Over the last few days, we have been getting questions from readers asking why it seems like certain Mattel products such as the new line of 6" Dark Knight Movie Master figures have been pulled off retailer shelves. Reports are spreading that stores like Toys R' Us and Target have been pulling these figures, along with Speed Racer, DCUC and Kung Fu Panda products.
To try to get to the bottom of this mystery, we went to Mattel's own Dan Salazar and asked him what he could tell us about these occurences. He provided us with an an official statement from Mattel on the matter:
Mattel is withdrawing certain limited products from retailer shelves worldwide. While these products meet with applicable local standards, the products do not meet Mattel internal specifications. Because these toys are safe, it is not necessary for us to "recall" them from the market. To confirm, no U.S. standards have been violated and no recall under federal law is warranted.
Though an exact list of the items being withdrawn by Mattel was not available, Dan did tell me that all products that were planned to be in Mattel's lines for ’08 will still be on store shelves…nothing is being dropped from this incident.
If now or in the future you as a consumer ever have questions or concerns involving products you have purchased, we reccomend you contact the retailer where you purchased the item(s) from. The retailer usually will have a specific list of any active product recalls for items they carry. You can also check the official goverment recall website at www.recalls.gov for additional information on products that have been recalled for saftey reasons.