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Mattel to Layoff 20% of its Workforce

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It looks like the closing of Toys R’ Us is starting to have an affect on toy manufacturers. Yesterday’s earnings call revealed that Mattel has posted a 14% drop in sales for the Second Quarter of 2018. This significant drop forces the company to further decrease its workforce by 22%, which is 2,200 employees. According to Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz, the vast majority of these jobs would be back-office and support roles, and includes closing all of its factories in Mexico.

Between April and June, sales fell a sharp 11%. Revenue would have been close to flat, though still down, if Toys “R” Us hadn’t gone bankrupt, Kreiz said. The bright spots for the company include Barbie sales growing 12%, and Hot Wheels sales being up 21%. Enchantimals and “Jurassic World” toys also sold well, but that’s about it. Normally great movers like “Cars” movie themed toys, Fisher-Price, Thomas & Friends and Toy Box toys were particularly heinous last quarter. American Girl doll sales tumbled 32%. “Monster High” and “Mega” toys were also fairly bad.

Another particularly disturbing issue was that as commodities and oil soared in value, Mattel experienced higher materials costs. Sales in China also fell as their economy slowed. The resulted in Mattel’s profit margin falling sharply from 41% to 30%. This trend is surely not just affecting Mattel, as other toy manufacturers are surely feeling the brunt of material costs rising.

So what are your thoughts on this one? How does this affect the future of DC Multiverse, a collector-oriented line of toys? Let us know in the comment section below!

About Mattel:

Mattel, the largest toy company in the world, was founded in 1945. It produces a huge range of dolls, toys, games, and video games for boys and girls of all ages. In addition to the company’s very-well-known lines like Barbie and Hot Wheels, Mattel also provides merchandise under license to some of the world’s most famous properties. Many of the firm’s products have become a part of our culture and one would be hard pressed to find any adult in this country who has not owned, played with, or at least touched one of Mattel’s myriad of toys.

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New Aquaman Tru-Moves Figures at Amazon!

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Aquaman Tru-Moves Movie Action Figures

Recreate Aquaman’s movie battles with Aquaman and the lethal Super-Villain Black Manta! These 11.5-inch scale figures have 11 points of articulation, state of the art costume designs and true-to-movie realism! Pose them in dynamic action or start a compelling collection with other action figures in this set. Pit good against evil to see who will reign over land and sea. Each action figure sold separately, subject to availability.

According to the official description, we should expect Mera and Orm figures soon as well. Until then, check out the official images of both Aquaman and Black Manta below. You can currently order the Aquaman and Black Manta figures from Amazon.

Check out even more Aquaman movie toy news here!

Note: If you purchase one of the awesome products featured above, we earn a small commission from the retailer. Thank you for your support.

About Aquaman:

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime-one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-MateenII as Black Manta, and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

The movie is directed by James Wan, and produced by Peter Safran, Rob Cowan, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Walter Hamada. Aquaman hits theaters December 21!

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Target Exclusive Aquaman Gladiator Figure 2pk

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Target is the exclusive home to the new Aquaman – Gladiator Figure 2pk from Mattel! Recreate the ultimate Aquaman movie battles with this compelling, premium action figure pack! These highly detailed collectible, 6″ scale figures have 23 points of articulation, authentic costumes and each wields a signature molten Trident weapon. Create a dramatic display with the included base that features an art card backdrop and molten singed earth base.

Aquaman – Gladiator Figure 2pk Highlights

  • Highly detailed collectible Gladiator Arthur Curry and Orm action figures
  • Premium deco, character likeness and 23 points of articulation
  • Each figure has a Trident with molten prongs
  • Includes a 2pc display base with molten earth effects
  • Recreate the ultimate battle for the future of Atlantis!
TCIN: 53356968
UPC: 887961707090
Item Number (DPCI): 087-16-1375
Aquaman - Gladiator Figure 2pk

Aquaman – Gladiator Figure 2pk

Aquaman - Gladiator Figure 2pk

Aquaman – Gladiator Figure 2pk

Aquaman - Gladiator Figure 2pk

Aquaman – Gladiator Figure 2pk

Aquaman - Gladiator Figure 2pk

Aquaman – Gladiator Figure 2pk

Aquaman - Gladiator Figure 2pk

Aquaman – Gladiator Figure 2pk

About Mattel:

Mattel, the largest toy company in the world, was founded in 1945. It produces a huge range of dolls, toys, games, and video games for boys and girls of all ages. In addition to the company’s very-well-known lines like Barbie and Hot Wheels, Mattel also provides merchandise under license to some of the world’s most famous properties. Many of the firm’s products have become a part of our culture and one would be hard pressed to find any adult in this country who has not owned, played with, or at least touched one of Mattel’s myriad of toys.

About Aquaman:

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime-one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-MateenII as Black Manta, and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

The movie is directed by James Wan, and produced by Peter Safran, Rob Cowan, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Walter Hamada. Aquaman hits theaters December 21!

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New Aquaman Movie Toys on Amazon

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AQUAMAN & Warrior Shark Figure & Creature Pack

More Aquaman merchandise from Mattel has started hitting sites for pre-order. Amazon has a couple of new and interesting 6″ figures in this latest wave of updates. The site has the Vulko and Hammerhead Shark 6″ inch 2-pack, as well as an Aquaman and Warrior Shark 6″ 2-pack. Check out the details and images below. Of course pre-order links are also provided.

AQUAMAN VULKO Figure & HAMMERHEAD SHARK, 2-Pack, 6-inch

  • Recreate authentic movie battles with Vulko and a Hammerhead shark
  • 6” scale figure has 14 points of articulation, authentic costume, and a trident
  • Hammerhead has true-to-movie designs, armored skin and moveable fin
  • Hunt and defeat Black Manta!
  • Each creature and figure pack sold separately, subject to availability

You can currently pre-order this set from Amazon!

AQUAMAN & Warrior Shark Figure & Creature Pack

  • True to movie figure and oversized creature set
  • 6-inch scale Aquaman action figure has 14 points of articulation
  • 18-inch scale armored shark has a hidden wheel for push around action
  • The action figure can fire a projectile weapon
  • The shark’s moving body parts simulate swimming and attack

You can currently pre-order this set from Amazon!

 

Note: If you purchase one of the awesome products featured above, we earn a small commission from the retailer. Thank you for your support.

About Mattel:

Mattel, the largest toy company in the world, was founded in 1945. It produces a huge range of dolls, toys, games, and video games for boys and girls of all ages. In addition to the company’s very-well-known lines like Barbie and Hot Wheels, Mattel also provides merchandise under license to some of the world’s most famous properties. Many of the firm’s products have become a part of our culture and one would be hard pressed to find any adult in this country who has not owned, played with, or at least touched one of Mattel’s myriad of toys.

About Aquaman:

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime-one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-MateenII as Black Manta, and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

The movie is directed by James Wan, and produced by Peter Safran, Rob Cowan, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Walter Hamada. Aquaman hits theaters December 21!

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