HasLab’s Rancor Fails While The G.I. Joe Skystriker Sails To Victory

Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series Rancor failed to gain enough backers this week and has since vanished from HasLab’s landing page. We covered the struggling crowdfunding project over at Pirates and Princesses. Between the dismal stretch goal unlockables and the overall appearance of Jabba’s pet, it’s no wonder it flopped.
The G.I. Joe Skystriker campaign launched around the same time, and for a while, it looked like the combat jet wasn’t going to make its goal either. When I wrote about the Cobra Commander takeover of the project a couple of days ago, there were still more than 3k backers needed.
As of today, the Skystriker has been fully funded with six hours left. The Skystriker currently sits at 10,994 backers. Earlier today, it had just crossed the 10k mark. There are three tiers still left to unlock when it comes to stretch goals. It is probably safe to say that the 13k, 16k, and 18k levels won’t be reached within this short period, but you never know.
I attribute this considerable spike coming from collectors who just freed up $350 from the sunken Rancor campaign. The Skystriker is only $230, and the money is only taken out if the number of backers is met. So, it would make sense for collectors to use that newly liberated cash to go right back into another collectible.
Whether the stretch goals are reached or not, Hasbro is delivering way more with the base toy than with the Rancor. The vehicle is fully equipped with missiles, firing effects, a stand, two figures, ejecting parachute seats, and of course, the newly added Cobra figures.
If all three extra funding goals are met, you’ll get an exclusive variant of Scarlett in her flight suit, Rip Cord, and two pit crew figures. Nothing too special. At least Hasbro isn’t locking a necessary accessory behind that wall as they did with the hose for the Spengler Proton Pack…
[Source: HasLab]

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