Mattel Says No To 200x Alternate Head For Snake-Man-At-Arms

by Jay Cochran
October 24, 2011
Mattel issued the following statement on their Facebook page in regards to rumors floating around about a possibility of a DC Universe Classics Elongated Man and the Masters of the Universe Classics Snake-Man-At-Arms figure that was shown at NYCC. To sum up they basically say they can do a Elongated Man figure if they want to and that Man-At-Arms WILL NOT have an alternate 200x head. Now I don't know where the rumors about Elongated Man started from but I will say we were ones who reported about an alternate head for Man-At-Arms, mainly because Mattel at their panel made brought up the fact the body sculpt was based on the 200x design and indicated this was done to give collectors an opportunity to get a modern sculpted version of the 200x Man-At-Arms figure with this. Maybe we read to much into that but if their is no alternate head to use with the 200x body, then our question is what is the point????? Here is the full statement from Mattel about both figures:

1: Mattel can’t do Elongated Man

Okay. 100% not true. I must have made a statement (as has always been the case) reconfirming that, yes, it is still true that DC and Warner Bros has final say on our character selection, but in no way have they ever bared us from doing a character like Elongated Man!

In fact just the opposite; DC and Warner Bros. have been amazing partners, always helping us to push the limit on character selection like Lobo in JLU and Swamp Thing in DCUC!

Ralph is in no way off limits. In fact we have already done him several times. We even did an Elongated Man figure in JLU in an outfit he didn’t even wear on the show. That is how cool he is. There always seems to be one figure “we haven’t gotten to yet” that fans have thoughts was off limits or wasn’t going to happen. Be it Martian Manhunter, Flash 1 or now Elongated Man. The answer is always; just because your favorite figure is not out yet does not mean he or she won’t be in the line one day, keep your suggestions coming!

If any websites reported a quote from me stating the opposite, I did not give any sit down interviews at NYCC, so this “quote” may have been strung together from different things orally overheard in the booth to different people. No statement of this type was officially announced or provided by Mattel or given to any site as a quote or interview. It sounds like it is a misinterpretation of a few things overheard in passing and then attributed (falsely) to me as a direct quote.

Hope this clears this one up! Ralph is not banned in the least and we are really excited to get to him one day!

2: Snake Man-At-Arms will have a second head.

Also not true. We have heard the fan feedback that you’d like to see more out of this quarterly variant. While we don’t have any additional tooling to allocate to him, Terry and the Four Horsemen are looking at other shared parts from figures such as Roboto or Trap Jaw that might make SMAA an even cooler figure. Please stay tuned as we work out the logistics and look into what ways we can plus up this awesome figure. (and hey, don’t forget no matter what goes on with this figure he will still come with a FREE copy of issue 2 of the all new Powers of Grayskull comic book from Mattel and Dark Horse!)

Okay, hope that clears up some false info that was floating around. Keep those great character suggestions coming. We couldn’t do any of our collector lines without your input and that is why we love hitting the message boards and going to conventions to get feedback straight from our fans and customers!

Hope this helps!

Scott (Toy Guru) Neitlich
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