To lead off the PC Anniversary sale, more or less. (I think it starts either late this week, or else on the Sunday/Monday transition.)
Daz is doing nothing to stem suspicion that Genesis 8 is going to be a short generation. Michael 8 is a full four-five months early. And Olympia 8, leave us remember, was a full six months early.
Which would mean that Genesis 9 may arrive for the holiday sales next year. That ought to be a time, that ought.
Michael 8 looks ... interesting. The front page banner promo makes him look a bit younger than Victoria. And then you go to his own product page and ... whoa. He actually looks older than Michael 5 Phillip, who was the oldest presenting Michael to date. That dude is in his early 40s, maybe. (This isn't a bad thing, just a startling one.) And he's astonishingly, noticeably translucent, at least in his promos. (Both translucent and slightly tan. How does that even WORK?)
Unlike Michael 7, there is no African or dark skinned male in the Pro bundle this time. Nor is there one in the additional day-of -release PA products. In fact -- and QUITE peculiarly -- there are no additional day-of-release characters at all.
I do not understand why there isn't at least one other PA/house artist represented with the Michael 8 characters. I mean, yes, there's whoever did Michael himself, but then both of the other characters are Fred Winkler and friends. And this is ABSOLUTELY NOT a knock against Fred or those characters; it's just highly unusual for a bundle to have only one character artist in it.
Honestly, if it weren't for the fact that this is the only way to get the dingus, I wouldn't consider the Michael 8 pro bundle. I'd get Michael for Michael's sake, and I'm not sure what else I'd get. (Dark Prince Outfit is just weird, yo. It manages to achieve a balance between pointless lack of coverage and actual armor that I'm not sure quite works.)
In any event, more about Michael later. Maybe.