I really shouldn't read comments on kickstarters as I really get pissed off by peoples unrealistic sense of entitlementI know I've said this before, but once again it rears its ugly head (and yes, the best advice is still 'don't read the comments')...
— Michael Hobbs (@M_A_Hobbs) January 18, 2015
Kickstarters are, when it comes down to it, a vehicle for (in general and hopefully) low-risk investment on the part of you, the punter, and low-risk fund raising for product/whatever development on the part of the designer. Nothing more. You are not entitled to insane quantities of figures at massive discount over store retail, just because it's a Kickstarter, and Mantic and Reaper have enough infrastructure, resources and fans to do that - they are the exception. In fact, if you see someone promising that on the kind of small run Kickstarter that seems to garner this kind of whinging and moaning? Start questioning their financial planning and common sense, and whether you should actually be risking your money.
Ultimately, what it says on the Kickstarter page is up to the person running the Kickstarter: if you don't like what the Kickstarter is promising, or what they're proposing to do with your money, then don't back it, and walk away. But please? Stop moaning. We seem to have lost sight, amid the headiness of things like Dreadball and the like, of what Kickstarter is actually for: you are the one helping the Kickstarter by putting up your money in advance under the terms they choose to specify, so they can both gauge demand and then have cash-flow available to pursue they project. They don't have to do anything special for you compared to an ordinary after-the-fact punter: yes, it's courteous to express gratitude to backers by some form of rewards, but some peoples' entitlement issues, that a backer should be treated like a close sibling of the Divine for even THINKING about waving money at the Kickstarter, are both greedy and preposterous.
End of rant.