The I Heart Al thread
Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:07 pm
Latest low-down from Al on GB:
First off with B&M just to restate every year the line does well for them and has grown but they are a budget retailer at the end of the day. Unfortunately they (the customer) contribute nothing to the overall costs .. thats absorbed by CO UK and the margin on these product (aka the profit) is substantially slimmer ... almost anorexic. Not only that the cost of tool storage and extraction, clean up, testing, spray masks and vac forms etc .. is also all absorbed by yours truly .. so you can imaging how much love there is for the B&M line within the company.
On the flip side B&M each year (because it does well) isn't stupid and insists that the new items have too be NEW and different from the ones they have run before .. Using that as a basis for the B&M lines means we are extremely limited in what we can do (Though i do try). We simply have no option But to use existing tooling and where possible the simpler tooling available. .... again you're getting action figures with as good if not better decoration levels for substantially cheaper than anywhere else.
I can undertstand the frustration of not getting new figures but the development costs are ASTRONOMICAL versus what we'd currently make back OR what we'd have to pass onto you guys.
Regarding the Big Finish items ..
Each of the sets is 'inspired by' stories in the range .. where possible they are literal but we'd rather give two what is seen to be the best doctor variant and the coolest looking Daleks we can .. pithing the bounds of the time War its actually perfectly feasible and a great creative path. these were developed with BF themselves and people that absolutely know the audios so where there is a bit of leeway we will use it. in regard to box art we can only use what exists and what is best suited .. again creatively its a judgement call but we'll get as close as we can.
We did look with BF at having these packed or bundled with CD's but in the time we had it was too tight to call and this is essentially a BIG experiment in cross promotion .. We might bring some BF fans to action figures and the acton figure may get some folks in the audios ...
Frankly from my point of view Big finish are absolutely streets ahead of the TV series (all of them) *I know its cheaper to produce than TV BTW ... But the stories are absolutely superb which is the critical thing! ... and personally i possibly enjoy them more in many ways than the series .. they are subperb and i cant recommend them enough. That said if its not your thing then its not your thing. I hope most people just enjoy the sets and it gives us some cool new figures that (refer above) perhaps the main line doesn't ..
We wont please everyone and we wouldn't hope to .. if the B&M and BF items float your boat then job done ... within the restrictions we have i think we've outdone ourselves this year and i say that only because i started this years development in something of a malaise saying that that would have to be our swan song line because there wasn't much else we could do ...
However ...'Time will tell Ace .. it always does!' ...