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So Ebay may or may not charge miscellaneous fees for random aspects of your listing on top of high percentages, a. Share of your shipping ask, and double taxation via forced Paypal payments.  That sounds about right for them.  Can't wait to sell a $20 figure and get $3.75 back after Ebay jerking around.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 16, 2014, 07:35 AM »
Very nice addition Darby!  Did you get him for the TRU sticker price or did you have to pay more?

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 14, 2014, 12:59 AM »
Great score Nick!  Sounds like a rare find.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 13, 2014, 10:51 AM »
Very jealous Darby. I have that same hole in my collection. Congrats!

These come up fairly regularly in the vintage classifieds on RS.  I've get spares of the smaller ships I believe and found the A-Wing in great shape with sounds for $75.

The Bullpen / Re: 2011/2012 Marvel Legends
« on: May 12, 2014, 11:43 PM »
Dude, it's not Hasbro's job to pay attention to consumer demand or produce figures that you want.  It's their job to uhhh...what were we talking about? 

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 12, 2014, 11:40 PM »
Nice grab!  Those Droids ships are tough to find in nice shape.

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: May 6, 2014, 03:11 PM »
I was thinking about the SED because of the figures, but display space is at a premium and that thing is huge.  My son has the reg star destroyer, which I think is sufficient.

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: May 6, 2014, 07:31 AM »
On Saturday, I drove to my nearest Lego Store in the mall and picked up both the Death Star and the Sandcrawler. Snagged two Revan mini-figs thanks to those purchases.

I also hit up the Toys R Us and was able to score the Free Build X-Wing and TIE Fighter mini-ships.

Started putting the Death Star together on Sunday - that has been fun build so far - probably will finish it up during the week and then start on the Sandcrawler over next weekend.

Nice haul on the big sets Pete.  I was going to skip Revan, but my neighbor's kid came home with the Ewok Village and I couldn't resist.  I grabbed the X-Wing, Kashyyk Clones, and a Fett magnet to hit $75 online.

How did you get the TRU set? I thought that was just for kids?

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 6, 2014, 07:27 AM »
Whoa - that's one heck of an invasion force.

Darby - that DT Luke is awesome.  Where did you get it?

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 5, 2014, 01:10 AM »
That's a great haul despite the condition.  I nabbed a boxed Jabba at Hot Comics for $22 for FCBD.

Any word on the price difference?   Feeling like the regular one will end up at a fifth the price of the SDCC one.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 1, 2014, 01:50 PM »
I forgot to post these little custom gems that I bought a while back.  Found a guy who was selling them carded and asked if he could make me a few loose for a lower cost.  Voila!  I love the look on both these guys.  Makes me realize how many more characters they could have done in the original line.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Superman/Batman
« on: May 1, 2014, 06:17 AM »
I think a lot of people will go see it regardless...hard to resist two strong characters or more in films like this.  But they'll miss a big chunk of repeat business both within a release and over time across the franchise.  They would be much better served I think going the TV route with their super heroes. 

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2013-14
« on: May 1, 2014, 01:10 AM »
No, just watch and enjoy.  The Rangers win or lose no matter if I watch them or not.

I did and they won, so clearly I am safe to watch the next series.  Way to go Wild!

However, I do not get the allure of blind boxing these.  Does it somehow save big dollars on packaging costs so they can be offered for lots less?  Do people like the excitement of opening something when they aren't sure what is inside?

It is fairly common in Asia from what I've read, so consumers have come to expect it.   Given the wacky game shows that we often see coming out of those markets, I get the sense that their culture is more into gambling or games than most.  But I think its less about the consumer and more bout the manufacturer.  If you're trying to buy a dozen figures and have to buy 18 packs (or more) to get them all, there's a nice chunk of  incremental sales that wouldn't have happened with clear packaging.  That probably more than makes up for people who quite the line out of frustration.  They're counting more on the very loyal buyers and impulse purchases than the middle-ground of consumers, whereas we tend to do the opposite in the US.  Honestly, I bet Hasbro would sell more product here if they switched to blind box star wars.  Retailers probably like it too, as its more sales for them and the inventory probably clears out faster as consumers have the chance to get something they want in every package. 

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