Which already doesn't fit the existing market.Keep in mind that what I was talking about involved:
Unless they're really well-hidden, they won't be collector-friendly. And if they're too BS, then the kiddies won't respond to them.Collector-friendly vehicles with totally BS cannons and rockets and stuff
I had taken that into account, figures now run $7 a pop and you want to toss one OR MORE into a set that costs less than 4 times that amount.New and re-released figures (including an excuse to make oft-requested things like a Padme resculpt)
So you want to take your investment and increase it by an expensive marketing campaign.A marketing campaign, including some sort of cool contest for kids
The re-release that its own producer suggests is only an experiment and may very well flop on its face, and it's coming out in the exciting, kid-friendly month of February.Tie-in to the re-release of The Phantom Menace
So far, Lucasfilm hasn't shown much interest in this sort of synergy, and what you suggest doesn't involve ANY of the ideas you've put forward, Anakin and Sebulba are the only existing podracers, you want to make all the OTHER ones.If possible, a Clone Wars tie-in (Honestly, do you think the folks making that show care that Anakin and Sebulba had a rematch in an excellent series of books they seem determined to crap all over? And do you think they aren't itching to have that very rematch on their show, involving as many extraneous fanwank cameos as possible?)
Poorly-done distribution is often a sign that something in the line isn't working, not the other way around. Usually it means retailers are very concerned the line isn't going to work on their shelves and want tweaks to ensure the best possible chances with their customers. Also, your GI Joe analogy seems to have no connective tissue to the idea of another 16 all-new Podracer vehicles and figures, they are totally different animals with entirely different markets. And finally, to say that you haven't met a kid who didn't say it was their favorite part is a little dubious, you've asked EVERY child you've met over the last 12 years since TPM came out what their favorite part of the movie was, and that ALL those children saw and remembered the movie that well, and that the race scene remained their favorite part consistently throughout that span despite some kids born in the interim not even likely seeing the film? IMO, it seems like you're stacking the deck to fit your wishlist item. But even if you're not, even if every single child in 1999 found the podrace to be their favorite sequence in the film, why then did EVERY SINGLE PODRACE PRODUCT in that year fail miserably at market? Because even if it was their favorite, it certainly didn't translate to sales - not of the characters, and not of the vehicles.If they can make the GIJoe 25th Anniversary and Pursuit of Cobra lines work (which, insane poorly-done distribution that leads to one or two pegwarmers killing the line aside, they both did) with absolutely no media support, I think they could pull podracers off. Adults think they were extraneous to the plot. I've yet to meet a kid who didn't say that was his (or her) favorite part of the movie.
I have heard of those 2 podracers only because of the aforementioned research I put in, and then secondarily because of the Podracing video game.
I agree with you on the upshot, none of it seems exceptionally marketable.
Hermione Bagwa's costume is sadly accurate to the rather lame design drawn up for her.Cliegg Lars (mostly exposition)
Corde (died and apologized for dying)
Dorme (female figure in a fancy dress, might as well do another Padme)
Hermione Bagwa – waitress (I really think this is the most sloppy costuming in Star Wars history. It looks like they
bought this outfit at a mall. I hate that scene for making Star Wars seem less otherwordly and
seem like a zany version of our own, but this character really looks like she wandered out from
behind the counter at Spencer Gifts or something.)
Jocasta Nu (librarian. And there again, remember when in Star Wars the next step on the road was interesting.
the Jawas led the droids to Luke, Yoda taught Luke the force. Now if you want to get to the next
phase of the adventure you literally go to the library to be scolded by the lady in charge.)
Onaconda Farr/Dar Wac (Rodian assistant) (this could work, but you could also take the Rodian from Jabba's band
and use it couldn't you. The marketable idea is different aliens in Renaissance fair clothes?)
Queen Jamilla (might as well do Padme)
Rogwa Wodrata (Separatist) (you have to pause the movie to see this alien)
Gilramos Libkath (Neimodian/Rune Haako) (can't you just use your Episode I Rune Haako figure?)
Sar Labooda (arena background Jedi) (this is a Jedi, but the Target arena sets had random Jedi and they didn't
seem to be a terribly marketable hit)
Sarissa Jeng (arena background Jedi) (see above)
Padme – Lakeside (the number of outfits Padme wore where she just talked to someone is so over the top)
Padme – Loyalist Committee
Padme – Picnic
Padme – Packing (Really, look at this. People want the figure where Padme went to a picnic or was PACKING! In
the original trilogy Han and Leia were going through asteroid fields and encountering mynocks in a cave that
turned out to be a worm. Anakin and Padme talked by a lake, ate a pear, went on a picnic, and sat by
a fire. It's like every bad romance novel cliche in one movie, like that's what Lucas perceives as what it
should be like when two people REALLY, REALLY fall in love. And we want action figures of this?)
Sephjet Josall (background Jedi) (see above)
Tikkes (Separatist) (same as with the Rodian)
Toonbuck Toora (Separatist) (Used to be with Star Wars aliens they were tough customers in a bar, or bounty
hunters, or fighting Luke on a sail barge, now we can watch them govern!)
And that's Episode II. The Jedi are probably the most marketable, but I'd worry about them pegwarming if they were carded figures.
I've never heard of Sephjet Josall, what a boring-looking guy he is! How would that be in any way interesting? The Jedi used to be wizards, sorcerror monk warriors, but with the prequels they're just "guy in robes holding light-stick".
Anyway, yeah, that list is about as marketable as ice cubes to eskimos.
BD-3000s were in the opera house. THE OPERA HOUSE! HOW EXCITING! I utterly hate the design too, as un-Star Wars as you can get. Creepy and plasticky and just awful. Certainly would make a fantastic action figure though, right? Yeah, give her a lightsaber, a blaster, and a garbage disposer or firecracker so kids can just take it from step A to Z right away.BD-3000 Luxury Droid (where is this in the movie?)
Merumeru (another Wookie would probably be a good choice)
Emperor Palpatine (Foundation of Emperor) (a main character, but in a non-dynamic scene)
Padme (Anakin’s Return) (she has Leia's hairdo so it's probably the best choice for all the Padmes left)
J’oopi She’ (Klaatu Jedi) (obscure, but an alien Jedi might sell, see Target analysis above)
Padme (Declaration of Empire) (sitting and talking)
GH-7 Midwife Droid (MIDWIFE DROID!)
EW-3 Midwife Droid
Mon Calimari Water Dancer (interesting concept art, but a Star Wars ballerina might not be the best idea)
Padme Funeral (she's DEAD!)
Padme Peacock Dress
Senator Fang Zar (is he from the cut scenes?)
Whie Malreauz (Padawan Learner)
A few more Jedis and Wookies might sell to the kids. They might fit in with the Clones Wars mindset.
Good breakdown. That's about what I expected.So my opinion remains the same, even with the intense market research of the collecting community, there isn't much that's marketable. The only main characters people list as choices in the poling results are Padme and Palpatine.