Column by Scott Thorne
Posted by Scott Thorne on July 3, 2023 @ 2:09 am CT
RIP Mel Thompson" and "Remembering Mel Thompson"). His Comtrac software was a major force in bringing comic retailing on par with other retail operations at the time, and he was one of the first, if not the first, to bring market research techniques into the comic industry. Thompson spoke regularly at distributor-sponsored conferences of the era, which is where I had the opportunity to speak to him several times and still remember some of his comments. He was also one of the first, if not the first, to apply standard market research techniques to the comic industry. Anyone selling comics and games today owes Thompson a debt of gratitude.
The One Ring 001/001"), causing the value of Collector Booster boxes to drop by about $100 in one day (see "The One Ring Retailer Chat"). Prices of individual LotR Collector Boosters are down to as low as $35 on TCGplayer, and I am reading posts from retailers worrying about selling off the rest of their stock of Collector Boosters as well as lamentations about the cancellation of preorders by customers for the Gift Bundles releasing later this year. I am also reading posts from other retailers offering to buy boxes of Collector Boosters from those worried about not selling them. Based on what I have seen regarding continued demand for the product and card prices in the set, I put myself in the latter group.
Asmodee's Mixlore studio Announces Game Based on Bridgerton Netflix Series"). According to Walmart’s website, the game is already available for $24.99 and I could have it by later this week, should I want to order a copy; then the game releases to the trade later this year. From reading the description, it sounds like a Love Letter variant. Since Z-man Games publishes Love Letter and Z-Man Games is one of the studios operating under the Asmodee umbrella and Z-man Games has published other games using the Love Letter engine (Adventure Time, Munchkin and Star Wars Jabba’s Palace come to mind), it seems only natural to apply a Bridgerton skin to the Love Letter rules. Maybe there is some reason Z-Man could not get the Bridgerton license?
Looking at Mixlore’s catalog, the company does specialize in games based on various media properties, including Black Mirror, Squid Game and Queen’s Gambit, which can sell fine while the property is hot, but tend to fall out of favor once the series runs its course. We have not had any inquiries about Queen’s Gambit in years and our chess sales dropped off dramatically once the series concluded. Few media properties, Lord of the Rings the exception, have very long legs.
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