DSTZach Posted March 16, 2018 Share Posted March 16, 2018 (edited) Taste the rainbow! a. I only meant that because Luke's is often held up as a store that suffers for Minimates. He may feel obligated to buy everything for his customers, but he purchased everything knowing what his customers would buy. Blind bags were not intended for online retailers, they were primarily meant for comic shops and brick-and mortars, although I do not know if they were ultimately successful in attracting new retailers. So while I understand that there were 2-packs and bags that did not do well for him, he knows the fan base well enough to order what he thought he could realistically move, then charged what he needed to charge for short-packs , and clearanced what he needed to just like any other retailer. B. You point out in c. that casual buyers might just want an Iron Man in the AOU bags. I think the same applies to TMNT 2-packs and blind bags. And aside from the vision quest, dark horizons and space outfits, I think the three versions -- regular eyes in 1, white eyes with pizzas and alt heads in 2, and the wacky faces and key accessories of 5 and 6 -- were all distinctively different. What I didn't like was that new characters were sometimes the chase figures. I may have proposed a change, not sure. Yes, new characters were a mix of mutants and human characters, but we can't do new tooling for every character in the line, especially tooling that can't ever be reused, and human characters were actually something TMNT fans liked, since they had not had a human Karai, Bebop or Rocksteady at that point. Also, humans and humanoids make up most of the recurring cast! Jack should have had more different faces, though. d. The SpongeBob Box Set had an exclusive Plankton. So not an exact repackage of TRU. E. See above about TMNT, including how we made history, and that not being a bad thing. Shiva was absolutely not a contractual thing, i imagine it was mostly a sales thing. With TRU not on board for every wave, order numbers did not always justify a significant amount of tooling in a wave, and most of that was used for new zombie parts, not to mention unique characters like Ezekiel. Re: poorly performing con exclusives, the Homecoming Set was actually Spidey with raised mask and food; BD Homemade suit was a mainline release. Some have said those parts should have been in the main Spidey set, and maybe it wasn't the strongest set, but a Spidey was needed for that set, to appeal to the broadest audience at SDCC. Scarlet Witch was more to cater to the small completist market, and to get out more female Avengers (she was a late addition to the approved lineup). To boost sales, we usually tried to focus on bigger characters (see AVX) and not obscure character groups, but we may be light on MM exclusives going forward. While an exclusive is technically a sell out, we do promote them to move inventory, and unsold product affects us the same way. Even though the retailer agreed to the exclusive, or trusted us to pick a good one, low sales can limit what they buy in the future. Edited March 16, 2018 by DSTZach Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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