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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby xyl360 » Mon May 21, 2012 1:26 pm

I don't see the big problem with the blurred images etc. I mean, of course we want to see actual clear prototype pics, but then people would complain that it's 'unfinished' or 'unpainted' etc.

This type of teaser advertising IS used all the time. I've seen car commercials where they preview a new car/model and don't show the car or just show a sillouette, I've seen movie trailers that don't show any footage from the movie, just dramatic music and (sometimes) a title.

This type of advertising is used all the time and generally they drop in just enough hints for you to know what the product is without giving away any real details on it, and that's exactly what these teasers we get from the third party vendors do. They give us just enough detail to know what the product is (TFC's take on Superion) without giving us any real details on their specific product.

It works, it creates buzz (3 pages of comments so far ;)) and it gives us a heads-up on what's coming in the future, which is especially useful for those who are interested but will need to save up the funds to get it.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby Kibble » Mon May 21, 2012 3:49 pm

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I bet if the buttholes showed a clear pic, there would be more than 3 pages of comments, and most of them would be based on the fig itself instead of how lame blurry pics are or who is and isn't a jagoff... Plus they've already teased the project...so now show us something or shut up and work on the damn thing. And I disagree people would complain about being shown a prototype that actually shows something.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby xyl360 » Mon May 21, 2012 3:53 pm

Kibble wrote:I bet if the buttholes showed a clear pic, there would be more than 3 pages of comments, and most of them would be based on the fig itself instead of how lame blurry pics are or who is and isn't a jagoff... Plus they've already teased the project...so now show us something or shut up and work on the damn thing. And I disagree people would complain about being shown a prototype that actually shows something.

If they are still in the preliminary design phase, then showing any proto pics would be a very bad idea, and is I suspect the reason that they do these teasers.

If, for example, they showed a clear proto pic, but then decided to change the design, people who saw the initial image would be pissed off that they went and changed it at what they perceive as being the 'last minute' (even though the fact is that it's probably pretty early in the dev phase that they start showing us these teasers).

These types of teasers and promos avoid that while still generating more product awareness and buzz within their potential/target customer base (namely us).

Yes it sucks to not see a complete proto or even the final figure in these early stages, but at the same time, it's marketing for their product. They can't do TV ads, so this is their only option so they need to get started much earlier to reach as many potential customers as possible in order to ensure that they'll have a significant market demand for their product once it finally is released.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby Kibble » Mon May 21, 2012 4:03 pm

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xyl360 wrote:If they are still in the preliminary design phase, then showing any proto pics would be a very bad idea, and is I suspect the reason that they do these teasers.

If, for example, they showed a clear proto pic, but then decided to change the design, people who saw the initial image would be pissed off that they went and changed it at what they perceive as being the 'last minute' (even though the fact is that it's probably pretty early in the dev phase that they start showing us these teasers).

These types of teasers and promos avoid that while still generating more product awareness and buzz within their potential/target customer base (namely us).

Yes it sucks to not see a complete proto or even the final figure in these early stages, but at the same time, it's marketing for their product. They can't do TV ads, so this is their only option so they need to get started much earlier to reach as many potential customers as possible in order to ensure that they'll have a significant market demand for their product once it finally is released.


In that case I go back to the stance of 'shut up and work on the damn thing' then... Like I said, it has already been teased, people are aware of their intent to put it out. If they want to show us WIP pics, great, then show them. If they don't, then don't. But the in between **** is just annoying.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby Sodan-1 » Mon May 21, 2012 4:41 pm

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Swindle01 wrote:do we even need a new superion? i figured most people were happy with the superion we got with the Fp add-on kit...

I know you said "most people", but just for the record I wasn't. I'm kind of picky when it comes to the Aerialbots.

JRFitzpatrick7 wrote:TFC made a Bruticus (which they would call Mars, hopefully)

*cough*Ares*cough*

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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby xyl360 » Mon May 21, 2012 4:49 pm

Kibble wrote:
xyl360 wrote:If they are still in the preliminary design phase, then showing any proto pics would be a very bad idea, and is I suspect the reason that they do these teasers.

If, for example, they showed a clear proto pic, but then decided to change the design, people who saw the initial image would be pissed off that they went and changed it at what they perceive as being the 'last minute' (even though the fact is that it's probably pretty early in the dev phase that they start showing us these teasers).

These types of teasers and promos avoid that while still generating more product awareness and buzz within their potential/target customer base (namely us).

Yes it sucks to not see a complete proto or even the final figure in these early stages, but at the same time, it's marketing for their product. They can't do TV ads, so this is their only option so they need to get started much earlier to reach as many potential customers as possible in order to ensure that they'll have a significant market demand for their product once it finally is released.


In that case I go back to the stance of 'shut up and work on the damn thing' then... Like I said, it has already been teased, people are aware of their intent to put it out. If they want to show us WIP pics, great, then show them. If they don't, then don't. But the in between **** is just annoying.

:lol:, I hear ya. But I'm sure that the individuals that handle marketing aren't the same ones working on the actual prototypes/molds etc. Even as a third party company, I'm certain they have some of this stuff compartmentalized (I hope I spelled that right :P).
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby JRFitzpatrick7 » Mon May 21, 2012 7:36 pm

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Swindle01 wrote:do we even need a new superion? i figured most people were happy with the superion we got with the Fp add-on kit...

I know you said "most people", but just for the record I wasn't. I'm kind of picky when it comes to the Aerialbots.

JRFitzpatrick7 wrote:TFC made a Bruticus (which they would call Mars, hopefully)

*cough*Ares*cough*

Sorry. ;)


Since they used the Roman spelling for Herc, I felt Mars fit best because it fits Roman them with Herc and planetary with Uranus!
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby Sodan-1 » Tue May 29, 2012 4:15 pm

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JRFitzpatrick7 wrote:
Sodan-1 wrote:
Swindle01 wrote:do we even need a new superion? i figured most people were happy with the superion we got with the Fp add-on kit...

I know you said "most people", but just for the record I wasn't. I'm kind of picky when it comes to the Aerialbots.

JRFitzpatrick7 wrote:TFC made a Bruticus (which they would call Mars, hopefully)

*cough*Ares*cough*

Sorry. ;)


Since they used the Roman spelling for Herc, I felt Mars fit best because it fits Roman them with Herc and planetary with Uranus!


Ah, yes. Good point. Annoying how the Roman spelling has overpowered the original. It does sound better though. Mars is a more popular name I guess. I just wouldn't want to think of chocolate and caramel everytime I saw the figure.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby craggy » Tue May 29, 2012 8:12 pm

If they're all brand-new Aerialbots, I'd like them to come with a base that is reminiscent of the time-platform that Megatron, Starscream, et al used to send them into the early days of the Autobot/Decepticon war.

Also. Megatron had a flippin' time platform. And he used it to eliminate 5 Autobots from the present day. If he'd just put a little bit of thought into it, we'd all have grown up learning to love our new robot overlords. :CON:
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby El Duque » Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:53 am

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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby Counterpunch » Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:03 am

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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby xyl360 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:45 am

Counterpunch wrote:Jets look outstanding!

Yes they do :)! At first glance I could have sworn the one on the right was just a Classics Starscream until I looked more closely. Very impressive.

I'm not a huge Superion fan, but I suspect TFC is going to get my money with this project.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus Blurred Image (Superion)

Postby wilcosu35 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:44 am

those jets modes look amazing. very clean also. can't wait to see the robot modes tomorrow. yes, TFC is definitely getting my money with this
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus (Superion) Updates

Postby Trikeboy » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:11 am

Those jets are fantastic. I may keep them all in alt mode and use my Hasbro Superion in bot mode.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus (Superion) Updates

Postby njb902 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:26 am

I wonder how fidgety those weapons/tanks under the wings will be.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus (Superion) Updates

Postby Gauntlet101010 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:30 am

They look great ... but I don't know if they look $100 great ...

Hmm ... it'd be nice if these figures came down in price. If I do get 'em, I've learned from my experience with Herc. No preorders for me. I'm going to wait until they all come out and save some money.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus (Superion) Updates

Postby El Duque » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:33 am

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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus (Superion) Updates

Postby Mkall » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:20 am

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El Duque wrote:So much for my FansProject upgraded Superion,.............................................................and my wallet.

It seems that my shelves will be going with TFC Combiners from now on...

If they can push out a combiner a year, then I'll have them all by the time I'm 50.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus (Superion) Updates

Postby Sodan-1 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:37 am

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Dammit they look good. Very good. I appreciate the addition of realistic missiles and such to.

I know I've said it before but I'm going to say it again: why did they have to use the original aircraft models?
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus (Superion) Updates

Postby Kibble » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:03 am

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Has a time frame yet been announced? I hope it's a good ways out as there's too much coming already in the next 6 months.

Either that or robot modes need to really suck...
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus (Superion) Updates

Postby xyl360 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:43 am

El Duque wrote:So much for my FansProject upgraded Superion,.............................................................and my wallet.

Agreed, but not much of a problem for me. Both my FP Superion and my FP Bruticus are customized and use oddly colored versions of the figures that comprise them. Kind of a red and purple (and a lot of clear red and purple plastic) theme going on between them, so they are not my 'Classics' or G1 Superion and Bruticus so this definitely will be my actual 'Superion'.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus (Superion) Updates

Postby Dead Metal » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:48 am

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I hope they scale well with Giant though, as in that they're about his size, if they are I'll replace my current one with them.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus (Superion) Updates

Postby RodimalToyota » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:29 pm

Wow, glad I skipped out on Hercules, I love Military air power, and these look utterly fantastic. I don't care if I have to eat Ramen noodles for 2013, I'm definitely liking what I see here.

If the rear landing gear is actual gear, and not stupid T/H flaps, then it's a done deal. Can't wait to see more.
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Re: TFC Toys Project Uranus (Superion) Updates

Postby Mkall » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:40 pm

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Dead Metal wrote:I have to admit, those look nice.
I hope they scale well with Giant though, as in that they're about his size, if they are I'll replace my current one with them.
If not, I don't really have a place for them.

I wonder if they're going to make all 5 roughly the same size or if Silverbolt is going to lord over them all?
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