If you have any passing interest in Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line then I am sure that you have heard that Mattycollector has reopened subscription sign ups for the weekend. This is because they claim that they have received about 90% of the subscriptions they need to go forward with the 2015 Club Eternia subscription. They believe by opening it up for one more weekend that will push them over the edge and the club will be good to go for one more year. They are also putting the pressure on MOTUC fans to purchase one or more subscriptions to help the line become a reality.
I’m not going to go into whether or not Mattel is being completely truthful about their numbers. It’s a circular argument nobody has any proof of either way. Much like politics no matter how much one side bangs their chest the other side most likely won’t change their mind.
Instead I want to talk about the realities of whether it is worth it to YOU to subscribe once or add more subscriptions.
First I’ll let you in on my situation: I order two subscriptions. My justification for this is because shipping is substantially cheaper when you have more than one figure, and if I do have a character I want two of (for example a Fisto that has an alternate look or head) I don’t want to have to deal with getting hit with even more shipping charges to order them. The thought is if something balloons in price I can always unload the carded version, or if a friend ends up needing one I can hook them up as well.
Both of these scenarios have not happened in the past two years. I currently have a fairly large boxed collection in my storage area.
[h2]Are you thinking of subscribing for the first time?[/h2]
Great! Getting Masters of the Universe Classics figures on a monthly basis is fantastic. There are just a few things you should be aware of:
Shipping is expensive – You aren’t just subscribing for the $26 per month; don’t forget to factor shipping and taxes into the equation. I live all the way across the country from Mattel (they are in California, FYI) and their basic freight service is $10.29. Opting for FedEx is $14.09. I use the FedEx option because Mattel’s freight service is SLOW and I’m impatient. It can take around two weeks for their freight service to get across the country.
The thing to remember with shipping is that the $26 you agreed to pay per month is more like $40 when all is said and done. This also doesn’t factor in months when more than one figure is released.
It’s worth mentioning that anything you buy during the Early Access period will not ship with your subscription and you will pay additional mail charges for it.
Club Eternia is NOT an all-in subscription – There will be items throughout the year that you will not be shipped with your Club Eternia Subscription. Again, you will pay additional shipping to get these items. You will also have to log onto the site timely as sometimes items like SDCC exclusives and special items sell out or are only available for a limited time.
Expect to log into Mattycollector if you plan to get the travelling convention exclusive Skeletor robots 3-pack, the SDCC exclusives, and any other unannounced non subscription items. There are typically about 3 – 6 MOTUC off-subscription items per year.
[h2]Are you thinking about adding an additional subscription to “help the line?”[/h2]
This is noble of you, and I am sure you are a huge fan. But I think we should just put a few things in perspective.
Your monthly payments will get substantially larger – $26 doesn’t seem like a lot to spend per month, but remember we are also paying shipping. Your $40 commitment per month has now gone up to a minimum of $64 per month, and this will be the minimum every single month in 2015. There are two multi-packs scheduled for next year and your minimum for that month will now be close to $170 ($52 x 2 for the multipack + $26 x 2 for the monthly figure + shipping) each of those two months.
Adding even one more subscription can add a substantial amount of financial burden on a monthly basis. It’s not always easy to see when people are wrapped up in speculating if the line is going to end or not. But it is certainly something to consider.
On the topic of financial burden …
What happens if there is an add-on subscription? – The last three years we have had an add-on subscription announced at Toy Fair. When all is said and done you want to make sure you are going to be able to afford to add an additional $26 figure to your monthly tab the second half of the year.
I’ll sell my extras! – A lot of people justify another subscription by saying that they plan to sell their extras. Now I have had two subscriptions the last couple of years, and almost never found it worth the effort to try to sell my extras. There are going to be a few figures that you can make a sizable profit on, but it’s usually two or three releases a year. Often times this ends up being a figure like Modulok or Horde Troopers that you may want to keep the extras.
[h2]So what’s the point here?[/h2]
People get wrapped up in the things they love and can’t always think logically. On top of this toy collectors aren’t usually the most responsible when it comes to money; I know, I’ve been there!
I don’t want to persuade people not to subscribe. I love Masters of the Universe Classics; it got me collecting toys again and pretty much inspired this site’s creation. I just want people to know that in the grand scheme of things that one subscription you added to “save the line” isn’t going to make or break Club Eternia getting greenlit. You most likely need that $700 commitment for 2015 a lot more than Mattel does, and it is something to consider when getting caught up in a MattyCollector subscription drive. Don’t overextend yourself financially because Mattel or somebody on a message board guilted you into buying in some more.
That said, are you looking to subscribe? Mattycollector has both monthly and quarterly subscription options. You will save yourself a decent about of shipping money with the quarterly option, but if you are impatient like me then forget it and go monthly.
The 2015 lineup looks pretty incredible with a ton of figures people have been looking forward to for ages. Figures like Ninjor, Lizard Man, Snake Armor He-Man, Saurod, Multi-Bot, and Dragstor will more than likely all be coming this year. If you are in to Masters of the Universe I don’t see how that can’t be exciting, but just remember to look out for yourself first before sending off money to Mattel!
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