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Thursday, September 26th, 2013 2:22PM CDT

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TFSS 2.0 is live and accepting orders! You must be a member of the Official Transformers Collectors' Club to order. The subscription service is priced at $279.00, which can be paid all up front or in installments. Ordering will close on October 17th. See the full press release below:

TFSS 2.0 consists of Barricade with Frenzy, Chromedome with Stylor, Threadshot with Catgut, Thrustinator, Rewind, and Fisitron. Plus a mystery bonus 7th figure.

Click here to order!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 has begun!

Fort Worth, TX – September 26th, 2012 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official Transformers Collectors’ Club, has begun taking orders for the Transformers Figure Subscription Service (TFSS) 2.0. The TFSS 2.0 is only available to active club members. This service is an optional feature and is not included in the cost of the annual Transformers Collectors’ Club (TCC) membership.



The TFSS 2.0 consists of six different Transformers toys. Those who order will receive six shipments starting in approximately February 2014, and then each month after that for a total of six months. Figures will be shipped in a random sequence (figure shipments will be the same for everyone each month) and it will be a surprise each month as to which figure people receive! The last shipment (6th shipment) will include a FREE mystery figure! That’s right, anyone who signs up for the TFSS 2.0 will get a BONUS 7th figure! This 7th figure will never be sold in the club store. The only way to guarantee getting it is to sign up for the TFSS 2.0. 



The limited edition TFSS 2.0 contains a variety of fan favorite characters from across the Transformers mythos, all tied together by a great comic story. The assortment includes Treadshot w/Catgut, Chromedome w/ Stylor, Rewind, Barricade w/ Frenzy, Fisitron and Thrustinator. Three of the figures feature ALL-NEW head sculpts. You will definitely want these toys as part of your Transformers Collection!

Fun Publications will only be taking orders for the TFSS 2.0 thru October 17th so fans will want to order theirs TODAY!

For more information on the exclusive figure offerings of the TFSS 2.0, the comic story behind the toys and membership to the Transformers Collectors’ Club, please visit Transformersclub.com.
About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.
About Fun Publications, Inc.
For nearly 20 years, Fun Publications, Inc. has been a Hasbro licensee offering fans and collectors of pop culture memorabilia news, exclusive product and family events through different print offerings, websites, collector clubs and brand specific conventions such as GIJoeCon and BotCon. Located in Fort Worth Texas, Fun Publications reaches a large audience, serving the United States and many other countries such as Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada. For more information visit TransformersClub.com, GIJoeClub.com, GIJoeCon.com, and BotCon.com. BotCon is a registered trademark of Fun Publications, Inc. (C) 2012 Fun Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520164)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on September 26th, 2013 @ 2:43pm CDT
So soon? I really need more time to save up...but they made the order form look like the 1988 checklist, so I'll pay any price!
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520168)
Posted by Mkall on September 26th, 2013 @ 2:49pm CDT
I like the ad, however there's only one figure I want out of that group, not including the mystery figure, so it's not worth it to me.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520171)
Posted by Manterax Prime on September 26th, 2013 @ 2:54pm CDT
I only want Thrustinator.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520174)
Posted by gothsaurus on September 26th, 2013 @ 2:58pm CDT
Okay. Huge kudos to the guys who put together the collector poster. I'm guessing it's Lanny, who has been a super kind guy in all my dealings with him. He usually does color and packaging if I remember right. Bravo, if that's the case!

The "poster" resembles the 4th one from Hasbro... that featured the Headmasters, if I remember right. (looking at the squares in background.) Mystery bonus figure grayed out, etc. Brilliant. Makes me feel like a kid again looking at it. I'd love one of these for all the years!

Out of all of them, Treadshot sticks out to me as the one I'm most excited about. Given, he's "classics" style. Looks like a good year.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520175)
Posted by GuyIncognito on September 26th, 2013 @ 3:00pm CDT
People are more excited about the poster than they are about the figures.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520176)
Posted by megatronus on September 26th, 2013 @ 3:01pm CDT
Looking at them all together... I'm only REALLY interested in Chromedome and Rewind. I could be into Treadshot and Barricade if I get them in hand, but I'm not sure.

Good thing I have a couple weeks to decide.

Has anyone had a good experience signing up for the service, and then selling off the figures they don't want?

Alternatively, is there anyone who doesn't want Chromedome and Rewind (or who really wants Thrustinator and Fisitron) who would be willing to split a subscription? I'm already a Club Member, FYI, and can do the ordering if needed.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520181)
Posted by Rated X on September 26th, 2013 @ 3:08pm CDT
Ill take Treadshot and Barricade and go the BBTS route.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520183)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on September 26th, 2013 @ 3:12pm CDT
GuyIncognito wrote:People are more excited about the poster than they are about the figures.


The figure reveals are yesterday's news, the poster is all the rage right now :DANCE:
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520184)
Posted by GuyIncognito on September 26th, 2013 @ 3:12pm CDT
Rated X wrote:Ill take Treadshot and Barricade and go the BBTS route.


You'll probably pay $200 for them. Might as well subscribe for $279 and then sell the ones you don't want.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520187)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on September 26th, 2013 @ 3:32pm CDT
I just realized that I'm hearing about the deadline for subscription 2.0's first payment before learning the date for the final installment for 1.0's payment plan! Was that announced already and I missed it?
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520205)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on September 26th, 2013 @ 4:25pm CDT
Really Fun Pub? This should not start until at least a month after the final payment for the 1.0 subscription service is due. Really want to get in on this but I still have to make the final payment for 1.0 which will probably be due right around when the ordering for 2.0 is closed. So I probably wont make it. Stay Classy Fun Pub.

Bumblevivisector wrote:I just realized that I'm hearing about the deadline for subscription 2.0's first payment before learning the date for the final installment for 1.0's payment plan! Was that announced already and I missed it?


Just seen in my email that the final payment is due starting October 2.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520206)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 26th, 2013 @ 4:27pm CDT
Where did that poster come from?
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520208)
Posted by TFStopMotions123 on September 26th, 2013 @ 4:30pm CDT
Wait, you see how Chromedome and Rewind are numbered 1, then 2, and so on? Does that mean they will be released first? Or will it be random?
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520210)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on September 26th, 2013 @ 4:36pm CDT
TFStopMotions123 wrote:Wait, you see how Chromedome and Rewind are numbered 1, then 2, and so on? Does that mean they will be released first? Or will it be random?
Probably just part of the homage to the G1 checklists.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520211)
Posted by Delicon on September 26th, 2013 @ 4:37pm CDT
The "catalog" may be favorite part, moreso than the actual figures.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520221)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on September 26th, 2013 @ 4:58pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:
TFStopMotions123 wrote:Wait, you see how Chromedome and Rewind are numbered 1, then 2, and so on? Does that mean they will be released first? Or will it be random?
Probably just part of the homage to the G1 checklists.


It would be funny if they actually were released in that order. :lol:
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520226)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on September 26th, 2013 @ 5:09pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Bumblevivisector wrote:
TFStopMotions123 wrote:Wait, you see how Chromedome and Rewind are numbered 1, then 2, and so on? Does that mean they will be released first? Or will it be random?
Probably just part of the homage to the G1 checklists.


It would be funny if they actually were released in that order. :lol:
Well, after all of fandom's grousing about not knowing when we were ever getting any of them, that would be hilarious, but even if that actually is FunPub's intent, I have a feeling something or other will go wrong next year too.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520235)
Posted by Rated X on September 26th, 2013 @ 5:54pm CDT
GuyIncognito wrote:
Rated X wrote:Ill take Treadshot and Barricade and go the BBTS route.


You'll probably pay $200 for them. Might as well subscribe for $279 and then sell the ones you don't want.



I have a feeling Barricade and Treadshot are going to be in the $40-70 range like Jackpot/Circut. No new head sculpts will make these the less desirable figures. The hot ones will be Chromedome and Thrustinator. And if Im wrong, 80 bucks plus the shipping that they dont tell you about until you order is some good beer money. ;)
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520254)
Posted by Emerje on September 26th, 2013 @ 7:19pm CDT
Looks like they Photoshoped Chromedome's long head back to normal.

I've been buying Japanese figures all year, I think I can actually swing this...

Emerje
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520259)
Posted by Super Megatron on September 26th, 2013 @ 7:48pm CDT
gothsaurus wrote:
The "poster" resembles the 4th one from Hasbro... that featured the Headmasters, if I remember right. (looking at the squares in background.) Mystery bonus figure grayed out, etc. Brilliant. Makes me feel like a kid again looking at it. I'd love one of these for all the years!


It's actually a nod to the 5th series from G1, when certain pretenders were not released in the earlier waves from that said series (i.e. Bugly, Finback, Groundbreaker, Gunrunner, Iguanus,Roadgrabber, Sky High, and Splashdown) and were given the same silhouette and the same "coming soon" caption.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520260)
Posted by MagnetarPrime on September 26th, 2013 @ 7:57pm CDT
About time the subscriptions go live. I will be placing my order tonight. :grin:
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520268)
Posted by sixshot20 on September 26th, 2013 @ 9:19pm CDT
If I join the transformers collectors club now will it automatically sign me up for next year or this year? because I don't want to pay 42$ sign up for the regular club for this year and than have to pay again for next year :???:
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520270)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 26th, 2013 @ 9:21pm CDT
sixshot20 wrote:If I join the transformers collectors club now will it automatically sign me up for next year or this year? because I don't want to pay 42$ sign up for the regular club for this year and than have to pay again for next year :???:
You have to pay once every year. If you sign up today you will be paying for this year, and your next payment won't have to be made until September 26 of next year.

Though, the subscription service is an additional fee on top of the membership fee.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520272)
Posted by sixshot20 on September 26th, 2013 @ 9:23pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
sixshot20 wrote:If I join the transformers collectors club now will it automatically sign me up for next year or this year? because I don't want to pay 42$ sign up for the regular club for this year and than have to pay again for next year :???:
You have to pay once every year. Signing up now will pay you for this year. Your next payment won't have to be made until the end of September 2014.

Though, the subscription service is an additional fee on top of the membership fee.



Thank you that is much better than I thought :grin:
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520303)
Posted by Metrosuplex on September 27th, 2013 @ 1:12am CDT
I'm thinking Thrustinator is last, just to get people to stick with the Sub for 6 months. Or Chromedome.

I get that they're "random shipments," but my suspicious nature tells me that there's going to be some reason to their madness.

But I'm out. It's more like $321 + $21 insurance, and if Sabrblade's logic is true, that's some $57 per figure (342/6). Not too shabby... if not for the excellent 3rd Party choices out there, siphoning said money. As it stands, most of these are repaints, and I'm not entirely convinced, personally speaking, that a repaint is indeed worth $60. Even with a new head. :-? I think I'd have more fun repainting the original figures myself, and adding more detail. But ehhh, haven't gotten on that quite yet, so it might be a lot harder than it seems...

Everyone else, do enjoy these! I'm very curious to see how many figs flood eBay in a few months! :roll: Specifically, I get the feeling Thrustinator will go for $100+... :BOOM:
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520334)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 27th, 2013 @ 7:25am CDT
Metrosuplex wrote:I'm thinking Thrustinator is last, just to get people to stick with the Sub for 6 months. Or Chromedome.
Maybe. Though, some said the same about this year's TFSS Scourge, yet he was the first one they released. ;)

Metrosuplex wrote:It's more like $321 + $21 insurance,
Where'd you get $321? :???:

Metrosuplex wrote:As it stands, most of these are repaints,
They're all repaints (or, "redecos" actually). While some may get new heads, that's how BotCon/Club toys have always been: Existing toys given new color schemes.

Metrosuplex wrote:and I'm not entirely convinced, personally speaking, that a repaint is indeed worth $60. Even with a new head. :-?
It is when its limited exclusivity and specially-made decos (and heads) are factored it. ;)

Metrosuplex wrote:I think I'd have more fun repainting the original figures myself, and adding more detail. But ehhh, haven't gotten on that quite yet, so it might be a lot harder than it seems...
Oh, I think you'd enjoy the BotCon customization classes, then. :D
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520343)
Posted by GuyIncognito on September 27th, 2013 @ 8:18am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Metrosuplex wrote:It's more like $321 + $21 insurance,
Where'd you get $321? :???:


$42 membership fee + $279 subscription fee = $321

Although if you're adding in the $42 membership fee, you also have to remember that that $42 is essentially paying for the "free" membership figure. So for $321 you get the subscription figures AND the membership figure.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520346)
Posted by Sabrblade on September 27th, 2013 @ 8:29am CDT
GuyIncognito wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Metrosuplex wrote:It's more like $321 + $21 insurance,
Where'd you get $321? :???:


$42 membership fee + $279 subscription fee = $321

Although if you're adding in the $42 membership fee, you also have to remember that that $42 is essentially paying for the "free" membership figure. So for $321 you get the subscription figures AND the membership figure.
Forgot about the membership fee (mine was paid months ago). :oops:
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1520521)
Posted by xyl360 on September 28th, 2013 @ 12:56am CDT
Preordered Thrustinator from BBTS for $69.99+S&H. My POL is currently up to $954.82 for toys plus a total of $25.39 for shipping bringing it to $980.21 if I shipped it today. Somehow I don't think that even if I decide to get Barricade once he comes back instock for preorder that it's going to amount to anywhere close to $300 to get both of the figures I wanted. Even if Barricade's price spikes to $99 because he sold out during the first run (current price is set at $79.99).

Also, after just having gotten TF:Prime Prowl in-hand (had to order from Toyarena as everyone else was sold out or only selling the damn cases of 8 ), I'm not impressed enough to pay a high price for a black and purple repaint of him. Something about him just doesn't work as well for me as Smokescreen.

So yeah, I paid the $40 already for my club membership, and I'm glad I did as I do want Rampage, but the subscription service just didn't have enough to justify me joining this year. I got Thrustinator, and that's the only one I was really really wanting and while I'd be perfectly willing to pay $300+ for him on the after market if that was the only means to obtain one due to rarity/demand, I won't do so just to get him plus a bunch of figures I don't really want.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1521945)
Posted by Seibertron on October 5th, 2013 @ 10:31am CDT
It just occurred to me what they might do with "Eject" with their not so subtle tease in the middle of this cover. That's too obvious and the Club has rarely done the obvious. Sometimes that's awesome. Sometimes it's not. And then they can use Eject at a later point as a lure to get people to "complete your set" because everyone knows you can't have a Rewind toy without an Eject toy! I bet you they do Solarbot instead from the SG Blaster and Soundwave set, since that's their new character.

If I'm wrong, mixed Energon drinks on the house! :michaelbay:
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1521949)
Posted by Mkall on October 5th, 2013 @ 11:03am CDT
Seibertron wrote:It just occurred to me what they might do with "Eject" with their not so subtle tease in the middle of this cover. That's too obvious and the Club has rarely done the obvious. Sometimes that's awesome. Sometimes it's not. And then they can use Eject at a later point as a lure to get people to "complete your set" because everyone knows you can't have a Rewind toy without an Eject toy! I bet you they do Solarbot instead from the SG Blaster and Soundwave set, since that's their new character.

If I'm wrong, mixed Energon drinks on the house! :michaelbay:

I was thinking pretty much the same thing looking at the colours. I'm not interested in a Eject/Rewind from that mold, but a Solarbot would be pretty darn cool.

I don't need Energon drinks from you Seibs, I get fresh cookies every time I come to these boards :P
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1522012)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 5th, 2013 @ 7:30pm CDT
I hope you're right, Ryan, because, as I said in the cover reveal thread...
Sabrblade wrote:If the 7th figure is Solarbot, I will die of happiness. :KREMZEEK:
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1522079)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on October 6th, 2013 @ 6:13am CDT
Seibertron wrote:If I'm wrong, mixed Energon drinks on the house! :michaelbay:


Can't have those, I'm on meds (don't ask for what). ;)
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1523152)
Posted by Henry921 on October 11th, 2013 @ 12:33am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Can't have those, I'm on meds (don't ask for what). ;)


There's no need to ask. Everyone on this forum is a lunatic, whether they're on meds or not. ;)

Just placed my order (via installment plan) last night. I figure I'll be selling my Fisitron unless I fall in love at first sight, because I'm already using the mold as Roadbuster in my Wreckers lineup. Now that I'll get the 7th figure, I sincerely hope it WILL be Solarbot, because then I wouldn't sell him, whereas I have no interest at all in Eject. Solarbot would join my BotCon 2010 Shattered Glass Ravage in wacky hijinx.
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1523171)
Posted by xyl360 on October 11th, 2013 @ 4:19am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Metrosuplex wrote:As it stands, most of these are repaints,
They're all repaints (or, "redecos" actually). While some may get new heads, that's how BotCon/Club toys have always been: Existing toys given new color schemes.

Metrosuplex wrote:and I'm not entirely convinced, personally speaking, that a repaint is indeed worth $60. Even with a new head. :-?
It is when its limited exclusivity and specially-made decos (and heads) are factored it. ;)

It's kinda funny when you think about it. Generally the color scheme of some other character/figure is used on a figure for which that color scheme was usually not planned, sometimes with a new head. It's like the paint scheme donor program :P. Sometimes we get nicer ones though where the new paint schemes really "belong" such as with the Seeker set, Scourge (who was already mentioned) and a few others (Eject and Rewind using the same mold as Frenzy/Rumble is always a good idea, especially if they can have new heads) but most of the time they're putting a paint scheme on a figure where it really doesn't fit too well, at least in my opinion.

I think eventually the club/Botcon will have enough of a following for Has/Tak to finally break down and start creating original molds for them of entirely unique figures. I look forward to that day because it will really expand on what they are able to do for the fans and allow them to finally truly have something that is completely "exclusive" besides a paint scheme and a head swap.
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Posted by Metrosuplex on October 31st, 2013 @ 12:26am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Metrosuplex wrote:I'm thinking Thrustinator is last, just to get people to stick with the Sub for 6 months. Or Chromedome.
Maybe. Though, some said the same about this year's TFSS Scourge, yet he was the first one they released. ;)

It's interesting to see TFsource pricing, which indicates that Rewind is the top figure, followed by Chromedome. Their pricing kind of flipped my thinking a little.

GuyIncognito wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Metrosuplex wrote:It's more like $321 + $21 insurance,
Where'd you get $321? :???:


$42 membership fee + $279 subscription fee = $321

Although if you're adding in the $42 membership fee, you also have to remember that that $42 is essentially paying for the "free" membership figure. So for $321 you get the subscription figures AND the membership figure.

Actually, I tend to factor SHIPPING FEES. That's right, kids: FIPPING SHEES!
I suppose you guys do not count $42 in shipping as part of the expense, but it seems kind of high and relevant to cheap-o's like me! :saint:
Membership, as Guy mentioned, is kind of irrelevant to this discussion, as it does net you a figure and (presumably) people with interest in this set would already be members (or were past members of the club).


Sabrblade wrote:
Metrosuplex wrote:and I'm not entirely convinced, personally speaking, that a repaint is indeed worth $60. Even with a new head. :-?
It is when its limited exclusivity and specially-made decos (and heads) are factored it. ;)

I appreciate the replies, Sabr, but you do realize I was expressing opinion, ya? :roll: Your replies are always helpful and full of reference, but here I find myself scratching my head as you supply me with alternate opinions you presumed I'm completely unaware of? :D

Sabrblade wrote:Oh, I think you'd enjoy the BotCon customization classes, then. :D

If not for the kids, I would. I don't have that kind of free time anymore. And if my folks were trustworthy, I could go without them... but ehh, I've got stories regarding their parenting abilities. And I've heard bad babysitting stories, too. Long story short: don't have kids! :lol:

Seibertron wrote:It just occurred to me what they might do with "Eject" with their not so subtle tease in the middle of this cover. That's too obvious and the Club has rarely done the obvious. Sometimes that's awesome. Sometimes it's not. And then they can use Eject at a later point as a lure to get people to "complete your set" because everyone knows you can't have a Rewind toy without an Eject toy! I bet you they do Solarbot instead from the SG Blaster and Soundwave set, since that's their new character.

If I'm wrong, mixed Energon drinks on the house! :michaelbay:

It's too bad you offered us fictitious drinks (was that an alcohol reference?), cause I can say with some certainty that you ARE wrong. Let's just say the mystery figure is the more obvious (less creative?) choice, and let's just say I heard it from an official source! ;)
I'd hate to reveal specifics and become THAT GUY on the net who leaks trade secrets... but I'm hoping to bridge the middle and just vaguely confirm what most of us have already predicted! ;) (But your theory was a great idea, and yet another example of imagination offering better satisfaction us than real life).

xyl360 wrote:I think eventually the club/Botcon will have enough of a following for Has/Tak to finally break down and start creating original molds for them of entirely unique figures. I look forward to that day because it will really expand on what they are able to do for the fans and allow them to finally truly have something that is completely "exclusive" besides a paint scheme and a head swap.

Feel free to disagree, but I feel like Hasbro doesn't care much for FunPub. They get left-over molds, they need strong permissions and ok's to do anything... I feel like FunPub is tolerated more than supported or encouraged.
I think a lot of us would love seeing FunPub get full toy designs made... but there's a strong reason Hasbro would never allow that (other than cost): it's be like George Lucas selling the original trilogy (unedited). Hasbro wouldn't look too good if FunPub did better designs or sold more toys (and frankly, I believe it's a possibility, at this point).
Before FunPub gets full toy models, I think we'll see 3D printing become a viable option for making TF toys. :-? But that's just my dream! I-)
Re: Transformers Figure Subscription Service 2.0 order page is now live! (1527079)
Posted by xyl360 on October 31st, 2013 @ 1:54am CDT
Metrosuplex wrote:
xyl360 wrote:I think eventually the club/Botcon will have enough of a following for Has/Tak to finally break down and start creating original molds for them of entirely unique figures. I look forward to that day because it will really expand on what they are able to do for the fans and allow them to finally truly have something that is completely "exclusive" besides a paint scheme and a head swap.

Feel free to disagree, but I feel like Hasbro doesn't care much for FunPub. They get left-over molds, they need strong permissions and ok's to do anything... I feel like FunPub is tolerated more than supported or encouraged.
I think a lot of us would love seeing FunPub get full toy designs made... but there's a strong reason Hasbro would never allow that (other than cost): it's be like George Lucas selling the original trilogy (unedited). Hasbro wouldn't look too good if FunPub did better designs or sold more toys (and frankly, I believe it's a possibility, at this point).
Before FunPub gets full toy models, I think we'll see 3D printing become a viable option for making TF toys. :-? But that's just my dream! I-)

Sure, that's true enough but at the same time money talks. With Botcon becoming bigger and bigger (and presumably more profitable) every year, I don't think Hasbro will be able to resist letting them have better exclusives in order to increase the haul of cash and brand loyalty/advertising that they pull in every year. It's that whole supply and demand thing, and the same reason that Hasbro has been paying more attention to the collectors' market lately than they used to (probably after seeing how well Takara's been doing with it via the MP line).

Besides, how could the Club ever make Hasbro look bad when it's Hasbro who actually produces the toys for them? I mean Hasbro has no problem with the "better" versions of their own figures being sold as NYCC/SDCC exclusives every year (FoC Bruticus, this year's Metroplex etc.) so why would they care if their own "official" convention had superior toys to the general retail releases (which arguably are targeted at kids not collectors anyway)?

Now if Hasbro has some issues with Funpub specifically that's one thing. It just means they might go the way of 3H. But if that happened, someone would replace them and Hasbro could just as easily work with whoever that is to make new, unique molds for the con/subscription service/whatever for the fans/collectors out there.

My point is, if Hasbro thinks there's profit to be made in it, they'll likely go for it.
Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #101 - Talkin' 'Bout My Generations
Twincast / Podcast #101:
"Talkin' 'Bout My Generations"
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Posted: Sunday, September 21st, 2014