Yes I know that’s why I’m saying I guess they don’t have nothing new to show just yet, so they’re just reposting images of the current stuff.They started posting/reposting Joker/Gandalf/Pennywise/Batman/Aragorn/HP in the last 2 weeks or so on FB and Insta, everyday we get 1 post from them now, varying between these characters.
Delays may not be strike related. WBD is going through constant re-orgs and layoffs. I believe their marketing team may currently be ... reconstituting.
@Bucky Underbelly @Wor-Gar I'm not talking about approval for current products or delays of release of any products we've already ordered, but rather for any new products. Meaning, InArt are reposting product they've already shown/put up for PO because they don't have approval to show anything new potentially due to the strike.Wouldn't the approval of the sculpt been done months ago or more? They've been selling it for a very long time now. They can' sell without approval.
Is there really a "final approval" stage after pre-sales but right before production begins? That seems crazy -- some bad actor could just not sign off at the very last minute. I'm not sure I've ever seen that.
Both things can be (and probably are) true. I'm just saying these collectibles companies need a whole series of approvals from the licensing teams at the studios, before, during and after they develop their figures. Likeness, outfits, packaging, pricetags, etc. -- dozens of boxes to check. In fact, the studio licensing team gets way more of a say in what the products look like than people realize. More than the actors, certainly. Yes, some actors get approval power over their likenesses, but many don't. (And some actors don't care.) (I used to work with a licensing team inside a media company that rhymes with Smaych Bee Oh.) And actor approvals are typically handled through the studio licensing team and not directly with the collectibles company. I'm just saying that, if nobody's home at WBD right now, nobody's getting approvals to show, announce or even develop new figures. Regardless of whether the actors are on strike. If that's where the bottleneck is, that stops everybody in their tracks. However, if that's happening at the same time as the strike ... we can probably expect even more delays. At least for WBD stuff. Not sure if Disney's in as much turmoil.
I'm curious, and maybe you can educate me on this, just how many approvals does an actor get (assuming he gets approvals)? Is it just the one final approval on the prototype before production OR do they get multiple-stage approval throughout the process?
Glad to help! Even if I don't have any first-hand info on this particular situation. I hate that the industry can be such a black box for customers. But that's just legal departments doing their jobs, I guess.
This is probably the only reason I haven’t tried to sell off my Slim Aragorn.Seriously who covers that majestic outfit with the cloak, nice addition but gonna stay in the box
That’s really fantastic info. Thank you. Possibly explains many of the random things that HT do. I do remember back in the day with some of the early Iron Man figures that it was quoted that RDJ was very pedantic about his sculpts.Technically, it would depend on the terms of their contract. Could be different for everybody. But most times, you just want to keep the talent happy, so if they don't like something, you do what you can to get it tweaked and don't get too pedantic about the contractual details. Sometimes they just give you a thumbs up or down. Sometimes they don't care at all. And sometimes they really get into the weeds. (For instance, an actor of some note once sent our team back to Funko several times because the skin tone of their POP! wasn't right. For the record he was 100% correct.) It's different for everybody. The ones that bug you are the ones whose reps just ghost you. Rare, but it happens. Leaves you in limbo. That's when people above your paygrade start making phone calls.