Why don’t KO companies do random redecos?

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  1. icanfly

    icanfly Well-Known Member

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    Just curious if anyone has any ideas why ko companies don’t redeco any of the mps? They only seem to copy existing decks which I find odd. I’m sure there would be a market for a Deep Cover deco of mp12 or a barricade repaint of prowl? They could even steal TaKara’s thunder and do a detritus from hound or a bugbite from the new bumblebee when they come out.
    Just seems an odd thing for a KO company NOT to do. It’s not like their against making an easy buck, it’s their business model!
     
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  2. Windsweeper II

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    I wouldn't call that random. Random is more like the purple TLK Hounds and the Power Ranger OS Dinobots the chug ko market has been plagued with.

    I'd welcome a Detritus Hound or a Barricade Prowl or a Marvel UK colored Soundwave.
    I don't understand why they've not been doing this either.
     
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  3. icanfly

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    Ok yes the examples weren’t random, but no reason they couldn’t go random. Purple Lamborghini with sirens! Pink corvette etc
     
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    Was thinking about this the other day, does seem like they are missing an opportunity here.

    Put me down for a Marvel white/blue Megatron.
    Mexican Prowl?
    Deepcover
    All the different Bumblebee variations, white, orange, silver, blue etc.
    Proper blue diaclone Optimus,
    Spinout,
    Hauler,
    G2 Ramjet,
    Concept season 2 coneheads,
    Marvel Ratchet, (or at least alternate red head),
    Splicer,
    Grey shockwave,
    Marvel Soundwave,

    There's probably many more, plus the random stuff just for fun.

    Am I the only idiot who'd buy all these?
     
  5. gibdozer

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    I think these would sell as well if not better than their official KOs. A lot of people who don't normally buy KOs might be swayed by Diaclone recolors for instance. I'd personally still love to see a black MP Ironhide KO. As for just random colored MPs I'd definitely be in for a few of those too.
     
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  6. icanfly

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    Unfortunately not, I’d buy a lot!
     
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    I agree ... and I’m still baffled that when they make KO G1 combiners that we have yet to see the G2 colored Menasor or Defensor be spit out... that’s printing money!
     
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    A few years back KBB or BB7 (I can't remember which) put up pre-orders via TF-Direct for a bunch of other seekers based off the MP-11 mold. Characters like Hotlink, Bitstream, Ion Storm etc. But in the end only their direct Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker KO's ever saw the light of day. Maybe there simply wasn't the market for them.
     
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    I'm guessing the opposite. These would sell very poorly and you guys are being very subjective because YOU would buy them.
     
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    I’m also surprised they haven’t done more variations. People who don’t normally buy KOs would be more likely to buy them because they’re different than what’s being KOed...

    I think it stems from the companies knocking them off aren’t fans are are just knocking off a product and that’s it. The only time we really had that was when KOTOYS Mike was involved in the CHMS figures..
     
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    I guess the number of people who'd buy random MP redecoes is too small for them to bother.
     
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    Maybe, but I think there is definitely a market for Diaclone repaints, random colors maybe not so much. I think this thread should include a poll.
     
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    I disagree, they are in China they could KO anything they want yet choose Transformers. That and the quality of some of these figures indicates to me that some real care goes into them. Especially when you see clear improvements over the official, that's real fan service.
     
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    I've been wishing this for years and it still hasn't happened which is shocking seeing as some of those repaints are a no brainer. Like how come we aren't seeing a Delta Magnus repaint out of CW Ultra Magnus yet?
     
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    Because MP Delta Magnus sold terribly. I think that deco is super sharp but I guess we're in the minority. Takara didn't even reissue the eHobby/G1 when they were doing those.