Panthor should be Flocked!
I will consider NOT buying Panthor should it come out un-flocked!
As I recall, Toy Guru held a poll of persons at the SDCC last year where a supposed majority of people voted for an un-flocked Panthor. As a "reward" for coming to the Con, TG decided that they had the power to choose for everyone else what kind of Panthor we would all recieve.
I'm willing to bet that if every fan were polled, a flocked Panthor would win out! Secondly, an unflocked Panthor is not in keeping with the stated intention of Mattel to be true to the original line in creating the classic.
Thirdly, how can Mattel make such an important business decision based upon the opinion of SOME, not all of the fans who went to SDCC? And why does my opinion apparently mean less just because I didn't have the opportunity to go? I felt that attendance was made to sound like it was as easy as going down to your local church and attending services but some of us had to work. It really irritated me that while I was busy working so I'd have money to buy these figures, my opinion was given less weight because others, and God love 'em, got to go and most of us didn't. Not flocking Panthor is a bad business decision and takes away from the classic feel of the figure. If it can't be done then that's that. But I don't think its out of their wheel house! Furthermore, polling a room full of random fans isn't a perfect way to gather statistics about what sells and what doesn't sell. A much larger pool needs to be taken especially when we're dealing with tens of thousands of fans. I think it was unfortunate this business decision was turned into a reward for perfect attendance of a select and fortunate few over and atop of what I believe would be a majority for flocking. Get the message TG...I'm not interested in an unflocked Panthor or in polls like the ones conducted last year. You're either going to stick to your own rules of creating a classics line in tune with the original or your not.