Not a tough wager, they're backpeddling faster than watching a Tour De France tape on rewind. As hard as I try not to, I have to harp on another Hasbro Q&A point:
First, we should clarify a slight error in our original posting of this poll. This is not Fans' Choice #6, and there will be no burst on the package when it is released.
So what was the poll you were actually running, if not a "Fan's Choice" poll? Because, one paragraph down, it sounds like that's exactly
what it was always planned to be.
Since it takes approximately 12 months to create a new figure and the DVD was not announced until Toy Fair, we didnít have enough time to run a Fansí Choice poll for the OTC line with all new figure options.
So you slapped together a bogus Fan's Choice 6 ATF and hoped it would do, and caught **** for it. And Hasbro didn't know anything about an OT push in 2004.
You knocked out the V/OTC concept, packaging, and figures the night before the show, right?
Unless they didn't consciously run a poll in 2003 when they should have, in fear of spoiling the OT DVD announcement in Winter '04, that's a weak justification for this week's F-up and a pretty weak lie overall.
I realize I'm being really harsh over something in the end completely harmless and probably was put forward with good intentions to begin with, but man, it just was handled so
poorly. In the end I guess they put things straight, but it sure hasn't built a lot of confidence in them. If I was working with a marketing group that launched a specific message, put our initiative in the fan base to support it, screwed it up, then backpeddled out of it, I'd be furious