However it's a demographic that moves on rather quickly and doesn't seem to mind endless repaints of figures, vehicles, and playsets. The question is what do these young consumers move on to? In the absence of a 6-inch line, which offers nothing in the way of vehicles or playsets, I'm guessing this is why Mattel seems to be putting more of an effort into their 4-inch scale efforts. It's a more affordable and mass market, consumer-friendly format but with the articulation they're adding, I don't expect the retail prices to be any lower than $7.99. I'm not sure when Mattel's license with DC runs out. Maybe they're hoping that the upcoming Batman/Superman flick will do the trick. But from what I've seen, Mattel's failings have been their own and I see no reason for that to change. Therefore it's only a matter of time before they reevaluate the property and it reverts back to WB. When that happens, hopefully someone at DST and WBCP will use the opportunity to get some DC Minimates to the specialty and mass market through the usual venues and I'll be a happier, albeit somewhat poorer collector.
  2. i'm always looking for cool new kitbashes for DC comics minimates. and i can't look though all the separate threads. so i would hope people can all post their own here and we can look at all the coolness.
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