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Everything posted by Virtualzach

  1. Prediction: It'll probably barely make it to 14k and Nova will be included anyway. Even if the have to extend the deadline. Statistically, they're on par to hit just over 14,300 if the purchasing trend continues. I can't see them scrapping the whole project because it either needed an extra week or was only slightly short of their goal. It was a ridiculously high goal to begin with. They know it. We know it. Get the backpeddling out of the way. And be more reasonable with projections going forward because, hey, we're still mid-recession/pandemic guys...
  2. Just remember...none of these movies would exist without Happy (John Favreau). He deserves an MCU figure just as much as Stan does.
  3. I was all excited about this until I read the 16k part. I mean, they were on track for 14k by end of month but this is gonna be a stretch; 200/day for the rest of the month... 😞 It'd be a a real shame for her to not be included with the figure.
  4. Her assumption being that people would flock to the theatres to see this instead of just watching it at home. The pandemic isn't over yet. Hell, 1/3 of the US population either hasn't gotten the vaccine or refuses to do it because they think it causes cancer or some nonsense. Add to that the movie...just wasn't very good. Her story arc is over and it was destined to be 'meh' anyway--her supporting cast was far more interesting than her character and we might actually see some of them again. Anyway, good riddance. I never thought her character was all that integral to the MCU and I've never liked her as an actress. Good luck to her finding a studio that will want her for future projects now.
  5. I'm on board with Excalibur but do we really need a full F4 wave...again? This will be the third one in four years. Heck, you can still get the last wave for MSRP (or less) on Amazon. There doesn't really seem to be a demand for these guys, regardless of outfit.
  6. The What If...? series is a long-running comic series. I suspect that's why they went with the classic cartoon looks. These were all inspired by existing storylines.
  7. Vulture - being a Target exclusive means I'll have a slim chance of getting it. Which is a shame, since I've wanted a deluxe version of this for years. Watcher - something we've all been asking for for a while now...and it's the BAF for a wave that makes no sense. Where Hydra Stomper would have. Should have switched these two. Galactus - good opportunity to do some major plugging/reveals here but barely said anything about him. Missed opportunity. All in all, great reveals but poor avenues for distribution. I suspect the Watcher will be RRed at some point as a deluxe so they can re-use the model but it'll be quite a while. I sort of feel like they're releasing too many figures these days. I used to be able to keep up easily with new wave releases but now there are FIVE in production that I have on pre-order and more keep coming before those are even out...
  8. Have to admit...I wasn't a fan of the comics and I probably won't like the figures much either. 😞 I never much liked the premise for the stories and (mostly) the outcomes of the battles. But I'm also old and realize that most people here don't care about how these figures were inspired in the first place. 😉 Off-topic here, but I hope they say more about Galactus today as well. That project is losing steam and fast. I suspect that the first bonus is going to be not one but two heralds; Surfer and Nova. Of course, if they just outright said that, they'd see a spike in sales immediately. But they're stubborn and want it to get funded on its own merits. Either way, thing needs 10k backers by end of month to be on track for just the 14k...
  9. He looks good, I just wish they'd have made him bigger. To scale with the movie. He just looks like a mini version this way. If I've learned anything from pre-ordering these deluxe figures, it'll be that they're discounted 25% or more after the first month of release, so I'm going to wait a bit for this one.
  10. That's a horrible analogy. The price of the figure is $399. For Galactus. End of story. It's not "If you back this, we'll give you more!" The 'fan entitlement' he's talking about is dead-on; it's something like "We're owed more". Except they're not, they either buy it for what's promised or they don't. Additionally, this sort of behavior us just toxic in general. Not only because it falsely builds expectations but because it influences the purchase decisions of other people who are perfectly ok with the product as is. Add to that the fact that you have dozens of posters on here chiming in about what the bonus figures/features should be, most of which admittedly aren't going to buy the thing anyway. "It'd be worth it if they added Nova!" "It should be $50 cheaper!" "If it's Surfer, it's a rip-off!" Ok, but would you buy it if any of these things were true? No. So just be quiet and move on. Opinions are moot here if they have no true relevance when it comes to making the purchase. It's effectively pointless whining. In short, the "reward" is the item you buy. Most people don't buy things in general because they're expecting some sort of mystery gift bag that comes with.
  11. 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.
  12. Message: Don't ever buy anything made of plastic because it's a rip-off? What else is made of plastic that you consider worth more for whatever reason?
  13. 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.
  14. Yes. Because it would all but ensure that future Haslab products aren't funded. Or are at least not as popular. One of the main selling points of these characters (and the items they come with) is that they're exclusive to the purchase.
  15. Speculation: The designs have already been set for these add-ons, regardless of whether they come with Galactus. It was the same with the Sentinel add-ons. The molds may not yet exist but it's a lot of time and resources just to make the base model for a figure. So I suspect that, whatever is NOT included with Galactus will be released on its own. Just food for thought. And I don't want a Surfer with him, tbh...I have a Surfer, many people do, there are already several versions of him out there. But Nova? None. I'd be more incentivized by a figure that's exclusive to this purchase, not something I already have. Also, I'm sure we could debate Sentinel size all day. I was trying to illustrate that the one they gave us is an amazing piece of work, will be recognized for what it is and was a great purchase for those of us who went for it. This was something that was discussed quite a bit during that project. The more I look at this Galactus, the more impressive it is to me. If nothing else, people need to realize that it WILL increase in value quite a bit over the years. Even if you never unbox it, it's a good investment. And I'm all for helping to support the Haslab process in general. That Fantasticar, Quin Jet, etc. that people are asking for? When these projects fail, the likelihood of ever seeing those diminishes greatly.
  16. It's not for everyone. I suspect that many/most people can't afford this sort of thing. But us die-hard collectors simply can't pass this up. Once you're in with ML, you're in--I have over 150 individual figures now and things like Galactus and Sentinel will just be amazing next to my existing collection.
  17. Actually, they all look pretty enormous. Measuring a character in the foreground against one in the background ignores the 3D element of the image. All of the sentinels in those photos are at least 25-30' tall. You're just fixated on the Bryne sentinel. They DoFP sentinel they released is of similar scale and was discounted to $50 for quite a while before they finally started selling so I don't see a similar sized option magically going for $100+.
  18. I'm not about to call myself an expert on the evolution of Sentinels but the ones I all remember (from various media) has them pretty enormous, not twice as tall as your average human.
  19. In hindsight, I should have ordered 2 or maybe even 3 sentinels. At the going (asking) price, they're at around $1k on ebay. I'm sure $800 is more realistic but that's a 'free' Galactus, when you think about it. Even though I have concerns about this guy, I have a feeling he'll be even more rare and sought after in the long-run. I should always follow my gut instincts with this stuff. I bought one of the GI Joe Snake Eyes boxes--the $40 ones) and they're already three times that much. I just wanted a Snake Eyes and would gladly trade the thing for a bunch of the 'standard' Joes I can't muster up the cash for now. Silly me.
  20. The Sentinel was completely different--it'd already met it's backer goal before they really showed anything other than the 'standard' add-ons. They even admitted that some needed to be improvised because it succeeded so well (read: the second tentacle...they never expected it to hit the numbers it did). I think they expected the excitement over Galactus to be at least as much as it was with the sentinel. They under-estimate just how iconic the Sentinel is by comparison. That and they gave us both a bigger price tag and larger initial backer requirement. Honestly, this should have come auto with a herald. But they didn't *need* to give us three faceplates (which are all awesome) and could have just as easily made those a tier so... Anyway, we'll see what they do in a week or so. We should be over the 10k mark by then, still on track to fund, but they'll want to see a boost in orders if they continue to wane. But hey, if they'd done the stupid Fantasticar, we'd be hovering at 2k right now so...
  21. They're both in scale. Galactus should not be smaller/the same size as the Sentinel and, based on comic info that's been narrowed, they're both approx. the size they were most consistently featured. 16 inches is tiny for a Sentinel. The only time we saw them that scale was in Days of Future Past. Arguably the best X-Men film but will ultimately be forgotten when they reboot that franchise (yet again).
  22. 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...
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