I would say no, not as a means to advertise what a range is like before buying the sets proper. This is due to the fact that sites like Plastic Soldier Review give new releases their attention and thus posting pictures and heights etc, giving people a heads up to what a set of figures may be like.
There is also the fact that sites like this forum also help show previews as to what a set will be like also. At least here, people can then make comments on how a set needs any changes etc before release.
So as actual sampler sets, i personally feel they are redundant really. Didnt ever need them before. However......
Some may feel they are a useful box if they only need a very limited number of a certain troop type/pose etc.
I don't think this has ever been done in 1:32. I'm not sure I would bother much with this option even if it was. Perhaps if you wanted to get an additional pose. I could see that there might be something to be gained with the command sets where an extra standard bearer, drummer or officer might be useful. Alternatively if sampler sets were actually supplementary sets which gave you new poses but I suppose that defeats the object of them being sampler sets. If it causes any delays to getting the main sets out I would be against it if HAT is using sampler sets to test the water on the viability of sets rather than something to run alongside main sets for those that don't want to buy a full box of figures. We've have had to wait long enough to see any kind of resumption of 1:32 sets which thankfully we seem almost on the brink of. Can we see the SYW Austrian sets sent to those of us who have crowd funded the project in the near future?
Post by Rupert Mitchell on Jul 27, 2020 15:36:21 GMT
There is some demand for them so I'll probably vote yes.
However as pll alludes to above if dedicating resources to them causes delay to new sets or restocks then no.
And on the subject of restocks it would be really good if some key sets were always available if at all possible - such as Zulus, Zulu War British Infantry, Zulu War Service Wagons, British Peninsular Infantry #8186, Early War WW1 British Infantry etc...
I think there are some good reasons given for continuing the sampler boxes. There are some collectors I know out there who only care about getting one of each figure so there's a market there as well as some of the rationales already given. I don't think it's really any skin off anyone's back if they're produced as it's not like these figures/sprues aren't already being produced. It's just a matter of putting them in a different format for the convenience of the consumer - perhaps producing a different box for the sampler set - something that can be done in the initial production process.
I am all for it. When I went to buy the SYW Austrians my local retailer only managed to get the Marching box originally so I was glad to buy a Sampler Box so that I could see and directly compare the Hat figures with my Revell figures without having to wait for the next order to arrive at the shop. Some of you may think that I am "Old Fashioned" buying from a small shop rather than "On Line" but in the shop I meet other Hobbyists and we chat about everything under the sun, so there are the Tankers. the Aeroplane addicts and a few of us that like the figures. I wouldn´t like that to disappear so my advice is support your local retailer.
Personally I am not to bothered whether they continue or not as long as they do not take too much time and resources away from new sets and re-stocks.
I did buy a Sample box of the Nap. Prussian Infantry, the reason for buying was I really liked the box artwork and I do not care too much for the small boxes the Command figures come in so I thought this box would be a nice place to store my command figures.
The Bigger picture I am not quite sure if the sales are going well I am guessing Hat would not ask the question if sales were good and I am not sure who these sets target as we are already committed Hat buyers.
However I think the sampler sets MAC all in a single box is a very good way of attracting new buyers especially kids if they can find their target audience, they are in a nice compact box that does not take up too much shelf space if only they can a find more shops or a chain of shops to stock them.
Another way would be for collectors like us to give them as presents for Birthdays and Christmas etc to kids and perhaps a friend or brother that used to play or collect them, so for these reasons I am voting to keep them.