I saw some role play items at Wal-Mart yesterday, but I don't know what this means for the basic figures.
I'd assume stores are going to put it all out, but imagine if Hasbro tells them not to, and they send it back? That would be a pretty big mess though I'd think... either way, it sure throws things off. Hasbro was banking on there being the big media push to drive the figure sales.
However, I kind of think from the looks of the figures, that this stuff is going to sell anyway - which could make Hasbro rethink their approaches moving foward...
But on any note, this feels like a kick in the stomach, an uppercut to the shin, then a wet crap in the face.
I was so looking forward to seeing this movie this summer, and my little boy can't wait. I think this goes to show more than anything, someone wasn't happy with how the film was turning out and it looks like an act of desperation to convert to 3D to try and get kids interested in it. At least that's what it looks like on the surface. It looks like the movie is going to suck and they're scrambling for a way to save it.
I can't see any possible way that Hasbro is happy about this, unless they also agree that the movie just isn't all that good... I mean, really... the previews have looked cool, but not to the point where I'm blown away. I was hoping for some more classic designs - maybe they'll take advantage of this and find a way to squeeze in some classic looking Cobra Troopers into a scene or two, etc. I don't know. But I'm pissed off either way.
If there aren't new figures to get, I'll be equally pissed. And that's mostly because my son is so excited for this stuff. His birthday is this Sunday, and we've gotten him very little so he could instead get figures at TRU next week.