In just a few days – this Friday at 3pm ET, to be exact – we’ll find out the first three to five figures in the 2013 Club Eternia subscription. (Assuming it doesn’t get leaked ahead of time…)
It seems to me that MOTUC’s status as one of the premiere toy lines has been fading, and I suspect 2013 may represent the lowest subscriber numbers yet. My question to you is: what would it take you to re-subscribe? What characters do you want to see? What characters don’t you want to see?
For me, it’s simple: Ram Man and Tyrantisaurus. If I see both of those at SDCC, I’m subscribing, no question. Hell, if I see just Tyrantisaurus, I’ll subscribe. If I see just Ram Man, I’ll have to think about it – I’d rather pay $150 for Ram Man on eBay than buy a $600 subscription for a bunch of figures I won’t enjoy.
An Ice Armor He-Man bonus figure would make me think long and hard about subscribing, too, but I suspect we’ll get Flying Fists He-Man & Terror Claws Skeletor or New Adventures versions of both characters first.
If I don’t see any of those three, I’m currently leaning toward not subscribing. With Spikor and Mekaneck coming this year, nearly my entire “childhood nostalgia” collection is complete.
Speaking of Ram Man, here’s a second question: how would you feel if Ram Man were the 2013 incentive figure? I suspect many fans would be outraged, but I see three good reasons for Mattel to do it:
- To justify the new tooling costs (which really can’t be shared with too many other characters);
- To maintain or even boost subscriber numbers after last year’s decline;
- To obviate the risk of never producing Ram Man if 2013 turns out to be the last year of Club Eternia.
So – what would you need to see to subscribe to the 2013 Club Eternia? Or are you all-in – or out – no matter what?