The factory not meeting deadlines isn't their fault. I can't fault them any on this.
Regarding the discussion, I know it's been a mixed bag with Botcon/TFCC exclusives. It is an odd set of circumstances... TFCC is in many ways like a 3rd party company, only they have to bow to Hasbro's wishes and rules. (In the sense that they have their own design team, sculpts, bios, comics... independent of the Hasbro universe.) It seems like they have one hand tied behind their backs in a lot of ways (cost, Hasbro supervision, limitations on molds and character choice), but still come through with some good stuff. I'm guessing they don't have a lot of monetary support or discount from Hasbro on manufacturing or such to help drive down prices, if any. Hmm.
As I've said before, I don't envy them being caught between the fans and Hasbro.
But pondering their exclusives, I think the SG storyline and set has been fantastic. Glad it's kept going. Some great looking toys and a rich plot. The SG cassettes are worth the price of entry. Hilarious.
I also loved Runabout/Runamuck, Punch, G2 Ramjet, Sideburn, Scourge, Slipstream, Nightbeat, Dion... As said above, there are a lot of characters we'd not be seeing otherwise. I hope we see more of that. The Animated box set was brilliant, too.
Of the ones I've liked less, I think they got of to a slow start with that red combiner. Also was less of a fan of the Wings box set. (Not sure why. Might just be due to character development in the comic, who knows.)
But I digress. We're going to get the six exclusives eventually. A delay isn't a big deal, as long as the quality is up to par. No worries here.
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