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ANNOUNCEMENT: Toy Survey #1

An important and timely poll.

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Poll #1416305 The Toy Survey #1

Do you want more offerings of 5" Doctor Who Classic Series figure assortments?

Yes
25(86.2%)
No
1(3.4%)
I don't care
2(6.9%)
I'm not sure
1(3.4%)

Do you have direct access to supplies of the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures through a licensed retail source?

Yes
12(41.4%)
No
10(34.5%)
I don't care...I'm not interested in them
2(6.9%)
I'm not sure
5(17.2%)

If you want the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures and can't get expect to get them through a licensed retail source, what will you do?

Not get them, but not let it impact my collecting of the other Doctor Who figures released.
3(11.1%)
Not get them, and stop collecting any further Doctor Who figures completely.
1(3.7%)
Get them from eBay later when price comes down.
9(33.3%)
Get them from eBay immediately no matter what I have to pay.
1(3.7%)
Get them through friends or family in the US, UK, or Canada.
6(22.2%)
I'm already getting them as a gift from friends or family in the US, UK. or Canada.
2(7.4%)
Get them through a third party my licensed retailer is selling to in order to work around this issue.
5(18.5%)

If it avoids a price increase, will you keep buying Doctor Who figures if the 5" scale is discarded for all future releases in favor of a smaller scale like 3.5" or 3.75"?

Yes, I'll keep buying
5(17.2%)
Yes, to save money, I'll keep buying at the smaller scale, but would prefer to stick only with 5" if I had a choice.
7(24.1%)
No, I'll stop.
12(41.4%)
No, I'll stop, and I'll sell off my collection of figures, too!
0(0.0%)
I don't know.
4(13.8%)
I don't care.
1(3.4%)

Would you keep buying Doctor Who figures if both 5" scale and a 3.5" scale are offered?

Yes, and I'd buy both.
6(20.7%)
Yes, but I'd still only buy 5" scale.
16(55.2%)
Yes, and I'd switch entirely to 3.5" scale.
1(3.4%)
No, it's my excuse to drop collecting the line.
1(3.4%)
No, this will wind up as a gimmick with too many re-releases for me to afford.
2(6.9%)
I don't know
2(6.9%)
I don't care
1(3.4%)

Do you want to see more Torchwood figures?

Yes
16(57.1%)
No
4(14.3%)
I don't know
3(10.7%)
I don't care
5(17.9%)

Are you looking forward to new figure assortments containing the 11th Doctor?

Yes
22(75.9%)
No
0(0.0%)
I don't know
4(13.8%)
I don't care
3(10.3%)

Are you looking forward to a figure assortment containing the 11th Doctor's first Companion?

Yes
22(75.9%)
No
1(3.4%)
I don't know
2(6.9%)
I don't care
4(13.8%)

Would you buy a 5" scale boxed set of all 11 Doctors?

Yes
8(27.6%)
Yes, at the right price
4(13.8%)
Yes, but only if they're all new sculpts or poses.
10(34.5%)
No, I only want certain Doctors, and don't want or need a complete boxed set
2(6.9%)
No, because I've already bought most separately, and won't spend again for the same figures in a set
1(3.4%)
No, it doesn't interest me
2(6.9%)
I don't know
1(3.4%)
I don't care
1(3.4%)

Would you buy a set of 10 Classic Series Companions figures?

Yes
20(69.0%)
No
4(13.8%)
I don't know
4(13.8%)
I don't care
1(3.4%)

Would you buy a Classic Series assortment of figures composed only of monsters?

Yes
14(48.3%)
No
5(17.2%)
I don't know
9(31.0%)
I don't care
1(3.4%)

Which Doctor Who Classic Series Companion from stories with the first three Doctors would you like to see as a 5" figure?

Susan
3(10.3%)
Barbara
0(0.0%)
Ian
0(0.0%)
Vicki
1(3.4%)
Steven
0(0.0%)
Dodo
1(3.4%)
Ben
0(0.0%)
Polly
0(0.0%)
Jamie
9(31.0%)
Victoria
1(3.4%)
Zoe
2(6.9%)
Katarina
0(0.0%)
Liz Shaw
1(3.4%)
Jo Grant
6(20.7%)
Other
5(17.2%)


Thanks for your input, your understanding and your support.

---Michael & Patty
Mike's Comics
http://www.mikescomics.com
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Comments

"Licensed Retail Source"

If you're in the US, UK, or Canada, you have access to a licensed retail source (like us, or Forbidden Planet International in the UK) for the 2009 SDCC Doctor Who exclusives.

Re: "Licensed Retail Source"

Any word on supply to Australia yet?

Re: "Licensed Retail Source"

I've written three notes to my contacts in the last two days, and haven't heard anything more back...this is tied up in red tape within the BBC, I think.

We'll post something here on our blog when we know more, as I've promised, and we won't stop trying so long as there's hope of getting permission to ship to Australia...and the 20 other countries we've heard from that aren't currently covered by the contracts.

And...DO get the word out about this poll. I have every intention of bringing results to appropriate people, and hope to make this one more way to have those voices heard.

-Michael Salvo

Edited at 2009-06-19 01:19 am (UTC)

Re: "Licensed Retail Source"

Thanks.

Although, about the only place I could mention it would be the DWF, and I'm guessing you've already posted there about it?

Re: "Licensed Retail Source"

Try outpostwho.com, and since DWF is going away soon, you may also want to visit gallifreybase.com.

-Michael
I clicked 'Other' for the 'Which Classic Series Companion from stories with the first three Doctors' question because the one I'd most like is Sarah as she looked back then. Ideally in the green pants outfit (or maybe the medival garb) from "The Time Warrior."

BTW, Patty, I've been meaning to LJ & say sorry you didn't make it to Concertino. It would have been nice to see you.

(Anonymous)

comments

Do you want more offerings of 5" Doctor Who Classic Series figure assortments?
View Answers

Yes

Do you have direct access to supplies of the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures through a licensed retail source?
View Answers

Yes


If you want the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures and can't get expect to get them through a licensed retail source, what will you do?
View Answers

Get them from eBay later when price comes down.


If it avoids a price increase, will you keep buying Doctor Who figures if the 5" scale is discarded for all future releases in favor of a smaller scale like 3.5" or 3.75"?

I don't know.


Would you keep buying Doctor Who figures if both 5" scale and a 3.5" scale are offered?

Yes, but I'd still only buy 5" scale.


Do you want to see more Torchwood figures?
View Answers

No

Are you looking forward to new figure assortments containing the 11th Doctor?
View Answers

No

Are you looking forward to a figure assortment containing the 11th Doctor's first Companion?

No

Would you buy a 5" scale boxed set of all 11 Doctors?

Yes, but only if they're all new sculpts or poses.
No, because I've already bought most separately, and won't spend again for the same figures in a set


Would you buy a set of 10 Classic Series Companions figures?
View Answers

Yes



Would you buy a Classic Series assortment of figures composed only of monsters?


Yes


Which Doctor Who Classic Series Companion from stories with the first three Doctors would you like to see as a 5" figure?

Other: SJS from Time Warrior


Daniel:

These are exactly some of the reasons we think surveys are valuable, and thanks for your opinions!

For new figures, I'm curious why eBay seems your only venue, as we expect to continue carrying them all, and I've never had an issue with parcels we shipped to Russia.

You may want to contact us directly in e-mail at salvom@prodigy.net or mikescomics@mikescomics.com to discuss further, as I expect we can help you.

-Michael Salvo

(Anonymous)

Survey

Do you want more offerings of 5" Doctor Who Classic Series figure assortments?

Yes.

Do you have direct access to supplies of the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures through a licensed retail source?

No. (I'm not in the USA/Canada or UK)

If you want the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures and can't get expect to get them through a licensed retail source, what will you do?

Get them through friends or family in the US, UK, or Canada. (*Although I seriously considered not getting them and giving up on collecting the classic line).

If it avoids a price increase, will you keep buying Doctor Who figures if the 5" scale is discarded for all future releases in favor of a smaller scale like 3.5" or 3.75"?

No, I'll stop.

Would you keep buying Doctor Who figures if both 5" scale and a 3.5" scale are offered?

Yes, but I'd still only buy 5" scale.

Do you want to see more Torchwood figures?

Yes.

Are you looking forward to new figure assortments containing the 11th Doctor?

I don't know.

Are you looking forward to a figure assortment containing the 11th Doctor's first Companion?

I don't know.

Would you buy a 5" scale boxed set of all 11 Doctors?

Yes, but only if they're all new sculpts or poses.

Would you buy a set of 10 Classic Series Companions figures?

Yes.

Would you buy a Classic Series assortment of figures composed only of monsters?

Yes.

Which Doctor Who Classic Series Companion from stories with the first three Doctors would you like to see as a 5" figure?

Jo Grant.














(Anonymous)

Do you want more offerings of 5" Doctor Who Classic Series figure assortments?

Yes

Do you have direct access to supplies of the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures through a licensed retail source?

Yes

If you want the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures and can't get expect to get them through a licensed retail source, what will you do?

I'm already getting them as a gift from friends or family in the US, UK. or Canada.

If it avoids a price increase, will you keep buying Doctor Who figures if the 5" scale is discarded for all future releases in favor of a smaller scale like 3.5" or 3.75"?

Yes, I'll keep buying

Would you keep buying Doctor Who figures if both 5" scale and a 3.5" scale are offered?

Yes, and I'd switch entirely to 3.5" scale.

Do you want to see more Torchwood figures?

Yes

Are you looking forward to new figure assortments containing the 11th Doctor?

Yes

Are you looking forward to a figure assortment containing the 11th Doctor's first Companion?

Yes

Would you buy a 5" scale boxed set of all 11 Doctors?

Yes

COMMENT : What is the "right price"?

Would you buy a set of 10 Classic Series Companions figures?
View Answers

Yes
COMMENT: No "right price" for this one?

Would you buy a Classic Series assortment of figures composed only of monsters?

Yes

Which Doctor Who Classic Series Companion from stories with the first three Doctors would you like to see as a 5" figure?

Jamie

Thanks for these comments!

The "right price" is subjective, and up to what you think is "right."

However, we were also shooting for some hard "yes or no" answers here, and didn't want to do this for every question. Part of this is based on what little we feel we know about the discussions within the supply chain or from the BBC, so it's more useful in some cases to ask it differently.

And there's still the "I don't know" option if price is a factor on those other questions....

Of course, as much as we crammed into this survey, it's too easy to add too many more questions and options. When we present data from this, saying "80%+ of people taking the survey want another assortment of Doctor Who Classic Series 5-inch figures," that's pretty clear. We didn't want to dilute the strength of some answers too much with too many similar options...giving, say, two 40% answers instead of one showing 80% gives a weaker message. So, in this case, we want to collect enough info to tell them to be price-sensitive, on a product where price has already entered the discussion, but we wanted to leave things simpler for other questions. We want the core message of what the customers want to get heard.

-Michael Salvo


Edited at 2009-07-07 05:40 am (UTC)

(Anonymous)

survey

Do you want more offerings of 5" Doctor Who Classic Series figure assortments?

YES

Do you have direct access to supplies of the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures through a licensed retail source?

YES. =)

If you want the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures and can't get expect to get them through a licensed retail source, what will you do?

I AM GETTING THEM.

If it avoids a price increase, will you keep buying Doctor Who figures if the 5" scale is discarded for all future releases in favor of a smaller scale like 3.5" or 3.75"?

NO

Would you keep buying Doctor Who figures if both 5" scale and a 3.5" scale are offered?

YES


Do you want to see more Torchwood figures?

I DON'T COLLECT THEM, BUT THEY ARE COOL.

Are you looking forward to new figure assortments containing the 11th Doctor?

YES.


Are you looking forward to a figure assortment containing the 11th Doctor's first Companion?

YES.


Would you buy a 5" scale boxed set of all 11 Doctors?

YES.

Would you buy a set of 10 Classic Series Companions figures?

YES.


Would you buy a Classic Series assortment of figures composed only of monsters?

YES.

Which Doctor Who Classic Series Companion from stories with the first three Doctors would you like to see as a 5" figure?

SUSAN.(THE DOCTOR'S GRANDDAUGHTER !) :)


(Anonymous)

survey

Do you want more offerings of 5" Doctor Who Classic Series figure assortments?


Yes


That this line was considered a risk points only to the ignorance of retail buyers.

And I'd like it noted for the record the the reported peg warmers from series one are the "monsters" that "kids" "want" so much

Do you have direct access to supplies of the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures through a licensed retail source?


I'll attempt to get them through US retailers on the day


If you want the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures and can't get expect to get them through a licensed retail source, what will you do?

Be pissed.

I want companies to really reevaluate "EXCLUSIVES" I don't like being excluded.

I don't care if it's some paint variant of a character available elsewhere, like a green shirted 9th Doctor but when it is a unique character that l risk missing out on if I don't have the money to buy it immediately.....then I get anxious and frankly I'm getting to the point where I'm gonna be done with toylines that cause me stress to collect.

I refused to even start with Mattel's DC and MOTU since they seem to thrive and making it difficult for people to find and then if they do find, ENJOY their products.


If it avoids a price increase, will you keep buying Doctor Who figures if the 5" scale is discarded for all future releases in favor of a smaller scale like 3.5" or 3.75"?


NO

A. I'm disinclined to start over at a new size

B. I doubt the cost to consumers will go down even slightly, so we''ll probably be getting less figure for the same cost.

C. Most of the characters I want won't make it to the new scale since we've already been told they're going to focus solely on doc 11's adventures.


Would you keep buying Doctor Who figures if both 5" scale and a 3.5" scale are offered?

YES

I have no problem with other scales being added when it does not affect my primary collection. Same way I didn't have any problem with the Micro Universe, the Time Squad, or the Sixth Scale line.


Do you want to see more Torchwood figures?

Yes.

As long as SFC continue to make gains in the figures production quality.


Are you looking forward to new figure assortments containing the 11th Doctor?


Yes

Though truthfully this talk of scale changes has tempered my enthusiasm for the 2010 lines greatly.


Are you looking forward to a figure assortment containing the 11th Doctor's first Companion?

Yes

I'm always interested in companion figures.


Would you buy a 5" scale boxed set of all 11 Doctors?


Possibly

If it was the only was to get ALL of the Doctors in 5 inch size then yes .

Would you buy a set of 10 Classic Series Companions figures?


YES, YES, YES !!!!!


The companions are where I relate to the show and form my attachments. To me the Doctors can become interchangeable but there is only ONE Donna, Jackie, Mickey......

Which Doctor Who Classic Series Companion from stories with the first three Doctors would you like to see as a 5" figure?

I think Susan, as the first companion should be made.

Jamie should be made.


Personally I'd like Victoria.


Jo Grant and The Brigadier seem to have been the most important 3rd Doctor companions.


Charles

Re: survey

Charles:

Thanks for this feedback with your answers...it's *extremely* helpful!

This looks a little like one of my shorter letters to Underground Toys. You can tell from the choice of questions here we think it's important to get collectors to have these opinions heard, regardless of their specific opinions. Every voice added to ours helps make the case for more offerings, or speaks to what Character Options should do as a company to satisfy their Doctor Who customers in the long term.

And, I agree, exclusives exclude. Excluding every corner of your customer base, each in its turn, eventually excludes them all. What ever happened to a special production run at lower pricing as an introductory offer to grow sales?...to be IN-clusive? I'm not sure we'll get that answer here, but this whole survey is about the fans and collectors who support these figures and toys. Thanks for helping put numbers behind these questions, and please feel free to tell others to stop by!

-Michael Salvo

(Anonymous)

Do you want more offerings of 5" Doctor Who Classic Series figure assortments?

YES

Do you have direct access to supplies of the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures through a licensed retail source?

YES

If it avoids a price increase, will you keep buying Doctor Who figures if the 5" scale is discarded for all future releases in favor of a smaller scale like 3.5" or 3.75"?

NO. Absolutely no!

Would you keep buying Doctor Who figures if both 5" scale and a 3.5" scale are offered?

YES. But only the 5" scale.

Do you want to see more Torchwood figures?

I DON'T CARE

Are you looking forward to new figure assortments containing the 11th Doctor?

YES

Are you looking forward to a figure assortment containing the 11th Doctor's first Companion?

YES

Would you buy a 5" scale boxed set of all 11 Doctors?

YES

Would you buy a set of 10 Classic Series Companions figures?

YES

Would you buy a Classic Series assortment of figures composed only of monsters?

I DON'T KNOW

Which Doctor Who Classic Series Companion from stories with the first three Doctors would you like to see as a 5" figure?

Jaimie
If you want the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures and can't get expect to get them through a licensed retail source, what will you do?

Already getting them.

(Anonymous)

Poll #1416305

Do you want more offerings of 5" Doctor Who Classic Series figure assortments?
View Answers

Yes

Actually a Classic Series UNIT wave or 2 with the 3rd Doctor, Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, Sarah Jane with short hair and leather coat (a la Invasion of the Dinosaurs) a build a figure Bessie, a build a figure classic TARDIS console, the Brigadier, Benton, Yates, the original Delgado Master, generic unit soldier, some Axons, Autons, Ambassadors of Death, a Daemon, Omega (just to mention a few random enemies) to fight against would make for some great toys for kids and collectibles.

Do you have direct access to supplies of the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures through a licensed retail source?
View Answers

Yes


If you want the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures and can't get expect to get them through a licensed retail source, what will you do?
View Answers

N/A

If it avoids a price increase, will you keep buying Doctor Who figures if the 5" scale is discarded for all future releases in favor of a smaller scale like 3.5" or 3.75"?
View Answers

Yes, to save money, I'll keep buying at the smaller scale, but would prefer to stick only with 5" if I had a choice.


Would you keep buying Doctor Who figures if both 5" scale and a 3.5" scale are offered?
View Answers

Yes, and I'd buy both.

Do you want to see more Torchwood figures?
View Answers

Yes

Are you looking forward to new figure assortments containing the 11th Doctor?
View Answers

Yes

Are you looking forward to a figure assortment containing the 11th Doctor's first Companion?
View Answers

Yes

Would you buy a 5" scale boxed set of all 11 Doctors?
View Answers

Yes

Would you buy a set of 10 Classic Series Companions figures?
View Answers

Yes

Would you buy a Classic Series assortment of figures composed only of monsters?
View Answers

Yes


Which Doctor Who Classic Series Companion from stories with the first three Doctors would you like to see as a 5" figure?

If I had to narrow it down to 1 it really would have to be a Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart figure, 'Other'

Thanks,
Paul

(Anonymous)

survey answers

Do you want more offerings of 5" Doctor Who Classic Series figure assortments?
-- YES

Do you have direct access to supplies of the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures through a licensed retail source?
-- YES

If you want the 2009 Exclusive SDCC Doctor Who figures and can't get expect to get them through a licensed retail source, what will you do?

If it avoids a price increase, will you keep buying Doctor Who figures if the 5" scale is discarded for all future releases in favor of a smaller scale like 3.5" or 3.75"?
-- I DON'T KNOW

Would you keep buying Doctor Who figures if both 5" scale and a 3.5" scale are offered?
-- Yes, but I'd still only buy 5" scale.

Do you want to see more Torchwood figures?
-- I DON'T CARE

Are you looking forward to new figure assortments containing the 11th Doctor?
-- YES

Are you looking forward to a figure assortment containing the 11th Doctor's first Companion?
-- I don't care

Would you buy a 5" scale boxed set of all 11 Doctors?
-- YES

Would you buy a set of 10 Classic Series Companions figures?
-- I don't know

Would you buy a Classic Series assortment of figures composed only of monsters?
-- I don't know

Which Doctor Who Classic Series Companion from stories with the first three Doctors would you like to see as a 5" figure?
-- Jamie

(Anonymous)

My opinion on the matter:

I apologize in advance for the anonymous post, I do not have a live journal account and am not particularly interested in obtaining one, however this subject is one I felt compelled to comment upon.

I am not particularly fond of smaller scale figures in general, not that there is anything intrinsically wrong with them, it is simply a personal preference. I like the 5" figures and hope to continue to collect them. I would not purchase smaller scale figures as I feel they would be out of place displayed alongside the existent format. I would buy the 5" figures exclusively should both scales be offered. My wife and I would both like to see a Jamie companion figure offered. We feel poor Patrick Troughton is only half a doctor without him.

Steve.