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  1. katajak

    3 3/4" sighting and hauls

    Wow, now that's something....that I won't be picking up. :) Great for kids though.
  2. katajak

    end of mu

    Yeah, this was what I was trying to get at in a recent post but don't have a lot of time currently to contribute. It's not about getting a new wave every month or a weekly newsletter from Hasbro, but they seem to keep shooting themselves in the foot with all the buzz and expectations they create and then botching the follow-through. I'm thankful for what we've gotten and look forward to what's next, but if they want to put all of the nervous chatter to bed, they've got to get things a little more under control. Easier said than done, I'm sure... Regardless, looking forward to Wave 20 whenever we see it and the ML Wave 3 variants & running changes soon!
  3. katajak

    end of mu

    Or you could just ignore the thread and let it fizzle out on its own...
  4. katajak


    Thanks glad you liked it. :rogue: Seriously though I am not trying to lecture anyone, but simply trying to address some of the concerns many often post on here and and trying to give some perspective as to why some of these things happen. I can't change how the toy business world works but I think at least if you understand why some of these things happen it can make it less frustrating. Yes Hasbro mucked up their distribution this year. There is probably a number of factors as to why that happened and its certainly not the first time in the toy world that this has happened. If you think you have have it bad as a Marvel collector this year, try being a Star Wars collector and seeing nothing but Episode I toys on the shelf month after month, or a DC Collector where the line is virtually disappearing from retail and now have to subscribe to a monthly services and pay over $20 a figure. And you're absolutely right. Those release dates you see at cons are AT BEST dates that give you an idea of when something might drop. I've been covering toys for over 10 years now and can tell you that release dates for toys are virtually worthless. Sometimes they drop sooner and sometimes later, but toys for whatever reason don't work like other products like say DVD's or video games with exact release dates. Would it be nice if Hasbro had a huge presence at NYCC, sure, but I think many of you OVER ESTIMATE how beneficial attending these shows can be for a company like Hasbro, especially when you factor in the time and cost to attend said shows. For one if Hasbro is always sending off their design teams to these shows it means they aren't working on the product to get it out to you, and if they really don't have anything new to show you at this time then you can kind of see why maybe they aren't going to be there. Finally I don't know what exactly you think your being loyal to, I assume you collect Marvel figures because you like the characters, not because your trying to be loyal to Hasbro, but even IF the line ended tomorrow, the fact is we have gotten a boat load of cool figures over the years. No not all are perfect and a number were flat out duds, but I would still say we have gotten some nice stuff as well. I am not saying you shouldn't express concerns or even vent a little. All I am saying is if you focus more on the good and less on the bad I think this hobby will be more fun to you. Its up to you all if you want to look at the glass half full or half empty and based on the nature of the Internet I am sure many will continue to look at things as half empty, but its not going to change the economics or demographics of this business. I appreciate the lengthy responses but somehow still think the core of the argument isn't being addressed. Be that as it may, I don't have the time to belabor this any further. Thanks for the perspective, I guess.
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    Nice lecture. The point is that any product that is sporadically released and badly distributed does not tend to breed loyalty in its consumer base. I don't believe anyone is asking for a constant stream of product month after month or to do away with movie lines, but some basic (or ANY) communication about what's happening would certainly be helpful considering the release date cards we see in the Con displays are virtually worthless. There might also be a lot less complaining and worrying if two waves hadn't hit simultaneously (with another one a full jump ahead surfacing all over the world) following a 6-7 month gap, which I think understandably adds to consumer uncertainty about what the hell Hasbro is doing. And not having any real presence at the same Con where so much new product was shown and/or discussed the previous year doesn't help with that uncertainty, regardless of the "practical" reasoning for it.
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    And that's the point where they'll completely lose me.
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    I typed up a long pissy response to this news and then my iPad died before I could post it, so everyone consider yourselves lucky. However, VERY annoyed at the moment. Just thinking about walking through my TRU today and the absolute glut of crappy Spider-Man movie merch and Avengers figures (Reactron Armor Iron Man anyone?) taking up the majority of the Marvel section....... Bravo, Hasbro! And don't get me started on the damn Squinkies...
  8. katajak

    NYCC Exclusives

    The only thing I'm interested in at the moment is the Alpha Flight minimates set. Any other purchases will likely be old Legends & Toy Biz and maybe some back issues...
  9. katajak

    NYCC Exclusives

    Compound Hulk did sell out, though if memory serves it didn't happen until Sunday. If it really comes down to how well it did or didn't sell, maybe a better exclusive should have been offered last year. Compound Hulk was just another in the long line of stock character tweaks (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine and Cap being the worst) we're constantly inundated with. It's also night and day the difference between SDCC and NYCC exclusive offerings. With no Hasbro Marvel panel this year my guess is also that an exclusive ain't happening, though I'd love to be wrong.
  10. katajak


    And another A+ for Robb for my WM 6" figures and a couple older MUs. Very much appreciate the effort he made to locate the MM Spidey. Thanks again!!
  11. Huge thanks to Robb for 6" MM Spider-Man and movie Hawkeye. Walmarts aren't always easy to find in my neck of the woods and both figures are awesome. Thanks man!
  12. katajak


    Fast payment, good communication and smooth transaction - hope you enjoy the loot!
  13. katajak


    Hasbro will be at NYCC and be sure to check MN the evening of Wed 10/10 for a special Hasbro preview. You would definitely hope so especially since NYCC 2011 was where we first saw the figures for wave 18, Prof X and others. Thanks for the confirmation.
  14. My LCS in NYC put out wave 3 today and it was the same assortment everyone else is starting to see at retail. No Moonstar, FF Doom, Blade or regular Deadpool yet.

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