About Custom Transformer Kreons (aka me blah blah blahing)
I had seen a custom Kreon Omega Supreme or two on Shapeways. The price was too high, you had to paint it yourself.
It was impressive but this was before I was somewhat ok at painting customs. So using Kreon parts and LEGO Digital Designer, I decided to make my own.
I didn't stop there, Sky Lynx was also missing so I made him too, although originally with legs entirely of Kreon Parts. Then Monstructor, Metroplex, and Trypticon.
These all were combinations of 3rd party (kreon or ionix) and LEGO parts so kinda pricey.
After seeing a lot of clearance items I could use, I got the idea to "mass" produce these and got started with that.
I could make and sell them for cheaper than I paid and still make a little money. This fell apart when Hasbro discontinued the Kreons.
My business idea was kind of a fail. I changed gears and just started making stuff for myself but making multiples and sell those.
This allows me to reduce the shipping per item. It's also not much more effort with Bricklink and multiples are nicer and sellers VS just 1 of each part.
This is also why I won't be re-releasing older items (particularly larger, pricier items). It takes a bit of time, effort, money to get everything together and for the small amount of money I'm going to make,
it's just not worth it. I already got "trapped" once and had to clearance a bit of stuff below cost. This isn't "wah wah" but just me learning.
It's also good that I got so invested in this project. I'm mostly focused on my comic right now.
It started off as an advertisement, now I have plans and a larger story arc. They're silly but I'm enjoying doing them.
They've evolved quite a bit and have been improved since starting this.
The biggest changes were when I stopped relying on 3rd party parts for the base and use all LEGO.
Metroplex 1.0 VS Metroplex 2.0 - VERY different.