I am of two worlds on how this Shipping issue is working out.
1. I am glad we are getting to see stuff in backers hands within a reasonable amount of time after the shipping estimate. This is a great thing. We can get a taste of what we have coming, we can feel a rush of excitement, and we will be able hear about problems and even solutions to problems before we open up our stuff to find an issue we do not know how to fix. All good.
2. Reaper has serious issues with communication right at the delivery portion of these projects. Just when I want to give them credit for a job well done, like the Ice Giant figures, or with getting to the fulfillment sooner than we thought possible, they lay an egg on somebody.
Why should it even be an issue if the first delivered mini's go to Canada? Well it becomes one when you have every wave of Canada arrive before ANY wave to the U.S.
Why is that a problem? Well this bones was billed as first to back first to ship. This did not happen. Now 75% of orders made by B4 backers are now watching a minority get orders early, while the rest are being told to not worry they too will be getting their shipments only a week to two weeks later. Timing is everything and following the botched announcements of the past couple of months, this will leave a small festering wound. It should not have. We could all be happy about arriving packages but instead we have to wonder how this will pan out. Is someone in wave 12 with all three of the delayed Container Items going to get all their stuff before someone in Wave 1 with None will get theirs? The answer is yes, and by potentially about 2 weeks for some Wave 1 backers, but that is not the worst. Will someone from Wave 12 in Canada get their order 2 months before wave 5 U.S.? Possibly. Possibly even farther out. How did we find this out. When they had already taken every step to do this.
Bad communication got some peoples hopes up, and now several hammer blows later people are going to be left in the lurch with nothing to do but wait.... and wait.... and wait.
Before anyone says it is just sour grapes on my part I was wave 1 and locked pretty early, but am going to wait till my friend gets his to even open mine. Unless he is left in the lurch, then we will just do 2 unboxings. I am not worried. I am not really a fast painter at all and about half of these are going straight to my Wife, and 8 year old daughter. We will be excited for this fulfillment. But I am tired of Reaper getting one step from the finish only to turn to take a selfie, trip, fall on their face, and crap their pants. Nobody will remember the first 99.9% when the Finish was such a stupid waste.
All of this would have been better had it all been communicated what was going on and the measures taken to correct the issue were closer to fair across the board. It is always the little things that trip you up.
I hope this all works out for Reaper smoothly from here on out, I enjoy these projects immensely and want there to be many more.