tigertracks 24 wrote:Kung Fu Man wrote:Sadly he's right. Let's think about it: if you could buy them at the store from day one, even at a slightly higher price, then it negates the point of going to the convention at all if you're a toy collector and the rest doesn't matter to you. It's not a pleasant fact of the matter, but it is there.
The point of the convention is not supposed to be the toy exclusives, it's the guests, the dealer room, the panels, the dealer room...
I get that the exclusives should be available to convention goers, but why not offer them to order minus the FREE ATTENDEE FIGURE? Again, while I know they are meant to be souvenirs for the convention that is great, but let other members not able to attend the convention have a shot at pre-ordering. Otherwise, why sell non-attending packages? The boxset is supposed to be a convention exclusive too.
Exactly. I'm not opposed to convention exclusives, but they used to be a special bonus of attending, not the raison d'être.
And regarding exclusivity, I agree that that's the whole point of the free attendee figure and to a certain extent, the customizing class figure. But with non-attending packages available, it's clear that the general intention is for these figures to be a representation of the event as much as a site-specific purchase. If they sell 1500 sets at the event, offer the remainder at a 20% markup to club members through the TFCC website. Don't let such a huge portion of the supply go into the hands of a single dealer.