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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Did OTC Do Well?
« on: January 3, 2005, 10:28 PM »
Something to consider, and I was touching on this in my original post...

What if sales weren't "high" because production wasn't high?  Adam Pawlus's Q&A column hinted that much of OTC was not highly produced.

Like I said, we view this as great sales...  Things moved off the shelves quickly, product didn't really sit stagnant (some did and still does).  But what if production didn't match nearly what a normal run of figures/sales does for Hasbro?  Sales aren't so great then...

I tend to agree Scott, that we're seeing a bad precedent beginning with OTC.  At the same time though, tooling new figures can mean higher sales in total units sold...  What it'll depend on now is if their department for determing cost and cutting from certain areas/activities will find out if re-releasing short runs of figures is more financially sound than making higher production runs of new product.

What I think we'll wind up seeing is more of a mix in non-movie years, somewhat similar to OTC.  Idealy it would be MORE new product than repackaged though, for us. :)

Like I was saying in my first post though, yes things moved, but did Hasbro really make a TON of money with it?  If they didn't sell nearly as much as they would've if it was all new product, there's two possible answers...  That the lower overall sales outweighed the lower costs and they made $, or that new product maybe would've cost more but they would've sold more units and made more $ in the long run.  That, I don't think we'll ever know, but one thing is for sure...

If Hasbro gloats up SW in a press release, they did well...  If they don't, then you can bet OTC didn't do as well as people are maybe thinking by looking at the pegs of their local store.  This isn't a black & white issue though, there's a lot they've gotta look at with this. 

And with the DVD release and all that being a big media blitz, I just really wonder if OTC really didn't do ALL that well beyond it NOT clogging pegs.  I'm not ready to say OTC was "a hit" though myself.  I'm leaning right now towards Hasbro, at most, doing a mix of re-releases now more steadily with new product, especially in non-movie years.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Star Wars: Empire At War
« on: January 3, 2005, 07:50 PM »
A new classic trilogy era RTS is on the way according to reports...  News has been out a little bit now, but the first article on it is coming from Europe I guess.

Not much to say for now other than it seems to include fleet battles as well as ground combat, and the TIE Crawler's making an appearance for the first time.

While I welcome a new RTS with open arms, the idea makes me curious if it will actually be any good. 

Force Commander's a legitimately SOLID game that was built from the ground up by Lucasarts, rather than a knock-off game of a "popular" RTS game that was outdated by the time they basically did a Star Wars version of it.  Battlegrounds had support from casual gamers, but I don't think the game ever appealed to anyone who played RTS's often.

Force Commander's difficult interface ended up being its major downfall then, and we were left without a RTS that appealed to everyone.

If this game doesn't have:

A) Good gameplay
B ) Good interface/controls
C) Good storyline
D) Excellent graphics
E) Epic scale (IE: Lots and LOTS of units on a big map)
F) Scaled playing units (IE: An AT-AT isn't as big as an AT-ST on the field)
G) 3-D gameplay, units, maps, etc.
H) And a continuation of ground units ESTABLISHED in both previous games and EU, as well as the films.

Well then this game isn't going to be a great success.  LA's gotta get their crap together with this.  Force Commander was close to a home run.  Galactic Battlegrounds was nothing more than a mod to an existing ANCIENT gaming engine (It's like playing Doom with Star Wars characters...  It's nothing original whatsoever).

LA better nail this one...  3rd time has to be the charm or RTS is just something they'll never get right, or even try to again I think.

And then they better get off their asses and make a new flight sim, because the X-Wing/TIE Fighter series...  arguably the most profitable series for Lucasarts ever...  Has faded.  Make a new game already...  Finish the damn story for the Azzameen's already...  Move on into the post ROTJ era already...  Just do something!

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2004
« on: January 3, 2005, 01:39 AM »
Pitt with another close one...  Meant nothing but it's always fun to get the W. 

And Plaxico Burress' house was broke into while he was at  the game, and one of the suspects was armed I guess...  I guess they were caught as well, but took $65k worth of jewelery alone, among many other things.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What Did You Get?
« on: January 3, 2005, 01:37 AM »
Damn...  The Comic Shops around me are all but gone actually.  Very few still open in this area.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What Did You Get?
« on: January 3, 2005, 01:10 AM »
Dave,

Where'd you find the AOD figures?  I gotta get at least some of the ones with the regular Skeletons in them...  Custom fodder an'at.

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Up till the other night I had seen 2 total at retail.  Got the rest in trades and from Matt.  Not abundant here, but those 4 I found I personally think are stock that's been sitting in the back of WM for a time, ya know?

It's like the ANH wave clogged them up so much the other stuff came in, but never saw the floor till now.  I know that when the Falcon Carrying Cases came out, there was no room for them on the shelves and then they got dumped out on an endcap within the store for clearance because they were old.  At the time I gobbled up all that I could for the scanner techs and sold the cases off as fodder junk for cheap.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: January 3, 2005, 01:02 AM »
I picked up 3 ANH VOTC tonight (Leia, Ben, and Luke) at Wal-Mart, a Scanner Tech, and 2 Cloud Car Pilots...

Figured I'd get some custom fodder while I had the $ and it was available.  In my neck of the woods, the ANH wave is only at select Wal-Marts while others are bare bones dry of VOTC or have some ESB leavins.  The WM I went to tonight is a lower traffic one, but any of the busy ones are darn near empty of figures at all.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Picture Thread
« on: January 2, 2005, 03:44 AM »
The MP reference was inevitable...

Fans could do Star Wars over so much more funny if given the resources to do so.  Bah at Lucas and his poor sense of humor.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Topps ROTS promo stuff out today
« on: January 2, 2005, 02:57 AM »
Hey Bob,

Great photos man...  Efforts have been made all night to whip something up for it on the main page but tech difficulties have been a plague for quite some time so I'm just giving up now...  Someone with more knowledge with this stuff is gonna have to handle this one.

Thanks for sharing the photos though.  They look grat...  I dig the colors and the style of packaging we're gonna see actually.  I wasn't too keen on it, but it really does look nice the more you see it.  It grows on you.

Very cool stuff man,

Jesse

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Pegwarmers?
« on: January 2, 2005, 01:45 AM »
At $6.99 a pop, should this continue, I'm going to lay my bet down that everybody undersells what they're hoping for, and that no figure is safe.

Just too damn much money.

$5.99's pushing it as it stands...  POTC's got some, sadly, regretful choices in it.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: The Official "WWE" Thread
« on: January 2, 2005, 12:30 AM »
Oh I knew you'd twist that to your own benefit.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Pics to names 2 - The 2004 Holiday Season
« on: January 1, 2005, 11:29 PM »
I'm not aiming for tomorrow.  I haven't been home enough.  I tried Thursday...  :)  I was on my way down your direction and everything!  That was my NYE night.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Pics to names 2 - The 2004 Holiday Season
« on: January 1, 2005, 08:15 PM »
Hey I didn't get a card...  Ya bonehead.   >:(   Err, meathead?

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Green Crossbow Question
« on: January 1, 2005, 06:35 PM »
I got a Green CB Chewie years ago, and the green's most noteable when you hold it up to the light...  It shines green almost. 

That's my understanding of this variation anyway...  That it's incredibly easy to miss unless you inspect it.

It's sort of neat to have, but nothing to flip over either.  It's definitely green though when you see it in light...  Which that scan looks like it sort of illuminates the gun.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Picture Thread
« on: January 1, 2005, 05:20 AM »
Hey Bob,

When showing photos from Photobucket, I always just use the button here:



Then just right click the image you want to show to anyone, go to "properties" and copy the images link (from Photobucket) into the image button's tag lines.

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