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All good stuff to think about.  To Dave's point, the $2.5 is gross sales, not net sales.  Hasbro's $5.2B in revenue translated to about $400M in net income (about 8%).  If you apply the same rough rate, their $2.5M in Barge sales would translate to just $200,000 of profit, which is essentially nothing for them.  I earlier assumed that the margin on this would be higher than previous vehicle offerings, since Hasbro is avoiding the retailer margin hike, but it could easily be lower or even negative since they've never done anything like this.  Either way, its probably small peanuts for profit, but likely worth the expense for the PR, goodwill, and learning that will come from a direct sale test like this. 

Barge Backer Update: 2767

Not much of a surge, especially given its the weekend.   :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:52 PM »
I quit cold turkey a few months back and really haven't missed it much.  Walking Dead is the only thing I still grab, and that's only if I happen to be near the comic shop every few months.  The Marvel stuff had me disliking their overall brand less and less, moving all the heroes to other sexes, races, or making them evil...poor storytelling versus what I remember from the 80s and 90s.  It wasn't worth keeping my sub for just a few books, so Star Wars and Transformers lost out too.   :-\

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:49 PM »
I prefer the old Toybiz build-a-figures personally, but I'm also often biased to first releases of things.  I'm also not a big FF or X-Men guy, but its my opinion if it helps.  I have checked out a few Walgreens here and there, but no sign of Mr Fantastic in Minneapolis just yet.

I love how some are wanting more incentives like exclusive figures for the money they are paying... something only available to Barge buyers.  I mean, it’s not like you’re getting a book, Jabba, or an exclusive dead Ithorian included in the purchase.  It sounds like they want something new (like never before produced high demand barge/Skiff Guards that are only available through the sail barge to flaunt that they’re true collectors.

I’d think that would do more harm for Hasbro to go that route with backlash from fans that cannot afford the barge.

I personally would love for them to include a few figures with the barge, but I hear you.  If you're not willing to fork over $500 for a barge, is an added $10-15 figure really enough to push hundreds of people to change their mind? 

Personally I think they should have set a dollar target instead of a quantity of barges.  They're looking for $2.5 million to make these things, so just be transparent about it.  Then they'd have the option to add on incentives like other Kickstarter-like offerings.  Not getting the numbers you wanted for the barge?  Offer up an exclusive figure for an additional cost, only available for those purchasing the barge.  You get some new people committing to all the offerings and added funding from the thousands that already signed up.  It's a simple way to get you to your target. 

Take the Sectaurs Kickstarter for example.  They set an initial offering of two figures and a target of $40k.  The funding was off where they needed, so they added two more figures at the same $40k goal.  That caused a surge, but still not enough.  So they added troop builder figures and bumped the goal to $50k.  That was enough to blow away the target and ideally they're still making profit on not just the initial figures, but everything that came after it. 

Barge Backer Update: 2636

Barge Backer Update: 2595

I'm really getting more skeptical by the day...  I know there's always a good surge at the end, but at this rate it'll be about 5 days before we hit the midpoint. 

Funny, I'm in the exact opposite camp.  I think they'll get to 4k easily and that's probably close enough for them to find a way to make it work.  Open it up to more markets, extend the deadline, toss in an exclusive figure or two to up the pledges and we're set.  I know they said 5k, but I honestly think this would have to stall around 3,500 or less for them to nix it. 

Just doing some quick math on it:  Let's say they can sell 3500 of these at $500 each.  That's $1.75mm.  I don't know what their normal profit margin is, but direct to customer means they get all of their usual margin plus whatever the retailer would typically take.  Go low and assume 30% Hasbro and 30% retail. A 60% margin on just 3500 units is over a million dollars in profit.  I've seen big companies make dumb decisions, but you'd think that would be tough to walk away from.

Modular Death Star and Jabba's Palace would be no brainers for me.  Bought my #1 would be the Jawa Sandcrawler if you can call that a playset vs. a ship

Other Toy Lines / Re: Zica Toys 3.75" Sectaurs Figure Line
« on: March 5, 2018, 11:34 PM »
Okay, that helps.  I probably don't need all 5 of my skull soldier baddies if you want to split a five pack (Only saves $2 per figure I suppose).


Barge Backer Update: 2337

We need about 84 new orders per day over the next month to hit 5k

I'd rather not open a new credit card just for this though. Tryna be responsible in addition to supporting the cause!

I'm not a credit expert, but I would think a payment plan would work very similar to a new CC, so not sure why you're against one, but very much in support of the other.  In fact, the new CC would likely increase your credit rating because you have more immediate credit available.  Outside of not being able to control your spending habbits, I don't understand the difference for you.

I'm dead serious in that I would sign up immediately if they implemented a payment plan option. Hopefully that comes next!

Go visit Credit Karma.  Very first option is 0% interest Chase Freedom card for 15 months

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: March 1, 2018, 12:55 PM »
Who sells their house on Ebay?  Is that really a thing?   ???

Barge Backer Update: 2095

Come on guys, buy this or no one will ever love you and your dog will die.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Zica Toys 3.75" Sectaurs Figure Line
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:42 AM »
Thanks for the info Jesse!  I'm a total Kickstarter noob, so this is very helpful.  Trying to balance making sure I get what I want without going totally overboard on spending.   :-\  My balance has gone up considerably since I started:

  • Dargon & Spidrax - $40 + $8 Shipping
  • Mantor & Zak - $40
  • Royal Guard 5pk - $90
  • Skull Soldier 5pk - $90

$48 isn't too bad, then $88 for the four figures.  I was just going to get 1x of the Royal Guard and Skull Solider, but with the exclusive  heads I really want to go with the five packs.  That takes me from $128 to $268...yikes!

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