Quality control issues are nothing new in the action figure hobby over the last ten years. The reasons for this are obvious. The most significant problems are rising production costs. The cost of almost everything involved in producing action figures is on a continual and precipitous rise – the petroleum for the plastic, the petroleum for transportation, tooling costs, the labor costs for the factory. Thanks to a few high-profile toy safety crises, safety testing has become more expensive. Moreover, the most successful action figure lines today are licensed from large media properties which are increasingly expensive to obtain.
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Today’s Teefury shirt. I know these geek-culture mash-ups have gotten tired, but this one is a great idea and the art is fantastic. Someone needs to make a custom Marvel Legends figure of this pronto.
UPDATE: By the way, you can order these on BN.com.
Funko president Brian Mariotti posted official photos of the first wave of the Legacy Collection Game of Thrones figures, along with the following note:
Funko is proud to announce of first ever line of premium action figures.
It’s a shame we could not release this information the correct way, but things happen.
I will let you all in on a scoop, that is series 2 will be shown for the first time at Toy Fair. So you will see a New Daenerys(mother of dragons outfit), Khal Drago, Jamie Lannister, Robb Stark, Arya and Brienne!
For the next 30 day[s] only Series 1 will be exclusively at B & N.
So user punksraven at the Funko Fanatic forum did some research:
Hey guys, I’m new here. After those ebay pics surfaced, I did some investigating. Got a UPC off the Hound’s box in the ebay pics. It’s 849803039127. They’re in TRUs system but no stores in my area have them yet. I’ve also called three barnes and noble stores in my area. They all are telling me that these aren’t in stock in those specific stores (or any in my area) YET, but they have all said they have a very strict RELEASE date of 2/15, which is Saturday. They told me they will probably get them later in the week, but wouldn’t be able to sell them until then. Of course, if the shipping boxes aren’t labeled, or a worker just happens to miss that date, they’ll obviously get put on accidentally. Judging by others finding/buying them, it doesn’t seem like the registers are flagging them with the release date, so if they’re on the shelf, shouldn’t have any issue purchasing them. Hope this helps guys!
That makes sense and matches with Brian M.’s comment that the figures would hit the exact same time as Toy Fair. I think the idea was to have a big flashy reveal of the figures at Toy Fair and then be able to say, “And these are on sale RIGHT NOW!” – which, you have to admit, is rather awesome and practically unheard of in this day and age (and still is, of course, thanks to the leaked photos).
I still wonder if BBTS and EE and perhaps Amazon are sitting on these things in their warehouses, waiting for the release date. But it’s quite possible B&N has some sort of temporary exclusive deal. We just don’t know.