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Vintage Kenner / Re: Restoring Playsets and Vehicles
« on: August 10, 2016, 02:23 PM »
Can you actually order from them or just access images you need to print on your own?  Looks like their last update was in 2010...

I'd take the Sandtrooper, Dave, if you want to go for it a split costs.

Done deal.  You get the Sandtrooper for $30 and I get the other three figures for $30, right?   ;)

I might bite at this price.  Have to check the checkbook, but $15 per fig isn't awful...

It wouldn't be if the figures were more interesting.

- Might be nice to have another Sandtrooper variation, but I don't have to have it
- A red Stormtrooper is just kind of stupid (sorry for those who love it)
- I really don't need another TIE Pilot 
- I would love to have the astromech

Yeah, that's pretty much my assessment too.  My collector math says the astromech is cool for $20, and I'd probably buy up an extra Sandtrooper variation for $20 if it was released on its own.  Another TIE Pilot for $10 isn't bad and that leaves the goofy red Stormtrooper as a $10 novelty.  Not a great deal, but I'm thinking about it...

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: August 10, 2016, 11:47 AM »
It's a tough environment for sure, but I'm not sure much can be done about it.  All these big companies have goals to increase margin percentages (vs. overall profit).  I know they fall back on rising production costs, and I'm sure those are increasing, but what they don't talk about is their internal need to make higher percentages on new items as well.  Margin percent growth is typically tied to senior leader compensation and is highly valued by Wall Street Analysts for stock price growth, so most big companies tend to focus on growing the margin percent versus the overall profit.

For example, let's say a figure used to cost Hasbro $5 to make.  If they made a 50% margin, they would sell to retail for $7.50 and if retail sells at a 50% margin, our cost was $11.25.

Now let's say that same figure costs $7 for Hasbro.  We don't just see the price go to $13.25.  Hasbro's margin target has maybe moved to 75%, so they sell to retailers at $12.50.  Retailers want higher margins as well, so if they also have a 75% mark up, now our price is $21.40. 

We're paying $10 more per figure in this example, but the cost is only 20% of the increase.  The rest is all higher margins demands.   :-[  Even if they could get lower production costs, they're not going to move backwards on their margins.

I might bite at this price.  Have to check the checkbook, but $15 per fig isn't awful...

Got mine in the mail today.  I was on the fence about them, but they're pretty cool additions in person.  Good value for the $55 price tag I think.

When the price is marked down to a '4' as the last digit, that is the final clearance price. 

Wal-Mart near me had a Prince Xizor/Princess Leia comic on their clearance aisle. It wasn't there before. Where did they dig that up at? It's got a damaged cardboard hook at the top and a hole punched through it for hanging on the peg.

Was marked $10.

Any pack but that one I would've gotten it. I have a few extra from a wal-mart clearance from years ago.

Did you check the UPC on the back?  I wonder if someone swapped the UPC with something more current?  If not, that thing must have fallen behind something in the stockroom that wasn't cleaned out for over a decade!

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2016 SDCC Deluxe ANH Ben Kenobi
« on: August 9, 2016, 12:24 PM »
And if anyone here at JTA has an extra Jyn or Obi-Wan I am interested.  ;D

JTA?!   ???

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2016 SDCC Deluxe ANH Ben Kenobi
« on: August 9, 2016, 09:52 AM »
No sign of this in stock as of 8:40 CST this morning.  That said, I noticed one of the other products could be added to my cart, so I hope they haven't come and gone already.  Also noticed that the description says "Limit of 2 per household" instead of the usual 1 per person limit.  If anyone ends up with a spare, I'd love to get one of these.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: August 8, 2016, 11:26 PM »
Nice, but not $22 nice.  I'll pick it up if I see it for a good price, but I'm not in the mood to get further price gouged right now.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: July 30, 2016, 04:15 PM »
Found, and bought, the Civil War 3 pack featuring Spider-Man and battle damaged Iron Man and Captain America (with masked and unmasked heads). The paint apps are fantastic! It was pricey at $60 but I recently found an old gift card from Christmas that had about $20 on it, so I got it for a steal.

I just saw that at Target for the first time today.  Not a bad set, but I feel like I already have enough versions of those same characters.  There is another Legends special pack on the shelves - War Machine and Concept Iron Man.  I hadn't heard about that one.  I passed as well - the War Machine is awesome, but again, I already have have a dozen War Machines.  The concept Iron Man was also not anything to write home about.   :-\

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: July 27, 2016, 10:23 AM »
isn't it pretty standard at this point for studios to sign talent to multi-picture deals in the event that one is a tremendous success?

Pretty much.  I'm in agreement with Nick - I see this as Disney playing it safe in case a Han movie does $800mil or something crazy and they want to do more.

And yeah, I could see Han movie leading to a Boba Fett movie or even a Jabba movie or a Lando movie - lots of other characters could cross his path.

Agreed.  Lots of room for crossovers or other characters with this.  Its just smart to have options.  Look at what they're doing with the Marvel movies.  There were more Superheroes in Captain America III than any of the Avengers flicks.  They could do all kinds of stuff with a younger Han.

He could have for real?  Thanks for keeping it real Phrub.   ;)

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 27, 2016, 10:16 AM »
Big time thanks to JD and Anton for all the con coverage.  Its easy to forget that this isn't anyone's day job.  Looking forward to the pics and added commentary!

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