Quoted from Ferret:
You can like the theme or not like it, and for that matter like the game or not like it. But I think it's hard to objectively say that Hot Wheels is stripped down for a NIB game at its price point (similar to a Stern Pro). Hot Wheels comes standard with multiple spinners, multiple up/down drop targets, multiple saucers, multiple ramps, boatloads of targets, a multi-purpose magnet, high-speed kicker lane, ~140 independently-controlled full-RGB LEDs, side art blades, lenticular backpanel art, real backglass, a good sound system, and I believe the free shaker motor promo is still running. What part of that is stripped down?
It is less than Stern pro in total package for more money. Sorry but you are going up against games like JP2, maiden, TWD, Deadpool, gotg, etc.
Those games all have more to them, more cohesive assets, an actual toy (everybody wants a toy to interact with), and those games are $1000 less.
AP just won’t be able to compete by putting out less and asking more.
If you were actually AT stern price point then I think you had a chance. Reality is that the game won’t hold value and will settle at or below Oktoberfest and Houdini prices down the road and collectors now see that trend.
From a marketing perspective IMHO and exp, you should have just said this was a limited run of 750 from the start as that would have helped sell them all out and even a slightly higher price point.
Instead they picked a poor theme, made the key feature the spinning stick toy of distraction, and priced it higher than the competition.
You will get your few vocal fans and I am happy for them that they got a theme and game they like. Reality is that these have zero buzz and even distributors are dropping them for less already.
Sorry and hope the next theme is something that can let your talents shine. What you are bringing to that team as for code and overall integration is great and the first real thing to make me consider AP as viable for purchase.