Saturday, June 25, 2011

Casting down

One of the main pieces of equipment in the shop is our rotocast machine. This machine allows us to cast our hollow parts including our heads and hands.

Unfortunately for us, we believe the circuit board blew so we are unable to cast more parts until the board gets fixed. We sent the board to the manufacturer for repair but we will probably be down for a couple of weeks.

Fortunatley, we have built some inventory so we should be able to continue to supply parts while the board is out for repair.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Limited supply of Elmore

One of the next items we will be discontinuing in 2011 is Elmore. Once we have sold through the inventory, we will retire this mold and character. This is a character designed by Kenny Croes. On the right is a photo of a finsihed Elmore from Kenny. You can see some more finished characters that Kenny has made on his blog or in his store.

If you are interested in making a figure with this head we are selling him on our web site and on Ebay. We have less that 10 in stock.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased an Elmore head in the past.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chipping away with inventory reduction

We are currently going through an evaluation of some of the items we sell and make decisions on whether we will continue to sell the items or discontinue them.

First on the chopping block are some of our hands. We will be discontinuing the solid hands for 24" and 30" figures. These items will be discontinued once all inventory is sold.

If you are interested in any of these items, you can check them out on our hands portion of our website. We also plan on selling some on Ebay in the near future.

Check back to see what other items we will be discontinuing from our selection.

Friday, June 10, 2011

An annual discussion

A couple times every year I find myself contemplating whether I should cut back on Braylu or continue to expand and move forward. Usually when I have these thoughts it is because I typically find myself at the mercy of filling orders and building more inventory. (A good problem right?).

As much as we get enjoyment on selling parts to builders all over the world and the excitement of working with new builders every day, it leaves little time to do other things.

I personally would like to get back to building dummies. I can't remember the last time I did that. I would also like to develop more items that I have on the "invent" list for years.

I have come up with about 50 solutions to this situation but none ever seem to be the right answer. I don't want to close Braylu. Should I cut back on some of thie items we make and sell? If so, which ones? Should I focus on working on special projects with other builders? Do I source out some of the items?

I'm sure I will figure something out. The right answers seem to to find their way. I will probably continue on the same path. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks for the therapy session.