I didn’t spend a huge amount of money at GamesDay 2008 but did get a few things. Main trouble was that stuff I wanted had sold out. I was also disapppointed with the lack of Ork stuff for sale on the retail stands, all they seemed to have was the Space Marine Thunderfire Cannon, boxes of them, boxes and boxes. Virtually all other new Space Marine stuff such as the Codex and Drop Pod had sold out by 11.00am! However if you wanted a bundle of Thunderfire Cannons, no problem!
The thing was that it wasn’t only a pre-release it was also an opportunity to get it much much cheaper.
At GamesDay 2008 it was priced at £25. Games Workshop are going to increase their prices on the 29th September, so when the Thunderfire Cannon is released on the 4th October it will be priced at £30 (well according to the red shirt I spoke to at GamesDay).
So why wasn’t the Thunderfire Cannon selling at GamesDay?
According to the same red shirt I spoke to it was because they bought a pallet’s worth with them and it contained small boxes.
I think not.
I believe it didn’t sell as it was overpriced for what it was (and it’s going to cost even more) and I think that it’s not a very good model. When you compare it to the Forge World Tarantula which is cheaper and looks more “realistic” (well how realistic can a weapon from the 41st millennium be).
One red shirt tried to sell it to me on the basis that it worked well in the game… Well some people may buy figures because of the rules, I buy figures because of the way they look.
So what did I get?
Well I got the Ork Barricades (got the last one). I got the excellent Modelling Masterclass book from Forge World which is full of great stuff. I also got the latest White Dwarf and the Warhammer Historical Old West rules.
What I wanted to get was the Warhammer Historical Great War rules, the Drop Pod, the Space Marine Codex and I even considered getting another Ork Gunwagon – though I may get the new plastic Ork Battlewagon.
According to the Games Workshop website, a variety of Space Marines stuff will be on sale at the UK GamesDay on the 14th September including the new Drop Pod.
Dropping from orbit, the brand new pre-release Space Marines will be in extremely limited supply. That said, we’ll be taking 2000 brand new plastic Drop Pods – an amazing 89-piece plastic kit – not to mention the all-new Thunderfire Cannon and the all-important Codex: Space Marines.
We’ll also be taking supplies of the new Sternguard and Vanguard Veterans, the mighty all-plastic Land Raider Redeemer / Crusader, as well as the many new Special Characters including Captain Sicarius of the Ultramarines and the Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists, Pedro Kantor.