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The Legacy Collection / Re: Willrow Hood
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:02 PM »
Yeah, I don't think its so much that he was hard to find, but years later someone looking to back-collect an item would have much more trouble finding it.  The vintage POTF figures were $1.99 when I was a kid - they obviously cost a lot more now.  The 6" Maul and R2 Black series figures were piling up on the shelves a few years ago, but now they too sell at a premium. 

Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 21, 2016, 10:00 PM »
Yeah but that's like saying Dodge is missing out on selling 69 Charger replicas because you own a couple originals.  To make that, it'd cost X and they'd have to sell Y to be profitable...  Just because you are buying old ones and want them to do new ones doesn't mean that's a good idea for them, or that it's going to make them $ guaranteed.

That might be the worst analogy. Ever.   ;)  Look, the "We can't make enough money on this" bit is so tired and overplayed and frankly, lazy.  These things have a fixed cost.  If you need to make more profit from them because you estimate low volume, then charge a premium.  Make it an exclusive.  It can't possibly sit around any more than a number of the random vehicles like Finn's Dunebuggy or even Ray's Speeder that dropped down to $5 clearance.  People said Hasbro couldn't make a 6" line work at $20 either, but that line is constantly in demand outside of stores that get bogged down with Zuvios and Finns, and I know zero kids that are collecting 6".

I don't want to get on a bash Hasbro session, but I seriously doubt they have any solid data on how much of their product gets purchased by collectors vs. kids.  I know kids that have Star Wars toys and my collection is easily 100 times beyond what any of them has.  You would need an awful lot of kids to make up for the buying power of a serious adult collector.  I work in Consumer Research for a CPG company and in many cases you have 20-30% of the buyers accounting for 70-80% of the volume.  I'd be surprised if Star Wars was much different.  I've never once been polled or surveyed despite 20 years of collecting and daily activity posting about Star Wars toys and neither has any collector that I know.  Exactly what data is Hasbro basing their analyses on?  And this all assumes kids don't like playsets - you know, like the ones Lego constantly sells out of.   ::)

Conversely, think about the added benefits from selling playsets.  Collectors and kids already have a plethora of figures and ships.  Each additional ship or figure can become diminishing returns, but a playset could be new and more appealing.  It's also a companion piece to the rest of the line.  If someone buys a playset, they're likely also buying a few figures to join it.  Sure, many would have bought figures anyway, but there's a level of incremental figure sales that accompany ships and playsets.  Making them modular can drive "army building" as well, so you'll benefit from some people buying multiples, whereas it's unlikely that someone is going to stock up on most characters or ships.  There's a lot of rationale that these could succeed in the face of a blanket "playsets aren't profitable" stance.

Getting off my soapbox now...

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: June 21, 2016, 09:31 PM »
I haven't ordered from him in a few years, but I used to order a lot of army builders from him.  It's a lot like buying scratch and dent furniture IMO.  There may be something really small like a paint ap issue or a loose limb, or the figure may look pretty much like what you get right out of the package.  Personally, I always felt like there was something not quite right with the figures, even if I couldn't spot it. I'm fine with that if the figures are really cheap and I'm getting 10th AT-ST Driver doesn't need to be perfect, especially if I can get him for $5 less. 

I've thought about using him for the BS figures too, but can't pull the trigger.  I'd rather pay a few bucks more for a packaged one or wait until the inevitable release.  It would definitely be nice to get these guys checked off the list though.

Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 17, 2016, 11:00 PM »
Well, the amount of money they are missing out on is what stuns me.  I have bought 2-3 vintage death stars in the last few years alone and own 7 total.  None are from my childhood.  Without anything significant to buy from Hasbro, I've spent thousands on third party Transformers.  Missed opportunity.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: June 15, 2016, 04:10 PM »
Wow, that's creepy.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: June 15, 2016, 04:09 PM »
I thought that too with the walkers, but then when I saw how slowly lightsabers cut through armor in the prequels I figured that would be like trying to slice off the legs with a blowtorch.  They wouldn't stand still long enough for you to cut them, and if you're riding the foot while cutting the leg, you stand the risk of the thing falling on you.  Fan rationalizing I know...

I ordered from Jeff's link on the main page, so hopefully JD gets a kickback at least.   ;)

Got my shipping notice from EE.  My Asty and Hux are travelling through Utah and should arrive by Monday.   ;D

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: June 15, 2016, 08:44 AM »
There is a seller on Ebay UK selling them for about $12 plus free shipping.  I wasn't sure if he would ship to the US, but says the item location is in Missouri. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: June 13, 2016, 03:36 PM »
But it really looks like TMNT's film franchise might be dead now.

As it should have been a decade or two ago...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: June 13, 2016, 03:35 PM »
That sounds like a long, difficult road you've been on Rob.  Very sorry for your loss.  Its always hard losing a part of your family, but take some solace in knowing that her pain has ended, as has as all the stress and time and money you've been funneling into treatment. 

And a 4th if you count the KMart Snowjob edition of Rey.  And they all have the same outfit instead of giving her the resistance outfit from the end of the movie on at least one of these. ::)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: June 9, 2016, 09:38 AM »
Ah, the reveal...hard to take after too many super hero movies. I mean, Jack "Sandman" Napier killed Tony's mom and dad? Was Tony's mom's name Martha?

I thought it was the man with four fingers. Tony: "You killed my father. Prepare to die!"

The SIX fingered man...

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: June 8, 2016, 05:26 PM »
I was surprised to find the Vision, Gamora armored Spider Man today   First time I've seen this wave.

Nice find!  What store?

I haven't personally seen these figures yet, but they sound super cool.  I'll probably pick up a few in the coming months.

It is too bad that Hasbro couldn't do something awe inspiring like this with something like The Black Series Wal-Mart exclusive line.  Even bump it up to $20 a figure for a handful of totally awesome figures.  I would rather pay $20 for something sweet than $14 for the mediocre TBS WM figures with awful paint apps.

+1 on both accounts

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: June 7, 2016, 05:20 PM »
If anyone's interested in the upcoming Marvel Legends X-Men figures, EE has the full case on preorder for just $160 with shipping.  Remember to use Jeff's link on the front page, so JD gets a kickback. 

I'm typically just an Avengers guy, but I want most of the figures in this wave (Deadpool, Marvel Girl, Rogue, Kitty, Brown Suit Wolvie.  Even Havok is pretty cool, and I'll find a spot for him since he's an "Uncanny Avenger" these days.  The Juggernaut BAF looks good as well, so with just Iceman and Cable as the "extras" I figured going the full case route was worth it.  Especially given how hard it is to find full sets of ML at retail and the X-Men characters have a history of selling out fast. 

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