It's funny...all I need to complete the collection I started out to have, are Ram Man and Jitsu. I could get those from ebay, and say adios. But even though those two start the year, I was thinking of subscribing, for a lot of reasons.
But this tactic leaves a bad taste in my mouth though. They are eliminating the chance for non-subbers to get figures from their store, and also eliminating most new customers...who's going to subscribe to a line they can't buy figures of?
Don't know if I should subscribe or not, but I'll stay a non-subber for the moment. Plenty of time to decide. I'm sure there will be other ominous messages from Scott about subs not selling, thermometers going up, etc.
I'm buying a sub once I get paid again at the end of the month. I just hope we get at least 2 more years of this line, and if Toyguru thinks we're not gonna see a long line of time left, then I hope he starts really trying to finish out some of the factions: Horde, Snakemen, Great Rebellion, Galactic Protectors, and Space Mutants.
Supporter of All Eras! Including "Son of He-Man"!
stop wasting money on characters no one cares about such as Spector and Laser-Lot.
First off the people that keep saying buy a sub need to mind their own business! Scott and Mattel don't need your cheerleader antics. Don't tell me or anyone else to buy a sub! This holier than thou attitude because you own a sub is out of control. On the other side of the fence it is just as bad. Cherry pickers need to learn that you don't matter to Mattel so get it through your head. Stop complaining thinking Mattel owes you. I'm not ranting or attacking just stating the facts. I myself have stated I will never buy a sub and will just go without if it's not available. I have self control. Do I want the figures "yes" but it's not the end of the world if I don't get them. Mattel is a business with ridiculous profit demands ((I know I've investigated them)) and if they don't get those profits they move on. That's what it all comes down to people. The worst thing to me about this whole situation though is Scott unprofessional approach to the situation. His record speaks for itself I suppose.
One purple turd deserves another.
I think it's the big ticket items that are killing it. Last year we had the $60 Star Sisters and this year we have the $75 Fighting Foe Men. At SDCC that hit everyone with a shock. While cool, it's just a big pill to swallow and it kind of turns people off.
I do like how the line was scaled down to 12 figures a year and only 4 quarterly items. 2012 has been very expensive with the 12 figures, quarterly variants, quarterly beasts and 30th sub.
I am a grown man now with a family and a demanding job. Responsibilities, stress, deadlines, appointments, commutes...it's all part of life now.
Receiving these white shipping boxes every month makes me feel like a kid again, if only for a little while. It takes me back to a time of innocence and joy. A time when friends and family members who are long gone were still a big part of my life.
This is more than just a collector line for me. And if it were to die, I'd be heartbroken.
Sounds like a big 'F U' if you don't buy a sub.
Sorry but this blatant disregard for customers is just too much. I would feel undignified to come back after receiving so much abuse.
I am done.
All I need is Ram Man, Jitsu, and Two Bad... man I hope they make him soon. Mantenna would be cool also to finish off the original Horde members.
Ok here is something most of the people that call Mattel greedy do not think about
over the past 5 years the US dollar has sunk like a rock vs the Chinese Yuen sky rocketing and that is with the Chinese government trying to slow down their inflation
in simple terms, our dollar gets us less in china.
Last edited by fireball13z; July 19, 2012 at 09:50pm.
the ignore list is my new best friend
Good thing I decided to sub for the first time! Figured I'm gonna spend 500 a year anyway.
I'm never buying a sub again 2012 will be my last year having one. I love my vintage MOTU but I love POP the same if not a bit more and as a POP fan I have no reason to buy a sub. If the line ends there won't be anymore POP figures, but there's hardly any now so I'll be in the same position. As a POP fan I have no reason to buy a sub and maybe if they had done a better job with a large fan base like POP more POP fans would have continued to support the 2013 sub like a lot of us have previous years.
Instead of your all this concept stuff like Vykron and the FFM maybe more thought should have been given to POP and NA, you know established fan bases.
Fool this POP fan once, shame on you. Fool this POP fan twice, shame on me!
Folks, here's a dose of reality for you: Mattel want the line to end.
Sure, it's "viable". But it's not raking in the dollars they want. 2013 is the last year. It remains to be seen whether they cancel the sub or not (I'm leaning towards them cancelling it).
Think about it... who have they shown as part of the 2013 sub? Ram Man, Netossa, Jitsu, King He-Man and the Fighting Foe Men. Can anyone not see this is a pretty underwhelming line up?
Sure, there's people out there who want Netossa, who want Jitsu, who want a King He-Man. There's people who find the Foe Men cool. But seriously, the only one there that people really want is Ram Man.
Now, we've got the mightly overlord telling us that you have to get a sub because they're probably not releasing anything beyond that. Why are they doing this? Why now? The line has been doing great for years, they claim. Figures are selling out, never to be released again, they claim.
If everything is selling, why cut back even more? Because they want to end it.
Let's face it, it's not Barbie. It's not Lego. They can't just simply slap new clothing on a basic figure and expect it to sell. Why do you think Batman gets relaunched every few years?
I'm convinced, whether your subscribe or not, the line will end after 2013. Do not, for a second, think that you can make a difference to that. For those who are apprehensive, think about your wallet and your financial responsibilities. If you don't think you can afford it, don't be bullied into it.
Mattel can sell this stuff if they really wanted to. It's unfortunate for them that they can't just recolour He-Man and Skeletor to sell (as this is the most cost effective way for them to make money). I'm sure the line is making them money. Just not enough. It probably never has, we're just fortunate that it did exist in spite of this.