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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Seibertron » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:02 am

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Hero Alpha wrote:I really, really want to get that Barricade and Chromedome. I have a couple questions if someone could answer please: Is it too late to sign up for the club for these figures and how much are they with a sub? How much of a chance would one have to get them without a sub? Thanks for any replies.


1) You can sign up for the club at any time, though the date lines only indicate which annual free figure you'll receive. If you sign up now, you'll get next year's figure: Protoform X aka Rampage
2) The Subscription Service is members only. We've yet to receive details like pricing and availability, but expect those to come after the final reveal.


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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Seibertron » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:05 am

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Metrosuplex wrote:Now I'm bummed to think any Club figures will not be getting official figures: namely, Depth Charge and Rampage! :sad: Those two REALLY need some updates/re-releases! :BANG_HEAD:


I'm sure they will get some love in a couple of years from Hasbro if the upcoming Generations Beast Wars figures sell well and/or are well received by fans. It certainly wouldn't be the first time that the Club released a figure and then Hasbro released the same character a couple of years later. Scourge and Kup I'm looking at you guys!
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby megatronus » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:38 am

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I, for one, thought this was a great interview. Really informative. We rarely get such in-depth updates as to the goings-on of the Club, so this was very much appreciated.

Thanks, Ryan!
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby megatronus » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:41 am

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P.S. I was largely happy with what the Club had to say, but couldn't help but notice that they blamed the factory again...

Transformers Collectors' Club wrote:We find when implemented properly, this is the best way to ship these figures. We are constantly evaluating processes and improving them. Sometimes what we ask for is not implemented in the final version in China and we have no way to change it.
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Mindmaster » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:32 am

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Five bucks says the mystery bonus figure is Rewind.
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Metrosuplex » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:36 am

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Seibertron wrote:
Metrosuplex wrote:Now I'm bummed to think any Club figures will not be getting official figures: namely, Depth Charge and Rampage! :sad: Those two REALLY need some updates/re-releases! :BANG_HEAD:


I'm sure they will get some love in a couple of years from Hasbro if the upcoming Generations Beast Wars figures sell well and/or are well received by fans. It certainly wouldn't be the first time that the Club released a figure and then Hasbro released the same character a couple of years later. Scourge and Kup I'm looking at you guys!


Gotcha, thanks for the info! :BOWDOWN: But now it comes down to how well the BW revivals will sell? #-o I'd like to think, "WELL!", but... as some people say, the "collectors" aren't a large enough portion of Hasbro's market, supposedly.

Honestly, this wave of "Thrilling 30" or "Generations" will be very interesting, if only to see how a collector-focused series sells in comparison to a child-friendly-cartoon series. Hasbro doesn't have a movie out, so I can't help but think this Collector focus is due to desperation over plummeting TF sales (i.e. the figures don't seem to move that much nowadays).

Anyway, it's my belief that there are quite a few G1-fans in the Hasbro offices (the model painter, for one, and probably a few engineers), but the powers above keep the toys to what marketing and financial figures tell them will sell. Your basic, baseless corporate decisions about what constitutes good and bad art, based solely on misleading sales numbers. :HEADHURTS:

The Thrilling 30 would have to sell REALLY REALLY REALLY well in order to garner the kind of attention required for more updates to G1 and BW. Hasbro is more interested in cheaper-to-produce offshoots such as Kreo's and Bionicle TFs. :roll:

Seibertron, just want to say, THIS is what happens when you make business decisions based on pure business, and despite the intention of making logical, well-informed choices, business-based decisions can fail miserably when it comes to art. #-o I.e. As hokey as Michael Bay may have thought robot dinosaurs are, I have a feeling they will be the biggest feature of the films (given the title), and considering how Hasbro has not sold a dinosaur set in quite a while, I doubt Dinobots make financial sense, but strongly believe they make artistic sense.
Mindmaster wrote:Five bucks says the mystery bonus figure is Rewind.

Back on topic, I want to retract my statement about the pairing cassette in this subscription service - the one cassette fits the "one scout" requirement, AND it'd make more FINANCIAL sense for Fun Pub to offer the matching pair in a future sub service (locking completionists in in order to complete the tape set! ;) )
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Metrosuplex » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:57 am

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:2) The Subscription Service is members only. We've yet to receive details like pricing and availability, but expect those to come after the final reveal.


This is why I need to read more carefully! #-o The website even says the figures ship on Feb. 2014, but I just assumed they were mystery figures that had to be pre-ordered ages ago! I'm rather baffled that they are revealing the set this way...

You know what it is? I'm getting confused with the news of the shipping TFSS 1.0 figures, and how people are getting those. This is SEPARATE news from TFSS 1.0. Somehow, I wonder if there's a clearer way to express that on here or on the Club website? :-?

Can anyone tell me what the asking price for TFSS 1.0 was? And how much per figure (if ordered outside the sub service)?

Seems like they go for around $70 each, which is pretty high for deluxes, IMO. #-o
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby TulioDude » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:58 am

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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:24 pm

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Mindmaster wrote:Five bucks says the mystery bonus figure is Rewind.
But we already saw Rewind revealed as a main FSS 2.0 figure.

Metrosuplex wrote:Can anyone tell me what the asking price for TFSS 1.0 was?
Paying in full for all six figures was $282, and paying for each of the three installments throughout the year was $94. And that's all before shipping costs and the $3 online processing fee.
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Mindmaster » Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:27 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:Five bucks says the mystery bonus figure is Rewind.
But we already saw Rewind revealed as a main FSS 2.0 figure.


God dammit, I meant to write "Eject". I always get those two confused for some reason. :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:29 pm

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Mindmaster wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:Five bucks says the mystery bonus figure is Rewind.
But we already saw Rewind revealed as a main FSS 2.0 figure.


God dammit, I meant to write "Eject". I always get those two confused for some reason. :BANG_HEAD:


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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:42 pm

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For a long time I got those two mixed up too. To stop doing this, I decided to think of a mnemonic device to help me remember who's who. Here's how I've come to remember which is which.

Many years ago as a kid, we owned this VCR that had all black buttons on it, and each symbol on the buttons was colored gray. However, the Stop button (which was also the Eject button) had a blue square on it instead of a gray one. And since it was also the Eject button, that means that the Eject button had blue on it, while the Rewind button just had black and gray on it like the rest of the VCR's buttons. So, keeping that in mind, Eject has blue and Rewind does not, so he's black. :D

As an aside, only one other button had its own color: Record, which had a red circle, but I digress.
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Mindmaster » Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:44 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:Many years ago as a kid, we owned this VCR that had all black buttons on it, and each symbol on the buttons was colored gray. However, the Stop button (which was also the Eject button) had a blue square on it instead of a gray one. And since it was also the Eject button, that means that the Eject button had blue on it, while the Rewind button just had black and gray on it like the rest of the VCR's buttons. So, keeping that in mind, Eject has blue and Rewind does not, so he's black. :D


That's... one of the most ingenious memory tools I've ever heard. :shock:
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:46 pm

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Mindmaster wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Many years ago as a kid, we owned this VCR that had all black buttons on it, and each symbol on the buttons was colored gray. However, the Stop button (which was also the Eject button) had a blue square on it instead of a gray one. And since it was also the Eject button, that means that the Eject button had blue on it, while the Rewind button just had black and gray on it like the rest of the VCR's buttons. So, keeping that in mind, Eject has blue and Rewind does not, so he's black. :D


That's... one of the most ingenious memory tools I've ever heard. :shock:


And inadvertently gave way to a new FunPub character: Record, in red.
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Flashwave » Sat Sep 07, 2013 4:20 pm

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Mindmaster wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Many years ago as a kid, we owned this VCR that had all black buttons on it, and each symbol on the buttons was colored gray. However, the Stop button (which was also the Eject button) had a blue square on it instead of a gray one. And since it was also the Eject button, that means that the Eject button had blue on it, while the Rewind button just had black and gray on it like the rest of the VCR's buttons. So, keeping that in mind, Eject has blue and Rewind does not, so he's black. :D


That's... one of the most ingenious memory tools I've ever heard. :shock:


And inadvertently gave way to a new FunPub character: Record, in red.


Great because RIB/FIR and RIR/EIB isn't confusing enough before throwing in an Autobot in Red too..

jelze: One more trick for you then too, Eject is the sports guy, roudy fans tend to get "Eject"ed from games.
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Metrosuplex » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:03 pm

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Metrosuplex wrote:Can anyone tell me what the asking price for TFSS 1.0 was?
Paying in full for all six figures was $282, and paying for each of the three installments throughout the year was $94. And that's all before shipping costs and the $3 online processing fee.


Thanks, Sabr! :BOWDOWN: I'm surprised it's so cheap... I was expecting the $400+ Botcon prices. So how much extra is shipping??? :BANG_HEAD:

282/7 = $40.29. Not TOO bad, given the crazy Botcon prices for similar figures. I'm pleasantly surprised... Might actually buy into something like this - big thanks for the info! :grin: :michaelbay:
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:07 pm

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Metrosuplex wrote:So how much extra is shipping??? :BANG_HEAD:
Depends on the shipping service chosen. They're all different prices, and all varyingly dependent on the base price of the item(s) being purchased.

Metrosuplex wrote:282/7 = $40.29. Not TOO bad, given the crazy Botcon prices for similar figures. I'm pleasantly surprised... Might actually buy into something like this - big thanks for the info! :grin: :michaelbay:
Since the 7th figure is technically free (if one goes for all six), dividing by 6 might be more mathematically accurate. ;)
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Metrosuplex » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:21 pm

Motto: ""Nothing so liberates the heart as when a fool awakens from his folly.""
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Metrosuplex wrote:So how much extra is shipping??? :BANG_HEAD:
Depends on the shipping service chosen. They're all different prices, and all varyingly dependent on the base price of the item(s) being purchased.
:BANG_HEAD: :BANG_HEAD: :BANG_HEAD: I'm very distrustful of "it depends" when asking about shipping. If this were eBay, it'd be SOMEWHAT excusable, but I expect a certain level of planning from larger outfits, so it's a bit odd to see FunPub not include the shipping price in the total. I guess they're trying to "price" the set low, sticking S&H separately, as though it has nothing to do with them or the actual price of the shipped items? :???:
Lame-o. >:oP

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Metrosuplex wrote:282/7 = $40.29. Not TOO bad, given the crazy Botcon prices for similar figures. I'm pleasantly surprised... Might actually buy into something like this - big thanks for the info! :grin: :michaelbay:
Since the 7th figure is technically free (if one goes for all six), dividing by 6 might be more mathematically accurate. ;)

:roll:
You must be like catnip to the ladies! :lol: "Buy 2, get 1 free!" So you're not REALLY paying for 3 - you're paying for 2! ;) Such good consumers we are! :lol: (I hope you don't mind the teasing! :P )

On the other hand, you could say that the 7th figure is NOT free: it costs $282. Since you cannot individually buy the "free" figure, you must pay all $282 to own it, and thus the other 6 figures could be seen as "free" if all you really wanted was the 7th. :-B

EDIT: No, wait - let's go full nerd: 5 deluxes and 2 scouts? So technically, you cannot divide equally, as the size (thus prices) are not equal. So what's the official ratio valuation of deluxe to scout then? 1 scout = 1/2 deluxe? I'm new here, so I'll let a senior member give me the official valuation ratio, as my own determination of said figure would most likely face correction. :roll: From there, we could easily devise the mathematical formula for the exact valuation of these figures, and if we have the shipping rates, we can get even more accurate by including the options.

OR... we could just go with my general calculation of about $40 each. :roll: It's a blue pill, red pill situation? :michaelbay:
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby g1grimlock » Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:38 am

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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Sabrblade » Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:59 pm

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Metrosuplex wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Metrosuplex wrote:So how much extra is shipping??? :BANG_HEAD:
Depends on the shipping service chosen. They're all different prices, and all varyingly dependent on the base price of the item(s) being purchased.
:BANG_HEAD: :BANG_HEAD: :BANG_HEAD: I'm very distrustful of "it depends" when asking about shipping. If this were eBay, it'd be SOMEWHAT excusable, but I expect a certain level of planning from larger outfits, so it's a bit odd to see FunPub not include the shipping price in the total. I guess they're trying to "price" the set low, sticking S&H separately, as though it has nothing to do with them or the actual price of the shipped items? :???:
Lame-o. >:oP
I think it's like this. If you buy something from the Club store that totals out to $10, then there's one set of shipping prices to choose from based on that $10 base price. But, if your purchase totals out to $20 instead, then there's another, slightly higher set of shipping prices to choose from based now on the $20 base price, since the base price is now larger itself.

Granted, it's been a while since I purchased something from the Club store (haven't had to buy anything from the Club, lately) so there could be more to it than what I'm trying to remember. :oops:

g1grimlock wrote:I wonder what the Club meant by "ANOTHER feature for the TFSS 2.0" hmmm I hope it means a headmaster..(cough) Stylor (cough)
The "another feature" is probably just an artistic way of referring to the next figure to be shown. ;)
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Moonshot » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:23 am

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Hero Alpha wrote:I really, really want to get that Barricade and Chromedome. I have a couple questions if someone could answer please: Is it too late to sign up for the club for these figures and how much are they with a sub? How much of a chance would one have to get them without a sub? Thanks for any replies.


1) You can sign up for the club at any time, though the date lines only indicate which annual free figure you'll receive. If you sign up now, you'll get next year's figure: Protoform X aka Rampage
2) The Subscription Service is members only. We've yet to receive details like pricing and availability, but expect those to come after the final reveal.


In addition, you can buy them on eBay by clicking here or from our advertisers. BigBadToyStore.com has them available at http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=265&category=1519



Thanks to both of you for the reply.Those ebay prices don't look too bad since I just want Barricade and Chromedome. Guess I will have to wait and see how much they announce they are through the club. One more question: Can I just buy those 2 as a member of the club or do I have to buy all figures? I saw someone mention that they payed 3 installments over a year for all 7 figures.
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby megatronus » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:27 am

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Hero Alpha wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Hero Alpha wrote:I really, really want to get that Barricade and Chromedome. I have a couple questions if someone could answer please: Is it too late to sign up for the club for these figures and how much are they with a sub? How much of a chance would one have to get them without a sub? Thanks for any replies.


1) You can sign up for the club at any time, though the date lines only indicate which annual free figure you'll receive. If you sign up now, you'll get next year's figure: Protoform X aka Rampage
2) The Subscription Service is members only. We've yet to receive details like pricing and availability, but expect those to come after the final reveal.


In addition, you can buy them on eBay by clicking here or from our advertisers. BigBadToyStore.com has them available at http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=265&category=1519



Thanks to both of you for the reply.Those ebay prices don't look too bad since I just want Barricade and Chromedome. Guess I will have to wait and see how much they announce they are through the club. One more question: Can I just buy those 2 as a member of the club or do I have to buy all figures? I saw someone mention that they payed 3 installments over a year for all 7 figures.

I'm a member, but didn't sign up for the subscription service. I'm still able to order the figures from the Club, but after the fact. For example, they had Scourge in the club store for a couple weeks, and currently have Slipstream up (they'll probably put Circuit up soon, too).
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby Moonshot » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:33 am

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megatronus wrote:
Hero Alpha wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Hero Alpha wrote:I really, really want to get that Barricade and Chromedome. I have a couple questions if someone could answer please: Is it too late to sign up for the club for these figures and how much are they with a sub? How much of a chance would one have to get them without a sub? Thanks for any replies.


1) You can sign up for the club at any time, though the date lines only indicate which annual free figure you'll receive. If you sign up now, you'll get next year's figure: Protoform X aka Rampage
2) The Subscription Service is members only. We've yet to receive details like pricing and availability, but expect those to come after the final reveal.


In addition, you can buy them on eBay by clicking here or from our advertisers. BigBadToyStore.com has them available at http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=265&category=1519



Thanks to both of you for the reply.Those ebay prices don't look too bad since I just want Barricade and Chromedome. Guess I will have to wait and see how much they announce they are through the club. One more question: Can I just buy those 2 as a member of the club or do I have to buy all figures? I saw someone mention that they payed 3 installments over a year for all 7 figures.

I'm a member, but didn't sign up for the subscription service. I'm still able to order the figures from the Club, but after the fact. For example, they had Scourge in the club store for a couple weeks, and currently have Slipstream up (they'll probably put Circuit up soon, too).



Ah, so being a club member is separate from the figure subscription service. Maybe I just didn't pay enough attention when I was looking over their site. I just want those 2 figures so I need to read it again to make sure, thanks.
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:24 am

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Hero Alpha wrote:Ah, so being a club member is separate from the figure subscription service. Maybe I just didn't pay enough attention when I was looking over their site. I just want those 2 figures so I need to read it again to make sure, thanks.


The Subscription Service is entirely optional, but once you sign up for one set you get all 6 figures. Any leftovers will go into the Club Store, but you'll need to be quick as some items sell out within a day.
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Re: Q&A with Transformers Collectors' Club September 2013

Postby GuyIncognito » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:26 pm

Before you decide to forgo the membership/subscription, you might want to do the math. By the time you add up the cost of buying just the two figures you want, you may find it's more economical to get a subscription and get all six. Even if you don't want the other four, you could sell them to pay for the two you keep.
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