The price cut is because:
a) The toys will now be coming in much simpler packaging
b) The Mini-Con pack-ins will be in snap-kit form
c) Many paint operations have been replaced by user-applied stickers
The sticker thing would be strange and bad. Unless it gives them more detail than the Hasbro ones have not comparable details or less details.
I believe the sticker rumor would go with the snap-kit rumor. Since kits aren't usually painted.
I could live with unpainted/stickered Mini-Cons as long as they're as cool as these ones.
Edited by NightViper, 01 February 2012 - 11:07 PM.