Am I defending anyone? No this is just my analysis of the situation. This is how things are. It's pretty much a catch22.
Yeah, this is pretty much my feeling, too. I just feel the need to say what most toy company guys aren't allowed to say so that folks know that there are reasons they aren't seeing for what happens.
I'm not necessarily saying that those reasons are right, but the people up top think they are.
I agree with most of what Jason said on his blog, but I do think the suits give bigger credence to the market on these forums than Jason thinks they do. There are figures there influenced by our cries for them. We can only thank Toy Guru and crew for fighting to get these in our hands.
Oh, I think Mattel has done an amazing job in fan relations in the last few years, and I know that the team there does very much listen to the board, etc. But company policy hasn't really changed to reflect that, and we're just lucky that guys like ToyGuru and Texas Ranger are fans. The next guy might not be, and then we're back to the same old, same old.
By the way Jason, thanks for the link to Godin's blog. It took me forever, but I finally got around to reading Purple Cow recently and I loved it. Bookmarked his blog.
For some reason, Purple Cow really
made the rounds a few years ago. I've only read a couple other of his books, but i do like reading his blog for nifty insights.