« on: May 18, 2005, 12:34 PM »
My point has been completely missed. Go to EE and check out all of the case assortments. Almost every case out there has Clone Troopers of one sort or another in it. And cases continue to ship to stores EVERY DAY. Add in the fact that sometimes anecdotal evidence just doesn't carry that much weight since things can be regionally skewed by how collectors collect in a certain area. One city or region does not necessarily reflect the rest of the country. No Clones on the pegs in one city? So. I saw plenty on the pegs in my area last night. My area just so happens to be one of the biggest metroploitan areas in the world. The two things don't seem to correlate, do they?
If you look at things with a measure of reason, you can see that there are some important trends that have developed. Such as the fact that Hasbro has put the bulk of their Clone Troopers in Collection 1 cases which happen to ship in higher quantities than Collection 2 cases. Does that leave the AT-TE Tank Gunner and the Royal Guards out in the cold? Yes, but those figures continue ship in over half a dozen different case assortments if you look at what's current and move on from there.
As for which characters SHOULD be on pegs, I would argue that it's Anakin Skywalker. It's HIS movie. And despite that, Hasbro has recognized that there is a demand for army builders and told collectors so at their Q&A session in Indianapolis. They have plans for more army builders. Some of the sets I mentioned are due out within weeks of the movies release. THAT, I argue is the prime time for any sort of collectible. Once the public has had the opportunity to digest the movie I think overall interest and sales will actually continue to rise. Add in the fact that Star Wars will have a little longevity in the theaters and not be gone from the local multiplex within three weeks. The movies have traditionally had some legs, and with the reviews being as favorable as these have been, this one could last longer than TPM and AOTC did in theaters. That combined with the all-out marketing effort that's going on mean that we're going to have plenty of product offered to us by a range of Lucasfilm licensees.
Hasbro being one of those licensees sees the need for longevity and have to provide a continuous attraction to fans and collectors through the course of the summer and into the 2005 Holiday season. If we were deluged with even more product now it might be more than the market and Hasbro's retail partners could take. Product needs to be spaced out for the benefit of both collectors and retail.
As for some REAL evidence, I have spoken at length with some people at a major retail chain. They say that sales are actually up from the 2002 line launch. This is genuinely encouraging, as the better sales numbers mean that Star Wars will continue to have a good shelfspace presense at retail through at least the holiday season. More shelfspace means more product.
I think our current society has more to do with the ugliness I've seen here than we all know. We've become a culture of instant gratification, and if it isn't here now then how the hell is it good for? I see a buildup of reports of people trying to find figures, outraged that they can't find them at their earliest possible convenience. Then they find them and the ranting stops. Until they start to get impatient once more and start wondering "Where's the Tarkin wave, these Wookiee Warriors are pegwarmers now!" I see far more of this than good discussions of the pros and cons of the figures that we have in hand. If only people would wait three weeks before running off at the keyboard, I think we would all be much happier. The negative energy that it all evokes is rather troubling at times.
Now, as for my own credentials which you've seen fit to address, let's see if our creds match up here, okay Jesse? I have covered the following Hasbro events: Celebration 2, Celebration 3, Wizard World Chicago in 2003, Hasbro's Collector Media Day in 2003, Toy Fair 2004, and Toy Fair 2005. I've gotten to know these people somewhat, and they've offered interesting insights into the line. I also cover a couple of other licensees as well. Add in some good contacts at one of the country's largest toy chains and I have a little bit of a feel for the toy industry. Please make an effort to know who you're addressing before you start talking down to them.