No more is there a week between the pre-order and delivery, now it's longer - in fact the releases this week (7th of October) won't be available until after the week of the 21st of October. The question for the Community is, will the enthusiasm for a product which was previewed 6 months ago, then finally goes up for pre-order, to then actually arrive a further two weeks later still hold the attention of the buyer? In some cases you'd have to say "no".
Is this the end of the impulse purchase for Games Workshop products? Will this see more people go to stores to see what's out because it's been 3 weeks and who can remember back that far?
It seems to be a risky strategy and could threaten the strongest form of fan's retention - momentum!
The new expansion for Warhammer Underworlds, Deathgorge is also on it's way, this time waging the Slaaneshi Thricefold Discord against the Idoneth Deepkin Cyreni's Razors, which of course come with a cute animal. Far out, these bloody mascots - more on that later!
The older Seraphon scenery has been repackaged minus the minis and the books to give us Ravaged Lands: Scales of Talaxis. This is a very nice set, especially if you're looking for additions to existing Ravaged Lands scenery or to add something to the look of your Seraphon forces.
Speaking of Warcry, there are two new warbands on pre-order this week - both excellent in different ways. The Kruleboyz Monsta-killaz have the lean appearance that sets the Kruleboyz apart from the usual Orcs, but this set comes with two Gnarlwood Howlaz - large fearsome-looking simians who will very quickly be converted into Jokaero for Warhammer 40k, but surely will become favourites in their own right. Games Workshop needs to bring a box of these out soon! The other new set are the Vulkyn Flameseekers, and although the Fyreslayers have to be our least favourite minis for some time, it looks like Games Workshop have finally got the look right. Whoever designed this new warband has finally FINALLY got this look and feel right. They just needed to go overboard and now we have some awesome minis! The introduction of the new skin tone is also a gamechanger! In our eyes they have gone from 'nope' to 'dope'!
It's a great day when GW release older Warcry warbands without the cards so you can just get the goodness of the minis, so it's with great joy that we have a batch of them; the Gorechosen of Dromm (the the excellent Shaman leader), Hexbane's Hunters (from when GW were flirting with Mordheim), the Skaven Skittershank's Clawpack (which brought a slightly tweaked look to the Skaven with their larger heads and more characterful appearance), The Exiled Dead, Da Kunnin' Krew (who go so perfectly with the Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast and the Marshcrawla Sloggoth that it can't be an accident), The Shadeborn, Xandire's Truthseekers and last but absolutely least, Blackpowder's Buccaneers. Blackpowder's Buccaneers is notorious for being the mini release where GW completely jumped the shark and made it all about the pets. The Community had fallen in love with the previous animal companions of some of the warbands, so when they announced this one, it was all about the creatures, to the detriment of the main character. It was absurd! So here that set is, the one that broke the back of a cute idea and made it dumb!
In books this week we have Realmslayer: Legend of the Doomseeker in hardback, the Warhammer Crime anthology Once a Killer in Paperback and it's a White Dwarf week with Issue 493.
There's also a very cool, but premium collectable, the BANDAI: Blood Angels Assault Intercessor Action Figure. The colour scheme they picked for this is excellent, and we should see it on Blood Angels more. The thing about these Bandai action figures is the price, and when you compare them to the Joy Toy versions, are they any better? At three to four times the price, you'd have to question it.