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Question about production of Muppet Action Figures...

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by Lorde Pompeo, Jul 21, 2002.

  1. Lorde Pompeo

    Lorde Pompeo New Member


    I would like to know something: why are figures like VC Beaker or Invisible Beaker produced in such a short number since they are always the most wanted?

    Wouldn't Palisade get more money and wouldn't fans be more pleased if such Figures were produced like regular Figures?

    Or maybe (this is a suggestion) for those who can't attend convencions and can't join the clubs and can't get the special Figures, can't a special line with those special Figures be made next year or something?

    What I mean is - by producing the special figures like regular ones in a 8th or 9th line wouldn't everyone be happier?

    Can anyone help me here?

    Thank you!
  2. radionate

    radionate New Member

    I think that people want these figures because they are so rare. That is why demand for them is so great. Had they been mass produced, I don't think the demand for them would be as great.

    The reason these figures are produced in such small quanities is because they are made as promotions to get people to attend conventions and industry parties. They are special incentives for people to come.

    It's how the toy industry works, unfortunatly they cannot please everyone, and there will always be something out there unavailable to the general public.
  3. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Yeah and it shouldn't be too hard to join the club anyway - they'll be opening it to new members every so often apparently ... and there's always Ebay ! *bows down to the Muppet god Ebay*

    Just get into credit card fraud - then you'll be able to afford everything !!!!! ;-)

    (Just to emphasise - that was a JOKE and Muppet Central does NOT support credit card fraud - just Penguin lapdancing clubs !) :D
  4. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Active Member

    Lorde Pompeo

    I want to answer these questions thoroughly for you, but first I have a question for you so I don't bore you. How familiar are you with action figure collecting in general? This industry in general?
  5. Lorde Pompeo

    Lorde Pompeo New Member

    I am not familiar at all...

    Now I have the feeling that if I was familiar I wouldn't be asking these questions...
  6. kane31666

    kane31666 New Member

    The prinicpal of supply and demand is easily used in the toy industry. Let's say a company, Palisades, is producing a toy with a low production run, meaning supply is low, therefore demand with be high because of the rarity. If this low prod run figure was then mass produced then demand would be low because isn't as rare.
  7. Lorde Pompeo

    Lorde Pompeo New Member

    So, you mean that these special Figures like VC Beaker or Invisible Beaker or Invisible Fozzie are offers... like presents?

    Or even tough they are a factor to atract people to the conventions they are still sold at regular prices?
  8. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Active Member

    Lorde Pompeo Hi!
    I would like to know something: why are figures like VC Beaker or Invisible Beaker produced in such a short number since they are always the most wanted?

    First, an exclusive in a shorter number allows you the opportunity to make a figure that might not be strong enough to be in an assortment at retail. A lot of folks might like the VC Beaker, but he is simply not the kind of figure you can put in an assortment and expect to be a good seller. Why the smaller number? Because of two reasons. One, it generates collectibility and interest in the line. Two, there is no real guarantee or gauge that a larger quantity will sell.

    Collectors like collectibility. If you lay a bunch of stuff on the table and say "Here, take a free fig! We got tons of them!" Many people will look at the fig and decided they don't want one. You lay the same figs on the table, say "Look here's an exclusive figure, costs ten bucks and only 1000 were ever produced!" a lot more people are goign to be interested. Cause THAT'S collectible.

    Wouldn't Palisade get more money and wouldn't fans be more pleased if such Figures were produced like regular Figures?

    Not necessarily. See above.

    What I mean is - by producing the special figures like regular ones in a 8th or 9th line wouldn't everyone be happier?

    That will alienate your collector consumer base. Imagine this. You pay a premium price to get a fairly rare VC Beaker on e-bay. We decide, next year, to release VC Beaker on a card again for 8.99...would you not be angry that you spent 50 bucks and now people can get it for 9? You can't re-release exclusives. Maybe a second run of a regular fig, but no way on a figure that was supposed to be rare in the first place.

    Does that answer your questions?
  9. Lorde Pompeo

    Lorde Pompeo New Member

    Thank you!

    Yep! It answers my questions...

    It didn't leave me exactly pleased because if in the future I find a way to start buying the Figures on my own instead of recieving them as presents, like UncleDuke did for me (or should I say St. UncleDuke), I won't be able to get these fabulous exclusives...

    On the other hand... If I quit school right now I might be able to find a job and THEN I will have some money to buy the Figures including the exclusives... That's it!

    But if I quit school I won't have enough education and I won't get a well-payed job SO I won't have enough money to buy the Figures, let alone the Exclusives...

    But if I keep on studying, then when I finish University, every single Figure (Regular and Exclusive) will be sold and I won't get them anyway...

    I want your opinion, people:

    Should I get a job OR should I keep on studying?

    Thank you!
  10. grail

    grail New Member

    if THAT doesn't answer your question, ask a Star Trek colletor about the Playmates 1701 Picard release...
  11. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Active Member

    Well, obviously stay in school...I hope you're kidding. No figure is worth an entire education. Well, except maybe Heidi Klum's figure...but that's a WHOLE different kinda figure!
  12. Lorde Pompeo

    Lorde Pompeo New Member

    I was only kidding but I really need to work out a way to get the Figures... I can't just sit and wait for people with great hearts like UnlceDuke to send me Figures! That isn't fair...

    Anyway, I doubt that many more people would do that for me... But, in the remote possibility that there are more people willing to send me Figures for free this is my e-mail: pompeus7@hotmail.com


    I am joking... But if someone has any ideas about how I could get some money without leaving school I would be happy to hear them!

    Thank you!
  13. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Re: Thank you!

    I've already told you people - either a life of crime, or a life as an international pop star will get you all the free figures you need. I've already learned lip-synching so i'm half way there already !
  14. grail

    grail New Member

    friend of mine used to joke that when he was short of cash, he'd walk into a room full of people and take of his clothes...then stay that way until he made at least $100...from people wanting him to put them back on.

    at least...i THINK he was joking...
  15. Lorde Pompeo

    Lorde Pompeo New Member

    Criminal or Pop Star...

    That's what I mean! How can I make money to get the Figures and keep my dignity at the same time?!? :D
  16. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Active Member

    Set up a stand in front of your house and yell out "lemonade! ice cold lemonade!!! Only 25 cents!"

    No...wait... You lose your dignity REALLY fast....

    Zack) Rowlf the, yes, i tried it, only i didn't use lemonade...i used soy sauce...Dog.
  17. SuperGrover

    SuperGrover Member

    You are hilarious, Zack the born in the year of the Pig, Dog! "Soy sauce! Ice cold soy sauce!!! Only 25 cents!"

    Too funny, and made me have to check to see if you were actually born in the year of the Dog. But you're a day late & a dollar short. 1982 was the year of the Dog. Sorry, Zack.

    I'm not sure which year of the Chinese Zodiac I was born. My birthday falls right during the cusp of the Chinese New Year. So I'm either a Dog OR a Pig. Since I love both Piggy & Rowlf, both are fine with me!

    Somebody should make & sell that -- Muppet Chinese New Year calendars, complete with daily fortunes. How fun would that be? The year of Rowlf.... year of Piggy, year of Rizzo, year of Clueless Morgan, year of Sal, year of Camilla... etc.

    Or at least Muppet fortune cookies; "You will go to Bombay, India and become a movie star".
  18. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Re: Criminal or Pop Star...

    You are really asking the wrong person about that - i've done jobs which included dressing up as a 6ft furry rabbit, sticking condoms onto a model wearing lingerie, and rugby tackling our prime ministers wife !
  19. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Active Member


    lol, thanks! yes the year of the hog is the year i was born, that's okay, i call my own pet dog a pig anyways because he eats everything in sight. One time he ate half a couch!

    that's sounds like a cool calendar idea!

    Zack)Rowlf the, a lotta kids got sick that day i sold that ice cold soy sauce...well wait it was more like sitting in the sun warm aoy sauce;-),Dog.
  20. uncleduke

    uncleduke New Member

    But I was born in the year of the Dragon?!!!

    Don't I get a Chinese New Year Muppet???

    Hey, wait a minute, my wife is a chicken........
    If I love chickens, that must mean.........

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