But I guess they want to eke out the reveals over the next few weeks rather than doing them all at once. And if that's their plan then it's not worth doing a whole video presentation for a single figure, so it makes sense.
Okay so like I said, I've never watched one of these reveal videos so I could be way misunderstanding what they are. But it seems to me to be trying to be a stand in for the lack of convention panels, while at the same time they seem to misunderstand what a con reveal panel actually is- A giant info dump that disperses said info as efficiently as possible in that setting. They talk a tiny bit about the idea, have a slideshow of upcoming product interspersed with some occasional commentary, then finish with a Q&A.
It's not really about socialising, or entertainment (the product itself is the entertainment). They usually have other panels that talk in detail about characters, designs, story.
These videos seem to me to be a guy fumbling around with individual toys trying to act overly excited (which to me reads as not having faith in the product to generate excitement on it's own), giving us a poor look at the toy. Maybe a couple people talking back and forth?
This really isn't a good way to give info on the internet.
So just distributing the promotional stills, and maybe coming up with a less formal informational blurb than the typical highly polished "Amazon Descriptions" blurbs, seems to be the best way to do it than forcing people to sit through a 10 minute video of an overly excited dude from the promotional department.
The Fan First Friday live streams have been someone from marketing and someone who has worked in the toys from Hasbro. Sometimes another person joins to give info on the packaging design, etc. I don't mind them, personally. I've only been able to watch them due to being furloughed (I would usually be at work). I probably wouldn't bother with the recording if I hadn't been around for the live stream.
The comments sections are usually highly toxic with people hurling intensely vile abuse at those on camera. It's really unpleasant and rude. It's best not to look there!
Last Edit: Aug 11, 2020 16:25:32 GMT by The Doctor
My general rule of thumb with Social Media is the same as in face-to-face contact. If a person or company has put out a product I think is a bit poo I will not direct my ire directly to them. That is just rude and nasty.
If I don't like something, I discuss it where the creator won't see it. I thought the Siege cartoon was crap but I didn't feel the need to say so directly to the people who made it.
I've been to plenty of cons which have guests who have done work I don't like. I can't imagine any scenario where I would go up to them and say: "I think your work is crap". The same applies online: they are people at the end of the day.
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