08-18-2011 10:51 PM
Dang, that Bambi artwork just looks spectacular. That one definitely looks to be an easy double dip for me. Incredibles looks good, and Pirates 4 is nice, but that Bambi one just looks amazing to me. With that black / dark green / whatever border or without, LOVE it.
08-19-2011 07:09 PM
I saw some of these at (competitor) today. The spine is very ugly, the edges don't touch and the center part with title info is short so you can see the plastic lining inside from the spine. It looks cheap, I'm very disappointed about that. Besides that the cases are good quality, don't feel super cheap but the spine just kills it for me. This knock off has terrible spine design, I hate the gap and seeing the clear plastic.
Disney would you stop being greedy and pay SteelBook or IronPack licensing fees?
08-20-2011 07:00 AM - edited 08-20-2011 07:06 AM
Iron Pack cannot be sold because of well-documented legal reasons, and this "new" product cannot be identical to Steelbooks(TM) for obvious reasons. Anytime a "new" packaging is introduced there is resistance-the same thing initially happened when Iron Packs were sold instead of Steebooks. There was a huge uproar on the forums.
I am a HUGE fan of Steelbooks(TM) (230+), and staff member in a Steelbook/Collector community. I own the other wave Iron Packs, and Steelbooks remain my preferred choice, as a collector. However, based on the info our forum received 1st hand, the products were tested in North American labs and were approved by Disney's decision makers-Disney has very high standards, as is evident based on the products they have released for decades. But, many aspects of introducing a product involves favorable PR elements, obviously, so I think it's best to remain "cautiously optimistic".
How they are handled at the warehouse and distribution level, is a whole other matter, and hopefully quality control after the individual production runs, during the actual manufacturing process is as stringent. Much can still happen between final production, and shipping to the end user. But, as a fan of Disney releases, I, personally will wait to judge the items, until I have them in hand, myself. I think everyone else has a different preference when it comes to collectibles, and as there are limited options for companies that make "Metal" collectibles, for a variety of reasons, lets hope that the "end" products are as amazing "in hand", as they are visually, based on the art we have seen. For now, any info based on another's opinion, is still speculation.
Thank you Futureshop, for continuing to listen to collectors,and having this forum (many retailers do not engage the community at all-and there is no opportunity for two-way feedback), and working with studios to negotiate collectibles for the "Limited Ed" fanbase and collector community.
08-20-2011 10:00 AM - edited 08-20-2011 10:03 AM
Last I checked the issue of quality and appeal is subjective. With that said, I made it clear that beyond the cheap looking spine the case was of otherwise high quality. I explain why I am disappointed with the spine above.
08-20-2011 10:03 AM
I found some pictures online, credit goes to shonuff6. See the clear parts? That's the inside plastic lining that is visible from the spine. That's the only thing I dislike about the new cases, otherwise they are good.
08-20-2011 10:31 AM - edited 08-20-2011 10:31 AM
Hey Nick-yes, exactly. I saw those publicly posted pics, and that is why I said I personally thought it was better to remain "cautiously optimistic" until in hand, that each person has different perceptions and preferences, and that any new product launch comes with PR talk from the company itself (hence it is to be taken with a grain of salt). As is always the case, the consumer will vet the product, and all parties involved in releasing and selling the product will feel the sting if they are not "up to par"...
08-20-2011 10:39 AM