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Projections — 2/10/2016

The new World’s Finest set for Heroclix is out today. I really like this set. Along with the new heroclix set a lot of great new comics are out today. Batman 49, Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, Black Knight 4, Darth Vader 16, Deadpool 7, Harley’s Little Black Book 2, New Suicide Squad 17, Spider-Gwen 5, Spiderman Deadpool 2, Weirdworld 3, and many more good comics are now on sale.
The new World’s Finest Heroclix also came with “case incentives”. A Justice League teleporter. To take the place of the Avengers meeting table to put character I.D. cards with. The Avengers meeting tables were prizes for month one of the Age of Ultron Heroclix event.  I still have extras of them on hand. The Justice League teleporter is suppose to be limited one for every case of World’s Finest we bought. And only through Alliance apparently since I could not find them through Diamond. And we are suppose to sell them for $19.99 each. Meaning we have to buy it at a higher price than the Avengers meeting table and try to resell it. What Wizkids is thinking is once again beyond me. The Avengers meeting table that was to hold character cards was given away to players who played in the month one event. Now people are suppose to pay $19.99 for DC’s version of the Avengers meeting table? Yes, it does come with some character cards. But still in the average player’s mind it is going to be a shock to go from free to $19.99.  Case Incentive? I buy a case so I get to buy the Justice League Heroclix teleporter? And what is the Justice League teleporter Case Incentive. Why it is a repainted Avengers meeting table that was free to players.
Wizkids I know over the years you have gotten cheaper and cheaper. But please think about going back to the mail away Heroclixs from years ago. When I first opened there was a Buy it By the Brick Program. It was a smart program that helped local stores. As everyone knows buying off the internet is popular. This was to help give a reason to buy a brick (10 boosters of Heroclixs) from non online stores. For buying a brick at a local store one needed to mail in ten UPC codes (the bar codes on the boxes of boosters) along with the receipt showing they bought them from a store to get an exclusive heroclix. The last one if memory serves me right was the white lantern Sinestro.  Then to save money they sent the buy it by the brick Heroclix to the stores to give out to people who brought bricks. Giant Sized X Men had Multiple Man as the buy it buy the brick and the Captain America set had a Nick Fury L.M.D. The popularity of the program went down Then Wizkids decided to include the buy it by the brick heroclix in one random booster in a brick of heroclixs.  The Hulk and Superman set each had one. The popularity of the program went down even further. Then Wizkids just stopped it all together. A cost saving measure even though they were selling a lot Heroclixs.  And now we are at “case incentives” for the suggested retail price of $19.99. Wow.
The Justice League teleporter should have been price support for World’s Finest. Instead I had the honor or buying the prize kit to give away which is Streaky the Supercat. A repainted figure from World’s Finest.
Starting off “case incentives” with a DC card holder that now costs money while Marvel’s card holder was free to the players (not free for the store owners to give away though) seems all kinds of foolish.
Wizard World Des Moines is roughly three months away now. And what the heck? The guest list looks pretty bare. Nothing from Star Trek or Star Wars? With there being movies based on the properties this year they couldn’t afford them? And what about the comic talent? No Neal Adams this year. Currently no big names at all.
Ironically it looks like I could check out Wizard World Las Vegas while I am in Vegas at the Gamma Trade Show. Which should easily be a better show since it is in Las Vegas. Who doesn’t want to go to Vegas?
Looking at the guest list for Wizard World Des Moines I am very thankful I did not sign up last year for a booth this year. Though that could easily change with the announcement of a popular guest.
I have noticed more and more online articles and chatter about how things look an awful lot like they did right before the comic industry took a dive in the 90s. I read those and think, yeah I have been saying that for awhile now. When titles such as Iron Man 1 decrease over a 100,000 copies to the second issue that shows how few people are actually reading the comic and how many where bought just to get the variants.  Short term sales.  Silk 3 had a Scott Campbell variant cover. The catch? One could be ordered for each twenty five copies a store ordered. There isn’t 25 people coming in reading Silk sadly. Which is the case for many stores across the good old USA. Silk wasn’t selling before Secret Wars. And after her re launch it sells even less copies. That said I did order 25 copies of Silk 3. Even one of my employees was surprised. I did it on the gamble that the Campbell cover would be worth more than the copies of Silk that we wouldn’t be able to sell. It was going for $100 on ebay when it came out. And of course the copy we got was damaged in shipping. Which seems to happen to often. Lucky a new copy came in two weeks later and we managed to get $60 for it. I gambled that not many stores would purchase 25 copies of Silk 3 to get the one variant knowing that was way more copies than they could sell. Thus making it more rare.
So Marvel sold more copies of Silk 3 thanks to that variant. But there wasn’t more readers. Basically we bought the rarer comic for a higher than normal price.
I have been noticing demands for variants decreasing. Marvel’s cos play variants were not popular to put it mildly. DC did well with the black bagged Harley Quinn variants. Next month for March DC is having bagged comics again such as they did with the black bags. They had their first reveal for one of the covers. On the revealed cover  Batman actually has the words Batman on his chest. It did not impress me. And this time the three different covers are not the inked, penciled, and colored versions as had been done for the Harley Quinn variants.
The bagged variant theme in March is the Superman v Batman movie. Which I thought cool people might be interested. Of course there are no actual images of the covers till this month. And currently the one DC revealed left me cold. So cold I decreased orders for the Detective Comics issue that it is being used for.
And yes March is less than a month away and for the variant theme there is only one image of one cover available. Just nine more bagged variants with no actual cover images. Ordering blind is so much fun.
Variants have been all about short term sales for quite awhile now. I need long term sales and plans.
Right now Marvel is hyping not there next crossover but another crossover that will take place this year. Civil War II. Which is Marvel playing it save. The first Civil War crossover was a hit and there is the Civil War movie in May.
DC Rebirth I have not heard much more about yet. It is very well talked about. Though very little is still known about it.
Jan comic sales estimates were released. I knew sales compared this year to sales from last January 2015 would be less. Last January seen the release of the Star Wars 1 which was a big hit. The comic that ranked 50th in January 2016 was estimated with sales at  35,382. Which was Agents of SHIELD 1. Not trying to pick on Marvel it just happend to be the comic that ranked at 50. That of course means all the other lower estimates sold even less.
I do wish standards were applied more in the comic industry. Better writing, better artwork, more power given back to the editor, and of course a long term plan.
Agents of SHIELD the T.V. show has millions of viewers but only sells around 36,000 copies? And that is it’s first issue. That’s not good.
Though as I have stated before the average non comic reader has no idea there is a monthly comic based on something they are watching. Hard to start buying something you don’t even know exists.
Marvel is shooting out some way out of left field titles. Hyperion is getting his own book? Starbrand and Nightmask is doing as good as I expected. Which wasn’t good to start with. I was glad to hear Powerman and Iron Fist will be getting their own book. Then I seen the art.
Oddly enough Marvel is having more Scott Campbell variants for Silk, Spider-Woman, and Gwen-Stacy for their upcoming crossover. Which is odd is the Scott Campbell variants are order as much as we want. No one copy for every twenty five of the regular covers purchased. Meaning ordering them like a regular standard cover. I am assuming that means the Scott Campbell one in twenty five variant for Silk 3 didn’t help it much so they are trying it this way. I don’t understand why Marvel doesn’t just make it the regular cover. I ordered more of the variant cover than any of the regular covers. Will there really be a lot of people that buy both covers of each title?
Magic the Gathering has announced that on April 8th there new set Shadows over Innistrad will be coming out. Another set returning to a previous set. I understand it’s easier than coming out with something new and original.  But Magic does need something new to get people excited and talking. New players are more likely to get into a new set than a set that isn’t a new idea.
Wizards of the Coast just announced come July 22 the follow up set to Shadows is Eldritch Moon.  Which roughly would put the next set around October. Which Shadows and Eldritch would have most likely been best suited for since it is a set about Vampires, Werewolves, and Halloween theme things. Will the Snapcaster make a return in either set?
Wizards of the Coast announced Battle of Zendikar was the “biggest launch ever”.  Yes, people went ape and bought up Zendikar thinking the full art lands would be worth money. Case in point the Battle of Zendkiar Fat Packs that were bought up because it had full art lands. The demand was so high other people wanted Fat Packs after hearing they were sold out and were tough to get. Oath of the Gatewatch Fat Packs sales are back to normal. People have figured out what I already knew. The full art lands are now plentiful. There is going to be one in every Battle of Zendikar booster pack and Oath of the Gatewatch booster pack and they will be available for months still.
Force of Will is still strong. I even played in the draft Monday.  It’s a very casual group playing for fun. And a loyal group. Which is a rarity when it comes to gaming. We gave each other a bad time and laughed a lot. Had a great time. Everyone did. Something I hope to keep going.
We received an Iron Man and Batman Magic 8 ball. Right now I would say the 8 Ball says 2016 could be very interesting. As for interesting in a good way or bad way I am hoping good. Just wish for more creativity from the comic publishers and game publishers.
I feel like Cranky Lad writing this up. Things aren’t bad. There are a lot of good comics out there. There are a lot of good games out there. I am only trying to be honest about what I currently see in the industry. Again I really like the World’s Finest Heroclix set. It has 5th string characters that only a die hard like me would know. Mr Nobody from Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol? I never thought I would see that in Heroclix form.
Can’t wait till this Saturday when the Heroclix players see the Justice League teleporter card holder for the DC cards and see how shocked they are. I can hear it now? What the? The Avengers card holder was free!
Deadpool the movie looks insane! Glad to see Fox had some guts and go with a R rating instead of the must have PG-13 that all other superhero movies have. Rumor has it that Fox already is looking towards making another Deadpool movie and there are post credit scenes.
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