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.