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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.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebel scum mods are gone!
« on: January 5, 2005, 10:56 PM »
After that comment, it could either be comedic genius from Virex or genuine stupidity from someone more likely to be DD, but that's my take. :)

As far as a bigger place of the ill-informed, I can think of a COUPLE forums that are packed with ignorance beyond Scum...  Yes, I said it.

The Massassi Temple (a Jedi Knight Series game editing site) is pretty damned ignorant as a general description of the members there.  I mean, it really is sad to read through at times.

Fan Art / Re: My latest "Cable Original" - Imperial Dignitary
« on: January 5, 2005, 10:52 PM »
You're a bastard Bill, plain and simple.

But I like your dignitary drawing. :)  He looks like he's egomaniacal as well.  It's pretty cool.

I'm hoping for another rendition of Bossk some time.  Can't get enough Trandoshans.

Another idea I was thinking...

When armor rolls off the assembly line, or when it did in the past anyway (I'm not always familiar with modern stuff), it came in pretty standard, "base" colors.

Perhaps this is the same with battledroids.  They are just another piece of weaponry afterall, so perhaps you can order them in base colors as per your most likely intended useage?  I dunno.

On the issue of cost...  I think it's a pretty safe bet that, in general, a mostly solid colored figure who is cast in his primary color costs less...  Paint aps are generally a lesser cost though in the grand scheme too...  Depends on the # of colors, the complexity, etc...

Like, for instances, there's camo paintjobs on some figures I buy...  Some are complex, others aren't so much, but the complex ones probably cost more.  Decals are another thing to think of too, like for instance the emblems on an X-Wing pilot's helmet which aren't necessarilly a paint application so much as a decal that's set into the figure.

I think paint's pretty negligible as far as it being an individual cost goes though.  Production overall is a lot of little costs though, which are what add up...  With a few big ones.  The big ones usually stay fixed though, and wind up being littler costs when spread over a whole products run.  

Like, for the 1:18 military line(s) I collect, they have a real fine balance as far as what planes to make.  They have to figure how many units will SURELY sell and things...  There's a huge debate raging right now because they're dumping the Jap. Zero, which fans want but the company says all the new toolings would be tough to justify what they feel what be limited sales...  Especially because they rely heavily on repainting the vehicles, which works AOK most of the time, but with the Zero it wouldn't since there really weren't a ton of paint variations of it.  It kinda came one color and that was that.

Anyway, that's that...  I'd say Stormies are pretty simple paintjobs (little detail work on those helmets though), but in the end paint aps aren't the costliest production factor in and of themselves anyway.  

And on the red battledroid issue...

I dunno.  I thought EU was claiming they had a few different sort of generic colors for sort of generic placement of them.  Green for one terrain, tan for another, red for another...  I'm not sure about that of course, I just recall seeing those 3 colors in one of those Holo-Net News reports in Insider once.

I know in the production scenes of Battledroids in AOTC, you can see them being sprayed with something that's covering them...  What it is, I dunno.  They do match the coloring of geonosis though so it seems like it could easily be some vague attempt at making them tougher to spot.

That's been my thought on the paintjobs, but I don't know that anything has taken any great length to give it an official LFL explanation either...  Anyone?

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