There;s Scott's version of this tale of how MOTUC started... then there's Eric Treadaway's... and for the real meat, the real TBone steak, there is Emiliano's... in thirty years time there's a chance a new ToyMasters Doc could be made from all of this.
I'm happy Toyguru found the time to create a MOTUC blog. It's all nice and neat...
BUT I'd be MUCH happier if he'd concentrate FIRST and foremost on fixing the issues the line has !
That was a nice read, even if I knew of most of the story. The idea of this blog is a good one. We can see a bit of backstory on all of the MOTUC figures from TG's point of view. I really appreciate it.
I think this is great. It's definitely a step in the right direction to better communicate with fans and build a stronger bond. I also think this is a direct consequence of all the issues we have been having lately... It definitely feels as if TG is trying to bring the line closer to the fans, which at the end of the day is a great thing.
I, for one, give TG props... I work in the entertainment industry, and one of my previous jobs have been at the Catalog group at EMI Music, which is the division in charge of compilations and old album re-issues (CDs, vinyl, special packaging, etc.) If I could trace a parallel with Mattel's collectors line, let me tell you that the many times mentioned 'logistic issues' do exist and sometimes are just unpreventable.... I wish they could work things out with Digital River, to me that is their biggest issue, but who knows what different levels they need to reach out to so they can even begin talks about that. Even internally sometimes company bureaucracy is hard to deal with, specially within a corporation like Mattel.
When you are working for a company that is not a charity entity, but rather a FOR PROFIT business, there are many things you have to deal with... P&Ls, finance, vendors, input from different internal departments, etc. It's not easy. TG has to deal with all of this... and trust me, you want to have a fan that would 'fight the good fight' when concerns arise among the big wigs.
My point is, I think this is a clear indication of recognition of the fan discontent at hand and the intention to be proactive to better that company-fan relationship from TG himself where he can... Let's hope this continues to be the trend in all areas.
In this precise case, I'd rather say : All work and no play makes a great toyline. :hmwink:Quote:
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
I'm glad he decided to post this. It's a real good read, and it gives some back story to character selection, the line and the thought process behind them. I am very interested in the history involved, not just the history and bios so to speak of the characters, but also to the lines themselves.
I do like reading behind the scenes things, I like how things are made and come together, I worked in injection molding factories and liked putting things together myself, and I like designing things and making them work. I see nothing wrong with the story aside from like all stories by the teller more credit may be given to the teller than anyone else...but whatever I don't read into this anything but being a toyline creation story...who cares who has the big head here, I just want to know more. But being me, I just have one thing to say.....
Sorry but how could you not mistake this, stated like that as not being on retail shelves? Especially since 200X and all other lines were in stores.Quote:
“MOTU would be back on shelves everywhere.”
He could have said "MOTU would be back in figure form soon" or "MOTU would be back on virtual shelves soon".
Had to point that one out......
There has been far less moaning on this post, than any other Scott topic so far, and yet most of the posts are made up of 20 people complaining about 1 post, and it's not even the original post.
Refunding a figure from several years ago:
There have been a lot of complaints over a lot of years, and I take all of this as a sign that, for whatever reason, they're finally hearing/caring; and when I say all of this I mean including things like this blog because I like to think that all communication, be it responding to complaints or interesting stories that try to make the line more fun is a positive thing and shows they care.
Same goes for him being upset because he didn't get a second She-Ra to keep MISB: if he really needed a second one that much, why didn't he just buy her at the He-Store afterwards (that's where I bought her) they were not that expensive. :)
Firstly to TG thankyou for doing this blog, i love reading these extras, little things you tend to forget over time so to reflect upon the line again is really neat.
TG said he is doing this in his own time because he is a fan, and im personally happy that he is both brand manager and a fan, he knows the line inside out, i havent seen him do any other blogs for GL or GB, i could be wrong but i can see that he is passionate for motu.
Ive been critical on him before with the King Hiss shoulder issue but he has good intensions, i know this is he job and been paid for it and others could argue the point he has gone to far with the comic book and mighty spector but they are the perks with the job and he would need to have everything approved through upper management anyway.
For me im grateful for these blogs and videos he does and interviews and posts here on the forums, it could be worst, we could have a brand manage that knows little about the motu history (just like those stupid movie scripts everyone complains about) and not interact much with the fans. So once again TG thanks for the blogs and keep up the good work with this line.
P.S. After the roadmap is complete please bring back the stactions. Wink Wink.
I look forward to hear more about the behind the line.
Cool to get TG's version of how MOTUC started. I, personally, am glad they did a new line instead of "finishing" 200X. I didn't collect 200X, so I would not have started with the original KG if he had been a continuation of that line. Classics is my favorite toy line ever.
Pretty cool read. Admittedly, I wasn't aware that the 4H basically came up with the entire concept of "Classicized" figures. Pretty crazy how integral they have been and continue to be with this amazing line.
I think it is awesome and above and beyond for TG to be doing a behind the scenes of each figure for us! I can't wait to read each one and want to thank him for taking his personal time to do this. I can tell you, as much as I love my job, you will not catch me blogging about it on my time off. ;)
I think it would also be cool if he included progress pictures of any figures if he has any.
EDIT: Sorry, I didn't see that someone else had pointed this out.
These blogs are a neat idea and I look forward to reading more.
Nice idea TG. Thanks for share all the info.
These blogs really are great. I'm glad that TG is so willing to do extra things like this. As a father of a 19-month-old, I know how precious his free time truly is. I think we all do well to remember that.
Can somebody copy/paste that text here?
I'm not in matty forums so I can't see the blog there.