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  1. Other people’s opinions are just as relevant and valid as yours. Value has always been and continues to be relative to the consumer. Some might pay $1000 usd for this , some might not pay $100 usd. Each person can decide for themselves if it is worth the price the producer is asking. That is how capitalism works. If you are so disgusted by others opinions I suggest you DO NOT READ THEM.
    3 points
  2. I just don't understand why you keep calling it "HasScam"- I know being a bit grumpy is kind of your schtick (which is fine- one of my best friends is a goodhearted grump), but HasLab is much more transparent than a lot of the things that big toy companies do. You seem to have a limit, where you don't buy items above a certain price point. I totally respect that, and it is a wise person who can set and stick to limits for themselves. These HasLab projects are not for you- they are for people who want a giant Galactus, and/or are fine spending $400.00 on an item for their collection. There are some companies that make really cool statues that are many hundreds, even thousands, of dollars- those aren't for me, but this is. It's not a scam, you're just not the kind of consumer that this is aimed at. We have seen about the limits of what Hasbro will do for Deluxe figures and BAFs, I think. I have no interest in a 12" Galactus, and it would be a wasted spot for a more in-scale large character to be done as a deluxe release or BAF. 9 or 10 inches seems to be about the limit for BAFs these recent years, and 12" or so the limit for deluxe releases. I think it's great to have 6" figures as stretch goals for these projects. I also think those figures should all be very niche/obscure. I don't think Firelord, updated Terrax, Frankie-Nova, or even Morg should be stretch goals, unless they are, say, paint variants of an upcoming general-release version. I think that Norrin Radd and Shalla Bal would be great choices, because they are figures that Hasbro would most likely not make otherwise. I think having this big Galactus get made actually improves our chances of getting more general-release figures of Galactus-related characters. If Hasbro sees that they can sell 21,000 units of a $400.00 Galactus, they might feel more comfortable with the demand for, say, Airwalker in a F4 Legends wave.
    3 points
  3. Keep it clean, that's hilarious. You've got a small group of bigots that aggressively push a racist agenda on every post they can twist to fit but calling that what it is that's the problem. Just their opinions. Good stuff man.
    3 points
  4. I can definitely agree that consensus is hard /almost impossible to find on these forums. Still, there are certain standards that should be followed and when they're not, fans are gonna complain. Rightfully so. Because why plunk down money for something that isn't correct or doesn't bring you joy? Example, a toy line is showcasing "fully articulated" action figures straight from the Marvel Comics. They wouldn't put Spidey, Cap, and Thor all on the same male buck, those are all different body types and there's no reason the figures can't reflect that. So yeah we complain if they put Riri, Black Widow, & Moondragon on the same buck. The Hulk and the Thing have open or gripping hands, but no fists?? Female figures can't have biceps swivel or double jointed elbows? These are just some of the things that fan complained about, and while it took a long time, these issues were corrected. If we just sit back and pay for whatever is churned out, quality will suffer.
    2 points
  5. Exactly. You see something you don't like, you complain. If enough people join in, the company will make it better. The squeaky wheel gets the oil and all that. It amazes me that some people still don't get that.
    2 points
  6. I still can’t believe they’re even offering Galactus in this size so I’m stoked to (hopefully) be getting him. Naturally curious to see the tier unlocks but not sweating over them. Although I would REALLY like if they made a tier for another head and chest plate to create a classic Galactus because if he is never gonna happen again then the more versions of him in one, the better👍
    2 points
  7. I think people were just spoilt by the sentinel project. Hasbro never thought it was be that successful. Hell the project before hand they practically begged for people to back them. They didn't even think they would need another tier. Yet they had to scrabble to make another tier just to make up for the amount they shot by. Basically it's like @RyanDaly said. This is not about the tiers. It about galactus. The tier are just bonuses. If we don't get them fine but at least we get the figure we should be buying, not the extras.
    2 points
  8. Been there bro, they are quite quick to fall apart and actually really brittle. They look beautiful, to be sure, but they are 100% collector intended. There is no "playing" with these figures. I like em, I understand why people prefer them, but they are just a little too pricey and a little bit too delicate for my taste. As much as I love to #$## and complain about ML, they are about the right balance of form and function for me.
    2 points
  9. 2 points
  10. I also said what you are saying here but got an economics lesson from posters haha.. guess I brought up these concerns before the excitement died down and people didn’t want to hear it. i still agree, at face value, the Sentinel APPEARS to be a much better deal at this point. Cmon Hasbro, gives us some incentive!
    2 points
  11. I also agree. I feel like hasbro doesn’t understand how to use stretch goals to fuel additional interest. I ordered two sentinels but already regret not doing 3. I was on the fence last year with that decision. I’m half tempted to get an extra Galactus to try to make a trade happen down the line.
    2 points
  12. Tokenism = brown people doing stuff, apparently. I don't know. The political tirades on this forum are almost always ridiculous. Anyway, glad to see this one is finally coming together. Just finished rewatching True Detective Season 3 during quarantine. Ali is gonna kill it as Blade.
    2 points
  13. Marvel Studios is a finely tuned, near-perfected machine. They don't want veteran directors with boldness of vision and clout. They don't want artists. They want people who will come in and do the work exactly as the machine specifies. They haven't been using A-list directors since the first THOR; instead, they want very young and fresh directors that Marvel can control or journeymen with a background in television who are used to filling in and working with set parameters and not letting their egos get in the way of the productions. Bassam Tarriq has only directed one feature film before this? That's not anything new. The Russo brothers had only directed two or three movies and were mostly known as TV directors before they came aboard CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Same with James Gunn before GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; he had two movies and a bunch of shorts or TV. Same with Taika Waititi before THOR: RAGNAROK. Jon Watts had one feature length film credit under his belt before they hired him to direct SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING. Ryan Coogler directed two movies before BLACK PANTHER. Chloe Zhao had three before THE ETERNALS. Cate Shortland did three before BLACK WIDOW. Marvel isn't going to hire somebody with a long resume of credits and clout within the industry. (Sam Raimi seems to be the exception to this; I am shocked they brought him aboard to direct the Doctor Strange sequel.) The reason is because they give the directors relatively little to do; so much of the action and spectacle of the movies is coordinated and directed by the second unit teams, who work on that part of the production so far in advance that oftentimes that part of the work is being done before the director has even signed on. Ava DuVernay walked away from a Marvel Studios offer because she didn't want to surrender that much of her control to the studio; she wanted to oversee all of the action and visual effects parts of the production, and Marvel said "No, we got that covered, you just direct the talkie scenes" and she said peace out. This is the machine. This is how a studio creates the unparalleled success of twenty-four consecutive crowd-pleasing, box office smashes. Because they're all formulaic; because they all feel kind of the same, like comfort food. The trade off is, you'll never get a visionary genre-defying transcendent piece of film like Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT or James Mangold's LOGAN. But you also won't get a jaw-dropping clusterfuck like BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. TL;DR - Martin Scorsese won't direct BLADE.
    2 points
  14. Exactly, I'm happy with my Toy BIz Galactus, he's not a giant and I'm glad he isn't. Why they couldn't do the likes of Galactus or the Sentinel the same size/price as say Surtur, people would be more likely to buy them.
    2 points
  15. Lol I totally read the title wrong..I was like....someone at marvel select will direct blade? What the....
    2 points
  16. I wouldn't say the problem is Galactus not being as iconic as Sentinel; he's just not an army builder. Plus the first stimulus rolled out during the Sentinel campaign so I imagine that helped boost those numbers even more. But even so, there has got to be a lot of collectors, such as myself, that are using these 40+ days to come up with the funds before backing this bad boy.
    2 points
  17. Yeah, and in the case of that wave, the only character I didn't want was Spider-Verse Prowler, but I bought him rationalizing that I was actually spending that twenty bucks on Stiltman, my first fully completed BAF.
    1 point
  18. Understood, but I specifically addressed the BAF with my Kingpin take. The BAF was great, not enough of the other figures were, I walked away. The BAF has never been the pull for me. More guys start being good about not having EVERYthing hasbro Legends puts out, more chance of production teams realizing they're gonna have to do better. Yes, people complain on this forum. But they also praise. The Legends team has dragged their asses on getting diverse female bodies correct, but they have been excelling on faces! Lightyears ahead of their first swipe at Marvel Legends, and Toybiz. They have made figures of characters I don't even like, and got me to buy them because the work was just so damn spot-on. Nightcrawler...I wish Dave Cockrum had lived long enough to see what they did with Nightcrawler. War Machine! And just now, modular Iron Man, Ultron....words almost fail. So I would say although it may seem pointless, never give up. Never stop holding these guys to the quality standard we know they have met and exceeded in some cases. Point out the errors, make suggestions, complain...and walk away now and then.
    1 point
  19. Agreed. However, the Marvel Legends model (or any other line with a build-a-figure or similar incentive based program) is designed to mitigate the point where fans "walk away". It highly incentivizes the completist mentality of collectors, regardless of the quality of the figures. Whether the Hood is the best figure in the wave or a poorly executed, poorly conceived, cynical redeco cash grab on the company's part doesn't matter. He'll sell well enough if enough people want to complete Xemnu. Traditionally, the only way for consumers to give feedback to companies is through purchasing or not. "Speak with your wallet..." But the BAF reward system skews that data. It promotes the mentality that consumers should just shut up and accept a crappy product every now and then as long as they complete the free bonus figure at the end. Then the actual feedback of what fans like and don't and what they're willing to take or not may not be clearly conveyed to the company. In other words, if every collector told Hasbro, "This Hood figure is $#@%, don't do this again!" Hasbro looks at their sales charts and thinks, "Well, Hood sold as well as Dormammu and Red Skull and Lady Deathstrike, so no problem with that guy. We can do more like that." The BAF incentive makes it harder for fans to turn their complaints into acton, like "walking away". And that can be doubly frustrating, which is why so many fans and collectors have no recourse but to scream into the void of the internet, or forums like this one. And I say all of this as someone who regularly thinks, "Man, the people on this forum need to chill the $@#% out!" But I do understand where [most of] the complaints are coming from, and why sometimes they're cathartic.
    1 point
  20. Scarlet Witch Vintage Packaging
    1 point
  21. I'll be honest, the concept is terrific. If I could afford to buy the whole team, I would, but these aren't cheap. That said, Gambit is my character, so if they make one, I will buy it in a heartbeat.
    1 point
  22. That's the mentality about this project that I just don't understand from this group. The bonus/rewards shouldn't be the incentive to drop a lot of $ on the project; the project itself should justify the cost. The company offers the stretch goals as a gratuity once the project is fully funded (that's why Dan said they won't even reveal the first one officially until they get 14,000). They are rewards for the sales team making their quota given back to the customer. But it seems most of the people on this thread see the rewards as bartering chips, like Hasbro has to sweeten the pot before they'll commit to funding the project. To me that smacks of fan entitlement.
    1 point
  23. Ok, I digress--I didn't realize that everyone here was an expert in economics, had a PhD in Business Marketing and also worked for Hasbro. Everyone obviously knows exactly what the costs of materials and manufacture are. And that Hasbro is just being greedy by not selling this for $100 and wanting to make a profit. Why do I get the feeling that everyone who dislikes the figure and project simply can't afford it? The project will fund even if it gets 150 backers/day from now until end of August. Which it's doing easily. As for the cost of plastic, if you think this is bad, consider how little goes into each of the standard figures. Or GI Joes/Transformers that cost even more than today's figures when you factor inflation. I think what they 'learned' from the Sentinel is how much of a demand for these things there actually is. So they took on a more ambitious project with loftier targets. Kudos to them. In short--if you don't want it, don't buy it. Or at least stop complaining about a product you have no intention of or simply can't purchase.
    1 point
  24. Cut the price by 75% and it's sell more? You don't say? The same could be said about every product in the Universe. Brilliant.
    1 point
  25. Definitely no question that this is hella expensive just like sentinel still was but I just think it’s funny that collectors will go on to buy 6” figures for $30 to $100 (or more) but turn around and condemn this 32” monster for being 4 hundo. Apparently THAT’s too much money for a collector in this expensive hobby to save up and invest with. And you’d also have to be an ignoramus to not even think this would be a good investment. But anyway, my only real complaint here is the short time given to back this thing. And about Silver Surfer, all I ever really wanted was a Kirby inspired update, which I’m hoping will happen on a retro card one day. But until then, toybiz still has the better looking Surfer from the head and paint work alone (imo).
    1 point
  26. Vac metal will eventually start to chip away with wear & tear so unless you're just gonna pose your fig in the air like a statue & never again touch it, it makes zero sense to me to vac metal these figs. I'd rather they give em metallic like painst that make em look shiny but won't start chipping away after you handle & display them in action poses for a month. As for the Sentinels, no, that Sentinel that came with Wolverine is not a classic DOFP Sentinel, these are!
    1 point
  27. Here we are I knew it had to be another Surfer, what's Galactus without ol Norrin Radd, I'm not surprised there is a Frankie Raye, I just hope that's it, I think I can cry only a little bit if I never get a Frankie.
    1 point
  28. Let's see what they have in store for us this time. Hopefully something good as far as quality and quantity goes. They said July was gonna be a crazy month and so far I think it's been just ok.
    1 point
  29. Re-release that Venom with a normal paint scheme and I'll buy it right up. It'll be my Venom and I can yeet the deluxe Monster Venom into the trash. Or sell it or whatever.
    1 point
  30. Yeah by now we should get a no-sh1t look at Tigra, this Excalibur set, and more of the comic based figures they were going on about. Its all way over due.
    1 point
  31. Getting my second jab that day so I need something to brighten my day. My guess is the f4 wave and one of the tiers. Also like they said, they will allow marvel to reveal the what if themselves.
    1 point
  32. Yeah, I think when people look at the overall value of what they got with the Sentinel compared to what they're getting with Galactus, there is hesitation. I understand why it's more expensive but why the higher initial funding requirement? Seems a little presumptuous. Those Sentinel unlockables really made a huge difference, especially when you consider each of them a $20 value...
    1 point
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  34. Right? The high target and Galactus not being an army builder like the Sentinel are pretty clearly working against it, too. The increase in backers has slowed down. And while I'm sure the numbers are gonna jump when the 1st comes around, I doubt it will be as dramatic as Hasbro and current backers would probably hope. If they want to the want at least 14,000 backers in order to make this thing, it would be a good idea to show collectors more than what we've already seen.
    1 point
  35. Oh come on! They're not even writing these things anymore, are they? They just cut and paste copy from older press releases . . . sort of like how they write their comics.
    1 point
  36. This wave woulda sold better had Hasbro just included an alternate classic 80s Zemo head sculpt. I woulda bought the entire wave for that & then sold off the MCU figs. But nooooooo, some genius at Hasbro thought the more modern version was the popular look for him & no one had the cojones to say, "I beg to differ".
    1 point
  37. Yes, Tigra. And Excalibur. Why has there been no news/ movement on either. I demand a recount!!
    1 point
  38. The count has gone to a trickle....so I imagine they'll release these tiers any day now, and gen up more interest....
    1 point
  39. But they already did smaller Galacti. This is an offering to those who DO want these characters/figures huge enough to actually tower over collections, like they’re meant to! 😃
    1 point
  40. I was VERY excited to see this figure reveal but $200 is WAY to rich for my blood. I was hoping it would be under $100 but even then...GALACTUS calls to me.
    1 point
  41. We’ll never really know what’s in the briefcase. Sure they will say we showed you but it’s just a smokescreen. They don’t think you can handle what’s in the briefcase. They know better than you what is good for you. So just accept it and move along. Ha.
    1 point
  42. So true. Spymaster, Red Guardian, AIM troopers, Sentry 459, Maverick, Whirlwind, Elsa Bloodstone, Darkhawk...these aren't top tier characters but they were well done, and they're just a small sample of the selection Hasbro's done of Marvel's comic heroes and villains. What a universe, and more to come. "Far behind" is hardly a just description. Maybe Hasbro isn't moving at the pace you want or making the figures you want, but that doesn't mean they're far behind. What does that even mean anyway....do they have some posted schedule and timeline you know about that the rest of us don't?
    1 point
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