So I was looking at the pictures of the new eldar flyer. From the top side it looked ok but when it showed the head on or below view it looks so familar. I could not place it at first but then I started to think about it. I decided that they looked very much like two Pokemon Latias and Latios. These two show up in a Movie: Pokemon Heroes that my daughter has in a combo pack. They are the right colors as shown in the pictures with red or blue on top and white bottoms. They have little fins on their slightly wider than their neck heads and swept wings.
So as we all know GW put the gun to the head of specialist games and pulled the trigger but decided on doing it quietly with a silencer since they did not really want to sell people products that are still profitable and they were able to produce. So in the wave of panic buying as products stop being available GW USA has run out of many things. This does not prevent them from selling them to you only shipping them.
GW Australia does not appear to have this problem. Do I think they were well stock before the fall? No, I think that the prices are specialist games stuff was already pretty insane and the extra Australia markup just pushed it over the top. Now GW USA needs to call them and get this stuff shipped here since they would probably sell most of it in a day or two.
Back in March I was wondering about the order fulfillment process for the Reaper Kickstarter but I was mainly discussing how to organize the
packing and shipping process assuming all the products were on hand.
Reaper has admitted that they started shipping with only some of the
product on hand since they expected the shipping process to take some
time and the remainder of the products to arrive while they were working
on still shipping the last batch to allow a seamless and optimal
delivery of product to the customers.
But they ran into the
problem that the next batch of product did not arrive on time and their
shipping operation was delayed due to it. Apparently they have many
Vampire Sets lying around such that if you are nearby you can pick yours
up but essentially none of the miniatures that were only available as
optional add ons. So clearly as a Just In Time type model their choices
of model production order and volumes were not optimal to provide the
most uniform and expedient shipping to all the customers.
of those not currently shippable Vampire Boxes instead covered the whole line
of the optional minis, they could still be shipping. Say the mini
production was 2/3rds vampire boxes and 1/3rd optional only minis. Now
we can split that up into 3 orders, 2 Vampire and 1 Optional. If we get
a vampire shipment first we can ship those out, Optional Second we are
stuck waiting for the last batch of vampires to ship out the second
patch so the disparity between delivery is very high. If we get the
optional first then we start shipping when the 1st group of vampires
arrives, and continue until with the last set. The initial shipping is
later but the disparity is lower.
If you could parse the
production more into 1/6ths instead of 1/3rds you could essentially get
1/4 of the vampires and half the optionals in the first shipment and
start right away with long to pack orders first, and then finish off at
the end with fast to ship pure vampire sets. Starting with the vampires
only first is essentially picking the low hanging fruit. The biggest
customers with the largest orders are going to get started packing last
as they will require components probably in the very last shipment so
the time from the last shipment coming in and going out will be longer
than if that last shipment was pure vampires which essential come off
the truck, get an Mr. Bones Added(stupid logistical arrangement),
labeled and shipped out.
Now splitting up production runs can
influence costs and production time as molds need to be changed and
such. Production time seems to have been a problem here so a different
ordering may have been worse but from just a stock inventory management
viewpoint having thousands of vampire boxes in storage that need other
stuff to ship to customers (who know they are just sitting there) is not
an optimal condition. I know that Reaper is doing their best and that I
do not have all the information that they used to organize their
production. This is more just me thinking about the business issues as I
find them interesting things to understand. Who knows maybe one day
you or I will be in management at a small business and have to worry
about such things.
So Reaper sent out their Bones kickstarter update. They started shipping at the end of March with just the vampire boxes and moved onto vampire plus vampire component options. I expect the order with the optional minis to start shipping right after that about apparently they did not actually have them so they cannot ship them. They noted that the 2nd wave should be arriving soon that it contains many of the larger models but the way it was phrased made me think that it was not going to have all the optional minis in it. So now I wondering if my multiple optional minis are all going to be in this wave or will I be sitting and waiting until June.
In the closure of the metal production 4 Blood Bowl teams are already no longer available along with an assortment of single or blisters. Amazon, Lizardmen, Vampire, and Khemri are all no longer showing up on the website.