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I think Hasbro might be going a little too far with the large items being sold on day 1 lol. As cool as this ship may end up I already have the other clone wars one and ultimatly have no more room for another.

Looks pretty cool and like JT, I'm not getting one.  Waaaayyy too much coming out at the same time and really don't need yet another version of the exact same thing.  This might work on the $20 stuff like starfighters, but I just don't see a lot of demand for this.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: June 26, 2008, 09:08 PM »
Marvelous News has carded and loose pics up of the first wave of 2 packs (Wolvie/Forge, Ult. Fury/Ult. Cap, Elektra/Ronin).

That wolvie head does look a little silly.  I'm just going to get Ronin for my 'vengers collection...not sure if I want Elektra at this point or not.  I'll have to see it in person I guess.

Wasn't sure where to post, but the Rancors, o66 sets, and TAC/Legends are starting to get clearanced out at our Targets here in MN.

Just to add prices to this - we're seeing Rancors as low as $19.98 and Order 66 as low as $4.98 right now.  I personally haven't seen the TAC or Legends on clearance yet - not that there are any figures left to get.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: June 26, 2008, 08:59 PM »
Around here we are actually swimming in han. The popular one seems to be Watto.

I would have not guessed that could ever ever happen.  That is the one I want the very least. 

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Target TFU Battle Rancor
« on: June 26, 2008, 08:42 PM »
Found these at $19.98 at several stores in Minnesota today.  I wasn't as impressed with these as others, but great product at $20.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: June 23, 2008, 01:15 PM »
I bought a set on ebay. With a free shipping coupon it was pretty much store price. Not bad.

How do you get a free shipping coupon for Ebay?  ???

The Legacy Collection / Re: Hasbro profit question for you guys
« on: June 23, 2008, 01:14 PM »
I've actually seen several articles interviewing people in the toy industry that suggests that retailer margins on toys are more like 30-40% rather than 50%+. And that's only at the big box level. On a recent Smodcast (Kevin Smith's podcast) they talked about running a specialty toy/comic store, and referred to 25% margins. And that's on what gets sold, never mind the items that languish on shelves and end up in bargain bins.

The reason there isn't an amazon for toys (ie anymore was that the margins were actually too slim for it to be profitable, even with advanced warehousing and just in time inventory.

Certainly, both Hasbro and Target are strong, profitable companies, and their stocks are both buys at present, so that's a good indicator of who "wins" in these situations.  However, I'd never call something like the BMF Falcon a "risk"....we Star Wars fans are too rabid about our collections to ever let that one slide will sell out within a week and dissapear before showing up again as a re-issue a few years later.

No offense, but I don't buy any of this.  Would love to see the "several articles" stating retailer margins on toys are that low.  If anything, comic book shops take a 25% margin on stuff they buy at other retailers!   ::)

Star Wars Universe / Re: Trivia: EU
« on: June 22, 2008, 11:29 PM »
Who is Amelia?

Are you asking about Amelia Karanthes, the Judicator of Ryloth?  If so, then the answer is: A Smokin' Hottie!  ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: LOST
« on: June 22, 2008, 11:23 PM »
This is a little overdue....I'm not sure if anyone here listens to the Official LOST Podcast, but I got around to listening to the final episode (prior to the finale) today.  Anyways, in the Q and A, they get on the subject of whether or not Stormtroopers think they are "bad guys" (in a question relating to the LOST baddies).  They discuss Star Wars for a bit, and its sort of funny.  Anyways, just wanted to pass it along for anyone interested.  Its a pretty good podcast overall to listen to anyways if you enjoy the show.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: June 22, 2008, 11:11 PM »

Does anyone else think this scene looks like its about to turn into gay porn?

You know we're going to get the BAD figures in some kind of Legends/Greatest Hits offer a year or two down the road anyway.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: June 22, 2008, 10:51 PM »
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!

Deluxes are the $9.99 Transformers.  That should give you an idea on size.  Good or bad   :-\

The carded ones?  Boo!  Iron Hide Move Version in the box is almost Alternatorish (yes, that's a word), but apparently that's not the size they're going with.   >:(  >:(  >:(

The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:53 PM »
My wally world has a whole endcap of them still
Interested in trading/selling them?

Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars Movie Quotes
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:52 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?   :(

Anakin says this to Palpatine in Episode III.

We have a WINNER!  Nice find - I thought this would be more of a stumper.  You're up JG...

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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