Final Wave of Task One’s Pillaging Pop Culture Series 1, Wave 6 Drops on May 19
May 16, 2013

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This Sunday, May 19th at 4PM EST, Task One’s 3-inch custom series “Pillaging Pop Culture” Series 1 will draw to a close with the sixth and final release of 3 figures. Collectors and fans have been waiting 12 weeks for the release of an Animal figure. As a special bonus, each Animal figure will be entirely unique: every Animal will be wearing a different heavy metal or punk band t-shirt! Every Animal figure will be fully one-of-a-kind.

Blind-boxed custom hand painted figures will be $40.00 per piece, but collectors can guarantee pulling the Animal figure by buying the full 3-piece Wave for $100.00. Purchasing the full Wave guarantees that you will get one of each of the 3 figures in that wave. Purchasing one or 2 blind boxed figures means you will get one or 2 randomly selected figures.

Tenacious Toys is still selling a limited number of full sets- the whole series of 18 characters plus chase- at $600.00, but only until June 1st when all Pillaging Pop Culture figures will be taken off of the website. There is a “free” chase figure (not part of the 18pc set) that will be rewarded to 2 lucky orders each Wave, and automatically to anyone who purchases the full set. While the exact run size is not revealed, the series is limited.

Wave 5 blind boxes and full sets will remain available on the Super Series Sundays page until Saturday May 18th, so act now if you want to secure those figures! Once Wave 6 goes up, Wave 5 will no longer be available.

Release schedule for Pillaging Pop Culture:
• May 19, 4PM: PPC Series 1 Wave 6 FINAL RELEASE
• near future: PPC Series 2 (Task has already leaked photos of the sculpts online)

LINKS:

Task One’s website:
www.taskoner.com

Super Series Sundays page:
www.tenacioustoys.com/SuperSeriesSundays_s/207.htm

Tenacious Toys homepage
www.tenacioustoys.com

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… a killer series, wasn’t it?

Re-Thinking the Blind Box

The current blind box theory works well for production pieces. But when it comes to custom and home artist-made series, especially ones with several artists, you may only want one or a couple of certain pieces in the series. The chances of getting one you like may not be in your favor. You also may not want to blindly pay upwards of $100 for a custom you may not like. Another issue is you may not want to buy more than one, in fear you might receive a duplicate.

So after a little thought and experimentation, this is how the Pillaging Pop Culture series will work:

The series contains 18 figures that will be divided up into 6 releases (“waves”), held 2 weeks apart.

By releasing 3 figures at a time instead of releasing the full series of 18 at once, it automatically raises your odds of getting the one you like to 1 in 3, instead of 1 in 18 or whatever the ratio may be. If you purchase 2 blind boxed figures, your odds go up dramatically. Your odds disappear completely if you shoot for the price savings and buy all 3. Releasing 3 figures at a time will also guarantee there are no duplicates bought or sent with any order. When a customer orders 3 blind figures in Wave 1, one of each of the three Wave 1 figures will be shipped to the customer.

To add a little intrigue to the usual blind box release method… instead of seeing all the figures in the series and a blacked out mystery chase figure, we will do the opposite and start with revealing the chase first (see below). The rest of the figures will be blacked out, only to be revealed upon each 2 week release. Hopefully this lends a little excitement and suspicion as to what figures may be revealed each wave.

To entice sales, the chase will be free. 2 lucky orders will be selected randomly each release round to receive a free series chase added to their order. The chase will also be rewarded automatically to any customers who purchase the whole series for $600.

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All figures come in custom packaging

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Custom packaging:

Task One used some of the proceeds from the sales in the first drop to fund the printing of custom boxes for the series.

All Pillaging Pop Culture figures will come in the boxes pictured at left.

Call it reinvesting back into the product.

A note from Task One:
By stretching the release out over a 12 week period it prolongs the fun, interest and awareness of this project both for the collector and the artists. As a collector, it increases your chances of receiving pieces you want and gives you time between paychecks to save up for the next release. As an artist, the space in between gives us time to fulfill orders and keeps the project in the blogs and media for a while, instead of having a nice build up to a release date, after which the project is forgotten.

Task One would like to encourage other artists or people putting together a blind box series to try this method out, and feel free to adapt and add on your own ideas to the process. If you do please contact him and let him know how it turns out.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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