Seibertron wrote: Metrosuplex wrote:
Now I'm bummed to think any Club figures will not be getting official figures: namely, Depth Charge and Rampage!
Those two REALLY need some updates/re-releases!
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!
But now it comes down to how well the BW revivals will sell?
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.
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.
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.
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!