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12" Figures / Re: Which one would you want made?
« on: August 15, 2003, 11:03 AM »
Considering that I only collect bounty hunters, Sith, Jedi and droids in the 12" line, I would opt for:

Kit Fisto
Saesee Tiin
Plo Koon (at retail!)
Eeth Koth
Shaak Ti
EPISODE II C-3PO
Assajj Ventress

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12" Figures / Re: Has Anyone seen 12" BikerScout
« on: August 15, 2003, 11:00 AM »
I THINK I saw it this past weekend at Wizard World.  It looked nice, but the pieces from the assortment that I'm really interested in are the Luke (gone one!) and Yoda.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jabba Throne .....An Excellent Idea HASBRO!!!!!
« on: August 15, 2003, 10:55 AM »
Cool idea.  But it's DAIS, no DIAS.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Who's Left From Hoth?
« on: August 12, 2003, 11:17 PM »
My personal list?

-Major Derlin
-R5-M9
-Zev Senesca
-Wedge Antilles-Snowspeeder Pilot
-Wes Janson
-General Veers with removable armor, helmet, hat & mini holographic Vader
-Snowtrooper w/ softgoods skirt, no rank insignia
-Luke Skywalker-Snowspeeder Pilot w/ removable helmet, lightsaber, blaster & holster, grappling line, and mine

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Check Hasbro NOW
« on: August 12, 2003, 07:44 PM »
I did round the numbers, since it was some odd multiple of twelve (12 figures per case).  But the basic numbers were roughly 200K Collection 1, and 100K Collection 2.  I saw it in the computer.  It's the ratio of Collection 1 to Collection 2 that's more relevant.

As for the year end inventory, it was from a high-sales TRU.  In fact, the store was in the top 7 in sales in the northeast.  And with greater sales, it's easier to see trends develop.

I can't cite individual sales numbers for specific figures since TRU's records are based more on a Collection  SKN # than figure by figure.  However, there are still 2002 figures that would be considered army builders that still linger on the pegs.  

The situation regarding army builders is something that's got to be taken on a case by case basis, rather than categorically.  Some army builders sell very well.  Others do not.  Blanket statements as well as blanket concepts don't always apply well in every circumstance.

Hasbro designs the line in part to appeal to collectors, in part to appeal to casual buyers, and it's all to make money.  They're trying to sell toys, bottom line, at the lowest cost that they can, so that they can make as big a profit as possible.  With that very simple axiom in mind, it's easy to understand why certain decisions get made with the line, and why not every single piece is a work of art.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Check Hasbro NOW
« on: August 12, 2003, 03:46 PM »
Quote
In the case of Toys R Us, and the NY metropolitan area (quite a high sales area):  when the SAGA line debuted, Toys R Us had orders in for roughly 200,000 pieces (figures) of Collection 1.  The orders for Collection 2 were roughly half that, at about 100,000 pieces.  Core characters, as most know, were almost exclusively in Collection 1 (with some army builders in the mix here, like Clone Troopers & Destroyer Droids), while several army builders (Geonosian Warrior, Endor Rebel Soldier, Royal Guard, Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid, Imperial Officer, Rebel Trooper, etc) were in Collection 2.

As for this, that seems iffy as far as the validity of the #'s if you ask me.  I'm not saying you're wrong, but I don't exactly know you're right either.  


I can tell you how I viewed this information, JJ.  It was straight from TRU's computer system shortly before the April 23rd release date.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscumians?
« on: August 12, 2003, 03:21 PM »
I've been going there for some time, but I've had it with the place.  I don't find it conducive to collecting to spend any time at the RS forums.  I can't remember when I found something worthwile there in helping me collect.  Oh, wait, it might've been a lin

Some of the folks there are just downright rude, or don't have any point to make whatsoever.  That, or some of the discussions get too involved and too heated.  Especially when some members there start seeking personal information about the people they're having discussions, arguments, or disagreements with.  That kind of activity is not only uncalled for, but troubling as well.  It's happened in my case, and should I hear of more of such activities, I will be forced to take some measure of action.  However, I've yet to see their mods do much of anything.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Check Hasbro NOW
« on: August 12, 2003, 02:19 PM »
One thing going back several posts that I wanted to offer for Jesse James' attention...

Jimmy is right about a certain point:  core characters DO sell better than background characters and army builders.  I have some data to back this up.

In the case of Toys R Us, and the NY metropolitan area (quite a high sales area):  when the SAGA line debuted, Toys R Us had orders in for roughly 200,000 pieces (figures) of Collection 1.  The orders for Collection 2 were roughly half that, at about 100,000 pieces.  Core characters, as most know, were almost exclusively in Collection 1 (with some army builders in the mix here, like Clone Troopers & Destroyer Droids), while several army builders (Geonosian Warrior, Endor Rebel Soldier, Royal Guard, Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid, Imperial Officer, Rebel Trooper, etc) were in Collection 2.

By 2002's end, Toys R Us in the NY metro area had sold through most of their Collection 1 stock, while Collection 2 did not sell as well.  One store in particular had only about 100 pieces of Collection 1 left, while it still had some 1,500 pieces of Collection 2.

In summary, the general public IS buying Star Wars during a movie year.  Especially core characters.  Moms and Dads are buying their kids Star Wars toys, and most often it will be the most recognizable characters.  Those are core characters.  While we as collectors have certain demands of the Star Wars toy lines, the general public has their own criteria when buying figures.  And in my own experience, nine times out of ten when I was looking through dump bins, circa mid 2002 for new figures, parents and their kids were looking for core characters.

I do not mean for this post to stir the pot.  Rather, I wanted to offer the information since it is pertinant to the discussion. that Jimmy and Jesse James were conducting.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Check Hasbro NOW
« on: August 12, 2003, 02:03 PM »
Well, I'm thinking about the TC-6 route.  Although, my custom R-3PO has black highlight paint.  TC-6 had gold highlight paint around some of the detail areas.  Drat, I hate doing fine detail painting!

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Check Hasbro NOW
« on: August 12, 2003, 01:36 PM »
So, now I have a somewhat related question...

What should I do with my custom R-3PO?  Should I retire him to my plastic figure cases?  Or some sort of droid factory diorama?  Perhaps Palpatine's apartment from EPISODE I (there was a red Protocol droid that didn't get any screen time named TC-6)?

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Other Collectibles / Re: Blue Clone BUST
« on: August 12, 2003, 12:45 AM »
Thanks.  It was in the final raffle, and the guys from Gentle Giant almost didn't hear me call out that I won.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Blue Clone BUST
« on: August 11, 2003, 11:19 PM »
I scored one, and was very lucky to do so.  The details are a little boring, though.

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Conventions / Re: Wizard World in Chicago
« on: August 11, 2003, 10:12 PM »
For me?  Being among the last 5 people to win the drawing for the blue Clone Trooper bust.  I usually never win ANYTHING in raffles!  I guess this changes that, huh?

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Check Hasbro NOW
« on: August 11, 2003, 10:03 PM »
Regarding the differences of opinion...

I think it's good to have opposing opinions.  It's healthy for the overall state of the hobby.  Not staying satisfied is how things continue to get better.  It leads to progress.

But, in the same regard, good things should be given their due props.  There are plenty of new items that were shown this weekend in Chicago that looked flat-out awesome!  Like?  The Wampa and Luke.  R-3PO.  The Dignitaries.  Bail Organa.  C-3PO and Escape Pod.  The Outlander Nightclub figures.  And even the Hoth Rebel Trooper.  These all look really nice, and I count myself fortunate for having been able to see them this past weekend in person.

Is there room for improvement?  Sure!  Do different people have varying expectations of what the line should be?  Of course.  But let's also give things their due credit when they meet or exceed expectations.

In this day and age, and with the current high quality of toys in general, we should all have high expectations for the Star Wars toy line.  However, we also need to bear in mind that not everything will be perfect.  Not everything will be precisely as we would make it ourselves.  And if you are ultimately unhappy with any product, simply don't buy it.  the almighty dollar is a powerful little guy.  All those little George's, Abe's, Alex's and Andrew's count quite a bit.  And if you continue to be expressly unhappy and continue to buy products that you argue are inferior, well, the strength of your arguments are diminshed.  But it still remains that opposing opinions are a good thing.

Now...can we all please just get along?   ;D

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Conventions / Re: Wizard World in Chicago
« on: August 11, 2003, 09:05 PM »
No problem!  I understand just how busy you must be after returning home from Chicago.  I know I've been busy as a bee!

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