« on: June 26, 2016, 04:48 PM »
Considering the presence Funko has at Target stores, I have to think these will turn up there. And maybe at Barnes and Noble, too.
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I know there have been a few marginal attempts at this over the years, but as I recall the price points were crazy high (someone refresh my memory on the company and price point - I think they were $100+ and not modular - sort of like nice reproductions of some of the classic mail away displays).
There were Action Figure Display Dioramas made by a company called Pride displays back in 2006...
They were officially licensed and sold for $60. They made 3000 in their initial run and couldn't sell through.
They didn't market them well IMHO. Clearly these were designed to hold the two waves of vintage ANH figures, but they didn't want to spell that out and alienate modern figure collectors. People poo-pooed them (myself included at the time) as too retro and too pricey for being "just a stand."
The company went out of business before they could release designs intended for ESB and ROTJ vintage lines...
...as well as planning to finally throw modern collectors a genuine bone with a ROTS themed display...
Definitely not playsets. Nor marketed as such.
Definitely a failure, business-wise. And the last thing tried in the Star Wars realm that was a display or a playset.
What are people's general experiences buying from "tunghori" on eBay? I'm tempted to buy the latest wave of WM figures from him, but not sure what the paint quality is likely to be considering how crappy the factory accepted versions of this line have been. Does he do a fairly good job of screening for quality?
Third tier characters like Goss Toowers, PZ-4CO, Zuvio, etc seem like they might get a little less love from Hasbro this time around.
I just hope that Hasbro doesn't take this as, "Why should we release the Tonnika Sisters or Sim Aloo. Background characters don't sell." I believe fans would prefer those characters from the OT and PT than the NT.
I just think their character mix was off. Too many background characters packed with not enough heroes.