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Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: April 25, 2005, 05:06 PM »
I'm really kinda in a panic on this one.   :-\

Of course multiples of this would be great but I'm gonna be happy with one at this point I think, and just hope for a basic release of this scheme some day...

Anyone finds an extra (*cough*Matt*cough*) by all means I'll take one. 

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: What Hasbro really wants to do...
« on: April 25, 2005, 05:04 PM »
People waiting for clearances is a sign of actual demand though...  If they really wanted it for $x, they'd pay it.  If they don't, they wait, whether they find it or not.  I tend to see very little of people kicking themselves over NOT finding something on clearance, and more that if people wanted it badly enough they bought it while others either waited and got it or missed it because demand just wasn't as strong as it may seem to a handful of us.

I'd love a Death Star...  not sure I'd like the spherical one shown on Vic Wertz's panel myself, as it's sort of "different".  Reminded me more of an AF type of playset, but if they did something akin to a stackable playset...  Maybe one you could even connect multiple sets together side-by-side and atop one another, then to me that's great.  Sadly though, for those who want things like this, the big stuff doesn't have that strong a support in the general collecting community I think.  Not from what I see...  Stuff wouldn't go to clearance if people wanted it that bad.

G.I. Joe has two luxuries in its favor Star Wars doesn't.  They have had stronger sales #'s generally, and of course they're Hasbro's property to begin with.  Believe it or not, Joe has done very well, even with a slump last year+.  Star Wars has had some very bad times though...  two years of film toys that either did flat out poorly or didn't meet expectations, and then non-movie years that weren't a juggernaught of sales.

I think if ROTS really makes a big impression, larger items are more likely as there's new people involved in the hobby to drive it, but till then I think we'll be more apt to get a Cloud Car and Cantina endcap before an AT-TE... 

I will say, if you got to see the Lucasfilm Archives exhibit (one of the more consistantly LONG lines in the event), the AT-TE they had on display is almost dead-on 1:18 scale, and so was the Millenium Falcon model.  OOOOoooo baby!  I took lotsa detail pictures for "future projects" hopefully.  ;D

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I'm working towards 20 Clones #6 now.

Working on my wookies getting a nice army going too.  I want a few squads of wookie troops.

The exclusive Target Clone's got me worried.  I gotta make sure I'm up and at 'em for that. 

The 3-pack (evolutions assortment) is fan-frickin-tastic guys.  We have good pictures, but that whole series is something to see in person to truly appreciate.  VOTC quality all over the place...  The Clone/Stormie set has me so worried though.  That's something I'd plunk a LOT of cash down on, but it's a matter of FINDING those sets.  :(

My VOTC Stormies are at 22 after a late purchase the other day at TRU then...  I'd love to have made it to 40 with those though.  That's about a landing craft or AT-AT's worth of troops.  Seems unlikely I'll get that # going though.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: April 25, 2005, 04:44 PM »
See how thorough we are here?  We asked the same questions every where we went. :)

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: April 25, 2005, 12:10 AM »
For the curious, 21st Cent. Toys updated their "Area 21" section of their site with pictures of the Japanese 1:18 infantry figures.

They're sporting some new articulation in an attempt to rival (or outdo) the improved articulation with BBI.  Hasbro's still dominating by showing they can do the ultimate in 1:18 articulation, but BBI and 21st are making nice strides as they slug it out.

21st's adding shoulder ball/socket joints, etc...  Interesting. 

Also of note, 1:18 figures ARE SHOWING UP at Wal-Marts across the country.  not just any 1:18 either, but actually Battle of the Bulge figures and Marines!  Can't beat that with a stick folks!  Look at WM for figures, and if they don't have them, complain and try and get them into your store.

Soon as I find a pile on pegs I'm putting in a lay-a-way order of the "army builder" generic riflemen and whatnot.  :)  I still dont' have those Marines in my collection sadly, so I hope I find some at WM soon.

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Newbies / Re: Just saying hello
« on: April 24, 2005, 11:01 PM »
Hey man, welcome on at JD.com...

The others will be in to say hey shortly, but with many of us at C3 they're probably just now getting home.  Looks like I'm one of the first to get back I guess.

Have a good one, and enjoy the forums, it's a good, and very close community.  Any questions, just ask away...

Take it easy!

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Newbies / Re: Hey heeyyy...
« on: April 24, 2005, 10:59 PM »
Welcome aboard...  The rest of the staff will be along to say hey and welcome you on shortly.  Most are probably passed out at home or trying to get home yet...  :)

I'm passing out myself, so have a good one, and enjoy!

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Picture Thread
« on: April 19, 2005, 11:48 PM »
I was gonna say Bacta...  The all-healing Jello bath of the Star Wars universe.

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Modern Classifieds / Re: WTB Some Stuff (OTC, VOTC, and Late Saga)
« on: April 19, 2005, 11:42 PM »
The figure as a pack-in is just evidence that it's "cost" is minimal to the company now...  It's a LITTLE way to entice you to want that case, but it's not costing them much of anything to GIVE you that figure.  That's a Hasbro screwjob at its finest really.

I honestly thought that was the E3 Clone at first and skipped the case.  I've pondered going back to get one if not to just add another Clone to my army of one.   ::)

Anyway I've got 2 full sets from a case my friends picked up, and I've got a taker who paid already on the officers from the 2nd set, so I'll have 16 white troops and 8 officers from these for the $6.25-ish price range...  Would like more whites, but whatcha gonna do at this point?   :-\

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A JediDefender Thanks
« on: April 19, 2005, 07:59 PM »
We have shirts?

Son of a bitch.   >:(

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Pics to Names!
« on: April 19, 2005, 07:58 PM »
I'll be the guy dressed like the murdered turtle.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A JediDefender Thanks
« on: April 19, 2005, 05:04 PM »
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Just wait 'til we've pounded several hours worth of Guinness first though.

We gotta get our "Soccer Houligan" thing going... 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone else hate to fly?
« on: April 19, 2005, 04:27 PM »
It's funny, but I really don't mind flying...  I hate the sorta hectic feeling GETTING to the plane though, if that makes any sense.  I feel rushed and "late" about that.

Flying doesn't bug me though...  My brother went to Florida just a couple weeks ago, and the flight down was cool but they hit turbulence all the way back to Pittsburgh, and he's not a fan of flying.  He thought the flight down was how it generally is, but the ride back had him never wanting to set foot in a plane again I guess.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: EE exclusive Clone Trooper 4-packs!
« on: April 19, 2005, 04:13 PM »
I agree wholeheartedly on the packaging issue.  In a POP situation I can see the need for something more ornate, but in something that's A) being ordered online in the first place and B) that (theoretically) is targeting army builders (or more to the point, "openers"), then the whole packaging issue truly stunk to the heavens.  That stuff wasn't cheap to produce from what I've heard, from a packaging cost perspective, and wasn't important to the final product.

I think the %'s paid to LFL via Hasbro are exagerrated at times though...  They make a killing, no doubt, but they also spread it out over quite a duration, not to mention that production on Star Wars, which generally has matched retail demand for it, has been incredibly high.  It may not show in secondary numbers but what retailers want seems quite a bit.  Hasbro's done well with the line.

I like that we're seeing articulation increase though, and pretty intelligently across the board.  The army builders and "action" characters of the ROTS line got more attention than a Senator-esque figure...  It's as it should be, and should have been for the past 10 years...  The idea sticks on these Clones though, that this is a screwjob towards us that, for my $.02 worth, Hasbro could've done better (not just by us, but by their own bottom line) by selling more product at a lower price than selling less at a higher price... 

Honestly though, the better option to me is that they should have made a case of white.  I think that would've made many people happy in the long-run and been the amicable solution...  A case of whites would've garnered my $300+ for just myself, and I'd have a sizeable army at a modest price then.  Hell I'd have still gone in on a case of the officers/whites with my local collecting buddies too, just to flesh out the officers some more.  I think they'd have done better at that rate.

I wonder what the sales #'s on Clones for ROTS is though, and I'd love to see what kind of profit %'s that just THOSE figures generated in comparison to others.  It'd be interesting figures to see, not that we would ever get to.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: EE exclusive Clone Trooper 4-packs!
« on: April 19, 2005, 11:32 AM »
But minimal costs are involved in construction, etc., while mold toolings are regarded as a principle cost in development of a single item.  I agree though that construction's going to cost more to put together a SA Clone than a 3-pack Clone comparing 1 - 1...  It's going to be a really minimal ammount however.

It's like drawing a comparison between what a vivid/intricate paint application would cost compared to just additional colors (well, loosely anyway).  For instance, if one added many simplistic additional colors sprayed/splotched on to form a faded camo will be an additional cost but minimal whereas something akin to painting an intricate/accurate camo pattern on a figure's going to cost more even if it only utilizes 3 colors.

Articulation's key cost comes in its additional mold toolings.  The construction's increased, but one can always look at what yields the additional cost of the articulation (all costs it incurs) bring about as well, like potential higher sales, etc.  If I can sell more of unit A because it's got higher articulation than I can sell of unit B because it has less...  or if I can sell unit A (a 3-pack of SA Clones for instance) because while there's more parts they're also 3 of the same figure which also simplifies construction, while unit B has a higher construction cost because it's 3 unique items within a package constructed differently, etc...  But these things are all minor issues. 

I think the reason we didn't see articulation increase over the years was simply that mold toolings aren't cheap and Star Wars didn't give anyone an impression of longevity.  I don't know that it does now either though, but it's certainly become a more competitive brand in comparison to other toy lines. 

If articulation construction was enough of a reason to keep Star Wars in the "dark ages" of toy line advancement, then I think smaller and "cheap" toy lines like Lanard's, or PTE would have dropped off long ago.  They make their costs in mold toolings up quickly though through reuse of them repeatedly, and their construction's even more complex in some sense than SW (not the injection molding portion always, however). 

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