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    If You Haven't Pre-Ordered Grayskull what would it take to secure your purchase?

    I ran across this poll about reasons for not pre-ordering Castle Grayskull, which I hope you all vote in if you are not pre-ordering.

    This got me thinking. If you haven't pre-ordered, what would it take to get you to take the plunge?
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    I'm a procrastinator. I'll order my two before time's up.
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    Honestly, at this point, I just can't see myself buying it at all. As I said in the other topic, it would be nothing more than wallpaper to me, a background prop, a really expensive one. Plus, the MOTU flame has pretty much gone out for me and now I am buying the figures just to buy them, not because I am enjoying them.
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    Not knowing what 2013 has in store for me, and buying the sub, has me pondering it, plus the shear huge size of it vs my display room size, plus the cost outside my toy budget, makes it really hard to say yes to, but on the other hand, if nothing else in Classics will be valuable, this will, it will be limited in numbers, run only once (likely), if not a retail version would not be the same anyway.

    And with my now loose collection, it would be a perfect display for the good guys, but, my figures are in release order single file on shelves....and that being my preferred method of display....CG would likely stay MIB leaning up against the wall, I would play with it from time to time, but otherwise...., and for $300 with shipping....that's one expensive doorstop.
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    I can think of half a dozen reasons not to preorder this item. Honestly, the mock up did not interest me. I thought about it, and for all my complaints, I would buy under either of these circumstances.

    1. If the playset was complete with 4 walls. I don't actually play with my toys, but if offered something that was a major upgrade from what I already own, it would be worth it. At this price point, anything short of having 4 walls is just a slightly modified 200x... CG and I already have that.

    2. If we were getting a larger scale facade. Again, since I don't play with my toys, I could skip a 'playset' completely, leave that to the vintage line, and the 200x line, and just have a massive 1 panel display piece that looks more like the Filmation castle. Perhaps with a 20-25'' high door, and an overall height of 50'' or more. Maybe some small platforms in the eyes to show the Sorceress within, but that's it.

    Since neither of these options is a reality, I'm passing.
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    Well, they (matty and digital river) keep sending my orders to Sweden before they come back to Canada. This has been going on for a year now. Oh, and because shipping is getting so expensive, they've had to raise shipping prices for next year. And all us Canadians have asked why are our purchases being sent to Sweden and they don't have an answer for us except that it may or may not be the United States Postal Service's fault. I would have taken any answer from them at this point including "We're working on it". But their silence has been deafening so until they get their act together, I will not be purchasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorrmann View Post
    I'm a procrastinator. I'll order my two before time's up.
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    I have a feeling, when we who ordered it have it in hand and can't stop talking about how great it is and are posting pics of it with our figures, it will suddenly be worth the $250 + shipping to many people who are right now saying it is not. Unfortunately, it will be too late for them and they will feel even more bitter that they are missing out or paying even more on the secondary market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes0217 View Post
    I have a feeling, when we who ordered it have it in hand and can't stop talking about how great it is and are posting pics of it with our figures, it will suddenly be worth the $250 + shipping to many people who are right now saying it is not. Unfortunately, it will be too late for them and they will feel even more bitter that they are missing out or paying even more on the secondary market.
    And what will we say if it turns out to be a cheap piece of junk with peeling painted over black plastic and hinges that break on first use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Penny Dreadful View Post
    I ran across this poll about reasons for not pre-ordering Castle Grayskull, which I hope you all vote in if you are not pre-ordering.

    This got me thinking. If you haven't pre-ordered, what would it take to get you to take the plunge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kup View Post
    And what will we say if it turns out to be a cheap piece of junk with peeling painted over black plastic and hinges that break on first use?
    The black plastic was used on figures because they were sharing parts among different figures. That is not a concern for this playset because they will not be sharing parts of Grayskull with other playsets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes0217 View Post
    The black plastic was used on figures because they were sharing parts among different figures. That is not a concern for this playset because they will not be sharing parts of Grayskull with other playsets.
    It was just a sarcastic example that there is a potential for us to be shortchanged on quality given that's what Matty has been doing for this whole year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kup View Post
    It was just a sarcastic example that there is a potential for us to be shortchanged on quality given that's what Matty has been doing for this whole year.
    The potential for this is a near guarantee I'd say If Design and production can screw up a $20 figure badly (paint choice, reversed parts, breakage) what will happen with a $250 item. Its hard to find my blind trust in Mattel worth it to deliver quality for such a high priced item. 8 days to go, I'm still on D fence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes0217 View Post
    The black plastic was used on figures because they were sharing parts among different figures. That is not a concern for this playset because they will not be sharing parts of Grayskull with other playsets.
    Maybe, but the truth is that Mattel regularly cuts costs in ways that negatively and substantially affect the quality of their product. And no one should fault those who refuse to give Mattel the benefit of the doubt any longer (not saying that you personally are doing that).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Judas View Post
    The potential for this is a near guarantee I'd say If Design and production can screw up a $20 figure badly (paint choice, reversed parts, breakage) what will happen with a $250 item. Its hard to find my blind trust in Mattel worth it to deliver quality for such a high priced item. 8 days to go, I'm still on D fence.
    Just think of how many newly tooled parts there will be on this. How are they possibly going to get all those new parts right when they still can't even get right v left correct? I hope I'm wrong and that those who are ordering get a perfect castle. The good news is there is probably no potential for them to reverse right and left again, as long as the hinge is placed on the correct side

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    Quote Originally Posted by batman1180 View Post
    As much as I would love to see this get made, and I ordered mine already, I seriously doubt this will come to fruition.
    I'm thinking this as well. I ordered as well.

    I think the playset with the foam mock-up and the size comparison with the vintage castle including the statement by the 4H is enough. I'm in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibernish View Post
    How are they possibly going to get all those new parts right when they still can't even get right v left correct? I hope I'm wrong and that those who are ordering get a perfect castle. The good news is there is probably no potential for them to reverse right and left again, as long as the hinge is placed on the correct side
    I find it hilarious that fans are still bringing up right versus left mistakes... That was over a year and a half ago....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kup View Post
    It was just a sarcastic example that there is a potential for us to be shortchanged on quality given that's what Matty has been doing for this whole year.
    Just wanted to set the record straight because initially people were truthfully wondering if this might happen. I don't want anyone to be misinformed and have it taint their decision to buy the castle.

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    If Toyguru said if the minimum goal is met they will look into a Point Dread/Talon Fighter add on set as a preorder and fill the thermometer they would definately do a Point DreadTalon Fighter add on set as a preorder, then I will totally buy in. Also float there are numbers needed, do not need to be specific numbers, that need to be reached to green light a Snake Mountain set.

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    Finally, if they release only the front piece with an articulated jaw bridge for 80$ without any further action features for displaying...

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    People, you have one year to save for this thing. It's up to you but just so you know there is plenty of time to save for this thing. Got my order in so I'm doing my part
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    I'm continuing to try and persuade people to pre-order this end-all-be-all of MOTU collectibles over on my blog-- http://toynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/

    Remember people, if you live in the US, you only need to put aside $25 a month from now until next Nov to cover the cost of this thing delivered to your door!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrenadierStinny View Post
    I'm continuing to try and persuade people to pre-order this end-all-be-all of MOTU collectibles over on my blog-- http://toynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/

    Remember people, if you live in the US, you only need to put aside $25 a month from not until next Nov to cover the cost of this thing delivered to your door!!

    Plan! Save! It's not that hard and it will be soooooo worth it!

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    I SOOOO WANT TO PRE ORDER, BUT I GET A VALIDATION ERROR AND NEITHER MATTY NOR MY BANK CAN ASSIST ME!!!!

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    When I watch Scott's video, I don't really think "Man, I sure would love a $300 Castle Grayskull playset in plastic!", I think "Man, I sure wish they'd color the inside of that posterboard and sell it to me for 20 bucks."

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    If you're planning on ordering Castle Grayskull but haven't yet, how come?

    I am the king of the procrastinators, so I'm just curious since ToyGuru said that the sooner they hit the minimum the better whey people are holding off if they know they're going to get one, particularly since there isn't ANY actual charge to your account until next year when it's ready to ship.

    (I mainly wanted to get that last bit of info out there since I'm not sure if Mattel REALLY has gotten the word out that there is NO charge at this time.)
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