Had these thoughts while I was half awake this morning so bear with me. I was thinking about (being in the UK) the sheer annoyance at not getting a lot of stuff even released here and wondered why Hasbro couldn't just fold classics into the main line permanently. They sort of did with Reveal the Shield for a bit but they still had generations running as well (which we didn't get most of *mutter, moan, grumble*). I'm thinking of something more along the lines of what they did with the Iron Man movie figures, there in one case you had figures from three different styles, movie series/comic series/concept series. Obviously during a movie year this isn't going to work as there's so much product on the shelves but next year when Prime is the only media they have it could be worth looking into. Here's an example: Out of a case of eight figures: 4 TFP figures, 3 classics figures and 1 concept figure. TFP in movie styled packages since that's what they're going for, classics in traditional red packages and for concepts they could play with the idea and come up with some kind of attractive blueprint design for the packages and instead of character bio's have a little blurb with some info on where the idea came from etc. To my mind this would solve many problems, first and foremost that of classics not being sold in a number of territories but also the problem of limited character's available in TF Prime. For Hasbro it has the additional advantage of not burning through classic characters too quickly. Finally the idea of having concept series figures would give Hasbro a degree of freedom they don't usually have, it could be anything, a real wildcard. An unreleased figure from the movies or animated, an abandoned idea from years ago or something entirely new that one of the crazies working for Takara cooked up. Fun gimmick figures that don't require a whole line, simple one shot, flash in the pan ideas that either sink or swim. They wouldn't clog shelves either since (in this example) there's only one figure in a case of eight so retailer's wouldn't have to worry about them hanging around. Which brings me onto the number of figures in a case, not having two of a figure would lead to less shelf warmers which is good for us and good for retailer's since it means the figures sell through quicker and they order more. How many times have you seen a dozen or more of a single maligned figure hanging on the pegs, this happens because they're packed two to a case, a retailer opens so many cases, puts them all on the shelves and then the psychological effect of there being so many of figure x and much less of figure's y & z causes people to ignore x completely, and when the other figures start disappearing and large numbers of x are still on the pegs that just makes people think x is a bad or unwanted figure which just further exacerbates the problem. So ultimately I'm proposing that instead of having two or three lines that each have their own filler figures and multi packed guys destined to warm pegs they should take only the best figures of each line and release them all in one line which would hopefully eliminate both the filler and the warmers. The downside is that I'm basically saying all new toys would be packed one per case, essentially making every new figure shortpacked (but even then if they open three cases they'll be three of each new figure on pegs). The upshot of this is that cases should theoretically sell quicker so retailers would order more, effectively making TF's a faster seller and a more popular line in retailer's eyes. Interested to hear other people's thoughts on this, if you don't like it then please don't feel the need to attack it, it's just a random dreamt up idea, I have no say in what Hasbro do and nothing I post here will threaten how many new classics figures get made.