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Projections — 7/29/2015
Star Wars. Let there be Star Wars. Star Wars 7 is out today. Which means today will be a very good sales day. It is a self contained story that takes place in Ben Kenobi’s past back after the fall of the Jedi and he is on his own hiding on Tatooine. I already read it and thought it was very good. The variant action figure cover features? A Stormtrooper. Very cool.
Another great week. Summer is hot and so are our sales. Nothing like reading the reports and going that can’t be right. That’s way above average sales. Double checked and it’s all good. Things go so well I am almost starting to think they go to well. Something has to go wrong. Naw, the store deserves it after all the hard work we have put into it.
Did have a brief moment of crisis. When I did the bank deposit for the store the receipt came back as the only money in the account as the money I deposited that day. I thought the store’s account had been robbed. Then I noticed some person’s name on the receipt that I have never heard of before. The money was deposited in some poor guy’s account that was balancing at zero. Got that taken care of right away.
Found a receipt and tracking number that I am hoping is for the uncredited returns that was sent. Just one problem. The tracking number doesn’t work. I thought at first I typed the incorrect tracking number but no the USPS website has nothing for that tracking number. I scanned the receipt with the tracking number and sent it to Diamond hoping it might help. We are currently working on getting it taken care of.
Marvel did prove me wrong. I thought by the time the last Avengers movie came out Odinson would be back to being Thor and Falcon would no longer be Captain America. Though with Secret Wars going that could have influenced that since right now there is no monthly Thor or Captain America book.
On Tuesday and Wednesday of the previous week Minions came out first on the box office charts. Pulling ahead of Ant Man even though Minions has been out an extra week. Ant Man pulled ahead over the weekend and once again was number one at the box office. Beating out even the new movie Pixels. I did go see Pixels over the weekend. I liked. I liked it as much as I liked Ant Man. Though I can understand why Pixels isn’t a hit. Other than the hate critics gave the movie. It deals with the 80s. The games and characters younger people would have no idea about. I even asked my youngest employee if he knew who Q bert was. With a puzzled look he replied “who?” That said the four of us who went to the movie enjoyed it. Typical classic Adam Sandler movie.
This Saturday at 1 Star Wars X Wing. This one should have a big turn out. Lots of prizes. Lots of hype. Hopefully lots of fun.
This Saturday at 4 Age of Ultron part three for Heroclixs. These heroclixs should be brand new so again there should be a big turn out along with prizes and hopefully lots of fun.
Jesse has talked me into having Standard return this Sunday at 1 on August 2nd for Magic. $5 entry fee. Standard has returned. After all the headaches that come with Standard why did I let Jesse talk me into it? He has incriminating photos of me. No, it is because his attitude and play fits the store’s gaming aim. Fun and casual. Commander and Standard were going well when he was playing. I think he just switched from Commander on Sundays to Standard on Sundays just to see if he could talk me into. We are calling this Sunday at one Jesse’s Standard Magic. Some variety.
Speaking of variety Heroclix is going to try to have a pre release with the upcoming Superman and Wonder Woman set. I am looking forward to this set. The return of colossal figures. October is the target month of the release. I say target month due to Wizkids the makers of Heroclix having a 90 percent rate at lateness. Though that would mean a new heroclix set in October along with a new Magic set and perhaps a heroclix and Magic pre release with in weeks of one another. That would be interesting.
For the Superman and Wonder Woman pre release Wizkids has announced it is based on previous ordering history and what events have been signed up on their website. The website part sounds like what they were saying what was going to happen for Age of Ultron Heroclix at the Gamma trade show when I went. They claimed the past events on the heroclix website would influence what stores get for the Age of Ultron Heroclix event. Though it never happen. Another Wizkids trait.
Wizkids is currently saying they are going to choose who can have a Superman and Wonder Woman pre release and who can not based on previous ordering history and the event history on the heroclix website is what they are claiming. And yes it is that vague. No actual numbers to hit. I want to have a pre release for heroclix since it would be a first in the store’s history and business wise I think it is a good idea. But I really don’t want to hype something that come the end of September Wizkids tells me I can not have one in October. They will not decide till then. After the Con In Your Store event I am not looking forward to again possibly hyping something that may not happen or Wizkids completely screws up again. That hype can go into something else.
There was an Ant Man Heroclix event this year for stores they picked. We were not one of them. Number of disappointed customers? None. It was all for an Ant Man I.D. card. No one cared.
Received this last Thursday by email. ” We’re challenging players in a big way this August – with a special Battle Royale Weekend Organized Play event! During the weekend of August 8, participating FLGS will be hosting special “Battle Royale” events, where players will show off their HeroClix prowess in an attempt to win awesome 2015 Convention limited edition prize figures!”
“NOTICE: ALL STORES HAVE ALREADY BEEN SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE! PLEASE INQUIRE WITH YOUR DISTRIBUTOR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. ONLY STORES THAT HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY THEIR DISTRIBUTOR (ALLIANCE) WILL BE PERMITTED TO SETUP THE EVENT IN THE WIzKids Event System (WES). Templates will be made available soon for stores to schedule their events in the WES.”
Wow templates will be available soon. August 8th is only roughly two weekends away after receiving that email. And no we were not selected to be a part of the Battle Royale Weekend. Again I have no idea what the actual numbers were to hit to be able to host one. The reason I do not know is because Wizkids never provided us with any numbers or anything more than vague wording. And again after the Con In the Store Program I wasn’t concerned.
So in short. I hope to have a Heroclix pre release. But with Wizkids track record not worried about it. Wizkids is proving that just having product people want trumps customer service or having a good business plan.
Anyone remember their Supremacy League? Yep, that is what they named it. Bought the board for it and the prizes for it. But after the first time Wizkids never sent anymore prizes. So it died. If Wizkids had announced and had planned a second wave of prizes for it the Supremacy League could have thrived. I would never had bought the board had I know it such a short sighted idea of Wizkids.
So what does Wizkids do after letting the Supremacy League die? Now every month they have monthly prize support we buy just to have prize support. There is no guidelines for what to do with it. Some of it is cool though most are just repainted figures but with no real support or plan behind it so the players are not interested. Kyle did ask me once about the monthly prize support and I was honest and just said heck I forgot about it and just threw them in the back room.
So a possible Pre release for Heroclixs come October.
Lots of delays announced by Marvel.
Secret Wars 6 has been delayed to September 2nd.
Secret Wars 7 was due out September 2nd but has been pushed back to September 23rd.
So Secret Wars 8 will end the latest crossover leading into all the new first issues in the same month Marvel is releasing their new titles?
A Force 4 was due out August 19th but has been pushed back to September 9th. Issue 5 has been moved from September 23rd to October 14th.
Looks like August will be a Thorless month. Thors 3 has been pushed back from August 16th to September 2nd.
Star Wars 8 is now due to be out September 9th with issue 10 due out October 7th.
Darth Vader even though his first issue was out after Star Wars first issue still has more issues out of his own comic somehow. Darth Vader 9 will now come out September 9th on the same day Star Wars 8 does. With issue issue 10 due out October 7th. Again on the same day as a new Star Wars issue. But Vader will stay one issue ahead still of Star Wars by having issue 11 coming out October 21st. So two issue of Darth Vader in October unless Marvel announces more delays.
DC not to be totally outdone by Marvel’s lateness has announced that Justice League issue 3 is delayed till August 26th. Which is odd because it was announced the writer/artist Hitch had been working on Justice League for awhile before they released the first issue to give him more time to keep up a monthly schedule yet by issue three there is already a delay?
No Sunday gaming on August 16th or September 23rd. Those Sundays will be sell A Lot of Stuff Sundays.
August is almost here. August 8th we have the Fantastic Four private showing going down .Midway through August I hopefully will have some interesting issues to write about. Good issues of course. For me I am hoping to keep the blazing goodness of the store going. Though historically for comic stores things slow down come September since Summer is over with. I really wish DC had done another 3D cover event for September. People complained but they sold.
What is up with October? Marvel is having 40 new first issues in October. New Heroclix set for October. New Magic set due out in October. And of course October 3rd is when we celebrate the anniversary of the store! It’s going to be a big month. The October 3rd anniversary will be set up like the first year anniversary was. Think customer appreciation day. Free comics. Cake. Already other people are bringing up the cake. For the kids the Rodman Comics cut out. Totally out of control deals. And more! Just ten more Saturdays to go.
Another everything goes good Projections newsletter with some very minor issues. The newsletter will be so boring soon that no one will read it anymore. A lot of people read our newsletter. That’s the power of the internet. I need to go play the lotto and see if I can win it and then I can write about something more exciting. In the meantime you should stop by and hit the lotto by buying some cool stuff here at Rodman Comics.