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Other Collectibles / Re: Lava Lamps
« on: July 23, 2005, 04:34 AM »
That MIGHT be it Dale, however I thought there were other colors with other motif's...  Like a green Yoda one maybe.  I dunno.

Where would one buy that?   ??? doesn't seem to have it...

Other Collectibles / SW Lamps of All Kinds
« on: July 23, 2005, 04:23 AM »
I did a search, didn't find it, so I'm asking...  Does anyone know where to get the ROTS lava lamps?  Are they even still for sale, or have they even been released?

One of the few oddball things I"m wanting to own are these.  Loves me some Lava Lamps.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Why there are no more pictures of Bly
« on: July 23, 2005, 04:20 AM »
I leave you guys for a night and all hell breaks loose.  I'm the glue baby!

Anyway, I think Gatillo's post was partly mis-understanding...  Obviously this isn't anything Jared had any control over, nor is it even remotely his responsibility anyway.  The guy snuck it away right out from under everyone's nose at the show...  The Hasbro guy I feel bad for because I can tell you that I've been in a similar place to him where something I was responsible for was stolen right from under my nose in a hectic/busy climate/situation.  I sorta have sympathy on the dude.

I think Jared's beef on the "conspiracy theories" was just venting the fact that this story has been covered...  Hasbro's said "this was our only painted sample", so there's not a whole lotta reason to disbelieve that...  Whether that's good thinking on their part remains to be seen. 

Like I said, 21st Century Toys had their only 100% hand-made  prototype of the Japanese Zero on hand to display it.  Comic-Con's a big show, so showing off your stuff is important...  It's become almost bigger than Toy Fair really.  And I guarantee that Zero is a lot more complex to replace than Hasbro's figure, so I wholely believe Hasbro brought their only copy...  I'd suggest making a back-up before you head to your show next time though, since it's just a paint sample.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 23, 2005, 04:11 AM »
Ya know, I noticed that too DSM, and I just picked up the Vis. Dictionary tonight for E3 and man that gun Hasbro has been using isn't too swift.  I'm ok with it, it's miles superior to POTF2 styled sculpts, but that Evolutions DC-15 looks to be a 100% resculpt of that gun and a HELL of a lot better/accurate than what we've had.

I almost wish I didn't know that, haha.  It'll bug me now.


Yeah, that's what I was saying, but I agree it's partly not a good idea...  And (hah, who'd have thought this would happen) to Hasbro's defense somewhat, they ARE adamantly saying they're trying to meet the HUGE outcry for Clone figures...

TE Gunners mixing into new cases (3 per case I think?), the 501st battlepack, 501st SA figure, etc., etc...  Plus the Hasbro chap made a point in Mike's interview to say "plus we're also trying to put out White Clones since people want white ones too" (or whatever he said)...

I can see it.  Like you said, it does make sense, but I agree that they're maybe over-compensating perhaps.  I dunno if new molds is the answer or not.  If production abilities are that low, maybe that's what the situation warrants.  I mean, once you get to a certain point with any item you create and put into production, if you sell enough of it you eventually weed its costs down to the minimal costs of production and the margin of profit on your product only grows to your advantage... 

I'm 100% certain the Clone figures are items like this.  The same happens for other toy lines.  For instance, 21st Century Toys produces its 1:18 airplanes based on popularity of the plane in our culture, overall size, and how much it can be repainted and put back out.  The plane has to be able to be repainted to "pay for itself" basically...  You can only sell so many of a D-Day Spitfire, but you can repaint it and sell it again as a Czech Spitfire, a lend-loan spitfire, a Battle of Britain spitfire, a Pacific Spitfire, etc., etc., etc...

Eventually, the start-up costs are widdled down to nothing, or where you wanted them anyway, and you only have small costs to manufacture the item being a factor...

Clones (and many figures in the line) work similarly.  Clones are the best example though, because you release them as white only and I bet they pay for themselves several times over...  You release repaints and you're looking at an almost pure profit item.

The question I thought had the biggest bull**** answer to it in the Q&A, and the one that irked me, was "we're afraid of solid cases of Clones".  Solid cases of figures are a gamble, but for them to not "get" that solid Clone cases would sell is just stupid... 

To Hasbro's defense on that issue, don't put out a solid case, but pack it pretty damn close...  Or how about 3 TE Gunners, 3 501st, 3 Shocktroopers, and a mix of Commanders (1 bacara, 1 green, 1 red).

It's not a solid case of any one figure, but it'd fill a void, it'd make people happy about this "Solid Clone Case" issue they're so reluctant to do, and everyone would win.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Happy for the "Slow Down"?
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:52 AM »
I was at WM just last night to get some junk for the house, and they had a dozen pegs for SW figures with only 3 Red robed Palpatine figures.


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Eopie - ROTS style
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:49 AM »
That would've made a great TRU set, actually, Dr. Padawan...  I'd have been happy to buy that, even with the Maul and Anakin.

The droids, tools, the Eopie...  That'd have made for a nice set for collectors and kids I think, for the first encounter with Maul.  It at least would've sold a little while for the people sans Eopie set and Bonus pit droids... 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:41 AM »
Clone rifles, and one E-11 for the Sandtrooper, would've been nice.  That stupid Clone carbine keeps popping up though.  The Clone evolutions set would've been a nice time to maybe have slipped extra Clone rifles in though to arm those SA's and EE 4-packs with though.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Happy for the "Slow Down"?
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:39 AM »
My area isn't even "slow", it stopped.  It goes any slower and it'd be in reverse I think...

To KM's credit though, they actually got Evolutions, Battlepacks, and 500th Vader...  They're the only store putting out stuff though.  Everyone's reporting that the other stores around here just aren't stocking shelves.

I'm that way too Rob...  I'd sooner pay $50 for a scale AT-ST that had tons of detail than pay $20-$30 for the half-assed vintage sculpt again with a purdy box...  Plus, with vehicles being so "collector-oriented" anymore, I think something higher-priced and substantially better is a nicer route to go.

Like the 12" line, it'd be sweet if Hasbro handed vehicles off as a sub-license somehow.  ;D

Hey 21st Century Toys or BBI...  I hear you guys were looking for something to do?

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Carded Wedge, finally!
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:28 AM »
Yeah, exclusives are not only a means of appeasing retail, they're also a means of getting the "odd" out to the public.  Some of the reasoning as to what's odd or not eludes me (I would think a Wedge figure would be as popular as Gold Leader, if not moreso, but whatever), but at least a "new" wedge comes of it.

That price stings though...  I am at a loss why Wedge isn't a figure Hasbro wants at retail though.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: The Saga Collection as a whole
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:21 AM »
Hard to say if you're pretty close, but anything is possible...  Repetition of characters isn't impossible though either...  Luke Jedi, Hologram, Dagobah, Bespin, Hoth...  In a short period of time we saw all those and then some, in one form or another.

I'm curious how hard Hasbro's going to try to keep the "kids" in it.  Like with the TRU 4-packs, they weren't popular but were aimed at kids...  They started with a LITTLE bit of interest for the adult collectors too, but that faded pretty quickly.

Should be interesting to watch it all unfold...  I'm surprised it's such a quick change to a new card style and dropping the ROTS line.  Seems like Hasbro's really wanting to get those other films back in the mix quickly and they don't want to just dumb the ROTS card down a bit so it's not ROTS specific.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Wedge Antilles
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:16 AM »
Yeah, a distinct High-Five to you from me as well.

I think kit-bashes can be a great way to give us re-hashed product as something "new" and not have the masses complain.

I'd also have dug a Biggs body with the hoth collar, Wedge head w/removable helmet, and the Hoth legs/arms.  Not perfect, but it'd have made Hoth Wedge Antilles which we sorely need (more than this Wedge, but I digress).

Kitbashes rock.

Now what I want is for Hasbro to put the Death Star Trooper head w/helmet onto the Imperial Officer body/arms, and put the POTJ TIE Pilot Pakc-in figure's legs on it, and give us a ROTJ Death Star Trooper/Tech.  Pack in a blaster and the Imperial Tech's scanner box and I'm a happy camper.

Episode 1 / Re: R2-B1 & TC-14
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:02 AM »
THese droids- the tc14 and r2b1 were easy to find. I saw them once at a KMART grand opening in Texas then again in Idaho at another Kmart. When I discovered them in Idaho( in a town of 14,000 people) the case must have been crushed because the cards were all openers-they were seriously curved and dented in bubbles)  :'(
The real trick is....IF you really WANT the figure bad enough-you actually have to have dementia and go to the stores DAILY! when they open or are stocking! If not well, then.....I'm sorry my friend- then your left crying at this website about why you didn't get one.

That's cool you were able to find them easy enough Darth Slothus...  But the fact is that they tended to not ship in very high numbers, so for the majority they were indeed tough finds.  Some people, regardless of how hard they looked or not, didn't see these items.  Myself included and that was when I did hit a variety of stores daily (sometimes twice daily) on my commute.

I got mine from friends instead who did have good luck...  These simply weren't easy finds for most though.  Not to mention they suffered a lot of regional variety.  Like Bobafett14 mentioned, they weren't terribly common in Pittsburgh stores at all, yet once the clearance dumps happened I heard some areas found them a bit more abundantly.

Currently on Ebay I see R2-B1's anywhere from $12 to $18+ carded so I'd say he's at least still something a lot of people are in search of.

"Rare" is an overused term in the modern hobby generally, that is for sure!  However it's also a matter of perspective...  I'd say R2-B1 and TC-14 come probably as close to the term "rare" as most any modern figure has though...  Short of something oddball like the Toy Fair Vader or some such. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: July 22, 2005, 06:56 AM »
Dumb customs are funny...  I like seeing what guys try passing off as great stuff.

I'm not knocking a person's skill either, but that guy's simply trying to make a buck on "junk".  There's no effort there and he's hoping some sap who's a little hard-up for ladies, and gets his boobies from the toy shelf instead of by the handfull, will bid on it...

$30?  Ya gotta be kidding me.

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