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  1. Yep, we aren't disagreeing at all. The business needs both types of customer: existing (and staying/not abandoning), and new (or expanding beyond dipping their toes into one or two of their absolute favourites, so becoming less selective and sporadic). Both have to be encouraged and rewarded. Ignore either and the business model suffers dramatically- and if you ignore new custom, there's literally no option than to fleece the existing custom; because increased profits every quarter/90 days is unachievable any other way. If you're not bringing in new money, you gotta take more and more from those you've already got on board (if you answer to shareholders). Whichever type of customer you are, it's shortsighted to resent the other; because everybody is as important a part of keeping the eco-system alive as anybody else- unless you want to personally fund the profit they bring in.
  2. Absolutely right. The line always needs new collectors. It can't be sustained, as a business with requirements to shareholders, by relying on existing custom only; even if it fleeces those that are already loyal for more and more profit. Re-releases are essential. And my collection'll personally benefit from some, too- very few of us made a commitment to collect absolutely everything released from day one of Legends- very few could afford to! I think you're absolutely right.
  3. Certainly saves some hassle, but increases others- ie. one that my circumstances make non-negotiable: cost. Here, postage is free with Prime- from across the sea, the base/unit price is lower, but by the time I pay postage and duty/import charges- just makes this unmanageable. International orders are just becoming untenable, especially with all costs up before shipping's even taken into account (and the UK being in one of the worst economic messes, globally, means I'm hanging onto collecting by a thread, now). Thanks, though- in better circumstances it'd be a fine solution.
  4. Anybody found this on UK Amazon yet? (Or are we doing the usual: Hoping on a random time when it still doesn't show up in the search results, so you have to scour everywhere you can imagine for a link with a mysterious code, crossing your fingers it's still there or you get the chance to be notified of the minute and a half it's added again? Lol)
  5. I like the Hulk heads (I think I like the open mouth more than the other). Ugly, but no problem with that here. I don't like the colour application on the body at all, though. The highlights (really bluntly applied and without a sense of a realistic light source, just like with retro Thing) is a bizarrely off contrast. Not even remotely close in tone. There's a subdued, natural green base, then an afterthought of sloppy neon that clashes. Looks like a child's customised it. No paint apps are better than bad paint apps.
  6. Is that a Retro F4 Super Skrull BAF re-release hint, too? Been asking for that. Excellent. Also like the implication Iron Spider will be retro carded, and obviously very excited for Lizard. Animated Magneto would be great, too. Gonna be a very expensive year.
  7. Yeah, some expectation management would be sensible. There's always speculation, but right now there's a LOT- realistic and not, positive and, especially, negative. People are much more positive and much more patient when they know what's coming down the road (especially at a time, now, when incomes are stretched and prices are creeping and creeping and creeping, making for more negativity overall). Time to cheer some collectors up with clarity.
  8. Really odd selection. And one I'm not very excited by, if I'm honest. Not actually that sad, though, personally. The last few anniversary waves have hit my account too hard, and with price rises now: I'll appreciate the break (plus the Spidey selection sounds like it'll take too much of my money as it is). Hope Scorpion is on the retro card back, though. Would be such a shame for Spidey classic characters to be otherwise, now; especially re-releases/re-dos.
  9. For the Lucasfilm Anniversary year, although all of the releases across the Black Series were Anniversary themed; they still came presented in appropriate sub-line branding/packaging (eg. There was a Phantom Menace sub-line on cardbacks representing those, a Clone Wars set on Clone Wars cardbacks etc) - It would be sensible if these were the same. So- Some Toybiz cardbacks, Scorpion, rightly, on the retro Spidey cardback, Apocalypse and blue Beast part of the animated sub-line... Etc... All of these then make much more sense: released to celebrate 20 years, but still on appropriately branded packaging, but with the excuse to up charge them.
  10. A great wave, I think. Superb likenesses, lots of new sculpting... A little too bright and gaudy in the colour department, as has become the norm, now; but otherwise: brilliant. A pity about the deluxe pricing on the Defender Strange (I can see it needs to be deluxe with that piece, but it feels like it still needs a little something extra, too, to properly justify it), but otherwise a really cool set.
  11. These look great! Got my 3 ordered- really hoping they release the Super Skrull in the retro F4 packaging like they did the Kingpin BAF in the retro Spidey line, too, now. (If they do, because they're still available in the UK, I'm down for another regular Skrull, too, to flank him either side equally.) I've said before, but I wish Kang had come in the retro packaging now, too (like Doom did, 'shipper' and all) - even though I'm an opener. Really enjoying the F4 sub-line, despite the faults.
  12. This Vulture seems to have been completely ignored in the UK. Really annoying. We have great fan channel stores that always dealt with these exclusives brilliantly in the past and now there's more and more items that seem to be unavailable to them, so nobody knows where to get them and they disappear into a void. Perfectly understandable that the actual product might not be available yet, but for there to be no actual pre-order or listing- or information- shows some disdain for your customers, surely. The UK always used to pay loads more than the US, but with the offset that at least the product was available at reliable sources- now we're paying even more again and the distribution channels are worsening. A real shame to see so much mismanagement.
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