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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.

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

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.

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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 HasbroToyShop.com 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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LEGO / Re: LEGO 2014
« on: March 7, 2014, 01:41 PM »
Anybody know if we're getting any new polybagged ships for Easter?  It seems like Target has these each year.

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Yeah, its pretty sad when you have to mark up shipping just to break even. 

Don't forget your PayPal fees as well.

I'm with you Justin.  If I can strike a deal off-line with people I do it every time, especially if I'm the seller.  It saves you a TON in fees.

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LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:44 PM »
I think there is some magic choke test that parts need to pass to be acceptable.  It simulates child's windpipe.  The parts either need to be small (pill like) so they can be swallowed, or so big that they can't lodge in your throat very easily.

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LEGO / Re: Lego 2013
« on: February 26, 2014, 12:20 PM »
Are these sets exclusives to the different retailers listed below (and Lego.com)?

75013 - Umbaran UHC (Target)
75024 - HH-87 Skyhopper (WalMart)
75025 - Jedi Defender Class Cruiser (TRU)
 
I must have missed the memo and thought that these were going to be available through all retailers.  :P

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: February 20, 2014, 01:10 PM »
I like both of these, but will hold out for sales similar to the main 6" line.  You can get most of the figures still for $10-12 instead of the original $20.  Biker Scout and Jabba should be available more in the $25-30 range.  The figures look excellent, the packaging looks like a Dollar Store special.

I agree with people's thoughts that the speeder bikes are going to go fast.  I'd probably be willing to pay $40 for it. 

I'm still not sold on the Jabba at $40 though.  I'll have to see it in person before I pull the trigger, but have a feeling this one is going to shelf warm and be available on Amazon, etc. for closer to $20.

I am really stoked to see a Tauntaun, dewback, wampa, etc.  Those would be cool, and I think probably would have been a better choice than a dias and accessory free Jabba.

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LEGO / $14,762 for a complete set
« on: February 7, 2014, 04:48 PM »
Jayson posted this sweet link to a Wired.com article on Yakface.com

I haven't crunched the numbers, but it implies that Star Wars has been a huge revenue driver for Lego. 

It looks like there have been about 375 different Star Wars sets, which appears to be more than all of the licenses combined.  And it would have cost you $14,762 at retail to put this collection together.  No wonder my wallet feels so light...


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Okay, so here's a question to Hasbro for Toy Fair.  If people have been finding product they want to buy, like Diddly and others, on the pegs, but they pass on them due to horrible quality control (paint apps), then isn't this is another reason that product doesn't move?  It's not that people don't want what they put out but they pass on it because the final product is bad.

Is it me, or is the quality control on the paint for all the product lines slipping?  Seems like I've passed on more than a handful of 6" and TBS figures due to crossed-eyes, etc.  I've historically not been all that anal about paint apps, so I'm not sure if I'm getting pickier or if the paint is actually worse across the board.

I do not mind the 5 POA figures from an articulation standpoint, but don't want to buy something that looks like a terrible bootleg (unless its actually a terrible bootleg) because the paint is so bad.

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