Many of these characters would never see the light of day without Comic Con. I would hope that even a small chance of getting them would be looked as an opportunity.
As a collector and fan of many things myself, I have looked at exclusives as an opportunity. Even with a small chance of getting it, at least there is a chance.
Comic con is my chance to say thank you to all the fans. I hope you can all see it that way too.
While I completely understand the need to test the waters and see how well the consumers take the product (I mean we are talking about a bulky minotaur doll for a fashion doll line) it doesn’t exactly remove from the fact just how flawed the Comic Con exclusive formula is.
I AM in California, I am literally an hour away from San Diego, and I was still unable to get a ticket or get a friend to pick up Manny for me. Comic Con’s registration system is piss poor and you have a slim chance of getting anything from the convention even if you ARE from the area. People out of state have an even lower chance of these so what winds up happening to fans who want but can’t go?
Well in come the scalpers. I understand that they’ve always been a thing and while continue to be a thing so long as “con exclusives” remain, but there is honestly no control over them and the system gets abused.
Comic Con wasn’t even finished and I was finding Manny and Iris in comic-book shops for $120 (+$20 for the jacket of course) when they were available for $40 about half an hour away.
And the thing is, this all WOULDN’T be bad if the exclusives were just different variations of a character rather than the ONLY run of said character. We’ve had two for Scarah dolls which is GREAT… but only one Hoodude. The super-rare-pay-a-scalper-$300 Hoodude.
Like, I understand what Mattel is doing with the Comic Con exclusives and we all appreciate the fact that characters like Manny do get a doll after all, but we really need Mattel to look at ALL fans, not just the ones rich/lucky enough to score entry into Comic Con.