Again, these are just my feelings. I know that I've been angry at Matty quite a few times over they years for what I perceived to be "lies"-- and all those combined consumer experiences are definitely working against them in this instance, but I do honestly believe that they will work hard to deliver something worth our money. QC issues aside, I still think that the MOTU figure line is probably the best line of action figures being produced currently. The sculpting and design are just perfect! So, based on that-- and the fact the Scott and the 4H are also fans who reeeeaaalllly want this-- I'm choosing to still have faith.
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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Did it a couple of weeks ago no charge and the order went thru...
I am waiting for the last minute, Pretty much because I want to make sure I have every scrap of information first.. Look at some of the hassle people had to go through because of the shipping charges were not right when they started taking Pre-orders. Also I might want to order two and who knows what they might add( they already add a poster) or if I can talk anyone else in my family to buy one with me but if I order at two different times DR cant combine my shipment.
I'm still trying to decide if I want 3 or 4 CGs
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Just havn't done it yet... within the next couple days I am ordering for sure. Hopefully there are more people like me still waiting to push the number over the hump.
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I looked closer at some of my 2009 figures, I found out, that my Mer-Man & 1. Release Skeletor had both 2 right shoulders. They stayed here 3 1/2 years and only, because of younger production issues I checked my older figures. My Fisto had 2 left shoulders...
After 4 years with those product experiences, I'll never buy something blindly at that price point from this company...
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I will make my final decision tonight but here's what's holding me back. The Icon Grayskull statue is really nice and it's a complete castle. It's nice enough to display under glass or on my desk at work. The playset will look like a plastic toy and probably will be less visible on my garage shelf...so I'm torn. If I decide on the Mattel castle it'll likely be to help support it's creation. The Icon statue is getting made no matter what. But personally, there's more reasons for me to get the statue.
As I've said elsewhere; in light of the design team switcheroo with the Hoverboard, I would need an iron clad guarantee that not only are the Four Horsemen designing them from the beginning, but that at no point during the design and engineering process, will Mattel remove them from the project and replace them with a cheaper, and less skilled, in-house team. The other thing I would need is reassurances that the disclaimer on the preorder page, is just that and we will be getting everything they say we will. Sadly such things have not been forthcoming by Toyguru to my knowledge.
Promise to make Stonedar and Rokkon and I will order 1.
I understand that QC mistakes in the factory is always a given possibility (in ANY towline) and that they wouldn't INTENTIONALLY give us a pile of junk. But I'm really concerned about how Mattel CONTINUOUSLY puts their faith in a design lead (Yes, I mean Ruben) that has been doing questionable "Design decisions" that has been a major contributing factor for the recent wane of interest in the line.
I have complete faith in what the 4H can do, and believe that Scott has good intentions for the product, but someone else really has to take over the reins of the MATTEL design team before I start giving them the benefit of the doubt.
again, I must reiterate that "Consistency is the mother of a reputation".
Most of my concerns is based on recent history, but I sincerely hope that CG would be the exception.
We fans AT THE VERY LEAST deserve to get a decent Castle Grayskull from Mattel; for all the support we've been doing for both the brand (MOTU) and in keeping this line (MOTUC) alive.
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Maybe if it goes through, we can all go to Dan's house and play with a Castle Grayskull that actually allows He-Man to enter through the jaw bridge, and we can all give the Shadow Beast elevator rides. That should be some incentive to preorder....
After that 'checking on possible false orders' BS post from Scott, now I am sure that he has been holding back the thermometer.
The "verifying bulk orders" is the excuse he is using to justify why the thermometer was not updated a lot earlier to reflect that minimum sales were accomplished before the end of the pre-order period.
I find it hard to believe that all the 'bulk orders' just happen to occur in the last couple of hours and that TG is able to verify them just as quickly.
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What Matty fails to realize is that though tactics like this work in the short term, they fail in the long term. They are sacrificing their reputations and their brand.
The moment I know that Toy Guru no longer works at Mattel, I promise I will order a Castle Grayskull.
For me, I was blown away at the price. Having said that, I was not surprised at the price as I know how expensive these things are.
But with the total upwards of $300, I just cannot justify that.
I saw the ads saying this was the first Grayskull in so many decades...uh, I have my 200x Grayskull and it is just fine. Which is yet another reason I cannot justify this purchase.
Now if this was a Snake Mountain or Eternia, I am sure my tune would be different. Not that it would be 'easy' to order, but I could justify buying something unique much easier.
If my financial situation were a bit better I would buy one of these no problem. But unfortunately I have to sit this one out.
I will continue to buy the figures though, for my son. I have a subscription and will continue on with that. I hope Grayskull succeeds and more playsets will continue in the future!