FUNimation's Dragon Boxes have indeed been discontinued

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FUNimation's Dragon Boxes have indeed been discontinued

Post by rs_chaosmaster » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:47 am

Wow just wow!!!!! I can confirm this is indeed the case. I sent an email to Funimation asking where to find the Dragon Boxes in stores and they replied telling me they were sorry to inform that the Dragon Boxes were a limited print and have been discontinued!!!! I was pretty shocked and asked for them if this was the case for even the new Dragon Boxes 5,6, and 7. They told me yes that once all the online stores run out of them they will not be replenished. Conclusion??? Get the Dragon Boxes ASAP if you want them!!!!!

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Hello,



The Dragon Ball Z boxes were all limited edition box sets, and they will not have a second run. They have been discontinued and the stock that each store caries is limited. Stores such as Amazon do carry the product though. Please see the below link:



http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_ ... ra&x=0&y=0



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Post by DarkGokuZ » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:51 am

Wow that went fast. :shock: glad I got to get them all.
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Post by jpdbzrulz4sure » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:00 am

DarkGokuZ wrote:Wow that went fast. :shock: glad I got to get them all.
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Post by angelus0901 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:07 am

I still have to get the 4th one...
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Post by TheLegendary117 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:11 am

SHIT! I gotta get the last one!!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Post by BlazingFiddlesticks » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:37 am

Well, dang it all, got to pick up those Buu Boxes some time by the end of the year.
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Post by Raithos » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:46 am

Hmm maybe i should double up? Lol
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Post by Hao_Kaiser » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:05 pm

O_O;

How long has Volume 7 been unavailable from Amazon?!

I have credit there, and was going to go ahead and grab it instead of waiting until Christmas... But if they're out of print, I don't know if I want to risk it.
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Post by TheBlackPaladin » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:22 pm

TRANSLATION: They didn't sell that well.

That's very unfortunate, especially considering how vastly superior they are to the Orange Bricks.
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Post by Tanooki Kuribo » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:25 pm

TheBlackPaladin wrote:TRANSLATION: They didn't sell that well.
I don't know about that but, I'm pretty sure making this a limited release was their plan all along. We just didn't know when they were gonna discontinue them.

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Post by TheBlackPaladin » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:04 pm

That could be, but I'm not convinced.

1) They didn't mention the term "limited release" when they announced their aquisition of the Dragon Boxes (to the best of my memory anyway, someone else feel free to correct me if I'm wrong).
2) They also mentioned that they acquired the Dragon Box movies as well, which they never released.
3) The price was $80 for the first Dragon Box, and the prices plummeted fairly quickly.
4) Economic logic implies that if something is selling well, you don't discontinue it. There are exceptions of, course, but if something's selling well, you have no reason to stop it. Hell, if the Dragon Boxes had really sold that well, my guess is that not only would FUNimation still be printing them, but that we would have eventually gotten the Dragon Boxes for "Dragon Ball" and "Dragon Ball GT" as well.
A "rather haggard" translation of a line from Future Gohan in DBZ, provided to FUNimation by Toei:
"To think of fighting that is this fun...so, it was pleasant fight, as many as, therefore is a feeling which is good the fight where."

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Post by penguintruth » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:09 pm

Just ordered the final two. Thanks for the heads up!
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Post by mikezilla2 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:23 pm

I got all (of) mine already. :D

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Post by Super Ghost Kamikaze » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:19 pm

TheBlackPaladin wrote:That could be, but I'm not convinced.

1) They didn't mention the term "limited release" when they announced their aquisition of the Dragon Boxes (to the best of my memory anyway, someone else feel free to correct me if I'm wrong).
You are. They've used the word "limited" very little in advertising, but they did mention it in a few places, most notably affirming the limited nature of the sets on the Anime News Network podcast.
2) They also mentioned that they acquired the Dragon Box movies as well, which they never released.
...Which has nothing to do with the current sets being discontinued. There is nothing keeping them from releasing a Dragon Box The Movies. They're just not printing more of the current Dragon Boxes that they've already made. My guess is they decided not to dual-run the set against the cheaper movies sets they have going right now, but that's imposing *sense* and *logic* on Funi's release schedule, which is probably a stupid thing to do.
3) The price was $80 for the first Dragon Box, and the prices plummeted fairly quickly.
And this coincided with the prices of ALL of Funimation's DVDs taking a sharp drop in price. While the theory that the prices adjusted for sales reason did come up in the community at the time, it seems to have been more the case of a company-wide pricing policy change than anything related to these specific sets.
4) Economic logic implies that if something is selling well, you don't discontinue it. There are exceptions of, course, but if something's selling well, you have no reason to stop it. Hell, if the Dragon Boxes had really sold that well, my guess is that not only would FUNimation still be printing them, but that we would have eventually gotten the Dragon Boxes for "Dragon Ball" and "Dragon Ball GT" as well.
I don't think that's necessarily the case. Considering how difficult these masters were to obtain in the first place, and how jealously Toei guarded them, I wouldn't be at ALL surprised if a limited printing was part of the acquisition deal. Besides, there's more to printing more copies than simple "Is it selling?" Maybe they sold well, but the premium packaging had lower margins than a Blu Ray release, for example. Maybe they wanted to allocate their printing resources elsewhere, where margins were better. "Economics" is nowhere near as simple as you're making it out to be, and there is a company bureaucracy going across several levels making decisions based on tons of data that we simply do not have. Now, is it possible that they didn't sell too well or didn't sell above expectations and were discontinued due to a lack of demand? Maybe. But we can't say for certain, nor can we even be reasonably sure of that conclusion.

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Post by xXInfinite026Xx » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:25 pm

penguintruth wrote:Just ordered the final two. Thanks for the heads up!
Time for me to do the same thing! (As expected, FUNimation gave us another reason to buy more of their products faster ><)
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Post by DB_Fan1991 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:26 pm

I need to get the last 3.
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Post by Rukura » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:37 pm

I still need to get the last 5. Waiting to get paid tomorrow, getting at least 3-6 for sure. (And hopefully 7 by the end of the month :( )

Talk about coming out of left field, with them still advertising the Dragon Boxes, Orange Bricks and Blu-Rays together...the fact that the Orange Bricks are still in print is a little insulting...
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Post by DanielGClapp » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:40 pm

Haha well for some reason, it feels good that I have all of mine. Not only that, but I like how these happen to be the best DVD releases of Z in NA, AND they also happened to be limited. It's sort of like an investment. I think pretty much everybody who sincerely wanted these got them, but for those who missed out, these are going to be worth a lot to them. The consumers will run the market, and I think if the steelbooks can be fetching prices of up to $140, then just think about what a full collection of Dragon Boxes will be worth in a couple of years?

BTW, when did DBox 7 stop selling on amazon? I mean it just got released, and apparently they're almost gone! I honestly wouldn't be surprised if some more showed up on amazon.

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Post by penguintruth » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:50 pm

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penguintruth wrote:Just ordered the final two. Thanks for the heads up!
Time for me to do the same thing! (As expected, FUNimation gave us another reason to buy more of their products faster ><)
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Post by TonyTheTiger » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:03 pm

Although it's good to get a final word on the topic this isn't much of a shock, really. The sets can't be found in brick and mortar stores any longer as far as I know. The Best Buys near me carried the first three, clearanced boxes 2 and 3 for about $24 each, and got a tiny supply of box 4. Haven't seen them stock anything since. So it's been pretty consistent that the Dragon Boxes were never going to be FUNi's perpetual sets like the Orange Bricks and now Blu-rays. The good news is that anything sold on Amazon will likely be in enough supply that it's unlikely they'll become genuinely hard to come by second hand.

All I'm concerned about is if the sets sold well enough to justify releasing the movies and pursuing DB and DBGT. It'd be a shame for the Z sets to stand alone considering the rest of them could be released in relatively few volumes.

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