If they run out, can they produce more? I think that's reasonable, unless the limited production run was marketed as a selling point. I was planning on picking up one of these dudes at Botcon..
It's less about the limited run being a selling point, and more about the difficulty of getting the factories to do it. Punch/Counterpunch demonstrates that it may well be possible, but I wouldn't want to make any bets on it happening.
Why would the factories be unwilling to do another run? Assuming Hasbro doesn't have any issue. I don't know the logistics so I don't know what all would be involved in doing another production run. I suppose the production is scheduled with projects back to back to prevent down time. So to do another production run may have to delay all the other projects scheduled behind it. But then they did get another small run of P/CP, so then I'm not sure.
It is not easy to get the factories to do small runs of toys. Why? Because they are small runs of toys, when they could be doing much larger runs of toys that get them more money. I imagine that's why the Club toys this year were produced much closer to when the BotCon toys were. It's much easier for FP to finagle the factory into doing a block of toys all at once rather than one small run and then later another small run.
I'm starting to see why that would be an issue. Initially, my thinking was that they would just make sure they projects lined up back to back to prevent down time. But your post makes me realize how much time it must take to shut everything down, take off and put away the plates in use, find and install the plates to make the parts trees, and then restart all of the machines and get the workers back into the assembling groove. That could take literally all day to tear down and set up. Assuming there's not more to it and they can do all the set up in a day, that's still a full day they aren't producing something.
But then at the same time, are they paid per piece or per production run? I suppose it would come out the same either way.
Edited by Magick, 03 February 2012 - 12:34 AM.
How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?