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Messages - Jesse James

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Kmart distribution is easier to manage now that they're down to 37 stores. You're lucky to still have one around.  I definitely think retail plays a role in lack of availability,  but I think you're ignoring some really terrible assortment choices from Hasbro that aren't helping matters.  Look at the 6" line.  The first wave sold fairly evenly with 4 different figs.  W2 doubles up on Han and no one can find Fett. W3 doubles up on Kenobi when everyone wants at least one Stormtrooper.  Complain about retail all you want - if it was your store and you were sitting around with extra Ben and Han figures, you'd be gun shy about ordering the next wave of figures too.  There are some obvious misses in these selections (double up on Fett, use a repainted Sandtrooper for your 4th "extra" figure, double up on Stormtrooper, etc) that would help retail sell through faster and regain their confidence in the line.  On the 4" side I will never understand why they don't release all new figure cases (2x of 6 for example), then manage in a greatest hits case one a year with the figures that were most popular.

I have 2 within 20 minutes, both pretty clean nice stores...  I have 4 within 45-50 minutes...  maybe a few more actually, not sure, but they're all in different directions ultimately.

The two fairly close to me though I hit regularly since both are on my commute, plus between my gf's house and mine.

Anyway, quite the contrary on ignoring case assortments...  You point out 6" Wave 2, which I just mentioned recently on this very topic.  It's EVERYWHERE here, for sure, but Han isn't among it.  Maybe your area's suffering because of it being Target's HQ?  In our area, Greedo and Leia are out in scads, including Target, TRU, and K-Mart.  But Han's a tough find.  Last one I saw was overpriced at the book store, but it's gone now too as of last weekend.

WM doesn't carry 6" figures at any of the ones I haunt.  Target has steadily got Wave 2 in, but that steady flow has led to tons of Leia and Greedo.  There were 8 of each at my nearby Target just last weekend.  Again, I say over-ordering caused that, but Han is gone. 

My KM got a case of 2 in, they sold out, they got another case in, sold out, and on the 3rd case Leia and Greedo haven't sold.  The other K-Mart I hit frequently has Leia, no Greedo.  An X-Wing Luke as well.

I don't disagree on Fett, Stormtrooper...  They're no-brainers to come back at some point. But again, in my area where a store ordered Wave 2, it's more Leia/Greedo than Han...  Even if it were Han, the finger I'd be pointing is how many cases the store ordered though.  Target having 8 of each of the other 2 figures is pretty sad.

I don't think K-Mart's that much "easier" to manage in that regard...  I don't work there though, or Target, but they have almost the same number of stores by your numbers, so I guess I don't consider that a factor.

On the 4" end of things, Hasbro's said a wave is costed out by itself...  6 new figures doubled-up in a case isn't likely to happen, short of a line launch or movie line...  Even then, unlikely they haven't factored in repacks for subsequent waves.  Repacks/repaints are something Hasbro's basically said are a necessity to get that obscure new character or whatever...  I don't know why they do things that way.

If it takes a repacked Scout or something like that, to get you Plagueis or Vizam, I tend to accept it.  Much like if cheap low-risk junk like Angry Birds toys nets me a figure I want while Hasbro grasps at the kid dollar, I'm ok with that.

Like I said...  If you short any figure, you'll have griping.  If you overload any figure, griping.  Since the line's like steering a tanker, rather than a speedboat, in terms of turn-around time with adjustments, I think Hasbro's GENERALLY (again, I think that 6" Obi-Wan is a misstep, and some of the Clone repacks they've gone with) done well for a time when the line hasn't had much of any media support at all.

I think we've also seen that retailers who don't contain their ordering, or who go the polar opposite direction and basically ignore the Star Wars section all together, are miserable to deal with for the most part.  Hasbro's certainly not perfect, but they shoulder 99% of the blame in the collector community.  I think that's anger that should be sent more to the retailers not supporting the line at all, or not being conservative enough to manage the flow of product at all.

A bit of an aside here.  Most of our "Glock K-Mart" stores are gone...  One is more along the lines of a 30-06 store than a Glock, but it's in a poorer rural area.  At this one, your car will be there, but dependent upon how "Purdy" your mouth may be, you may wish you had remote start.  It's a pretty rough store, shittiest of employees, and camo's a bit of a uniform there.  I got my first Ewok sets there on store pick up.  What a fiasco.

My area's rural but it zoned against big box stores actually, so K-Mart's about the only thing here aside from small places like Family Dollar, a Big Lots, or Dollar General.  It's kind of nice in a way, but kind of not when you want variety.

On the other hand, I have literally $90 in free money to spend at K-Mart because I use the Reward Zone thing a lot, and if you pay attention to it and all the coupons you can make an assload of cash to use on anything, plus $.30 fuel perk coupons at BP.

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The Bullpen / Re: Captain America: Winter Soldier: The Toys!
« on: March 18, 2014, 01:00 AM »
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not sure there is a foul here.

This is funny when in the context of talking about a guy named Falcon.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 18, 2014, 12:12 AM »
Killing off those awful girls is the best thing this show has done all season.

Yeah, totally agreed...  I didn't care for them as characters, and I hated the TD "somber" tone going with it.  A) it's a TV show, grow up.  B) Lizzie was annoying as a character and I was glad she was gone.

Totally agreed Brent, on the "serial killer" thing...  When it got into my head via here that Lizzie was the one doing the feeding I figured she was at killer-level then, and then her attempt on Judith just solidified that.

Melissa McBride is HAWT I think...  But she's dull as a dick in dishwater on Talking Dead.  Very much like Maggie...  Some of the actors have little to say.  She's one of them.  She's as timid seemingly as her character is on the show.

Anyway, loved the arc, and how that wrapped up nice and tidy...  Tyrese doesn't want to kill her.  She's back in the fold.  The kids are gone (except the baby), which is much simpler to deal with...  I liked it.

It was well acted and shot...  Lizzie playing with the zombie in the yard and things. 

You could just see the little girl's death coming, but yeah, I didn't expect it to come as it did...  I really figured zombie.  LIzzie lures one in, it gets her sister, etc.  No way I saw the twist.  I didn't think they'd go there, but wow.

I liked it all around though.

I too agree with you McMetal on the fire being Darryl/Beth's place they lit.  That puts Darryl/Beth somewhere down the tracks theoretically, further towards TurmANUS I guess?  It does seem to me like episodes have jumped a bit in terms of timing, but they all almost had to basically end up in the same place so it makes some sense I guess.

I'd been missing Ricchone for a while but I liked that they said the long absenses is to make you realize how "separated" the group is ultimately.  I like that aspect of the show.

TD, the comedian wasn't funny, and Carol wasn't interesting...  CM Punk seemed to be ignored, and Hardwick was acting like he was at a real funeral over it...  Good lord.  If you guys who hated TD before had watched it, you'd be ranting today I feel sure.  I was bored to tears, and basically just found the facts about the episode, the make-up effects thing, and the preview to be interesting.  The rest was too much people making more out of it than it was.  I didn't freak out after the Red Wedding like they were moping around over this episode of TD.  Lame.

The Ol Yeller moment was rough, but come on...  Sophia's sequence was far more intense, from Shane's first freak-out moments to the end when Rick was the only one with the pair to go do the deed.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 1
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:43 PM »
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My point about the store report was not some inane "hey look at me" self-wank

Haha.  That just read funny.

We appreciate anyone reporting their finds, especially new stuff...  It helps everyone, ultimately.

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I suppose if it's the one you need.  I can't recall what those sets were now...  I never paid them much mind because they were all repacks for the most part.  I wanted the Hoth Trooper one and the ones with new figures, and that was it.

Even with new figures though, they didn't do great...  Even on sale...  Further proof at the overall line's health through no fault of anyone.

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I honestly don't recall seeing this, but if it was in those large Target sets of 9 figures, I probably would've not known, nor cared, because they were all repacks...  It'd only be of interest to a carded collector, but I have a feeling if this is part of the Target big 9-packs then you can find it in the 9-pack for less than what he paid for it individually, which would be funny as all get out.

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Joe Defender / Re: 2014 Club Membership Figures/Vehicle
« on: March 17, 2014, 01:35 AM »
I get Joe info second hand since I don't buy the line, so I didn't even know who the figure was that was causing a fuss, but man it sounded like Star Wars bitching x 1000.  :)  Part of me always likes knowing there's a crowd more manic than the Star Wars one in some way.

I get what you're saying Greg, but if you were guaranteed that ONLY some sanctioned club thing could get you the Tonnika's and a handful of figures Hasbro just out and out said, "Nope, never will happen under us specifically, but a 'fan club'...  eh...  yeah...  we'd let them do something", I'd cave on something like that.

Something mass produced, not "garage kit" stuff made out of resins and whatnot...  Something real, sanctioned, and interesting.  I'd pay the premium I think if it were done decently.

It is far, far more difficult (and impossible, really, given licenses and such) for that to happen with Star Wars, than Joe, since part swapping isn't nearly as universal...  But the thought just entered my mind.  To get the Tonnika's?  And I mean, good Tonnika's, not just Padme's with a different deco or something, then I'd probably be in.  I'd bitch on the price, but I'd be in.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Six?
« on: March 14, 2014, 02:12 AM »
Not watched all these yet, just got through Mace/Jar Jar, but I think Jar Jar was having tantric sex or something...  I'm skeeved.

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I can't recall POTJ a lot now that I think back...  I know I got tons of the Imperial Officer at Wal-Mart though, and I think some at a store called Family Toy Ware(whore)house that we used to have around here...  Not sure how national they were back in the day but their prices were always a tad higher but the store was 15 minutes away so I couldn't gripe in my young days.

I remember getting tons of that Imp Officer/FX7 Wave though at WM.  K-Mart, I can't recall, but I know they had the Deluxes in before everyone else...  And I cleaned up on the wave 2 of deluxes on clearance at Ames (heh, Ames...  The poor man's Hills).

Just thinking back, hell, how many stores did we have that aren't around anymore too...  That's what happens when places like Target and WM kill off competition.  It's kind of disheartening to know how many fewer places there are now, than then, that sell toys.  No wonder Amazon and online stores like EE and BBTS are better options.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2013-14
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:06 AM »
3 Point System thoughts?

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 2
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:05 AM »
Should be multi-use Rob.

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Another reminder for all our readers!


Pittsburgh's Steel City Con (www.SteelCityCon.com) returns to the Monreoville Convention Center just East of downtown Pittsburgh, on April 11th, 12th, & 13th!

Steel City Con has grown, and doubled in size recently, and it has so much to offer that it's much more than just a toy show now...  There are costume contests, gaming tournaments, celebrities, special guests, panels, and more. 

This show features some special sci-fi guests for April as well!

Star Trek: The Next Generation fans will be excited to see Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. Riker, and Brent Spiner (Lt. Cmdr. Data) both are attending!  This is a first for the show, and I actually have to say as a fan of the show I'm pretty star-struck to see these two...  I'm excited that they're attending!

Star Wars fans aren't let down though, as Demot Crowley (General Crix Madine) and Femi Taylor (Oola) will also be in attendance, flying in from England for the show!  These are pretty special guests, and I'm excited to see both attending!

They're a huge get for the show, since they're coming in from England for it.  Very nice!

Other guests include Lee Majors, George "The Animal" Steele, local legend Bruno Sammartino and continuing a new tradition of always having a Walking Dead actor, Travis Love (The Governor's gunman Shumpert, who escaped with Martinez), are all in attendance!  It's an ever-growing show I'm always excited to attend.

3 Day Passes go fast now, and get you priority seating at events, and into the show earlier than non pass holders.

December's show was packed, and I'm sure April's will be as well with hopefully better weather!

As always I'll be there, and I'd really love to see some Jedi Defender fans there as well!  Hit me up if you're attending, and we can hang out after for some dinner with members of the PSWCS.

If you have ANY questions on attending you can contact the show itself or you can contact me as well.  I'm always happy to act as an ambassador for the city and the area.

www.SteelCityCon.com

I'll be attending as will members of the PSWCS throughout the weekend...  I have a few Vintage wants I'm going to be tracking down this show now that I put my loose figure collection out.  I need some upgrades and a Wicket for some reason.

It's been ages since I bought a Vintage figure it seems!  Need a new Leia for sure. :(

This show's always great for Star Wars...  Vintage has dwindled but there are gems, always.  Modern is more dominant and I always walk out with deals there!

Look forward to going, and hopefully seeing some of you at the show!

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Joe Defender / Re: 2014 Club Membership Figures/Vehicle
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:11 PM »
I was told people were really going ape**** over the last figure announced?

I kinda wish there was something like this for Star Wars, honestly...  If we were getting obscurity for a premium that basically Hasbro guaranteed us they weren't ever going to do, so deal with it here or not at all, I think I'd be in with just a tinge of bitching.  :-\

Tonnika Sisters, complete with camel toe, anyone?

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Think about the line since it began, since most of us here have been around that long or longer...  Have case assortments ever NOT been flawed to some degree?  It's my opinion you'll never have them perfect... 

Short a Leia figure, it becomes hard to find, people bitch.

Short an OWK?  Hard to find, people bitch.

Short a Troop Builder?  Prepare for the dip**** apocalypse.

Double up on a figure?  Eventually it becomes too abundant, people bitch.

Anyone remember Maul in 1999?  Full cases...  That worked GREAT huh?

This is the leanest time, ever I think, that the modern line has existed and still soldiered on in some capacity.  You can't expect movie-year tactics (which didn't work in a movie year, mind you) to work now...  Likewise you can't expect Hasbro to cater to collectors, especially at times like this.

It boils down that EVERY wave, right now, will sit...  You could make something totally awesome fill all 12 slots, and it is such a stale market for Star Wars right now that if a store orders just one-case-too-many, and you're now looking at a logjam.  In years when the line has support, toys move at a steady flow, but those times aren't right now.

Hit up sponsors on our front page because that's the best way to collect right now...  Hands down.

2007 I saw EVERY wave at least once, most two or three times, some more than that.  Good figures.  Good prices.  Collector dream come true year...  Between all 4 major retailers (KM, WM, Target, TRU), I saw everything, and it was glorious...  Those days, are not today.  It's not the same market, same prices, same retail landscape.  It's easy to point the finger at the source nearest to us, and the one that reacts to us...  The one that has some kind of contact with the collector world.  If Target or Wal-Mart did, and were giving out answers to tough questions that people didn't want to hear, I bet you'd see a lot more finger pointing going in the direction I think it's deserved at this point.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 2
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:52 PM »
No store near me that carries these has a Han Solo...  anywhere.

I know everyone dumped on them over it, but was he REALLY a bad carry-forward?  Boba needs it too, no denying that, but I see scads of Wave 2 at Target, at least 3 of Greedo and Leia at any one I go to.  K-Mart has Leia and Greedo too...  Han?  I haven't seen him in quite some time.

I predicted he was a pretty solid choice (still not denying Fett is too), and I was right.  He displays multiple ways, he's an awesome sculpt, he's a major hero that is popular with not just collectors but random fans walking past toys and thinking, "My goodness, that would look cool on my desk!", as well as kids (though $20 figures aren't really for kids I figure).

Not a fan of OWK or Ani getting a repack myself, but Han?  I totally think Hasbro made a right call there.

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