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DannyJC13

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« Reply #640 on: 09-02-2011 18:03 »

Zap

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Professor Zoidy

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« Reply #641 on: 09-02-2011 21:44 »
« Last Edit on: 09-02-2011 21:45 »

Far as I know all the core characters and immediate supporting cast are in stock over at Think Geek (I don't see a thing that says they aren't). Some are even reduced price! I'm definitely tempted to nab Farnsworth and Bender. Forgive them for fucking up Leela's name in the selection menu though. It's spelled right in the description so someone goofed.
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« Reply #642 on: 09-03-2011 22:20 »

There's no Fry selection though. I want my Fry!
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« Reply #643 on: 09-05-2011 21:57 »

any word on the release of the mafia?

or destructor?

or anything for that matter, i'm growing impatient.
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« Reply #644 on: 09-08-2011 01:15 »

Onto eBay goes my Zoidy + first release Fry. Starting them at 99p.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350490526305?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
DannyJC13

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« Reply #645 on: 09-08-2011 21:18 »

Wow, too bad I can't afford that. frown
I Carry A Harpoon
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« Reply #646 on: 09-09-2011 02:40 »

Bad news, everyone!

When asked when Toynami will be releasing the robot mafia figures their reply was "No plans for now =("

http://www.facebook.com/Toynami/posts/163975500346429

apexxx

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« Reply #647 on: 09-09-2011 03:35 »

well hell, if they are answering peoples questions on their FB page, I figured I might as well try to get some more answers for us.

"Hi Toynami. when will the next Futurama action figures be released? It feels like the collectors have been waiting forever for anything non-Bender, and we check our favorite online toy stores everyday praying for new figure pre-orders to show up. We are still drooling over what you showed off at SDCC. Also, thanks for producing the greatest action figures!"
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« Reply #648 on: 09-09-2011 03:52 »

Bad news, everyone!

When asked when Toynami will be releasing the robot mafia figures their reply was "No plans for now =("

http://www.facebook.com/Toynami/posts/163975500346429



Oh man, this doesn't sound good at all. If it weren't for all the great prototypes shown at recent conventions, I'd think for sure that this line was dying, if not dead already.

I've seen a lot of frustrating madness when it comes to toy lines biting the dust, but if this one dies with great figures like Morbo, Lrrr, Robot Mafia, etc, still on the table, it will take the cake!

Fingers crossed this won't be the case though...
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« Reply #649 on: 09-09-2011 04:40 »

if it dies, i will personally steal the proto types.
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« Reply #650 on: 09-09-2011 13:16 »

Well, that might be because the Destructor was pre-sold at Comic-con if I recall correctly and Morbo and Lrrr were both earlier in the schedule than the Mafia waves and most likely are not going to be released at the same time as each other. Given the release rate and the apparent priority of the other lines, I'm not surprised the Mafia has been pushed so far back that there's no date any more. Hopefully they'll keep showing these guys off at cons and toy shows, if that stops before they come out, there's a good chance they aren't coming out ever.
Twist

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« Reply #651 on: 09-10-2011 00:19 »

"Some clarification looks to be in order on FUTURAMA and our plans for the property. Recently, a comment from us was left on a post here that, while not inaccurate, didn't quite tell the whole story.
 
Last year, we received a large order from a major retailer for the most recent three assortments of action figures, as well as two future assortments. With that in mind, we went ahead with development on the Robot Mafia assortments. Unfortunately, an internal change at the retailer in question prompted the cancellation of that order, leaving the Robot Mafia without a home, and us with an unexpectedly large inventory of recent assortments, produced in anticipation of that order. We're currently exploring all options that would allow us to get the Robot Mafia on the shelves. When we know more, we'll make an announcement."



From Toynami's Facebook
jabalong

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« Reply #652 on: 09-10-2011 00:25 »
« Last Edit on: 09-10-2011 00:26 »

 hmpf
Twist

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« Reply #653 on: 09-10-2011 00:27 »

hmpf
I posted that while you were writing that long post.  Sorry big grin
jabalong

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« Reply #654 on: 09-10-2011 00:36 »

"Some clarification looks to be in order on FUTURAMA and our plans for the property. Recently, a comment from us was left on a post here that, while not inaccurate, didn't quite tell the whole story.
 
Last year, we received a large order from a major retailer for the most recent three assortments of action figures, as well as two future assortments. With that in mind, we went ahead with development on the Robot Mafia assortments. Unfortunately, an internal change at the retailer in question prompted the cancellation of that order, leaving the Robot Mafia without a home, and us with an unexpectedly large inventory of recent assortments, produced in anticipation of that order. We're currently exploring all options that would allow us to get the Robot Mafia on the shelves. When we know more, we'll make an announcement."

From Toynami's Facebook

Thanks for posting this. It's good to hear more from Toynami, though it just seems to get more confusing.

So they got an order and made more than they would have otherwise, but now that's canceled and they're trying to figure out how they're going to push out all this product?

But wouldn't it make sense to just start selling it through the usual channels and see how it goes? I don't know. I still think a Robot Mafia box set would be the best way to sell these.

But this still doesn't explain where Morbo and Lrrr are in all this. These prototypes have been ready for well over a year, long before the Robot Mafia. So what's taken so long to get these out?

It just seems like Toynami's lost the plot on the figures, maybe in part because of things out of their control. But clearly the plushies and tyneez have also killed the focus on this line.

It probably isn't easy running a toyline, but it doesn't mean we have to be happy either. With messages to Toynami's Facebook page showing some pull, I'd urge anyone who cares about this line to get on to Toynami's Facebook page, let them know you care, that you want to buy this product and keep the pressure up.

This may or may not be a 'save the line' moment, but either way it sure wouldn't hurt to make some noise for this line.
jabalong

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« Reply #655 on: 09-10-2011 00:37 »

hmpf
I posted that while you were writing that long post.  Sorry big grin
No worries, I quickly killed my original post and did a new one based on your interesting news. Thanks for sharing that.
Twist

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« Reply #656 on: 09-10-2011 00:42 »

I wonder why they don't do their own distribution?  Would save on cost and make them more money in the long run.  They could sell the figures on their own website like Hasbro does.  I know they need distributors, but it wouldn't hurt to offer their own sales of the products.  I'm tired of waiting like everyone else.  I don't have anymore figures to buy and I'm getting antsy!
Twist

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« Reply #657 on: 09-10-2011 01:33 »

"Jab: Morbo and Lrrr are still on the schedule, but we hit a manufacturing snag (the vinyl pieces are handled separately from the action figure production), so there's been some unavoidable and frustrating delays. News will come as soon as we have it."

"Jab & Malachi: Regarding Robot Mafia release, all options are being explored."

Via Toynami's Facebook
jabalong

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« Reply #658 on: 09-10-2011 17:55 »

Well at least we're getting some kind of updates from Toynami, but it sounds like a big mess at the moment with the figures - distribution problems with the Robot Mafia, production problems with Morbo/Lrr.

But jeez, get something out. What about Destructor? There's a note from Toynami that the SDCC ones will ship in October. If so, why no preorders yet on the retail version as I'd think all the Destructors would be manufactured at once.

Maybe it's just a bunch of unfortunate problems. But it's pretty lame that in the year since Futurama is back on the air, all we have in hand are URL, Wooden Bender and Bender 2.0. It's no way to capitalize on the show's comeback.
Gonzo the Grape

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« Reply #659 on: 09-11-2011 21:01 »

I too am excited to get more Futurama figures, and although it's been a long wait and will definitely be even longer,  I am glad to hear that the toys are made and toynami is still trying to get them out there and interested in making more.
 I'm going to guess that the retailer in question was Toys R Us, since they carried the re-issues of Fry and Bender.
 I'm not 100% relieved but I feel there is a decent chance in us getting the Mafia one day!  I'm guessing they are holding off giving these to online stores, to see if a retailer would be interested in acquiring them first.  That's probably a more desirable prospect to retailers.
nacirema

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« Reply #660 on: 09-12-2011 08:54 »

i'm patient, but it's growing old seeing 'FALL 2011' on the display cards, and it's now fall and still no word, not even a pre-order. i'd be contient f isaw them avaiable for pre-order, cuz then atleast we'd know they were on order.

alas, my phones backgrounds the SDCC pic, and everyday it makes me want them even more.

for now, i'm stuck on finding the I-Men, but that's like finding a snowball in hell now a days. to thosewho have them, i envy you.
Twist

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« Reply #661 on: 09-12-2011 14:47 »
« Last Edit on: 09-12-2011 15:58 »

i'm stuck on finding the I-Men, but that's like finding a snowball in hell now a days. to thosewho have them, i envy you.
I got lucky and found all four about a year ago on Ebay.

Also, here you go.  I-Men  I know it's only one of them, but it's a start smile
DannyJC13

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« Reply #662 on: 09-12-2011 18:34 »

I had URL, the Professor, Calculon and Roberto... I think I only have Calculon now... No coins... And I may have the Professor, but I know I don't have his lab coat, just the figure. hmpf
nacirema

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« Reply #663 on: 09-12-2011 20:00 »

i'm stuck on finding the I-Men, but that's like finding a snowball in hell now a days. to thosewho have them, i envy you.
I got lucky and found all four about a year ago on Ebay.

Also, here you go.  I-Men  I know it's only one of them, but it's a start smile
eff that, 68 dollars for one of 'em.

i'll patiently await the entire set...it'll come some day.
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« Reply #664 on: 09-15-2011 02:59 »

It's a damn shame if they give up on this line of figures.  I don't know, it is taking so long for them to get figures out they risk losing the interest of even big fans like us.  If Toynami is going to call it quits, they should go out with Scruffy.  I'll even send them my Nudar to melt down for raw materials!
nacirema

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« Reply #665 on: 09-15-2011 03:51 »

i only like nudar for the articulation aspect of it.

toynami needs to have more articulated figures.

i can also see why they're slackin, they've recently introduced a couple new lines.
karlheinzsmith

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« Reply #666 on: 09-19-2011 06:39 »

I wish they'd just wipe out humanity and get it over with.  It's the waiting I can't stand.  sleep
Dungeonstone

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« Reply #667 on: 09-19-2011 07:12 »

Hello.

I've been a fan of the series since the first episode but I never knew that these figures existed until after I stumbled over the Talking Bender at a local shop.

Now of course I have to have them all!!!

(Or most of them, anyway..) wink

From looking through this thread, some of you have really excellent displays set up, so I'm hoping that mine will compare favorably someday.

nacirema

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« Reply #668 on: 09-19-2011 07:29 »

welcome to the club.

hope you have deep pockets.

hahaha.
Dungeonstone

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« Reply #669 on: 09-19-2011 07:35 »
« Last Edit on: 09-19-2011 07:37 »

Reasonably, but not -too- deep.

However I did just win Beer_Monster_King's Zoidberg auction. smile
nacirema

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« Reply #670 on: 09-19-2011 17:51 »

i can't believe how expensive the zoidberg variants are goin for today.

and the glorious golden benders, and the original fry and zoidberg. i'm glad i didn't get into 'em this late in the game, tho i don't mean that ina bad way. it's always good when someone get into these figures. maybe toynami should read this thread.
Dungeonstone

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« Reply #671 on: 09-19-2011 22:14 »

Well, I figured that if I was going to collect them that I should start with the more difficult ones to get, as that way everything else should be fairly easy.

What's good for me is that I don't have much interest in oddball variants like "Mating Zoidberg" or "Golden Bender" so I probably won't bother with those unless I stumble over them at some ridiculous bargain price.

What's bad for me is that the Robot Devil is one of my favorite characters from the show so "Encore Fry" just won't do it, I have to have the original.
Dungeonstone

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« Reply #672 on: 09-19-2011 22:25 »

"Some clarification looks to be in order on FUTURAMA and our plans for the property. Recently, a comment from us was left on a post here that, while not inaccurate, didn't quite tell the whole story.
 
Last year, we received a large order from a major retailer for the most recent three assortments of action figures, as well as two future assortments. With that in mind, we went ahead with development on the Robot Mafia assortments. Unfortunately, an internal change at the retailer in question prompted the cancellation of that order, leaving the Robot Mafia without a home, and us with an unexpectedly large inventory of recent assortments, produced in anticipation of that order. We're currently exploring all options that would allow us to get the Robot Mafia on the shelves. When we know more, we'll make an announcement."

From Toynami's Facebook

Thanks for posting this. It's good to hear more from Toynami, though it just seems to get more confusing.

So they got an order and made more than they would have otherwise, but now that's canceled and they're trying to figure out how they're going to push out all this product?

But wouldn't it make sense to just start selling it through the usual channels and see how it goes? I don't know. I still think a Robot Mafia box set would be the best way to sell these.

But this still doesn't explain where Morbo and Lrrr are in all this. These prototypes have been ready for well over a year, long before the Robot Mafia. So what's taken so long to get these out?

It just seems like Toynami's lost the plot on the figures, maybe in part because of things out of their control. But clearly the plushies and tyneez have also killed the focus on this line.

It probably isn't easy running a toyline, but it doesn't mean we have to be happy either. With messages to Toynami's Facebook page showing some pull, I'd urge anyone who cares about this line to get on to Toynami's Facebook page, let them know you care, that you want to buy this product and keep the pressure up.

This may or may not be a 'save the line' moment, but either way it sure wouldn't hurt to make some noise for this line.


Well as someone who owns a small company that makes toys... (well, accessory items for Dungeons & Dragons... Close enough) I can understand part of their problems.

If they overproduced the most recent wave (URL + Obsolete Bender?) and have a ton of cash tied up in those pieces which are now having to be warehoused, then there may not be a lot of money free to invest in new pieces... Especially if the warehoused product in question is being held by the company that they use to manufacture the toys in the first place.

That company is probably not going to be willing to work with Toynami on any new orders until after the books are cleared on the current assortment which may be difficult to do if Toynami has already maxed out the product in the distribution channel.

The good news though is that Talking Bender and the Encore figures have still been released so hopefully that means that Toynami is working out the problems.


 
karlheinzsmith

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« Reply #673 on: 09-21-2011 04:46 »

Waiting for Toynami is like queing to get in to the Central Bureaucracy!

Out of interest, how much would a full set of unopened, boxed figures go for do you think?  I have all the build-a-bot versions (no encores), Santa 2 Pack, Alt Fry, Leela and Zoidberg, Mating Season Zoidberg in mint condition.  With or without Golden Bender?

I've considering selling them all for financial reasons (though I don't like to).  I don't have Golden Bender, but he goes for about $250AUD these days so wonder whether its worth it, if he will significantly increase the value of the collection.

In the end i'll probably just keep them though!
nacirema

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« Reply #674 on: 09-21-2011 04:48 »

about a stack, maybe more...depending on the condition.
SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« Reply #675 on: 09-23-2011 19:08 »

Eeeeew, someone just had a baby.  I got afterbirth on my shoes!  Oh wait, thats just its twin.  Get off my shoe, twin.

kgalemma

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« Reply #676 on: 10-05-2011 23:53 »

thinking of buying a 2011 sdcc comic-con bender but i'mnot too sure what i should pay how much would you say is too much for one?
Twist

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« Reply #677 on: 10-06-2011 00:01 »

thinking of buying a 2011 sdcc comic-con bender but i'mnot too sure what i should pay how much would you say is too much for one?
I wouldn't go over 35 ish.  You're talking about the Tineez?
kgalemma

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« Reply #678 on: 10-06-2011 00:06 »

dollars or pounds?  tongue
Twist

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« Reply #679 on: 10-06-2011 00:12 »

dollars smile

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