All this 'preorder today' bit is making me panic about missing out.
I'm sure it contributed to the p!$$ poor night I had. Mad mad mad morning, thought I had all I wanted - Tapes, Ratchet, Bluestreak, Soundblaster - then remembered the Micromaster box which isn't on any UK site and isn't in the Siege listing on RK
It does seem a bit mad to put up so many exclusives for order at the same time. As these types of things can sell out very quickly and then go to silly prices it does mean some folk will miss out. Also just nicer to space these things out enjoyment wise. By all means reveal all at once. Just maybe space out the order dates a bit. Keeps everyone happy.
Yeah, much more warning was needed on a lot of these, especially Unicron, and they certainly needed to space this out better. I don't mind one or two exclusives, but so many things all at once? It's madness. I'm hoping it'll calmn down a bit next year, what with it not being a significant anniversary or anything.
Still, on the plus side, being forced to order everything immediately has made me evaluate the toys I *actually* want a lot more carefully, so that's something.
What is weird here is that the CW boxed sets seemed to give rise to the alleged four big TR ones, which got cut back to two, but now we seem to have multitudes of smaller packs. The sheer number of exclusives Siege has had fair boggles the mind. If TR's ones got cut back and PotP had almost nothing, what's changed?
There were only two TR boxsets with the packaging designed to provide the option of two more as a possibility. A possibility that was never taken.
I'm guessing it's Hasbro wanting to show that they are actually committed to delivering stuff for the "collectors' market", especially given the distribution woes of the last year. But as discussed elsewhere, they have gone somewhat over the top in doing so.
2 Boxsets - 1 Leader, 1 Voyager, 1 Deluxe, 1 Legend Clone & 1 Titanmaster with die cast face - believed by many to be planned as 4 boxsets with 2 cancelled. 1 Deluxe figure - Walgreens 1 Clone boxset - Walgreens - believed to be from the cancelled boxsets above 2 Deluxe + Titanmaster with die cast face boxsets - TRU - believed to be from the cancelled boxsets above 1 Titan with extra Sword - SDCC 2016 1 3 Pack - SDCC 2016 1 Leader - SDCC 2017 1 stand alone sword 1 Deluxe with Movie Deluxe - Amazon
I think we're pretty sure it was intended to be four waves. In the interviews Warden has been giving this weekend he's said wave five is an extension due to popularity.
It's making me wonder what this fifth wave of toys is actually made up of - is it a mixture of stuff that was already done? Like Spinister, Crosshairs and Apeface all have that 87/88 vibe the line shifted to with TR. If the next Titan is Scorponok then it might be that 'Armageddon' is going that way too and we've got toys early - also Spinister has been pushed a few times through the fan vote, so the design would have been as advanced as Impactor/Mirage's.
The exclusives are all quick turnaround things - repaints or repaints+new heads. It's only really Ratchet with his new accessories, Soundblaster's chest and the Reflector boxed set that have much in the way of new mouldings. There's no original character exclusives like Punch/Counterpunch was. Perhaps Hasbro have just made them cheaper for the retailers to buy.
edit: ooh - looking at the pics in the Siege thread I see Ratchet is actually a full on remould! Wow!
Yeah we started in the SDCC thread, with some assistance from elsewhere, but it became apparent it was stretching the limits of SDCC so I moved the posts. I liked the phrase so half inched it for the title.
It's worked for them in the short term but in the long term it's not a great strategy. Making it difficult for customers to buy your products never works out overall. Just ask Hasbro UK!
True but I strongly suspect Fans will just fall in line with this way of doing it rather than actually voting with their wallets.
I'm not so sure. There are just so many exclusives many fans won't be able to get all they want. Toy makers need to be wary of making too much of their line exclusives. It can implode a line. Case study: this is what happened to Playmate's Star Trek line. Pissed people off as the line suddenly became hard to collect, sales collapsed, line died.
Exclusives are a fine balancing act. As fun extras folk can take or leave them but as Pinwig has pointed out they now make up half off Siege rather than just being optional 'add ons'.
I'm very interesting to see where this shift in strategy goes for Hasbro.
I know I've ended up skipping some that I otherwise would have gotten, like Shackwave and the japanese tape reissues. And I was really starting to bend and give into Unicron. And that's not happening, anymore.