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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:42 PM »
I love that pair from the Droids line.  Nice score Darby!

It is a day of remembrance my friend.   :'(

Collections / Re: My Lego Star Wars Collection
« on: March 25, 2014, 07:36 AM »
Wow, cool sets!  Time to expand out to your own Star Wars room.   ;)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: March 25, 2014, 07:33 AM »
I already don't like how Quicksilver looks.

+1. It would help if he shaved.  I was never much a fan of QS anyway, so wasn't expecting much.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 24, 2014, 06:23 PM »
I hope Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene are the first to get eaten in Terminus because they are all horribly ridiculous characters.

People who have read the comics seem to love those three characters.  I started reading them and stopped just when they were introduced.  I guess I want to try and stay spoiler free even though I know that books and show take drastic differences in characters and stories.

The more the show focuses on these guys, the more I think people might be better suited to avoid reading about them for now.  There are some interesting plot twists on the horizon if they map to the stories.  That should come about pretty quick next season though if they're going to follow a similar story.  Beyond that, I think comic fans just like Eugene for his nerdiness, Rosita for her hotness and Abraham for his kick-assy-ness.  Abraham is bigger and less of a pushover in the comics.  He's fairly prominent just because he ends up being Rick's Left-Hand-Man for a while (pun intended). 

Great question Dave.  I'm not sure how much interaction there is between those divisions.  I have a friend who works for Target Online and they have zero interaction/sharing with the retail store division.  Something of a different animal, but I'm betting their systems are probably a lot more advanced than Hasbro's.  Jeff and others probably know the cost structure better, but I think it really comes down to whatever is the cheapest for them to make.  Maybe including a stormtrooper or doubling up on figures per case is a more expensive proposition for them, so they lean towards the cheapest route.  Working in Market Research myself, I just find their apparent disregard for consumer demand to be incredibly frustrating. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: March 24, 2014, 01:34 PM »
New Trailer

I cannot wait for this movie...  Fassbender is such a badass Magneto.   8)

Wow, that looks excellent!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 24, 2014, 01:31 PM »
I thought he was just knocked unconscious in a classic "sleeper hold".

I was curious to go back and listen to the argument they had over the bed.  With Joe's rules of "claiming" a possession, I'm not sure how the fight over who got to lie down in that bed would have come about.

Sleeper Hold, not dead.  I can't remember if the 2nd guy who comes into the bedroom says "claimed" or not, but I'm betting he did, hence the fight.  The title of that episode, by the way, is "Claimed."   ;)

Thanks for the pics.  Meh.  I don't collect any of the Bearbricks.  I want to want these because it's the closest thing we've seen to real SW Kubes in forever, but ...meh. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 24, 2014, 12:18 AM »
Awesome episode, can't believe we're already to the season final already.

Tasha Yar at Terminus? Nice.

Glenn/Maggie reunion? Nice. Very telling moment for him in the tunnel with Tara too, I figured she would be a goner. He has really come into his own as a character.

I guess I get that Daryl maybe just needs to be with someone at this point, but how much longer is he really going to put up with those dbags? (And what, did he just doze off while they were beating that dude to death? He acts all surprised when he wakes up...)

I'm shocked those dumbasses were even able to figure out what happened back in the house with Rick. I don't recall one of them spotting him in that episode but maybe while he was running away? Revenge doesn't really seem to serve the self interests of a bunch of guys like that so I'm not sure I buy they would be going out of their way like that but I guess it serves to drive the story at this point.

TD with Glenn and Eugene was awesome, those guys had great insights to share.


I don't get the revenge factor from those guys either.  Maybe that was a bogus line from the group leader and they're up to something else.  They seem capable of tracking Rick's group and can obviously follow the tracks like everyone else, but why?  If they're happy enough to kill one of their own guys for being a shmuck, would they really go that far out of their way to avenge another guy?  They just don't seem all that loyal to each other.  I do think the leader wants Daryl on his side, and killing off the other guy was a way to help bring him on over.  I'm pretty sure the leader is the one who stole the rabbit head to set all of that up.  His response to Terminus was curious as well.  I took it that there's no sanctuary for everyone because those guys are too rough around the edges, but I still have a very bad feeling about that place.  Given the clips at the end with Rick, it looks like some bad **** about to go down.  Sad to see the season finale just a week away...  :'(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: March 21, 2014, 12:06 PM »
I can't get past those boots with the gym-wear. 

This.  Doesn't.  Make.  Sense.

I don't get the hoochie hoop earrings either.  Is she coming from a workout?  Halfway through changing?  Wearing athletic gear for a date where she'll be horse riding? 

Anyone have a real favorite in this wave? For me it's a toss up with Merumeru (due to size and sculpt) and Vizam (due to OT factor). Plagueis I'm really indifferent toward. Neyo is cool but I'm surprised how heavy they went with the weathering. Mace is lamen

I'm not a big fan of Plagueis either despite his HTF status.  Wookies and Nikto feel a little blah to me as well.  I think Neyo is my favorite from the wave - would have preferred a clean armor version of him, but that helmet still makes him one of my favorite clones.  I'd vote for Mara too, if you count her with swapped Black Widow head.   ;)

P ???etulance and deflection instead of actually addressing the realities of the current situation and how I laid some of those out?  Disappointing.

Sooo you admit you haven't read what I posted, but want to bash me for not taking the time to reply to your post?   ???  Look, neither of us has concrete data on how long it would take to produce a full wave of repack figures from decision to shelf or how many factories Hasbro uses across waves or what potential exists for mold sharing across factories.  If Hasbro is using 4 different factories to produce 4 consecutive waves and cannot produce a wave of repacks on shelf within 6 months notice, then I would suggest they have some even bigger issues to solve beyond improving their figure assortments. 

Does the 12-figure Greatest Hits assortment have to be the exact 12 most desired figures sourced from an independent poll of every possible consumer as verified by an elite team of specialists from Price Waterhouse Coopers?  No.  They could make adjustments based on figure costs, availability, etc.  I'm just tossing out a potential idea to reduce the backlog of pegwarmers that currently reside in pretty much every case distributed.  You don't have to agree with my idea, but maybe come up with your own solution then instead of an 8 paragraph dissertation full of unlikely speculation and wild-eyed caps locking on why it might not work. 

EDITING is a wonderful thing.  As are concise, direct arguments.  Is it any wonder that people would tap out of reading the tomes that were posted on the previous page?

Your idea is interesting.  But again, it is operating under the assumption that Hasbro will be able to respond QUICKLY to market research and get their manufacturing contractors to do the same.  These are very BIG ASSUMPTIONS.

Hasbro doesn't communicate a lot about their production methods, but some things do sneak out.  Like the timeline:  12-18 months for a new figure to be developed.  And another thing?  Not all figures are produced at the same factory.  Certain figure tools are located at specific factories.  Hence certain characters from some waves tend to be grouped together.

How does that play out with your concept?  Well, suppose we have 4 waves of figures to draw from for this year end greatest hits case.  And of those 4 waves, wave 1 and 4 were produced at factory number 1, wave 2 was made at factory number 2 and wave 3 was made at factory number 3.  8 figures are going into this case of 12, with 2 each of 4 different characters and 1 each of the other 4.  From wave 1 you have 2 figures, wave 2 is represented by 1 figure, wave 3 has 3 figures, and wave 4 has 2 figures in the greatest hits wave.  In terms of sourcing that might mean that this greatest hits wave has 4 figures from factory 1, only 1 figure from factory 2 and 3 figures from factory 3.

So then you have the logistical issue of drawing together figures from 3 seperate factories and getting them packed into a single case for shipment.  From a production standpoint that's a possible nightmare.

And this isn't taking into account the production schedule at the factory.  It's very likely that when the factory isn't turning out Star Wars, they might be working on Transformers, or Marvel figures, or GI Joe.

Sometimes it's tough to go from concept to reality.  It also seems very clear that Hasbro's market research is not perfect.  Over time it has become more and more refined.  Hasbro studies the problems and adjusts.  And then the market changes again.  And it takes Hasbro more time to adjust.

Does your idea have merit?  Possibly.  But I think the timeframe is overly optimistic considering the timeframe that Hasbro works within.  If Hasbro were to plan on a greatest hits of 2014 wave?  Given their current production schedules, I think it would be much more likely to hit retail in Q2 or Q3 of 2015, and not in Q4 of 2014.  Additionally, both Hasbro AND the retailer would seem far more likely to want NEW product on the shelves and pegs for the holiday season, and not a refresh wave.

Read your first line, then read through the rest of this.   ;)

I'm guessing you didn't read much of the previous page, which is understandable given the lengths of the posts.  The idea I proposed was to issue new cases of 6 figures with 2x per case, then offer a greatest hits case every year around the holidays sourcing figures from the last year that were highest in demand.  That list could be based on custom research, collector sites, etc.  They could even make a dedicated site for people to vote and include a notice about it on packaging to market the idea.  If you only did this once per year and decided on the assortment around end of May, that would give Hasbro nearly 6 months to produce a lineup of more desirable repacks.  I don't think anyone is suggesting "Hey, Darth Plagueis is really selling well!  Churn out another 3,000 and get them to me next week!"   ;)

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