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I agree on the scout.  Attrocious.

I'd actually like to see a DELUXE SA Scout come out with a NEW to-scale bike, (no features or anything, just a bike), and a clear stand it sits on for a hovering effect.  That'd be an ideal new item I think, but I'm not counting on it.  Just a wish.  I'd go up $5 on that one even I think.

I'd rather not see a 4-pack fo the POTJ sculpt...  Just like I'd rather not have seen a 4-pack of the Endor Rebel (POTF2 or Saga), or of the RFT (any head variant of it), etc.

If they dump out new sculpts in the regular line, and if they adhere to super articulating them (or coming damn close), then I think they are fair game for army building.  And at this point I think anything's fair game for a resculpt.  I'm not counting on it, but even the RFT, the Hoth Soldier, the Snowtrooper, and the Biker Scout are all potential to get new sculpts.

The 4-packs are just gravy for Hasbro then...  They're almost pure profit considering the primary costs will have dwindled, and only running production costs (which are generally minimal) would remain...  That's what's so extra irking about the Clones too.  They're almost pure profit.  They could sell for LESS than retail.

It's the same reason you get those 4-packs at Toys R Us, and when you break down the costs that are involved, they're pure profit...  Simple, easy to make, molds are there, you just put more out and the profit margin on every unit sold increases by a percentage.

Yet the SA Clone is being sold for $10-ish a figure unless you're in on a case.  It's not like they WOULDN'T profit off it at $20 per 4-pack, they just are sticking us thinking it will work to their benefit.  Will it?  That remains to be seen, and I can't say we'll ever truly know, because there's a lot of "Well what if they'd sold (x) ammount at $20-$25 a set insteady of (y) ammount at $30-$35 a set?", ya know?

Factoring costing on all levels to make sure you're doing what is ideal and most profitable is not a black and white job, believe me I know this all too well because it's an area of work I've enjoyed in the past, and I think Hasbro's missing the broader picture on this army builder set IMO.  They'll profit off it (They wouldn't produce any if they didn't have guaranteed sales that benefited them), but they could've done so much better I believe.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: January 7, 2005, 06:59 PM »
I think it's pretty safe bet Paul.  I think what we saw even leading into Christmas (Like the beginning of Dec. at least) was NOT new product, but rather old stuff just working its  way through WM's systems.

Target's been dead for VOTC in my neck of the woods since about mid-december.   TRU just never was the happening place for it.  WM screwed themselves by clogging pegs with ANH wave about 2 months after K-Mart and Target had already done sales on those figures and were moving into ESB.

nothing is to say they WON'T do new sculpts and then do the army builder packs.  Remember, Hasbro said they're realizing the potential from army builder figures now back at SDCC I believe, and so we may see some good things here.

I'm anxious to see what they do AFTER ROTS now.

Color me impressed too, unless they're completely unposeable figures (as usual). 

The outfits are pretty ornate though...  Maybe they're trying to redeem themselves on 12" figures?

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 7, 2005, 12:25 AM »
I still wonder however, WILL they make the best profit possible, or would it be wiser to sell more at a lower price?  From what I see, even the die-hardiest of the die-hard army builders are NOT going ape **** on these.

I'd include myself in this, but I don't see the others saying "Yeah I'm gonna buy every set I can!".  It seems more that people are going in on a case...  I'm trying to get HALF a set on a second case (all BD variants), but at this point that's likely all I'd get, and only because I'm going in on cases locally with collecting pals.

I don't see people saying "Yup, buying up an army of 100 Clones" on this one though.  And with that, I truly wonder just what losses they'll incur with a set that, for all intents and purposes, should make army building affordable, and should sell TONS upon TONS of the white sets.

I have no doubt these will sell, but I do doubt if they'll live up to potential profit, and be "successful", especially if they're figuring these will sell as hot and as easily as the CT STormie 4-packs of old.  Oh what I'd give for the #'s on these at the end of things. 

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 6, 2005, 10:22 PM »
Who knows on the poster Vator...  SA's a better sculpt overall I'd say, but whatever.

More signs that Rebelscum's obviously Hasbro's research & marketing material:

Reasons for the higher price on these items:

1) EE always has higher prices (their shipping rates are the real killer)
2) These are super-articulated (I don't seem to recall many people on rebelscum threads complaining when they bought 20 or more VOTC stormtroopers at $10 a piece)
3) Limited quantities

The only reason the super-articulated clone troopers sold for $5 last time was because they were done in a low production as a test market figure.


I do not thing the price is that bad at all:
Figures $20
Packaging $5
Limited product(exclusive) $5
EE premium(always) $5
Total: $35

Anytime a toy company produces an exclusive(20,000 units) the per-unit cost is a bit higher than a regular production run(150-300,000 units).

LucasFilm is not ripping us.
Hasbro is not ripping us.
Entertainment Earth is not ripping us.
They are all just giving us a great product(that we ALL have asked for) for a decent price.

I love seeing the "expert" opinions.  Apparantly Hasbro released production information to just these two people.  Whew, well now it's all explained truthfully to us.   ;D

Fan Art / Re: My latest "Cable Original" - Imperial Dignitary
« on: January 6, 2005, 08:50 PM »
I don't recall.  I did notice him going to the toilet and I wanted to go in and leave a smelly steamer for him though just to gross him out.

Something struck me funny about knowing I'd have stunk Eddie Munster out of a bathroom, ya know?  Maybe I'm just easily entertained.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Be Gone With Ye! The Simpsons
« on: January 6, 2005, 08:49 PM »
Anna's got that older hot thing going, when thinner (She's still meaty), and Jessica has that "she'd be easy to trick into doing something someone else wouldn't be easy to trick into" thing, and she's naturallly hot.

I dig Anna too, but thoughts of her being the fat pig she was will always loom.  When one plays Marry/F/Kill, you have to think that Anna would make the F list because she'd be likely to balloon...  Jessica gotta have more money too.

Who's on the kill list on that one?  :)  Meg Ryan?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebel scum mods are gone!
« on: January 6, 2005, 06:15 PM »
He mods customs there.  As a matter of fact he PM'd me about something I was selling, showing interest, and never got back to me...  I hate when people do **** like that.


Fan Art / Re: My latest "Cable Original" - Imperial Dignitary
« on: January 6, 2005, 06:14 PM »
I took a picture with my phone-cam (I love that thing) at the local Toy Show back at the beginning of December.  This was JUST a Toy Show, I mean nothing else going on...

Freakin' Eddie Munster was there, signing stuff.  I don't know why.  He was the only guy trying to pawn off autographs, and he looked about as bored and inactive as that photo Carp posted.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Be Gone With Ye! The Simpsons
« on: January 6, 2005, 06:09 PM »
Yeah, her dad talking about her cans is a bit much... 

And his other daughter, the one nobody can recall her name, has more depth than Meg Ryan?  Now I'm not Meg Ryan fanatic...  But this is the girl who impromptu ho-downed on SNL when her lip-sync tape went arry...  And she's got depth?

You can only blame the girls so much before someone needs to realize that you have to put a gun to that man's head to truly end this cycle of madness.

I was listening to Stern before the holidays (they did a holiday special mocking the Nick & Jessica special), and an old intern for their show actually worked on the N&J special as a writer...  he was saying how the dad kept nixing all these ideas he had because he runs everything in their lives.

Too sad, and funny.

Anna Nicole, depending on which hemisphere you're in, you just can't help but notice sometimes. :)

I liked the idea for $35 for a 10 pack of bd's though.

I'd buy that in a heartbeat, so long as the droids were able to stand (didn't fall under their own weight), and were at least as articulated as teh AOTC version.

If half the set were red, and half white, that'd be ok...  Not sure how much I care on the colors at this point.

But Clones do need someone to shoot, so why not, ya know?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebel scum mods are gone!
« on: January 6, 2005, 12:33 AM »
I wonder if Bangs realized he is the one who didn't have to leave.   :D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebel scum mods are gone!
« on: January 6, 2005, 12:05 AM »

Bangs made, and his MEMBERS there kicked him out?

Chris you better watch your back man.  :)

Yeah, it's definitely when 3PO's sequence plays.  You can see droids lined up getting a spray of something that is set in a framework that encompasses a completely built droid.

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