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LEGO / Re: LEGO 2014
« on: May 1, 2014, 01:35 AM »
Probably old news to the brickheads here, but I stumbled upon this today.

Psst - have you visited JediDefender's Non-Star Wars LEGO Forum;)

Didnt know it existed until just now.  Thanks for the link.

LEGO / Re: LEGO 2014
« on: April 30, 2014, 06:20 PM »
Probably old news to the brickheads here, but I stumbled upon this today.

The 2014 CUUSOO set is going to be the Ghostbusters ECTO-1 vehicle with all 4 Ghostbusters.

I think this looks AWESOME!!!

Loved Ghostbusters as a kid and I think this sculpt is sweet.  I love Back to the Future too, but wasn't as impressed with the DeLorean they did last year.

They mention an MSRP of $50 and availability in June.  Yes please!

Saga Legends / Re: 2013 Japan Blind-Box Saga Legends Figures
« on: April 29, 2014, 01:39 PM »
I like these figures, Mission Series figures, 5 POA.

However, I do not get the allure of blind boxing these.  Does it somehow save big dollars on packaging costs so they can be offered for lots less?  Do people like the excitement of opening something when they aren't sure what is inside?

It seems like all the SW blind boxed items historically have all been from Japan.  Does this somehow appeal to the Japanese culture?  (I know Lego does this now, but not with SW).

I much prefer to be able to inspect the figures for paint job, get a sense for the sculpt, play value, etc.  Blind boxing just seems unnecessary and counterproductive. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: April 24, 2014, 02:30 PM »
Saw this last night right before the local Minnesota meeting.  Local brewery "Bent Brewstillery".

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 2
« on: April 17, 2014, 12:52 PM »

Even though I managed to track Boba down at Christmas I may spring for this whole case.

LEGO / Re: LEGO Sale
« on: April 9, 2014, 09:41 AM »
Screaming deal on the Target exclusive Mobile Heavy Cannon.  Normally $50.  Marked down to $17.

I wonder how detailed that information from retailers even is that they provide to Hasbro. 

I don't think Target even tracks anything more detailed than at the DPCI number, so they can't tell the difference between how fast or slow a Stormtrooper is selling vs. a Wedge figure.

It's my understanding they're under Hasbro's umbrella but basically wholly separate entities (possibly even sub-contracted to another company entirely?)
I think that is entirely possible because my mother ordered some things from HTS for Christmas gifts and when it arrived the packingslip was from someone's WalMart order for pillows (or something like that).

I'm 99% sure they don't fulfill their own orders, which is not uncommon.    The arrangement usually works that HTS owns the inventory and manages the stocking levels, but the stock sits in a shipping hub managed by a third party who actually does the shipping (sometimes managed by UPS or FedEx themselves).

My last several shipments have come from a bunch of locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.  I think that is why you see your order split sometimes, its actually being fulfilled from different warehouse locations.

Hopefully they at least manage their own inventory, and hopefully once in a while the product managers for the SW line get reports on how well or poorly things sell.

In theory though you would expect that the product managers could request sales data from the internal business unit that manages 

If its anything like the company I work for their willingness to share data is suspect and the product managers don't realize the turns on a Saga Legends Stormtrooper is 1,000 times that of an X-Wing Biggs.

I don't mean to dig at any fresh wounds, but wanted to post a question continuing on the thoughts of case assortments and how well (or poorly) Hasbro manages the Star Wars assortments.

Does anyone know if Hasbro runs and the inventory associated with it?  I tried digging around I couldn't find anything that indicated one way or the other.

My thought was that if they run this web site and own its inventory, the product line managers must have a pretty clear understanding of the true turns associated with the different figures and their case assortments.  There shouldn't be any way they could deny the peg warming nature of some of their assortment choices and how quickly some figures sell out.

I think that's a cop out on Hasbro's part.

I think this is a cop out as well. 

I've managed enough product lines and whole portfolios to know that some products within your portfolio have better margins than others and you need to be looking at the whole portfolio, not individual items or waves.  You need to balance gross margins with turns.  There is no point getting great gross margins if your turns are terrible (e.g. backed up pegs with TPM).

I don't know that they should go to a 2x each new figure in each case as there are going to be figures that kids likely won't care much about (Toryn Farr), but I do think Hasbro could do a lot better job managing their case assortments.  Particularly when you look across the lines Legends, Mission Series, TBS, CW/Rebels.  I think its tough when you've got four different repacked Jedi Anakin figures on the shelf across all the lines and they all back up, especially when stores are only allocating a few pegs and re-order when the counts get down to near zero.

Several of the K-Mart stores where Justin and I live are in the hood.  They're not just messy and filled with feral children, they're actually located where you wonder if your car is still going to be in the parking lot after you leave the store.


I frequently drive by 3 of the 872 ToysRUs stores in my area, but getting to a KMart requires mapquest and a packed lunch.

And a Glock.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 2
« on: March 10, 2014, 06:30 PM »
Might just be a way to get him to fit in the existing box, assuming they're going to make Chewie to scale.  I wonder if they'll have a similar issue with Darth.

I guess I just don't sell as much on Ebay these days.  I remember when it was a few cents to list, then relatively low percentage basis on the final sale.

Now its free to list your items!  Unfortunately now they hit you when the sale completes.

I agree that ebay has become a lot harder for the casual seller.  I used to feel okay about buying cases of figures to get what I wanted and then ebay the rest.  These days its no where near the trouble to do that because of all the fees, the hassle, etc.

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