Look, part of this is boneheaded but part of it is necessary. Movie stuff makes more money than Generations ever has or will. It's because of the the movie stuff that we get stuff like Generations. I'm willing to make that trade-off.
I think it's also a vicious circle kind of thing. Store buyers are often uninformed and go for "movie" and characters they know, because that's about all they know. Rather than educate them, Hasbro caters to them.
I think that's stupid, because they'd sell a lot more if customers had more choices and things they wanted to buy. The ridiculous number of Bumblebees is not good for anyone, and I wonder what it's going to take for everyone to realize that.
At least Prime will be out, so even if the Movie Trilogy line is mostly yawn-inducing, there will be something good.
Yea, Prime will be out at the same time, but my stores will fill any empty Transformers peg with any Transformers product, meaning that once Prime sells out they will stock Movie Trilogy in its spot. If that stuff doesn't move, no more Prime for me. I saw it happen during the entire Generations run, as stores kept stocking Movie stuff in its pegs and the movie stuff sat there forever, making Generations impossible to find.
I know about the trade-off and what the movie did for the franchise, and I admitted before I'm a fan of the figures for the most part, but the trade-off to me doesn't matter when I never see the other product out on the shelves. I'm getting to the point where I don't care how well the movie figures help the franchise as its now personally ruining it for me with over-saturation of the same core figures when the franchise as a whole has 100's to choose from.
For example, I'll see that horrible first wave of Movie Trilogy figures in my area from the day it launches until the day the stores reset, because stores over-order the hell out of the first wave and its usually figures no one wants.
Like I said earlier, we've had movie stuff on the pegs since... 2007? Lets figure the new movie hits in 2013, we'll have movie trilogy stuff in 2012 and movie 4 in 2013, so we're looking at seven straight years of the same figures over and over and over again.
It frees up a ton of money for third party stuff at least.
And I agree with you about using diverse characters. When I go to any store now the characters that are rotting are Bumblebee, Ratchet, Mudflap and Skids while most of the newer, unique figures are gone. I can always tell when a store has had Wave 3 in stock because all thats left is that Bumblebee repaint and Mudflap.
I honestly wonder if the store buyers or Hasbro themselves ever bother to look at the pegs and just see how much of this stuff is rotting. I'd love to see the market research that tells them "Lets make a new Mudflap for DOTM! The ROTF one sold awesome!"
I know a lot of it sounds like whiny BS but it kind of sucks watching my enthusiasm for the line dwindle to nothing with each new announcement.
The TL;DR is that while I'm happy for what the movie and figures did to the franchise, its now starting to ruin the franchise (for me) in that we keep getting the same figures in the same style over and over again.
Edited by animalspinners, 10 December 2011 - 04:27 AM.