mohawkjones wrote: dexiesmom wrote:
hawkman2 wrote:I'm guessing nothing this year, maybe too big or delicate for the show?
I'm thinking too big or too expensive for most people especially at conventions. A lot of people have limited space when they travel (especially if they fly) and the hikaris take up a lot of space). And they are expensive compared to the rest of the items in the Funko booth. Also, when you consider that everything is shared now, unless they shared the hikari with the Funko shop, I don't know what retailer would take them. They take a lot of shelf space and again, they have a high price point for something that will probably have to be eventually be put on clearance.
Size is not the issue. Look at a lot of Hasbro & Mattel's exclusives packaging. While from a design stand point it is bad a** it is also GINORMOUS! And that doesn't stop folks from grabbing them up. And most of their stuff carries a higher price point than Hikari did.
You are right about Hikari being the most expensive item at the booth. The bigger issue is the pop-hole "it's not a pop so it's crap" mentality that is hurting any Funko line right now that is not a pop. Ands I get it from Funko's end, if a Hikari box takes up the space of 3 pop boxes and the pops are guaranteed sell throughs than I would to devote that space to Pops too. Bummer for people like myself but I get it.
Size is also very dependent on who is actually buying the product in some ways too. Retailers/resellers will almost always buy no matter how big the item is since they are almost always driving to avoid space issues. While a lot of people fly since they are coming from all over the country. For Hasbro and Mattel size does matter to some point because within the last 7-8 years they have scaled their exclusives down significantly. Hasbro used to make some sets as big as 4 feet long, but never sold out since people couldn't figure out how to bring them home with them. Now their largest exclusives are much, much smaller (can fit in a suitcase). Since they don't have 70+ exclusives they can afford to have fewer, but larger exclusive sets.
They are going for a totally different market. A lot of people who go for pops aren't really looking to spend a lot either. They are used to paying $5-15 a figure so they see a great mold for $80 and they immediately say no way. They can get a handful of Pops for that price, even if they QM is a less than the HIkari QM.