Well, I've seen their previous efforts down at Comic Con and Wizard World L.A. the last couple of years, which were total fiascos for the most part. It's kind of tricky to compare, since Gentle Giant really only seems to have a couple choices for distribution:
First come, first served *or* Raffle ticket system
I guess I can at least say this: They made their plans known from the start (First come, first served), and stuck to it. Was that the best method? Maybe not. It basically sucked for the average fan/collector, since by the time the Fan Club was allowed into the Convention, the GG line was already a few hundred people long from the folks with Press, Volunteer, Exhibitor badges, etc. Worse, yet, GG wasn't punching badges, so many of the aforementioned people hopped in that same line day after day after day. So really there was no limit on the number of busts (outside of one per day) the "inside" people could get over the 4 days. So that was pretty weak.
I got mine with the early admittance of the Press, but had I not had that badge, it's doubtful I would've scored one, since I refused to wait in line over night to have a shot at one.
Another thing is that I think the production number was just way too low on this piece, at 2,500
. Most of the 30,000+ people in attendance wanted one, but only about 3% of them actually scored one (considering the many duplicates people got).
It's just going to be a no-win situation no matter how you slice it. But I don't like seeing the same "inside" people being the only folks with a decent shot at them. That's just not fair to the rest of the people.
But at least Sharon kept the GG lines in order!