« on: July 29, 2014, 02:14 PM »
I was just about to go to lunch and now I sort of am stuck sitting here not knowing if it's going to be 5 hours or 5 minutes away...
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But a BMF's what, $200 or more on the last time it was released?
Let the F5'ing at HTS commence!
So the SDCC base is that light green and the regular base will be charcoal, and neither will have much paint detail I'm assuming? Pretty much a "molded color" look?
The eggs look sort of almost removable, but not quite. Hmmm. I'm tempted to order really, but I don't think I will. I'm really bummed that those other space suited figures probably won't be available (at least not easily) in the near future. I'd buy those in a heartbeat.
I'd like a chance to buy the red/blue space suited guys.
Injection molding is what you typically see with most plastic. You create a two/three part metal mold, shoot the plastic in at a high pressure (forcing all air bubbles, etc. out). The plastic is melted heading into the mold, and then cures and dries inside the mold so that it pops out in its final form. The metal molds to make the plastic are very expensive. A mold big enough to make this playset in one piece is somewhere between the size of your microwave and the inside of your oven. It is incredibly expensive to make because of the size of the material needed to withstand the pressure of injection molding. The plastic itself become relatively cheap, so, if you make tens of thpusands of units, you can amortize your mold costs into a small fee per piece of plastic injected. If you make a very low amount of pieces, the mold cost becomes a huge part of each per piece cost.
With resin, you can use a variety of temporary molds (most often silicone), which is much cheaper, but they break down very quickly, and are only good for a limited number of pulls. Additionally, resin takes quite a while to cure and dry (not all resins, but many.) There are a ton of different kinds of resin, and the one we are using feels the most like injection plastic that we could find. In the case of resin, the material cost is much higher, and the labor of making them is higher, as in this case, they can literally only make 8 playsets per day with cure time on the resin.
Resin typically is a bit more fragile, but the resin we are using has a bit of flex to it, so we should only have issues with dropping onto hard surfaces. Does this help?
Wow. They're going to the Shadow scheme already? It makes me think that they're tooling budget might be really stretched thin. This set LOOKS cool, but the cynic in me sees this for what it is: a repaint set that's being pitched as a cool army building exclusive.