Two bad for those who don't sub it, but no Two Bad for you!
Seriously, I don't see the reason for a negative backlash here. There will be no figures for cherry pickers or non subbers to buy if the sub doesn't go forward. This is becoming one of the best years to sub ever. A Quarterly shipping option, lots of accessories, and now Two Bad is a sub exclusive. I think this is Mattel pulling out all of the stops and I don't blame them.
Two-bad just helped pay for the BBTS company picnic!!
As I said, until this move, TG and Mattel had been running a very positive campaign for the subs, with a great showing at SDCC and announcements about things like the Filmation power sword. Now they bring out the cave man's club again and leave a bad taste in the mouths of a lot of fans.
The more heavy handed Mattel has gotten over the years, the more the subs have dropped. Hard to call that an effective strategy.
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Also, got a feeling he's not the last 2014 heavy hitter that will see no DOS.
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And why should you care, you buy all your figs from BBTS. This probably made them smile since they will most likely order more and upcharge even more than they already did the last time
Would it be better if they did not say anything then next Spring said "Two-Bad is no DoS, shoulda subbed!" and then have people be mad they could have gotten him at cost during the sub period??
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For you subbers who can afford it, I'm glad for you. But it does suck for the rest of us. I've been cherry-picking up until now (due to finances). If obtaining Two-Bad proves to be financially impossible, I'll probably stop cherry-picking as well. It's time to stop buying Mattel's line that there's only one way to get the job done. They can make the sub survive without punishing those who absolutely love the line but can't afford to be all-in.
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wow...just wow. I just bought 3 subs to support the line even though I'm basically done with all my wants (Strong-Arm being the last). I will be cancelling my subs because of this as I really can not support this kind of tactic.
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I applaud this decision. It's time to pull out all the stops here. It seems harsh, but it's necessary especially when things aren't shaping up the way we'd like!
Everyone PLEEEEEASE subscribe if you can! If you can't financially, I understand this, but if you are trying to prove a point, or punish Scott or Mattel, it is not really going to help anything! WE ARE IN THE FINAL STRETCH OF THIS LINE OF FIGURES! This is the time when everyone should be subbing so we can complete this line.
You wouldn't stop before the finish line, right? So why stop now at the most crucial time?
Some people have higher priorities than collecting a toy line and were on the fence already about subbing, especially in past years. One move could sway them either way. A Filmation sword swings them one way, being strong-armed swings them the other way. It happened with Shadow Weaver, it happened with last year's threats of no DOS, and it will probably happen some this year too (though I would bet those people are already long gone).
I'm not saying it's not a good business decision. I think they've driven off everyone they can drive off at this point. I actually thought they'd do sub-only in 2014.
I'm ordering my sub tomorrow so yes there will be a Two Bad for me, I'm not buying into the whole they've already made him so if you order now it's too late. Rubbish
I like this move and it's great for people who buy multiple subs as they can charge a fortune for Two-Bad now. People who don't sub and support the line should not expect to be able to get everything and if they have to pay loads more for one figure then that's just how it goes.
Scott, I see your point. This could hurt/help. But IMO it will likely help more than hurt, as Two-Bad is a highly sought after figure. The thing of this is, if they waited to announce/determine after the subs closed there would be no DOS and thus no way to acquire him but the secondary market, people would riot far more than they likely will over thinking this to be a push to sell subs.
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It's always great when a toy appreciates in value, but it's a bit of a 2 sided coin.
Subs are a GREAT investment for a store like mine, but I'm only one Foe-Men / Karatti type of month away from bankruptcy at any given time.
The risk is HIGH now that the Hyve is my only source of income. This year had BUMPS in the road. We all know this.
"All A-List for 2014 and 2015" sells me on the sub WAY more than this cheap sucker punch of false scarcity on Two Bad.
Up until this news, I wasn't feeling the panic and fear about "Will the lien die?" though I had yet to sub in.
I probably WILL still buy my usual 4 subs, but more hesitantly than before.
The folks selling us the subs have shown us some quite unsavory tactics.
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Best news yet!! Just make all figures Sub only with 2-3 figures for day of Sale. Didn't TG say they don't make much from DoS anyway.
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