- Weapon: Diffraction Sword
Great show guys. Loved the discussion about asking the tough questions at Botcon. As for the audience frowning on it, I think that might be due to the audience knowing that Hasbro isnt going to give those questions a straight answer, and maybe they feel we are wasting time by asking? Then again, I often feel that the "when are we going to get a Classics So&So?" questions are pointless, because if Hasbro doesnt reveal a figure at Botcon, they more than likely arent going to give you a straight answer about specific characters. When it comes to our kinds of questions though, Hasbro is also somewhat unwilling to reveal the details of their inner workings and the processes/decisions involved in designing, manufacturing, and distributing their products. Perhaps some in the audience would find those discussions boring and unnecessary? I dunno, I'm looking for the middle ground here.
We'd probably get more done by raising hell at the Club panel. Or at least get some better answers. Maybe if folks like us were more active/vocal/involved in the club itself, they'd be more willing to listen? Then again, I know several people who are relatively familiar with Brian and Pete and that hasn't seemed to do us much good. Maybe we should we try fixing this problem from the inside, get jobs at FunPub and start taking matters into our own hands, lol.
EDIT: The more I think about it, the more I think we should get a group of 5-10 people, go to the club panel, and when it's question time at least 5 of us get in line (in a row) and one by one ask the tough questions, each question somewhat related to the others. The first person brings up online store/server issues, asks what FunPub is doing to resolve them. Seriously, the TFCC website looks like it was made by a high school kid. Maybe that helps appeal to the younger generation, I dunno, but to me it screams "we need help in our technology department". Then someone talks about quantity/availability issues of club figures (they have to realise that if a figure in 1500 or so quantity sells out in 2 days, they could have easily sold twice as many or more). The next person asks about quality issues (aka times when we get ripped off) such as PCP's shrunken head and this year's $15 headband for Soundwave (not to mention his elongated head, which may be intentional to accomodate the headband, and IMO should therefore make the headband free).
They hype hype hype and we hope hope hope. We give them every chance in the book to do awesome shit, and they do have great ideas and often cool stuff, but mostly unwhelming when compared to the hype they built up.
WANTED: Botcon 2007 Dreadwind