Right now everything's hunky-dory about the new Star Trek line. But then comes news of the Khan figure that will (as far as we know) only be available at two retailers. I am worried that this will create a negative atmosphere that could put off buyers.
We've all seen this stuff before. Our hobbies are hardcore enough, but to intentionally create a situation where much sought after items are not available could turn the party into a sour grapes gripe fest. And the winners are the lucky, the well-connected, and by far the SCALPERS. I would rather pay a slightly inflated price to EMCE than dump a load of cash on opportunistic middle-men.
Is there anyone who's buying this new line NOT hoping to buy the NEW figures? Seems to me those will be the hottest of all items. I expect a heavy demand for Sulu and Chekov, and almost as much for legendary characters like Khan.
Once we see fans turned away because they can't buy from the exclusive stores, and are forced to pay scalper's prices, the goodwill on this project will suffer.
I'd hate to see that happen.