Friday, May 3, 2013

GW Drops Specialist Games, Collector Ranges



Games Workshop is getting rid of all non-core games. GW is cutting all metal production as they switch over to fine cast, and have let it be known that once stocks of Epic, BFG, Necromunda, Warmaster, Mordheim and Inquisitor run out, then they are gone for good. Multiple people have confirmed this with GW's Customer Service and warehouse staff.


Collectors Range

It has also been confirmed that the Fantasy and 40k Collectors ranges have been discontinued and once stock runs out they will no longer be available.  Games Workshop has no plans to produce them again. Multiple customer service reps and the GW warehouse confirm this news.  This means all of the metal guard miniatures as well as the Dogs of War models for fantasy are done for.


Forge World

Forge World is stopping production of all new specialist games miniatures.  BFG, EPIC, and Aeronautica Imperialis ranges are now no longer in production and once the remaining stocks sell, that is it!  Many items are no longer in stock.


If you ask me, this all points to GW being on the block for a sale.  The departure of CEO Mark Wells, the constant cost cutting and price raises, this all speaks to one thing...GW is setting itself up for a sale.

Loken



14 comments:

Ben said...

or they are just clearing all the slow moving lines that are taking up warehouse space to make room for more popular products and focusing on there core products.

Anonymous said...

Hasbro...ugh...death of my hobby!

Jorge said...

Thge end is nigh...

Cylux said...

I did wonder what would be done with the specialist games range once metal casting was being discontinued, whether it would be switched to finecast or ditched altogether, now I have my answer.

Poxy Proxy Predator said...

I notice Bloodbowl is missing from that list...

agemmanjw said...

Hey, this is help for second-hand companies as now I'm justified in looking for Necromunda bitz from there. I will be sad that I won't be able to get my Chaos fleet for BFG, though...
And in another striking stroke of good luck, that means I can sell this stuff on ebay soon and actually get some monies for it! As opposed to now, where it being available means that it sells for too cheap on the 'ol auction site...

Anonymous said...

Or they may revamp some of these games with new plastic/finecast sculpts.

mafiacheese said...

I think you may be right about an impending sale (not because I have any info or facts).

They've really been on the offense for the last several months...

-attacking any perceived enemy (small-time authors and sites that unwittingly promote them, of all things).

-shut down any direct venues to comment/criticize (i.e. GW Facebook page), because apparently addressing criticisms is beneath them.

-quietly killed off games that fans like but aren't profitable to them (since there's no large buy-in like there is for WFB and 40K).

My question is, will this possible sale just continue down this same path of "raise prices, ignore customers" or will a potential investment firm gut the company for profit, killing off GW altogether? Either way I'm certainly planning to consider alternatives to GW products...they'll either be too much (like they aren't already!) or 100% OOP.

Anonymous said...

Only things I want out of that list is Nork and the Last Chancer's.

Donald duck is at the crossroads with a machinegun.

Wickedcreep said...

Okay selling the company is a pretty big assumption, however there's a second more logically sound possibility.

Since GW is moving away from metal they could be finally cutting down how much metal they produce by getting rid of low volume metal model ranges seems more like a business move to expand and grow, rather than get set up for a sale.

Honestly, Why sell something that people aren't going to use, it isn't a high enough demand to keep in production, everything in the fantasy collector range either has no rules, or rules don't exist anymore (dogs of war for example). Also everything in the 40k collector range either got their update (Chaos Space Marines) or according to the Rumor Tarot will get their update soon (Imperial Guard, Space Marines, Orks).

As far as the specialist games go, I have everything except Warmaster, and I have no intention on playing with ANY of it, i have them because either they were given to me, or i bought it because it looked cool, but the demand for those games is so small, that it's only logical to stop production.

Halting production of these areas and selling the Metal Presses will probably free up space in the production facility and either make room for more plastic production, or warehouse space, only keeping around enough machines to produce the high volume metal / resin models.


They did something similar to this in the US with Plastic Production.

Wickedcreep said...

FYI a lot of stuff is already starting to sell out, get to your local GW and order what you want, if you aren't near one, make your order worth it.

Peter Speers said...

Shipping metal costs an arm and a leg. I notice they keep their prices similar or they rise, but the shipping costs are greatly reduced. Seems like a solid business choice to me. Cutting out more factory retooling/moldmaking will also save huge amounts of money. See also their emphasis on internet ordering with delivery to your local store.

Anonymous said...

Bit late to all this, yes they truly are going -take a look at the mordheim amazons. Gone :(
(also free shipping has gone up from $30 to $60 for Aussie gamers)

If they do sell the metal presses, the least they can do is put out some plastic or finecast conversion sprues - tallarn, valhallan, etc.

Anonymous said...

Time to get a 3D printer and start cloning my IG army then :)

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