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PostSubject: SDCC UT?   Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:29 am

Any whispers about whether UT will be releasing any DW toys for SDCC? The 13 Docs set was a pleasant surprise, but it seems like UT may have stopped distributing the DW line completely. Have they said anything one way or the other?
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:08 pm

We do not have any information at this time. Sorry!
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:20 pm

Thanks for the status report. Good to at least have info on the current lack of info. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:00 am

As UGT have cancelled their orders of the last few Collector's figures and Tardis Playset...; Not quite sure they'll have something this year
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:43 pm

If they did the 2nd Doctor in the fur coat it would be a huge hit for them. The Web of Fear Yeti would be fantastic to exspecialy since that is out on DVD. They have both figure prototypes done. Here is to wishful thinking. On a sidenote I had a couple of extra Sutek figures I don't customise (I'm not big on chopping or changeing figures) but took a crack at making a Horice and an Osrion it turned out fantastic.
This is 10th year for the figures it would be nice to have a big bang at SDCC for 2017.
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:03 am

Just a heads up, but a lot of companies are dropping the Doctor Who license this year.

This includes:
USAopoly (Doctor Who Monopoly, Clue, Risk, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit)
Culturenik (Doctor Who mugs, posters, fridge magnets)

And while we have not had official announcement from certain other companies, the amount of items available through them is rapidly decreasing, giving us reason to believe they will drop their license as well.

Meanwhile, newly introduced products are few and far between, with many items apparently suspended in developmental he11.

These are signs of a diminishing property in popularity. We keep reducing numbers on items (books, Big Finish audios, etc), only to find that we have not reduced quantities ENOUGH. People are not buying Doctor Who items like they did 3 years ago.

While this has nothing specifically to do with UT, I seriously doubt they are not experiencing the same situation.
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:07 am

Not surprised sadly...
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:50 am

Me neither I've been doing Doctor Who since the 80s I ran a club at Western Washington University and we landed a couple of conventions. Nicolus Courtney & JNT, Than Colin Baker the next year. When Colin got in it was a big shock to some people, Capaldi is having the same effect is part of it. I know a lot of people who got into Doctor Who now they don't want to watch the old guy. Moffits view on the classic Doctor Who has not been helpful. The 50th was fun but a dispointment to classic fans. I have really done well on picking up the Charector Options Doctor Who line and have spent a lot on my set. As well as other Doctor Who items. There is an eb & flow on everything, but this is frustrating, Well i'm still a Docotor Who junky and will promote it whenever I can. The Latest Doctor Who magazine special about Doctor Who toys is a great read (highly recommended). I printed it out before it got pulled The Charector Options in detail about their figure manufacturing process in 2007. The games and toys we got we could't imagine that in the 80s & 90s. It has been a fantastic run, Doctor Who has become mainstream here and it's not dead yet, but it does need a boost right now.
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:43 am

Funko is doing an exclusive Clara Pop! https://funko.com/blogs/news/sdcc-2017-exclusives-wave-5-tv
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:08 pm

I was really hoping we'd have a Bill figure. Now I'm wondering if we'll even get a new Doctor in the 5'5 line...
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:14 pm

I'm not surprised either, sadly.

I don't think it's just Capaldi (though I think that has been a factor) but it's the fact that we're post-50th-Anniversary. We're not 'building' to a major event anymore, which makes fandom less exciting in general. Even regeneration is a bit humdrum.

I hope the new Doctor breathes some renewed interest in the franchise BUT I hope they don't resort to 'publicity-stunt' casting of the Doctor, which is a seemingly constant rumor. I fear it would feel like a desperate attempt to get publicity and be the final nail in the coffin.
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:45 am

I see it as a fault of the BBC. No series last year and poor publicity. I think they are more interested in overseas sales of the programme.

Next month we will be getting the sets from the discount chain here in the UK, begins with a B...
Character have not done anything major in ages, apart from the 13 Doctors set which was just repaints and tweaks. I wonder why they still have the licence or why bother when they hardly release anything. Mind you Al Dewar said its North America that figures sell well in the DWM toy special.
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:24 am

Ianotimelord wrote:
I see it as a fault of the BBC. No series last year and poor publicity. I think they are more interested in overseas sales of the programme.

Next month we will be getting the sets from the discount chain here in the UK, begins with a B...
Character have not done anything major in ages, apart from the 13 Doctors set which was just repaints and tweaks. I wonder why they still have the licence or why bother when they hardly release anything. Mind you Al Dewar said its North America that figures sell well in the DWM toy special.

CO have renewed the DW licence with BBC earlier this year.
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:40 am

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CO have renewed the DW licence with BBC earlier this year.

I must say, that truly surprises me given that they've produced so little over the last couple of years.  Even that 3.75 inch line seems to have fizzled out.

Maybe they're just waiting for the next Doctor and seeing if that rekindles sales/interest?  Even if they only did a handful of 5" figures a year, that would make me happy... and if they had some new 'Classics' in the mix, I'd be over the moon! Even assuming they want to stay 'current', I'd think they could easily do 4 figures a year: New Doctor, New Companion, New Monster/Villain, Classic figure... Then follow up with more new and classic monsters/villains and classic companions until time to do another 'new' companion or Doctor.
I'd really love it if we could get a new-age Ice Warrior and Smith/Capaldi era Cyberman in the 5" scale!

Whatever's happens with CO, I hope Big Chief keeps producing 1/6 Doctor Who figures... at least until I get a Third Doctor!
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:50 pm

CO have renewed the DW licence with BBC earlier this year.
Like thebreen said, I too am surprised they renewed it. Considering in the last year we have had 13 repaints/tweaks and three new figures. Maybe with so many companies giving up the BBC were more than happy to carry on with CO, maybe they go a special bargain Razz
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Yesterday at 3:32 am

It probably means that nobody is interested in the toy licence and that CO still sees some value in having it. Or they would have dropped it if they thought they would lose money.

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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Yesterday at 10:18 am

SirPrize wrote:
It probably means that nobody is interested in the toy licence and that CO still sees some value in having it. Or they would have dropped it if they thought they would lose money.


I think you're right. I suspect CO sees maintaining the license as safe business.  Even if the show's popularity has dropped, there will soon be a new producer, new Doctor, and maybe even a new companion. All/any of these things could breathe new life into the license... Even if all we get is a new Doctor figure, two years from now.  I suspect CO is waiting to see the lay of the land before potentially giving up the license and letting another company swoop in and take it while it's still potentially profitable.  

That makes sense to me.  Then again, it also makes sense to me that CO increased production of new figures (especially classic characters) in the lead up to the 50th anniversary, which they didn't really do... so what do I know? Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: SDCC UT?   Yesterday at 10:56 am

thebreen wrote:
 

That makes sense to me.  Then again, it also makes sense to me that CO increased production of new figures (especially classic characters) in the lead up to the 50th anniversary, which they didn't really do... so what do I know? Rolling Eyes

To increase production, you need demand...
you don't produce if you don't have any buyers... meaning retailers in this case.
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