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All that mumbledy-jumbledy about exclusives is fine and good. I think everyone understands WHY exclusives are at a higher price, no one is debating unit cost or exclusivity.
Everyone knows why exclusives cost more (Dressel said it best) - putting aside all the businessy reasons, it comes down to the fact that the retailers know we'll pay the higher price. We proved it with the vOTC, with the Target figures, etc, etc, etc.
If things like this are completely inexcusable...don't buy them. Plain and simple. If enough people are outraged and make it known by not buying these products then Hasbro will get the point.
If you don't like it don't buy it. That sounds all fine and good, but doesn't it run the risk of creating a brand new problem...
For example, what do you do?
Buy the $14 Clone Trooper you hate to show your support for the idea of a Clone Trooper line of figures that might one day give us Utapau, Kashyykk, and Mygeeto Clones.
Pass on the $14 Clone Trooper you hate and then suck it up when Hasbro says "Oh, we've cancelled the Clone Trooper line we had planned because they didn't sell well".
Whether it's the Cinema/Screen Scenes or the Wal-Mart Cantina Packs or something else, we hear something like "Oh, we cancelled wave 2 because there was no demand for wave 1" - Well no **** sherlock, you packed rehashes no one wanted in the first wave and put the newer figures in Wave 2 and 3.
Either way, we lose on crap like this. Either you buy **** you don't like to "support the line" or you pass it and then suck it up when line X gets cancelled due to "poor support".
There's no excuse for doing this crap before all the film characters have been done. (Well, besides short-term monetary gain.)
We clammored, we raised hell. "We want Clones!", we said. Now we reap what we sow.
Dang, I need me that yellow clone
Still need that cola Chewbacca too, that thing is giving me fits.
That's the first I've heard of the yellow version being released. I've not noticed it on ebay and find it hard to believe no one has sold them on the secondary market. Not doubting you Nick, just surprised to see there is another. That leaves me with three holes.
Nick, if they don't continue this line, especially given the (seemingly) universal praise and lauding that Evolutions is getting, it will baffle me more than any other decision they haven't made over the years. There are so many possibilities with the line that could be explored, and to cut it short after three sets would be a real disappointment.