Fans Toys Shutting down?

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by diecast17, Sep 28, 2020.

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  1. franpincho

    franpincho Hater = Fan

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    I know you mean well, but I have to wonder if you are being serious.
     
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  2. Thundercracker Blue

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    But why? What have FT done to draw the Eye of Sauron?

    Zeta got temporarily squashed because they stupidly interfered with a Hasbro crowd fund. Makes perfect sense.

    Wei Jiang got shut down once they started knocking-off Disney property (Iron Man). Don’t fuck with Disney (or Bandai). Again, makes sense.

    But Fans Toys is operating in a small, high end corner of the market. Same as MMC, Fans Hobby, Maketoys, etc. Frankly, the existence of such a corner of the market nourishes interest in Transformers as a brand in all its iterations. That’s ultimately to Hasbro’s benefit, which is why they have seemed to give tacit approval (or at least turn a blind eye).

    Why would someone (presumably Hasbro) all of a sudden want to put the kibosh on them? I’m just really perplexed by the whole thing.
     
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  3. divinecomedy

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    I don't think it matters nowadays whether it's social media or not. Sure some are worse than others, but they are all mental.

    Oh come on, Twitter must be enjoyable for people who like seeing toilet walls from around the world.
     
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  4. pilot00

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    -The egoist in me, that doesnt have a signle FT figure, says that I dont care.
    -The guy who is paying attention to all the market ploys and inflated pricing policy they are trying to pull off, says good riddance.

    -The realist in me says that this probably is another one of those stories that got blown out of proportion, and if it contains slivers of truth, thats not good for the hobby in general.

    So many rumors flying like that lately, makes me feel content that I achieved my N1 MP objective. Wouldnt mind achieving my secondaries though....
     
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  5. xueyue2

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    Hasbro won't allow it, seems all the licensed production are non-transformable transformers.
     
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  6. Geterman

    Geterman Second Coming of Primus TFW2005 Supporter

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    Oh boy. Spreading unfounded rumors, SMH
     
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  7. edgecrusher

    edgecrusher Pepperidge Farm remembers TFW2005 Supporter

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    This is all a plot by FT sellers to increase the demand for their figures even further.
     
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    I really hope that all these is just a marketing strategy to get all attention from us before TFcon
     
  9. metalwar2010

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  10. King Nergil

    King Nergil Ruler of a lost kingdom

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    I get what you mean, even though I've never started any FT combiner. But for those who have just bought Thomas it would be disappointing if we'd never see Berserk. Even more so it would suck for fans of their Decepticon Headmasters to not get the third one. That Skullcruncher prototype looked pretty good. From the figures you have listed personally I'd be interested in Cliffjumper and Ravage.
     
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  11. deathsheadII

    deathsheadII Not a Bounty Hunter yes?

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  12. Ryan F

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    Well, at least FT’s Fort Max will be fine. As we just found out thanks to Zeta Unicron, Hasbro can’t sue if you sell the head separately...
     
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    There are a lot of reasons for a business to cease operations and even more reasons in China. This does not mean it is 3rd party armageddon.
     
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  14. Scourgatron

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    Correct.

    Ban it.
     
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  15. diecast17

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    The heat is turning up overseas. If this is true about Fans Toys shutting down all 3rd parties maybe in trouble.
     
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  16. chuckcjc

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    How do you know that Hasbro/Takara don’t have a future lawsuit lined up? Maybe I missed something and there was a lawsuit attempt that failed? But I don’t think I did.
     
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  17. edgecrusher

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    Oh no!!! :eek: 
    :sly: 

    You seem rather vested in pushing this FUD. Until we hear from FT or their retailer partners, this is just rumor.
     
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  18. divinecomedy

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    I can think of more effective marketing strategies than "we've been shut down!!!"
     
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  19. Roboconsumer

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    It's not just a rumor. There is actual evidence suggesting that this is real. It may not be real, and we may be misinterpreting the evidence, but it's silly to ignore what's happening:

    • Retailers report cancelled toys from FT.
    • FT deletes Weibo account.
    • Dalianjj hasn't posted on this site in two months.

    Something is afoot. Maybe it's nothing important, but people are rightly concerned.
     
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  20. dragontype

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    I don't tend to buy in on rumors and hearsay, but if this pans out to be true, I'm gonna cry. First GT doesn't/hasn't finished their Defensor.. now FT might not finish their Aerialbots and Stunticons? I just threw up in my mouth. Lol.
     
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