This is a breakdown of the important (and not so important) topics of last Friday’s (23 November 2018) Friday Q&A with Chocks and A #95.
- PHOENIX WRIGHT pre-orders will open right after this stream, followed by the re-opening of pre-orders for MARSHALL LAW! Scroll down for more information.
- The HORNET RING from the F4F x TORCH TORCH partnership is still open for pre-orders until 12 December 2018.
- Still open for pre-orders until further notice:
WEEK IN REVIEW
- Activision was kind enough to provide First 4 Figures with ten (10) copies of their all-new Spyro™ Reignited Trilogy video game (5 PlayStation 4 copies and 5 Xbox One copies), and F4F is giving these away! Read More
- Production videos are now uploaded on First 4 Figures's main Facebook page, Instagram account, and YouTube channel.
- There seems to be a lot of activity as well in First 4 Figures's Twitter account.
- Since PAX East fell through, F4F is now looking into Emerald City Comic Con this March 2019. So far, the feedback from the organizers has been positive, so fingers crossed.
- Thinking of revisiting New York Comic Con in October/November 2019 instead of Lucca Comics & Games since Alex dislikes the latter's layout
- Alex is also looking into ChinaJoy 2019 as he feels there is an untapped market in China.
- Alex wants to take advantage of the flow they've been having with the website updates. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment in the comments section below.
- Not much difference with the 1.0 and 2.0 Kingdom Hearts character poll; Alex isn't sure why that is so when Kingdom Hearts received a significant number of votes in the Disney poll
- Shoutout to Aniplex USA and Vic Mignogna for bigging up First 4 Figures's Alphonse Elric Regular Edition (Silver Variant) at the Special Panel over at Anime NYC!
- Furthermore, First 4 Figures is happy to be making the collector's coin included in Right Stuf Anime's Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Blu-ray Box Sets! Are the coins something you'd like to see F4F include in some of their future releases? Let them know in the comments section below.
- Last week’s Meliodas from The Seven Deadly Sins series TT Poll #127 Results: 248 YES votes / 185 NO votes
- This week’s Caim from the Drakengard series TT Poll #128 Results: 57 YES votes / 122 NO votes
- Next TT polls will be (in this order): GUACAMELEE ➔ FAIRY TAIL
- The three winners of last week's #F4FPW are SHAWN C. MACHIE, JENNIFER PRIESTER, and PETER DECKER.
- This week's hashtag is #F4FSpyroReignitedTrilogy for a chance to win 500 reward points.
- Mentioned in the past redoing the Gears of War TT poll but never got around to doing it
- CONCLUDED – Match #3: Sword Kirby with 634 votes vs. Jin Kazama with 359 votes
- ONGOING – Match #4: Breath of the Wild Link PVC with ~1.1k votes vs. Zero Suit Samus with 231 votes
- NEXT WEEK – Match #5: Ganondorf vs. Optimus Prime vs. Megatron
- With the conclusion of Match #3, only one entrant remains. Congratulations, ROSE PESIRI, for being the last woman standing! However, with the current results of Match #4, the odds are highly against her favor. She predicted Zero Suit Samus to win, but Breath of the Wild Link PVC is in a massive lead.
- If Rose is eliminated, then that will be the end of King of the Ring Tournament #2. A new one will take place in a couple of weeks.
- Could give Rose Pesiri and Marcos Navarro (last man standing of KotR Tourney #1) a consolation prize of 1,000 reward points each; congratulations to the both of you!
PRODUCTION VIDEO UPDATES
(NOTE: You need to be a member of the Official Collectors Club to view some of these videos.)
- CRASH BANDICOOT (RESIN) – Production Diary, Dreaded Drop Test
- VARIA SUIT – Production Diary Part 1, Production Diary Part 2
- SPIKE SPIEGEL – Production Diary
- AMATERASU LIFE-SIZE BUST – slowly but surely
CHARACTER & PRODUCT LINE UPDATES
- SPIKE SPIEGEL UPDATE: Almost at that point to close pre-orders; eye shape tweaked; hand in pocket looks more realistic; material of cigarette changed to metal
- CRASH BANDICOOT UPDATE: Arrived in the office for final inspection; soon to be shipped out to Australasia; passed Alex's dreaded drop test
- SHOVEL KNIGHT UPDATE: Player 2 variant to go live in the next couple of weeks; part of the companion piece concept, so it isn't necessary to purchase this to retain your statue number in the Shovel Knight line; color variants will also include the Fish Head
- VARIA SUIT UPDATE: Alex happy with the pre-production samples now compared to what it looked like two months ago; though very difficult to produce, it would be a disservice if Varia Suit didn't light up; estimated to finish production in January 2019
- AMATERASU LIFE-SIZE BUST UPDATE: A big improvement compared to what it looked like in production a month and a half ago; factory still very slow
- Nightmare and Silver the Hedgehog in the same factory as Amaterasu Life-Size Bust
- AMATERASU PVC UPDATE: Had to remove the head of the tooling model to avoid the tooling lines along and across the face; separated head still follows the hairline so that it still looks natural
- Alex's tee-hee of the week:
- SPYRO OG PVC UPDATE: Based on the Ripto's Rage video game cover
- SPYRO (REIGNITED) PVC UPDATE: Color variants based on the color cheats codes won't just be one solid color
- MINI AKU AKU UPDATE: To go up for pre-order once Crash (Resin) is out in the marketplace
- METAL GEAR UPDATE: Coming to the point wherein they can start doing other lines
- No "Kickstarter" news
- JET BLACK UPDATE: Still estimated to go up for pre-order this year
- NINTENDO UPDATE: Alex knows what the next PVC will be; estimated to go up for pre-order in Q1 2019
- BAYONETTA UPDATE: Design based on the first game
- CRASH BANDICOOT™ UPDATE: Something interesting in mind with the next PVC
- Hype weeks in the Club are now three weeks long beginning Teaser Friday
- No Yakuza updates
- MIMIC UPDATE: Unsure if it will go for pre-order this year or early next year
- Still some pending Day One card polls for past releases
- MINI FIGURES UPDATE: Will be a long while
- SONIC AND TAILS DIORAMA UPDATE: Duplication is taking time
- Still some pre-orders left in 2018
- No Genos news
- GRAVELORD NITO UPDATE: In the duplication stage; will find out then how to go about the statue's legs
- CHIBITERASU UPDATE: Needs to be looked at more
- OKI WOLF FORM UPDATE: Been on the back burner; need to go back into that
- ALPHONSE ELRIC UPDATE: "Gold bars" update next week; sales heading towards the right direction; Alex not as worried now as he was during the first week of launch
- More noticeable advertising campaigns for anime lines
- EDWARD ELRIC UPDATE: Unlikely an April 2019 pre-order
- ROY MUSTANG UPDATE: At the same stage in development as Edward Elric; it's possible that Roy Mustang could go next
- Nothing to share for the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood line past Edward Elric and Roy Mustang
- Not possible to change original orders with color variants released later on
- Castlevania: Lord of Shadows is its own line.
- From now on moving forward, Regular Editions are now called Standard Editions to keep things consistent with their PVC lines.
PHOENIX WRIGHT LAUNCH
- 1/6th in scale
- Based on the Dual Destinies title since that was the game that came out during the beginning of development
- More details on Phoenix Wright as a result of basing the design on Dual Destinies
- The pose was always going to be the iconic pointing pose. There was no need for Alex or Chockles to contemplate on it.
- The clothing helped a lot in giving the character a sense of movement and confidence.
- Was a challenge as creators to cross the uncanny valley when it came to the details of the suit
- Inner portion of the pointing sleeve to be darkened to give a sense of shadowing
- Clothing properly layered to give a "3D-ness" to it
- More gloss to the shoes than the clothing as it should be
- Intense expression because he's objecting; eyes also have circles in them that are accurate to the source material
- The hairstyle was a nightmare to sculpt, but Capcom was very helpful with the design of this. They're also considering using metal for the single strand of hair as it is a very fragile piece, though it is still subject for approval.
- Hair won't be completely black; has a touch of purple to it
- Top half and bottom half of the statue are separate to give it clean lines all throughout during painting
- Brown base to represent a gavel, and on the top are the courtroom tiles from the game
- The Exclusive Edition comes with an interchangeable head.
- The Definitive Edition comes with the inclusions of the Exclusive Edition plus a second base with the defense bench on it and the "Take that!" and "Objection!" speech bubble acrylic stands.
- Defense bench base bigger in circumference than the standard base
- Give them "ten gold bars", and they can consider adding a third "Hold it!" speech bubble acrylic stand.
- Standard and Exclusive Edition SRP: 229.99 USD + shipping
- Definitive Edition SRP: 299.99 USD + shipping
- The sales will ultimately determine if there will be a next statue in the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney line.
- For more information on Phoenix Wright and how to place your pre-order, kindly click HERE.
- First 4 Figures is giving away one (1) Phoenix Wright (Exclusive)! Read More
- No point in having a grand resin reveal if no one is there to buy it; PVCs will attract more people into the Club with their price point in hopes of one day buying their first resin from F4F
- Alex loves the expansion side of running a company and thinking of ways to come up with new product types and attracting new customer bases.
- Alex was fortunate enough to never have thought about what he wanted to do in life as he was already involved with First 4 Figures during his days in the university.
- It would take a lot (of I don't know what) to see the Vaulted Pokémon statue.
- No statue test for cold weather, though no one has complained about their F4F statues shattering due to the cold
- Alex is not convinced Fusion Suit Samus is popular.
- Alex to clarify with the IT team on the feature of postponing due payments
- Chockles tested out a bad game in the past and still got released.
- Alex gives a game at least 1-2 hours before deciding whether or not he wants to continue playing it.
- Doesn't seem to be much rallying for Metal Gear's Sniper Wolf
- Website hopefully ready for Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals next year
- Could possibly work on a list that displays F4F's factories and which ones are working on what statues
- WHO DAT WHO DAT: This week's Who Dat Who Dat was postponed to make way for the Phoenix Wright product launch.
To view everyone's questions from the Q&A portion of this episode, please click HERE.
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