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Old 27th October 2017, 04:28 AM
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Really disappointed to hear about the Supersize TB1, given we already saw the prototype and it looked fantastic.

Do we have any info on what's going on with the merchandise going forward? Even if - worst case scenario - Season 3 is the last one, that's still potentially two more years of the TAG brand being active - surely ITV aren't going to let it go on all that time with no core merch line?
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Old 27th October 2017, 03:50 PM
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Really disappointed to hear about the Supersize TB1, given we already saw the prototype and it looked fantastic.

Do we have any info on what's going on with the merchandise going forward? Even if - worst case scenario - Season 3 is the last one, that's still potentially two more years of the TAG brand being active - surely ITV aren't going to let it go on all that time with no core merch line?
I suspect all this depends on a set of numbers that ITV knows and no-one else does.

Factors such as production cost vs revenue from selling the series to other markets and the money that gets pulled in from the adverts that are shown round it (and what they can charge for those is probably linked to the viewing figures) for example.

To what extent money from the mechandising licences is a factor is then a good question - it may be a large influence, but they may not be too bothered if Amazon and the like keep buying the series.

Also - limited mechandising in the UK does not mean that there might not end up being a load in China for example (where, I think, the series only started being broadcast this year) - which would be annoying if there is no way to get hold of things.

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Old 28th October 2017, 03:33 AM
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Very valid points.

TAG or Classic, it wouldn't be Thunderbirds without expensive merch that needs to be imported from the other side of the planet
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Old 28th October 2017, 06:27 AM
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The cancellation of planned merchandise and the decision to screen the series in a more 'visible' tea time slot does seem to indicate a lack of public enthusiasm for the series. I suspect some of the companies that produced merchandise may have felt that they were over sold the potential popularity of the programme and are now feeling as if they've had their fingers burnt. In terms of a series three, the decision to produce these episodes may have been taken to partly off-set the cost of investing funds in the series at the outset, bringing down the average cost of an episode over the production run.
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Old 28th October 2017, 12:54 PM
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Very valid points.

TAG or Classic, it wouldn't be Thunderbirds without expensive merch that needs to be imported from the other side of the planet
Sitting surrounded by display cases full of Takara, Konami and Taito models I can only agree with that!

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Old 10th November 2017, 12:15 PM
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The cancellation of planned merchandise and the decision to screen the series in a more 'visible' tea time slot does seem to indicate a lack of public enthusiasm for the series. I suspect some of the companies that produced merchandise may have felt that they were over sold the potential popularity of the programme and are now feeling as if they've had their fingers burnt. In terms of a series three, the decision to produce these episodes may have been taken to partly off-set the cost of investing funds in the series at the outset, bringing down the average cost of an episode over the production run.
Or it's just being used as filler. It's on at 2:20pm this coming Saturday!
It's a shame because the second half of this series has been very good.
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