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Given the recent threads on what HaT should tackle next, the issue comes down to a few factors: what do customers want that will make HaT money and not take years to produce, or require a crowdfunding effort to make the effort worth the time.
I suggest a quick easy money maker is to MAC the existing British Peninsular set and provide extra sprues of alternate heads - 1812 and tapered light infantry shakos. The molds already exist. Provide extra sprues with the alternate heads and every need is satisfied.
No need to change anything with this set of Phenomenal Figures the only problem seems to being able to keep them in stock for more than 5 minutes (at least in the UK), Hat have been making a real effort to re-released most of their out of stock sets in the last year but, many of the best Napoleonic sets seem to keep missing the boat, Hat surly have been missing out on sales here.
All the following need restocking:
8219 1808-1812 French Light Infantry Chasseurs Marching
8251 1808-1812 French Light Infantry Chasseurs Action
8252 1808-1812 French Light Infantry Chasseurs Command
8147 Waterloo Nassau Infantry
8186 Peninsular War British Infantry
8304 Nap. British Infantry Command
8027 Napoleonic Austrian Infantry
8198 Austrian Grenadiers
8204 Austrian Grenzer
8233 Austrian Landwehr
8253 Late Prussian Infantry Marching
8254 Late Prussian Infantry Action
8255 Late Prussian Infantry Command
8146 1805 French in Greatcoats
Make the Brits available in green or something, and those who buy 20 sets just to place them on the shelf not to be opened or painted won't buy every single one of them.
I fully agree with your list of restoking napoleonic sets.
Need alot more of the Napoleonic mounted officer sets... they evaporated just after release....
Although the Peninsula British Infantry was a great set which has got me really excited about the prospect of the Heavy and Light Dragoons arriving in the next release, I doubt that a rehash of that set would be a winner. The set has to many Flank Company men for which I am great full that the Emhar figures only include Centre Company figures. For the post 1812 uniform there are many suppliers.
What I want to see and I hope generates them sales to keep the theme running are the MAC format SYW Austrian Infantry and the Prussian Artillery.
i agree with Brian get stocks of all those sets he listed into the UK and there will be plenty of sales
Pat, I wasn't really serious with the ECW; I'd like it, yes, but I can think of (at least) 10 other sets I'd prefer (all of them WW1 British).
I also think it's great that HaT have overcome their difficulty and are starting to make figures again. Even if the ones they are choosing, such as anything ACW, just send me to sleep. That's fine. All the projects will get done, as long as the crowd funds them.
But you've spotlighted the brilliance of crowdfunding - there are a lot of people who talk a lot about how many brazilians of sets they'd buy of this and that, but crowdfunding cuts out the chaff. If the set isn't popular enough it doesn't get made. End of story.
"I suggest a quick easy money maker is to MAC the existing British Peninsular set and provide extra sprues of alternate heads - 1812 and tapered light infantry shakos. The molds already exist..."
I think there maybe a fundamental misunderstanding of how plastic figure molds are made here. The mold that already exists will make the set that already exists you cannot use it to make different sets. You may be able to use the master figures to make a new mold if they survived the mold-making process but that is a pretty expensive process.