The thread over in News/Rumors about renewing got me thinking again about why the fanclub feels like it's not living up to it's potential to me, and what I'd do different... 1) Web Content: The fact is (though they seem strangely reluctant to admit it) the core TFan club audience is online, so why is the Club website a pretty much total dead zone? This is the PERFECT place for articles and content that is too vast or interactive for a newsletter. Do a sub-page for Club fanfic and for club artwork, both with contests, for kitbashing tips and tricks, for historical annalysis, profiles and fan articles, a weekly comicstrip alla Superdeformers, ect. ANY content would be an improvement really but there's loads of potential. 2) Story Content: Myself, I'm a story person. I LOVED following it when 3H did the Apelinq journals online back in the day. A well-written eppisodic story, continuing or running alongside the comic/convention stories full of revelations and mysteries, would be wonderful and a great way of fleshing out their universe and adding even more content and value to the member web site. Add mystery, suspence, neat little revelations for fans to examine, annalyze and fawn over (as the Apelinq stuff did). The club comics are just way to short and have so little story content/movement/ characterization so far that it's not drawing me in or making me care at all. Get a good writer on it who knows his stuff and I think you'd have fans eating out of your hands for more. 3) Exclusives That Matter: Once upon a time repaints as exclusive characters were cool, neat, rare, desireable. Since the end of BW though we've been FLOODED with repaints as new characters (even so far as them getting their own line with TFU). It's not very exciting anymore. It's not rare. It's not cool. (I find this year's free exclusive monumentally boring, combiner or not). That means for it to be Special it really has to BE special beyond being an exclusive repaint. It has to be a character fans are craving done astoundingly well. If a new character, it has to be absolutely gorgeously, stunningly designed and well developed in story and characterization (preferably before hand). Building up to it with stuff like that mentioned in #2 above, for instance. Add to that, that it needs to be in the reach of EVERYONE who's a club member (otherwise why join), the ridiculously prohibitively expensive box set from last year is a perfect example of what never to do. The club should have at least one store exclusive a year in addition to the free joining toy and convention stuff. 4) Be Fan Friendly- This is another stumbling block for this club in that almost everytime I've heard fans talk about dealing with them they've gotten a negative, dismissive vibe from the powers that be. The overall feeling seems to be that the guy at the top knows exactly what he wants to do and how much effort he wants to put in and that the fans need to get onboard and not ask for or expect anything different from or beyond that. I hope that's wrong, but it's the vibe that the clubs been giving. A fan club needs to be FOR THE FANS. Now not every fan idea is feasible, but they should all be made to feel valuable contribuiting members, and the club should strive to serve the fans what they desire, not try to make the fans take whatever it feels like offereing. Anyway, these are my main thoughts. (Also throw in a wish for an expanded newsletter focused more on fiction less on wasting space. Ideally it should at least be the size/page count of a regular comic book.) Comments? What would the rest of you like to see from the club if you were in charge?