Ask Jakks Q&A With Scott Neitlich – May 2016

Ask Jakks Q&A With Scott Neitlich – May 2016

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Scott Neitlich, the Director of Marketing for boys action figures and collectors for Jakks Pacific had taken some time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us. ToyHypeUSA will also be sending him monthly questions just like we did for Ask Matty, when he worked at Mattel as the brand manager for Masters of the Universe Classics. Send us your questions to [email protected] by May 25th.

1. At WonderCon 2016, Harley Quinn was confirmed for release as part of the DC Comics Big Figs line of action figures.  Will other DC Comics female heroes and villains soon be announced for release as Big Figs?  If so, what are the chances of seeing great characters like Wonder Woman (comic book, as opposed to live action movie), Supergirl, Batgirl, Hawkgirl, Black Canary, Huntress, Vixen, Poison Ivy and Catwoman released as Big Figs?

Female characters are certainly taking the center stage in both the new content being created and increasingly more so in action figures.  Right now Harley is the first animated female character in the Big Figs line.  We are considering others, but nothing has been confirmed.  We are really happy with how the BvS Wonder Woman came out and the reaction and sales have been strong.  I am expecting we will find some ways to update her with the Wonder Woman movie coming out next year.  While not in Big Figs, if you are looking for more female characters, look out for the Warcraft Movie Garona in our six inch figure line.

2. Wlll Jakks announce any TMNT: Out of the Shadows 3d-It or other collectibles? If so, when?

We do not have any Out of the Shadows specific product plans.  We do have a Radio Control Skateboarding Mikey coming out this year that will start to hit retail shelves around the movie time frame at Walmart exclusively.  For those young and old that like radio control, this thing is a lot of fun to play with.  Mikey has lots of great skateboarding moves and if he does fall down, Mikey can right himself without you having to chase him down. The sculpt based on the animated series Turtles is big and tremendous as well.  We are really pleased with what our great design and manufacturing team has created here.

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3.  What accessories will the Big Figs Batman Beyond figure come with and does he have any features?

The Batman Beyond figure does not have any accessories.  The 20″ Big Figs Deluxe Stealth Attack Batman coming this fall does have features to it.  When you grasp the legs together, the cape opens up and a secret canon is revealed with lights and sounds.  This is the first in our Deluxe figures along with a Darth Vader that we are launching this year.

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4. Is Jakks Pacific pursuing any new licenses at this time? Big Figs of ThunderCats would certainly be something to see.

We are always looking for new opportunities and licenses.  There isn’t anything new that we can announce at this time.  Hopefully by Comic Con we will have some things to announce.

5. The Star Wars Rebels season 2 final brought back another classic character, Darth Maul now calling himself “Old Master.” Could we potentially see a Big Fig of him someday?

There aren’t any immediate plans for Rebels Darth Maul right now.  We are enjoying the new season and seeing if any other ideas are inspired as well.  Keep the ideas coming.

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