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    How about an apology/appreciation gift?

    I'm not going to list the issues with the line. We know what they are. I can't imagine how many people have been put off of this line, dismissed the sub, or are barely hanging on after all the misinformation we have been fed. So far Toyguru has sent out apology gifts for defective figures.

    What about an apology, or a thank you gift for everyone that stuck it out.
    It could be offered to every registered board member. Since some members may have never purchased product, it could be by submission of receipt for anyone that purchased product during 2011 and 2012.

    Nothing says thank you for years of support in a self advertising line like a free figure. I'm sure the international fans who really take a hit to enjoy these items would appreciate it
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    I think that's what Castle Grayskull is meant to be.

    Not to mention the sticker sheets and maps and such... Maybe even the discount mad matty prices are considered 'thanks for sticking with it' stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantom1592 View Post
    I think that's what Castle Grayskull is meant to be.

    Not to mention the sticker sheets and maps and such... Maybe even the discount mad matty prices are considered 'thanks for sticking with it' stuff...
    No, castle grayskull is a new product. And mad Matty sales are to move unsold merchandise at a slight discount. Neither of which are free or gifts.

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    I still have Teela's a graded Shadow Weaver, Fisto, The Sorceress, a free Buzz-Off for a defect that doesn't apply to me and I'm a MOC collector, so defects never hurt me. I pretty much am good. So as long as the line doesn't die, that's appreciation enough for me.

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    I'd like them to put their money into better QC. A year without major problems would be BIG.

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    If we were to get a gift I would say keep the line as it is, that would be awesome.

    Other than that, maybe add the perk of $25 figures for Early Access, even if it's only for the first hour or two, then full price after.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sky Breaker View Post
    No, castle grayskull is a new product. And mad Matty sales are to move unsold merchandise at a slight discount. Neither of which are free or gifts.
    But Castle Grayskull comes with a free gift. It may not be worth much, but it's free.
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    Sorry to the OP in advance, but what's up with all the free gift talk lately? Nobody puts a gun to anyone's head to buy the product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky Breaker View Post
    No, castle grayskull is a new product. And mad Matty sales are to move unsold merchandise at a slight discount. Neither of which are free or gifts.
    The sales aren't slight btw. $22 figures became $13. That's a pretty awesome deal if you ask me.

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    Do you really need another Mer Man? LOL

    Kidding. I wouldn't go so far as a gift, but I would love some geeky stuff for sub holders and I wouldn't mind paying a little bit for them. Like cardboard display dioramas of the Fright Zone, Whispering Woods, the Palace, etc. Stupid stuff like that goes a long way and it's easy to make.

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    Despite a few potholes here and there, we have a really cool He-man line. I'm pretty happy with it, I think some people expect a lot more from this line, and that's there prerogative, they want something more from it than I do. I really don't think we need more gifts though. The one for the problems with Frosta or whatever was REALLY excessive in my opinion. The fact that they will take a chance every once and awhile and do things like Castle Greyskull & Granamyr is good enough for me.

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    just keep pounding out awesome figures ...despite some setbacks this is good enough for me. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky Breaker View Post
    I'm not going to list the issues with the line. We know what they are. I can't imagine how many people have been put off of this line, dismissed the sub, or are barely hanging on after all the misinformation we have been fed. So far Toyguru has sent out apology gifts for defective figures.

    What about an apology, or a thank you gift for everyone that stuck it out.
    It could be offered to every registered board member. Since some members may have never purchased product, it could be by submission of receipt for anyone that purchased product during 2011 and 2012.

    Nothing says thank you for years of support in a self advertising line like a free figure. I'm sure the international fans who really take a hit to enjoy these items would appreciate it
    Didn't we just get a free figure?

    On top of that isn't the sub exclusive 'FREE' for subscribing every year? Do they charge us when we sign up or is it just a card check to see if funds are in it? I can't remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AuraBoyX View Post

    On top of that isn't the sub exclusive 'FREE' for subscribing every year? Do they charge us when we sign up or is it just a card check to see if funds are in it? I can't remember.
    We do get charged for the sub figure so it's not free. But we did just get a free figure! To be honest... I'd rather they make up for past mistakes by not making them again! That'd make me happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonWes View Post
    To be honest... I'd rather they make up for past mistakes by not making them again! That'd make me happy.
    This a thousand times.

    Also as others have pointed out, we do get free posters with the sub. We'll be getting one with the castle as well. We also got an apology figure over what happened with Frosta. The figures are over all, fantastic. Bring on the rest of the year!
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    While I'm never one to turn down a free gift, I feel like asking for one is a bit...tacky. I absolutely understand the thinking, however.
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    We just got a "free apology gift". And then a large number of people on this forum complained that it wasn't what they wanted, and some posited that giving it away for free was somehow helping Mattel (by letting them "write it off") so therefore the sentiment was nothing but greed from Mattel's part anyway.

    And now someone wants more free stuff. Unbelievable.

    Let me write the first post for the thread that starts immediately after this "second free apology gift" comes out:

    "Well, I just got (item name. Doesn't matter what it is really because the rest will be the same). This is so stupid, why would I even want to get (item). Now I have to figure out what to do with it, I probably won't even be able to sell it and I don't have the luxury of just GIVING it away. I bet Matty is getting a huge kickback from making them, probably took all the funding they were going to spend on Rio Blast, and I bet Scott is lying in a huge pile of money laughing right now. Way to bone us again Matty!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher of Madness View Post
    We just got a "free apology gift". And then a large number of people on this forum complained that it wasn't what they wanted, and some posited that giving it away for free was somehow helping Mattel (by letting them "write it off") so therefore the sentiment was nothing but greed from Mattel's part anyway.

    And now someone wants more free stuff. Unbelievable.

    Let me write the first post for the thread that starts immediately after this "second free apology gift" comes out:

    "Well, I just got (item name. Doesn't matter what it is really because the rest will be the same). This is so stupid, why would I even want to get (item). Now I have to figure out what to do with it, I probably won't even be able to sell it and I don't have the luxury of just GIVING it away. I bet Matty is getting a huge kickback from making them, probably took all the funding they were going to spend on Rio Blast, and I bet Scott is lying in a huge pile of money laughing right now. Way to bone us again Matty!"
    Amen to that.

    I wonder what the hell is going on lately? Those who are.. let's say "unhappy" with MOTUC, please just show some guts and stop collecting.

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    Those of us that stuck it out, i.e. subscribers, got a free gift already. Why should we get another one?

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    We're not owed anything by Mattel. In fact, I was very surprised by the first gift offering. Sure they have had more than their fair share of problems with this line, and lord knows I'm guilty of the occasional derogatory coment, but I'm not expecting any more free handouts. As far as I'm concerned, the company has already done right by me.
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    Seriously TC... get real.

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    This is gonna sound cheesy but my gift is the fact that these figures are even being made. I never thought I'd ever own a Shadow Weaver. Okay, so I had to pay for it and subscribe to a year's worth of product, but I'm just happy we're even getting these things made! If they keep 'peppering' in accessories with the figures like the Fangman sword, then that'll keep me happy! And, sure, the line is not without its issues but when I look at some of the stuff we've got, I'm pretty happy to be collecting, and I don't need someone to offer me free gifts to carry on. If people start voting with their wallets then that's fine, up to them, and if I was ****** with the line I'd make a stand presumably and stop collecting, but we're not there yet and I'm happy to get whatever I can afford!
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    A lot of love would go Toyguru and Matty's way if Shadow Weaver became available for general sale on the site. Those who bagged a subscription figure, including myself, have had enough time to reap the benefits/scalp ebayers. Time that everyone gets one!
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    Why would Mattel give us free stuff? You don't go into McDonald's and ask for free food just because you've bought a lot of their burgers over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pancho View Post
    Why would Mattel give us free stuff? You don't go into McDonald's and ask for free food just because you've bought a lot of their burgers over the years.
    But you can come in and get free water-downed coffee this month.

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    I thought this thread would be overwhelmed with disagreement, and no doubt its from the orgers who have the best pricing, lowest shipping rates, and easiest access to purchasing and trading. They often forget that the rest of us really have to shell out money to collect this line. The whole 'if you don't like it, don't buy it' argument is nothing more than snappy retort from people who just care to have for themselves.

    Companies give freebies away all the time. Asking for a freebie is neither wrong, or in poor taste. We are talking toys here, not lifetime subscriptions or gold bars. We have seen the vast surplus of figures that get moved around for various reasons. There is no harm in asking for a little something, better sales and more opportunities to have the products we try to buy, given what some of us have to endure to collect this line.

    For those who received the 'apology gifts' of Mer-Man and various other figures for whatever reason, and complained. Easy solutions there. Give it to someone else. Help someone else out. This thread is not meant to be a capitalist/socialist argument. Its not meant to rile anyone. You either want a free figure, or you don't. Coming here and making snarky insinuations about what it means to ask for a free figure, is in bad taste, and saying its a bad idea doesn't serve to help anyone.

    I won't be returning to this thread anymore, I can see where it is going. Not even worth my time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky Breaker View Post
    I thought this thread would be overwhelmed with disagreement, and no doubt its from the orgers who have the best pricing, lowest shipping rates, and easiest access to purchasing and trading. They often forget that the rest of us really have to shell out money to collect this line. The whole 'if you don't like it, don't buy it' argument is nothing more than snappy retort from people who just care to have for themselves.

    Companies give freebies away all the time. Asking for a freebie is neither wrong, or in poor taste. We are talking toys here, not lifetime subscriptions or gold bars. We have seen the vast surplus of figures that get moved around for various reasons. There is no harm in asking for a little something, better sales and more opportunities to have the products we try to buy, given what some of us have to endure to collect this line.

    For those who received the 'apology gifts' of Mer-Man and various other figures for whatever reason, and complained. Easy solutions there. Give it to someone else. Help someone else out. This thread is not meant to be a capitalist/socialist argument. Its not meant to rile anyone. You either want a free figure, or you don't. Coming here and making snarky insinuations about what it means to ask for a free figure, is in bad taste, and saying its a bad idea doesn't serve to help anyone.

    I won't be returning to this thread anymore, I can see where it is going. Not even worth my time.
    You're seriously misinformed, or rather I feel, just making up base assertions that you can't back up. Where, per chance, have you gotten even a bit of backing for your statements on which orgers are the ones disagreeing? I guarantee you I do not get the lowest shipping rates, best pricing (whatever that means) and easiest access to purchasing (you mean a computer and the ability to type in URLs?).

    Is asking for a freebie wrong or in poor taste? No. What it is, though, is horribly and selfishly misguided.

    And yes, saying its a bad idea does serve to help because it helps, in theory, over-entitled people get a better grip on common sense.
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