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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:51 PM »
Transformers Alternity

Apparently that Nissan is Prime/Convoy and this is a new line that is "slightly larger than deluxe figures"  I'm fine with that if they want to start up a new line because Prime looks amazing and apparently I have money to burn, but with that name - you'd think they'd release them in the states, but who knows.

I don't get the size reference - any chance this is same size as Binaltech/Alternators?  Can't seem to find a good picture, but the ones I have seen look Amazing!

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:47 PM »
found these all at walmart today; thing is, I only want the x-wing luke/r2, vaders' imperial protocal droid and maybe the r2 with watto, that's it.

You should pick up the others and trade your spares to those of us who have no chance of finding anything at their own craptastic Wal-Marts.   ;)

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Feedback / Re: Jeff's (pka Nataku) feedback
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:46 PM »
Thanks to J-daddy on the Shadow Stormie and Kubie Battle Droid hook up!

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We'll have to see how it pans out, but it sounded like Hasbro was making an effort to put droid parts in figs from similar scenes or grouping by main characters versus secondary ones.  I'm going to get them all, so don't really care.  Think about this though - how pissed would you be if the droid parts were just randomly inserted with each figure?  So you could buy every one of the BAD figures and still not be able to build the droid - or have all of the same droid piece.  :P  Just saying - it could be a lot worse.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Hasbro profit question for you guys
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:43 PM »
This though also varies greatly depending on what we're talking about...  Put VOTC Han out now, and he's almost pure profit to Hasbro.  Repaint the E3 Jedi Fighter, and the same...  The fixed costs are in, so those items are just gravy. 

That's a really good point.  All depends on how you calc your return on investment.  If they still consider development costs of an older figure as part of the total cost to make a new figure, then ROI wouldn't be that much better.  But to JJ's point, a lot of this is already sunk cost.  In cases like this, they should be making much more profit on re-issues than anything new.  Funny to think that the new TAC stormtrooper was likely less profitable than the reissued shadow stormie.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Hasbro profit question for you guys
« on: June 22, 2008, 12:25 AM »
I actually work in a field where we evaluate return on investment of consumer goods.  Not really toys, but I have picked up some toy knowledge over the years.  Retailer margins on most action figures are around 100% or greater.  Manufacturers most often operate at a similar rate and their products do not differ greatly in terms of profit margin. 

As such, I would estimated that a $7 figure costs Target $3.50 and they make $3.50 per sale.  Likewise, Hasbro probably makes them for $2 or less (including design fees, new molds, production costs, etc.).  If the Falcon is going to sell for $150, Target is probably paying about $75 for it.  That means Hasbro probably incurred about $40 or less in cost to make.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: June 19, 2008, 10:36 PM »
MP Cracker & some new Nissan Binaltech 

I reeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaally hope they release both in the states.

That Alternator looks awesome.  Come on Hasbro, bring this line back.  My money is begging to go straight to you.   :P

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Recent 30AC Purchases
« on: June 18, 2008, 09:43 PM »
Haven't really been buying too much Hasbro recently but I did see a Neyo and Blackhole Stormtrooper at KB Toys so I picked them up.  I passed on the Utapau trooper.

Wow, does KB still exist?  I think they all closed here in Minnesota.  What are they charging for basic figs these days?

Picked up a second Stap/Super BD TRU Battle Pack today.  This set has grown on me, but still not happy about the $25 price tag.   >:(

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: June 17, 2008, 11:55 PM »
Saw Hulk today and loved it.
I actually enjoyed it more than Iron Man.


LIAR!

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I actually want the TIE...  But at $55, I'm maybe just gonna pass.  Disappointed, but pass nonetheless.

I want 2 AT-TE's...  If they'd offer it for $30 or so, I'd be down for one and maybe even two so Biggs got one too.  AT-TE's are more important to me in '08 though.

You guys with a Falcon boner are experiencing the same thing I am over the AT-TE.  Every time I see it, I drool a little more.

If you (or anyone) seriously just wants the TIE, let me know.  I (like just about everyone here) would like to get Hobbie, but no interest in a $55 TIE.  Cripes, I wouldn't have room for it even if I did blow $55 + shipping.   ::)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: June 16, 2008, 11:34 PM »


About half way through and still one of the few to actually enjoy this series.  Maybe its just been that long since I read NJO.   ;)

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: June 16, 2008, 09:22 PM »
Any one pick up the Deep Space Starscream? Any thoughts on it?

I have been debating picking that one up.

KW has a half endcap dedicated to it.  Looked interesting, but I just couldn't do it.  I don't like that mode and have the MP StarScream, which is light years beyond this one.   :-\

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars Movie Quotes
« on: June 16, 2008, 09:21 PM »
Mace Windu to Padme in ATOC re: Dooku being her assassin?

Good guess, but no.  It happens later in the chronology than this.   ;)

No other guesses?   :(

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Star Wars Universe / Re: 5 out of 6 movies
« on: June 16, 2008, 09:20 PM »
five of the last six posts haven't included a list.

Ha!  That's hilarious!  ;D

5 out of 6 have cloned soldiers

ep:1 being the exception :) ;) :D ;D

Someone already said these five had troopers -- kind of the same thing.  :P


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Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF2 Playsets: Thoughts?
« on: June 16, 2008, 09:18 PM »
That's awesome!  What did you use for the base structure?  Looks very Death-Star-ish.

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