Realistically, the box & that artwork don't gobble up that much of a production budget.
The reply from Streltz makes sense. I, for one, am sorry that the Scots, & c, were not made in Mini-box format. From a historical prospective, given the nature of their training and the way they were expected to preform in battle, I don't need *individuals* I need *lines* and *columns*.
The 50-odd individual poses concept was great for some sets, and a disaster for others. Command sets with 45-50 unique figures are excellent, for line infantry it was wasteful. The Streltz-Mini concept is ideal for line infantry, and as long as there is a complimentary command kit, the sales should be pretty good.
What if you could buy a big box with a command kit (traditional 50-odd poses, available separately) and 4-6 Mini kits of infantry men? I think that would be a good deal.
I would like to see Streltz get on the stick with that Crimean French light cavalry.
I think this is practical advice too. However, I still feel that "if" the big box sets are to become any kind of collectors editions, and future eBay rarities, they need to include some kind of accessories sets also. Likely, the 5th set. With only 2 new, and 2 old, a 5th unique accessory set would help to sell it.
Also, put photos of the actual sets painted-up on the box-top, just like the old Marx HO boxes. Painting up the older sets would help present them in a new way. I think the Borodino box only shows the 2 cavalrys, but not the 2 infantries. I could be wrong here, but all of the figurines should be shown in their "Best Sunday Clothes." The Curaissiers are some of the best ever, yet we see reinactors. Not bad, but the actual guys on a diorama scene would be awesome.
There were many fine suggested examples of variations in previous threads last year. They could likely be found by searching key words "Big Box."
I think the Big Boxes are a great idea that still need a little fine-tuning to receive optimal financial gains. Please keep up the great work Strelets*R Team!