Seriously, Sometimes I feel like GW's release schedule is like breaking up with a girl and finding out two weeks later that she got a boob job lost 10 pounds and finally got rid of that annoying laugh.
What in the world am I talking about? Well, unless you have been living under a rock for the last few days you'll know that GW just announced models for Thundercav and several Tyranid enteries. The following are my thoughts on the whole thing.
The business side of things:
Tyranids Came out in Jan 2010, Space Wolves came out in Oct. 2009! Lets see what else came out in 2009. "The Blind side" won all sorts of oscars, The iPad wasn't even out yet and Apples newest was the iPhone 3G.
Seems like a long time ago, doesn't it? Well, thats because IT WAS! It was almost 3 years ago for the Wolves and easily 2 for the Nids. Who does a supplemental production line 2-3 YEARS after the release? should we expect Alcon entertainment to realease behind the scenes clips from "The Blind Side," no? How about Apple, should they release some new and improved screen for the iPhone 3G? NO! And why wouldn't these companies release those products? BECAUSE THE WORLD F-ING MOVED ON! Seriously, even George Lucas and his Billion dollar franchise of Star Wars can't bring something back from the dead (Phantom menace 3d still is phantom menace).
Seriously GW, I 100% understand a 'delayed release,' but in all honesty it should be no more than 6 months after the real ease of the codex. Why you ask? Because 4-6 months is about the time when peoples' excitement over their new shiny stuff starts to wear off (most products are this way, not just models). It also coincides very well with your current release schedule of 1-2 new codices every year. If you followed this wisdom then just as people were getting bored with their current build you would release a second wave and WAMMO! people are excited about them again. This has the added benefit of not being enough time for players to figure out that the codex sucks or to be invalidated by another (newer) codex (cough GK cough)
For goodness sake GW you say that you are a model company... Act like it! Get your crap together with reasonable release schedule! 2-3 years for a second release?! Are you crazy!!!?
Now, here is the thing, people will still buy the models. Im sure some will even replace their lovingly-made conversions. But by doing this release this late you have severely weakened your income potential, particularly in the Tyranids release. You made beautiful models that will do nothing but sit on the shelves.
I pray that 6th ed will have mercy on your soul.
Tyranids- In all honesty the Tyranid models are amazing! they are very dynamic and are just asking to be painted...Too bad it will take some major changes in 6th edition to make me even think of playing bugs right now. They just suck too bad and I am knee deep in GK right now.. Still though, the models look great almost to the point that looking at a well painted Tervigon will almost make me vomit a little. lol
Thundercav- I know everyone is going to yell at me for this, but I think the wolf models are a bit boring. I like the shields and axe on the riders, but the wolf is leaving me a little bored. They look nothing like the Canis model in that there is little to no "Spave Wolf," markings and no cybernetics/armor on the beast at all. Im not saying it need to have power armor encased all over, but this was a little weak.
So what are your thoughts? Is GW smart to release these models 2 years after the codex dropped? What are your thoughts on the models themselves.