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Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service

Transformers News: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service

Friday, September 7th, 2012 11:58PM CDT

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With just 3 days left to sign up for the TFCC subscription service, fellow fan site Tformers shot some questions toward the club and Pete Sinclair took the time to fire back some answers. You can also see a new shot of Ultra Mammoth chillin with Optimus Primal. Here are the main points from the interview which can be read here.


  • The Transformers subscription service came about due to the great reception from the G.I. Joe subscription service using the same frame work with a few tweaks.
  • With 6 figures planned for the first year the idea was to touch on different mythos and to do a little gap filling.
  • The subscription service replaces the members exclusives but convention exclusives remain unchanged.
  • In the fiction there will be some interaction between at least five of the six characters even though they are from different timelines.

If you want a sneak peak of the comic action, check out the 2 page comic preview we reported a couple days ago.
Credit(s): Tformers
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Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418087)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 8th, 2012 @ 12:41am CDT
Six figures a year instead of two sounds good to me. :D
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418095)
Posted by kirbenvost on September 8th, 2012 @ 1:36am CDT
Wait just a second. Are they saying the free figure will no longer exist?
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418097)
Posted by Bounti76 on September 8th, 2012 @ 1:52am CDT
kirbenvost wrote:Wait just a second. Are they saying the free figure will no longer exist?


I wonder the same thing. I actually purchased the FSS, so I'm okay with that. Depth Charge (the technicolor Terradive repaint) is the free figure for 2013, so maybe after him there'll be no freebies for signing up except for the magazine and discounts that non-memebrs don't get on items in the store.
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418100)
Posted by Kibble on September 8th, 2012 @ 2:02am CDT
If Depthcharge is the best they can do, may as well do away with it... But I don't think that's what they're saying. What else are they going to give you for 40-some bucks?
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418104)
Posted by Bounti76 on September 8th, 2012 @ 2:37am CDT
Kibble wrote:If Depthcharge is the best they can do, may as well do away with it... But I don't think that's what they're saying. What else are they going to give you for 40-some bucks?


I was thinking maybe they'd lower the subscription price if all you'd be getting is the magazine and access to discounts in the club store.
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418112)
Posted by Manterax Prime on September 8th, 2012 @ 3:07am CDT
Sigh, so many figures, so little cash. If only that deadline were nonexistant.
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418119)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on September 8th, 2012 @ 3:58am CDT
kirbenvost wrote:Wait just a second. Are they saying the free figure will no longer exist?


I didn't see "free" anywhere, so they must mean figures like Over-Run and SG Drift which usually come in twos.
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418124)
Posted by Tranzilla on September 8th, 2012 @ 4:31am CDT
I believe they are talking about replacing the boxed exclusives and not the membership incentive exclusive for each year.
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418149)
Posted by SJ21 on September 8th, 2012 @ 7:54am CDT
This whole thing frustrates me. Of all the figures I only want one. I'm not spending that 250 to get one figure and the hassle of trying to sell off the other 5.
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418169)
Posted by gavinfuzzy on September 8th, 2012 @ 9:53am CDT
This replaces the yearly 2 member figure? It's fun pub cheaping out. The member sets come in nice boxes, that are convention grade, and you only have to buy the one you want. These, come in bags, and you have to buy all 6.

So that means if this service runs through next year, members who joined next year will not get to buy 2 of the exclusive figure, and will have to wait till around this time to order all 6 of 2014's figures? What a crappy idea...

Unless 2014's 6 figures are superbly good (This 6 are released in 2013, right?), I'm not signing on next year.
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418217)
Posted by Kibble on September 8th, 2012 @ 1:22pm CDT
I think the problem with this is it's too damn broad. The figures are all over the place. It would be nice if they stuck to a theme so you either likely wanted the entire set or didn't want it at all. I understand they want to appeal to as many as possible, but are they shooting themselves in the foot by having so many people not care about half the set? I personally only want one and have interest in another (but am done buying expensive-ass combiner members that don't combine) but I don't want it bad enough to buy 4 or 5 others I don't give a shit about.
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418247)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on September 8th, 2012 @ 2:58pm CDT
The incentive figure for joining the club will still be there. These just replace the other 2 members figures that must be purchased.
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418263)
Posted by Stormrider on September 8th, 2012 @ 4:00pm CDT
Kibble wrote:I think the problem with this is it's too damn broad. The figures are all over the place. It would be nice if they stuck to a theme so you either likely wanted the entire set or didn't want it at all. I understand they want to appeal to as many as possible, but are they shooting themselves in the foot by having so many people not care about half the set? I personally only want one and have interest in another (but am done buying expensive-ass combiner members that don't combine) but I don't want it bad enough to buy 4 or 5 others I don't give a shit about.


That's how I feel. I only wanted one and have decided it's not worth getting.
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418356)
Posted by Kibble on September 8th, 2012 @ 9:56pm CDT
Isn't the subscription service toy related? Unless it was in the general forum all along...but I thought it started in the toy forum. Forgive my beatseat modding...
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418713)
Posted by rpetras on September 10th, 2012 @ 11:27am CDT
Tranzilla wrote:I believe they are talking about replacing the boxed exclusives and not the membership incentive exclusive for each year.


If that's the case then it seems OK to me.

Kibble wrote:I think the problem with this is it's too damn broad. The figures are all over the place. It would be nice if they stuck to a theme so you either likely wanted the entire set or didn't want it at all. I understand they want to appeal to as many as possible, but are they shooting themselves in the foot by having so many people not care about half the set? I personally only want one and have interest in another (but am done buying expensive-ass combiner members that don't combine) but I don't want it bad enough to buy 4 or 5 others I don't give a shit about.


I think they are hoping you'll be interested in at least 4 of the figs, and thus be more willing to plunk down for the set.

Personally, I like all of them but Circuit, so I'm pretty happy with the selection. However, I still felt the whole thing was priced a little too high. I would have felt a lot better had they priced the set closer to $200, or about double retail for the types of figs offered.

But I fully understand the dilemma of those that only wanted 1 or 2 figs and didn't want to pay for the full subscription. I was in that boat with the Joe set, and couldn't justify the $$$ for a couple Joes. There were several I would have liked, but only 2 or 3 I REALLY wanted.
Re: Pete Sinclair Answers a few Questions Concerning the TFCC Subscription Service (1418751)
Posted by xyl360 on September 10th, 2012 @ 3:46pm CDT
rpetras wrote:
Tranzilla wrote:
Kibble wrote:I think the problem with this is it's too damn broad. The figures are all over the place. It would be nice if they stuck to a theme so you either likely wanted the entire set or didn't want it at all. I understand they want to appeal to as many as possible, but are they shooting themselves in the foot by having so many people not care about half the set? I personally only want one and have interest in another (but am done buying expensive-ass combiner members that don't combine) but I don't want it bad enough to buy 4 or 5 others I don't give a shit about.


I think they are hoping you'll be interested in at least 4 of the figs, and thus be more willing to plunk down for the set.

Personally, I like all of them but Circuit, so I'm pretty happy with the selection. However, I still felt the whole thing was priced a little too high. I would have felt a lot better had they priced the set closer to $200, or about double retail for the types of figs offered.

But I fully understand the dilemma of those that only wanted 1 or 2 figs and didn't want to pay for the full subscription. I was in that boat with the Joe set, and couldn't justify the $$$ for a couple Joes. There were several I would have liked, but only 2 or 3 I REALLY wanted.

Yep, same here. It is a bit pricey, though I did buy in because there is at least 1 figure out of the set that I MUST have (Ultra Mammoth :D). BBTS and other etailers are an option for those who only want 1 or 2 of the figures, though they are a bit costly (still cheaper than a subscription). I guess since there's no limit on the number of sets one can buy, the etailers are ordering a bunch and breaking them up to sell the figures individually, a smart move on their part.
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