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  1. On 3/14/2024 at 4:01 PM, minifigvig said:

    pre-orders go up tomorrow, and i think this might be the first time in a while that i’m really considering purchasing 6” figures

    the nostalgia got me! and now i’m thinking of what a few waves of sharks ‘mates would look like 😬

    Saw those too. I remember those as a kid.

    You could just mod the shark from Battel Beasts....

  2. Hopefully they make it out before the Movie's second part gets cancelled....

    EDIT - I realized that was a littler too negative. I think the movie designs look like they will translate to Minimates well. I don't have Netflix, so I won't be able to properly judge the media offering. I do hope that the timing works out for the Minimates, not that the first part is a flop and no one wants the Minimates by the time they are offered for pre-sale.

  3. Zach definitely needs to get the production samples early and do some of his famous toy photography to make them stand out. Then those photos go out the week-ish before release to help generate interest. 

    Unfortunately for this line, the week before release is often far too late to be generating interest. We have lost too many (one is too many, but there have been multiple) releases to "lack of interest" in the presale phase of the "release."

    What really stood out with TRU, and Walgreens to some extent, was the almost guarantee that there would be at least a pack of Minimates on the shelf at the store. Argument for "peg warmer" selections is a different argument. At least we knew they would be there. It was a sure release to market - a retailer had already invested in the product to push out to consumers. The current model relies (strongly, solely?) on the consumers to show retailers enough interest to generate enough mass interest to make it too production, all shortly after an offering is announced - often 6 months before they make it into hands. Trends change, interests change, finances change.

    Having done a total of two Kickstarter funds (we shall not speak of one of them) and 2 HasLab campaigns (one that failed), the current Minimate model seems more like these than a traditional retail model. Especially if you support Luke, who charges upfront for any pre-orders.

    While I understand the model, and I can appreciate the need to endure there is enough interest in a product, I don't feel like Minimates are a retail product anymore. At this point, I wonder if DST should fully embrace the crowdfunding model. Offer up a HasLab (DSToYou) style offering for a product; make a retailer only incentive tier with "bulk" discounts on the product, or "exclusive" rights to complimentary characters; have incentives for more orders/supporters, like alternate looks/accessories, additional character offerings, retro cardback packaging, etc..

    I will still support Minimates. And Luke. At least until I am priced out of the hobby. I honestly wasn't sure where I was going with this post until I reread what I wrote. I stand by it.

  4. On 8/8/2023 at 11:07 PM, DSTZach said:

    Tiger Force product is exclusive to Target, I believe. So a TF set is unlikely. 


    On 8/9/2023 at 7:39 AM, nandoninny said:

    Man you just love bursting my bubble, huh?


    i’ll keep hoping.   Would be at least a year till we saw this mixed with super7 just did tiger force (though I assume the deal is different).  Worst comes to worst - target exclusive tiger force minimate joes, right?

    Yeah. See. This seems like the time to get Target back on board. They get a box set of Tiger Force repaints. Or a blind bag assortment.

  5. On 7/22/2023 at 10:02 AM, luke314pi said:

    That would be amazing, but unfortunately the only way it would work for this line is if it were a 5-pack of foot soldiers, and 500 sets at that size is too big of a risk for us to take right now.

    Do you have a price point for an offering like this? I think we have faith in you and your record. If you held a poll here or on your social to gauge interest, and quantity of purchase, maybe you could weigh the possibility? You could collect money up front for those interested, before you have to commit, and maybe design a sticker kit for those early backers? 

    I want 4 (20 foot)!

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