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I don't think we'll have "real time" tracking like this in our lifetime or least not for a long time.  I doubt companies will make their shipping logs for distribution centers and stores public.  At best you might get a read on what's in stock as of 8am if a retailer chose to offer this, but who knows if a customer or employee bought it at 8:01?  Product can still sell between the time that you saw it online and the time you get to the store.

I think Target would be the most likely to offer something like this given their current aisle checking machines, but Target codes their toys under a DPCI, rolling several UPCs into one code.  At best, you would know that more TAC figures came in, but not which specific ones, unless they decided to totally revamp all of their item coding for some reason, and I just don't see a good rationale for that in the near future.

I think its far more likely that stores start selling more of their merchandise online.  Target has avoided smaller ticket items thus far, but I think they'll increase the menu over time.  Think about the advantages of ordering from one or more distribution centers versus the much smaller inventory available at a single store.  They could also adopt Wal-Mart's ship to store program, where you wouldn't even have to pay shipping. 

If anyone finds an extra battle rancor all cheap and can sell me just the rider for like $15 I'd love you forever.

And you'd have a nice inexpensive rancor to boot.

I might have picked one up for you, but you're showing too much affection for this stage of our relationship. 

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Target TFU Battle Rancor
« on: June 27, 2008, 11:08 AM »
If anyone finds one and could pick it up and just sell me the rider, that'd rock.  $15 for the rider?  It'd leave you with a nice cheap rancor.


I don't really need a spare drooler, but if anyone wants just the rancor, we have enough of them around here that I could pick one up and split between yourself and Rob.

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.   >:(  >:(  >:(

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