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Update from FPC

Postby daimchoc » Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:16 pm

Update from FPC: http://www.fansprojectcore.com/news/2012/10/03/fpc-where-are-you-at

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 2:08 PM
There has been a lot that has happened in a few months with Fans Project Core (FPC) - some very exciting announcements, a great outing at TFCON and a release of a particular blue robot too on top of all this. This is just the tip of the iceberg and we are looking towards the next stretch.

But first, we would take this opportunity to talk about FPC and this new direction that we’ve been trying to take Fans Project (FP) products in. From individual emails to some very public discussions about the site’s purpose and its future... the feedback has been very active and generally very positive.

As a collective, there have been many discussions and debates on how these kinds of announcements should be handled and what the focuses should be. We’ve spoken with PR reps for larger companies and consulted with professionals in the industry to give us more insight. In the end we concluded that the best route was to observe some of the etiquette in doing PR, but ultimately just keep it simple and speak unfettered from the heart whenever it’s right. FPC is just simply not that kind of company to create the most politically correct and expected general statements of other companies.

So here goes...

Many have asked us about the relationship between FP and FPC. It’s very simple... FPC is its own registered company in North America - not just a website, and it is not a division of FP. FPC was given a kickstart by Boris Chow, an owner of a technology development company and toy enthusiast who has been active in promoting independent toy products in the industry for the past 4 years.

FP has a relationship with FPC in that we know the people heading up FP very well and have the same spirit and enthusiasm for the production and releases of exciting independent products. FP is a team of fanatic toy enthusiasts and designers that had one purpose when they started... make awesome products for the TF community to enjoy in their collections. What started with add-on accessories became more than they dreamed - full-featured figures.


The Start of Fans Project

With that said, FP started with a very small footprint and had no idea it would become what it is today. Along the way of this organic discovery, they realized that as their dreams were becoming a reality, so was the other reality of a growing business. Communications and resources to handle more than just being crazy and creative became more of a focus - something the main team could not afford if they were to continue creating great products.

That’s when FP enlisted the help of Boris to kickstart what is now FPC, a community that would be able to run itself by offering exclusive products and help to facilitate consumer-based feedback and responses, without over-extending FP as a company itself.


The Start of Fans Project Core

Fast forward to this year and you can see that FPC has finally brought something to market. Much like FP, FPC was also founded on some crazy ideas and enthusiasm. We didn’t know if it would work and have been taking it slow to make sure we can manage the response. We too have had many budget issues as without a product, we had no way of supporting the resources we needed. So despite all the big ambitions, we had to start with a small footprint as well.

FPC has been two years in the making already and although it seems trivial to set up a site and sell things on it, there was much more to the logistics of what goes on in the background. Everything from language barriers of dealing between two regions, to finding the right platform for the technology of the member-driven site, and just basic budget and resource constraints made getting this off the ground a major effort in itself.

We thankfully had help from the community in writing efforts, web development, fulfillment, legalities and general consulting, but even those resources were on borrowed time. In the end we had to get something going to start getting the resources we needed to manage the site and its ambitions and mostly, we needed the support from fans who would want to see something like this grow into its full potential.

It took many talks to convince FP that FPC needed a flagship product - something that also made the community different than what has already been available. Finally we got FP to take a chance on us and Steel Core, a character not based on anything. At first we must say we were nervous. However, when we saw the first run of Steel Core sell out like it did, and had skeptics that said they would never purchase or buy into this figure, we knew that we had something.

Although FP applauds FPC for its recent success and its crazy ambitions, FPC has had to earn its keep just as other organizations that represent FP products. FPC is much more than a place to retail FP products, but we are treated no different than any other retailers by the manufacturer. We have to prove we can do the numbers to keep selling products directly to the consumer.


FPC’s Goals and Mandate

Having said that, the mandate of FPC is to be different - rather than just being a retailer, we wanted to create a community around stories and push FP products in a direction that can support its designers’ own unique characters and ideas.

Our purpose is to enrich the already great products and fan base surrounding FP. What this means is that FPC is not mandated by FP to be the exclusive retailer of all things FP, though exclusive products will be something that we will be working at, to continue to reward members with, much like other fan clubs that support other toy lines.

What FPC does not want to take away from the rest of the community is the respect for the retailers that have already been and will continue to support FP products. These retailers which we do not even have to name, have supported not only FP products but other great independent products from the start. Some of these industry pros even have helping hands in supporting the resources FPC needed to get off the ground.

At the end of the day, the people involved with FPC are not only driven by FP and Boris’ vision, but are enthusiasts of independent toy producers at large. To see such art and engineering come from such small groups and sometimes even a one-person team, is not only exciting but it shows how this new online economy and evolving production capabilities have allowed companies small and large to have direct relationships with their fans and deliver these great ideas and products to their doorstep.

We know this produces a lot of demands, expectations, debates and sometimes pure frustration in a growing model, but this is one of the times that fans and the industry alike need to take a step back and realize how far it has come and what it took to get here. This is amazing not only from the perspective of a fan of toys, but from anyone that can appreciate the work it takes to bring a product from concept to what ends up in a customer’s hands.

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge that it takes some crazy thinking and enthusiasts to lead this charge and give all of these crazy ideas life, and to give credit to all the retailers that have brought these great independent and large-scale toys to market. Without all of this, the envelope certainly would not be pushed.

And most importantly, we as the industry need to take a step back and thank all the fans that have supported this and made this a reality.

Let’s all remember though what this always should be about... a great toy. This is exactly what FPC believes in and will always put as its priority ahead of sales or exclusivity... we just want to be a part of putting great toys into the hands of the fans.
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby RodimalToyota » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:00 pm

blah blah blah ASSAULTER PRE-ORDER NAOW!
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby Rated X » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:18 pm

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I really hope FPC just makes non TF related figures like Steelcore that I really dont give a crap about. Keep all the G1 related stuff from FP available in large numbers at online retailers. Screw the super exclusive concept.
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby Trikeboy » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:44 pm

Rated X wrote:I really hope FPC just makes non TF related figures like Steelcore that I really dont give a crap about. Keep all the G1 related stuff from FP available in large numbers at online retailers. Screw the super exclusive concept.


Seconded. Assaulter should have been a FP product like Defender. Steelcore is fine as a FPC product.
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby DevastaTTor » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:18 pm

What the hell did I just read?
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby Mkall » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:35 pm

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I think I just read the prologue to a story that's already well under way. It goes a long way to ironing out a couple misconceptions that will be repeated over and over again despite this, but there's no real substance to it.

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Re: Update from FPC

Postby Gauntlet101010 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:53 pm

It's a little wierd that PF Core is not a subsiduary of FP.
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby NOS » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:16 pm

I for one am pretty impressed with the statement. It's times like these that put a little extra sparkle on 3rds and make them shine that much brighter than Hastak. For some like myself it may go on as being an 'already given' assumption from the start, but for others this is a good chance to see FP/FPC's true colors and take from it what they will.

Keep bringing us great toys, FP/FPC!
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby daimchoc » Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:21 am

Update - Special Warbot Bundle: http://www.fansprojectcore.com/product/ ... bot-bundle

$249.97 + shipping for FPC members


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Offered in very limited quantity, FPC is proud to be able to let members in on a special pre-order warbot bundle that gives you the opportunity to own the whole set of this very ground breaking FP series!

This bundle includes the first fully featured FP figure WB-001 Defender, the FPC exclusive WB-002 Steel Core and the much anticipated upcoming WB-003 Assaulter!

All US and International Shipments will be shipped via USPS using Priority Mail and Priority Mail International with Delivery Confirmation (tracking will be provided to customers via email). All shipments destined for Canada will be shipped via Canada Post Expedited Mail (tracking will be provided to customers via email).

Payments by credit card and PayPal will be accepted through the PayPal Payments system.

Please note, this product is limited to 1 bundle per member per shipping address. FPC reserves the right to cancel any orders that are in breach of this policy.

Pre-orders are estimated to open online Thursday, October 4th, 2012 @ 6pm Central Standard Time. However, times are subject to change, so please check back often to check for any changes that may occur. Photos are not representative of final WB-003 colors, final product may change. We will do our best to update photos as they become available.
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby robotmel » Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:16 am

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NOS wrote:I for one am pretty impressed with the statement. It's times like these that put a little extra sparkle on 3rds and make them shine that much brighter than Hastak. For some like myself it may go on as being an 'already given' assumption from the start, but for others this is a good chance to see FP/FPC's true colors and take from it what they will.

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Re: Update from FPC

Postby Kibble » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:15 pm

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I read the long, drawn out dissertation and about all I came away with is FPC is not FP. Whether it is or isn't...who cares?
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby daimchoc » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:08 am

http://www.fansprojectcore.com/news/2012/10/05/warbot-bundle-update

Warbot Bundle Update
Friday, October 5, 2012 - 9:32 AM
Hi Everyone,

It has come to our attention that some users are having issues with orders being associated with their account. We have looked into this and the orders are all there, the paypal payments are associated with the proper orders and paypal confirmation receipts have been sent out.

Something happened in the system at the final step, so the status got stuck on a completed payment status for some orders rather than being switched to pending. This was purely based on an upgrade we made to the system previously.

We apologize if this has caused any confusion, and will be fixing the issue shortly. If you have received a paypal receipt, you are reserved. Once we have fixed the issue, all orders should show up in the user history area.

Thanks,

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Re: Update from FPC

Postby daimchoc » Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:41 am

http://www.fansprojectcore.com/news/2012/10/06/warbot-bundle-update-2

Hi Everyone,

The order issue from the other day is now fixed and the order history has been restored. We also took the extra step of double checking paypal receipts for any errors and have a very clean outcome.

So everything should be great. We have also upgraded our systems previously so that tracking numbers will be included once we start shipping. This product is expected to start shipping November 30, 2012. It's an estimated date of release, but should be a pretty accurate.

Thanks,

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Re: Update from FPC

Postby Motorthing » Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:31 am

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Gotta love a Comapny that sticks out an essay on what it is and isn't including that always great to read line "we didn't know if it could work...." after they have used FP's fan community "equity" to sell a $120 figure (Steelcore + shipping) that will end up at whatever we are calling e-tailer retail these days for a great deal less than that. They has months of inactivity on that site when some of this could have been put out for basic buyers info.

As another Sage on the Board already said: Assaulter pre-oder or feck off.
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby daimchoc » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:19 am

from FPC:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 1:06 AM
After some back and forth with the manufacturer, we have confirmed that the bonus mini bots will be packaged with FPC versions of Assaulter together with the box. Due to the huge interest in these, the manufacturer has also noted that these minis will also be available with all retailed Assaulters, but packaged separately.
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby RodimalToyota » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:00 am

BBTS has the pre-order up already, but in this rare case I want to support FPC.
Hurry up with the pre-order!

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Preorders through FPC are up!

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Re: Update from FPC

Postby CADimusPrimus » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:11 am

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Sweet! Got mine on Pre-order as soon as i saw the previous post. I am so glad they decided to sell Assaulter separately.
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby daimchoc » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:16 am

RodimalToyota wrote:BBTS has the pre-order up already, but in this rare case I want to support FPC.
Hurry up with the pre-order!

Edit:

Preorders through FPC are up!

[url] http://www.google.com/product/wb-003-warbot-assaulter [\url]



We have a main thread for this: fansproject-warbot-assaulter-general-release-october-t89861.php

And those have already been posted on the said thread. ;)
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Re: Update from FPC

Postby daimchoc » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:56 pm

c/o FPC site:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 1:32 AM
Just a quick note to all members that shipping for WB-003 Warbot Assaulter pre-orders are all done and on route. Tracking numbers were sent through email to all pre-order holders, so look in your junk mail if you don't see it hit your inbox. We've also included it in your order history in case you cannot find it via email.



All International, Canada and US customers should be expecting their packages to arrive between this week and next. All US packages are shipped USPS Priority, Canadian packages are shipped Canada Post Expedited and International packages are shipped Priority International.



We are still waiting for stock to arrive for Steel Cores, so we hope to ship those right as we get them. We'll have more updates on those once available from the manufacturer.



Thanks to all of the members who supported us in this run and all of our staff who made this shipment happen at lightning speed!
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