And to think they could of had a winner if they had done Shattered Soundwave in the Ironhide mold.
Okay, having read all the boards I see that there are those who REALLY dig Hot Shot as Dion, kind of dig him and don't dig him. fair enough... However, anyone who thinks we just pick things willy nilly are, well, WAY off the mark. We put a TON of thought into the whole process. There are several reasons we picked this mold and this character. First and foremost, this character is someone whom we can really explore. We have said all along that the Wings Universe is a "G1esque" cartoon continuity. Lots of similarities between this one and the toon Universe. However, we did not want to be constrained by all the back story that we have with the toon so now we can have a little more fun exploring his character as well as some others. But the Dion you saw on the cartoon IS the base for our Dion. They are both Dion for sure. Long story short, the 2010 story is going to be a wild ride and we look forward to bringing it to you.
It cracks me up that the Joe fans, when unhappy, accuse us of focusing on Tf's more than Joe. The fact is there are two teams at Fun Pub, one that works on the TF side and one that works on the Joe side and they both get all kinds of attention.
Finally, I left your last line in there, because, well, because trust me, we take in to consideration EVERY toy and the character possibilities...
Indeed, Thanks Pete for responding, regardless of my rant it is good to see you getting involved in the discussions.
also your final line is quite interesting in what you don't say.... Very interesting. If that
is indeed in the works then that alone could justify signing up for 2010 for the chance.
I will grant you that the Wings story is g1ish but not g1, and as such getting to wrapped up before we see the storyline you've developed is potentially a major foot-in-mouth in the making, and I will check it because I have no problem going back and saying I missed the mark, if I feel that will be the case.
Now if at all possible to touch on a part of my post that you didn't quote, could we find out about how our membership dues are broken down? How much of my $69 goes to covering my account expenses? (eg the exclusive figure, postage) Is any of it profit for Fun Publications? Or does the remainder go into running botcon, your office expenses and payroll what not? I'm not asking for a penny by penny breakdown, but I and I think many others would feel a lot better about the fees we pay if we had a better understanding of the business model.
As for the Joe vs TF bit. Despite what you know about your upcoming plans, I would ask that you step back for a second and look at it from a different POV. This year Joe fans were told months ago that they were getting Big Lob. An interesting choice, a character that has a following, which should had, but never received his own figure. (I knew about some bitching about using Mercer's pieces, but it looks right to me) and then TF fans find out that a mold that isn't looked at favorably will be used to give us a one-shot character that for all purposes was forgotten about as soon as the episode ended. (But I do want to know how the 'Dion is Magnus' backers with take this story) I hope that you would also question what went into that call. Also sorry but I have rarely in the Joe boards I follow seen people post that TF members are getting a better deal than they are, I'm not questioning you, I just find it a bit funny. But you have run that club longer so maybe in a few years things will be more even on both sides.
Beyond all that, thanks again for responding Pete, the fact you are willing to seek out complaints on other boards alone builds respect in my books. I look forward to being proven wrong (or right depending on how things go)
One last thing, I referred to Dion being Alley Viper Hot Shot, from the image the colors bo seem to match the Defense of Cobra Island AV, will the blue and orange be similar shades? If they are it could be interesting......