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Everything posted by Virtualzach

  1. So...surpass 2022 Q1 earnings projections by miles and then make the decisions to cut packaging costs and increase figure costs by 30% all while suffering from global supply chain issues. Finally, lay off a huge portion of your workforce because your ridiculous business plan didn't work during a recession. The people that need to be laid off are those who made these decisions.
  2. lol @ people trying to rationalize zombie behavior while talking about a universe full of people with super powers...
  3. First wave I've heard about in a while that I actually want to buy all (or most) of. It'll depend on what the BAF is. Looking back, it's pretty amazing how few MLs I've bought this year compared to every year prior...
  4. Turncoat here. You're welcome. If you want to over-pay for your plastic, that's your decision. But don't shame other people for not wanting to do the same. For the amount that you're (allegedly) willing to pay, you could probably have someone custom the thing for you and at better qualify than what you'd get from the Haslab.
  5. If I was Hasbro, I honestly wouldn't want to take this thing out in public anywhere, Con or not. It can't possibly be better represented in person, where people can see for themselves that it's just a plastic car and even less impressive than the images shown online. No matter if this project funds or not, the consumer has definitely spoken. And, while I'd like to think we've "been heard", their latest projection of a 50% revenue increase over three years is very disturbing. That sort of benchmark for a toy company is incredibly hard to achieve in such a short period of time and can only mean more price increases. It's also troubling that they're reaching $500 million of that with layoffs when QC issues continue to persist and we seem to be receiving less and less accessories with each new wave release. I don't want Hasbro to fail but I think it'd be a good thing for them take a step back and gain some perspective here. And the only way that's going to happen is with missed projections (by a considerable amount). Unfortunately, it will take a while for the market to react. And for retailers to realize it's not in their best interest to keep stocking $28 figures that almost inevitably end up needing to be reduced by 30% before people buy them. This is not an oil shortage situation, this is not a "we can't sell to Russia right now" thing, it's simply price gouging.
  6. I learned my Deluxe Figure lesson with MODOK by paying the full price and then watching it drop to $30 over the next few months. Every other deluxe figure has seen similar action since then. When it hits $30, I'll pick it up. Or even a little less. Hasbro seems to think that "inflation" means everyone has a bunch of additional, disposable income. We don't. And the demand isn't enough to justify these 40% price hikes over 1 year.
  7. Include the human Robbie body from the Charger campaign with this and I'm in.
  8. I swear, if this dinky little head is all it took to convince people to buy this thing I am at a loss for words. It's too little, too late and still costs too much. Really don't want to set a precedent here for them to think giving us (a piece of) what should be part of the base product is enough to justify the cost. And you know this will all be spun as "You spoke and we listened" bullshiz PR.
  9. I don't know, intolerance seems to be making a comeback these days. You used to be able to have swear words in PG movies and some nudity in PG-13. And, with all of the controversies, both racial and political of late, it's almost becoming a crime to even think independently. But I digress...the same people who would have complained about this 30 years ago and claimed that video games were training devices for serial killers are the same people who would complain about it now. And there are a lot of them. And a lot of them buy Disney toys. The only difference is that the Disney brand is enormous and all-encompassing now. So they have to pick their battles when it comes to this sort of thing and releasing Satan in plastic form probably isn't one worth fighting for them.
  10. He was an unlockable that was seen outside of Haslab *before* the project and tier was announced. It's a very important distinction. It's your opinion that the unlockables should be the only exclusive part of the project but I think you'll find it's a very unpopular one. Many people would not back these without the tier rewards and exclusivity of said rewards. If they want to put create some cartoony comic version of Mephisto that looks nothing like the Haslab version, I wouldn't care much about that. But if they're going to paint him a different shade of red and throw in some "clothes", that would definitely discourage me from backing a future project. For the record, I backed the HISS tank and in large part because of that final 'classic' Cobra Commander. And the fact that it couldn't be obtained any other way. I didn't see anyone on the Classified Reddit subs or discord saying they expect to see it again. On the contrary, every one of us who backed the HISS do *not* want or expect to see him released in that sculpt again. As I said before, exclusivity is what inspires people to back these products. No tiers in a funded Haslab have seen a rerelease in any form so I don't see why they would suddenly start now. This is just rhetoric that I've heard from non-backers on previous projects.
  11. Surfer had already been released several times before Galactus--why would you consider that exclusive to the Haslab project? Ask me about Morg or Nova.
  12. Ah, yeah if it doesn't get funded (it will but for hypothetical...) I don't see why it couldn't be released. Hasbro has actually been very good about keeping funded Haslab figures out of the rerelease. Two years and no Bastian or Female Prime, not that they would be 'hot' releases or anything. If they were to release any of the heralds that come with Galactus, I'd be out. I think a general Mephisto release will be tripped up by whatever has been keeping him at bay for the past decade. Whether it's for religious/image reasons, as some would have you believe, or other reasons. There has to be a good reason he hasn't been put out there until this; people have been asking for him for ages now.
  13. The moment they start re-releasing (or repainting or whatever) Haslab exclusive figures is the moment people stop backing them altogether. I'd never buy any of these if I knew I could simply get a repaint a year later. Most people wouldn't. It's one of the most appealing elements of the projects; they actually offer a truly *exclusive* product.
  14. Great figure. Somehow worth yet another price hike. Must be because of all the extra expensive plastic.
  15. Am I seeing things or is the price actually reasonable for this 3-pack? Basically two regular figures and a deluxe.
  16. 90% sure it's Orb's. Especially considering the upcoming Haslab and, well...they finally will have found another use for the Mysterio head sculpt.
  17. Pretty much this. It's like they had no idea what to do after Endgame but 50 vague concepts and just decided to act them all out and see what sticks. And 2025 means we have another three years of this to set through and maybe/kinda/hopefully it all works out and comes together in the end. But yeah, no structure, a million loose ends and creating even more by the month, movies and characters that *could* be part of a new team or Universe but no idea if or how they would fit in, the multiverse which just confuses things to the millionth power unless you've already read the comics for 50 years...it's hard to be hopeful at this point. Now imagine the 'X' teams somehow being rebooted and integrated into all of this in some fashion and just head explode basically. Between the re-releases and what appears to be years of 'updated' and recylced MCU figures and the ridiculous price hikes, my budget for Legends is about 10% what it used to be. I've switched over to some other brands and the GI Joe Classified series recently, which somehow continue to be cheaper and include more in the way of accessories than Legends. And don't have to come in enclosed packaging.
  18. This thing is pure amazing, imo. I'm not a huge fan of the Doom head either but the heralds figures look great and the effects they come with (for me) more than make up for the silly head. Really digging Haslab these days. I ordered the Cobra HISS tank as well. Now give us a Fin Fang Foom!
  19. At least it's not an exclusive. So...$15 on amazon two months after release.
  20. Maybe it'll be a "Whoops! We accidentally mispriced the Mojo "4" pack and it should actually only be $100!" More likely though: "Whoops! We accidentally mispriced the Mojo "4" pack and it should actually be $150!"
  21. I don't think FOMO is going to be an issue here. On every board I've checked, people think the price is ridiculous. And, historically, 'deluxe' figures and sets have gone down instead of up. You can still get a MODOK for $35 ffs. It's a Pulse exclusive, so I suppose it will (eventually) sell out. Maybe. But I would bet dollars to donuts they're not going to waste that sculpt on an exclusive and not try to sell it independently for $80. People have been asking for Mojo for a long time. This is just crapping on your customers.
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