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@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:59 AM)

Probably gonna assemble Devastator after work.

@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:58 AM)

Ooooh. Overload arrived. He's surprisingly fun.

@  Bass X0 : (02 July 2020 - 04:00 PM)

He's sweeter than the average bear.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 July 2020 - 03:14 PM)

Convert him to Maple Syrup.

@  Bass X0 : (02 July 2020 - 03:10 PM)

what would Canada do with Yogi?

@  Cyoti : (01 July 2020 - 12:51 PM)

We can deport Yogi back to Canada now.

@  Sabrblade : (01 July 2020 - 12:50 PM)

Jellystone National Pawk. A westful wetweat.

@  Rycochet : (01 July 2020 - 12:47 PM)

Jellystone. We're going to be plunged into a decade of poor animation. Fortunately we've been led by bad cartoon characters for years so we won't notice much difference.

@  Maximus Ambus : (01 July 2020 - 06:19 AM)

what next? YELLOWSTONE?

@  Nevermore : (01 July 2020 - 05:46 AM)

Thanks, dead person.

@  Bass X0 : (01 July 2020 - 05:06 AM)

congratulations to all survivors of the first half of 2020.

@  wonko the sane? : (30 June 2020 - 10:21 PM)

21 for me, but after numerous repetitions I got it down to 17 and a half.

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 June 2020 - 06:16 PM)

I transform in six steps from human to human sitting on my ass at the computer and back again!

@  -LittleAutob... : (30 June 2020 - 05:55 PM)

x-x when in vehicle mode we can travel much F A R T H E R-

@  wonko the sane? : (30 June 2020 - 05:52 PM)

Because despite the fact that we can travel around the world in the time it takes to get a good nights sleep and a couple of meals: people rarely wander more than 25 miles away from home for the duration of their lives.

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 05:49 PM)

I don't know how many days that trip takes - especially while sightseeing - but explaining they're 3936 kilometers (2445 miles) apart gives an idea, paradoxically because it is too large to easily picture.

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 05:44 PM)

Aye.  When I catch lay people discussing miles and not how long the trip takes, it is in an attempt to stress how far away something is... like NYC to LA.

@  ▲ndrusi : (30 June 2020 - 01:20 PM)

But I can imagine 45 *minutes* easily.

@  ▲ndrusi : (30 June 2020 - 01:20 PM)

I can imagine a mile, it's a distance I've run. I can't really imagine 45 miles.

@  ▲ndrusi : (30 June 2020 - 01:19 PM)

I think there's also an element of the thing where things that are much bigger than us all blur together.

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 11:49 AM)

If you're not, then you're more concerned with how long it takes.  Actual distance doesn't tell you that very well.  Besides traffic and road conditions, you'll need to know what kind of driving (city/interstate/rural/etc.).

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 11:47 AM)

Distance matters if you're being paid by the mile.

@  TM2-Megatron : (30 June 2020 - 11:44 AM)

Canadians are the same way, for the most part. If you're driving somewhere far, especially, it helps you plan out the day more than a distance in KM would.

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 11:42 AM)

We use the time it takes to get someplace because that is what is relevant to us.

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 June 2020 - 10:55 AM)

Because even we can't figure out miles half the time.

@  Paladin : (30 June 2020 - 09:54 AM)

it's a big country with a lot of empty space. between our citizens' ears.

@  Bass X0 : (30 June 2020 - 09:52 AM)

Why do most Americans measure distance by hours of driving?

@  TM2-Megatron : (29 June 2020 - 07:26 PM)

And as a result the world's lone blu-ray release of the film, an Australian disc that came out 7 years ago, now goes for hundreds of dollars on eBay. Thanks Disney.

@  TM2-Megatron : (29 June 2020 - 06:21 PM)

Well, they censored Daryl Hannah's butt in Splash :rolleyes

@  Paladin : (29 June 2020 - 05:43 PM)

maybe New Mutants is too bad even for D+.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 June 2020 - 05:00 PM)

X-Men films are coming to Disney+ next month. But will they censor Hugh Jackman's butt?

@  -LittleAutob... : (29 June 2020 - 12:44 PM)

Pft.

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 June 2020 - 11:59 AM)

Behold! Night Strike Galvatron!

@  Bass X0 : (29 June 2020 - 09:53 AM)

I will grant you a recolored body, and recolored troops to command.

@  Cybersnark : (29 June 2020 - 09:47 AM)

I don't want to be reissued. This body sucks, I wanna be updated.

@  Nevermore : (29 June 2020 - 09:43 AM)

I definitely don't intend to be reissued. Nobody would buy me.

@  Bass X0 : (29 June 2020 - 08:31 AM)

will anybody else attempt to be reissued?

@  wonko the sane? : (29 June 2020 - 07:51 AM)

*Gasp* Decepticons re-writing history to serve their own needs?!?!

@  Nevermore : (29 June 2020 - 05:48 AM)

The whole point of the DJD is that they're fanatical Megatron fanboys (especially Tarn) to the point of having their own headcanon taking priority of the actual canon, simply speaking.

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 June 2020 - 04:01 AM)

They didn't know the war was over until later. And then they denied it anyway.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 June 2020 - 10:47 PM)

"He's comin' right for us!"

@  Telly : (28 June 2020 - 08:40 PM)

was that even still in effect once the war ended?

@  TheMightyMol... : (28 June 2020 - 06:51 PM)

According to Roberts, soldiers can ignore the order to spare Whirl if he's directly threatening them. But mostly the DJD were out of their heads on Nuke and not really caring much at the time.

@  Xaaron : (28 June 2020 - 06:41 PM)

Also, they were hopped up on goofballs at the time.

@  wonko the sane? : (28 June 2020 - 06:06 PM)

Cause it was whirl. He opened his (non-existant.) gob at the just the right time to piss somebody off. Or, so I assume.

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 June 2020 - 06:00 PM)

If Whirl was off limits why did the DJD kill him?

@  TM2-Megatron : (27 June 2020 - 05:57 PM)

That sounds about right. I actually didn't get into it until the IQ expansion came out (which saved me a bit of expense)

@  Otaku : (27 June 2020 - 05:55 PM)

Weird question (and sorry for so many shouts): did Overpower really release in August of '95?  I could have sworn I attempted to play it with a classmate who shouldn't have been a classmate by that point.

@  Otaku : (27 June 2020 - 05:52 PM)

So... I don't have all my cards still somewhere. XP I still play Pokémon via the PTCGO, and I've been doing Card of the Days over on Pojo (on and off) since 2013.

@  Otaku : (27 June 2020 - 05:51 PM)

For both financial, personal, and practical reasons, all my collectibles had to go about 10 years ago: action figures, comic books, card games, RPG books, video games.


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#81 NightViper

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 03:15 PM

QUOTE(Dake @ Sep 2 2011, 04:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Powered Convoy @ Sep 2 2011, 10:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No answer for #2 aye?


QUOTE(NightViper @ Sep 2 2011, 10:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nah. That's usually the GI Joe Q&A MO. Ask three questions and they'll pick two of them to answer.


Well, that and the fact the question has been asked numerous times in slightly different ways over the last couple of years. It really is just a "will you make figure X" question. I'm glad they ignored it vs the usual, "We're always excited to leave the doors open to future possibilities but no plans for now -stay tuned!"


Well...yes... icon-hotrod.gif

But the ask 3 get 2 thing has been going on for about as long as the Allspark has been participating.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 03:27 PM

QUOTE(NightViper @ Sep 2 2011, 03:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But the ask 3 get 2 thing has been going on for about as long as the Allspark has been participating.

True, true - though they are known to answer all three if it's something they feel like doing.

In any case, I've got my next question request based on their response to JoeBattlelines' question actually.

Q: In the last round of QnAs regarding exclusives it was stated that, "Typically we choose figures that would never be produced in mainline. The mainline sales just wouldn't support the development costs. We are able to get away with more with our SDCC exclusives." (bolded for emphasis) This seems contradictory. Mainline sales don't support the cost, so how does exclusive tooling for a limited release support the cost? In the aftermarket, Pink Zarana was selling for 80+ dollars though she has sold for as little as thirty recently. Cold Slither has sold for anywhere from 50 to 100+. The market is there, the buyers are there, the money is there. The only thing that isn't there is the quantity being offered for sale. What is the benefit of frustrating fans and feeding scalpers over making a few more and selling them for a little more? The nature of exclusives is fine and the Cold Slither version of Zarana was perfect for the lucky few, but surely we would all be happier to give you our money for the pink version than watch scalpers get fat off of the Hasbro team's hard work. Can you elaborate on this seemingly counter-intuitive strategy - how can something that is cost-effective to design, tool and produce in limited quantities not be even more effective in even marginally larger numbers?

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#83 Chip

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 04:09 PM

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Number three kind of sounds like bull to me. It doesn't exactly explain the 12" Snake Eyes and Storm Shadows that went nowhere, and the odd lesser 12" subline from the movie.


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Posted 02 September 2011 - 07:05 PM

QUOTE(Chip @ Sep 2 2011, 04:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Spark @ Sep 2 2011, 01:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Number three kind of sounds like bull to me. It doesn't exactly explain the 12" Snake Eyes and Storm Shadows that went nowhere, and the odd lesser 12" subline from the movie.


In this day and age, more kids than ever have family members or people they know involved in the ninja arts.


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#85 Spark

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 08:28 PM

Ninjas' family members would NEVER know.

Otherwise, they weren't ninjas.
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 09:32 PM

QUOTE(Spark @ Sep 2 2011, 01:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Number three kind of sounds like bull to me. It doesn't exactly explain the 12" Snake Eyes and Storm Shadows that went nowhere, and the odd lesser 12" subline from the movie.

They're referring to this newest 12" attempt, not the 12" attempts made during Rise of Cobra.

And I would've bought the 12" Storm Shadow if he'd come with the voice clips, but in my bilingual area all he had was laser gun sounds.

You're far too young to be this bitter and angry at the world....

I'm reading that with Roy's voice. Heck, I read everything you post in a laconic Irish accent.

 


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Posted 03 September 2011 - 04:53 PM

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Not entirely true-- there's a big difference in pricing, and margins.

A basic figure costs $8 and sells for less than that-- I've been asked not to say how much, but the margins aren't and never were great on Kenner or Hasbro action figures. (Particularly if Wal-Mart is in a price war mood.)

Meanwhile, an SDCC figure gets to sell for $14. Even when you factor in the Star Case and retail space (booth), it's still a huge, huge markup for Hasbro over what Target would pay for a regular figure, plus Hasbro gets 100% of that. Even if all Hasbro nets per SDCC Zarana is $8 of that $14, that's still significantly better than what they make off an $8 Steel Brigade figure at the Toys R Us or your favorite online toy shop. They also don't necessarily have to deal with as many distribution steps-- depending on their supply chain, it can go straight from the factory to the boat to SDCC, rather than having to make stops off in Hasbro's distribution centers or the DCs of various retail giants.

I don't know Hasbro's quantities on an SDCC release vs. normal basic Joes these days, but I do know SDCC items get significantly better margins, cost more to the consumer, and actually GET marketing support because every blog under the sun will report on them. You might see MTV or CNN mention an SDCC figure, they'll never mention the regular stuff, it's a great way to make something for collectors that stands a chance of succeeding due to the hype and the heat from the show.

Add to the mix retro packaging and a figure sculpted in the 25th Anniversary "classic" style AND the fact that the main line includes NO female figures right now, and this is probably Hasbro trying to cover their butts by putting this particular figure out in the safest possible environment to guarantee a speedy sell-through.

Seeing how Low-Light was very 1980s-ey in his look, they could probably stick in more "classic" figures and do just fine, and I'd be genuinely curious to see how a female figure would sell through in Joe these days. Obviously, Hasbro isn't as curious, so at least we got A Zarana which will probably get cheaper and cheaper on eBay as time goes on rather than no Zarana at all.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 05:12 PM

So in other words, there is zero excuse for not making more exclusives, because they can make MORE money off of them. That's essentially my point though maybe I should reword the question slightly. NV does a great job with the editing though normally. icon-hotrod.gif
 
 
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#89 Adam16bit

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 05:53 PM

QUOTE(Dake @ Sep 3 2011, 05:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So in other words, there is zero excuse for not making more exclusives, because they can make MORE money off of them. That's essentially my point though maybe I should reword the question slightly. NV does a great job with the editing though normally. icon-hotrod.gif


Not quite-- there's zero excuse for not making more *Comic-Con* exclusives, or exclusives they sell directly. Zarana and the SDCC items would be a sneak peek into what Hasbro might do if they adopted a Matty model-- a figure costs twice as much and comes with a repaint right off the bat. Good? Bad? Certainly different.

Hasbro doesn't like to sell exclusives directly as much because (from some conversations) they prefer to sell to their biggest customers-- it's a lot of work to warehouse, pick, pack, and ship items to individual retail consumers (i.e., collectors) when you can sell a LARGER number to Wal-Mart and only have to interact with one very large client. I believe I was told that the reason their old toy shop, HasbroCollectors.com shut down, was largely due to complaints from some of Hasbro's biggest clients not wanting Hasbro to compete with their business. (Which is sort of ridiculous, as Wal/K/Target/TRU make up like 80%+ of the business in the USA.)

Exclusives tend to be lower run and in the 1990s were treated as a "thank you" to a large customer, as back then with the bigger brands, it was a real novelty and it might actually cause more customers to go to your store. Today... well, not so special. But considering the numbers Wal-Mart or Costco or whoever can move, they're still a good and important part of the business... but Wal-Mart and Hasbro probably wouldn't be particularly thrilled with the results of a Joe exclusive in 2011. (With the movie in 2012, this may be a different story.)

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 07:34 PM

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Not quite-- there's zero excuse for not making more *Comic-Con* exclusives, or exclusives they sell directly.

There ya go - that's what I was getting at.
 
 
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 01:47 PM

*Bump*

Questions are due Monday!

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 01:55 PM

BTW, the answers are set to be returned October 21st. That's after NYCC.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 02:37 PM

Can you share the story behind Shadow Tracker? He's a really unusual figure, with his mask over a skull-like face, but we have no information at all about his character or personality. What's this guy's deal in the world of G.I. Joe? If there isn't any bio information available, could you ask the figure's designer for something from behind the scenes?
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#94 Dake

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 02:48 PM

Well, I'll resubmit a reworded version of my earlier rant that may have a better chance of receiving a response.

Did the extremely rapid and absolute sell-out of SDCC Zarana - and her continued high secondary market prices - offer any positive support to the powers that be regarding female figures in the GIJOE line? While the line may have a hard time supporting four figures in drab gray and black, figures like Helix in the main retail line and now Zarana seem testaments to the idea that original and well-executed women can be as compelling as their male counterparts. We are very excited to see the upcoming Renegades Scarlet and hope that maybe the door has been reopened to a Renegades Lady Jaye, Jinx or even a Zanya?

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 03:17 PM

The Cobra (The Enemy) figure was released in the 30th line with two variants (one with fewer accessories). In addition, ALL of the released Renegades figures (Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Firefly) have seen a rather notable number of accessories dropped, despite being mentioned on the figures' packaging (or shown at trade shows). Could the reasons behind this be elaborated on, and can we expect to see this in future figure releases?

2. There is a significant gap in the price points for GI Joe. There are no products prices between $6.99 (3.75 single figures) and $19.99 (Basic 12" figures and 3.75 Bravo vehicles). Why did this occur?

I can probably extrapolate answers based on past trends and actions, but I'm curious to read Hasbro's response.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:50 PM

Those are both good questions that could probably be artfully combined into a two-for.

Something like:
It appears the current waves of 30th Ann figures seem to be shipping with fewer accessories than the last of the Pursuit of Cobra carded, likewise it appears the midrange Alpha-class pricepoint is gone all together. Do these indicate a permanent shift in the future direction of the line or is it just a transition period and what might we expect down the road?

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:51 PM

QUOTE(Steevy Maximus @ Oct 1 2011, 04:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Cobra (The Enemy) figure was released in the 30th line with two variants (one with fewer accessories). In addition, ALL of the released Renegades figures (Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Firefly) have seen a rather notable number of accessories dropped, despite being mentioned on the figures' packaging (or shown at trade shows). Could the reasons behind this be elaborated on, and can we expect to see this in future figure releases?

IIRC, didn't a previous Q&A even state something about the accessory packouts and how they were trying to give more bang for your buck? Would be interesting to dig that up and append it to this somehow, but I'm not sure that could be done without getting confrontational and sounding entitled. I'd prefer to send them a "so what changed?" than a "WHAT THE HELL?!", you know? icon-hotrod.gif

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:57 PM

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IIRC, didn't a previous Q&A even state something about the accessory packouts and how they were trying to give more bang for your buck? Would be interesting to dig that up and append it to this somehow, but I'm not sure that could be done without getting confrontational and sounding entitled. I'd prefer to send them a "so what changed?" than a "WHAT THE HELL?!", you know? icon-hotrod.gif


Yep - they responded a couple of times saying they were actively trying to include more accessories in response to the positive feedback from the collector community. Maybe it got too expensive but I am curious as to the change.
 
 
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 06:55 PM

QUOTE(SwiftEagle @ Oct 1 2011, 03:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can you share the story behind Shadow Tracker? He's a really unusual figure, with his mask over a skull-like face, but we have no information at all about his character or personality. What's this guy's deal in the world of G.I. Joe? If there isn't any bio information available, could you ask the figure's designer for something from behind the scenes?

I want this one answered.

My question:
The 30th Anniversary figure filecards seem to be subtly weaving a background story regarding "Compound Z" and the Zombie Vipers (when they appear). This is much more artful approach than straightforward line themes, like "Valor vs. Venom" and "Spy Troops" in the past. Will this welcome trend be continuing?
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:57 PM

I thought of another:

In the days of ARAH the mini-poster-sized pack-in toy adverts were fantastic; they were full of all the greatness we had to look forward to for that season. These have slowly scaled back to the small fold-up pack-ins that have perhaps one wave worth of figures and the couple of vehicles. Now, the most recent 30th Anniversary figures such as Renegades Firefly, Duke and Cobra Commander are being packed with the same old Wave 1/2 Pursuit of Cobra ad with figures that - Arctic Destro aside - haven't been on pegs for going on a year now. If these pack-in ads aren't being updated for the new line, why include them at all?

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