Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - speedermike

Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 7 8 9 ... 121
46
The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6 Inch Figures?
« on: February 6, 2013, 10:40 AM »

Read the rest of what I wrote.  I'm saying that if their estimates show not enough volume/profit coming from a collector focused 4" line, then their research or decision criteria is likely flawed. 

Clearly if there isn't enough profit coming in, a company needs to stop production OR revisit the way they're going to market

JMan, I meant no disrespect before.  However, you're assuming that they don't see a profit because their "research is flawed."  Perhaps THEY are not the problem and WE are.

Look at it this way.  Let's say there are about 100 very active members on this site.  People who post at least once a week. And perhaps there's maybe 10 big SW 3.75 action figure collecting sites with the same sort of activity.  That's only abut 1000 hard core fans.  So maybe that's low, just to spitball, I'll say there are 5000 hardcore Hasbro Figure collecting fans.  Hasbro announces a new figure...some people won't buy it because they don't buy aliens, or only buy imperials, or only buy OT, or have a version already. So out of that 5000, let's say 500 aren't going to buy it.  That 4,500 people who want this figure.  Let's add in a few thousand causal collectors and kids who might want this, and collectors who want two.  Maybe, maybe, 10,000 people want this figure.  That's a tiny, tiny number for Hasbro.  They won't, and can't make money that way.  Like I said in my original statement, if Hasbro could make money off of obscure collector friendly characters, they would.  It's that simple.





47
The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2013
« on: February 6, 2013, 10:27 AM »
Alright!!!  Question for Toy Fair...

When will Hasbro product be available at Disney Stores?

Will the inexpensive 5 POA line cover all films, Clone Wars, EU and other "deep" characters, it will it essentially be just the main players?

Also, I would love it if someone passed on how excellent the twisted paper ties are in the vehicle packaging are, and it's good to see the wire and plastic supports gone.

What is happening with The Clone Wars figures?  Which line will contain those characters?




48
The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: A 6" Exclusive for SDCC 2013?
« on: February 6, 2013, 10:20 AM »
I really think this just might be  stormtrooper.  The Sandtrooper is done, so this would just involve slight tooling, for a very iconic character.  Love the idea of Luke Stormtrooper.

49
All I want is an interesting selection of never before done characters, and if they have to do a Luke, or Obi-Wan, just use the exact same one that has been released before, so there is no need to "collect" it, and it doesn't waste tooling money. 

I don't need pack ins, or droid pieces, or anything except for a weapon or two.

Yes, include realistic Clone Wars, and EU. 

Understand that the buyers for this line are the long-time fans who have many, many figures, and to keep them interested, offer an oddball, unpredictable figure selection.

50
The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6 Inch Figures?
« on: January 30, 2013, 09:34 PM »
If producing high quality obscure background characters, EU characters, characters from cut-scenes, and any other odd segment of the 3.75 collection is profitable for Hasbro, they would continue.

Obviously, it isn't.  If they need to move the scale to more kid friendly assortment and less articulation to keep SW going, then that's what they need to do. They are a business, and business needs to make money.

1.) Past performance or research projects too litle customer demand to offset the cost


---But isn't that saying exactly what I said in a different way? =)  There's not enough profit in it.  Listen, I work in publishing.  I have a series of books right now that are doing pretty well, but the publisher is not going to continue with them because they don't make ENOUGH profit.  The books make money, but because of the way they are printed, and the low price we offer them at, they're not bringing in the money the publisher had hoped they would.

51
The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2013
« on: January 30, 2013, 10:07 AM »
Sure you don't want to go?

I'll go!

52
But Danz Borin would be in the Vintage line, which isn't aimed at kids.  Legacy/Movie Heroes/Whatever is aimed at the casual audience. This is where I can't understand Hasbro's logic. 


53
The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6 Inch Figures?
« on: January 30, 2013, 10:03 AM »
I've been thinking about this over night.  And while we won't have answers until Toy Fair, and maybe never, here's my thoughts...

If producing high quality obscure background characters, EU characters, characters from cut-scenes, and any other odd segment of the 3.75 collection is profitable for Hasbro, they would continue.

Obviously, it isn't.  If they need to move the scale to more kid friendly assortment and less articulation to keep SW going, then that's what they need to do. They are a business, and business needs to make money.

Honestly, if they said tomorrow that 3.75 figures are done, and there would be no more, I'd be bummed, but I would also be shocked of the ride we've had since 1995.  We have toys that I never imagined being made.

The 6 inch line just seems like another idea that they want to try.  Personally, I'm in.  8-16 figures a year is nothing.

Also, I'm shocked about the nastiness I am seeing aimed at Hasbro SW team members.  Sure DePreist made a snide comment about the 15th Cantina guy, but how many times has this guy been called an "idiot" or "moron" or "evil" in SW forums.  People seem to think it's all his fault.  It's also his fault that we got the BMF.

54
The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6 Inch Figures?
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:39 PM »

I don't want my iconic characters delivered in a new way, and my interest IS piqued by the 15th Cantina alien, because WHY HAVEN'T YOU MADE THEM ALL BY NOW ANYWAY? It's been 36 years!


I hear what you are saying, and I want that cantina dude as well.  But if they aren't going to make them, I'd rather something like this, than just a new 3.75 Luke X-Wing.
If I had to choose, and they were making both, yes I would go with a new cantina dude.  We'll see...

55
The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6 Inch Figures?
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:37 PM »
I think that this looks fantastic.  10 years ago I would have passed on it, but at this point I say bring it on.  As I said before, I'm totally committed to the 3 3/4 line, but if it mostly becomes repacks, or resclupts of figures that are already well done, there's not much there for me.

If Luke X-Wing looks this good (his hips and legs look a bit wide) R2 is going to be really fun.  Personally, I bet they don't end up doing more that 20-25 of these.  In a few years it will be a footnote, but I think it's a cool one.

56
Just jumping on to say the same thing...AOTC and ROTS 3D cancelled.  I really feel bad for Hasbro.  Honestly.  G.I. Joe last year, and SW this year.

57
Yeah, but those Batman figures were one step above Happy Meals.  The Bane figure was just horrible.  It looked like it had maybe three colors of paint.  I doubt SW would ever get that cheap looking, but that's the sort of quality I would pass on.  If they could do them like the Target Battle Packs, then I would really like them.

Speaking of that, any thoughts as to the six figures in those battle packs (Luke Bespin, Fett, Vader, Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Maul)...perhaps they will be the first carded inexpensive figures?

58
If they go with lower articulation I just hope they keep up the accuracy, sculpt and paint quality. 

59
The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6 Inch Figures?
« on: January 28, 2013, 11:54 AM »
While I don't know enough about it, this is what I am thinking.  The money examples I am going to give are only examples......perhaps tooling a 3/34 figure costs 1.00, and production costs 1.00 but that figure will cost 9.99 at retail, but few people want to spend 9.99 on a 3/34 inch figure.  Maybe 6 inch tooling is 1.20, and production is 1.20, but they can charge 12-15 and no one blinks.  It really might just come down to profit margin.  Hasbro is always talking about "perceived" value, like all the packs in and crap. Perhaps a new scale, even though expensive, would seem to be of much higher value.

Again, I am speculating out my ass.

For me, right now,  I'm not going to buy most 3/34 figures unless they are at least 50% new sculpt.  So, something new might be pretty cool. Granted I will always buy new 3 3/4 figs.  But they seem to be less and less these days.

60
The Black Series 6" Figures / 6 Inch Figures?
« on: January 28, 2013, 10:06 AM »
It seems that 6 inch figure rumors are floating around, with RS just posting something interesting.  Rumor is that  Gentle Giant and Hasbro who do Marvel Legends together ( is that right?) might have some Star Wars figures in the works.

At this point, I'm totally cool with that idea.  I've always wanted to see larger, well articulated figures.  And while what I love about the 3 3/4 is that the character selection is deep,  I know that larger figure collection won't get into obscure characters.  So, going into I know it will be somewhat limited.  I'm very curious about this if it comes up.  Who knows, maybe there will be some Toy Fair surprises.

Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 7 8 9 ... 121