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    I’m an award winning working writer/director living in Los Angeles, a 20+ year SDCC veteran, and a toy/comic collector with over 40,000 comic books, over 10,000 action figures, over 12,000 BluRay/DVDs, and thousands of play sets, vehicles, statues, and other collectibles

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  1. While you may be right we don’t technically know yet what McFarlane is going to do with that license yet do we? I mean it’s certainly a reasonable assumption to think that a DC licensed aimed at retail probably would be in a similar wheelhouse as Essentials for all we know it’s possible their plans could be something different.
  2. These kick starters appear to be about 1/3 through and thus far the only one that seems in position to move forward is the Turtles one. (Of course there’s always a big jump at the end). Again though I’m really hoping none of these go through. This method of selling the customers these figures at a higher price and justifying that by including a bunch of crud those same customers would not be likely to pay an extra $25 for if they didn’t have to do so just to get a figure is just going to decrease the satisfaction within the customer base which will eventually hurt the business in addition to creating dissatisfaction with your customers. The best way to fix these is to have these fail so that NECA adjusts according and sells the wanted figures at the correct price point instead of lumping them into these boxes.
  3. Not bad with the card art but it doesn’t quiet sell me on it the way the MOTU card art did. I can still say I’ll definitely pick up Leo and will be tempted to pick up the others with the main thing holding me back being the price point
  4. I don’t like rooting for things to fail. But I hope this fails. If it fails then there is still always a chance NECA would wise up and release these figures at a normal $25ish price range instead of lumping it with a bunch of crud no one really wants and charging $50. But in order for that to happen these need to fail and those of us who do not like this model need to hope for that so that they will change their course.
  5. I’m guessing these will be at the new $18 per price point. I wonder what the card art will look like. I’d love to get these and odds are I will but between the amount of Turtle product lines already out there and the price hike it is something I’ll need to weigh. If nothing else I’ll definitely get the Leo just because he’s my favorite turtle and thus even for the lines or sets where I don’t collect them all I still typically try to get a Leo. He has his own stand alone section and multiple shelves in my Turtles collection in addition to the more general Turtles collection
  6. Very cool but very breakable and very expensive. Those last two points outweigh the first.
  7. Well definitely priced better than reaction (even before the recent reaction price jump).
  8. I’m interested in those 5POA figures. I think the Fletcher Superman ones will be a must and the Batman and Scooby Doo and others I’d be very interested in dependent upon price point. The thing is we’ve seen all this at a few different cons now (I know I saw them in person at least once at SDCC if not 2 years in a row). I feel like a lot of times Mezco stuff will get me excited when it’s first revealed but then by the time it rolls out I’ve forgotten about it. And because it’s often product you have to seek out since it doesn’t flood the market forgetting about it equals not realizing it’s available. For instance I think a couple of years ago I saw this vintage style quarter-ish scale Bugs Bunny figure they had in their display case at SDCC. I really wanted that figure but now it’s been a couple of years and I have no idea what happened with that: did it come out? did it get cancelled? is it still coming? I have no clue.
  9. That Rock is amazingly well sculpted with the face details. Won’t be getting it, but very neat nonetheless
  10. So I’m just really confused by this. From what little I’ve seen while these are still mostly blind box it looks like these are now being done in a kickstarter model instead of a subscription model. I’m not sure which is worse as I’m not a fan of either. If you were asking to kickstart just the figure that’s one thing but asking $50 for me to kickstart a $20-25 figure and then a bunch of other stuff that I don’t need is ridiculous. And with the Gremlin it’s even more absurd because the Gremlin is actually a two in one where he comes with the clothes and accessories to make 2 different Gremlins from the movie. Thus obviously anyone who is wanting this is someone who is trying to get all the Gremlin characters in their collection. That means the target audience for this would really want to buy 2 of them which means they end up paying $100 and get all the same extra junk they didn’t want twice (which means even if they did end up liking whatever T-shirt/keychain/sticker sheet/mug/etc that comes in this blind box they certainly wouldn’t want/need 2).
  11. Man, prices are jumping up at S7. Reactions increasing 20%. Intimates increasing 30%. Those are huge hikes.
  12. I’m just not sure who these are for besides the absolute Star Wars completist, but even then is this something they really want?
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