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  1. 5 hours ago, DSTZach said:

    The promo will celebrate DST's 25th anniversary, and I think it is a lock.

    Like, a padlock? Similar to the fidget spinner DST did when those were all the rage?


    On 5/31/2024 at 3:25 PM, buttheadsmate said:

    I said after my second SDCC that it would be my last but I would very much like to go once more , maybe somebody could give me a heads up next time tickets go up for sale next year  :thumbsup: ! 

    Exclusives & promos are ....I suppose ... part of the game but I wish they weren't .

    Not sure about SDCC, but tickets for NYCC go on sale this week. I went last year and had a great time. I can snag you a pass if your interested in that this October.

  2. 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....

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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