Power Rangers - Toys, Television, and More!

Discussion in 'The Toyark' started by Kickback, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. IceConvoy

    IceConvoy Jikuu Keiji

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    Definitely Zordon could have been better. Right now I’m inclined to use the Imaginext Zordon for my display. Just need to mod the set. Although I expect S7 might also release Zordon in a set with Alpha at a higher price point.


    Oh, so I guess the third head for Rita is actually supposed to Kimberly from the episode when Zedd had plans to make her his queen. Definitely not the best likeness. lol
     
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    Wasn't Cheetara delayed because they didn't like the final product? I thought that was pretty damn awesome of them and the fact they are going to give her an extra head to make up for it. I might not be a fan of their figures or their production policy, but it seems like they do care about their customers.
     
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    I thought perhaps it is her face after being turned good.

    I want to say it was the In Space finale?
     
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    When they are charging $45 for an action figure with basic articulation that was pre-ordered almost two years ago it's kinda obligatory for it to look at least how it was advertised... Specially if you want people and stores to hold the preorders for the other 30+ figures you have in the pipeline.
     
  5. IceConvoy

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    It says it’s supposed to be Kimberly in Rita’s product description.

    Likeness definitely isn’t that great. It honestly looked more like Rita’s voice actress than Kim.
     
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  7. jru42287

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    This is the last of my original Megazords. I think I'm going to sell it, though. I just don't have an attachment to Zeo anymore.
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    I finally finished Gao Muscle Striker 1598A426-623A-4056-B282-9E8298496EAD.jpeg DE875188-5AEC-4305-8F7E-947A1D06C0F5.jpeg
     
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    I don't think it looks anything like Barbara Goodson. That's definitely the Kimberly head from that one episode of S2.
     
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    I'm wondering if it would be worth it to sell/trade my DX Gao...anything and replace them with these? Honestly, I feel these will be better overall.
     
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    If you have the skills to paint the figures really good then yeah, if your gonna do it out of the box then nah I would keep the DX
     
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    Super 7 is a Made to Order Business. And a smaller company compared to Hasbro or Mattel. It makes sense that they have Pre-Orders out for a ton of things right now. In case you haven't noticed there is a HUGE PRODUCTION delay and a Shortage is expected for quite a lot of time to come as we are still dealing with a global pandemic.

    Super 7 needs to build up the Hype and keep it going and they aren't about to stop their pre-order schedule when it means they know in advance how much production they need to be prepared for for any given product line.

    I don't mind delays because we are still going to get them. They will come out. The company isn't about to fade away or something due to all the production and shipping problems facing the entire planet right now.

    But I suppose you're on of those NEED IT NOW types who could care less about the product if you can't get it immediately.

    I have 300 pre-orders at BBTS right now, 300. A result of production delays, shipping delays and products not arriving when expected. If all of those hit at once I'd be SOL because there's no way I can handle them all right this minute. But having them trickle in a handful at a time is a much more preferable way to deal with the problems facing us right now than having everything hit all at once. Super 7 alone takes up at least 40 of those pre-orders thanks to all the waves I jumped in on when available.

    Hell, something that was supposed to come out December of 2020 finally hit the ol' Pile of Loot this month. I am confident all of the stuff I pre-ordered will get here eventually. If I have to wait for Super 7 to actually have the stuff ready to ship then by all means, let them keep advertising product.

    At least I've got Slithe and crew to tide me over until the next wave of TMNT hits. And considering there have been no issues with product delays for TMNT at least I'm guaranteed to have Wave 4 of that this holiday season when they get released.
     
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    Yes, I'm pretty well aware of the woes of small companies. We actually have a subforum here on tfw2005 filled with even smaller companies than Super7 that compete with each other in a cutthroat environment for a bite of a niche inside a niche market. And not even XTB or FT in their worst preorder phase have had 30+ items announced on preorder.

    Super7 has products that I can even find on large chain stores here in Europe. Even Ultimates in comicbook shops because the big distributors carry them. Compare that to the difficulties of 3P transformers products that you can only find on online stores, a big number of them based in Asia. So yeah, I get their problems. But the thing is that the 3P TF companies have better track records considering they do highly complicated transforming figures compared to gummy plastic figures with simple articulation.

    So if these 3P clockwork pieces of engineering made out of hundreds of parts get something wrong or delayed, of course I understand. Hell, almost all of them provide the parts in case of QC problems for free without blowing their own horn like they were heroes. But a company like Super7, with access to global distribution and A level licenses (that include Disney and Transformers), fucks up a little action figures or stacks up delay after delay then maybe they should gear their profits towards decent factories and not blow it out on license after license when the only consolidated Ultimates line is the TMNT one.

    Super7 is not Mattel or Hasbro but it also isn't a small company either.

    That the first wave of Thundercats ended up a bait and switch with the old Mattel molds I can forgive. But just showing me wave after wave of preorders of different licenses makes me question their capacity to deliver a quality product or actually continue some of the lines.

    They are spread too thin right now with little results. Don't feel the urge to preorder more than one or two figures when normally I would be all in on the PR stuff.

    BTW, kudos on your huge number of BBTS preorders I guess.
     
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    FWIW, I saw about four of the more modern releases of the zeo zord for $40 at Ross Dress for Less earlier today.
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    I was just at a Ross looking for something good to buy for Toys for Tots in Dec. No dice on anything and they definitely didn't have the Zeo MZ. If that thing was 7-8inches tall, I would totally get it.
     
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    Man, I just got around to looking at the S7 preorder images for the 2nd Power Rangers wave and, damn, the human heads somehow seem to look worse than Hasbro's (and Hasbro's are pretty damned hit and miss as is). Especially that Jason. He looks like an old man! Like older than the actor currently looks! :lol 
     
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    I might grab the Tyrano and Dragonzord, but that would be a very big IF I get them like handy and affordable. I already have the SOC dragonzord and the Hasbro Rita, so if anything that purchase would be redundant.

    The only thing I see they did right was the Red Ranger helmet.
     
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    Third party companies are based in China, they have direct access to the factories and can easily catch and correct a mistake before product hits the supply chain.

    As far as I know Super 7 doesn't have that luxury.

    You are also comparing third party transforming figures to a made to order business model, that is no comparison.

    I have no real clue as to how Super 7 constantly has delays, but they have had delays since the days of their MotU Classics offerings so it isn't entirely new. And Super 7's product lines are all aimed at different collectors. So stuff like G.I.Joe and Power Rangers won't necessarily go to the same people who collect the likes of The Simpsons or that in-house Monster based line that I am honestly surprised they're even bothering with.

    These are made-to-order, which I don't think you understand. They don't have dedicated factories, they have a factory that makes their product after the pre-order window is finished and they are not the only clients for that factory, if it's in China I wouldn't put it past the factory to focus more on customers who use their facilities for large scale product runs that are constant and they keep manufacturing them. These Super 7 figures are one and done production runs made-to-order, once they've made... let's say two million units, that's it, the molds are put aside and won't be used again unless Super 7 tells them to put another run into production for something like the Refresh wave of TMNT wave 1.

    This is how Made-To-Order toylines work, they get delayed because other companies come in, like Hasbro or Mattel and say we need X amount of items made now to meet higher demand and we will pay this much. (Y)

    Super 7 is a proven company, and while their larger figures are constantly delayed those ReAction things are like hot cakes if I'm not mistaken. They do a hell of a job comparatively speaking. Still I feel that Super 7 is handling their products fairly consistently and competently given the nature of the beast and junk like that.

    You can say they aren't, that's fine, but from my standpoint I have no complaints. I do not agree with being spread too thin, considering they have... what? A half a dozen made-to-order product lines to profit from and that's it? Hasbro and Mattel have tons of IPs and massive amounts of product flooding the markets, so from my point of view they are nowhere near comparable.
     
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    The magic of the "made-to-order" model. Such beauty. Such grace. I’m no expert like you but I do know the Haslab Sentinel was made to order; 21 885 units; same with the McFarlane Spawn Kickstarter. Those are individually signed. Them old Masterpice Robotech figs came with a numbered certificate displaying the total number of units made and which one you got. Many other examples that have one thing in common: there is a real number or detail showing the exclusivity of a real “made-to-order”.

    So Super7 ONLY makes the number of units preordered? As opposed to what? How many are there from any of the TC or TMNT waves that have been released? Could it be that “made-to-order” is just them making “small run” sound exclusive when it isn’t??

    Look here!

    heo.com: Großhandel für Figuren, Spielwaren, Merchandising-Artikeln, Modellen, Textilien, Statuen, Spielen, Nachbildungen, Repliken & mehr

    That there is HEO, one of the main bulk distributors in continental Europe. You can't even see the prices if you are not a registered store owner or online store seller. But oh look! They have stock of some of these "made-to-order" figures!! You can even preorder figures that closed down their peorder window long ago! And again, that page is for bulk sales.

    Looks like their products, that have no way of determining their exclusivity or limitedness and even have peg warmers still in stock, sure start to look like the products of other medium to big companies that make regular production runs... companies that don't make them fancy "made-to-order" runs. Runs that also have peg warmers and figures that if you don’t get them in time you might not ever see again unless they rerelease them. A rerelease like Super7 is doing wirth wave 1 of TC and TMNT.

    And look again!

    heo.com: Großhandel für Figuren, Spielwaren, Merchandising-Artikeln, Modellen, Textilien, Statuen, Spielen, Nachbildungen, Repliken & mehr


    Hot damn, that poor little small company called Super7 sure has a shit ton of products if you not just count Ultimates figures! SIXTEEN pages full of products, in stock and, of course, preorders till the eye can see. The woes of the tiny company vs the easy life of the 3P companies based in China!!


    You wanna know what a company with long delays (yes, even from the Motu times like you say; way before the go to excuse of the virus) and bad QC (remember also the spotty quality of them Motus?) points to? Specially when the same problems are still happening? Cheap factories. Cheap factories because the profits are being used up on more licenses and renders of more figures.

    Trust in Super7 all you want. Give them all your money for all I care. In my case I can't trust a company that is clearly spread too thin and obsessed with buying more licenses instead of consolidating the ones they have.

    Look at Storm Collectibles. Now THAT I would call a small companay. And they also have the stupid fever of getting new licenses all the time but the key difference is that they don't have a shit ton of stuff on preorder. That and they have an actual consistent release rate, no need to pull the "made-to-order" bullshit because their products sale out on their own thanks to quality that has improved instead of staying basically the same like in Super7's case.