3rd Party Collecting Magazine, anyone?

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by banjoted, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. banjoted

    banjoted Timelord

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Posts:
    5,444
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    292
    Location:
    Just north of London
    Likes:
    +9,619
    Ebay:
    Twitter:
    So, for a while now I’ve been throwing about the idea of doing a magazine (digital, presumably) about the Transformers toy collecting scene, as some of you on these boards will know.

    Now, having worked in publishing for over a decade I’m all too aware of the challenges. And honestly, at this stage I don’t even know if the idea is even viable. Step one was asking around among the community. I’ve done that, and the feedback was pretty positive. Step two is to try and get some more structured feedback.

    So…


    IF you think maybe you’d be interested in paying for a monthly Transformers collecting magazine, then please do head on over to this link and take a short survey.

    To stress – if it isn’t something that interests you (which is FINE and I still love you) then please don’t fill in the survey, as I only get so many responses for free!

    But should feedback be positive, then the next stage would be knocking up some designs and then taking the dreaded crowdfunding plunge, which will be an all new world of anxiety and self doubt for me to experience.

    And honestly, if nothing comes from it, that’s fine – nothing lost. But I do think there’s an opportunity there for a product that offers value for money and that people will be interested in. And this is the first step…
     
    • Like Like x 3
  2. plastic therapy

    plastic therapy Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2016
    Posts:
    1,412
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Likes:
    +1,094
    Bump
     
  3. mikeszekely

    mikeszekely Not Pessimus Prime

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2016
    Posts:
    6,743
    Trophy Points:
    247
    Likes:
    +11,814
    Ebay:
    Took the survey. This could be something I'm really into. I understand that the hurdles toward getting a print version will likely be a lot higher than a digital magazine, but I really like leading through a magazine at my leisure without being on my computer/phone/tablet.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. plastic therapy

    plastic therapy Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2016
    Posts:
    1,412
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Likes:
    +1,094
    Personally I would subscribe to a print version being mailed to me. There's only so much I tend to habitually frequent online. And the truth is, most of it is on my phone so the content in a magazine that I would appreciate wouldn't be as appealing to try to navigate and zoom in on ect with a phone. Much like I am with comic books, I am with publications like magazines. I buy them, they spend a week on the coffee table and everyone in the house reads it. I tried digital comics but it's just not the same.
     
  5. banjoted

    banjoted Timelord

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Posts:
    5,444
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    292
    Location:
    Just north of London
    Likes:
    +9,619
    Ebay:
    Twitter:
    Thanks for your feedback guys. The survey answers certainly suggest that a print version would be in demand. That doesn't quite tally with the price people say they want to pay, but maybe we can examine at least offering the option. I'm quite surprised if I'm honest - I can't remember the last time I bought a print mag. At the same time, if you're making something that appeal to collectors then maybe I shouldn't be surprised at the urge to collect it! It's all quite fascinating actually!
     
  6. plastic therapy

    plastic therapy Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2016
    Posts:
    1,412
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Likes:
    +1,094
    When we're talking magazine, are we talking glossy pages and glue bonded spine or folded and stapled? Because for me, I would be happy with similar to comic book and although I selected the lowest price point, as long as the content checked off most of what turned my gears (mostly tips and tricks, opinion articles, useful advertising, the comic strips concept is great, maybe how it's made features, interviews with reviewers ect) I may pay more. But being Canadian, that 6 bucks translates closer to 8.50 then take into account there's more for shipping. So to go global I'd look into how to have things shipped without deterring foreign customers.

    A big selling point for a higher price point however would be value added products- such as magazine exclusive stickers or reprolabels, bumperstickers, centerfolds that work as photography backdrops ect... that's the stuff that would make me hit the paypal button without hesitation
     
    • Like Like x 2
  7. MP Collector

    MP Collector Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2014
    Posts:
    1,441
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    222
    Likes:
    +655
    I just took the survey. Consider me interested.
     
  8. dwong1207

    dwong1207 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Posts:
    2,981
    Trophy Points:
    262
    Likes:
    +410
    I remember something in print was made a couple of years ago...what ever happened to that? Maybe someone you can corroborate with? It looked pretty good from what I remember.
     
  9. banjoted

    banjoted Timelord

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Posts:
    5,444
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    292
    Location:
    Just north of London
    Likes:
    +9,619
    Ebay:
    Twitter:
    So much feedback! I'm absolutely delighted. Thank you to everyone who has taken the survey :) 
     
  10. Friendross

    Friendross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2014
    Posts:
    4,845
    Trophy Points:
    222
    Likes:
    +4,190
    I think quarterly at a higher price point would be better then monthly.

    I'm also a print guy.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. banjoted

    banjoted Timelord

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Posts:
    5,444
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    292
    Location:
    Just north of London
    Likes:
    +9,619
    Ebay:
    Twitter:
    Yeah, the idea of going bi-monthly or perhaps even quarterly at a higher price has some real legs, I think.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  12. elj

    elj Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2016
    Posts:
    70
    Trophy Points:
    32
    Likes:
    +73
    I'm definitely down for a print version. Might just be because I'm old, but I love the idea of a high quality glossy spread. Quarterly would work. Bi-Monthly (6 issues) would probably be best for me. I said so in the survey, but I'd absolutely be down to spend $10.00+ a month for something like that. That really only accounts for a fraction of my TF budget and is something I could really enjoy when I've only got a few minutes downtime or am waiting to pick the kids up from school, etc. Also would help me to introduce my hobby to others who perhaps don't quite understand. I'd even be willing to contribute where I could for something like that.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  13. The Smirker

    The Smirker I Hate Sam Darnold

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2016
    Posts:
    2,481
    Trophy Points:
    222
    Location:
    The sea of Lcl
    Likes:
    +1,824
    I think what would be interesting, is if you guys got 3rd party toys first, and if you could do a review on the prototype, now that's something I could get into.
     
  14. plastic therapy

    plastic therapy Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2016
    Posts:
    1,412
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Likes:
    +1,094
    I think with a magazine, it's extremely hard to publish before the reviewers get their hands on prototypes or test shots. Might have to accept things after the fact.
    Like how to fix things like Despotrons legs, step by step how to assemble add on kits, ect.
    Upcoming release dates, checklists of all on the market, classifieds, youtube reviewer advertising page, readers pic submissions, high speed photography stills of Bayformers being hit with sledgehammers, and much more haha
     
  15. banjoted

    banjoted Timelord

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Posts:
    5,444
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    292
    Location:
    Just north of London
    Likes:
    +9,619
    Ebay:
    Twitter:
    Yes, you're spot on - the lightning speed of the internet means print would, inevitably, be behind somewhat. That's why it has to justify itself in other ways.
     
  16. plastic therapy

    plastic therapy Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2016
    Posts:
    1,412
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Likes:
    +1,094
    The good news is things like TF Con and such would all become a tax write off because it's a legit business trip
     
    • Like Like x 1
  17. galvatron1701

    galvatron1701 cassette

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Posts:
    872
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +494
    We've spoken about this before, and you know that I'm on board with the idea. I do think that things like Phil Reed's books, and the new Definitive G1 Graphic Novel series, show that there is a demand for this sort of thing.

    With regards to print vs internet, I'd once point at the Lego mag Blocks. This magazine comes up against the usual issues where the net is concerned (slower news, reviews that have already happened etc), and yet the magazine sells extremely well (check out the 2nd hand prices on Ebay for older issues!). It does so because it is, frankly, gorgeous; a treat for the eyes. A TF magazine, I feel, would need to be the same.
     
  18. banjoted

    banjoted Timelord

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Posts:
    5,444
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    292
    Location:
    Just north of London
    Likes:
    +9,619
    Ebay:
    Twitter:
    Aye, agreed.
     
  19. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Untitled

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2006
    Posts:
    21,242
    News Credits:
    27
    Trophy Points:
    362
    Likes:
    +2,014
    I'll be honest, I don't know what kind of information a magazine would bring that we're not already getting here... The time to put one issue together, that information would likely be dated.
     
  20. Chrisola

    Chrisola Solid crotch ratchet

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2016
    Posts:
    2,213
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    222
    Location:
    UK
    Likes:
    +5,257
    Ebay:
    Kickstarter it?

    I'd be up for print... quarterly.

    Interviews with designers or even manufacturers would be awesome... imagine an interview with Keith :cool: 

    Figure of the year features, tf con round ups, company spotlights, collectors showcases, reviewers profiles etc would all be cool content to have.
     
    • Like Like x 1