So, the big news out of the GIJCC Roundtable was that the Collectors’ Club is adding a new “subscription” service! Patterned after Mattel’s “Matty Collector” online store, the idea is that you pay a monthly fee (or a one time fee) and you get whatever figure the Club releases each month. In this case, the Club is releasing two figures per month for 6 months, with a “bonus” 13th figure for those folks who subscribed right from the start.
At this point the idea is apparently to focus on unproduced Hasbro figures or other unique items that fans might be interested in.
The first two figures are apparently “Quarrel” and the “Nano BAT”, both unproduced items initially slated for Hasbro’s 25th Anniversary line and the Rise of Cobra line respectively.
Both of these figures are excellent candidates, I think. A lot of folks have seen the pre-production Nano-BAT, which is interesting because of what it is, though the figure isn’t all that appealing. Well, the production figure was going to have green translucent arms and a light-pipe system to make him glow, and I think that’s pretty damn cool. By the looks of it, the Club version is doing that. As for Quarrel… perfect choice. Though now I’ll have to track down the 09 Con Exclusive Blades!
My guess at monthly costs are probably around $40 – $50 for two figures. It’s not a small amount, but for two carded figures produced in small numbers by the Club, I think that’s about what we can expect. That makes each figure in the $20 range or so (if shipping is included).
I do see folks having a lot of hopes and dreams that I think they want to be careful of. Before we start hoping and praying for all of these figures, I think it’s fair to assume that the Club is going to stick with existing tooling. They’re not tooling figures up for this on their own, they’re most likely going with what’s already there. Granted, there’s a pretty big tooling library, but folks hoping for stuff like Pythona are probably going to be disappointed.
As long as we get freaking Iron Klaw, I’m ALL IN. City Strike Scarlett would be cool, too… but I’d also love to see them expand the G.I. Joe: Resolute roster a little bit. I think there are enough existing parts that could be used.
We’ll see. Whatever happens, that’s another guaranteed 13 figures this year, and when only 30 – 40 are slated for retail release, that’s a nice little bump in the roster. Looking forward to it.