I actually work for a comic company, so buying toys isn't all that out of the ordinary in my professional circles. And as I know a lot of people who buy and sell collections, I'm pretty secure in the knowledge that kids love strange aliens, Jedi, and especially wierd alien Jedi. As for the Solo kids, at least as Jedi, they'd have a chance of appealing to the population at large, and therefore sell more than "random human holding a port-a-potty."
Cool job, but could it be that your opinions are biased by the work you do? I've no doubt at all that within the circles you work in there are lots of kids that buy aliens, Jedi and the rest. That's all fine. But I think you've been to Hasbro Q&A's yes? Don't you get the feeling it's not those
kids and the big, annoying kids that show up at the Q&A that Hasbro wants to target? The kids I think you know fit the "collector" aspect of the line, something Hasbro has repeatedly said is not the target market for them. So I don't think any aspect of this process is really targeted at the "average" consumer.
As for thinking how Hasbro wants me to think, you don't know a damn thing about me. I just think that Willrow is a bad idea from a sales standpoint, and that is ultimately what matters to Hasbro. Assuming ICMG did win (which again, I don't think he will, and even if he does, I don't think he'll be produced, at least not in a regular assortment) but assuming he did, I can imagine Hasbro chalking it up to another reason not to listen to the fans. We want new ships, their philosophy is "ships don't sell." People want more Padme, their philosophy is "Padme doesn't sell." You get a ton of Willrow's sitting around and eventually they say, "Wow, fan figures don't sell." Voila, no more fan figures. And it seems once Hasbro makes it's mind up on something, it's set in stone. Just an opinion, but I guess that's not allowed.
You're right, I don't know a thing about you. My only experience with you is your posts here at JD, but then given your relative newb statues over here (not in general), you don't know a thing about me so we're even.
As far as sales go based on that list, what will sell is one of the following figures:
3. Clone Commander (Galactic Marine pictured)
4. Commander Neyo
7. Darth Maul
11. Hermi Odle
17. Luke Skywalker (ROTJ)
20. Padme Amidala (snowsuit)
23. Quinlan Vos
25. Yarna D'al Gargan
Why? OT connections, clones, fanboys love Maul, Padme's hot in that outfit. Even at that, I can't really see too many parents supporting Yarna. Can you imagine the conversation?
Billy: mommy, I want this figure
Mommy: you want a figure of a fat woman with six breasts?
Billy: please mommy, please, I really want it because it's a cool looking alien with visual appeal
Mommy: no, sorry, I'm going to find the manager and find out why a pornographic figure is being sold in a childrens section
If sales are the only concern for Hasbro and the fans have little say in the matter, make a clone, make a Maul or make a Luke. Is it fan's choice or mass market appeal? I ask because I don't spend all my time on star wars. If guys are happy with EU, so be it, but I don't know most of the characters listed and I think the majority of the "market" is in the same boat - they don't spring for the comics. If we're talking about this being a SWS.com exclusive or EE.com exclusive, make whatever they want, the fans will find it. But if it's a sales driven enterprise alone with Walmart/Target/TRU being the primary retailers, making anything outside what I listed above is retail death.
And speaking of retail death, Duros, Amanaman, Antilles/Dodonna were great sales pieces? I bought them all on clearance prices. Ephant Mon sold well, but I suspect because of a combination of price point and cost of production that figure was significantly underproduced.
And by the way...none of that stems from rage or anger as you seem to think it does. I don't have any animosity toward anyone who wants to vote for Willrow. Hell, except for Chewie, Jesse James and a few others on here, I don't even know you people and therefore could hardly care less in the grand scheme of things. And it certainly doesn't matter what Bill Cosby thinks about my sense of humor or lack of one. All the anger, rage and name calling started with some of the Willrow boosters...Cosby even went so far as to call me a humorless prick. Over an action figure...AN ACTION FIGURE! Talk about humorless! The only person I even remotely insulted (until Scott tried to be clever, and even then it was tongue in cheek) was Willrow as a character. I didn't realize I was committing a mortal sin. You'd think I just drew cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. But as even you pointed out, I thought this was a DISCUSSION board, I thought it would be okay to express how underwhelming a choice I consider ol' Willrow. I guess I was wrong.
So be it, but my impression of you thus far is that you've rolled in here to do your best impression of Bill Cosby for whatever reasons personally motivate you. Perhaps that's just the ongoing flaw of interpretation on discussion boards, but it's the vibe I get coming off you - that you have some animosity towards Cosby and JD in general. If I'm misinterpreting that, you have my apology.
You want to vote for Willrow, hey, that's your thing. I'm sorry that dissenting opinion on your holy grail is not allowed. I think I'll move on to a thread where the cultists are a little less zealous.
Nope, not a holy grail. Not cultists, not zealous. Nice talk though, add that to the douche comment and I'm not really that confused where my opinion of you thus far has come from.
Look, Willrow is a joke, nothing more. I agree he probably won't sell well, but I don't think he'd sell any worse than Ellors Madak or Antilles/Dodonna did. He has at least as much customizing potential as those. But at the same time I think people are being foolish on multiple fronts: many of those figures, OT, clones, some Jedi and a Padme or two are locks within a very short period of time. Voting for them is a bigger waste and plays right into Hasbro's hands. I'd wager the fan's choice figure is already in preproduction. The whole point of voting for Willrow is to stick it to a company that as you said once Hasbro makes it's mind up on something, it's set in stone.
I don't think ANY of the fan's choice figures have done anything great for Hasbro period. Why change that?