5 Comments on A Year of Action: Talking Captain Action with Joe Ahearn and Ed Catto

  1. Ron

    It has been 2 years since any new uniform costume sets were released (Iron Man & Wolverine being the last) for the 12″ scale Captain Action. What I and many fans have been waiting these years to hear from CAE (Catto & Ahearn) is IF and WHEN will any further costume sets be released? Provide a Progress Report because the silence doesn’t look good (nothing over the last 2 years of SDCC & NYTF). Tell us if the previously announced sets for Red Skull, Superman, Batman, Aquaman pack-in, Joker, Brainiac sets are still scheduled? in production? or cancelled? or reason for delay? It’s just a shame to see the lost of opportunity of capturing the current popularity of super-hero movies & TV shows with new related product. For instance, I would think retailers would see a Daredevil, Flash or Green Arrow set sell well now and draw in new fans to the world of Captain Action. So CAE – give us fans some REAL information pertaining to the status of the previously announced sets and not another vague general statement that things are coming.

  2. Harold Sipe

    To be totally fair and transparent, much of the focus here on the new vinyl figures and upcoming Zica set was from me. These were both scales that collectors have never had the opportunity to see from Captain Action and I thought them to be newsworthy. I never asked about other costume sets for previously released figures. One other point, having worked with licensed priorities in the past it is not always in the hands of the licensors when announcements or products see the light of day. I have no idea the status of the sets you are asking about (nor do I totally agree that movie and TV tie-ins guarantee retail sales) but I think you will agree we are in the middle of seeing a lot of new and previously unseen releases from CAE and their partners and that bodes well (in my mind at least) for a lot of excitement and fun toys out of the 50th anniversary.

    • Ron

      Your article is about CA and you interview CAE, so to not discuss or ask about the costume sets that historically were the entire basis for CA was a glaring omission. If CAE knows the reason for the extremely long delay for the costume sets, then let them explain what the hold up is – fans can understand. I’d rather hear CAE explain what the actual problem is than your assumptions about licensing. Furthermore, I didn’t say “guarantee,” but it is no secret that retailers look for media tie-ins which help drive sales. Lastly, I do agree that the further licensing of CA by CAE is a very good thing. I’m anxious to buy the Zica items & keep hoping that a 6″ scale line would happen. But while I applaud CAE for their licensing efforts, after 2 years of failing to say anything on the announced costume sets, they owe a proper explanation & progress report to the fans that have waited so long.

  3. Ed Catto

    Hi Ron – Ed Catto here. Let me take a stab at addressing your note. As Harold said – this interview wasn’t meant to focus on the 1/6th scale costumes. On the other hand, we’re way behind our original plans for development of the the 1/6th scale costumes and that’s frustrating for us and for many fans. As we have stated in many other venues, we’ve are working with Round2 to develop the next round of costumes and the focus is Batman and the DC characters. We’ve also talked about many of the reasons for the delays, including the business shift of Round2’s main mass retailer for the 1/6th line, Toys R Us. Right now we don’t have a calendar date for new 1/6th mass costumes.

    We did just release our new 1/6th scale Lady Action figure via Go Hero/Executive Replica, and fans seem to generally be as thrilled with that as we are. Admittedly, though, by the tenor of your note I assume/acknowledge that that’s not where your interests lie, and you are focused for new 1/6th scale costumes from Round 2.

    Please know this : we share your frustration and are working very hard to bring forward more costume sets for the mass 1/6th scale line to market, just we also work to expand Captain Action into new formats too.

    Thanks for both your passion & patience.

    • Ron

      Thanks for the response and explanation here. I would not know about what other venues you discussed the delay problem because I have not seen any such discussions elsewhere on the internet – not even at the CA website or facebook page. Nevertheless, I hope the snag with Round 2 etc… gets ironed out as soon as possible. The delay has already far exceeded reasonability. This kind of info really should appear periodically as updates at both the CA site & facebook page. All CA fans will certainly appreciate it and it continues to give hope to fans that the costume sets have not been cancelled and not a repeat of Playing Mantis’ short-lived attempt. Good luck & continued success with CA. I’ll be waiting for future announcements.

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